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Russia-Ukraine Live Update: New Month, More Troubles

More than 660,000 people have fled Ukraine while around one million people are internally displaced, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

Of the 660,000, at least 2, 090 are Nigerians, according to Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement on Wednesday.

Nigeria also announced that some of its stranded citizens following the Russian invasion would arrive in the country on Thursday via Max Air.

Seventeen of the 500 Ghanaian students expected to be evacuated from Ukraine arrived home on Tuesday.

Nigeria’s minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, said about 5,600 Nigerian students are in Ukraine and maybe a total of 8,000 Nigerian citizens in the country.

Here are the latest developments in Russia’s war in Ukraine:

– Kharkiv fighting –

Russian paratroopers land in Ukraine’s second city amid heavy fighting. Ukrainian officials say a hospital has been attacked and the barracks of a flight school is on fire after an air strike.

“There are practically no areas left in Kharkiv where an artillery shell has not yet hit,” says Interior Minister official Anton Gerashchenko.

– Biden brands Putin ‘dictator’ –

US President Joe Biden brands Vladimir Putin a “dictator” in his annual State of the Union address as he bans Russian aircraft from US airspace with Moscow facing economic and diplomatic isolation.

– Cities pummelled –

Russia steps up its bombing campaign and missile strikes, hitting Kyiv’s main television tower, two residential buildings in a town west of the city and the city of Bila Tserkva to the south of the capital.

Kherson: Russia inside city

Russian forces push into the besieged Black Sea city of Kherson in the south. Its port and railway station are now in Russian hands, its mayor says

– Mariupol without power –

Russian attacks leave Mariupol, another Black Sea port further to the west without electricity.

Civilians flee

More than 677,000 people have fled Ukraine since the Russian invasion, the UN’s refugee agency says, with the number rising rapidly.

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