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  • More than half a million Ukrainian refugees have crossed the European Union’s eastern borders, an exodus that shows no signs of slowing down, according to the Associated Press. Meanwhile, there are no verified numbers of casualties in Ukraine but a classified US briefing Monday reported more than 1,500 Ukrainian casualties (it is unclear if it is injuries or deaths) since the start of the invasion last week. US officials at that briefing said the casualty count would likely explode because “Ukrainians are just not going to submit.”
  • On Monday, suspected cluster munitions struck residential parts of Kharkiv even as Ukrainian officials met with their Russian counterparts for five hours of inconclusive talks near the Belarus border. On Tuesday, a 40-mile long Russian military convoy headed toward Kyiv.
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has officially signed an application for Ukraine’s membership in the European Union, asking for immediate entry, NPR reported. European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen did not promise immediate membership but said, “they belong to us…we want them in.”
  • International Criminal Court will open an investigation into allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Politico reported. The ICC chief prosecutor had warnedRussia and Ukraine on Friday that any investigation could include genocide, war crimes or crimes against humanity.

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