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  • Russia intensified strikes on cities across Ukraine on Tuesday, with a missile strike hitting Kyiv’s main TV tower and a nearby Holocaust memorial. Still, satellite imagery showed a huge Russian military convoy – about 40 miles long – heading toward Ukraine’s capital as stalled, according to CNBC. Meanwhile, Belarus joined Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, with its troops entering the Chernihiv region in northern Ukraine, Politico noted. Russia called for a second round of talks.
  • Nearly 680,000 Ukrainians have fled the country since the start of the Russian invasion, said the UN high commissioner for refugees Monday. More than half have gone to Poland, with the rest entering Moldova, Slovakia, Romania and Hungary in what is the largest exodus in Europe since the Balkan wars of the 1990s. Meanwhile, Ukrainians and others from around Europe are headed to Ukraine to take up arms against Russia, often with their leaders’ blessings.
  • Large multinational corporations such as GM, Exxon and Shell are pulling out of Russia, joining a broad swathe of the international community in its efforts to isolate the country in reaction to its invasion of Ukraine, the Hill reported. Apple paused its services including limiting Apple Pay and also the sales of its products, it said Tuesday. Meanwhile, Russia imposed temporary curbs on foreign investors from dropping Russian assets, Politico added.

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