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  • More than 100 people evacuated from the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol arrived in the Ukrainian-controlled city of Zaporizhzhia, NBC News wrote. The plant is home to the last pocket of Ukrainian resistance in a city otherwise controlled by Russia. The Russian military has restarted its attacks, with Ukrainian forces declaring a “powerful assault” underway.
  • Russia launched missiles at a military base in Ukraine’s southern city of Odessa on Tuesday, destroying drones, missiles, and ammunition given to Ukraine by the US and its European allies, Reuters reported. Russia’s defense ministry added that Russian missiles and artillery also hit a number of military targets in Ukraine, including command and control centers, arsenals, and an S-300 anti-aircraft missile system.
  • Germany’s conservative opposition leader Friedrich Merz headed to Kyiv for discussions with Ukrainian officials Tuesday, despite Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s announcement that he would not be visiting Ukraine anytime soon, the Associated Press noted. Merz’s visit came amid a row between Scholz and Ukraine in recent weeks because of Kyiv’s refusal to issue an invitation to German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Ukraine accused Steinmeier of cozying up to Russia during his time as foreign minister. The spat prompted Ukraine’s ambassador to Germany, Andrij Melnyk, to criticize the German chancellor for behaving “like an offended liver sausage,” Politico added. In German slang, an “offended liver sausage” (beleidigte Leberwurst) is a person that gets offended easily or cannot take a joke.
  • The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) barred Russia from competing in the Women’s European Championship in July and from qualifying for next year’s World Cup the following year, following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, according to Al Jazeera. UEFA also ruled Russia’s application to host the men’s European Football Championship in 2028 and 2032 invalid.

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