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What has happened in the last hours in Ukraine

On the 63rd day of the war initiated by Russia against Ukraine, these are the key data at 08:00 on Wednesday, April 27:

Putin agrees “in principle” to allow the participation of the UN and the Red Cross in the evacuation of Mariupol. Russian President Vladimir Putin has agreed “in principle” to allow the participation of the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross in the evacuation of civilians from the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, where, according to Ukraine, they are still refugees hundreds of civilians, including women and children, in addition to the Ukrainian soldiers who still defend the plant. This is what the UN itself affirms in an institutional statement after the interview between Putin and the organization’s secretary general, António Guterres.

Russia cuts gas to Poland and Bulgaria after refusing to pay in rubles. Gazprom has announced to the Bulgarian company Bulgargaz that it will cut off gas supplies to Bulgaria from Wednesday. It is a measure equal to the one adopted hours before with Poland. In both cases, the cut occurs after the refusal of both companies to pay for Russian gas in rubles, as requested by Moscow.

The Russian border city of Belgorod reports several explosions. A series of explosions were heard in the Russian city of Belgorod, near the border with Ukraine, in the early hours of Wednesday, regional governor Viacheslav Gladkov said on his Telegram account. Gladkov has claimed that an ammunition depot is on fire, but no civilians have been injured.

Renault transfers its shares in Russia to the government, says Moscow. French carmaker Renault will transfer its 68% stake in Russian carmaker AvtoVAZ (whose most famous brand is Lada), the country’s largest, to the National Automobile Research Institute, while its Moscow plant will be transferred to the regional government of the capital, according to the Russian agency Interfax, citing the Russian Minister of Industry and Commerce, Denis Manturov.

In the image, by Felipe Dana (AP Photo), volunteers help an elderly woman leave her home in Kharkov, Ukraine, on Monday.

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