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  • Russian forces have left the Chernobyl plant, according to kyiv, and also appear to have abandoned Gostomel's Antonov airport.

  • According to the Pentagon, this is not a withdrawal but a refocusing on the Donbass, with the prospect of a conflict that could last.

  • In Mariupol, Russia is to open a humanitarian corridor this morning and the International Committee of the Red Cross has said it is ready to supervise the evacuation of civilians if security conditions are guaranteed.

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7:40 am: The opening of a humanitarian corridor expected in Mariupol

A humanitarian corridor must open from 7 am GMT to allow the inhabitants of Mariupol to evacuate towards Zaporozhye.

kyiv, which promised 45 buses, said yesterday that it had sent 17. No other information has filtered through on this corridor, whose performance seems very fragile despite the involvement of third countries, such as Greece or France, and of Russia.

7:28 am: The President of the European Parliament goes to Kyiv

Roberta Metsola, the Maltese President of the European Parliament, said Thursday evening on Twitter that she was "on her way to kyiv".

Arriving at her destination, she would be the first leader of a European institution to visit the Ukrainian capital since the beginning of the Russian invasion.

Before her, three Polish, Czech and Slovenian Prime Ministers had already traveled to kyiv on March 15 to show their solidarity with Ukraine.

On my way to Kyiv 🇺🇦



На шляху до Києва 🇺🇦 #StandWithUkraine pic.twitter.com/8fz43BkapJ

— Roberta Metsola (@EP_President) March 31, 2022

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7:16 a.m .: France takes control of the defense of NATO skies

In Estonia, France has taken over from Belgium on air policing missions.

Commander Hubert, head of the French air detachment to NATO for the next four months, explains that "from time to time we are sent on border surveillance in the Baltic countries and in Poland".

“We check that no plane crosses borders without being detected by ground radar.

France has sent four Mirage 2000-5s which will shoot in an area that is both calm and overexposed.

"Obviously we pay attention to what we do," admits the French officer.

Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, NATO has done everything not to become a belligerent while strengthening its eastern flank.

7:02 am: An EU-China summit to dissuade Beijing from helping Moscow

The EU wants to persuade China to give up helping Moscow to counter Western sanctions on Friday during a virtual summit where Beijing intends to revive its economic relationship with a Europe weakened by the war in Ukraine.

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the President of the Council, Charles Michel, speaking on behalf of the Member States, will meet by videoconference with Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang and then President Xi Jinping.

"In concrete terms, it is essential to know whether China uses its influence to establish a ceasefire, humanitarian corridors" or "if it helps Moscow to circumvent" the sanctions, by increasing its purchases of hydrocarbons or by aid financial, explains a European official.

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On Thursday evening, Russian forces left the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, according to kyiv, and it appears they also abandoned Antonov airport in Gostomel.

But the Pentagon warned that it was above all a redeployment and a refocusing on Donbass, in eastern Ukraine, with a conflict that could last for months.

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