– The following are the latest developments in the Ukraine crisis:
Russian military transport planes will take the released soldiers to Moscow for treatment and rehabilitation at Russian Defense Ministry medical institutions, according to the statement.
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At least eight people were killed and dozens injured in Ukraine on Wednesday as a result of Russian missile attacks, Ukrainian authorities said.
The attack on the Ukrainian capital of kyiv left three dead and 11 wounded, Mayor Vitali Klitschko said, noting that it also damaged infrastructure facilities.
Meanwhile, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of the Ukrainian president’s office, reportedly said that at least five people were killed and 20 wounded in the city of Vyshgorod, some 20 km north of kyiv.
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Almost all thermal and hydroelectric power plants in Ukraine have been damaged by Russian airstrikes, Volodymyr Kudrytskyi, chief executive of Ukraine’s state-owned energy company Ukrenergo, was quoted as saying by the government news agency Ukrinform on Tuesday.
According to him, Russian forces carried out six massive attacks against Ukrainian energy facilities in recent weeks.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Moscow is ready to expand the supply of fertilizers and work with all partners in this area.
There are artificial barriers created by some countries to the export of Russian fertilizers, which are negatively affecting global markets, Putin said during a meeting with Dmitry Mazepin, chairman of the Commission for Production and Trade of Mineral Fertilizers of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Businessmen. ■