Defence officials to assist visa applications in Poland
Officials from the Ministry of Defence will assist Ukrainian visa applications in Poland, a minister has said.
Armed forces minister James Heappey told Sky News: “We’re not sending any to Calais.
“I met with the immigration minister yesterday and their feeling is the visa applications centre in northern France are centres they can reinforce themselves.
“What they’ve asked us to do is to supply manpower to Poland, which is the busiest of the visa application centres by some margin.
“We’re in the process of making that happen and we’ll help out in any way we can.”
Good morning and welcome to the Evening Standard’s live coverage of the war in Ukraine.
Here’s a quick recap of this morning’s news.
– Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russia of genocide after Russian aircraft bombed a children’s hospital in Mariupol on Wednesday. The Kremlin dismissed the reports as “fake news”.
– Local officials said some civilians had left the cities of Sumy in the east and Enerhodar in the south through the safe corridors promised by Russia, though they said Putin’s forces were preventing buses from evacuating civilians from Bucha, a town outside the capital Kyiv
– Foreign ministers from Russia and Ukraine will meet in Turkey on Thursday in the first high-level talks between the two countries since Moscow invaded its neighbour