Giro 555 promotion good for more than 106 million euros

Zelensky speaks from office in Kiev for first time since invasion

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky delivered his daily speech on Monday evening from his office in the presidential palace in the capital Kiev. It is the first time since the invasion of Ukraine began that Zelensky can be seen in his office.

“Everyone is where they need to be. I am in Kyiv. My team is with me,” he says in the video† “I will stay here. I’m staying in Kyiv. I’m not hiding. And I am not afraid of anyone.”

In the speech, which lasts nine minutes, the president mainly encourages his people. “The Ukrainian army maintains its positions. It inflicts extremely painful losses on the enemy. defends. Use counterattacks,” said Zelensky. He also calls Russia’s evacuation plans “television propaganda” and accuses Russian troops of laying mines on evacuation routes.

On the negotiations with Russia, Zelensky says talks on his part will continue until peace is reached. “We must realize that every day of struggle, every day of resistance creates better conditions for us. A strong position to guarantee our future.”

UN: Ensure safe evacuations and let in relief supplies

Civilians in affected war zones must be able to be safely evacuated and relief supplies must be able to be sent the other way around to affected areas. Martin Griffiths, head of humanitarian affairs at the United Nations, said: Monday said at an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council.

“All citizens, whether they stay or leave, must be respected and protected,” he said. To ensure safe evacuations and get relief supplies into the affected areas, the warring parties must therefore communicate directly with each other, said Griffiths, who said the UN has sent a team to Moscow to help better coordinate humanitarian aid.

Other western countries urged Russia during the emergency meeting to ensure safe evacuations from Ukrainian cities. “We need Russia’s strong, clear, public and unequivocal commitment to allow and facilitate immediate, unimpeded humanitarian access for humanitarian partners in Ukraine,” said U.S. Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield.

France called it “hypocrisy” that evacuation routes often lead to Russia or Belarus. “I don’t know many Ukrainians who want to seek refuge in Russia,” said French UN ambassador Nicolas de Rivière.

Russia announces new ceasefire for five cities

As in previous days, Russia a ceasefire proposed, to allow residents of five Ukrainian cities to leave these areas. From 9 a.m. local time on Tuesday morning, the ceasefire is to come into effect and civilians will be able to leave the cities of Kiev, Kharkov, Sumy, Mariupol and Chernihiv via evacuation routes. The Ukrainian government has not yet responded to the proposal.

Most of the proposed corridors lead to Russia or Belarus. A spokesman for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called that “completely immoral” earlier on Monday. He said Ukrainians have the right “to go to their own territory” if they leave their residence.

This weekend, on both days, residents of Mariupol attempted to leave the port city. Both attempts were abandoned because, despite a declared state-of-fire, Russian troops continued to shell. Russia then said it was Ukrainian soldiers who continued firing.

Giro 555 promotion good for more than 106 million euros

During the action day for Giro555 on Monday, about 106 million euros was raised. An amount of fifteen million euros is added to this, donated by the cabinet. The amount will go to aid organizations that provide humanitarian aid to those affected in Ukraine.

Giro number 555 was opened a week ago. On Monday, ten radio stations participated all day in a joint broadcast called Radio555, which drew attention to the situation in Ukraine. In addition, on Monday evening the TV program Together in action for Ukraine, broadcast on NPO 1, RTL 4 and SBS6. Even though the action day has ended at midnight, people can continue to deposit money on Giro555.

With the money collected, the eleven aid organizations behind Giro555, including Unicef, the Red Cross and Oxfam Novib, can provide emergency humanitarian aid to people in the war zone. This can be medicines or food packages, but also shelter or clean drinking water.

The final amount will be announced during the joint television broadcast of various broadcasters. Photo ANP / Jeroen Jumelet