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| 22 February 2024, Thursday |

Kyiv schools on alert over bomb threats

On Friday, police forces were conducting inspections of educational institutions in Kyiv due to reported bomb threats affecting schools in the capital.
Some four million students are returning to schools, both physically and through virtual classes, Ukraine’s Education Ministry said.

Meanwhile, the Kremlin announced on Friday that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is traveling to Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi on Monday for talks with President Vladimir Putin.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is traveling to Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi on Monday, where he will be hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin for talks, the Kremlin announced.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Friday that “negotiations will indeed take place” between the two leaders.

Turkey has tried to position itself as mediator since the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. Last summer, Ankara brokered with the UN a deal that allowed Ukraine to export its grains via the Black Sea despite the war.

However, Moscow pulled out of the agreement in July, accusing the other side of failing to uphold its side of the bargain.
Police forces were checking on Friday educational facilities in Kyiv, following reported bomb threats in the capital’s schools as students returned to school for the new academic year.

“We have received information about explosives in Kyiv’s schools,” police spokesperson Yulia Girdvilis told the French AFP news agency. “All educational institutions are being checked by Kyiv police forces with the involvement of the State Emergency Service.”

In a statement on messaging platform Telegram, the Kyiv City Military Administration (KCMA) said the educational administration and the police will take the decision to evacuate children and teachers.

“Stay calm and follow the updates,” the KCMA wrote.

Some four million students are returning to schools, both physically and through virtual classes, Ukraine’s education ministry said.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has reiterated that peace in Ukraine requires the recapture of all territories currently under Russian control.

Speaking at the European House Ambrosetti business forum in Italy on Friday, Zelenskyy said “sustainable peace” could not be achieved without Kyiv regaining full control of Crimea, Donbas and other territories under Moscow’s control.

Earlier this summer, Ukraine launched a long-anticipated counteroffensive aiming to reclaim Russia-controlled territories.
Russian forces struck a private enterprise in Ukraine’s Vinnytsia region, Ukrainian authorities said.

The strike was conducted with a long-range cruise missile, damaging property and causing a number of injuries, Governor Serhiy Borzov said.

“Unfortunately, there are victims, they are being provided with all necessary assistance,” he wrote on Telegram.

The Ukrainian air force said the attack involved two cruise missiles. It shot down one of them over the central Kirovohrad region.

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  • DW