UN says email ordering staff not to call Russian war ‘invasion’ came from regional office


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The United Nations on Tuesday moved to squash reporting that it had directed all staff to avoid using terms like “war” “invasion” when referring to the fighting in Ukraine.

“It is simply not the case that staff have been instructed not to use words like ‘war’ ‘invasion’ to describe the situation,” Stéphane Dujarric, a spokesman for the secretary-general, told Fox News. 

A service for two soldiers who died fighting in the eastern part of Ukraine takes place at Lychakiv cemetery on March 8, 2022, in Lviv.
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Dujarric said it was a “mistaken impression” after the Irish Times reported Tuesday that the chief international agency had directed its staff to instead use wording like “military operation.”

The email was reportedly distributed internally among a regional office to employees, advising them to be mindful that they are “international civil servants” “have a responsibility to be impartial.”

But the email caused a stir Tuesday as Russian continues its illegal assault on Ukraine. 

“One email from a local office to their local staff is not representative of instructions given to U.N. staff worldwide,” Dujarric said.

Mourners react during a funeral service for two Ukrainian soldiers at Lychakiv cemetery on March 8, 2022, in Lviv, Ukraine. 

Mourners react during a funeral service for two Ukrainian soldiers at Lychakiv cemetery on March 8, 2022, in Lviv, Ukraine. 
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The chief spokesman pointed to language still being used by top U.N. officials like Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo, who on Monday condemned actions taken by Russian President Vladimir Putin against Ukrainian civilians said, “This war is senseless.”

“Nearly two weeks on, it is painfully clear that those suffering the most after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine are civilians – killed, wounded, displaced. This war is senseless,” she said in a tweet. “We are ready to support all good-faith efforts at negotiation to end the bloodshed.” 

Fox News also obtained an email that was distributed by the U.N. globally that directed all staffers to abide by U.N. policies when engaging on social media to frame communication on Ukraine “in a manner that is consistent with the position of the Organization the statements of the Secretary-General.”

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also referred to Putin’s invasion as a “war” in a tweet Tuesday said, “The war in Ukraine not only has a dramatic impact on the lives of civilians but also has global repercussions.”

“Developing countries already in dire situations can simply not afford skyrocketing prices of food, fuel other essential goods,” he added. 

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Putin has taken several suppressive steps to control the language attitude of Russians at home by shutting down major news outlets barring words like “invasion” “war.”

Putin has instead referred to the violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty as a “special military operation” the Kremlin has shut down internal protests of the war through mass arrests imprisonments. 





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Ukraine says it sank the Russian warship that attacked Snake Island: ‘We f—— hit them!’


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One of the Russian navy warships that attacked Ukraine’s Snake Isllast month sank after a Ukrainian counterattack Monday night, military sources in Kyiv tell Fox News Digital.

The Ukrainian defense forces manning the islearned international praise on Feb. 24 when they responded to a naval vessel demanding their surrender with defiance.

“Russian ship, go f— yourself!” one of them said over a loudspeaker.

Russian Navy patrol ship Vasily Bykov sails during the Navy Day parade in Kronstadt near Saint Petersburg, Russia July 26, 2020. 
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Initially, Ukrainian authorities believed all 13 Snake Isldefenders were killed in the ensuing bombardment – President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said they would all be posthumously honored as national heroes.

But the Ukrainian navy later said it had discovered all of them were captured alive by Russian forces.

Ukrainian servicemen captured from Zmiinyi Island, or "Snake" Island, were brought to Sevastopol in Crimea, Feb. 26, 2022. Russian media said that the servicemen will be sent back to Ukraine pending certain "legal procedures." (Photo by Russian Defence MinistryTASS via Getty Images)

Ukrainian servicemen captured from Zmiinyi Island, or “Snake” Island, were brought to Sevastopol in Crimea, Feb. 26, 2022. Russian media said that the servicemen will be sent back to Ukraine pending certain “legal procedures.” (Photo by Russian Defence MinistryTASS via Getty Images)
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Video shared by the Ukrainian navy Monday showed a nighttime rocket barrage, which soldiers described as “holiday fireworks,” blasting off from the waterfront city of Odesa before a distant target lights up in flames.

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“Units of the Marines of the Naval Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine defending the Odessa region hit an enemy ship,” a translation of the video’s caption reads. “The enemy retreated again.”

In the clip, soldiers can be heard speaking in Ukrainian after the launch.

“Did we get it?” one asks, according to a translation of the video.

“I don’t see it yet,” the other replies.

Snake Islis a small islin the Black Sea southwest of Odesa.

Snake Islis a small islin the Black Sea southwest of Odesa.
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“Look, we got the warship,” the first man replies. “It’s on fire!”

They celebrate a direct hit with some profanity, “We f—— hit them!” before one of them repeats the Snake Isldefenders’ famous line, “Russian ship, go f— yourself.”

The struck vessel was later identified as the Vasily Bykov, the same one that had demanded the Ukrainian troops to surrender, according to the London-based newspaper The Times.

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The extent of the damage could not immediately be independently confirmed.

Snake Islis a small islin the Black Sea southwest of Odesa.

Russia’s invasion of its smaller neighbor has created a humanitarian crisis as observers accuse Russian troops of firing upon civilians – including at a nuclear power plant last week. 

Thousands of people have died, more than 2 million people have already fled Ukraine, according to the United Nations.



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US, Polish Knights of Columbus rescuing, feeding Ukrainian refugees inside war zone


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Officials of the Knights of Columbus in Polare asking for financial material support as they continue their efforts to aid refugees on both sides of the Polish-Ukrainian border.

The Polish branch of the Knights of Columbus has mobilized thousands of volunteers to provide food, shelter protection for Ukrainian refugees fleeing to the Polish border as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues. 

“This is our charism to do this,” said Knights of Columbus director Szymon Czyszek. Approximately $4.5 million from the United States, Polother KOC chapters around the world has been raised for the effort.

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The KOC boast approximately 6,840 members in Poland, separated into 157 geographic councils. Ukraine has approximately 1,889 members split into 40 councils. The Polish branch was formed in 2006 at the request of St. Pope John Paul II, the Ukrainian branch spun off in 2012. Czyszek called the proximity of the branches’ founding to the outbreak of violence “providential.” 

Czyszek told the press that members of the organization have thus far not been met with violence or military aggression, but the safety of volunteers is an increasing concern. 

Women were originally proposed as non-combatants that could bring aid over the border unobstructed, but the idea was quashed. Officials raised concerns about women entering the war zone alone, even as non-combatants.

KOC has also begun erecting villages of “Mercy Huts” – small, protected enclaves of tents temporary structures to house displaced Ukrainians.

“The Knights of Columbus are uniquely situated to help in Ukraine,” Czyszek told Fox News last week in an interview. “We have members councils on both sides of the border, PolUkraine. And we have found the ways to assist bring humanitarian aid into Ukraine. Just days from the beginning of the war we were able to provide medical supplies, food, clothing other necessities that are being distributed right now by our members in Ukraine.”

The KOC have been working alongside Catholic dioceses archdioceses in Poland, as well as the Ukrainian Catholic Church to continue the rescue operation. Refugees are accepted cared for without regard for religious affiliation, nationality or ethnicity.

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Pope Francis condemned the Russia-Ukraine conflict in his strongest language yet during his weekly address in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on Sunday.

“Rivers of blood tears are flowing in Ukraine,” the pope said. “It is not merely a military operation, but a war which sows death, destruction misery. The number of victims is increasing, as are the people fleeing, especially mothers children.”

“The need for humanitarian assistance in that troubled country is growing dramatically by the hour,” Francis continued.  “War is madness! Stop, please! Look at this cruelty!”

Shortly after the outbreak of hostilities last month, Pope Francis made the extraordinary papal gesture of going to the Russian embassy in Rome to express his concern about the war.

Fox News’ Jon Brown contributed reporting



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Russia news: UNICEF concerned about 100K children in Ukraine


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United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says it’s concerned about the well-being of an estimated 100,000 children currently in Ukraine.

The U.N. organization noted that about half of the roughly 2 million people who have fled Ukraine so far are children.

“Inside Ukraine, UNICEF is … deeply concerned about the safety well-being of the nearly 100,000 children, half of them with disabilities, who live in institutions boarding schools,” UNICEF’s executive director Catherine Russell said Monday to the U.N. Security Council. 

“We have received reports of institutions understandably seeking to move children to safety in neighboring countries beyond.

UNICEF has about 135 people stationed in Ukraine to offer psychosocial care, mental health support protection services to children.
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There are nearly 670 orphanages other residential facilities for children in Ukraine, according to Opening Doors for Europe’s Children, a campaign supporting the development of child protection systems.

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Among children leaving their homes, “many are unaccompanied or have been separated from their parents or family members,” Russell U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said in a joint statement.

“Children without parental care are at a heightened risk of violence, abuse exploitation,” they said. “When these children are moved across borders, the risks are multiplied. The risk of trafficking also soars in emergencies.”

(Francesco Malavolta/Fox News Digital’s exclusive)

The Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) estimates that 27 Ukrainian children have been killed, 42 children have been injured since Russia began its invasion on Feb. 24.

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Attacks on residential buildings hospitals have forced families medical patients, including expectant mothers, to take shelter underground receive medical services in makeshift shelters.

UNICEF has about 135 people stationed in Ukraine to offer psychosocial care, mental health support protection services to children.

A woman holds a baby as she walks with other who have fled Ukraine, at the border crossing in Budomierz, Poland, Monday, March 7, 2022. 

A woman holds a baby as she walks with other who have fled Ukraine, at the border crossing in Budomierz, Poland, Monday, March 7, 2022. 
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The organization has “delivered 40 tons of medical life-saving items for children mothers to 22 hospitals from five of the most affected region,” Russell said Monday.

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“This equipment included midwifery obstetrics kits, resuscitation surgical kits, oxygen concentrators for shelters’ hospitals, first aid kits for frontline health workers – enough to meet the needs of 20,000 children their mothers,” she continued. “In coordination with the Ministry of Health, UNICEF is assessing further needs preparing other shipments.”



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Zelenskyy channels Churchill’s famous words in defiant speech to UK Parliament: ‘We will not give up’


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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky delivered a Winston Churchill-inspired speech in a historical address to the U.K. Parliament. 

“We will fight till the end, at sea, in the air. We will continue fighting for our land, whatever the cost,” Zelenskyy said Tuesday, the 13th day since Russia invaded Ukraine, according to an English translation. “We will fight in the forests, in the fields, on the shores, in the streets.”

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Zelenskyy’s speech echoed that of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s most famous speech, “We Shall Fight on the Beaches.”

“We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields in the streets, we shall fight in the hills,” Churchill said in his address to the House of Commons in 1940. 

(Original Caption) A new portrait of Sir Winston Churchill the Prme Minister – in the Cabinet Room at No.10 Downing Street. This was specially taken for his 79th birthday which is 30 November. He leaves tomorrow for Bermuda the Bid Three Conference. (Photo by © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
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Zelenskyy’s address to the British Parliament was historic, marking the first time a foreign leader has ever addressed members of parliament directly in the commons chamber. He received a stovation from the members of parliament ahead of his address. 

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“I would like to add that we will fight on the banks of different rivers … we are looking for your help, for the help of the civilized countries,” Zelenskyy said.

“We will not give up we will not lose,” he added. 

The Ukrainian leader called on Britain to recognize Russia as a “terrorist state” to increase sanctions on Russia. 

“Best to all of Ukraine to the United Kingdom,” Zelenskyy closed his speech, which also received a standing ovation. 

President Biden announced a ban on Russian oil gas imports heading into the U.S. on Tuesday, describing the measure as targeting the “main artery of Russia’s economy.” 

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The UK announced similar measures, with the country’s Business Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng saying Tuesday that the U.K. will “phase out the import of Russian oil oil products by the end of 2022.”



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