Russia has cut gas supplies to several European countries. While some countries in central and Eastern Europe face shortages, the poorest struggle with spiralling energy prices.
President Zelenskyy wins backing from leaders of France, Germany, Italy and Romania to give Ukraine EU candidate status while urging them to send more weapons and impose tougher sanctions on Russia.
More than half a million people have been evacuated from Ukraine to Romania since Russia began its attacks, including thousands of Turkish citizens and their families.
Ukrainians all over the country queued at gas stations and headed westwards after Russia attacked its neighbour, as refugees started arriving in Moldova, Poland and Romania.
The new batch of US troops are in addition to the 8,500 strong already on alert to be ready to deploy to Europe if needed and the nearly 3,000 American troops the administration said earlier this month it would deploy to Poland and Romania.
The military alliance has invited Moscow for a new round of talks to “find a diplomatic way forward”, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said as tensions between Russia and Ukraine continue to grow.
Berlin mulls to send additional soldiers to Lithuania and the two countries are negotiating details of reinforcements, says German defence minister.
France said it plans to send troops to Romania as part of a future NATO mission, seeking to reassure the Black Sea nation amid tensions with Russia.
One of the consequences of former communist-era persecution in Romania is a lack of public trust in today's governance, which is hampering the country's fight against Covid-19.
Parliament toppled the nine-month-old minority government of PM Citu in a vote of no-confidence.
It is the country's third deadly hospital fire in less than a year. Video footage showed patients jumping out of windows from the hospital's lower levels and firefighters carrying people out.
Turkey has demonstrated to other countries that it can limit Russia without the help of the US and Western European powers, adding a new element to Moscow’s strategic calculations.
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