It’s 8:30 a.m. in Kyiv. Here’s what you need to know

Ukraine’s President warned the situation in Borodianka, near the capital, will be worse than what was seen in Bucha, following the retreat of Russian forces. Meanwhile, the US said it has committed tens of thousands of weapons to Ukraine, including “hundreds” of suicide drones.

Here’s the latest:

  • Borodianka situation “much scarier”: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the situation in the Kyiv suburb was worse than in Bucha, warning there were “more victims of Russian invaders.” He said similar atrocities were seen in the southern city of Mariupol. His speech came after 26 bodies were found under the rubble of two houses in the town, according to Ukraine’s Prosecutor General.

  • Russia dropped from UN Human Rights Council: The UN General Assembly voted to suspend Russia from the Human Rights Council after allegations of atrocities committed by Russian soldiers. The US called the move “an important and historic moment” and Zelenksy said the vote from UN member states was “fair and logical.”
  • US sends more weapons: The US has committed more than 12,000 anti-armor systems, 1,400 anti-aircraft systems and “hundreds” of suicide drones to Ukraine, the Biden administration said Thursday. It comes after the US approved on Tuesday another $100 million in weaponry for Ukraine drawn from US inventories, bringing the total US assistance to Ukraine to about $1.7 billion since the start of Russia’s invasion.

  • Fears for Ukraine’s east: Ukrainian officials say major fighting is underway in the east, with the regional military governor of the Luhansk region urging civilians to evacuate some towns. The region’s state administration head said all medical institutions and hospitals in Luhansk had been destroyed by Russian forces. Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said “the battle for Donbas” is underway and will be reminiscent of World War II.
  • Australia sends armored vehicles: Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the country would send 20 of its home-built Bushmaster armored personnel carriers to Ukraine, following a request by Zelensky. The Bushmasters have been painted olive green with a Ukrainian flag on the side, and two are “ambulance variants” that carry the Red Cross emblem.

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  • More EU sanctions: The European Union approved a fifth round of sanctions against Russia, according to the French Presidency of the Council of Europe. The new measures include a ban on imports of Russian coal as well as embargo on arms exports to Russia. Japan also announced it will gradually reduce imports of Russian coal.
  • Pink Floyd: The legendary rock band will release a new single on Friday in support of the people of Ukraine. It’s the first new music from the band since 1994, and all proceeds will go to Ukrainian humanitarian relief.

Here’s a look at the situation on the ground as Russia attacks eastern Ukraine:

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