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Monday 30 January 2023 Dublin: 7°C

# Ukraine

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# Accommodation
'Failure to plan' by Government to meet refugee housing needs, says Sinn Féin senator
The government plans to introduce ‘refusal policy’ for Ukrainian refugees in hotels who are offered other accommodation.
# Case Study
Ukrainian accommodation: Regions readying for increase of refugees as winter hits
The Journal takes a look at how the southeast region has been managing arrivals.
# Ukraine
Ukraine braces for more power cuts as Russia says mobilisation complete
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that four million people across Ukraine have been hit by power cuts due to Russia’s bombing campaign.
# Refugees
Govt to introduce 'refusal policy' for Ukrainian refugees in hotels offered other accommodation
Hotel contracts will be changed to bed-only accommodation for Ukrainians.
# Russia
Vladimir Putin says decade ahead is the 'most dangerous' since World War II
The Ukraine offensive is only a part of the ‘tectonic shifts of the entire world order,’ Putin said.
# Ukraine
Micheál Martin says the country can stretch itself to accommodate more Ukrainian refugees
Around 20% of hotel rooms across the country are being used to accommodate Ukrainians.
# ukrainian refugees
Communities that take in Ukrainian refugees could get multimillion-euro funding
Leo Varadkar said he wanted a community fund for areas to improve schools, public transport, community and sporting facilities.
# Housing
Government plans to roll out rapid-build houses to deal with 'enormous' housing crisis
Taoiseach says rapid-builds must play a role in the housing solution.
# modular homes
Explainer: What exactly are the modular homes causing disquiet in our refugee response?
The government is planning to use modular homes to house Ukrainian refugees, but it’s proving controversial.
# Ukraine
Russia fires rockets at Ukraine and renews ‘dirty bomb’ claims
The attacks come amid growing fears that Russia could try to detonate a device that uses explosives to scatter radioactive waste.
# short stay visa
Russia and Belarus removed from Short Stay Visa Waiver Scheme
The scheme allows nationals of some countries to travel to Ireland from the UK without the need to obtain an Irish visa.
# Leaders' Questions
Dáil told Govt has ‘failed to match people’s efforts to provide homes for Ukrainian refugees’
Martin criticised McDonald’s commentary on the matter during Leaders’ Questions today.
# refugee crisis
Ukrainian refugees set to be accommodated in five army barracks
Modular housing is set to be built on defence force sites, it is understood.
Buildings on Defence Force sites are set to be repurposed to house refugees in what is described as 'dormitory style' accommodation.
Lands on the five sites have also been offered to the Office of Public Works (OPW) for modular builds.
Over the course of the weekend, 53 people refugees could not be accommodated – 44 Ukrainian, and 9 International protection applicants.
Govt plans to double payment for Ukrainian hosts to €800 in response to accommodation crisis
# War in Ukraine
Ukrainians fleeing to Ireland and other countries amid 'increasing power cuts and harsh winter'
An Irish charity has been sourcing generators in stricken cities, with over 1,100 towns losing electricity last week.
# refugee crisis
Govt plans to double payment for Ukrainian hosts to €800 in response to accommodation crisis
A temporary facility is opening at Dublin Airport today.
# kamikaze drones
Iran will not 'be indifferent' if Russia is using its drones in Ukraine
Iran’s foreign minister again denied supplying Russia with any weapons or drones
# dirty bomb
Ukraine slams Russia's 'dirty bomb' claims as 'dangerous' lies
Ukraine and its Western allies swiftly dismissed Moscow’s allegations.
A dirty bomb is a weapon that uses traditional explosives to scatter radioactive material.
Joe Biden's administration dismissed Moscow's "transparently false allegations".
Over one million homes in Ukraine are currently without power as we head towards the winter.
# refugee crisis
Ukrainian ambassador says lack of accommodation is 'unacceptable'
43 Ukrainian men have been told that there is no accommodation available.
# counter-offensive
Russia ‘withdraws officers' from Kherson ahead of expected Ukrainian advance
The Ukrainian military said its forces have continued their counter-offensives in the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions
# Ukraine War
Increase to €400 payment for housing Ukrainians 'on the table' as leaders set to meet Monday
33 Ukrainian refugees were unable to be accommodated last night, with some returning to the airport.
# Ukraine
Pro-Russian authorities urge Kherson residents to 'immediately' leave city
Kherson is one of four regions Russia has claimed to have annexed.
# Ukraine
Government will try to 'avoid' Ukrainian refugees being left to sleep on streets
Integration Minister Roderic O’Gorman could not rule out refugees sleeping on the streets amid “grave concerns” over capacity.
Ukrainian forces pile pressure on Russian-held Kherson as full-scale attack grows closer
The counter-attack comes as thousands of Russian draftees have poured into the region
# Ukraine War
'A catastrophe on a grand scale': Ukraine warns Russia is planning to destroy hydro dam
Hundreds of thousands of people around the lower Dnipro River would be in danger of rapid flooding if the dam was destroyed.
# Moscow
Moscow's delegates miss UN review of human rights in Russia
The meeting had already been postponed twice from its planned date in March
# Refugees
Citywest closes to new arrivals after reaching capacity, refugees may need to overnight in airport
A shortfall of 15,000 beds by December is forecast as the numbers arriving is expected to remain at elevated levels.
# Shortages
Ukraine urges residents to drastically reduce electricity use after Russian strikes
Several power stations have been destroyed by Russian strikes
# European Council
Taoiseach to travel to Brussels for European Council meeting on Ukraine and energy
The Taoiseach said that the EU remained “steadfast” in its support of Ukraine.
# Foreign Affairs
Coveney summons Iranian ambassador over events in Ukraine and Iran
Russia fired waves of drones over Ukraine this week that are believed to have been Iranian-made.
# Sakharov Prize
'Brave' people of Ukraine win EU's top human rights prize
The Sakharov Prize is awarded every year to those fighting for human rights or democracy.
# Ukraine War
Putin declares martial law in Ukrainian regions Russia claims to have annexed
The Kremlin has published a decree saying martial law will be introduced from early tomorrow.
# kherson
Pro-Kremlin officials say 50,000 will be evacuated from Kherson
Kherson was the first city to fall to Russian forces after the Kremlin launched its invasion on February 24.
# Ukraine
Ireland for Ukraine Fund to provide €5.2 million in grants to support Ukrainians
Across Ireland, over 100 projects will receive grants.
# Energy
Ukraine says Russia 'kidnapped' two nuclear plant workers
The accusation comes as over 1,000 towns and village are without power due to Russian airstrikes
# Ukraine
Kyiv says Russian strikes leave over 1,100 Ukraine towns without power
Ukraine has also warned of an emerging “critical” risk to its power grid.
# Ukraine
What are ‘kamikaze’ Shahed drones and how do they work?
In Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, drones have cemented their reputation as a potent, hard-to-stop and cost-effective weapon.
# Ukraine
Rod Stewart paying rent and bills for family of seven Ukrainian refugees
The singer said he usually keeps ‘all my charitable efforts nice and quiet,’ but hoped making his actions public might inspire others to help.
# Ukraine War
Hundreds of Ukrainian towns without power after 'kamikaze drones' strike Kyiv
Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney has labelled the drone strikes “state sponsored terrorism”.
# Donetsk
Rockets strike mayor’s office in separatist Donetsk
According to Russia’s RIA Novosti, the municipal building was seriously damaged by the attack, which local separatist authorities blamed on Ukraine.
Opinion: The war in Ukraine is also a war on nature
Ukrainian writer and journalist Polina Bashkina is living in Ireland while war rages at home – she looks at the impact the war is having on the environment.