Radio and TV broadcasts from Kharkiv interrupted by Russian military strikes


Israel will set up a field hospital in Ukraine in the coming days, the Israeli Foreign Ministry announced on Sunday, to treat victims of Russia’s attack on its southern neighbor.

Additionally, Israel will send six large generators to Lviv’s main hospital to “enable its continued operation even without its regular power supply,” the ministry said in a statement. It also plans to set up refugee assistance centers at border crossing points into Ukraine, where winter clothing and supplies will be distributed.

Foreign Ministry officials said at least 10,200 Israeli citizens have now left Ukraine since the government first asked them to do so three weeks ago. More than half have left since the Russian invasion began last month.

Also on Sunday, three planes carrying about 300 Ukrainian Jews arrived in Israel, including 90 orphans. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett was at Tel Aviv airport to receive the new arrivals.

Under Israel’s Law of Return, any Jew can apply for Israeli citizenship. With Ukraine home to a large Jewish population, Israeli officials say they are bracing for a potential wave of tens of thousands of Ukrainian emigrants.

Several people who spoke to CNN after arriving from Ukraine on Sunday said they had planned at some point to move to Israel, but said the war had accelerated the process.

Lena, from Odessa, arrived with her two young boys after traveling since the outbreak of hostilities.

“I intended to come here but when the war broke out it was immediately decided,” she said.

Lena told CNN she was forced to leave her husband because men under the age of sixty are not allowed to leave the country, following a law passed following the Russian invasion.

“We are in shock, but I hope everything will be fine now,” she said.

Toavia from Kyiv told CNN she believes many Jews will now move to Israel.

“I know people who hadn’t planned to come, but [the invasion] changed their plans. It happens to a lot of Jews,” she said.

Toavia added that she was excited to travel to Israel, but said she would not feel complete until she embraced her family, who left the country by a different route.

“I think I’m still shaken because I saw the war,” she said.

Meanwhile, Israeli leaders continue their diplomatic efforts. A day after his surprise visit to Moscow for a one-on-one with Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett had a phone call with the Russian leader on Sunday, according to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office.

Bennett also spoke with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron. Although no details of the phone conversations have been released, Bennett told cabinet colleagues earlier in the day that he believed Israel had a special responsibility in pursuing a diplomatic breakthrough.

“Even if the luck is not great, as soon as there is even a small opening, and we have access to all the sides and the capacity, [then] I see this as our moral obligation to make every effort,” he said.

On Monday, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid will fly to Latvia for a meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.


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