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Ukraine war at centre of ‘pivotal’ NATO summit in Madrid

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The war in Ukraine will be the focus of a NATO summit in Madrid Secretary-General, Jens Stoltenberg, who Wednesday is considered “crucial” for the alliance’s future. Finland and Sweden will be formally invited to join the alliance after Turkey dropped its opposition on Tuesday. Follow our live blog for the latest developments. All times are Paris time, GMT+2.

7.40 am: At least three dead in Russian rocket attack in Mykolaiv

A Russian rocket attack on a residential building in Ukraine’s southern city of Mykolaiv left at least three dead and five injured on Wednesday, local authorities who have launched a rescue operation for survivors said.

Mayor Oleksandr Senkevych said eight rockets had hit the city and urged residents to evacuate. He said the building appeared to have been hit by a Russian X-55 cruise missile.

7:15 a.m.: Summit in Madrid crucial for future alliance, NATO chief says

More than 40 leaders will gather for what NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg called a “critical summit” for the alliance’s future.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has been invited to attend and will speak twice via video link as Kiev pushes for accelerated arms deliveries from its allies.

NATO countries, which have already pledged billions of dollars in military aid to Kiev, will agree on a “comprehensive aid package to Ukraine to help them uphold the right to self-defense,” Stoltenberg said.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, REUTERS)

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