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Freeland should boycott Russian G20 speeches on Ukraine war: source – National

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland is expected to boycott all sessions of the G20 finance ministers’ meeting where Russian officials attempt to speak, Global News has learned.

A Canadian government official said Freeland could also use G20 meetings to directly refute any Russian statements made in plenary.

The manager spoke in the background as he is not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

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Mariupol may only have ‘days or hours left’, says Ukrainian commander

The news comes as G20 finance ministers prepare to meet on Wednesday as Ukrainians continue to defend their country against the Russian invasion, which began on February 24.

Russian forces are massed in the eastern region of Ukraine, preparing for what is expected to be an assault on the Ukrainians in the Donbass and Luhansk regions.

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But the port city of Mariupol is also at the forefront of global attention as a Russian ultimatum to Ukrainian commanders, warning they surrender or die, expires.

Reuters reported on Wednesday that there had been no mass surrender, but the commander of a unit meant to hold out in the beleaguered city said his forces could survive a few days or hours.

With a file from Reuters.

With files with Bryan Mullan of Global.

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