Art auction for Ukraine, government does not pay for freight shipment, minister promises more help

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As the war in Ukraine rages on, Icelanders are pooling their resources to find ways to help. Below is a art auction takes place this Sunday at both Gallery Port and Vinstukan and starts at 3pm and lasts well over 9:30pm.

All of these are artists living in Iceland, some of them from Ukraine themselves. All proceeds from the auction go directly to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Kyiv independentone of the most reputable news sources in English in Ukraine.

On the government front RÚV reports that the Icelandic government has paid for a shipment of cargo brought by Icelandic airline Air Atlanta to a country near the Ukrainian border. Although details were not disclosed, Sveinn H. Guðmarsson, a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said the shipment included military supplies, protective equipment and medical supplies.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir said that in addition to measures announced yesterday – which include imposing a no-fly zone for Russian aircraft in Icelandic airspace and denying visas to Russian government employees and business leaders –Sanctions were also imposed on some individuals in Belarus. She added that increased traffic is expected at Keflavík International Airport as NATO forces use the base as a transit point towards Eastern Europe.

The Refugee Committee is still evaluating the situation in Ukraine and has not yet made a decision on how many Ukrainian refugees Iceland will take and when. Justice Minister Jón Gunnarsson said “All doors are open” for people fleeing Ukraine, saying that many Ukrainians arrived in Iceland last weekend to reunite their family members. He also said the government intends to support countries bordering Ukraine to help them host refugees.

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