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War in Ukraine most significant conflict the world has seen since 1945 according to a local military expert while more than 600 refugees settle into Carlow and Kilkenny

The retired Major General says it's clear it's the most savage war the world has seen in decades

The war in Ukraine is the most significant conflict the world has seen since 1945, according to a local military expert.

Kilkenny man Kieran Brennan is the former second in command of the Irish Defence Forces and has been telling KCLR’s The Way It Is that the global effects of the Russian invasion have not been seen since World War Two:

The retired Major General adds it’s clear that this is the most savage war the world has seen in decades.

Hear his conversation with our Sue Nunn on The Way It Is here;

His comments come as officials in Ukraine say the Russians failed to stick to a ceasefire for the evacuation of thousands of civilians trapped in Mariupol.

Major Sergiy Volyna, one of Ukraine’s commanders in the city, says Moscow could be close to taking control there.

Meanwhile, Carlow and Kilkenny continue to welcome refugees from Ukraine with at least 600 currently between the two counties.

It’s difficult to pinpoint the exact figure as the situation’s quite fluid with some moving on after a short stay.

But Tetiana Kushchyk, who runs KCLR’s Ukrainian Information Service has been in touch with many of her compatriots and their host families – she knows of at least 300 who are based in Kilkenny while it’s understood similar figures are in Carlow.

Meanwhile, Liam Heffernan on the same programme had an update on his planned trip to Tramore beach for Ukrainian children in Kilkenny ….


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