Humanitarian corridor “is working for the first time,” says Volodymyr Zelenskyy
Russia has reportedly resumed shelling the Azovstal steel mill in Mariupol after evacuating dozens of civilians from the site, a Ukrainian official said.
The United Nations had conducted a “safe transit operation” for civilians at the steel mill that served as the last remaining Ukrainian stronghold in the city Mariupol.
Up to 1,000 civilians with minimal supplies are believed to be stuck beneath the Azovstal facility alongside hundreds of militants – some reportedly suffering from suppurating wounds Wladimir Putin told Russian troops last week to blockade the area “so no fly can get through.”
The first groups of civilians, totaling around 50 people so far, including reportedly children, were photographed by a Reuters Journalist who arrived relatively safely at a temporary shelter in the nearby Donetsk village of Bezimenne on Sunday.
h: Ukrainians condemn the dire conditions in the Mariupol bunkers
“Our resources are extremely limited. Men are literally dying before our eyes,” says a doctor from one of the Mariupol bunkers.
The soldiers and wounded are running out of supplies and many are in dire need of medical attention.
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Ukrainians denounce dire conditions in Mariupol bunkers
Holly BancroftMay 2, 2022 11:45 am
Russian missile attack hits bridge in south-west Ukraine – reports
A Russian missile attack has hit a strategically important bridge in south-west Ukraine, local authorities said.
The bridge crossing the Bnjestr estuary in the Odessa region had already been hit twice. Reuters reported.
It provides the only road and rail connection on Ukrainian territory to a large southern part of the Odessa region.
The strike was reported by Serhiy Bratchuk, spokesman for the Odessa regional administration.
Holly BancroftMay 2, 2022 11:20 am
Watch: Civilians Emerge from Mariupol Steel Plant
Holly BancroftMay 2, 2022 10:54 am
Russia resumed shelling of steel mills after evacuation – says the mayor’s adviser
Russia has reportedly resumed shelling at the Azovstal steel mill in Mariupol after dozens of civilians were evacuated from the site, an aide to the city’s mayor said.
Petro Andryushchenko told Ukrainian TV: “Yesterday, when the buses left Azovstal with the evacuees, another shelling immediately started.”
Buses evacuating more civilians from the city left Monday morning, but did not come out of the steel mill.
An unknown number of civilians and militants are reportedly trapped in Azovstal.
Holly BancroftMay 2, 2022 10:32
Israel lashes out at Russia over Lavrov’s comments on Zelenskyy about Nazism
Israel has condemned the Russian foreign minister’s comments on Nazism and anti-Semitism as “unforgivable”.
Israel subpoenaed the Russian ambassador in response, saying the comments blamed Jews for their own murder in the Holocaust.
Lavrov justified Vladimir Putin’s call for the “denazification” of Ukraine by saying that Volodymyr Zelenskyy could still be a Nazi, even though he was of Jewish descent.
“And if Zelensky is Jewish?” he said. “The fact does not negate the Nazi elements in Ukraine. I believe that Hitler also had Jewish blood. Some of the worst anti-Semites are Jews.”
Israel’s Foreign Minister Yair Lapid called the comments “unforgivable and scandalous and a terrible historical mistake.”
“The Jews did not kill themselves in the Holocaust,” he said.
“The lowest level of racism against Jews is blaming Jews themselves for anti-Semitism.”
The Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem said in a statement: “Lavrov advocates the reversal of the Holocaust – turning victims into criminals on the basis of promoting a completely unfounded claim that Hitler was of Jewish descent.
“It is just as serious to label Ukrainians in general and President Zelenskyy in particular as Nazis. Among other things, this is a complete falsification of history and an affront to the victims of National Socialism.”
Holly BancroftMay 2, 2022 10:17
Russia is trying to block Ukrainian economy – Zelenskyy said
Ukraine could lose tens of millions of tons of grain due to Russian blockade of its Black Sea ports. Reuters has called.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Monday: “Russia does not let ships enter or leave, it controls the Black Sea. Russia wants to completely block our country’s economy.”
Ukraine is a major grain exporter and a blockade could trigger a food crisis in parts of Africa, Asia and Europe.
Holly BancroftMay 2, 2022 10:01
“Hitler also had Jewish blood,” says Russia’s foreign minister on a horrific attack on Zelenskyy
“What if Zelensky is Jewish? The fact does not negate the Nazi elements in Ukraine. I believe that Hitler also had Jewish blood,” Lavrov said in an interview with Italian television on Sunday. “Some of the worst anti-Semites are Jews.”
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Holly BancroftMay 2, 2022 9:45 am
Hungary opposes an EU embargo on Russian oil and gas
Hungary has reiterated its opposition to a European Union embargo on Russian oil and gas imports.
A Hungarian government spokesman, Zoltan Kovacs, said on Monday: “Hungarian attitudes towards an oil and gas embargo have not changed: we do not support them.”
The comments come as the European Union aims to ban imports of Russian oil by the end of the year.
Holly BancroftMay 2, 2022 9:30 am
Denmark wants to reopen embassy in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv
Denmark will reopen its embassy in Ukraine today after it was closed in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Danish Foreign Ministry said.
Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod told Danish broadcaster DR: “It is a very strong symbol of Danish support for Ukraine and the Ukrainian people that we are reopening the doors of the Danish embassy today.”
France, the USA and Great Britain have already announced that they will move their embassies back to the capital.
Holly BancroftMay 2, 2022 09:10
Finland to decide on NATO membership on May 12 – reports
According to the Finnish newspaper Iltalehti, Finland will decide on May 12 whether or not to apply for NATO membership.
Citing anonymous government sources, the newspaper reported that the decision to join the defense alliance that day will be made in two stages.
First, Finnish President Sauli Niinisto will announce his approval of the country’s NATO membership, the newspaper reported.
Then parliamentary groups should agree to the request.
Holly BancroftMay 2, 2022 8:45 am
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/ukraine-russia-nuclear-war-mariupol-latest-b2069613.html Ukraine Latest news from the war in Russia: Shelling resumes at Mariupol Steelworks as doctors describe dire conditions inside the bunkers