Humanitarian corridor “is working for the first time,” says Volodymyr Zelenskyy
Up to 200 civilians remain trapped in bunkers at the Azovstal Steelworks despite a UN-led evacuation operation to rescue local civilians, a Ukrainian militant Mariupol has said.
Captain Sviatoslav Palamar, 39, a deputy commander of Ukraine‘s controversial Azov regiment said its fighters could hear the voices of people trapped in bunkers at the huge industrial complex.
The United Nations had previously conducted a “safe transit operation” for civilians at the steel mill that served as the last remaining Ukrainian fort in the city of Mariupol.
Up to 1,000 civilians with minimal supplies were 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.”
An evacuee from the steel mill said the survivors still trapped inside were running out of food. “Children have always wanted to eat. You know, adults can wait,” she said.
Zelenskyy calls Russia a ‘terrorist state’
Volodymyr Zelenskyy said his government soon expects a new installment of sanctions aimed at blocking Russia’s energy revenues.
“We are working on new sanctions against Russia. We expect a new package from the European Union in the near future. This package should include clear steps to block Russia’s energy revenues. We really believe in that. So that the terrorist state does not receive EUR 1 billion for fuel every day,” Zelenskyy said.
He added: “But it is also worth preparing now for the next sanctions steps. In any case, we must block all export-import operations with Russia. Because that’s how they earn money in Moscow. And they don’t even understand that international law and peace in Europe must be respected.”
Arpan RaiMay 3, 2022 4:47 am
The evacuations from Mariupol are set to resume today
Officials in Mariupol confirmed the resumption of evacuation drills for civilians on Tuesday.
The Mariupol City Council said the process of evacuating civilians with the support of the United Nations and the Red Cross will begin at 7 a.m. local time.
Arpan RaiMay 3, 2022 4:39 am
Zelenskyy says Russia killed 220 children in the war
Volodymyr Zelenskyy has accused Russia of taking the lives of 220 Ukrainian children in the invasion, saying that the free world did not justify Nazism and the killing of children for that reason.
“220 Ukrainian children have been killed by the Russian army since February 24. And we still don’t know about all of them because we don’t have access to the temporarily occupied areas of our state. 1570 educational institutions were destroyed or damaged by shelling. It’s in just over two months,” Mr Zelensky said in a late night address.
He added that a 14-year-old boy was killed and a 17-year-old girl was wounded after she was hit by shrapnel.
“What is it? For what? What did these children and the dormitory threaten the Russian state with? And so they fight. That’s all,” said Mr. Zelensky.
“That’s why the whole free world has come together so that nobody justifies Nazism, kills children or destroys peaceful cities like Russia does,” said Zelenskyy.
Arpan RaiMay 3, 2022 4:29 am
Here are more details on what to expect when Boris Johnson addresses Ukraine’s parliament tomorrow, in a speech expected to evoke Winston Churchill:
Andy GregoryMay 3, 2022 00:59
Zelenskyj says that Russia “never learned” from the Second World War.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s claim that Adolf Hitler was of Jewish descent shows that Moscow has forgotten or never learned the lessons of World War II, Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.
“I have no words … No one has heard any rejection or justification from Moscow. All we have from there is silence … it means that the Russian leadership has forgotten all the lessons of World War II,” Zelensky, a Jew, said in his nightly video message.
“Or maybe they never learned those lessons.”
Andy GregoryMay 3, 2022 00:21
Boris Johnson celebrates Ukraine’s ‘finest hour’ in an address to the Verkhovna Rada
Boris Johnson is set to address Ukraine’s parliament – the Verkhovna Rada – via video link tomorrow to set out details of a £300m package of military support.
Downing Street said the package will include electronic combat equipment, a counter-battery radar system, GPS jammers and thousands of night vision goggles.
In his address, the Prime Minister will repeat Winston Churchill’s words to the British people during the Second World War, as did Mr Zelensky when he addressed Westminster in March.
“When my country faced the threat of invasion during the Second World War, our Parliament, like yours, continued to meet throughout the conflict and the British people showed such unity and determination that we remember our time of greatest danger as our finest hour recall. ‘ Mr Johnson is expected to say.
“This is Ukraine’s finest hour, an epic chapter in your national history that will be remembered and told for generations to come.
“Their children and grandchildren will say that Ukrainians taught the world that the brute force of an attacker counts for nothing against the moral might of a people determined to be free.”
Andy GregoryMay 2, 2022 23:57
US Senate could begin processing Ukraine’s aid package next week, Schumer says
The US Senate could consider Joe Biden’s request for $33 billion in emergency aid to Ukraine as early as next week, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has suggested.
“I hope that a bipartisan agreement can be reached very soon and that the Senate can start processing this aid package as early as next week,” the Democratic leader said in a speech at the opening of the Senate.
“The quick approval of this emergency funding is essential to help the people of Ukraine in their fight against Russia,” Schumer said. “Again, I expect both sides to work together quickly, decisively and bipartisantically to get that help out the door and on the President’s desk.”
Mr. Biden asked Congress on Thursday for the money to support the government in Kyiv – marking a dramatic escalation in Washington’s funding to Ukraine.
Andy GregoryMay 2, 2022 11:39 p.m
Boy killed in Russian missile attack in Odessa, Zelenskyy says
A 14-year-old boy was killed and a 17-year-old girl injured in a Russian missile attack that hit an Odessa dormitory, Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.
“How did these children and the dormitory threaten the Russian state?” said Mr. Zelensky in his late night video address.
Earlier, the secretary of the Security Council of Ukraine, Oleksiy Danylov, was quoted by the media as saying that the strike also hit a church and blew off the roof.
Andy GregoryMay 2, 2022 23:04
Russia appears to be redirecting Internet traffic in Kherson through its own communications system
Russia has rerouted internet traffic in the occupied Ukrainian region of Kherson through Russia’s communications infrastructure, according to internet service disruption monitor NetBlocks.
The move appeared aimed at cementing Moscow’s grip on a region it claims to have taken full control, with Moscow-appointed authorities in parts of Kherson also saying the region will start using the Russian ruble .
London-based NetBlocks said it was tracking a near-total internet blackout in the Kherson region on Saturday that affected various Ukrainian providers. The connection was restored after several hours, but various readings showed that traffic was now passing through Russia.
“Network connectivity was routed through the Russian internet rather than the Ukrainian telecoms infrastructure, and as such is likely now subject to Russian internet regulations, surveillance and censorship,” NetBlocks said on its website.
Britain’s Defense Ministry said yesterday that Russian moves in the region “are likely to indicate Russia’s intention to exert strong long-term political and economic influence in Kherson”.
Andy GregoryMay 2, 2022 10:40 p.m
Britain is to investigate all “credible” claims of breaching Russia’s arms embargo
Boris Johnson’s government has said it will investigate any “credible allegations” that its arms embargo on Russia has been violated amid concerns that Vladimir Putin’s arsenal of modern weapons relies heavily on components made in Britain and other Western countries.
According to him, a Whitehall investigation is underway Daily Telegraphafter a report by the Royal United Services Institute think tank highlighted the extent to which Russian equipment deployed in Ukraine depends on imports of sophisticated electronics.
“The pattern is universal,” states the report by Dr. Jack Watling and Nick Reynolds. “Almost all of Russia’s modern military hardware depends on complex electronics imported from the US, UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Japan, Israel, China and other countries.
“In some cases, these components are dual-use civilian electronics that can be procured commercially. In many other cases, however, they are pieces of military or specialized technology for which there are a small number of regulated suppliers.
Britain has imposed an arms embargo on Russia since Putin’s illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014, the terms of which were tightened in December when Moscow began rallying troops on the Ukrainian border.
“Britain has one of the most robust and transparent export control regimes in the world and an immediate arms embargo was imposed on Russia in July 2014 following the illegal annexation of Crimea,” a government spokesman said.
“We take all credible allegations of export control violations seriously and will take further action as appropriate.”
Andy GregoryMay 2, 2022 10:24 p.m
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/ukraine-russia-nuclear-war-mariupol-latest-b2070241.html Latest news from Ukraine-Russia war: Zelenskyy says Putin army killed 220 children as attacks on Mariupol resumed