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Russia Invades Ukraine Breaking News: War will not end until Putin is dead, says top spy

Humanitarian corridor “is working for the first time,” says Volodymyr Zelenskyy

The only way that Russiawar with Ukraine ends with the death of Wladimir Putinsaid a top spy boss.

Major General Kyrylo Budanov also predicted Ukraine would win the conflict and branded Putin a “war criminal,” while rumors surfaced about the Russian leader’s health after videos of him looking unwell at meetings.

Meanwhile, Russian high-precision missiles have hit a logistics center at a military airfield near Ukraine’s Odessa, which was used to deliver weapons shipped to Kyiv from the West, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

The ministry said hangars containing Bayraktar TB2 unmanned drones, as well as missile weapons and ammunition from the US and European countries, were destroyed.

Odessa Governor Maksym Marchenko said a rocket attack hit the Black Sea port city on Monday evening, causing deaths and injuries.

And in other developments a Ukrainian fighter Mariupol has said up to 200 civilians are trapped in bunkers at the Azovstal steelworks despite a UN-led evacuation operation to rescue civilians at the scene.

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Britain sends armored vehicles to Ukraine to help evacuate civilians

Britain will send 13 armored personnel carriers to Ukraine to evacuate civilians from besieged areas in the east of the country, the government said.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) said the fleet consists of highly specialized all-terrain vehicles equipped with armor and reinforced glass to withstand the high-velocity projectiles, anti-personnel mines and improvised explosive devices used by the Russian military to attack civilians.

The donation from the FCDO fleet follows a direct request from the Kyiv government for safe transportation for civilians.

Secretary of State Liz Truss said: “Deliberately attacking innocent civilians is a war crime.

“This latest donation of armored vehicles will help protect innocent Ukrainians trying to flee Russian shelling and assist Ukrainian officials in carrying out vital work.”

The steel armored vehicles are also used to transport officers to temporary command posts and to assist security agencies in rebuilding railway lines in eastern Ukraine.

The vehicles will arrive there in the coming days, with the FCDO working to dispatch them “as soon as possible”.

Joe MiddletonMay 3, 2022 1:27 p.m

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Only the death of Vladimir Putin will end the war, says Ukraine’s top spy chief amid health rumours

The war in Ukraine will only end with the death of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Kiev’s top military espionage chief has said.

Major General Kyrylo Budanov’s comments come amid rumors about President Putin’s health after videos of the leader looking unwell in meetings.

Mr Budanov boldly predicted a Ukrainian victory on Monday night while warning of an impending mass mobilization in Russia.

Joe MiddletonMay 3, 2022 1:13 p.m

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Ukraine will be “free” from Putin’s invasion, British Prime Minister told Ukrainian parliament

Boris Johnson said in a speech to the country’s parliament on Tuesday afternoon that Ukraine will be “free” from Putin’s invasion.

The Prime Minister said: “Day in and day out, rockets and bombs continue to rain down on the innocent people of Ukraine.

“To the south and east of your beautiful country, Putin continues his grotesque and illegal campaign to take and hold Ukrainian soil, and his soldiers no longer have any excuses not to know what they are doing.

“They commit war crimes and their atrocities show up wherever they are forced to retreat – as we have seen in Bucha, Irpin, Hostomel and many other places.

“We in the UK will do everything we can to hold them accountable for these war crimes and in this moment of uncertainty, continued fear and doubt I have a message for you today: Ukraine will win, Ukraine will be free .”

Joe MiddletonMay 3, 2022 1:04 p.m

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Boris Johnson challenged over visas to Ukraine

Boris Johnson challenged over visas to Ukraine

Joe MiddletonMay 3, 2022 1:00 p.m

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“Grumpy Liverwurst!” The Ukrainian ambassador scolds the German leader for not visiting Kyiv

The outspoken ambassador of Ukraine in Berlin has criticized Germany’s Chancellor Olaf Scholz for not yet visiting Kyiv to show his support, as other European leaders have done.

Ukraine accused the German leader of behaving like a “grumpy liverwurst” after Mr Scholz hinted on Monday that he would not go to Kyiv because German President Frank-Walter Steinmeiner of the Ukrainians from a visit last month was dismissed after President Volodymyr Zelensky accused him of close ties to the Kremlin.

“That’s not possible,” said Mr. Scholz ZDF, a German public broadcaster, last night. “It’s not acceptable that when a country has provided so much military aid, so much financial aid – which is needed – when it comes to the security guarantees that will be important to Ukraine in the future – you then say: But the President cannot come.”

Joe MiddletonMay 3, 2022 12:50 p.m

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Evacuees from Mariupol go to Zaporizhia

A first group of evacuees from the Mariupol steel mill set off for the Ukrainian-controlled city of Zaporizhia on Tuesday.

Mariupol Mayor Vadym Boichenko said more than 200 civilians are at the Azovstal Steel Plant in the Azov Sea port city, which has been devastated by weeks of Russian bombing, and that about 100,000 civilians remain in Mariupol.

“The column (of evacuees) is moving towards Zaporizhia. The evacuation continues,” Boichenko said on national television.

The United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross began an operation coordinated with Ukraine and Russia on April 29 to evacuate women, children and the elderly from steel mills.

The sprawling Azovstal industrial complex became a haven for civilians and Ukrainian militants as Moscow besieged Mariupol and ravaged the city.

Hospitals have been ramped up and supported by volunteers to prepare for the convoy’s arrival, Dr. Dorit Nizan, World Health Organization (WHO) Incident Manager for Ukraine, from Zoom from Zaporizhia.

“We are ready for … burns, fractures and wounds, as well as diarrhea and respiratory infections. We are also ready to see if there are pregnant women or children with malnutrition. We are all here and the healthcare system is well prepared,” she said.

A child sits in a car while his family waits to be treated at a reception center for displaced people in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine, after arriving from Mariupol

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Joe MiddletonMay 3, 2022 12:35 p.m

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Boris Johnson admits Britain could have acted faster to help Ukrainian refugees

Boris Johnson has admitted Britain could have reacted more quickly to help Ukrainian refugees amid widespread criticism that families are being delayed to get to safety.

The Prime Minister said “large numbers” of war refugees are now coming to Britain, but was pressed in an interview with GMB as to why Britain is making it harder on refugees than other European countries.

“Well we’ve done a lot to help Ukrainian women and children in the region, but we’re now seeing large numbers coming to the UK,” he said.

“So far 86,000 visas have been issued and 27,000 are already here and I want to say thank you – 27,000 is a lot and it’s growing fast and I want to pay tribute to all those who are helping to take care of the Ukrainians.

“Could we have done it faster? Yes, maybe we could.”

Asked why the UK is not offering Ukrainians visa-free entry, Mr Johnson said that in a war situation some people may “pretend” to be refugees.

He said: “It’s important to protect the system from those who might want to abuse it.

Joe MiddletonMay 3, 2022 12:18 p.m

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Nine civilians killed by shelling in Donetsk region

At least nine civilians were killed by Russian fire in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region today, the regional governor said.

Donetsk Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko wrote in the messaging app Telegram that at least three civilians were killed in an airstrike on the city of Avdiivka.

Three others were killed in the shelling of the town of Vuhledar and three in the shelling of the town of Lyman, he wrote.

Earlier today, the Office of the President of Ukraine said other areas of Donetsk were under constant fire and regional authorities were trying to evacuate civilians from the frontline zones.

Chiara GiordanoMay 3, 2022 12:06

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Russia hits back at Israel’s criticism of foreign minister

The Russian Foreign Ministry has reinforced Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s comments on Hitler, claiming that Israel “supports the neo-Nazi regime in Ukraine”.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry summoned the Russian ambassador for “clarification” and demanded an apology after Mr Lavrov made the comments to try to justify Russia’s portrayal of Ukraine as “Nazi” even though its president is Jewish.

Russia has now hit back at Israel’s criticism of Mr Lavrov, accusing Israel of supporting neo-Nazis in Ukraine in a lengthy telegram post.

Chiara GiordanoMay 3, 2022 11:50 am

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Emmanuel Macron speaks to Vladimir Putin for the first time in more than a month

French President Emmanuel Macron was due to call his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin around noon, according to Macron’s office.

Although the two spoke regularly in the first few weeks after Russia’s February 24 invasion of Ukraine, Macron last spoke to Putin on March 29.

Today’s call is said to come at Macron’s initiative and follows a call he had with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Saturday.

The conflict in Ukraine has leveled cities, killed thousands of civilians and forced more than 5 million to flee the country.

Chiara GiordanoMay 3, 2022 11:26

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