As the war between Russia and Ukraine enters its 68th day, we take a look at the main events.
Here are the key events so far on Sunday, May 2.
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- Some 100 civilians evacuated from the besieged Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol were due to reach the Ukrainian-controlled city of Zaporizhzhia.
- Russia’s Defense Ministry said it had carried out a missile attack on a military airfield near the port city of Odessa, destroying a runway and a hangar containing Western-supplied weapons and ammunition.
- Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Moscow’s upcoming Victory Day celebrations on May 9 will not affect the pace of its operations in Ukraine.
- In the Kharkiv region of Ukraine, Governor Oleh Synehubov warned residents in the north and east of the city of Kharkiv to stay in their shelters due to heavy Russian shelling.
- Serhiy Gaidai, governor of the Luhansk region, urged people to evacuate while it was still possible.
- The Russian Defense Ministry has accused Ukrainian forces of shelling a school, a kindergarten and a cemetery in villages in the occupied South Kherson region, the Russian RIA news agency said. There was no immediate response from Ukraine.
- Ukraine’s military said Russia is redeploying some forces from Mariupol to the eastern Luhansk region as Moscow presses ahead with its refocused offensive in the Donbas.
- More than a quarter of the 120 battalion tactical groups Russia committed to at the start of the war in Ukraine are now likely to be combat ineffective, the UK Ministry of Defense said.
- Following a surprise visit to kyiv, US President Nancy Pelosi said she had met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to send the message that Washington stands firm with kyiv as it fights the “evil invasion” of the Russian President Vladimir Putin.
- Britain’s Foreign Office said Russia is using a troll factory to spread disinformation about the war on social media and target politicians in several countries, including Britain and South Africa.
- Russia is committed to working to prevent a nuclear war from starting, Lavrov said in an interview on Italian television. “Western media misrepresent Russian threats,” Lavrov said, speaking in Russian through an Italian interpreter.
- Finland will almost certainly apply for NATO membership, Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde told Swedish television.
- Denmark and Sweden summoned Russia’s ambassadors after a Russian spy plane violated the airspace of both countries, their governments say.
- Some 219 children have been killed in Ukraine and 405 injured since Russia launched its large-scale offensive on February 24, the Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office reported.
- The largest number of war-affected children is in the Donetsk region (139), followed by Kyiv (115), Kharkiv (95) and Chernihiv (68), the office said on the Telegram app.
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- US Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said he would add provisions to a $33 billion Ukraine aid package to allow Washington to seize the assets of Russian oligarchs and send money from their sales directly. to Ukraine.
- Russia should confiscate Westerners’ property in response to a proposal by US President Joe Biden to transfer the frozen assets of the Russian elite to Ukraine, Russia’s top lawmaker has said.
- The European Union is leaning towards a ban on Russian oil imports by the end of the year, two EU diplomats said after talks between the European Commission and EU member states this weekend.
- EU energy ministers were scheduled to hold emergency talks on Monday as the bloc scrambles to come up with a united response to Moscow’s demand that European buyers pay for Russian gas in rubles or face a power cut. supply.