Ukraine Russia war recent news: Mariupol steel plant shelling resumes as doctors describe severe bunker conditions

Humanitarian corridor ‘works for the first time’ says Volodymyr Zelensky

Russia has reportedly resumed shelling of the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol following the evacuation of dozens of civilians from the site, a Ukrainian official said.

The United Nations had conducted a “safe passage operation” for civilians in the steelworks, which served as the last remaining Ukrainian stronghold in the city of Mariupol.

Up to 1,000 civilians are believed to have been trapped under the Azovstal plant with minimal supplies along with hundreds of fighter jets – some said to suffer from gnawing wounds – after Vladimir Putin told Russian troops to block the area last week “so a fly can” not get through”.

An evacuee from the steelworks said survivors still trapped inside were running out of food. “Kids have always wanted to eat. You know adults can wait,” she said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky appeared to indicate that he would meet with a first group of 100 evacuees in the city of Zaporizhzhia on Monday.


Russia has banned the submission of EC 2028 bids as part of UEFA measures

Russia has been banned from bidding to host the men’s European Championships in both 2028 and 2032, as part of a series of measures in connection with the country’s continued suspension from international football announced by Uefa.

Russia had declared interest in competing with Britain and Ireland for the right to host the 2028 European Championships, but will not be allowed to continue its bid after the country’s invasion of Ukraine.

This is because Uefa has made decisions in a number of areas concerning Russia’s involvement in continental competition.

Portugal replace Russia in this summer’s European Championship for women in England, while Russian clubs have been excluded from next season’s Champions League.

Joe Middleton2 May 2022 17:57


Rocket attacks hit Odesa, causing deaths and injuries, the local governor said

A rocket attack hit the port city of Odesa in the Black Sea in southwestern Ukraine on Monday night.

The attack caused deaths and injuries, local governor Maksym Marchenko said on Telgram’s messaging app. No further details were immediately available.

Separately, Ukraine’s public television company Suspilne quoted the southern military command as saying the strike had damaged a religious building.

Joe Middleton2 May 2022 17:51


Italy denies media reports that they should pay for Russian gas with rubles

Italy on Monday rejected a media report saying Italy was open to paying for Russian gas with rubles.

Moscow has said that foreign gas buyers must deposit euros or dollars in an account with the privately owned Russian bank Gazprombank, which would convert them into rubles.

The European Commission told countries last month that compliance with Russia’s regime could potentially break EU sanctions.

In a report on Monday, Politico quoted Italy’s eco-conversion minister Roberto Cingolani as saying that European energy companies should be temporarily allowed to comply with Russian demands to pay for gas in rubles.

In a note, the ministry said the article was “misleading” and did not correspond to the position expressed by Mr Cingolani.

“While waiting for a common EU position on the payment position, the euro / ruble scheme, which predicts that companies are currently paying in euros, does not appear to constitute a breach of the February 24 sanctions,” the ministry said.

Joe Middleton2 May 2022 17:34


Britain could be ‘dived into the sea’ by a nuclear attack underwater, Russian state television threatens

Britain could be “dived into the sea” by an underwater nuclear attack, a host of Russian state television has threatened.

Dmitry Kiselyov, a key propagandist for Vladimir Putin, used his show on Sunday night to suggest that an attack on Britain using a Poseidon underwater drone could be a possible move for Russia.

Sir. Kiselyov said the weapon would trigger a radioactive tidal wave and plunge Britain “to the depths of the sea”.

Joe Middleton2 May 2022 17:22


Zelensky says humanitarian corridors ‘work for the first time’ in Ukraine

Zelensky says humanitarian corridors ‘work for the first time’ in Ukraine

Joe Middleton2 May 2022 17:12


Israel demands apology from Russia after Sergei Lavrov claims Hitler had Jewish origins

Israel lamented Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday for claiming Adolf Hitler was of Jewish descent, saying it was an “unforgivable” lie that humiliated the horrors of the Nazi Holocaust.

As a signal of sharply deteriorating relations with Moscow, the Israeli Foreign Ministry summoned the Russian ambassador and demanded an apology.

“Such lies are intended to accuse the Jews themselves of the most heinous crimes in history committed against them,” Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said in a statement.

“The use of the Jewish people’s Holocaust for political purposes must stop immediately,” he added.

Sir. Lavrov made the claim on Italian television on Sunday, when asked why Russia said it was necessary to “de-Nazify” Ukraine if the country’s own president, Volodymyr Zelensky, was himself a Jew.

“When they say ‘What kind of Nazism is it if we are Jews’, then I think Hitler also had Jewish origins, so it means nothing,” Lavrov told the Rete 4 channel as he spoke through an Italian interpreter .

“For a long time now, we have heard the wise Jewish people say that the greatest anti-Semites are the Jews themselves,” he added.

Dani Dayan, chairman of Yad Vashem, Israel’s memorial to the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust, said the Russian minister’s remarks were “an insult and a serious blow to the victims of real Nazism”.

Joe Middleton2 May 2022 16:54


Hungary moves embassy in Ukraine back to Kiev

Hungary has moved its embassy in Ukraine back to Kiev from Lviv as the security situation in the capital continues to improve, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Monday.

In a Facebook video, Mr Szijjarto said the move was completed over the weekend and that the embassy in Kiev was already in operation.

Joe Middleton2 May 2022 16:40


Gazprom leader fleeing Russia says only ‘regime change or death’ will stop Putin

Gazprom leader fleeing Russia says only ‘regime change or death’ will stop Putin

Joe Middleton2 May 2022 16:28


Pelosi is holding talks on Ukraine with the Polish president following the meeting with Zelensky in Kiev

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Holly Bancroft2 May 2022 16:13


Evacuated from Mariupol arrive in Zaporizhzhia – police say

More than 100 women, children and the elderly have arrived in the city of Zaporizhzhia from Mariupol, Ukrainian military police said on social media.

In the post, police said: “Over a hundred civilians in Mariupol, who for two months fought with the defenders of Mariupol in the underground shelter of Azovstal against bombing and artillery attacks from the Russian Federation, arrived in Zaporizhzhya.

Today we were able to evacuate over a hundred women, children and the elderly.

They all get everything they need – hot meals, medicine, products. Doctors look at the victims. People get psychological help. ”

Holly Bancroft2 May 2022 15:55

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