8:30 am: New evacuations from the Azovstal site in Mariupol expected this Saturday
This Friday, 50 civilians were evacuated thanks to a new humanitarian convoy Friday from the huge Azovstal factory, the last pocket of resistance of the Ukrainian forces in Mariupol, according to the Ukrainian authorities.
Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk also indicated that the evacuation operation was to continue on Saturday morning.
The Russian Ministry of Defense specified for its part that eleven children, out of these fifty civilians, had been evacuated.
8 a.m.: Africa facing an “unprecedented” crisis
The invasion of Ukraine and the sanctions imposed in the wake of Moscow have hit African countries hard, already victims of the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic and the climate emergency. “This is an unprecedented crisis for the continent”, underlined the chief economist of the Africa office of the United Nations Development Programme, Raymond Gilpin, during a press conference organized in Geneva, Switzerland. The economist says he expects “a decline in economic growth on the continent, expected to increase slightly this year after the Covid”.
We see the possibility of tensions in hotspots like the Sahel, parts of Central Africa and the Horn of Africa. Tensions, especially in urban, low-income communities, could boil over and lead to violent protests and riots.
Many African countries depend for food on Russia and Ukraine, two major exporters of wheat, corn, rapeseed and sunflower oil. “In some African countries, up to 80% of the wheat came from Russia and Ukraine. There is an urgent situation materializing,” insisted UN Under-Secretary-General Ahunna Eziakonwa.
7:48 am: Mariupol is “completely destroyed”, according to Zelensky
Volodymyr Zelensky said on Friday that the city of Mariupol was “completely destroyed” and that there was nothing left for Russia to take apart from its Azovstal steelworks. The Ukrainian president was questioned, during a videoconference organized by the Chatham House think tank in London, about what the fall of this strategic port at the southern tip of the Donbass, where only a pocket of resistance in the this steel complex.
You have to understand that Mariupol will never fall (…), it is already devastated, there is no longer any structure, everything has been completely destroyed.
The full conquest of Mariupol, a southeastern city with a prewar population of nearly 500,000 that was devastated by two months of Russian siege and bombardment, would be important for Russia as May 9 approaches. day when she celebrates her victory over Nazi Germany in 1945.
“The enemy is trying to finish off the defenders of Azovstal, they are trying to do this before May 9 to give Vladimir Putin a present,” said Oleksiy Arestovych, an adviser to Zelensky. If the Russian forces really sought to “destroy” the last fighters or civilians of Mariupol, kyiv would be forced to break off any peace negotiations, the Ukrainian president warned again.
7:15 am: A mysterious mega-yacht stranded in Italy
A mysterious mega-yacht worth an estimated $700 million (636 million euros) whose owner’s name has not been made public and which appeared to be on the way out, was immobilized on Friday by Italian authorities . According to the New York Times, the ship may belong to Vladimir Putin himself.
The investigation by the Italian authorities “has made it possible to establish significant economic and business links between the person who officially owns the ship Scheherazade and eminent figures in the Russian government” as well as Russian figures sanctioned by the West. following the invasion of Ukraine, says a ministerial statement.
7 a.m.: New US military aid of $150 million to Ukraine
Joe Biden announced new military aid to Ukraine to fight the Russian invasion on Friday evening, including artillery munitions and radar, but warned that arms funds for kyiv were now “virtually exhausted”. A US official said the aid amounted to $150 million, well below previous US arms shipments.
6:50 am: The UN Security Council for a “peaceful solution”
The UN Security Council on Friday unanimously gave its “strong support” to “the search for a peaceful solution” in Ukraine. A first demonstration of unity since the beginning of the Russian offensive. In the declaration drafted by Norway and Mexico which it adopted, the Security Council, of which Russia is a permanent member, recalls that “all Member States are committed, under the Charter of the United Nations, to the obligation to settle their international disputes by peaceful means”.
The main body of the UN, which also expresses its “deep concern regarding the maintenance of peace and security in Ukraine”, gives in this regard “firm support” to the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, ” in the search for a peaceful solution” to this conflict.
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6:46 a.m .: The latest highlights on the ground
– On Friday, fifty more civilians were able to leave thanks to a new convoy the immense Azovstal steelworks, the last pocket of resistance of the Ukrainian forces in Mariupol. These are women, children and the elderly, said Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk, adding that the evacuations would continue this Saturday.
– Iryna Vereshchuk lamented Friday that the Russian forces have “constantly violated” the ceasefire decreed by Moscow during the evacuations. The Azov regiment, which defends the steelworks, accused the Russian military of having targeted “with an anti-tank guided missile” one of its cars involved in the operation to evacuate civilians, killing a soldier and injuring six.
– Moscow has so far only been able to claim complete control of one major city, Kherson. This is located in the south, where, launched a senior Russian parliamentary official, Andrei Turtchak, Russia will remain “forever”.
– In the east, Severodonetsk, one of the main cities of the Donbass still in the hands of the Ukrainians, is “virtually surrounded”, admitted its mayor on Friday. Russian aircraft struck 27 military sites during the day, including three ammunition depots near Kuzminovka, Zvanovka and Seversk in the Donetsk region.
– 41 people, including eleven women, have been released as part of a new prisoner exchange with Russia, kyiv revealed on Friday, without giving the number of Russians returned to their country.
What to remember from Friday
6:45 am: Hello everyone, welcome to this live where we will follow the situation around the conflict in Ukraine, this Saturday, May 7, on the 73rd day of the Russian invasion.
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