On the 71st day of war, the Russian Ministry of Defense declared a unilateral ceasefire in the Azovstal factory in Mariupol, the target of a brutal offensive for several days. An announcement denied by the Ukrainian authorities.
War between Ukraine and Russiadossier
In summary :
– Moscow announced a three-day unilateral ceasefire on Thursday around the Mariupol steelworks, the last bastion of Ukrainian resistance in this strategic port city.
– Russian forces continued their offensive in the east on Wednesday, while hitting numerous targets in the west, from Lviv to the hitherto unspoilt mountainous region of Transcarpathia, not far from the Hungarian border.
– The European Commission on Wednesday proposed a gradual embargo by the European Union on oil imported from Russia.
Germany is preparing to supply 7 armored howitzers to Ukraine. It was one of kyiv’s wishes. Volodymyr Zelensly had explicitly asked the Westerners for material support in the form of howitzers that could hit targets at a distance of 40 kilometers. Germany will fulfill his wishes, according to the newspaper Die Welt. However, the majority of German armored howitzers are currently under repair and not ready for delivery until the end of June. clarifies the journal Bild. A political decision that goes against the opinion of the German army. The German forces preferring to keep them for their own needs.
In Mariupol, the Russianstry to annihilate» Ukrainian soldiers, according to Kyiv. As Russia announced a unilateral ceasefire from Thursday morning, Ukrainian forces claimed fighting continued at the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol. Kyiv assures that Russia “try to annihilate» the last defenders of the site. “The Russian occupiers are busy blocking and trying to annihilate Ukrainian units in the territory of Azovstal“Said in a press release, this Thursday at dawn, the Ukrainian forces. And to affirm that the Russians have “resumed the offensive with aircraft support to take control of the factory».
Zelensky pays tribute to a Ukrainian journalist killed in the Kharkiv region. White walls and blue and yellow flag in the back, the Ukrainian president spoke, on the night of Wednesday to Thursday, in a video published on Facebook. He paid tribute to Ukrainian journalist Oleksandr Makhov, who died at the age of 36 in strikes near the town of Izyoum, in the Kharkiv region. “Patriot and sincere… He was always among the most courageous. Eternal memory to him and to all our heroes who gave their lives for Ukraine!“, he declared, basic khaki t-shirt on the shoulders and drawn beard.
200,000 children from the separatist regions of Ukraine, Donetsk and Luhansk, have fled to Russia. In any case, this is what the Russian press agency RIA announced on Thursday. “A total of 199,700 children crossed the Russian state border at the start of the conflict, including 2,100 in the last day“, Reports RIA, quoting a representative of the Russian emergency services. The Ukrainian authorities have accused Russia of carrying out forced expulsions from the east of the country to the territory it occupies.
600 Ukrainian fighters killed last night, according to Moscow. The Russian Defense Ministry said on Thursday that its artillery targeted several Ukrainian positions and strongholds during the night, killing more than 600 men in total. Still according to the same source, taken up by Reuters, Russian missiles destroyed part of the Kanatovo airfield, in the central region of Kirovohrad, and a large ammunition depot in the southern city of Mykolaiv.
57 million euros released by Great Britain to help “vulnerable people” in Ukraine. The head of British diplomacy Liz Truss announced on Thursday in a press release that she had set up an aid plan of 57 million euros to meet the needs of “vulnerable people in Ukraine and near the borders“. A new support which brings British aid to Ukraine to 260 million euros since the Russian invasion of Ukraine. A few days ago already, Great Britain affirmedredoublehis support for Ukraine, as expressed by Liz Truss, calling on Westerners to increase military production, especially of tanks and planes. Always to help Kyiv.
The Morozov collection back in Russia. It was the major exhibition of the year at the Fondation Louis Vuitton. The Morozov exhibition closed its doors at the beginning of April 2022 and the works from the collection belonging to Russian museums have since been returned to Russia. “The transport to the Russian Federation of all the paintings, graphic works and sculptures took almost twenty days, the last vehicles crossed the Russian border on May 2”, said the Minister of Culture, Olga Lyoubimova. If we do not know the route that the works had to take, their return to Russian soil was not easy, given the absence of flights between the European Union and Russia and road restrictions . Only three works linked to Russian oligarchs remain in France for the time being due to the sanctions in force.
Pompili optimistic about the Russian oil embargo project. Asked at the microphone of franceinfo this Thursday morning, Barbara Pompili assured that she was “confident” concerning the European embargo project on Russian oil and gas. States must adopt it by Monday. Despite Hungary’s reluctance, the Minister for Ecological Transition hopes to achieve unanimous validation “by the end of the week”.
Lula freewheeling on the war in Ukraine. Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, 76, said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was “as much responsible” for the conflict in his country as his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, in an interview with the American magazine Time released Wednesday. “I see the Ukrainian president being applauded standing by all the parliaments (of the world). But this guy is as responsible as Putin. A war never has a single culprit. declared the favorite of the October presidential election in Brazil. “He wanted war. If he didn’t want it, he would have negotiated a little more., he added. The icon of the Brazilian left continued: “If we stimulate Zelensky, he himself thinks he is the best. In fact, we should have told him seriously: “my guy, you are a good comedian, but we are not going to make a war so that you can put on a show”. And tell Putin. “You have plenty of weapons, but you don’t need to use them against Ukraine. Let’s talk!”.
Kyiv does not believe Russian promises on Mariupol. The Ukrainian General Staff made it known in its daily update on Thursday that “The Russian invaders are concentrating their efforts on blocking and trying to destroy our units in the Azovstal area. With the support of the air force, the enemy resumed the offensive to take control of the factory”.
Ceasefire in Azovstal? “The Russian armed forces will open a humanitarian corridor from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Moscow time (5 a.m. to 3 p.m.) on May 5, 6 and 7 from the site of the Azovstal metallurgical plant to evacuate civilians”the Ministry of Defense said in a statement on Wednesday evening. “During this period, the Russian armed forces and the units of the People’s Republic of Donetsk (unilaterally proclaimed by the pro-Russian separatists, editor’s note) will cease fire and hostilities unilaterally”he continued, assuring that civilians who found refuge in the factory would be allowed to reach Russia or the territories controlled by Kyiv.
Did U.S. intelligence help track down and eliminate Russian generals? It is the New York Times which writes it Thursday, citing anonymous sources within the American services. Of the dozen Russian generals killed by Ukrainian forces, “a lot” were targeted with the help of intelligence services from the US military, says the daily. Information immediately denied by the American authorities. “We do not provide intelligence with the intention of killing Russian generals”NSC spokeswoman Adrienne Watson told AFP in an email.
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