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– France will “to strengthen” Sending military equipment to Ukraine Besides its humanitarian aid to this country, the Elysee announced after a phone conversation between Emmanuel Macron and Volodymyr Zelensky.
– Twenty civilians, including children Taken from the Azovstal website in Mariupol to be evacuated.
– Odessa Airport In southern Ukraine, it was with a russian blow who destroyed the path, without causing injury.
– Russian forces continue to pressure In the eastern and southern regions of Ukraine, Especially around Kharkiv in the northeast.
– 14 Ukrainians were released, including seven soldiers and seven civilians In a new prisoner exchange with Russia.
– 65 days after the war, The presence of Russian mines worries heads of demining services Civil security.
7:06 p.m. UTC. Russian reconnaissance plane violates Swedish airspace
A Russian reconnaissance plane briefly violated Swedish airspace, employees of the Scandinavian country said Saturday, which is studying the possibility of NATO membership in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The Social Democrats in power in the Scandinavian country expect to reach a decision on a possible NATO candidacy by May 24. Finland is also considering joining the military alliance.
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6:47 PM UTC. Twenty civilians were taken from the Azovstal site in Mariupol for evacuation
“Twenty civilians, women and children have been moved to an agreed location and we hope that they will be evacuated to Zaporizhia in the Ukrainian-controlled area.”Svyatoslav Balamar, deputy commander of the Azov Regiment, said in a video telegram. A few hours earlier, Russia’s official TASS news agency announced that a group of 25 civilians, including six children, had managed to get out of Azovstal, a huge steel factory where hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers and civilians were banned.
5:15 p.m. UTC. Russian raid on Odessa airport, destroyed the runway
The region’s governor, Maxim Marchenko, announced that the airport of Odessa, a port city in southern Ukraine, was hit on Saturday by a Russian strike that destroyed the runway without causing any casualties. Eight people were killed in Russian strikes a week ago on the historic city of Odessa, which has a population of nearly one million, and has so far survived the fighting.
3:37 PM UTC. 14 Ukrainians, including a pregnant woman, were released in a new prisoner exchange deal with Russia
“Fourteen of our soldiers have returned home, seven soldiers and seven civilians. One of the maids is five months pregnant.Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Irina Verychuk said on the telegram. In an interview with the BBC, Irina Vereshchuk accused Russia of “deporting” large numbers of civilians across the border and using them as “hostages”.
2:59 PM UTC. Dutch dockers refuse to unload the Russian oil tanker in Amsterdam
Dutch dock workers refused to unload a tanker containing a cargo of Russian diesel in Amsterdam, a day after similar action prevented the ship from docking in Rotterdam. “Late last night we asked all parts of the port of Amsterdam not to allow the ship to dock”Asmaa Hajjari, head of the port workers’ section of the FNV union, said.
2:27 p.m. UTC. The Dane was killed in the fighting in Ukraine
His family said, today, Saturday, that the Dane was killed in Ukraine, according to a statement issued by the Danish Foreign Ministry. The 25-year-old was a participant in the International Legion with the Ukrainian troops.
He was part of a group of eight soldiers who took part in the fighting in the town of Mykolaiv on Tuesday. Six of them will not survive.
12:01 UTC. The bodies of three men who were visibly tortured and shot dead were discovered in a grave near Bucha
On Sunday, Kyiv police said they were handcuffed and blindfolded.
“The victims were tortured for a long time (…) Finally, all of them were shot in the templeKyiv police chief Andreich Nepetov said in a press release, explaining that for some, their hands were tied, blindfolded, and in the mouth.
11:52 GMT. Emmanuel Macron said France will boost sending military equipment and humanitarian aid to Ukraine
On Saturday, after a meeting between re-elected President Emmanuel Macron and his counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, the Elysee announced that France would boost sending military equipment to Ukraine in addition to its humanitarian aid to the country.
As the Ukrainian President thanked him forShipments of major military equipment contributing to the Ukrainian resistance“The French Head of State”He indicated that this support will continue to be strengthened, as will the humanitarian assistance provided by FranceAdding, according to a statement,The mission of French experts who contribute to the collection of evidence to combat impunity and enable the work of international justice in relation to crimes committed in the framework of Russian aggression will continue.“.
11 a.m. UTC. Emmanuel Macron on the phone with Volodymyr Zelensky at noon
10:59 a.m. Repelling the attacks of the Russian forces
Today, Saturday, the General Staff of the Ukrainian forces said that 14 attacks by Russian forces in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions were repelled during the past 24 hours.
10:30 UTC. Favorite Ukraine in Eurovision
Two weeks before the Eurovision Song Contest, whose end will be held on May 14 in Turin, Italy, Ukraine finds itself the favorite with 42% to win, well ahead of Italian duo Mahmoud and Blanco (14%). and Sweden’s Cornelia Jakobs (10%), according to eurovisionworld.com, which houses the major online betting sites.
tube “Stefania” The Kalush Orchestra, a lullaby that blends rap and traditional music, will defend the colors of Ukraine while Russia has been excluded from European competition. “I will always find my way home, even if I destroy all roads”says the title.
10:40 UTC. Mariupol, awaiting possible evacuation
The city of Mariupol in southeastern Ukraine is also facing violent Russian bombing. Several hundred Ukrainian soldiers and civilians live underground in the huge underground galleries of the Azovstal Metallurgical Complex, awaiting a possible evacuation. The solution was mentioned in the last hours by the United Nations coordinator in Ukraine.
8:19 GMT. Half of Ukraine is surrounded by Russian mines
According to the US Department of Defense, the Kremlin’s forces are advancing slowly and unevenly in the Donbass due to the resistance of the Ukrainian army. Yesterday, one person was killed and several others were injured in Kharkiv. After 65 days of war, the presence of Russian mines alarmed the heads of civil security deminers.
(Re) See: Ukraine: Ukrainian army tries to clear residential areas
4:28 GMT. Lavrov urges NATO to stop arming Ukraine
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has urged NATO and the United States to stop arms deliveries to Kyiv if this is done ‘Really interested in resolving the Ukrainian crisis’.
And in an interview published by the official China News Agency on Saturday, he also claimed that the Russian attack on Ukraine is underway “according to plans”.
3:00 UTC. Moscow intensifies its pressure on Kharkiv, Kyiv claims tactical successes
Violent explosions were heard during the night from Friday to Saturday in Kharkiv, the country’s second largest city, which has been pounded by Russian artillery for weeks.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky acknowledged that the situation in this northeastern region, where Russian forces refocused their offensive, is “Difficult”. “But our soldiers are achieving tactical successes.”He said.