All women, children and elderly people were evacuated from Azovstal to Mariupol, according to how

Azostal steel plants will now house only the last Ukrainian fighters from Mariupol.

All women, children and the elderly were evacuated Saturday from steel plants in Azovstal, the last pocket of resistance in the devastated city of Mariupol, as Ukrainian authorities fear the Russian offensive may resume with renewed vigor. over Nazi Germany on May 9.

The order of the President (Volodymyr Zelensky) was carried out: all women, children and the elderly were evacuated from Azovstal. This part of the humanitarian mission was accomplished in MariupolUkrainian Deputy Prime Minister Irina Verychuk said. On Friday, 50 people, again, the most vulnerable civilians, managed to leave the huge steel complex, the last pocket of resistance to Ukrainian forces in this southeastern port city.

These operations, which have been taking place for a week under the auspices of the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross, according to Kyiv, enabled nearly 500 civilians to escape.

Small Russian advance in Donbass

But the Ukrainian Defense Ministry claimed in its morning report on Saturday that “The enemy did not stop their attack“,”blocking“Especially the defenders of the Azovstal district. Staff of the Ukrainian army confirmed that the Russian forces were still attacking this factory the day before, despite the three-day unilateral ceasefire imposed on Thursday.

Mariupol, which had approximately 500,000 inhabitants before the war, was almost completely wiped off the map by two months of Russian siege and bombardment. The Southern Command of the Ukrainian forces said that two missile attacks reached Odessa, the main Ukrainian port on the Black Sea, on Friday evening, without causing any casualties. The city of Mykolaiv was also targeted.

Also, missile strikes were reported on Friday and Saturday in the Kharkiv region (northeast) and around Donetsk (east). The American Institute for the Studies of War (ISW) noted that the Russians had made limited territorial gains in the past 24 hours around Severodonetsk, one of the major cities in the Donbass still in Ukrainian hands, but this should not lead to a complete encirclement.

Ukrainian military successes

On the contrary, in Kharkiv, the Ukrainian counterattack to bring the second Ukrainian city out of range of enemy artillery gained momentum, with the capture of several Russian positions in the north and east. , again according to ISW. “Ukrainian forces are regaining ground along a wide arc around Kharkiv and are no longer focused on a limited push, demonstrating the ability to conduct offensive operations on a larger scale than has been the case so far in this war.This institute explained.

So much so that the Russian army had to blow up three road bridges “To slow down the counterattackIn this region, according to the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine. For its part, the Ukrainian Navy confirmed that it had destroyed a Russian landing ship about a hundred kilometers from Odessa, not far from Small Snake Island, using a Bayraktar TB2 combat drone, developed in Turkey, information that Russia has not confirmed. .

In general, the British Ministry of Defense estimated in a report that the conflict was a cause “Damage repaired to Russian unitsin combat.

May 9 date

As May 9 approaches, the Ukrainian authorities expect an intensification of Russian strikes. “Please do not ignore the weather alerts and go to the shelters immediately, the bombing is very likely in all regions of UkraineKyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko warned Friday, adding that the 1945 victory will not be commemorated in the Ukrainian capital.

The enemy seeks to eliminate the defenders of Azovstal, and he is trying to do it by May 9 as a gift to Vladimir PutinOleksich Aristovich, advisor to President Volodymyr Zelensky, warned. “Bombing every day, every day, morning, noon and evening. There was not a day without bombing, not a dayOlga Babich told AFP after leaving her village and arriving in Zaporizhia in southern Ukraine.

Russia has so far been able to claim complete control of only one major city, Kherson. On Saturday, the Russian army conducted the last exercises on Red Square before the traditional military parade on May 9, in the presence of soldiers who participated in the offensive in Ukraine.

Fear of conflict spillover

On the sidelines of this war, the authorities of the pro-Russian separatist region of Transdniestria, in Moldova, announced on Saturday that four explosions occurred the previous evening in a village on the border with Ukraine, without causing any casualties. Fears that the conflict in Ukraine will spill over into Transdniestria have grown in recent weeks after a Russian general revealed that one of Russia’s goals was to create a corridor into the small region.

Meanwhile, the United States on Friday announced new military aid to the city of Kyiv worth $150 million – a much lower level than its predecessor – while warning that funds for the delivery of these weapons are now out.practically sold out“.”Congress must quickly release the conditions required to strengthen Ukraine on the battlefield and at the negotiating tablePresident Joe Biden said in the wake of the massive extension of the $33 billion budget requested by US parliamentarians.

The next day in Bucharest, his wife, Jill Biden, on a trip to Europe to express her support for the Ukrainians and the countries helping them, met the families of refugees who fled the Russian invasion.

violations”vertigo” human rights

For her part, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatovic, today, Saturday, condemned the violations.vertigoHuman Rights Law and International Humanitarian Law by the Russian Army in Ukraine, after a four-day visit to Kyiv and its region.

The day before, in the first show of unity since Russia’s attack on Ukraine began on February 24, the United Nations Security Council – of which Russia, one of its five permanent members, has a veto –strong supportTo United Nations Secretary-General António GuterresIn search of a peaceful solution“.

On the Western sanctions front, tough negotiations were underway among the 27 European Union member states to reach an agreement this weekend on a plan to halt Russian oil imports, which Hungary has so far blocked. In addition, Germany announced that the leaders of the great powers of the Group of Seven major powers will hold a virtual meeting on Sunday devoted to the war in Ukraine, in which President Zelensky will participate.

It must be said that Africa, for example, is facing a crisisUnprecedentedParticularly due to the current situation in Ukraine with rising food and fuel prices, according to the United Nations Development Programme.

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