Status update at 6:30 pm.
· “All the women, all the children, all the old” were evacuated from Azovstal Kyiv announced this Saturday.
· On Saturday, Ukraine claimed to have destroyed a Russian landing ship near the small island of Snyk in the Black SeaWhich became a symbol of Ukrainian resistance to the Russian invasion that began at the end of February.
The first lady of the United States, Jill Biden, is visiting Europe to express her support for Ukraine and the countries that help it, On Saturday in Bucharest, he met the families of refugees who fled the Russian invasion.
“All the women, all the children, all the old” were evacuated from Azovstal
Kyiv announced on Saturday that “all women, all children and the elderly” had been evacuated from Azovstal.
In Romania, Jill Biden supports Ukrainian refugees
United States First Lady Jill Biden, who is visiting Europe to express her support for Ukraine and the countries helping it, met Saturday in Bucharest with families of refugees who fled the Russian invasion.
Accompanied by Carmen Iohannis, the wife of the Romanian president, Jill Biden remarkably went to the “Uruguay” school, which receives about fifty Ukrainian students.
She spoke with several children drawing the Ukrainian and Romanian flags, according to pictures broadcast by public television TVR.
Then I heard the stories of teachers and mothers recounting their plight under bombing in Ukraine, and then their efforts to organize classes for refugee children in Bucharest.
The Council of Europe denounces the “circular” human rights violations in Ukraine
The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, today, Saturday, denounced the “horrific” violations of human rights and international humanitarian law committed by the Russian army in Ukraine, at the conclusion of a four-day visit to Kyiv and its region.
“The extent and severity of violations of human rights and international humanitarian law that occurred in the wake of the Russian Federation’s aggression against Ukraine is staggering,” Dunya Mijatović said in a press release.
“The names Bucha, Borodianka, Irbin or Andreyevka have come to symbolize the horrific acts committed here,” said the commissioner, who did not announce his visit for security reasons.
The statement added that the commissioner visited several regions outside Kyiv, “all of which were subjected to artillery fire, fierce fighting and brutality by Russian forces.”
Ukraine claims to have destroyed a Russian boat off Snake Island
On Saturday, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said on Twitter that it had destroyed a Russian boat off Snake Island. It is a landing ship of Project Sirna, sunk by a Bayraktar TB2 combat drone. With a length of 26 meters, the Sirna belongs to a class of fast Russian landing ships with a carrying capacity of up to 45 tons.
The ministry added, ironically, that “the traditional parade of the Russian Black Sea Fleet will take place this year on May 9 near Snake Island, at the bottom of the water.”
Confetti clippings appear above the waves, and Snake Island is a strategic point in the Black Sea, allowing both to pose dangerous but also particularly vulnerable threats.
Status update at 1 pm.
• Evacuations are continuing at the Azovstal plant. After 50 people were evacuated from steel plants on Friday, Ukraine’s deputy prime minister indicated that operations would continue on Saturday. Evacuations from Mariupol are also scheduled for the late afternoon.
• Last exercises in Moscow before the May 9 parade. This Saturday, a public rehearsal is being organized in Moscow, Red Square, before the Great Military Parade on May 9. It is analyzed as a symbol of Russian power. An intercontinental ballistic missile was seen.
• New eruptions in Transnistria. The pro-Russian separatist region in Moldova said four explosions occurred on Friday near a former airport near the Ukrainian border. Several incidents have occurred in this area since the beginning of the conflict, raising fears of a spillover of the conflict.
• Russia suffered “heavy losses” according to British intelligence. The intelligence services of the Ministry of Defense indicated through the channel, on Saturday, that Russia had incurred heavy losses in financial terms. “It will take Russia a long time and large sums of money to rebuild its army after the conflict,” the statement said.
Exhibition dedicated to “NATO brutality” presented in Moscow
The State Museum of Contemporary Russian History is organizing an exhibition dedicated to the “brutality” of NATO until May 22.
You can see paintings of wounded children and grieving women, but also loudspeakers broadcasting the deafening noise of warplanes.
“We are talking here, among other things, about the fact that in the current conflict, NATO is playing a very important and active role,” Fyodor Kokin, 28, the museum’s scientific director, told AFP. “They are supplying Ukraine with weapons, equipment and ammunition.”
He adds that this exhibition, which was prepared “in less than a few weeks”, has received 14,000 visitors so far.
New explosions in Transnistria
The authorities of the pro-Russian separatist region of Transnistria, located in the territory of Moldova, announced on Saturday that four explosions occurred Friday evening near a former airport in a village on the border with Ukraine. There were no reports of injuries.
The separatists said: “On the evening of May 6, around 9:40 pm, the first two explosive devices were thrown from a drone. An hour later, the attack was repeated.”
Several incidents have occurred in the region recently, including shootings near a weapons depot and a series of explosions, raising fears of an extension of the current conflict in Ukraine.
In Moscow, the last rehearsals were held before the Great May 9 Parade on Red Square
Two days before the big military parade on May 9, Moscow is actively preparing. As the BFMTV special envoy sees in the Russian capital, exercises have begun.
Several military vehicles were seen on Saturday morning. Tanks and an intercontinental ballistic missile moved remarkably.
The date of May 9 was presented by many experts as necessary for the Russian state. On this occasion, Moscow celebrates the victory over Nazism after the “Great Patriotic War”.
Russian forces destroyed three bridges in the northeast of the country to curb a Ukrainian counter-attack
In an update about the invasion posted on Facebook, the General Staff of the Ukrainian Army said that Russian forces destroyed three bridges around Tsyrkuny and Rusky Tyshky near the city of Kharkiv.
“The occupiers blew up three road bridges in order to slow down the offensive counter-action of the Ukrainian Defense Forces,” the statement said.
According to the Ukrainian military, about 25,100 Russian soldiers have died in Ukraine since the offensive began
The Ukrainian armed forces, reported by electronic media Kyiv The Independent, on Saturday, said that about 25,100 Russian soldiers have been killed in Ukraine since the start of the invasion launched by Moscow on February 24.
In addition to these human losses, there are material losses. Also, 1,122 tanks, 199 aircraft, 155 helicopters, 90 cruise missiles, or 1,934 vehicles were destroyed.
British intelligence also said on Saturday that Moscow was paying a “heavy price” in Ukraine and incurring significant material losses. This will make it difficult to reconstitute an entire army at the end of the conflict, especially since the country is now under heavy sanctions.
More than 10,000 alleged war crimes are currently being investigated
Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office Irina Venediktova said on Saturday that more than 10,000 alleged war crimes committed by the Russian military in Ukraine are currently under investigation.
10,257 cases have been recorded, and 223 children have died in Ukraine since Russia launched its invasion on February 24.
G7 leaders meet Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday
Leaders of the G7 member states (the United States, France, Japan, Germany, Italy, Canada and the United Kingdom) will meet on Sunday with President Volodymyr Zelensky on the eve of the Russian power show expected during May 9. procession.
Discussions will focus on the latest developments in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but also show “the unity of the G7 in collective response, and the imposition of severe sanctions linked to Putin’s war.”
The exchange will take place in the afternoon.
British intelligence says Russia is causing “heavy losses” in Ukraine
British intelligence, in its daily update posted on Twitter, spoke about the great material losses that Russia incurred in Ukraine.
“At least one T-90M tank, Russia’s most advanced tank, was destroyed during the fighting. The T-90M was introduced in 2016 and features reinforced armor, an improved cannon and effective satellite navigation systems,” the press release reads.
Moreover, “the conflict in Ukraine takes a heavy toll on the most advanced equipment. It will take a long time as well as large sums of money for Russia to be able to reconstitute its army after the conflict,” declared the intelligence services.
UN Security Council statement on Ukraine makes no mention of ‘war’, ‘conflict’ or ‘invasion’
On Friday, the UN Security Council issued its first statement on the war in Ukraine, without mentioning the terms “war”, “conflict” or “invasion”.
The text refers to the Council’s “deep interest in the maintenance of peace and security in Ukraine”.
Then specifying that “all Member States are obligated, under the Charter of the United Nations, to be obligated to settle their international disputes by peaceful means.”
Azovstal: New evacuations expected on Saturday
Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Irina Vereshuk announced on Friday the evacuation of 50 civilians thanks to a new humanitarian convoy on Friday from the huge Azovstal plant, the last pocket of resistance for Ukrainian forces in Mariupol, a coastal city besieged by Russian forces.
“Today we managed to get 50 women, children and adults out of Azovstal,” Irina Vereshuk announced on Telegram on Friday. “Tomorrow morning we will continue the evacuation.”
For its part, the Russian Ministry of Defense determined the evacuation of eleven children out of these 50 civilians.
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