Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy confirmed that 60 people seeking shelter at a school in Bilohorivka, near the eastern city of Luhansk, were killed when Russian troops bombed it this weekend. The UN has condemned the attack, with Secretary General António Guterres saying he was “appalled” by it.
More than 170 civilians have been successfully evacuated from the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol and have arrived in Zaporizhzhya. Officials said a total of more than 600 people were evacuated from the factory and Mariupol.
Members of Ukraine’s Azov battalion are trapped in the Azovstal steel plant, meanwhile saying: they fear they will be killed if captured by Russian troopswhile begging the Ukrainian authorities for help in arranging their extraction. Speaking to the media from within the besieged steel mill, Lieutenant Illya Samoilenko vowed to continue fighting, saying surrender would be a “gift” to the enemy.
US President Joe Biden and other G7 leaders held a video call with Zelenskiy in a show of unity ahead of Russia’s Victory Day celebrations on Monday. The G7 said it was determined to phase out or ban Russian oil and denounced President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. “His actions bring disgrace to Russia and the historic sacrifices of its people,” the group said in a statement, referring to Soviet Russia’s role in defeating Nazi Germany 77 years ago.
New US visa bans on more than 2,600 Russian and Belarusian military officials include personnel believed to be in Bucha. has operatedthe city outside Kiev that has become synonymous with war crimes, said US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
Top US diplomat to Ukraine Kristina Kvien arrived in Kiev with her team on Sunday to resume the country’s presence in the capital. The visit was planned to commemorate the Victory Day in Europe.
Russian air strikes on Sunday injured a woman and the electricity went out six settlements in the Odessa region, authorities said.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised new weapons and other equipment for Ukraine after a surprise visit to the country in which he toured Irpin, a suburb of Kiev and the scene of some of Russia’s worst early attacks. He also said Canada would abolish trade tariffs on all Ukrainian imports next year.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said Berlin “made a mistake” after banning all flags, including Ukrainian flags, as part of its decision to suppress all displays of public support for the Russian invasion on Victory Day. . “Taking a Ukrainian flag away from peaceful protesters is an attack on anyone who is now defending Europe and Germany from Russian aggression with this flag in their hands,” he said.
The wife of the US president, Jill Biden, met Ukraine’s first lady, Olena Zelenska, during another unannounced visit on Sunday to mark Mother’s Day, while U2’s Bono and the Edge performed in an air raid shelter in Kiev.
Speaking on the occasion of Ukraine’s May 8 Remembrance and Reconciliation Day, Zelenskiy said his country paid tribute to all those who helped defeat Adolf Hitler, but accused Russia of repeating its crimes. “This year we say ‘never again’ differently. ‘Never again’ is what we hear differently. It sounds painful, cruel. Without an exclamation mark, but with a question mark. You say: never again? Tell Ukraine.’
Ukraine will triumph over Russia as freedom triumphed over the Nazi dictatorship in 1945, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said, said in a TV address on the occasion of the 77th anniversary of the Victory Day in Europe. Scholz, whose relationship with Zelenskiy has been frosty, has not yet said whether he will accept an invitation to travel to Kiev on Monday.
The United States unveiled a new layer of sanctions against Russiafocused on services, the Russian propaganda machine and its defense industry. They are mainly intended to close loopholes in the existing sanctions and to tighten the noose around the Russian economy a few more steps.
The British Government has extended its sanctions against Russia to include punitive import tariffs on Russian precious metals, as well as export bans on certain British products, to increase economic pressure on Moscow.
Putin’s regime is “mirroring” the actions of the Nazis, British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said Monday as the Russian leader organizes a military parade to celebrate Russia’s victory in World War II., according to a pre-copy of the speech. Wallace will say that Putin and his inner circle must share the same fate as the Nazis, who were ultimately defeated and faced with the Nuremberg Trials for their atrocities.
Emmanuel Macron, the French president, will travel to Berlin on Monday for talks with Scholz and deliver an important speech†