Humanitarian corridor ‘working for first time’ says Volodymyr Zelensky
Up to 200 civilians remain trapped inside bunkers in the Azovstal steel works, despite an evacuation operation led by the UN to save civilians from the site, a Ukrainian fighter in Mariupol has said.
Captain Sviatoslav Palamar, 39, a deputy commander of Ukraine’s controversial Azov Regiment, said his fighters could hear the voices of people trapped in bunkers of the vast industrial complex.
The United Nations had earlier conducted a “safe passage operation” for civilians in the steelworks, which was serving as the last-remaining Ukrainian stronghold in the city of Mariupol.
Up to 1,000 civilians were thought to have been stuck underneath the Azovstal plant with minimal supplies alongside hundreds of fighters – some said to be suffering with festering wounds – after Vladimir Putin told Russian troops to blockade the area last week “so that a fly can’t get through”.
One evacuee from the steelworks said that survivors still trapped inside were running out of food. “Children always wanted to eat. You know, adults can wait,” she said.
Boris to evoke Churchill as he tells Ukrainian parliament this is country’s ‘finest hour’
Boris Johnson is set to evoke Britain’s struggle with Nazi Germany today as he addresses the Ukraine’s parliament and state that their country’s resistance of Russian invasion is its “finest hour”.
Mr Johnson is the first western leader to address the Verkhovna Rada in Kyiv by video link. This comes almost two months after president Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the House of Commons.
The prime minister is expected to say that the UK is “proud to be among Ukraine’s friends” and will announce a new £300m package of defensive military aid, including electronic warfare kit, a counter-battery radar system, GPS jamming equipment and thousands of night-vision devices.
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Arpan Rai3 May 2022 06:04
Russia must be held accountable for sex crimes in Ukraine, says envoy
Russia troops who committed sexual assault crimes in Ukraine, including those against children, must be held accountable, Kyiv‘s ambassador-designate to Canada said on Monday.
Addressing the Canadian House of Commons, envoy Yulia Kovaliv said Russia is using sexual violence as a weapon of war and sought for rape and sexual assault to be investigated as war crimes.
“Russians, a few days ago, killed a young mother and taped her living child to her body and attached a mine between them,? the ambassador said. She said the mine detonated,” Ms Kovaliv said.
The ambassador-designate added that Russia has kidnapped Ukrainian children and taken them to Russian-occupied territories and now inside Russia.
“All of Russian society, and not just President Vladimir Putin “and his proxies,” should bear responsibility for the war on Ukraine because more than 70% of Russians support the invasion,” Kovaliv said.
Arpan Rai3 May 2022 05:56
More than one million Ukrainians taken to Russia – report
Russian troops have taken more than 1 million civilians, including nearly 200,000 children from Ukraine to Moscow, Russia’s defence ministry said, reported state news agency TASS.
These million people taken away included 11,550 people along with 1,847 children in the past 24 hours, “without the participation of the Ukrainian authorities”, Russian defence ministry official Mikhail Mizintsev said.
The civilians “were evacuated to the territory of the Russian Federation from the dangerous regions” of Donetsk, Lugansk and other parts of Ukraine, the report added.
It is not clear where the civilians have been taken.
Arpan Rai3 May 2022 05:37
Zelensky calls Russia a ‘terrorist state’
Volodymyr Zelensky has said that his administration is expecting a new tranche of sanctions against Russia soon aimed at blocking Russia’e energy revenues.
“We are working on new sanctions against Russia. We expect a new package from the European Union in the near future. This package should include clear steps to block Russia’s energy revenues. We truly believe in this. So that the terrorist state is not given a billion euros a day for fuel,” Mr Zelensky said.
He added: :But it is also worth preparing for the next sanctions steps now. In any case, we will have to block all export-import operations with Russia. Because that’s what they make money on in Moscow. And they do not even understand that international law and peace in Europe must be respected.”
Arpan Rai3 May 2022 04:47
Mariupol evacuations to resume today
Officials in Mariupol have confirmed the resumption of evacuation drill for civilians on Tuesday.
The Mariupol City Council said that the process of evacuating civilians will start at 7am local time with the support of the UN and the Red Cross.
Arpan Rai3 May 2022 04:39
Russia has killed 220 children in war, says Zelensky
Volodymyr Zelensky has accused Russia of claiming the lives of 220 Ukrainian children in the invasion, stating that the free world did not justify Nazism and killing children because of this reason.
“220 Ukrainian children have been killed by the Russian army since February 24. And we still don’t know about everyone, because we don’t have access to the temporarily occupied areas of our state. 1570 educational institutions were destroyed or damaged by shelling. It’s in a little over two months,” Mr Zelensky said in a nightly address.
He added that a 14-year-old boy was killed and A 17-year-old girl was woundeda after a shrapnel hit her.
“What is it? For what? What did these children and the dormitory threaten the Russian state with? And that’s how they fight. That’s all,” Mr Zelensky said.
“That is why the whole free world united so that no one justifies Nazism, kills children or destroys peaceful cities as Russia does,” Mr Zelensky said.
Arpan Rai3 May 2022 04:29
Here’s more detail on what to expect when Boris Johnson addresses the Ukrainian parliament tomorrow, with a speech expected to evoke Winston Churchill:
Andy Gregory3 May 2022 00:59
Zelensky suggests Russia ‘never learned lessons’ of Second World War
Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov’s suggestion that Adolf Hitler had Jewish origins shows that Moscow has forgotten, or never learned, the lessons of the Second World War, Volodymyr Zelensky has said.
“I have no words … No one has heard any denial or any justification from Moscow. All we have from there is silence…. this means that the Russian leadership has forgotten all the lessons of World war two,” Mr Zelensky, who is Jewish, said in his nightly video message.
“Or perhaps they have never learned those lessons.”
Andy Gregory3 May 2022 00:21
Boris Johnson to hail Ukraine’s ‘finest hour’ in address to Verkhovna Rada
Boris Johnson is due to address Ukraine’s parliament – the Verkhovna Rada – via video link tomorrow, to set out details of a £300m package of military support.
Downing Street said the package will include electronic warfare equipment, a counter battery radar system, GPS jamming equipment and thousands of night vision devices.
In his address, the prime minister will echo the words of Winston Churchill to the British people during the Second World War, as Mr Zelensky did when he spoke to Westminster in March.
“When my country faced the threat of invasion during the Second World War, our parliament, like yours, continued to meet throughout the conflict, and the British people showed such unity and resolve that we remember our time of greatest peril as our finest hour,” Mr Johnson is expected to say.
“This is Ukraine’s finest hour, an epic chapter in your national story that will be remembered and recounted for generations to come.
“Your children and grandchildren will say that Ukrainians taught the world that the brute force of an aggressor counts for nothing against the moral force of a people determined to be free.”
Andy Gregory2 May 2022 23:57
US Senate could start processing Ukrainian aid package next week, Schumer says
The US Senate could take up Joe Biden’s request for $33bn in emergency aid for Ukraine as soon as next week, Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer has suggested.
“It is my hope that a bipartisan agreement can be reached very soon and that the Senate can begin processing this aid package on the floor as early as next week,” the Democratic leader said in remarks opening the Senate.
“Quickly approving this emergency funding is essential to helping the people of Ukraine in their fight against Russia,” Mr Schumer said. “Again, I expect both sides to work quickly, decisively and with bipartisan cooperation to get this aid out the door and onto the president’s desk.”
Mr Biden asked Congress on Thursday for the money to support the government in Kyiv – marking a dramatic escalation of Washington’s funding for Ukraine.
Andy Gregory2 May 2022 23:39