AGI – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video: “To save people in the secret areas of Azovstal, including women and children, we must maintain the ceasefire,” adding that “the Ukrainian side is ready” to do so. “It takes time to get people out of these dungeons,” Zelensky stressed.
Over the next three days, the Russian Armed Forces will open a humanitarian corridor in the territory of the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol “for the evacuation of civilians”. The decision was announced by the Russian headquarters for humanitarian response and published by TASS.
The Russian army assures that on May 5, 6 and 7 “military activities will stop” and military units will be withdrawn “at a safe distance”, adding that the departing civilians will be able to choose any direction, both towards the territory of the Russian Federation and both in areas controlled by the Kyiv authorities .
Michel, we have always found an agreement with Hungary
“Systematically in the past there were fears that we would not be able to unite. And we were systematically able to adopt a unified position. This of course required some negotiations, talks and decisions. We need the support of 27. Governments.” This was stated by the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, in response to a question about Hungary’s threat to veto the sixth package of sanctions that include an embargo on Russian oil. “A few weeks ago, I publicly informed the European Parliament that oil and gas will be part of the sanctions sooner or later. This is an important step,” added Michel, who confirmed that he was “working with his colleagues in the Council.” Obtaining a unified position in the short term” on the package submitted by the Commission.
Italy donated 45 fire engines to Kyiv
Italy donated 45 fire engines to Ukraine. The European Commission explains in a tweet: “Essential equipment has just arrived at the EU Logistics Center in Slovakia, where it will be shipped to Ukraine. The delivery has been coordinated by the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.”
Shelling in Lugansk, “at least 5 civilians killed”
At least five civilians were killed in the explosions that hit the Lugansk region in the past few hours, said the head of the region’s military administration, Sergei Heidi, on Telegram. Hayday writes that “the enemy launched 24 devastating attacks on peaceful civilians in the area, so far five bodies have been found and identified.”
Unicredit CEO acknowledges that getting out of the Russian market is complicated
“Exit from Russia is complicated, we are considering every option.” This was stated by the CEO. From Unicredit, Andrea Orcel, while liaising with agencies, adding, “We’ll deliver things when we do them, not while they progress.” The CEO added that the institute had reduced its exposure to Russia by €2 billion “at the lowest possible cost”. In the latest assessment – Orcel explained – the maximum maximum loss scenario for Russia is €5.2 billion compared to the total exposure at the end of April of €7 billion. “The exposure to Russia has been reduced in part by an asset swap with Russian counterparts who are not subject to sanctions, but those opportunities are diminishing as more and more counterparties are exposed to sanctions,” he said.
Kyiv, restored settlements in Mykolaiv and Kherson
Over the past few hours, Ukrainian forces repelled 11 Russian attacks in Donetsk and Lugansk and liberated some settlements on the borders of the Mykolaiv and Kherson regions. It can be read in the Bulletin of the Ukrainian General Staff. Moreover, according to the Kyiv army, in the past 24 hours, Ukrainian anti-aircraft guns have shot down four Russian drones, three missiles and two Su-30 aircraft.
Kyiv, 6 wounded in the night bombing of Kramatorsk
Russian airstrikes hit Kramatorsk, a city in Donetsk Territory still in Ukrainian hands, during the night, causing six casualties. This was stated by the mayor of Kramatorsk, Oleksandr Honcharenko, who reported that a residential area was bombed and at least three buildings, a school and a kindergarten were damaged.
GB and Minsk exercises are routine and not threatening
Ongoing military exercises in Belarus seem routine, and at the moment there is no indication that Minsk, a close ally of Moscow, is likely to enter the conflict in Ukraine. This is what we read in the latest bulletin of the British military intelligence. “Belarusian ground forces were observed lining up from military garrisons to camp for exercises. This is in keeping with the seasonal norm, with Belarus entering the peak of its winter training cycle in May,” the bulletin reads. “There are currently no plans for deviations from normal exercise activity that could pose a threat to allies and partners,” explains London 007s. The London Defense Department explains: “It is possible that Russia will attempt to exaggerate the threat these exercises pose to Ukraine in order to keep Ukrainian forces in the north in place, and prevent them from engaging in the Battle of Donbass.” Andrei Demchenko, a spokesman for the Ukrainian border guards, said yesterday that Kyiv is ready in case Minsk intervenes in the conflict. “We do not rule out that at some time the Russian Federation will use the territory of Belarus, the armed forces of the Republic of Belarus, against Ukraine, so we are ready,” Demchenko said.
The proposed European embargo raises the price of oil
Oil prices are moving positively, after the European Union submitted its proposal on imposing new sanctions on Russia, including a six-month embargo on crude oil, thus offsetting investor concerns about Chinese demand. Brent crude futures rose 0.5 percent to $110.74 a barrel, while West Texas Intermediate crude futures rose 0.4 percent to $108.21 a barrel. The sanctions proposed by Brussels include the gradual cancellation of Russian crude oil supplies by the end of 2022. Meanwhile, OPEC + meets today and must agree on an increase of 432,000 barrels per day in June. The organization’s Secretary-General, Muhammad Barkindo, stressed that other manufacturers could not replace Russian supplies, but expressed concerns about slowing demand from the world’s largest importer, China, due to the closure.
The New York Times, US intelligence helps kill Russian generals
The United States assisted the Ukrainian army with intelligence to kill several Russian generals involved in the invasion of Ukraine. This was reported by the New York Times that about a dozen Moscow generals were killed by the armed forces in Kyiv. “The United States is providing information on the battlefield to help the Ukrainians defend their country. We are not providing information with the intent of killing Russian generals,” National Security Council spokeswoman Adrian Watson told AFP. The heavy losses among high-ranking Russian military officers shocked Western security officials, who reported the killing of seven generals in late March, although Ukraine has claimed responsibility for more of them since.
Anti-aircraft sirens sounded across the country
The sirens of air raids sounded tonight throughout Ukraine: in Kyiv and Kharkiv, as well as in Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Khmelnitsky, Cherkasy, Zhytomyr, Poltava, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kirovohrad, Vinnytsia, Volyn, Chernivtsi Oblast, Zakarpattia and Tikolivernop. Odessa and Zaporizhzhya. The newspaper “Kyiv Independent” reported this.
Russia simulates launching nuclear missiles
The Russian military simulated a nuclear missile launch in the Kaliningrad enclave between Poland and Lithuania. This came in the words of the Russian Ministry of Defense, explaining that the combat units used also carried out “operations under radioactive conditions and chemical contamination.” Russia put its nuclear forces on alert shortly after the February 24 invasion of Ukraine.
Zelensky, liberation day is near
“No one can say how many days this war will last. But I think the day of our liberation is approaching.” This was stated by the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, in a speech to Denmark that was broadcast on the day of the 77th anniversary of the country’s liberation from Germany. He added, “The Russian state is not ready to stop the war. They dream of taking over Ukraine and other European countries. They still dream that Europe’s freedom will disappear, but their dreams will not come true. The dream of peace will come true. It must become a reality as it happened 77 years ago,” continued Zelensky. .
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