Crisis meeting of EU energy ministers on Russian gas

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The energy ministers of the countries of the European Union hold an emergency meeting on Monday. Objective: Agree on a common position on Russia’s demand to be paid for its gas supplies in rubles, otherwise they risk being cut off. Follow our life.

  • 5:27 a.m .: Ukrainian authorities hope for further evacuations in Mariupol

“On May 2, the evacuation in Mariupol will begin at 7 a.m. Gathering point – shopping center ‘Port City’”, announced Pavlo Kirilenko, regional governor of Donetsk, by telegram on the night from Sunday to Monday.

  • 4:51 a.m.: Russia is not aiming for an end to the war on May 9, says S. Lavrov

Russia is not aiming to end the war in Ukraine on May 9, which is being celebrated as Victory Day, its foreign minister said, as analysts believed the conflict might end on that day.

“Our military will not artificially adjust its actions to any date, including Victory Day,” Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with Italian TV Mediaset aired on Sunday, referring to the date commemorating May 9, 1945 and the handover of the Nazis to the Allies, including the Soviet Union. “The pace of the operation in Ukraine depends, first of all, on the need to minimize possible risks to the civilian population and the Russian military,” he added.

  • 3.26 a.m .: EU energy ministers crisis meeting on Russian gas

Energy ministers of European Union countries are holding an emergency meeting on Monday with the aim of agreeing on a common position on Russia’s demand to pay for its gas supplies in rubles in order to cut them off.

  • 2:12 a.m.: Explosions in a Russian city near Ukraine

Two blasts occurred in the early hours of Monday in Belgorod, a city in southern Russia near Ukraine, the region’s governor said on social media. “There were no casualties or damage,” wrote Vyacheslav Gladkov.

  • 1:19 a.m.: “Everything is fine!” Russians open the doors of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant

An administration building is charred, but the reactors seem intact: AFP was able to visit the Zaporijia nuclear power plant on Sunday, the largest in Ukraine and Europe.

In early March, Moscow forces took control of this facility in the town of Energodar (written Enerhodar in Ukrainian) in southern Ukraine, which is separated from the regional capital Zaporizhia by the waters of the Dnieper and is under Ukrainian control.

The clashes there raised fears in the international community of a nuclear disaster similar to that of Chernobyl in 1986.

During a press trip organized by the Russian army, AFP was able to observe the damage: the facade of a huge administration building that served as a training center for the plant’s personnel was blackened by the flames, and many windows were shattered. But there was no trace of shelling or bombing on the six cubes, surmounted by a red dome, that contain the reactors, construction of which began in the 1980s.

With AFP and Reuters

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