Direct – War in Ukraine: expected follow-up to evacuations in Mariupol, meeting of the 27 on Russian gas

The Ukrainian authorities are planning new ones Evacuations of residents of Mariupol das Monday, following an initial operation that freed a hundred civilians from the Azovstal factory besieged by Russian forces in this strategic port in south-eastern Ukraine. The evacuation operation began on Saturday and was carried out in coordination between Ukraine, Russia and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

That Russian bombings however seemed immediately after the first evacuations, said Denis Schlega, commander of the 12th operational brigade of the Ukrainian national guard.

The Russian city of Belgorod, near the border with UkraineIt was shaken by two massive explosions during the night from Sunday to Monday. However, no damage or casualties were reported, Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said, according to the Russian news agency Tass.

Eight civilians have been killed Sunday in bombing raids on the regions of Kharkiv and Donetsk, including four alone in the city of Lyman, close to the front and directly threatened by the Russian advance, announced the regional governors. A senior Ukrainian military official underscored “the difficult situation”. ballast of the country, particularly in the Izium and Sieverodonetsk regions “where the enemy has concentrated most of his efforts and his most combat-ready troops”. On this eastern flank, the Russian army is nipping at ground, trying to clamp its opponent from the north and south in a vise to complete its control of the Donbass mine basin.

The foreign minister Sergey Lavrov refuted the hypothesis mentioned by analysts that that The war would end on May 9, the date on which Russia commemorates the surrender of Nazi Germany in 1945.

received Ukraine this weekend the unannounced visit of a delegation US Congress led by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, received by Volodymyr Zelensky.

Energy ministers from European Union countries are holding an emergency meeting in Brussels on Monday with the aim of agreeing on a common position on Russia’s requirement to pay for its gas supplies in rubles if it cuts them off. Energy Ministers are also considering a Exit from oil purchases from Russia to sanction the war in Ukraine.

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