[EN DIRECT] 70 days of war in Ukraine: here are all the latest developments

The war continues in Ukraine for a 70and day. The European Commission has proposed a gradual EU embargo on oil and petroleum products purchased from Russia.

On Tuesday, the Russian army and pro-Russian forces launched a “vigorous attack” on the massive Azovstal steel plant, the last part of the Ukrainian resistance in Mariupol.


Here are the latest developments, minute by minute

10:11 am | Russian oil: Hungary rejects EU proposal ‘as it stands’

Hungary on Wednesday rejected the proposal for a gradual European embargo on Russian oil “in its current form”, ruling that such a measure would “completely destroy the country’s energy security”.

09:45 | NATO: Finland wants membership “as soon as possible” upon application


Residents walk past a destroyed hotel in the northern Ukrainian city of Chernihiv.

Finland hopes for ratification “as soon as possible” by NATO’s 30 members, in the event of a candidacy alone or with Sweden to join the Atlantic alliance, Prime Minister Sanna Marin said on Wednesday.

09:07 | Russian helicopter breaches Finnish airspace ahead of NATO decision


Residents walk past a destroyed hotel in the northern Ukrainian city of Chernihiv.

A Russian army helicopter violated Finnish airspace on Wednesday morning, the Finnish Defense Ministry said, as Helsinki prepares for a highly likely NATO bid.

09:04 | Ukraine: London robs Russia of a number of important services

The United Kingdom announced on Wednesday that it would ban the provision of services such as accounting, advice or communications to Russia in retaliation for the invasion of Ukraine.

8:50 am | Mariupol: “Violent Fighting” in Azovstal, “Loss of Contact” with Ukrainian Fighters

“Violent fighting” is underway at the Azovstal site in Mariupol, Mayor Vadim Boitchenko said on Wednesday, shortly after Moscow assured not to launch an attack on this massive factory where Ukrainian fighters are holed up.

7:21 am | 20 new bodies of civilians discovered in the Kiev region


Residents walk past a destroyed hotel in the northern Ukrainian city of Chernihiv.

Twenty new civilian bodies have been discovered in the past 24 hours in the Kiev region, which has been partially occupied by Russian forces for several weeks, Ukrainian police said on Wednesday, for a cumulative total of 1,235 civilian bodies found so far.

7:15 am | Russia plans military parade in Mariupol on May 9, says Ukrainian intelligence agency


Residents walk past a destroyed hotel in the northern Ukrainian city of Chernihiv.

Russia is planning a military parade in the long besieged port of Mariupol on May 9, the day Moscow celebrates victory over Nazi Germany, Ukrainian intelligence said on Wednesday.

7:01 am | EU embargo on Russia: possible ‘failures’ in oil supply


Residents walk past a destroyed hotel in the northern Ukrainian city of Chernihiv.

Germany could experience “disruptions” in its oil supply, Germany’s economy minister warned on Wednesday, following the EU’s desire to phase out Russian oil imports.

READ | Fired for invasion of Ukraine


Residents walk past a destroyed hotel in the northern Ukrainian city of Chernihiv.

About 40 workers at French billionaire Vincent Bolloré’s Blue Solutions battery factory have just lost their jobs as a result of the war in Ukraine. The newspaper

WAR NOTEBOOK | New attack on Mariupol

war diary 70and day

There was hardly time to celebrate the successful evacuation of 101 civilians trapped for weeks in the Ukrainian industrial complex Azovstal, when another attack was led by Russian forces.

6:41 am | Russian army does not attack Azovstal in Mariupol, Kremlin assures


Residents walk past a destroyed hotel in the northern Ukrainian city of Chernihiv.

The Kremlin denied on Wednesday that Russian forces had launched an attack on the Azovstal steel plant, the latest redoubt controlled by Ukrainian forces in the port city of Mariupol, in southeastern Ukraine.

6:17 am | The European Union prepares an oil embargo, Moscow strikes in Western Ukraine


Residents walk past a destroyed hotel in the northern Ukrainian city of Chernihiv.

The European Commission has proposed a phased EU embargo on oil and petroleum products bought from Russia in retaliation for the war in Ukraine as the Russian army attacks sites in the far west of the country on Wednesday.

6:01 am | Russia denies its territory to the Japanese prime minister


Residents walk past a destroyed hotel in the northern Ukrainian city of Chernihiv.

Russia on Wednesday banned more than 60 Japanese officials, including Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, from entering its territory in retaliation for sanctions Japan imposed on Moscow for its offensive in Ukraine.

5:46 | Brussels proposes to punish the head of the Russian Orthodox Church


Residents walk past a destroyed hotel in the northern Ukrainian city of Chernihiv.

The European Commission is proposing to punish the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, as part of a sixth package of measures in response to the war in Ukraine, according to a document seen by AFP on Wednesday.

5:25 am | EU to ‘significantly increase’ military aid for Moldova


Residents walk past a destroyed hotel in the northern Ukrainian city of Chernihiv.

The European Union will “significantly increase” its military aid to Moldova, European Council President Charles Michel announced on Wednesday, following attacks in a pro-Russian separatist region of the country bordering Ukraine and fears of destabilization has awakened.

3h31 | Belarus, bordering Ukraine, announces surprise military exercise


Residents walk past a destroyed hotel in the northern Ukrainian city of Chernihiv.

Belarus, a country linked to Russia and bordering Ukraine, launched a “surprising” military exercise on Wednesday to test its army’s response capability, the defense ministry said.

READ | Rape as a weapon of war


Residents walk past a destroyed hotel in the northern Ukrainian city of Chernihiv.

Just before his invasion of Ukraine, Putin commented on Kiev’s refusal of the Minsk accord as follows: “Like it or not, my beauty, you must bear it”, a rhyme of the disgusting song of a punk rock band from the Soviet era on rape. It was prescient.” The Chronicle of Normand Lester.

READ | Zelensky doesn’t need a visit


Residents walk past a destroyed hotel in the northern Ukrainian city of Chernihiv.

“The most recent whirlwind visit to Ukraine was that of Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, accompanied by several MPs. This visit took place a few days after the Russian bombing of buildings in Kiev, while United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was in the Ukrainian capital. The Chronicle of Yasmine Abdelfadel.

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