LIVE | 72nd War Day in Ukraine

The war lasts a 72nd day in Ukraine. Nearly 500 civilians have been evacuated from Mariupol in recent days and the operation continues.

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11:55 am | 41 Ukrainians, including 11 women, released in prisoner exchange




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41 people, including 11 women, have been released in a new prisoner exchange with Russia, Kiev announced Friday, without revealing the number of Russians transferred to Moscow.

10:56 am | Russia will remain ‘forever’ in southern Ukraine, says Russian leader




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Russia will remain “forever” in southern Ukraine, senior Russian parliament official Andrei Tourchak said Friday during a visit to Kherson, a major Ukrainian city that Moscow has claimed full control since March.

10:44 am | Russia disempowers itself by brandishing nuclear threat, says Zelensky




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Russia does not believe it can be held responsible for alleged war crimes in Ukraine, Ukrainian president says.

10:37 am | Will Putin’s Beloved Be Sanctioned Soon?



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Brussels has offered to punish former Russian gymnast Alina Kabaeva for her role in the Kremlin’s “propaganda” and her “close” ties to President Vladimir Putin, according to a document seen by AFP on Thursday.

9:54 AM | War in Ukraine: Satellite images predict loss of a third of wheat crop

Yields from Ukraine’s next wheat crop are expected to fall by at least 35% from 2021 as a result of the Russian invasion, according to satellite images analyzed by geolocation company Kayrros in a note published Friday.

9:44 am | On the Ukrainian front, Roman, skateboarder who is “king of the streets” of Kramatorsk. became




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To the howl of sirens, the still-childish-faced teenager spins his skateboard past a bombed-out hamburger stand before reaching Kramatorsk Peace Square, in the heart of Ukrainian-controlled Donbass.

09:32 | Washington approves a cryptocurrency “mixer” for the first time



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The United States on Friday imposed “for the first time” financial sanctions on a “cryptocurrency mixer,” a sophisticated service accused in the case of involvement in “harmful cyber activities” and money laundering by North Korea.

9:27 am | Ukrainians accuse Russians of shooting during evacuation of civilians in Azovstal




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The Azov regiment, which defends the massive Azovstal steel factory where the last Ukrainian fighters from Mariupol are entrenched, accused Russian troops on Friday of attacking one of its cars participating in the civilian evacuation operation, which killed a soldier. .

09:07 | 72nd War Day in Ukraine – interview with Tetyana Ogarkova

8:47 | WHO plans to close a specialized office in Moscow

The European office of the World Health Organization (WHO) will next week examine a draft resolution tabled by a majority of member states calling for the closure of a specialized WHO regional office in Moscow, following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The project, supported by 43 WHO member states in Europe (of which there are 53, including several former Soviet republics in Central Asia), will be discussed during a two-day meeting of the WHO European office. The WHO said this on Friday.

8:24 am | Ukrainians accuse Russians of shooting during evacuation of civilians in Azovstal

The Azov regiment, which defends the massive Azovstal steel factory where the last Ukrainian fighters from Mariupol are entrenched, accused Russian troops on Friday of attacking one of its cars participating in the civilian evacuation operation, which killed a soldier. .

8:21 am | No official celebrations planned in Mariupol on May 9, Kremlin . says

Russia is not planning any celebrations in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol for May 9, marking the 1945 victory over Nazi Germany, the Kremlin said Friday.

Ukrainian intelligence had assured on Wednesday that Moscow was preparing a military parade in this strategic city where the last Ukrainian fighters, after weeks of horrific fighting, are entrenched in a vast industrial area.

7:44 am | Satellite images predict a loss of a third of the wheat crop

Yields from Ukraine’s next wheat crop are expected to fall by at least 35% from 2021 as a result of the Russian invasion, according to satellite images analyzed by geolocation company Kayrros in a note published Friday.

The conflict has seriously disrupted the ongoing planting season, forcing farmers to work under bombs while fuel is hard to come by. At satellite height, the difference from the usual seasons is already visible, confirming the analysts’ forecasts.

7:35 am | Farmers cheat death in Ukrainian fields

It is planting season in Ukraine, one of the world’s granaries. But this year, like fuel and fertilizer, local farmers need body armor and deminers to destroy the bombs that have fallen on their fields.




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07:32 | The city of Severodonetsk almost surrounded by the Russians

Severodonetsk, one of Donbass’ key cities that remains under Ukrainian control, is “virtually surrounded” by Russian troops and pro-Russian separatists in Donbass, who are trying to take full control, the city’s mayor said Friday. Alexander Stryuk.

According to the mayor, interviewed on the Ukrainian channel 1+1, Russian and pro-Russian forces are “trying to attack the city from different directions”.




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7:27 am | Video conference of G7 leaders on Sunday with the participation of Zelensky

The leaders of the major powers of the G7 will hold a virtual meeting devoted to the war in Ukraine on Sunday, which will also include Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, a spokeswoman for German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced on Friday.

“May 8 is a historic date that marks the end of World War II in Europe, which has caused terror, destruction and death in Europe,” spokeswoman Christiane Hoffmann said at a regular news conference. Given that with the current war in Ukraine “the cohesion of the G7 is more important than ever”.




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6:22 AM | Difficult negotiations within the EU for an embargo on Russian oil

A new version of the European embargo project on Russian oil with changes requested by several member states is being discussed in Brussels on Friday, but Hungary is blocking the proposal, several diplomatic sources told AFP.

5:14 am | Russian troops continue attack on Mariupol, says Kiev

Russian forces continue their offensive on the Azovstal steel plant, the last Ukrainian resistance zone in Mariupol, Ukraine’s defense ministry said Friday, while a UN convoy is expected to evacuate civilians still seeking refuge at the plant.

Russian forces have “in some areas, with the support of the air force, resumed operations aimed at taking over the factory” and “the blockade of (Ukrainian) defense units continues,” the ministry said in a statement.

5:10 am | Germany delivers seven howitzers to Ukraine

Germany will deliver seven armored howitzers to Ukraine to help fend off the Russian invader, the defense ministry said Friday, and is increasing its efforts to supply heavy weapons to Kiev.

The announcement was made by Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht, who is currently visiting Slovakia, the same source said.




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5:05 am | “Almost 500 civilians” already evacuated from Mariupol, the operation continues

“Nearly 500 civilians” in total have been evacuated in recent days from the city of Mariupol in southeastern Ukraine, besieged and bombed by the Russians, Ukrainian authorities said on Friday, adding that the evacuations will continue this Friday.

“We have managed to evacuate nearly 500 civilians” since the start of this “difficult” operation organized by the UN, the head of the presidential government Andrii Iermak said on Telegram.




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4:01 | Around Mariupol, road signs change to Russian

Road signs in Russian have been installed around the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, replacing those in Ukrainian and English, pro-Russian separatist authorities in the region said.

The strategic port of Mariupol (southeast) has been the scene of a relentless struggle since the beginning of the Russian offensive against Ukraine. The last Ukrainian fighters are besieged on a gigantic steel site.




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