War highlights: Zelensky asks UN to help save lives at Mariupol steel plant

Highlights: Russia's defense ministry said its forces had struck a military airfield near the Black Sea port of Odesa with missiles destroying drones, missiles and ammunition supplied to Ukraine by the United States and its European allies.
People walk their bikes across the street as smoke rises above a plant of Azovstal Iron and Steel Works during the Ukraine-Russia conflict in Mariupol, 
People walk their bikes across the street as smoke rises above a plant of Azovstal Iron and Steel Works during the Ukraine-Russia conflict in Mariupol, (REUTERS)
Updated on May 05, 2022 05:14 AM IST
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Highlights: As the war entered day 70 on Wednesday, Russian forces pounded targets in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday, unleashing rockets on a steel plant that is Ukraine's last redoubt in the port city of Mariupol as the European Union prepared to slap oil sanctions on Moscow.

Fresh Russian attacks in the Donetsk region killed 21 civilians and injured 27, regional governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said. Attacks and shelling also intensified in Luhansk, with the most difficult area being Popasna, where it was impossible to organize evacuations, regional governor Serhiy Haida said.

Russia's defense ministry said its forces had struck a military airfield near the Black Sea port of Odesa with missiles destroying drones, missiles and ammunition supplied to Ukraine by the United States and its European allies. Ukraine said three missiles targeted the Odesa region and all were intercepted.

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  • May 05, 2022 03:14 AM IST

    Zelensky speaks to Israeli PM Bennet

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday spoke to Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett over the ongoing war in Ukraine. Zelensky said he discussed the "scandalous and completely unacceptable remarks" by Russia's foreign minister about Hitler.

  • May 05, 2022 12:49 AM IST

    Zelensky asks UN to help save lives at Mariupol steel plant

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky asked United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for help saving people trapped in the Azovstal steel works in Mariupol. 

    "The lives of the people who remain there are in danger. Everyone is important to us. We ask for your help in saving them," Zelensky was quoted as saying in an official statement. 

  • May 04, 2022 11:35 PM IST

    Zelensky shares blame for war, says Brazilian leader Lula

    Brazilian presidential front-runner Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said on Wednesday that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin bear equal responsibility for the ongoing war in Ukraine. 

    “I see the president of Ukraine, speaking on television, being applauded, getting a standing ovation by all the (European) parliamentarians. This guy (Zelensky) is as responsible as Putin for the war,” Lula told Time magazine. 

  • May 04, 2022 10:52 PM IST

    Ukraine remain in contact with its forces defending Mariupol steel plant

    Ukraine remains in contact with its forces defending Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol as of Wednesday evening.

  • May 04, 2022 09:37 PM IST

    Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov files appeal over EU sanctions

    Russian metals billionaire Alisher Usmanov appealed the European Union’s decision to impose strict sanctions on him in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Usmanov, who owns 49% of Metalloinvest, filed an appeal at the EU’s General Court on April 29, asking the bloc’s second-highest tribunal also to suspend the sanctions until judges make a final decision, according to a court filing. A spokesperson for Usmanov declined to comment.

  • May 04, 2022 08:55 PM IST

    Biden says talking with G7 leaders this week about further sanctions on Russia

    US President Joe Biden on Wednesday said he would speak with other leaders from the Group of Seven advanced economies this week about potential additional sanctions against Russia over its war in Ukraine.

    "With regard to additional sanctions, we're always open to additional sanctions," Biden told reporters. "I'll be speaking with the members of the G7 this week about what we're going to do or not do."

  • May 04, 2022 08:26 PM IST

    EU targets Russian Patriarch Kirill in new round of proposed sanctions

    The European Commission has proposed freezing the assets of Patriarch Kirill, head of the Russian Orthodox Church, a diplomat said. The Patriarch has been added to a draft blacklist that already includes hundreds of military officers and businessmen close to the Kremlin whom the EU accuses of supporting the war in Ukraine. The sanction, which would entail an asset freeze and a travel ban, needs the backing of EU states to be adopted.

  • May 04, 2022 06:39 PM IST

    Contact lost with troops amid 'heavy fighting' at Azovstal plant in Mariupol: Mayor

    The mayor of the destroyed Ukrainian city of Mariupol said contact was lost with Ukrainian forces holed up in the Azovstal steel plant amid fierce battles with Russian troops.

    "Unfortunately, yes, there is heavy fighting in Azovstal today," Vadym Boichenko told Ukrainian television, adding that city officials had "lost contact" with Ukrainian forces inside the plant and had no way of knowing "what's going on, whether they are safe or not".

  • May 04, 2022 05:56 PM IST

    Russia barred from using UK consultants, accountants, PR

    Foreign secretary Liz Truss cut Russia off from accessing UK management consultants, accountants and public relations firms as she announced a further tranche of sanctions aimed at putting more pressure on Putin.

     

  • May 04, 2022 05:51 PM IST

    20 more civilian bodies found in Kyiv region

    The bodies of another 20 civilians were found in the past 24 hours in the Kyiv region, police said, raising the total number of bodies found there so far to 1,235. Kyiv regional police chief Andriy Nebytov said the latest discoveries were found in Borodianka and the surrounding villages, some 25 kilometres (15 miles) from Bucha, the town near Kyiv now synonymous with allegations of alleged Russian war crimes. Others were found in the Vyshgorod area just north of the capital.

  • May 04, 2022 04:35 PM IST

    Evidence points to 600 dead in Russian strike on Mariupol theatre

    An Associated Press investigation has found evidence that the attack was in fact far deadlier than estimated, killing closer to 600 people inside and outside the building. That's almost double the death toll cited so far, and many survivors put the number even higher. Read more

  • May 04, 2022 04:08 PM IST

    Kremlin says no agreement reached on possible meeting between Putin and Pope Francis

    The Kremlin said no agreement had been reached on a possible meeting between President Vladimir Putin and Pope Francis for talks about Ukraine.

    Pope Francis said in an interview published on Tuesday that he had asked for a meeting in Moscow with Putin to try to stop the war in Ukraine but had not received a reply.

  • May 04, 2022 03:59 PM IST

    Moscow says various options under consideration to respond to EU oil ban

    Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said Russia has been looking into various options as it braces for an oil embargo by the European Union.

  • May 04, 2022 03:00 PM IST

    Russia bans entry to Japan's PM, officials

    Russia's Foreign Ministry said it has banned entry to several dozen Japanese officials, including Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, after Tokyo joined international sanctions against Moscow over its military campaign in Ukraine.

    "The administration of F. Kishida launched an unprecedented anti-Russian campaign (and) allows unacceptable rhetoric against the Russian Federation, including slander and direct threats," the foreign ministry said in a statement.

  • May 04, 2022 12:57 PM IST

    EU chief proposes sanctioning Russia's top banks

    The latest round of sanctions will also hit Sberbank, Russia's top lender, as well as three other banks, adding it to several banks that have already been excluded from the SWIFT messaging system.

    "We de-SWIFT Sberbank – by far Russia's largest bank, and two other major banks. By that, we hit banks that are systemically critical to the Russian financial system and Putin's ability to wage destruction," von der Leyen said.

  • May 04, 2022 12:29 PM IST

    EU chief proposes 'orderly' Russian oil import ban

    European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen - spelling out the proposed new sanctions on Wednesday said that the new sanctions will include an ‘orderly ban on imports of Russian oil,' AFP reported.

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  • May 04, 2022 12:15 PM IST

    EU proposes sanctioning head of Russian Orthodox Church, report says

    The European Union has proposed imposing sanctions on the head of Russian Orthodox Church, news agency AFP reported citing an official document.

  • May 04, 2022 12:15 PM IST

    New EU sanctions package against Russia to 'include oil and coal': French minister

    A new sanctions package prepared by the European Union against Russia is set to include oil and coal, France's foreign minister said Tuesday.

    "France and Germany are working together to define this new package (of sanctions) which is set to include oil and coal. The modalities of its implementation are the object of discussions today," Jean-Yves Le Drian said, referring to EU talks in Luxembourg as per news agency AFP.

  • May 04, 2022 12:13 PM IST

    Oil bounces higher ahead of Fed moves, EU sanctions on Russian oil

    Oil prices bounced on Wednesday ahead of an announcement by the U.S. Federal Reserve and further sanctions on Russia by the European Union, offsetting demand worries in top importer China, news agency Reuters reported.

    Brent crude futures had risen $1.46, or 1.4%, to $106.43 a barrel by 0616 GMT amid thin trading volume, with China and Japan closed for holidays. West Texas Intermediate crude futures rose $1.59 , or 1.6%, to $104.00 a barrel.

    The gains came on the back of news from Tuesday that the European Union would slap new sanctions on Russia for waging war on Ukraine.

  • May 04, 2022 12:11 PM IST

    EU proposes sanctioning head of Russian Orthodox Church, report says

    The European Union has proposed imposing sanctions on the head of Russian Orthodox Church, news agency AFP reported citing an official document.

  • May 04, 2022 10:17 AM IST

    'Including Crimea': Ukraine's Zelensky seeks full restoration of territory

    President Volodymyr Zelensky said that they are seeking full restoration of territory - including Crimea. Speaking at the Wall Street Journal's CEO council summit, Zelensky mentioned three top goals: to halt Russia's advance, reclaim territory and restore Ukraine's entire territory through diplomacy, reported Ukrainian media - the Kyiv Independent.

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  • May 04, 2022 09:35 AM IST

    Russia bombs railways

    Russian forces have turned their heaviest firepower on Ukraine's east and south after failing to take Kyiv, the capital, in the opening weeks of the war.

    There were also fresh attacks in the west on Tuesday. The mayor of Lviv said Russian misile strikes had damaged electricity and water networks in the western city near the Polish border, across which flows Western arms supplies for Ukraine's military.

    Russian forces also struck six railway stations in the centre and west of the country, the head of Ukraine's railways, Olesksandr Kamyshin, said. There were no injuries to civilians, he added on Twitter.

  • May 04, 2022 08:40 AM IST

    Russia warns West of ‘terminating exports and deals’

    Russian President Vladimir Putin put the West on notice that he could terminate exports and deals, the Kremlin's toughest response yet to the sanctions burden imposed by the United States and its allies.

  • May 04, 2022 07:17 AM IST

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  • May 04, 2022 06:53 AM IST

    Ukraine's 'finest hour': UK's Johnson invokes Churchill as he predicts Russia will lose

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told Ukraine on Tuesday he believed it would defeat Russia and expose the "gigantic error" of the Kremlin's invasion as he invoked Britain's wartime leader Winston Churchill to underline his support for Kyiv. "This is Ukraine's finest hour, that will be remembered and recounted for generations to come," he said, echoing the words spoken by Churchill in 1940 when Britain faced the threat of being invaded and defeated by Nazi Germany.

  • May 04, 2022 05:28 AM IST

    21 civilians killed in Russian attack in Donetsk region: Governor

    Fresh Russian attacks in the Donetsk region killed 21 civilians and injured 27, regional governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said. He said the figure was the highest daily death toll in the region since an attack on a railway station in Kramatorsk last month that killed more than 50 people.

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Fresh transport strikes hit UK, mainland Europe

  • Tens of thousands of rail workers in the UK staged the latest day-long walkout over pay and job security, hampering weekend plans for those already hit by similar strikes on Tuesday and Thursday.
Demonstrators hold a banner reading put down the weapons raise up the salaries, during a transportation strike called by the COBAS union, in downtown Rome.(AP)
Demonstrators hold a banner reading put down the weapons raise up the salaries, during a transportation strike called by the COBAS union, in downtown Rome.(AP)
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WHO says monkeypox not currently a global health emergency

  • WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus convened a committee of experts on Thursday to advise him whether to sound the UN health agency's strongest alarm over the outbreak.
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After occupying key Ukraine city, Russia focuses shifts to Lysychansk

  • The capture of the industrial hub of Severodonetsk is an important strategic win for Moscow as it seeks to gain full control over the east of the country.
A smoke rises over remains of a building destroyed by a military strike, as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, in Lysychansk, Luhansk region.(REUTERS)
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UK's Johnson urges G7 not to 'give up' on Ukraine

  • "Ukraine can win and it will win. But they need our backing to do so. Now is not the time to give up on Ukraine," Johnson said in a statement on the eve of a Group of Seven wealthy nations summit in the Bavarian Alps.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.(REUTERS)
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'Islamist terror' suspect arrested in deadly Norway attack

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Fresh protests as new US abortion reality takes shape

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In new Indo-Pacific move, US and allies launch Partners in the Blue Pacific initiative

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‘Russians fully occupy Severodonetsk’: Mayor

  • The industrial hub of Severodonetsk has been the scene of weeks of running battles, but the Ukrainian army said on Friday that its outgunned forces would withdraw to better defend the neighbouring city of Lysychansk.
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Joe Biden criticises top court for making ‘terrible decisions’

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Ukraine's Severodonetsk 'fully occupied' by Russian army: Mayor

  • "The city has been fully occupied by the Russians," mayor Oleksandr Striuk said.
A Ukrainian tank is in position during heavy fighting on the front line in Severodonetsk, the Luhansk region, Ukraine. (File photo)(AP)
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'Massive' missile attack from Belarus, Russia ally not involved in war: Ukraine

Twenty rockets targeted the village of Desna in the northern Chernigiv region, Ukraine's northern military command said in a statement, adding that infrastructure was hit, but no casualties had yet been reported.
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Biden signs first significant US gun control law in decades

  • "While this bill doesn't do everything I want, it does include actions I've long called for that are going to save lives," he said at the White House before leaving for major diplomatic summits in Europe.
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Talks to revive Iran nuclear deal to restart within days

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China scrambles air, ground forces to monitor US recon plane over Taiwan Strait

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