Highlights: Over 100 civilians leave bombed-out Mariupol steel plant in Ukraine, while several remain
Russia-Ukraine War Highlights: The fighting between the Russian and Ukrainian forces has entered the 68th day. Around 100 civilians have been evacuated from a besieged steel plant in Mariupol.
Russia-Ukraine War Highlights: In the early hours of the fighting between Russian and Ukrainian forces, two explosions place in the early hours on in Belgorod, the southern Russian region bordering Ukraine, the region's governor Vyacheslav Gladkov wrote in a social media post. This comes at a time when around 100 civilians were evacuated from a steel plant in Mariupol. Western powers have rushed to send military aid to Ukraine and imposed heavy sanctions on Russia. "Do not be bullied by bullies," US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi told reporters at a news conference in Rzeszow in southern Poland on Sunday after returning from Ukraine. Pelosi met Zelensky on Saturday, becoming the most senior US figure to visit since the war began. She promised to enact the $33-billion (31-billion-euro) arms and support package announced by US President Joe Biden last week.
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May 02, 2022 11:06 PM IST
First civilians leave Mariupol steel plant, several remain
More than 100 civilians, including elderly women and mothers with small kids, left the bombed-out steel plant in Mariupol, The Associated Press reported on Monday. They left on the place on buses on Sunday.
May 02, 2022 10:23 PM IST
Rocket strike hits Black Sea port city of Odesa in Ukraine
A rocket strike hit the Black Sea port city of Odesa in southwestern Ukraine on Monday evening, local governor, Maksym Marchenko, said on the Telegram messaging app. Multiple deaths and injuries are expected to have happened due to the attack, Reuters reported. Meanwhile, Ukraine's public broadcaster Suspilne quoted the southern military command as saying that the strike had damaged a religious building.
May 02, 2022 08:46 PM IST
EU shores up defence against Russia energy threats
European Union ministers met Monday to respond to Russia cutting gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria -- and discuss plans for a possible oil embargo to punish Moscow for invading Ukraine, AFP reported.
May 02, 2022 07:11 PM IST
Evacuation of some civilians from Ukraine's Mariupol delayed
Efforts to evacuate more civilians from the devastated Ukrainian port city of Mariupol ran into delays on Monday and hundreds of people remained trapped in the Azovstal steel works, the last stronghold of resistance to the Russian siege, Reuters reported.
May 02, 2022 06:54 PM IST
Ukraine says sank Russian patrol boats near Snake Island
Kyiv said Monday that its drones sank two Russian patrol boats near the Black Sea's Snake Island where Ukrainian soldiers rebuffed Moscow's demands to surrender at the start of its invasion, AFP reported.
May 02, 2022 06:24 PM IST
Ukraine FM slams ''antisemitism'' of Russians
Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba says his Russian counterpart's recent remarks about Adolf Hitler and Jews demonstrate “the deeply-rooted antisemitism of the Russian elites.”
May 02, 2022 05:11 PM IST
First civilians leave Mariupol steel plant; hundreds remain
People fleeing besieged Mariupol described weeks of bombardments and deprivations as they arrived Monday in Ukrainian-held territory, where relief workers awaited the first group of civilians freed from a steel plant that is last redoubt of Ukrainian fighters in the devastated port city.
May 02, 2022 04:00 PM IST
Russian rocket strike hits strategic bridge in southwest Ukraine
A Russian rocket strike hit a strategically important bridge across the Dniester estuary in the Odesa region of southwest Ukraine on Monday, local authorities said, Reuters reported.
May 02, 2022 02:49 PM IST
Ukraine: civilians killed in Russian bombings
The Ukrainian authorities say several civilians have been killed in the latest Russian bombardment, AP reported.
May 02, 2022 12:21 PM IST
Evacuation of civilians from Ukrainian steel plant begins
Ukrainian civilians holed up inside a steel plant in Mariupol under siege by Russian forces nearly two months began evacuating over the weekend and people sheltering elsewhere in the city were to leave Monday, local officials said, AP reported.
May 02, 2022 11:02 AM IST
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi meets Zelenskyy in Kyiv
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democratic lawmakers met Zelenskyy in a previously unannounced visit to Kyiv to express ongoing support for the war effort and a push by Congress to finalize a $33 billion aid package.
May 02, 2022 09:36 AM IST
Jill Biden to meet Ukrainian refugees in Romania, Slovakia
Jill Biden will spend Mother's Day meeting with Ukrainian mothers and children who fled for their lives after Russian President Vladimir Putin opened war against Ukraine, the White House announced late Sunday.
May 02, 2022 08:49 AM IST
Ukraine admits 'Ghost of Kyiv' fighter pilot is a myth
On social media, the “Ghost of Kyiv” was a military hero, an ace fighter pilot hailed for supposedly shooting down multiple Russian planes. The tales began just days into the war and circulated for months, bolstered by official Ukrainian accounts. But on Saturday, Ukrainian authorities admitted that the legendary pilot was a myth. Read More
May 02, 2022 08:28 AM IST
Russia not looking to end war by May 9, says Russian foreign minister
Russia is not looking to end its war in Ukraine by Victory Day on May 9, its foreign minister said, as the country looks set to mark the key anniversary under the cloud of a deadly conflict, AFP reported. Speaking with Italian outlet Mediaset, Sergei Lavrov insisted Moscow would not rush to wrap up its so-called "special military operation" in time for the anniversary, which celebrates Nazi Germany's surrender to allied forces -- including the then Soviet Union -- in 1945.
May 02, 2022 08:20 AM IST
Meeting with US House Speaker a powerful signal, says Zelensky
Ukraine's president described his hourslong weekend meeting with US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in Kyiv as a powerful signal of support in a difficult time. In a televised address on Sunday evening, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said his meeting with Pelosi included discussions of defense supplies to Ukraine, financial support and sanctions against Russia.
May 02, 2022 07:46 AM IST
Russia says want to 'prevent nuclear war', then talks of 'ultrasonic weapons'
Russia is not ready to relent just yet to the pressure from the West on ending the Ukraine war, and the latest remarks from the country’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov on Sunday made it clear. Moscow has developed ‘ultrasonic weapons’ to counter a possible attack from the West, he was quoted as saying by news agency Reuters while he simultaneously downplayed the threat of a nuclear war. Full report
May 02, 2022 07:28 AM IST
Russian blockade prevented export of 4.5 million tons of Ukrainian wheat: UN
The United Nations has said that Russian blockade prevented export of 4.5 million tons of Ukrainian wheat, the Kyiv Independent reported. As a result of Russia’s blockade of Ukrainian ports, sea routes cannot be accessed to export Ukrainian grains.
May 02, 2022 07:16 AM IST
EU energy ministers hold crisis talks after Russian gas cuts
Energy ministers from European Union countries hold emergency talks on Monday, as the bloc strives for a united response to Moscow's demand that European buyers pay for Russian gas in roubles or face their supply being cut off, Reuters reported. Full report