Ukraine-Russia war latest: ‘Up to 200’ civilians still trapped in Mariupol steelworks

The humanitarian corridor “works for the first time”, according to Volodymyr Zelensky

A Ukrainian fighter trapped in the town of Mariupol said on Monday that up to 200 civilians remained trapped inside bunkers at the Azovstal steelworks, despite a UN-led evacuation operation to rescue civilians from the site.

Captain Sviatoslav Palamar, 39, deputy commander of the Ukrainian Azov regiment, said his fighters could hear the voices of those trapped in the bunkers of the vast industrial complex.

The United Nations had previously carried out a “safe passage operation” for civilians at the steelworks, which served as the last Ukrainian stronghold in the city of Mariupol.

It is believed that up to 1,000 civilians were trapped under the Azovstal factory with minimal supplies alongside hundreds of fighters – some with festering wounds – after Vladimir Putin told Russian troops to blockade the area last week “so that a fly may ‘not pass’.

An evacuee from the steelworks said survivors still trapped inside were running out of food. “Children have always wanted to eat. You know, adults can wait,” she said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky appeared to indicate he would meet an initial group of 100 evacuees in the city of Zaporizhzhia on Monday.

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Mariupol steel plant evacuees head to Ukrainian-held town as Russia ‘resumes bombing civilians’

Around 100 civilians have been evacuated from the besieged city of Mariupol, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said, but many more remain trapped in Azovstal steelworks and face a “humanitarian catastrophe”.

The UN had negotiated safe passage for some civilians from the factory on Sunday, the last bastion of resistance against the Russian attack. However, Russian forces resumed shelling after some of the evacuees left, according to reports on Monday.

Civilians trapped in the bunkers and tunnels of the Azovstal complex lack water, food and medicine.

“The situation has become a sign of a real humanitarian catastrophe,” Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereschuk said.

Joe MiddletonMay 2, 2022 8:20 p.m.

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Up to 200 civilians remain trapped in Azovstal steelworks, fighter claims

A Ukrainian fighter trapped in the town of Mariupol said on Monday that up to 200 civilians remained trapped inside bunkers at the Azovstal steelworks after a UN-led evacuation operation to rescue civilians from the site .

Captain Svyatoslav Palamar, 39, deputy commander of the Ukrainian Azov regiment, said Reuters that its fighters could hear the voices of those trapped in the bunkers of the vast industrial complex.

He said they were women, children and the elderly, but that the Ukrainian forces on the spot did not have the mechanized equipment needed to dislodge the rubble, he said.

“We intended to demolish the bunkers, the entrance to which is blocked, but all Monday night the naval artillery and cannon artillery fired. All day today the aviation has worked, throwing bombs,” Palamar said via Zoom.

An unknown number of Ukrainian civilians and forces have been entrenched in the Azovstal steelworks in the port city of Mariupol which has been devastated by weeks of Russian bombardment.

Joe MiddletonMay 2, 2022 8:09 p.m.

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Scholz: “We will never accept the annexation of Crimea”

Germany will never accept the annexation of Crimea, Chancellor Olaf Scholz said in an interview with state television ZDF.

Russia annexed Crimea to Ukraine in 2014, but its claimed sovereignty over the region has not been recognized by many other states.

Scholz said Germany’s goal was for Russia to end the war in Ukraine and withdraw its troops from Ukrainian territory.

He also said Western allies must aim to prevent Russia from succeeding in using violence to achieve its goals.

The chancellor has been accused at home and abroad of being timid and hesitant in the face of Russian aggression.

Germany is debating whether to completely sever its ties with the Russian energy market following the invasion.

Liam JamesMay 2, 2022 7:48 p.m.

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Ukrainian refugee receives life-saving treatment in Israel

A five-year-old girl was flown to Israel for life-saving heart treatment.

A doctor near the Ukrainian-Polish border discovered last month that young Karina Andreiko had a congenital heart defect that could be easily treated in Israel, but not in Ukraine.

Save a Child’s Heart, an Israeli non-profit organization, agreed to transport Karina to Wolfson Medical Center in Holon, near Tel Aviv, for treatment.

On Monday, two weeks after her diagnosis, Israeli doctors treated Karina with the catheterization that should enable her to lead a normal life.

“I am happy that I came to Israel to have my child operated here,” said Karina’s mother, Iryna Andreiko. “On the one hand, I’m very worried about her, but I think everything will be fine.”

Liam JamesMay 2, 2022 7:14 p.m.

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Scholz refuses to say if he would share a table with Putin at the G20 summit

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz declined to answer when asked if he would sit at a table with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a G20 summit Indonesia will host later this year.

“We will decide if the question arises,” he said in an interview with public television ZDF. “It would be unwise to do anything else.”

Joe MiddletonMay 2, 2022 6:56 p.m.

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Russian ruble payment system breaches sanctions, says EU policy chief

Using Moscow’s proposed plan to have foreign companies pay for the gas by allowing Russia to convert their payments into rubles would violate European Union sanctions, the bloc’s energy policy chief said on Monday.

“Paying rubles through the conversion mechanism run by Russian public authorities and a second dedicated account at Gazprombank is a violation of sanctions and cannot be accepted,” EU Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson told a conference. release after a meeting of European energy ministers in Brussels. .

Joe MiddletonMay 2, 2022 6:28 p.m.

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Ukrainians denounce dire conditions in Mariupol bunkers

Ukrainians denounce dire conditions in Mariupol bunkers

Joe MiddletonMay 2, 2022 6:15 p.m.

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Russia banned from making Euro 2028 bid under UEFA measures

Russia has been banned from making a bid to host the men’s European Championships in 2028 and 2032, as part of a number of measures relating to the country’s continued suspension from international football announced by UEFA.

Russia had declared its interest in competing with the UK and Ireland for the right to host Euro 2028, but will not be allowed to continue with its bid after the country invades Ukraine.

It comes as UEFA have made decisions on a number of areas relating to Russia’s involvement in continental competitions.

Portugal will replace Russia at this summer’s European Women’s Championship in England, while Russian clubs have been banned from the Champions League next season.

Joe MiddletonMay 2, 2022 5:57 p.m.

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Rocket strike hits Odessa, killing and injuring, local governor says

A rocket strike struck the port city of Odessa in southwestern Ukraine on the Black Sea on Monday evening.

The attack left people dead and injured, local governor Maksym Marchenko said on the Telgram messaging app. No other details were immediately available.

Separately, Ukrainian public broadcaster Suspilne quoted the southern military command as saying the strike damaged a religious building.

Joe MiddletonMay 2, 2022 5:51 p.m.

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Italy denies media reports that it was ready to pay for Russian gas in rubles

Italy on Monday denied a media report saying Italy was willing to pay for Russian gas with roubles.

Moscow said buyers of foreign gas should deposit euros or dollars into an account at private Russian bank Gazprombank, which would convert them into rubles.

Last month, the European Commission told countries that sticking to the Russian program could potentially breach EU sanctions.

In a Monday report, Politico quoted Italy’s Ecological Transition Minister Roberto Cingolani as saying European energy companies should be temporarily allowed to comply with Russian demands to pay for gas in roubles.

In a note, the ministry said the article was “misleading” and did not correspond to the position expressed by Mr Cingolani.

“Pending a common EU position on the payments stance, the euro/ruble scheme providing for companies to pay in euros for the time being does not appear to be a violation of the February 24 sanctions,” the ministry said.

Joe MiddletonMay 2, 2022 5:34 p.m.

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