DIRECT. War in Ukraine: the United States will send new armaments to kyiv

11:33

The United States will ship new weapons

The United States will continue its support for Ukraine and new armaments are being sent to Ukraine, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitro Kuleba said after meeting with US Foreign Minister Antony Blinken in Berlin.

Yesterday, the leader of the Republican Party in the United States Senate, Mitch McConnell, accompanied by a delegation of senators from his party, met Volodymyr Zelensky in kyiv. The US Senate is preparing to release an additional $40 billion in aid to Ukraine, which would bring the total envelope to more than $50 billion.

11:26

A destroyed military facility in Lviv

A military installation in Lviv, a city in western Ukraine, located about 70 km from the Polish border was completely destroyed by four missiles. This bombardment would not have caused any casualties. The missiles were allegedly launched from the Black Sea region presumably by Russian submarines.

10:19

Pro-Russian cyberattacks during Eurovision

Italian police have announced that they have foiled several hacking attempts by pro-Russian groups during the May 10 Eurovision semi-final and during the final. According to the Italian authorities, these cyberattacks were carried out by the Killnet group which had claimed during the week to have hacked several Italian institutional sites.

10:04

Russia accuses Ukraine of bombing Belgorod region

The governor of Belgorod in Russia, Vyacheslav Gladkov claimed that the village of Sereda had been bombed from Ukrainian territory. According to him, a civilian was injured by shrapnel.

09:18

Incendiary bombs against the Azovstal steel plant

According to an adviser to the mayor of Mariupol, the Russians began to use incendiary shells for the first time against the Ukrainian soldiers who had taken refuge in the Azovstal steelworks. According to the authorities, there are about 600 soldiers, some of whom are seriously injured, in the factory bunkers.

08:55

Five to ten years to complete demining work across Ukraine, official says

In one of the liberated settlements in the Kharkiv region, a Ukrainian demining team found an IED planted in a cradle, said Oleh Syniehubov, head of the Kharkiv regional military administration. According to a senior official of the National Emergency Service of Ukraine, Oleh Bondar, it will take between five and ten to complete demining work across the country.

08:27

Ukraine’s Eurovision win shows ‘huge public support’ for country, NATO says

Ukraine’s victory in the Eurovision Song Contest shows “the huge public support” enjoyed by the country attacked by Russia, said NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoana.

“We saw the overwhelming public support across Europe yesterday. Of course the song was magnificent, it is magnificent,” he added ahead of the meeting of Atlantic Alliance foreign ministers in Berlin.

08:09

A convoy of evacuees from Mariupol reaches Zaporizhia

A large convoy of cars and vans carrying refugees from the ruins of Mariupol arrived in the Ukrainian-held city of Zaporizhia after waiting days for Russian troops to allow them to leave. An aide to the Mariupol mayor had earlier said the convoy had between 500 and 1,000 cars in the largest evacuation of the city since the February 24 Russian invasion.

08:02

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is in Berlin

Upon his arrival in Berlin, Germany, US Secretary of State Antony Blinkena said he had come “to meet informally with NATO foreign ministers to discuss our alliance and sustained action to confront Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.”

07:51

Ukrainian Foreign Ministry does not believe in a ceasefire

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba in an interview with Bild in Germany expressed skepticism about the possibility of reaching an agreement with Russia on the ceasefire regime. “There is nothing wrong with the ceasefire regime if it was the first step towards the decision, making the Ukrainian territories liberated,” he said. According to him, the Ukrainian side is ready for diplomacy but “will not allow diplomacy to simply prolong our suffering and simply postpone the next phase of the war.” He also added: “We will not accept the fact that there is a partial separation of the territory”.

07:45

Reopening of the Indian Embassy in Kyiv

The Foreign Ministry has announced that the Indian Embassy in Kyiv will resume operations on May 17. “The embassy had been temporarily transferred to Warsaw on March 13, 2022,” the ministry said in an official statement.

07:35

New offensives in eastern Ukraine

According to the Ukrainian General Staff, Russian military forces carried out several attacks in the east of the country during the night. “Despite the losses, Russian forces continue to advance in the eastern regions of Lyman, Sievierodonetsk, Avdiivka and Kurakhiv as they regroup their units,” the Ukrainian General Staff said. And to add: “twelve Russian attacks have been repelled in the directions of Donetsk and Luhansk in the past 24 hours and eight tanks, five artillery systems, nine units of armored fighting vehicles and five enemy vehicles have been destroyed. »

07:28

An evening of Eurovision marked by the call of the Ukrainian singer for Mariupol

“Please help Ukraine and Mariupol! Help Azovstal”, launched on stage the singer of the Kalush Orchestra, Oleh Psiuk, whose performance had just been applauded.

In principle, political messages are generally prohibited at Eurovision, but the organizers have made it known that Ukraine will not be disqualified for these remarks.

“We understand the deep feelings around Ukraine in this context and consider that the comments of the Kalush Orchestra and other artists expressing their support for the Ukrainian people are more humanitarian than political in nature,” the European Union said. Radio-Television (EBU), organizer of the event.

07:14

Finland to formalize its candidacy for NATO

Finland must formalize its candidacy for NATO before a decisive meeting of the ruling party in Sweden with a view to a probable joint application for membership by the two countries.

“We hope to be able to send our applications this week, together with Sweden. They have their own process but hopefully we will make the decisions at the same time,” Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin said.

07:11

Increasingly critical humanitarian situation in Lugansk

“We are preparing for major offensives in Severodonetsk, and around the Lysytchansk-Bakhmut axis,” said Serguiï Gaïdaï, Ukrainian governor of the Lugansk region, describing an increasingly critical humanitarian situation. “The Lugansk region is constantly under chaotic fire (…) there is absolutely no gas, water or electricity,” he said on Saturday evening.

In particular, the Russians have been trying for three weeks, without success, to cross the Severskyi Donets river, at the level of the village of Bilogorivka, in the Lugansk region.

06:56

“Our music conquers Europe”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky hailed his country’s Eurovision victory on Saturday by linking it to the Russian invasion, with this sentence written on his Facebook page: “Our courage impresses the world, our music conquers the world. ‘Europe’.

“For the third time in its history. And, I believe, not the last. We will do our best to welcome Eurovision participants and guests to the Ukrainian city of Mariupol one day. Free, peaceful, rebuilt! “, he added about this port city in the south of the country occupied by Russian troops and almost completely destroyed.

“I thank Kalush Orchestra for its victory, and all those who voted for us! I am sure that our victorious choir in the battle against the enemy is not far off. Glory to Ukraine! “Wrote the Head of State again.

The Ukrainian group Kalush Orchestra, whose song “Stefania” mixes hip-hop and traditional music, collected 631 points, ahead of the British Sam Ryder and his title “Space Man” (466 points) and the Spanish singer Chanel with “Slo Mo (459 points), during the evening organized in Turin, Italy.

06:49

“Very difficult” situation in the Donbass

“The situation in the Donbass remains very difficult. Russian troops are trying to achieve at least one victory there,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky acknowledged on Saturday. “Little by little, we are forcing the occupiers to leave our lands.”

Russian forces are trying to advance in this strategic region in the east, partly controlled by pro-Russian separatists since 2014, and which Moscow has made its main objective since the withdrawal of its troops from around kyiv at the end of March.

06:24

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