The evacuations of residents of Mariupol continued, the Ukrainian army claimed to have destroyed two Russian patrol boats… Here is the main information of this 68and war day.
May 9 does not sign the end of the war, according to the head of Russian diplomacy
Russia is not seeking to end the war in Ukraine on May 9, celebrated as Victory Day, its foreign minister has said, as analysts have bet on a possible end to the conflict on that date.
“Our military will not artificially adjust their actions to any date, including VE Day,” said Sergei Lavrov in an interview broadcast on Sunday 1er May, in reference to this date commemorating May 9, 1945 and the surrender of the Nazis to the Allies, including the Soviet Union.
“The pace of the operation in Ukraine depends, above all, on the need to minimize possible risks for the civilian population and the Russian military,” he added.
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Evacuation of civilians from Mariupol
The evacuations of residents of Mariupol continued on Monday, May 2, after a first operation which on Sunday enabled around a hundred civilians to leave the Azovstal factory, besieged by Russian forces in this strategic port in the south-east of Ukraine.
“On May 2, the evacuation in Mariupol begins at 7 a.m. Collection Point – Port City Shopping Centre”, announced on Telegram Pavlo Kirilenko, regional governor of Donetsk.
The evacuation started on Saturday in coordination between Ukraine, Russia and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), involved women and children.
Israel slams Lavrov’s comments about Hitler
Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid on Monday castigated comments by his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov, who claimed that Hitler “had Jewish blood” and summoned the Russian ambassador to obtain “clarification”.
“Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky makes this argument: how can Nazism be present (in Ukraine) if he himself is Jewish? I could be wrong, but Hitler also had Jewish blood,” said Sergei Lavrov, whose statement was transcribed on the website of his ministry.
Russia has repeatedly said that it wants “demilitarize” and “denazify” Ukraine, a former Soviet republic headed by pro-Western leaders.
kyiv says it destroyed two Russian boats
The Ukrainian army said on Monday that it had destroyed two Russian patrol boats near Serpents’ Island in the Black Sea, which has become a symbol of Ukrainian resistance since the start of the invasion.
The Russian Raptor-class patrol boats are among the fastest shuttles in the Russian Navy, reaching nearly 90 km/h at full speed. Moscow did not confirm the information.
Russian oil: the EU is studying a gradual embargo
In Brussels, the Ministers of Energy of the Twenty-Seven held a meeting on Monday to study a gradual cessation of oil purchases from Russia in order to sanction the war in Ukraine.
“There is a political will to stop oil purchases from Russia and we will have measures and a decision on a phased withdrawal next week,” said a European official involved in the discussions on Sunday, without hiding that the decision is not “not easy to implement”. Two landlocked European countries, Hungary and Slovakia, depend on Russian pipelines and the European Union also wants to avoid a global spike in oil prices.
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Return of American diplomats expected by the end of May
The return of American diplomats to kyiv, the Ukrainian capital which they had left in mid-February a few days before the start of the Russian invasion, is hoped ” by the end of the month “ of May, announced this Monday the American charge d’affaires Kristina Kvien.