DIRECT. War in Ukraine: Children, women and the elderly were evacuated from the Azovstal factory

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7:40 p.m. Putin ‘doesn’t think he can afford to lose’ in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin believes he cannot afford to lose in Ukraine and is determined to continue the war, CIA Director Bill Burns said on Saturday.

I think he’s in such a state of mind that he doesn’t think he can afford to lose “, he said, adding that the master of the Kremlin is “ convinced that redoubled efforts will allow him to progress “.

19 hours. No ‘concrete evidence’ that Russia plans to use tactical nukes

The CIA, the main US intelligence agency, sees no indication that Russia is preparing to use tactical nuclear weapons in the conflict in Ukraine, its director Bill Burns said on Saturday.

We do not see at this stage, as an intelligence service, any concrete evidence that Russia is preparing the deployment or even the potential use of tactical nuclear weapons. “, he affirmed during a conference.

6:55 p.m. Azovstal: “All women, all children, all old people” evacuated

All civilian women, children and the elderly have been evacuated from the Azovstal steelworks, the last pocket of resistance by Ukrainian forces against the Russian army in the devastated city of Mariupol, kyiv announced on Saturday.

The president’s order was carried out: all women, children and old people were evacuated from Azovstal. This part of Mariupol’s humanitarian mission is accomplished said Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk on social media.

5:15 p.m. Russia: final rehearsal before the May 9 military parade, show of force to come

This Saturday, the last rehearsals take place in Russia, before the military parade on May 9: the country should make a show of force in the midst of the campaign to invade Ukraine.

3:15 p.m. The Council of Europe denounces “dizzying” human rights violations in Ukraine

The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatovic, denounced the “dizzying” violations of human rights and international humanitarian law by the Russian army in Ukraine, at the end of a visit of four days in kyiv and its region.

The scale and gravity of the violations of human rights and international humanitarian law that have taken place as a result of the Russian Federation’s aggression against Ukraine are staggering. “said Ms. Mijatovic.

The names of Boutcha, Borodianka, Irpin or Andriivka have come to symbolize the horrible deeds that were committed here continued the Commissioner, whose visit had not been announced for security reasons. ” Sadly (…), there are many more people across Ukraine who have suffered untold atrocities “.

1:40 p.m. Moscow prepares for May 9 parade

Russia performs final rehearsals on Saturday before the traditional military parade on May 9 in Moscow celebrating the victory over Nazi Germany, which will be the occasion for a show of force in the middle of the struggling Ukraine campaign. Vladimir Putin will have a new opportunity to send warnings, while Moscow has repeatedly brandished the nuclear threat.

According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the “plane of the Apocalypse”, an Ilyushin Il-80 specially designed to allow the Russian president to continue to pilot the country from the air in the event of nuclear war, will fly over Red Square. Several weapons that can fire nuclear missiles, such as the Iars RS-24 intercontinental ballistic system and the shorter-range Iskander system, will also be paraded.

13 hours. New explosions in Transdniestria, Moldova

Authorities in the pro-Russian separatist region of Transdniestria, in Moldova, announced on Saturday that four explosions took place on Friday evening near a former airfield in a village bordering Ukraine, without causing any casualties.

The self-proclaimed “Republic” of Transdniestria seceded from Moldova in 1992, after a short war against Chisinau. Since then, around 1,500 Russian soldiers have been stationed there. In recent weeks, fears that the conflict in Ukraine could spill over into Transdniestria have grown after a Russian general claimed that the Kremlin’s offensive in Ukraine was aimed at establishing a corridor to that region. Several incidents have taken place there recently, shootings near an arms depot and series of explosions.

7:40 a.m. New US military aid

Joe Biden on Friday announced new military aid to Ukraine to fight the Russian invasion, including artillery munitions and radar, but the US president warned that arms funds for kyiv were now “almost sold out“.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a separate statement that the amount of this aid represented 150 million dollars, well below previous shipments of American weapons. It includes in particular 25,000 155 mm shells, counter-battery radars to detect Russian artillery fire and communications jamming devices, an official also added.

Congress must quickly release the envelope needed to strengthen Ukraine on the battlefield and at the negotiating table“, President Joe Biden said in a statement about the colossal budget extension of 33 billion dollars requested from the American Congress.

7:30 a.m. Russia ‘forever’ in southern Ukraine

Russia will remain “forever” in southern Ukraine, senior Russian parliamentarian Andrei Tourchak said on Friday during a visit to Kherson, a major Ukrainian city which Moscow has claimed full control since March.

Severodonetsk, one of the major localities in Donbass still controlled by the Ukrainians, is for its part “almost surrounded” by Russian forces and separatists, its mayor said on Friday.

7:25 a.m. Mariupol “completely destroyed”, according to Zelensky

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Friday that the city of Mariupol was “completely destroyedand that there was nothing left for Russia to take except its Azovstal steelworks.

Mr. Zelensky was questioned, during a videoconference organized by the Chatham House think tank in London, about what the fall of this strategic port at the southern tip of the Donbass, where only a pocket of resistance in the this steel complex.

7:20 a.m. G7 videoconference with Zelensky

The leaders of the great powers of the G7 will have a virtual meeting on Sunday devoted to the war in Ukraine in which Mr. Zelensky must also participate, announced on Friday a spokesperson for the German chancellor whose country holds the presidency of the G7 this year.

7:15 a.m. A mysterious mega-yacht stranded in Italy

A mysterious mega-yacht worth an estimated $700 million (636 million euros) whose owner’s name has not been made public and which appeared to be on the way out, was immobilized on Friday by Italian authorities .

The investigation by the Italian authoritiesestablished significant economic and business ties between the person who officially owns the ship Scheherazade and prominent figures in the Russian governmentas well as Russian figures sanctioned by the West following the invasion of Ukraine, said a statement from the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance.

He therefore decided to immobilize the ship.

7:10 a.m. Hungary slows down the European embargo project

Hungary is blocking a proposed European embargo on Russian oil and difficult negotiations will continue between the 27 member countries of the EU to find an agreement over the weekend, several diplomatic sources told AFP on Friday.

If no agreement is reached this weekend, I will have to call an extraordinary meeting of EU foreign ministers next week, after Europe Day“, declared the head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell.


7am. Africa faces an “unprecedented” crisis

Africa is facing an “unprecedented” crisis caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, particularly with soaring food and fuel prices, two officials from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) warned on Friday.

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