May 17, 2022

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More than 3,000 civilians have been expelled from Kiev’s Mariupol, which has been accused of invading Russia

Ukrainian authorities say about 3,700 people have fled the Mariupol area by bus and private cars in the direction of Zaporozhye. Most left Berdyansk.

On the other hand, the Red Cross declared that the team sent to Mariupol should return, and that its plan to evacuate thousands of civilians besieged by Russian forces was “impossible”. A new attempt will take place this Saturday, April 2nd. In a new interview, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky called on Emmanuel Macron to try to “obtain from Russia the conditions for a humanitarian operation” in the city.

A convoy of buses has reached the city of Zaporozhye since the establishment of the humanitarian route.

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UN Security Council calls on ceasefire in Moscow

The United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Human Rights, Martin Griffiths of the United Kingdom, will arrive in Moscow on Sunday to try to establish a “humanitarian ceasefire” in Ukraine, the UN chief announced on Friday. .

“He will be in Moscow on Sunday and then he will go to Kiev,” the UN secretary general told some reporters.

kyiv accused of attacking in Russia

Russia’s governor of the Belgorod region on Friday accused Ukraine of carrying out a helicopter strike. An “oil depot” In this city located about forty kilometers from the Ukrainian border.

The Kremlin considered the incident to be “not conducive to the continuation of negotiations.” The Ukrainian side did not formally deny it, but suggested “sabotage.”

53 cultural sites were damaged

According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), at least 53 cultural sites in Ukraine have been damaged since the start of the Russian invasion on February 24.

Additional assistance from Washington to Ukraine

The Pentagon will provide $ 300 million in additional military assistance to Ukraine, a U.S. Defense Department spokesman said in a statement.

“The United States has now pledged more than $ 2.3 billion Help Military assistance to Ukraine since the Biden administration took office, including $ 1.6 billion in military assistance from Russia’s unprovoked and planned invasion, “said John Kirby.

The Ukrainians are dominating again

On the ground, the Russians “continue their Partial withdrawal The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense has condemned the looting by Russian troops from the north of the Kiev region towards the Belarusian border. In the same area, the villages of Sloboda and Lukashivka, south of Chernihiv, were captured by Ukrainian troops.

In the east, the US War Research Organization (ISW) said, “Russian forces have failed to capture any area for 24 hours.” The Ukrainians claimed to have liberated 11 places in the Kerson region (south). The regional governor said two people were killed and two wounded in a Russian shelling on Thursday. kyiv announced the transfer of its 86 soldiers to the Russians, without mentioning the number of the latter.

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President of MEPs in Kiev

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky expressed his “satisfaction” with Roberto Metzola, President of the European Parliament of Malta, for coming to Kiev “heroically” and “personally” and welcomed him to the Ukrainian capital. .

Roberta Metsola, who was elected Speaker of the European Parliament on January 18, is the first European President to visit the Ukrainian capital since the Russian invasion on February 24.

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