Twenty civilians including children released from the Azovstal site in Mariupol

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What you need to know about the situation in Ukraine at 19:00 UT. :

– France will do it “strengthen” dispatch of military equipment to Ukraine as well as his humanitarian aid to this country, the Elysée announced after a telephone conversation between Emmanuel Macron and Volodymyr Zelensky.

Twenty civilians including children they were taken from the Azovstal site in Mariupol to be evacuated.

Odessa airport in southern Ukraine, it was hit by a Russian strike that destroyed the track, without causing casualties.

Russian forces hold their pressure in the eastern and southern regions of Ukraine, especially around Kharkiv in the northeast.

Fourteen Ukrainians, including seven soldiers and seven civilians, were released in a new prisoner exchange with Russia.

– After 65 days of war, the presence of Russian mines worries the heads of the demining services of Civil Security.

19:06 UT. A Russian reconnaissance plane has violated Swedish airspace

A Russian reconnaissance plane briefly breached Swedish airspace, staff from the Scandinavian country announced Saturday, which is evaluating possible NATO membership following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The Social Democrats in power in the Scandinavian country expect to make a decision on a possible NATO candidacy by 24 May. Finland is also considering joining the military alliance.

(Re) see also: Will Finland join NATO?

18:47 UT. Twenty civilians taken from the Azovstal site in Mariupol to be evacuated

“Twenty civilians, women and children have been transferred to an agreed location and we hope they will be evacuated to Zaporizhia, in the territory controlled by Ukraine”Sviatoslav Palamar, deputy commander of the Azov regiment, said in a video on Telegram. A few hours earlier, the official Russian agency Tass had announced that a group of 25 civilians, including six children, had managed to get out of Azovstal, a huge steel mill where hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers and civilians are stranded.

17:15 UT. Russian attack on Odessa airport, runway destroyed

The airport of Odessa, a port city in southern Ukraine, was hit on Saturday by a Russian strike that destroyed the runway, causing no casualties, regional governor Maxim Marchenko announced. Eight people were killed in Russian attacks a week ago against the historic city of Odessa of nearly one million, relatively spared from fighting so far.

15:37 UT. Fourteen Ukrainians, including a pregnant woman, were released in a new prisoner exchange with Russia

Fourteen of our people are returning home, seven soldiers and seven civilians. One of the maids is five months pregnant “Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said on Telegram. In a BBC interview, Iryna Vereshchuk accused Russia of “deporting” large numbers of civilians across the border and of using them as “hostages”.

14:59 UT. Dutch dockers refuse to unload the Russian tanker in Amsterdam

Dutch port workers refused to unload a tanker containing a cargo of Russian diesel in Amsterdam the day after a similar action prevented the ship from docking in Rotterdam. “Late at night we asked all parts of the port of Amsterdam not to let the ship dock”said Asmae Hajjari, president of the dock workers section of the FNV union.

14:27 UT. Dane killed in fighting in Ukraine

A Dane was killed in Ukraine, his family said Saturday, according to a statement from the Danish foreign ministry. The 25-year-old was engaged in the international legion with Ukrainian forces.

On Tuesday he was part of a group of eight soldiers engaged in fighting in the city of Mykolaiv. Six of them would not have survived.

12:01 YOU. Discovery of the bodies of three men visibly tortured and shot dead in a tomb near Boutcha

Their hands were tied and their eyes blindfolded, Kiev police said Sunday.

The victims were tortured for a long time (…) Finally, each of them was shot in the head“, Said in a statement the chief of the kyiv police, Andriï Nebytov, specifying that their hands were tied, blindfolded and for some a gag in their mouth.

Yulia Fedosiuk, left, wife of Arseny Fedosiuk of the Azov regiment, bursts into tears as she listens to Kateryna Prokopenko, wife of Denys Prokopenko, commander of the Azov regiment.  Two Ukrainian women whose husbands are defending a besieged steel mill in the southern city of Mariupol demand that any civilian evacuation also include soldiers.  According to them, the troops risk being tortured and killed if left behind and captured by Russian forces.  Friday 29 April 2022 <br /> AP Photo / Alessandra Tarantino”/><span rel=

11:52 GMT. France will “step up” the dispatch of military equipment and humanitarian aid to Ukraine, says Emmanuel Macron

France will “strengthen” the dispatch of military equipment to Ukraine and humanitarian aid to Ukraine, the Elysée announced Saturday after a meeting between re-elected president Emmanuel Macron and his counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky.

While the Ukrainian president thanked him for “shipments of important military equipment contributing to the Ukrainian resistance“, the French head of state”indicated that this support will continue to be strengthened, as will the humanitarian assistance provided by France“, adding according to a statement that”will continue the mission of French experts contributing to the collection of evidence to combat impunity and enable the work of international justice in relation to crimes committed in the framework of Russian aggression“.

11:00 UT. Emmanuel Macron speaks on the phone with Volodymyr Zelensky at noon

10:59 Attacks by Russian forces are repelled

In the Donetsk and Lugansk region, 14 attacks launched by Russian forces have been repelled in the past 24 hours, the Ukrainian forces’ general staff said on Saturday.

10:30 UT. Ukraine favorite of Eurovision

Two weeks away from the Eurovision Song Contest, whose final will take place on May 14 in Turin, Italy, Ukraine is the ultra favorite with a 42% chance of winning, far ahead of the Italian duo Mahmood and Blanco. (14%) and the Swedish Cornelia Jakobs (10%), according to the eurovisionworld.com website, which aggregates the main online betting sites.

the pipe “Stefania” by the Kalush Orchestra, a lullaby that mixes rap and traditional music, will defend the colors of Ukraine while Russia has been excluded from the European competition. “I will always find my way home, even if all roads are destroyed”the title says.

10:40 UT. Mariupol, waiting for a possible evacuation

Mariupol, in southeastern Ukraine, is also facing the violence of Russian bombing. Several hundred Ukrainian soldiers and civilians live underground in the huge underground tunnels of the Azovstal metallurgical complex, awaiting a possible evacuation. A solution mentioned in the past few hours by the UN coordinator in Ukraine.

8:19 GMT. Half of Ukraine trapped by Russian mines

According to the US Department of Defense, the Kremlin forces are slowly and unevenly advancing in the Donbass due to the resistance of the Ukrainian army. Yesterday one person was killed and many more injured in Kharkiv. After 65 days of war, the presence of Russian mines worries the leaders of the Civil Security demining services.

(Re) see: Ukraine: Ukrainian army tries to mine residential areas

4:28 GMT. Lavrov urges NATO to stop arming Ukraine

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov urged NATO and the United States to stop delivering weapons to Kiev if they do “they are really interested in solving the Ukrainian crisis”.

In an interview published this Saturday by the official New China agency, he also said that the Russian offensive in Ukraine is underway. “according to plan”.

3:00 Italian time. Moscow increases pressure on Kharkiv, Kiev claims tactical successes

Violent explosions were heard during the night from Friday to Saturday in Kharkiv, the second largest city in the country, hammered by Russian artillery for weeks.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky acknowledged that the situation in this northeastern region, where Russian forces have refocused their offensive, is “hard”. “But our soldiers are getting tactical successes “He said.

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