Russia declares ceasefire at Azovstal steelworks, bombardments elsewhere

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Cover image: Wednesday, May 4, 2022, a man walks near a demolished apartment building in Mariupol, where the situation is very tense around the Azovstal factory, a few kilometers away. Alexey Alexandrov/AP

  • in Mariupol, the situation is still critical. Russia launched its first attack on the Azovstal steelworks with tanks and infantry on Tuesday, according to one of the soldiers in the last pocket of Ukrainian resistance in the city. The Kremlin denied launching the attack on Wednesday. But Thursday, Friday and Saturday promise a ceasefire, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense. The armed forces will open a humanitarian corridor from 8 am to 6 pm Moscow time. [de 6 heures à 15 heures à Paris] from the Azovstal Metallurgical Plant site on May 5, 6 and 7 to evacuate civilians. Russian armed forces and units of the “Donetsk People’s Republic” during this period [unilatéralement proclamée par les séparatistes prorusses] will unilaterally cease fire and hostilities.”The ministry continued in its statement.
  • in MariupolAccording to the Ukrainian media, 344 people were evacuated, confirmed by Volodymyr Zelenksy. These are mostly women and children. They were taken to an area ” trustworthy “ in Zaporizhia. Ukraine’s president on Wednesday called on UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to assist. “save” The wounded lying on the site of the Azovstal steelworks were surrounded and bombed by Russian troops. “The lives of those who remain there are in danger (…) We ask for your help to save them”, said Mr. Zelensky, during a telephone conversation with Mr. Guterres, quoted by his own press service. According to Kiev, hundreds of soldiers and civilians, including dozens of children, are still in underground galleries at this site.
  • Missiles are falling all over the country. As Russian forces continued their offensive in the east on Wednesday, they struck multiple targets from Lviv in the west to the hitherto pristine Transcarpathia highlands, not far from the Hungarian border. “To destroy the transport infrastructure of Ukraine, the enemy fired missiles at facilities in the regions of Dnipropetrovsk, Kirovograd, Lviv, Vinnitsa, Kyiv, Transcarpathia, Odessa and Donetsk”The General Staff of the Ukrainian army said in the morning.
  • in the eastern partRussians are calling “To ensure full control of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions and to provide a land corridor to the occupied Crimea”, added. A Russian attack in the village of Chandrygolove left two dead and eleven civilians injured, lamenting Pavlo Kyrylenko, the governor of the Donetsk region. Others killed one person and injured another, including a child, around Kharkiv.
  • in Kaliningrad, simulations of nuclear-capable Russian missiles. On Wednesday, May 4, Moscow claimed that its military was simulating the firing of nuclear-capable missiles in the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, while Russian forces continued their offensive in Ukraine. Russia simulation “electronic launches” The Defense Ministry said in a statement that it has nuclear-capable Iskander mobile ballistic missile systems. after shooting “electronic”the soldiers made a maneuver to change position to escape. “possible retaliatory strike”According to the Department of Defense.
  • EU presents sixth package of sanctions against Russiaensuring a full embargo on Russian oil, which will be implemented gradually over the next six months; Exclusion of other Russian banks, including Sberbank, from the Swift network; The inclusion of the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, in the list of Russian personalities sanctioned by many Russian soldiers, as well as the wife, daughter and son of Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. These offers will need to be approved by Twenty-Seven before they can be implemented.

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