Russia’s attack on Azovstal, Putin calls for an end to arms deliveries

► Russian army and pro-Russian forces launched an attack on Azovstal factory

The Russian army and pro-Russian forces launched another offensive on Tuesday against the Azovstal plant, the last pocket of Ukrainian resistance in the city of Mariupol, where civilians were evacuated thanks to a ceasefire in the past few days.

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“Departments of the Russian army and the Donetsk People’s Republic begin to destroy using artillery and aircraft” to them “fire positions” According to the defense ministry quoted by Russian agencies, some of the Ukrainian fighters left the factory.

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For the first time after two months of siege and bombing, one hundred people managed to escape from the city, trapped in the cellars of the massive Azovstal steelworks. “I am happy and relieved to confirm that 101 civilians have been successfully evacuated”The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Ukraine said Tuesday.

At least ten people were killed and fifteen injured in an attack on a Russian factory in Avdiivka, a town close to the front line in eastern Ukraine, the governor of the Donetsk region said on Tuesday.

► Pope says “ready to go to Moscow”

Pope Francis is ready to go to Moscow to see Russian President Vladimir Putin and stop the war in Ukraine. In an interview with the Italian newspaperCorriere della SeraPublished Tuesday, May 3, the pope claimed to have “call on the phone” President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky “first day of war”.

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“How do we fail to stop all this atrocity? We saw the same thing 25 years ago in Rwanda.”, he added, referring to the 1994 genocide in which 800,000 people were killed. François also refused to go to Kiev for the time being, despite the invitation of the Ukrainians.

► Emmanuel Macron and Vladimir Poutine called each other

Emmanuel Macron asked Russian President Vladimir Putin. “let the evictions continue” Azovstal to Mariupol announced the Elysée after a 2:10 phone call between the two leaders.

This evacuation should be done “in coordination with humanitarian actors and in accordance with international humanitarian law, leaving the choice of destination to the evacuees”declared the presidency of France.

“The West can help stop these atrocities by exerting appropriate influence on the authorities in Kiev, and also by stopping arms supplies to Ukraine.”Vladimir Putin said during a phone call.

► London increases military aid to Ukraine

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced in a video speech before the Ukrainian Parliament on Tuesday that the UK will increase military aid to Ukraine by £300m (around 355m euros), including radars and drones.

“Today I can announce a new UK government aid package totaling £300m, including radars to track artillery bombarding your cities, heavy-lift aircraft to feed your forces and thousands of night vision devices »promised Boris Johnson.

► Moscow accuses Israel of supporting the “neo-Nazi” regime in Kiev

Moscow blamed Israel “Supporting the neo-Nazi regime in Kiev”, Taking the point home after the head of Russian diplomacy addressed a conspiracy theory on the matter “Jewish blood” of Adolf Hitler.

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“We paid attention to the antihistorical statements of (Israeli) Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, which largely explained the current government’s decision to support the neo-Nazi regime in Kiev,” he said.Russian diplomacy said in a statement. “History unfortunately knows the tragic examples of cooperation between Jews and Nazis”Description added.

► The European Union is preparing an oil embargo on Russia

A draft of an embargo on oil and petroleum products purchased from Russia was submitted to EU member states on Tuesday, but the measure still raises reservations, several European officials and diplomats said.

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The European Commission has completed its proposal for a sixth package of sanctions against Moscow to cut funding for its war effort against Ukraine. The agreement provides for the phasing out of European purchases over a period of 6 to 8 months; Hungary and Slovakia will be able to continue their purchases from Russia until March 15, with an exemption for the two landlocked countries that are completely dependent on the deliveries of the Druzhba pipeline. 2023, said a European official.