War in Ukraine: a school was targeted, the last hours of Mariupol, preparations for May 9 in Moscow… point on the 74th day of the war

As it has been for several weeks, the city of Mariupol and, more specifically, the fate of the last Ukrainian soldiers in the massive Azovstal industrial zone focuses on the 74th day of the war.

In particular, on the eve of May 9, as the Russians celebrate their victory over Nazi Germany during WWII, it seems clear that the final evacuations in the martyr city of southeastern Ukraine could precede a final enemy attack.

Putin dreams of victory ‘as in 1945’

In his May 8 salute to the country of the former Soviet bloc and the separatist regions of eastern Ukraine on Sunday, Russian President Vladimir Putin assured, “As in 1945, victory will be ours.” World War II and the conflict in Ukraine.

“Today, our soldiers, like their ancestors, are fighting shoulder to shoulder for the liberation of their homeland from Nazi filth, confident that victory will be ours, as in 1945,” said the Russian President. “The common task is to prevent the revival of Nazism, which caused such great suffering to the peoples of different countries.”

60 killed in the bombing of a school near Luhansk

Sixty people who took shelter in a school in the village of Bilogorivka died after an airstrike on Saturday completely destroyed the institution, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. “Just yesterday, a Russian bomb killed 60 civilians in the village of Bilogorivka in the Luhansk region,” he said during a video conference response at the G7 summit. “Bombs hit the school and unfortunately the school was completely destroyed,” said the governor of the Luhansk region.

Authorities said 27 of the 90 total people were rescued. “These people at the school are likely dead,” the governor said on Sunday, adding that the temperature in the area was very high after the explosion caused by the bomb.

“Surrender is not an option” in Azovstal

Extremely rare ammunition and food, extreme living conditions, mediocre maintenance… The last Ukrainian fighters who settled in the Azovstal factory in Mariupol are still fighting in extremely difficult conditions at a time when the Russian army tightens its control in this last pocket. In the port city of southeastern Ukraine, almost all of the resistance is under the Russian flag.

The Ukrainian army excludes the possibility of surrender. “Surrender is not an option because our life is not in Russia’s business. It is not important for them to keep us alive,” Ukrainian intelligence official Ilya Samoilenko said at a video press conference this Sunday.

VIDEO. Soldiers besieged in Mariupol: a Ukrainian commander calls for evacuation “as in Dunkirk in 1940”

At the scene, the situation is extremely delicate for the fighters. “Many soldiers are in serious condition. They are injured and without medication,” explains Yevguenia Tytarenko, a military nurse whose husband, a member of the Azov regiment, and colleagues are still at the factory. “Food and water are also missing,” said the woman, who is still in contact with her relatives inside. Mykhaïlo texted him “I will fight to the end”.

Justin Trudeau visits Irpin and Kiev

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a surprise visit to Ukraine on Sunday. He first went to Irpin in the suburbs of Kiev, which was devastated by intense fighting between the Ukrainian and Russian armies before it was occupied by the Russians in March.

“(Justin Trudeau) came to Irpin to see with his own eyes all the horrors the Russian invaders have done to our city,” the city’s mayor, Oleksandre Markouchin, wrote in his message on Telegram, along with photos taken with Justin Trudeau. destroyed city. In particular, he said, “Vladimir Putin is responsible for these heinous war crimes.”

The leader then traveled to Kiev, where he was seen hoisting the Canadian flag from the Canadian Embassy in Ukraine before focusing on the virtual G7 meeting.

Ukraine on a G7 menu with Zelensky

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky attended a videoconference meeting of G7 leaders on Sunday as Kiev fears a final Russian attack on the last fighters besieged in Mariupol, before commemorating the victory over Nazi Germany in Moscow on Monday.

During the conference, member states (Germany, Canada, the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, and Japan) accused Vladimir Putin of embarrassing Russia with his actions in Ukraine and committed to giving up Russian oil. a precise timeline.

“The entire G7 today pledged to ban or phase out imports of Russian oil,” the White House said in a statement on Sunday. Said. The American executive says this decision will “deal a blow to the main artery that waters (Vladimir) Putin’s economy and deprive him of the revenue he needs to finance his war against Ukraine.”

US imposes new sanctions

The White House announced in a press release on Sunday a new round of sanctions against Russia around two main axes: the media and the access of large fortunes to Russian companies and consulting and accounting services, including the American and British world’s leading experts.

Several Russian TV channels will be blacklisted, while any US company will be prohibited from funding them by selling advertising or equipment. A senior White House official, who asked not to be named, emphasized that this media is directly or indirectly controlled by the Kremlin and said, “No American company should participate in the financing of Russian propaganda.”

Another line of attack from Washington, the same source, banned the provision of “audit, management, consulting, marketing services, all services used to run multinational companies, but also potentially to circumvent sanctions or hide diabolical wealth acquired.”

Azovstal: women, children and the elderly evacuated

Women, children and the elderly have been evacuated from Azovstal steelworks, the last area of ​​resistance for Ukrainian forces in Mariupol, a port city devastated by fighting with the Russians, Kiev announced on Saturday. These operations, carried out for a week under the auspices of the UN and the Red Cross, allowed about 500 people to escape, according to Ukrainians.

VIDEO. “We couldn’t find food”: one hundred civilians evacuated from Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol

“We evacuated civilians from Azovstal,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in his daily message on Saturday evening, referring to the number of 300 deported people. “We are now preparing the second phase (…): injured and medical personnel”. And of course, we are also working to evacuate our soldiers. All these heroes defending Mariupol,” he continued without giving a number. “This is extremely difficult. But it is very important,” he said.

About forty people evacuated from the steel mill arrived in Zaporizhia on Sunday evening. Osnat Lubrani, the UN’s Humanitarian Coordinator for Ukraine, said that a total of 174 civilians from “Mariupol hell” arrived in this major city in southeast Ukraine by eight buses.

Russia is ready for the May 9 parade

The final rehearsals took place on the Saturday before the traditional military parade celebrating the victory over Nazi Germany on May 9 in Moscow. Russian President Vladimir Putin will have another opportunity to issue a warning after Russia repeatedly hurled the nuclear threat.

VIDEO. War in Ukraine: Vladimir Putin’s date is on May 9

According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the “Doomsday Plane”, an Ilyushin Il-80 specially designed to allow the president to rule the country from the air in the event of nuclear war, will fly over Red Square. Several equipment capable of firing nuclear missiles will also be on display, such as the Iars RS-24 intercontinental ballistic system and the shorter-range Iskander system.