Ukraine war: Dozens more civilians evacuated from Mariupol steel plant

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By Euronews  with AP, AFP
From left, Serhii Tsybulchenko, Ihor Trotsak, Tetyana Trotsak and Elina Tsybulchenko, who fled from the steel plant in Mariupol, Ukraine, arrive by bus in Zaporizhzhia, 3 May.
From left, Serhii Tsybulchenko, Ihor Trotsak, Tetyana Trotsak and Elina Tsybulchenko, who fled from the steel plant in Mariupol, Ukraine, arrive by bus in Zaporizhzhia, 3 May.   -   Copyright  AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File

At least 50 more civilians were evacuated from the steel plant in Mariupol on Friday, Ukrainian officials said, after the United Nations confirmed that an evacuation was under way.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the port city had been destroyed completely, saying there was nothing left to fall to the Russians.

Mariupol has been under constant shelling since early on in Russia's war in Ukraine.

See how Friday unfolded in the blog below.

05.06.2022
06:55

Friday's key points:

  • At least 50 civilians were evacuated from the steel plant in Mariupol, said Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk in a post on Telegram.

  • Members of the United Nations Security Council, including Russia, have agreed on a statement expressing “strong support” for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ efforts to find a peaceful solution to the “dispute” in Ukraine.

  • Amnesty International has investigated atrocities near Kyiv and accuses Russian forces of "extrajudicial executions", "torture" and "reckless shootings". The human rights group's report calls for all responsible, "including up the chain of command", to face justice.

  • Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Friday the EU's proposed ban on Russian oil imports would amount to an "atomic bomb" dropped on the Hungarian economy.
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says he has invited German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to visit Ukraine on May 9, the day Russia marks the victory of the Soviet Union over Nazi Germany in World War II.
  • The UN confirmed to Euronews that a "safe passage operation" was under way in Mariupol "in coordination with the parties to the conflict", to allow civilians to leave the steelworks besieged by Russian troops.
  • Ukraine's military said on Friday the Russian assault on the Azovstal plant was continuing "in some areas", along with the ongoing blockade.
  • President Zelenskyy has described a “catastrophic” lack of access to medical services and medicine in areas of the country under Russian occupation, in his nightly video address.
  • The European Union must not resume "business as usual" with Russia as long as he remains in power, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told Euronews in an exclusive interview.
05.06.2022
20:52

UN Security Council adopts statement expressing 'strong support' for Guterres' efforts to find a solution in Ukraine

Members of the United Nations Security Council, including Russia, have agreed on a statement expressing “strong support” for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ efforts to find a peaceful solution to the “dispute” in Ukraine.

The council scheduled a meeting later on Friday to adopt the brief statement, which would be the first approved by the UN’s most powerful body since Russia invaded Ukraine on 24 February.

It does not mention a “war,” “conflict” or “invasion” as many council members call Russia’s ongoing military action, or a “special military operation” as Moscow refers to it.

The statement, drafted by Norway and Mexico, “expresses deep concern regarding the maintenance of peace and security of Ukraine” and “recalls that all member states have undertaken, under the Charter of the United Nations, the obligation to settle their international disputes by peaceful means.”

(AP)

05.06.2022
20:48

50 civilians evacuated from Mariupol steel plant, says Ukrainian official

At least 50 civilians were evacuated from the steel plant in Mariupol, said Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk in a message on Telegram.

The civilians included women, children and older adults, she said, adding that the evacuation operation would continue tomorrow morning.

Vereshchuk said the evacuation was slow due to fighting and "other provocations", accusing Russia of violating the ceasefire.

 

05.06.2022
20:42

Sweden reintroduces border checks, citing ‘a serious threat’

Sweden said Friday it was reintroducing temporary border controls at ferry terminals, airports, road crossings with other countries and other entry points to the Scandinavian nation because there “still is a serious threat to public order and internal security.”

The Swedish government said the temporary controls would start immediately and last until Nov. 11, meaning travelers will have to show passports and visas during the 6-month period.

The government did not mention a specific threat in its announcement but said the security situation in the country’s region of Europe is “extremely serious, and the overall terrorist threat level in Sweden remains elevated.”

Swedish Justice Minister Morgan Johansson noted that once inside Europe’s passport-free travel zone known as the Schengen Area, people can move relatively freely among 26 countries — 22 European Union nations plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

(AP)

05.06.2022
20:41

'There is nothing left to fall apart', says Zelenskyy of the port city of Mariupol

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Friday that the southeastern port city of Mariupol has been destroyed completely and there is nothing left to fall to Russians, except for its besieged steelworks.

Zelenskyy, speaking on a video call to the Chatham House think-tank in London, was asked how the fall of the strategic city could affect the course of the conflict.

"You should understand that Mariupol will never fall. There is nothing there to fall apart. It is already devastated... there is no structure. This is all destroyed completely," Zelensky said in comments translated into English from Ukrainian.

What is left is "this little turf, this little structure, the Azovstal steel mill, or what remains of it", he added.

(AFP)

05.06.2022
20:05

Ukraine war: False claims spread about military movements in Poland and Finland

Online misinformation about the armies of Poland and Finland has circulated online amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Social media users have falsely suggested that both European Union member states are preparing to enter the war or engage in military conflict.

Investigations by Euronews and other independent fact-checkers have revealed that the claims are false and alleged video evidence has been taken out of context.

Read the full article here.

Soldiers pictured at a military airport in Mielec in southeastern Poland. - Copyright AP Photo/Beata Zawrzel, File
05.06.2022
19:35

Ukraine and Russia swap prisoners

Ukraine received 41 prisoners in a swap with Russia, the deputy prime minister Iryna Vereshchuk said, including 28 military personnel and 13 civilians. 

She said it was "especially gratifying" that a rector of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church was among the prisoners released. It was unclear how many prisoners were returned to Russia.

05.06.2022
18:09

Ukraine officials warn Russia might increase bombardment on Victory Day

Officials from Ukraine’s national security council warned residents on Friday against the increased risk of shelling on Sunday and Monday, coinciding with Russia’s Victory Day celebrations.

A Facebook post published on the Centre for Counteracting Disinformation profile, under the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine, urged Ukrainians not to ignore air raid sirens.

“Since Russian troops cannot boast of any significant achievements on the front by Victory Day, the risk of massive shelling of Ukrainian cities these days is increasing,” the post said.

Separately on Friday, Kyiv’s mayor Vitali Klitschko said authorities would not be extending the curfew in Kyiv, as one has already been introduced. But street patrols would be reinforced.

Moscow commemorates the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in World War II on 9 May, while the rest of Europe celebrates it one day prior, on 8 May.

05.06.2022
17:08

How war is hitting Ukraine's farmers and threatening world food supplies

Ukraine, dubbed Europe's breadbasket, is one of the largest exporters of corn, wheat and oats to the European Union.

But the war is having a huge impact on the country's farmers.

Beyond the destruction of agricultural land, Russia's blocking of Ukraine's Black Sea ports means grains can only be shipped out of the country by rail or road.

Read the full story here.
 

A combine harvests barley in a field near the village of Zhovtneve, Ukraine - Copyright Credit: Valentyn Ogirenko/REUTERS

05.06.2022
16:20

Ukraine's president invites German leaders on May 9

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says he has invited German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to visit Ukraine on May 9, the day Russia marks the victory of the Soviet Union over Nazi Germany in World War II.

Western officials believe Russian President Vladimir Putin could use the Victory Day holiday to make an announcement about the war — either declaring a victory or escalating the conflict.

Scholz has yet to make a solidarity visit to the country. Scholz has traded barbs with Ukrainian officials in recent weeks because of Kyiv’s refusal to invite Steinmeier, whom Ukraine accuses of cosying up to Russia during his time as foreign minister.

Speaking at London’s Chatham House think-tank on Friday, Zelenskyy said he had spoken to Steinmeier and invited both him and Scholz to come to Kyiv.

He said Scholz “can make this very powerful political step to come here on the 9th of May, to Kyiv.”

(AP)

For a summary of Thursday's developments in Russia's war in Ukraine, click here.

Additional sources • Reuters