- A UN convoy is on its way to Mariupol to evacuate more civilians from the Ukrainian port city.
- UN humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths says Mariupol evacuations carried out so far offer “glimmer of hope”.
- The Ukrainian army says Russian troops made “unsuccessful” attempts to advance in the eastern Kharkiv and Donetsk regions.
- German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and US President Joe Biden have agreed not to recognize any Russian territorial gains in Ukraine.
- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urges reintegrating agricultural products from Russia and Ukraine into the global market.
Here are all the latest updates:
US intelligence helped Ukraine sink Moskva: NBC
US intelligence helped Ukraine sink the Russian warship Moskva, NBC News has reported, citing US officials.
The flagship of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet sank on April 14 after having been struck by two Ukrainian Neptune anti-ship missiles, the US officials confirmed.
According to officials, the attack happened after Ukrainian forces asked the Americans about a sailing ship in the Black Sea south of Odesa. The US identified it as the Moskva and helped confirm its location, after which the Ukrainians targeted the ship, the NBC report said.
Officials added that the US did not know in advance that Ukraine was going to target the Moskva.
Russia’s invasion devastated 400 medical sites: Zelenskyy
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has devastated 400 hospitals and other institutions and left doctors without drugs to tackle cancer or the ability to perform surgery, Zelenskyy has said.
In a video address to a medical charity group, he said in the areas occupied by Russian forces, the situation was catastrophic.
“These amounts to a complete lack of medication for cancer patients. It means extreme difficulties or a complete lack of insulin for diabetes. It is impossible to carry out surgery. It even means, quite simply, a lack of antibiotics. ”
UN chief says 500 Mariupol civilians rescued
The UN chief says that 500 people have now been evacuated from the Azovstal steel plant, Mariupol and surrounding areas.
Antonio Guterres said in a tweet that the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross operation involved two safe passage convoys.
Late on Thursday, Zelenskyy said in a video address that more than 150 people from Azovstal and more than 300 people from Mariupol and its suburbs had been evacuated this week. Evacuations are expected to continue on Friday.
I hope that continued coordination with Moscow & Kyiv will lead to more humanitarian pauses to allow civilians safe passage.
– António Guterres (@antonioguterres) May 5, 2022
Most Russian forces left Mariupol: Pentagon
The Pentagon says the majority of Russian forces that had been around the port city of Mariupol have left and headed north, leaving roughly the equivalent of two battalion tactical groups there, or about 2,000 troops.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said that even as Russian airstrikes continue to bombard Mariupol, Moscow’s forces are still making only “plodding” and incremental progress as the main fight presses on the eastern Donbas region.
He said he has seen no change in Russian behavior or momentum as May 9 draws near.
Zelenskyy decries ‘catastrophic’ lack of medical access
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy described a “catastrophic” lack of access to medical services and medicine in areas of the country under Russian occupation.
In those areas, he said almost no treatment was available for those suffering from cancer, while insulin for people with diabetes was difficult to find or non-existent. He said antibiotics were in short supply, as well.
Zelenskyy also said that during the course of the war, the Russian military has already fired 2,014 missiles on Ukraine, while 2,682 flights of Russian warplanes have been recorded in Ukrainian skies. He said destroyed or damaged infrastructure includes nearly 400 hospitals and other medical facilities.
White House welcomes Finland, Sweden discussions on NATO
The White House has welcomed deliberations by Finland and Sweden on potentially joining NATO, a development resulting from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“We obviously strongly support NATO’s open-door policy and the right of each country to decide its own future foreign policy and security arrangements,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters.
“And we are confident we’ll be able to work with them to address any concerns either country may have, but those are ongoing discussions.”
Zelenskyy says Mariupol evacuation continued on Thursday
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said the evacuation of civilians from the besieged port city of Mariupol continued on Thursday but did not say how many people managed to leave.
In a video address, Zelenskyy also said Russian forces were still storming and shelling the city’s Azovstal plant, where civilians and military forces are sheltering.
UN reports 6,731 civilian casualties in Ukraine
The United Nations’ top human rights official has said the UN has recorded 6,731 civilian casualties in Ukraine since the war began. “It pains me to say that all our concerns remain valid and the situation remains deteriorating,” Michelle Bachelet told the Security Council.
Bachelet said her office is documenting forced disappearances of representatives of local authorities, journalists and civil society activists. She said the office investigated 180 cases, with five of the individuals found dead.
“Grim evidence of torture, ill-treatment and summary executions of prisoners of war committed by both parties to the conflict is surfacing,” she said.
Missile attack injures 25, inflicts damage in eastern Ukraine: Governor
A missile attack on the city of Kramatorsk in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region has injured 25 people and inflicted wide-ranging damage, the regional governor has said.
In a Telegram post, Pavlo Kyrylenko said 810 apartments in 32 high-rise buildings sustained damage as a result of an attack on Thursday. The post featured photos of multiple buildings reduced to rubble.
Kyrylenko added that six private houses, two schools, a kindergarten and a medical institution were also damaged.
Pentagon denies helping Ukraine ‘target’ Russian generals
The US defense department has denied that it provided intelligence on the locations of Russian generals on the battlefield so that Ukraine forces could kill them.
Reacting to a New York Times report on US support for the Ukrainian military, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said it was true that Washington supplies Kyiv’s forces with military intelligence “to help Ukrainians defend their country”.
“We do not provide intelligence on the location of senior military leaders on the battlefield or participate in the targeting decisions of the Ukrainian military,” Kirby said.
Ukrainian official says people will be evacuated from Mariupol on Friday
Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk has said that people would be evacuated from the besieged port city of Mariupol on Friday at 12:00 local time (09:00 GMT).
Vereshchuk made the announcement in a social media post. She said people would gather at the “Port City” shopping center but gave no further details.
Russia made failed attempts to advance in east, Ukraine says
The Ukrainian army has said Russian troops made “unsuccessful” attempts to advance in the eastern Kharkiv and Donetsk regions.
A Facebook post on the official profile of the Ukrainian General Staff said the Russians also continue to launch missile attacks on transport facilities in order to prevent the movement of humanitarian cargo and military-technical assistance.
Russia says it destroyed 45 Ukrainian military facilities
The Russian military has said its air force destroyed 45 Ukrainian military facilities in the latest series of attacks.
Russian defense ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said the targets hit included Ukrainian troops and weapons concentrations and an ammunition depot in the eastern Luhansk region.
He said the Russian artillery hit 152 Ukrainian troops’ strongholds and 38 artillery firing positions.
UN humanitarian chief hails ‘glimmer of hope’ in Mariupol evacuations
Martin Griffiths, the UN’s under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, has hailed the recent evacuations of hundreds of civilians from a besieged steel plant in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol as a “glimmer of hope”, calling for more safe passages.
“We’re making some progress; we’re building relations and we’re building experience, which we hope we can then broaden to more such operations, “Griffiths told the Security Council.
UN chief urges reintegrating food from Russia and Ukraine into global market
UN chief Antonio Guterres has again called for an end to the war in Ukraine, warning of “limitless” global harm, including to international food supplies.
“The war in Ukraine is senseless in its scope, ruthless in its dimensions and limitless in its potential for global harm. The cycle of destruction, dislocation and disruption must stop. It is time to unite and end this war, ”he told the Security Council.
“A meaningful solution to global food insecurity requires reintegrating Ukraine’s agricultural production and the food and fertilizer production of Russia and Belarus into world markets despite the war. I will do my best to help facilitate the dialogue to help make these reality, ”Guterres said.
Scholz, Biden agrees not to recognize Russian territorial gains
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and United States President Joe Biden have agreed in a call that they will not recognize any Russian territorial gains in Ukraine, a German government spokesman has said.
“They agreed that Ukraine needed to be further substantially and continuously supported in the practice of its legitimate right to self defense,” the spokesperson said in a statement.
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