Mariupol Begins a New Effort to Liberate Civilians in ‘Landscape of Hell’


UN humanitarians helped the first refugees at the Mariupol Works.

The United Nations and the Red Cross have launched a third operation to rescue civilians from the Ukrainian port cities of Mariupol and the Azovstal steel mill.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the UN Security Council about the new effort after two operations last week helped rescue nearly 500 civilians.

Meanwhile, the Russian Ministry of Defense said that the armed forces of the Baltic Fleet successfully practiced a nuclear-capable missile strike in the western part of the Kaliningrad region with the short-range ballistic Iskander operation and tactical missile complex.

“As part of the Baltic Fleet’s Kaliningrad regional combat exercise,” the Ministry of National Defense said in a statement.

The new military exercises came on the 70th day of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and days before the nation’s widely-known Victory Day, which also commemorates the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II.

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George W Bush told Zelensky, “You inspire Americans.”

Former US President George W. Bush addressed the wartime president of Ukraine and praised his courage in the success of the besieged nation.

“Your courage is very important for greater success. If you keep doing what you’re doing, if you keep fighting like you do now, you’ll always have our support,” Bush told Zelensky in a videoconference.

“Your country has been invaded by powers trying to kill innocent people,” he said. And the fact that you stand firm inspires Americans.”

Zelensky told the former US president he felt that the two countries shared common values.

“Americans are sincere and open-minded people, and I feel that. We have common values. It seems to come from the heart,” the Ukrainian leader said in a video call.

The two leaders also talked about the 9/11 attacks in the United States, and Zelensky emphasized how many Ukrainians “show sympathy for Americans and share the sufferings of relatives and friends of terrorist victims.”

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Putin ‘apologies to Israel’ after claiming Hitler was Jewish

In a phone call with Putin on Thursday, Naphthali Bennett accepted an apology and thanked him for “clarifying my respect for the Jews and my memory of the Holocaust.”

Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with the Italian TV show Zona Bianca on Sunday to justify Russia’s portrayal of Ukraine as a “Nazi”:

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UK withdraws recognized status of Moscow Stock Exchange

Emily AtkinsonMay 6, 2022 02:30

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Opinion: By exaggerating the Russian threat, the West helped spark this war.

It turns out that Russia has far more realistic ideas than the West has allowed.write Mary Dezewski

Emily AtkinsonMay 6, 2022 01:30

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US, Germany and Russia agree not to recognize territorial acquisition

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and U.S. President Joe Biden agreed on today’s call not to recognize Russian territorial acquisitions in Ukraine, a German government spokesman said in a statement.

The two leaders also condemned the recent comments by the Russian leadership to discredit the democratically legalized Ukraine leadership, the spokeswoman said.

“They agreed that Ukraine should provide more substantive and sustained support to its legitimate right to self-defense,” he added.

Emily AtkinsonMay 6, 2022 00:30

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White House welcomes NATO talks between Finland and Sweden

The White House welcomed the deliberations of Finland and Sweden, potentially joining NATO in response to the Ukraine war.

“We clearly and strongly support NATO’s policy of openness and the right of each country to determine future foreign policy and security measures,” Jen Psaki, spokeswoman for reporters, told reporters.

“And we’re confident we’ll be able to work with them to address any concerns they may have, but that’s still being discussed.”

Emily AtkinsonMay 5, 2022 23:28

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City Hall: ‘heavy war’, mayor says explosion at Mariupol steel plant is taking place in city

Explosion at the Mariupol Works

Emily AtkinsonMay 5, 2022 22:46

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Zelensky said the evacuation of Mariupol continued on Thursday.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said evacuations of civilians from the besieged port city of Mariupol continued on Thursday, but he did not say how many people had escaped.

Zelensky said in a video speech that Russian forces were still raiding and bombarding the city’s Azovsthal factory, where civilians and troops were being evacuated.

Emily AtkinsonMay 5, 2022 22:30

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A fresh attempt to rescue hundreds of civilians trapped in an ironworks amid fierce battles in Mariupol ‘Landscape of Hell’

A new operation is underway to rescue dozens of civilians still trapped in the underground bunker of the Azovstal Works, the last stronghold of the devastated city of Mariupol.

Russian forces have pledged to suspend activity at Azovstal on Thursday and for the next two days to allow the evacuation of civilians after blocking the evacuation after Ukrainian fighters described it as a “blood battle”. Ukraine’s deputy prime minister said on Friday local time refugees would be able to leave the besieged port city.

The Kremlin has humanitarian corridors in its factories, and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says a third operation is underway to evacuate civilians from Mariupol. “We must continue doing everything we can to get people out of hell,” he told the UN Security Council on Thursday.

Emily AtkinsonMay 5, 2022 22:05

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Ukrainian officials say they will evacuate people from Mariupol on Friday.

Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said Thursday that at 12:00 PM GMT, people will be evacuated from the besieged port city of Mariupol.

Vereshchuk announced in a social media post. She said people would gather at the “Port City” shopping center, but she didn’t give any further details.

Emily AtkinsonMay 5, 2022 21:40

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