Ukraine-Russia war latest news: 60 feared dead in school bombing, says Luhansk governor

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Around 60 people are feared dead in the Russian shelling of a school in the village of Bilohorivka in the Luhansk region, governor Serhiy Haidai said on Sunday.

He said that two people were confirmed dead while 30 others were rescued from the debris of the school, which was sheltering nearly 90 people at the time it was struck.

Local media reported that the two dead were children, though this has not been confirmed by officials.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky in a late-night address on Saturday said more than 300 civilians have been rescued from the Azovstal steel mill in the besieged port city of Mariupol after a week-long effort.

“This part of the Mariupol humanitarian operation is over,” Ukraine’s deputy prime minister Iryna Vereshchuk informed via Telegram messaging app.

The Soviet-era steel mill has become a symbol of resistance to the Russian effort to capture swathes of eastern and southern Ukraine in the four-month-long war.

Russian president Vladimir Putin had ordered the plant to be sealed off after declaring victory in Mariupol on 21 April.

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Russia says it hit Ukrainian warship near Odesa

Moscow has claimed to have detroyed a Ukrainian corvette warship near Odesa by a missile strike overnight.

Russia’s defence ministry also said its air defences had shot down two Ukrainian SU-24 bombers and a helicopter over the Snake island in the Black Sea.

Reuters said it could not independently verify the report.

Emily Atkinson8 May 2022 08:53

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Russia’s Gazprom continues gas exports to Europe via Ukraine

Russian gas producer Gazprom said it was supplying natural gas to Europe via Ukraine on Sunday in line with requests from European consumers.

Requests stood at 92.1 million cubic metres (mcm) for 8 May compared with 92.4 mcm on 7 May.

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Emily Atkinson8 May 2022 08:31

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Watch: Entire children’s cancer ward flees Ukraine conflict

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Emily Atkinson8 May 2022 08:12

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Wounded and medics next to be evacuated from Mariupol steelworks, says Zelensky

Evacuation efforts in Mariupol’s Azovstal steelworks will focus on the wounded and medics after all the women, children and elderly were brought to safety, president Volodymyr Zelensky has said.

He reported last night that more than 300 civilians had been rescued from the sprawling plant.

Meanwhile, Russia‘s defence ministry said 51 people had been rescued in a three-day operation.

Emily Atkinson8 May 2022 07:53

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Images show piles of debris and emergency crew members tend to a fire near a burning and partially collapsed building after a school building was hit as a result of shelling in the village of Bilohorivka, Luhansk.

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Emily Atkinson8 May 2022 07:35

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11 trapped under rubble of destroyed house, says Luhansk governor

Shelling in the village of Shypilovo destroyed a house and 11 people remain under the building’s debris, the Luhansk governor has said.

Posting on Telegram this morning, Serhiy Gaidai said the number of people thought to be trapped under the rubble was based on preliminary information.

Reuters said it was not able to immediately verify the reports and there was no immediate response from Russia.

Emily Atkinson8 May 2022 07:16

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60 feared dead in school bombing, says Luhansk governor

Around 60 people are feared dead in the Russian shelling of a school in the village of Bilohorivka in the Luhansk region, which was sheltering nearly 90 at the time it was struck.

Luhansk governor Serhiy Haidai said on Sunday that two people were confirmed dead but many more remain under the rubble.

Nexta, the Belarus-based online media outlet, reported that the two dead were children, though this has not been confirmed by officials.

Earlier it was reported that 30 people had been rescued alive from the incident.“Sixty people were likely to have died under the rubble of buildings,” the governor wrote in a post on the Telegram messaging app.

He said the bomb was dropped on a building where “almost the whole village was hiding” from Russian shelling.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar8 May 2022 06:38

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Biden, G7 leaders to meet virtually with Zelensky today

US president Joe Biden and the six other leaders of the G7 will hold a video call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky later today in a show of unity as Russia prepares for its Victory Day celebrations.

The leaders of the G7 countries, which includes the UK, France, Germany, Japan, Canada and Italy, will hold their virtual meeting in the morning, US time, a White House spokesperson said.

The talks are expected to focus on the latest developments in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, efforts to bolster the country and ways to demonstrate “continued G7 unity in our collective response, including by imposing severe costs for Putin’s war”.

“I’ll be speaking with the members of the G7 this week about what we’re going to do or not do,” Mr Biden earlier told reporters.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar8 May 2022 06:16

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Ukraine braces for escalation of Russian attacks

Ukrainian cities are bracing to fight off an all-out attack by Vladimir Putin’s forces as Russia prepares to celebrate its victory Day on Monday.

As the day approaches, Ukrainian troops have solidified their positions around the city of Kharkiv, the nation’s second-largest city.

In recent days, eastern Ukraine has faced intense fighting as both sides aim to take territory currently under no one’s control.“These symbolic dates are to the Russian aggressor like red to a bull,” Ukraine’s first deputy interior minister Yevhen Yenin said.

The minister added: “While the entire civilised world remembers the victims of terrible wars on these days, the Russian Federation wants parades and is preparing to dance over bones in Mariupol.”

The Russian national holiday commemorates the former Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany in the Second World War. In a show of military might, Russian troops will march through the Red Square in Moscow to mark the occasion.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar8 May 2022 06:02

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Mariupol road signs changed to Russian ahead of Victory Day parade

Pro-Moscow separatists have been photographed removing traffic signs in Ukrainian and English and replacing them with Russian ones outside the besieged city of Mariupol.

Ahead of Russia’s Victory Day celebrations, a statement from the Donetsk People’s Republic said on Thursday that “updated road signs” were set up outside the southeastern port city.“Work to change road signs across the liberated territory will continue,” the statement added.

The Russian holiday on 9 May commemorates the surrender of Nazi Germany in 1945 and the end of the Second World War. The day is typically marked with displays of military might, fireworks and marching troops.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar8 May 2022 05:37