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War highlights: Over 300 people saved from Azovstal plant, says Ukrainian Prez


  • Russia-Ukraine war highlights: The fighting between the two countries entered its 73rd day with no signs of peace. Thousands of people have been killed in the war, with the latest attack on Azovstal steel work plant.

Trees and apartments are damaged by the impact of a missile explosion in Kramatorsk, eastern Ukraine.
Trees and apartments are damaged by the impact of a missile explosion in Kramatorsk, eastern Ukraine.(AFP)

Updated on May 08, 2022 04:45 AM IST

Russia-Ukraine war highlights: The fighting between Vladimir Putin’s Russia and Volodymyr Zelensky’s Ukraine is continuing for the 73rd straight day, with no signs of peace between the two countries. The Ukrainian forces have accused Russia of violating ceasefire aimed at evacuating civilians who were trapped underground in the bombed Azovstal steel work plant. 

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has called on German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Friday to take a “powerful step” and visit Kyiv on May 9.

While the United Kingdom is donating an additional 287 mobile generators to the war-torn country, US president Joe Biden is set to sign lend-lease for Ukraine into law on May 9.

Follow all the updates here:

  • May 08, 2022 01:36 AM IST

    Over 300 people saved from Azovstal plant, says Ukrainian Prez

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Saturday that more than 300 civilians were rescued from the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol. 

  • May 07, 2022 11:38 PM IST

    Ukraine receives 12 Turkish drones, places order for another 24

    The Ukrainian government has received 12 Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 drones and has placed an order for another 24 drones, news agency ANI reported citing Turkish media. 

     

  • May 07, 2022 10:33 PM IST

    Putin flexes nuclear arsenal, RS-24 Yars missile capable of hitting London| Watch video

    Ahead of victory day celebrations, thermonuclear missile RS-24 Yars rolled through Moscow’s Red Square. The deadly missile shown off in public is a chilling reminder of Russia’s might as Putin flexes nuclear arsenal. The RS-24 is a 3-stage solid fuel missile, reportedly carries payload of 3 reentry vehicles (RV) & penetration aids. Watch full video

  • May 07, 2022 09:29 PM IST

    Jill Biden hails ‘amazingly strong’ Ukraine refugees in Romania

    US First Lady Jill Biden hailed the “amazingly strong” refugees from war-torn Ukraine as she visited neighbouring Romania on Saturday, AFP reported. “You are amazingly strong,” Biden said after listening to mothers and children recount how they fled Russia’s invasion of their country. “We stand with you, I hope you know that,” she said in a visit to a school in Bucharest, accompanied by her Romanian counterpart Carmen Iohannis, according to images transmitted by TVR public television.

  • May 07, 2022 08:26 PM IST

    Ukraine receives 12 Turkish drones, orders another 24: Reports

    Ukraine has received 12 Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 drones and has placed an order for another 24 drones, reported a Turkish news website on Saturday. According to a report of the news website Haberler, more than 300, or potentially over 400, Bayraktar TB2 and Siha drones have been produced in Turkey over the past eight years, with 96 of them shipped to foreign clients.

  • May 07, 2022 08:16 PM IST

    Russia submits ‘proof’ of Zelensky’s war crimes at UN; Ukraine scoffs at ‘lies’

    In a rather turn of events at the United Nations Security Council, Russia has accused Ukraine of war crimes. Submitting evidence backing its claims during the Arria-Formula meeting at the UN, Russia blamed Ukraine of using its own civilians as human shields to block humanitarian corridors. As part of ‘proof’, Russian diplomats presented interviews with several Ukrainian citizens who admitted that it was the Ukrainian Military that opened fire at cars trying to use the evacuation routes. Watch video

  • May 07, 2022 07:13 PM IST

    Senior Russian lawmaker says U.S. directly involved in Ukraine fighting

    Russia’s most senior lawmaker on Saturday accused Washington of coordinating military operations in Ukraine, which he said amounted to direct U.S. involvement in military action against Russia. “Washington is essentially coordinating and developing military operations, thereby directly participating in military actions against our country,” Vyacheslav Volodin wrote on his Telegram channel.

  • May 07, 2022 05:34 PM IST

    Missiles hit Ukraine’s coastal city Odesa: Report

    Several missiles hit the southern Ukrainian port city of Odesa on Saturday, the regional administration’s spokesman Serhiy Bratchuk said in televised remarks. Bratchuk said the strikes hit the city after targets in the surrounding Odesa region had been hit by four missiles earlier in the day, Reuters reported. He did not give further detail about the new strikes, saying that the facts were still being established.

  • May 07, 2022 05:30 PM IST

    Ukraine braces for more attacks ahead of Russia’s May 9 Victory Day

    Ukrainian troops solidified their positions around the nation’s second-largest city Saturday as Russian forces delivered more punishing attacks on an embattled steelworks in a bid to complete their conquest of the southern port of Mariupol in time for Victory Day celebrations.

  • May 07, 2022 05:12 PM IST

    Kindergartens ravaged in war, Ukraine says ‘only few months ago…’

    Ukrainian foreign ministry has shared images of a kindergarten school in Kyiv which was shattered in the war. 

  • May 07, 2022 05:01 PM IST

    Putin’s ‘girlfriend’ on EU sanctions radar; West vs Russia gets ‘personal’ | Watch video

    EU makes fight with Russian President Vladimir Putin even more personal. The European Union is likely to now sanction Putin’s ‘girlfriend’ and Olympic champion Alina Kabaeva next. The final decision is yet to come as approvals by European governments have not been given. Watch this video

  • May 07, 2022 04:24 PM IST

    Ukraine conflict taking ‘heavy toll’ on Russia’s elite units, says UK

    In yet another indication of the extent of losses suffered by Russia during its ongoing invasion of Ukraine, and its failure to make significant inroads against its much smaller neighbour, the United Kingdom said on Friday that some of Russia’s ‘most capable units’ had suffered ‘heavy losses’, adding that it will take Moscow a ‘long time’ to reconstitute its armed forces. Full report

  • May 07, 2022 04:09 PM IST

    Continued targeting of cities highlights Russia’s desire for full control access to Black Sea: UK intelligence

    UK intelligence has said that the continued targeting of Ukraine’s key cities highlights Russia’s desire to fully control access to the Black Sea, which would enable them to fully control Ukraine’s sea lines of communication

  • May 07, 2022 03:49 PM IST

    Jill Biden lauds Romanian efforts to help Ukrainian refugees

    U.S. first lady Jill Biden on Saturday praised the Romanian government and relief organizations for the range of humanitarian aid they are providing to Ukrainians who are fleeing Russia’s war against their country. She called the show of solidary “amazing” but also “just the beginning.”

  • May 07, 2022 03:21 PM IST

    UN Security Council adopts first declaration on war

    Marking its first declaration on Ukraine since Russia’s February 24 invasion of its neighbour, the UN Security Council unanimously adopts a text backing Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ efforts to find a “peaceful solution” to the war. The declaration stops short of supporting a mediation effort by Guterres, as was laid out in an earlier version of the text.

  • May 07, 2022 02:51 PM IST

    Moldova separatists report drone strikes near Ukraine border

    Pro-Russian separatists in Moldova said on Saturday their region had been hit four times by suspected drones overnight near the Ukrainian border. Nearly two weeks of similar reported incidents in the Transdniestria breakaway region have raised international alarm that Russia’s war in Ukraine could spread over the frontier.

  • May 07, 2022 02:34 PM IST

    Donetsk forces say another 50 people evacuated from Azovstal plant 

    The territorial defence headquarters of the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) said on Saturday that 50 more people had been evacuated from the besieged Azovstal steelworks in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, according to Russia’s Interfax news agency, Reuters reported.

  • May 07, 2022 02:27 PM IST

    Biden announces $150 million weapons package to Ukraine

    US President Joe Biden announces a new $150 million weapons package to Ukraine, including artillery munitions and radar, while urging Congress to pass a $33 billion aid package including $20 billion in military aid, AFP reported.

    The new batch brings the total value of US weaponry sent by the Biden administration to Ukraine — including heavy artillery, shoulder-held Stinger anti-aircraft missiles and drones — to $3.8 billion since Russia invaded on February 24, says Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

  • May 07, 2022 02:01 PM IST

    UK intelligence: Russia’s war takes a toll on its most advanced capabilities

    A UK intelligence report says that Russia’s war on Ukraine has taken a toll on its most advanced capabilities.

  • May 07, 2022 01:08 PM IST

    NATO calls for more modern weapons for Ukraine

    NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has called on the West to supply more modern weapons to Ukraine.

  • May 07, 2022 12:15 PM IST

    Estonia to help Ukraine rebuild infrastructure

    Estonia’s Foreign Minister Eva-Maria Liimets announced plans to assist in the reconstruction of major infrastructure in Ukraine.

  • May 07, 2022 11:11 AM IST

    Russia shares ‘evidence’ of ‘Ukraine Military’s crimes’

    In an informal ‘Arria Formula’ with the members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), Russian diplomats presented evidence of unlawful acts committed by the Ukrainian military and nationalist groups, claiming it hindered the process of evacuation of people. (ANI)

  • May 07, 2022 10:06 AM IST

    Dozens more rescued from Ukrainian steel plant

    Dozens more civilians have been rescued on Friday from the tunnels under the besieged steel mill. 

  • May 07, 2022 09:03 AM IST

    Ukraine repels 8 Russian attacks

    Russian forces continue to attack Ukrainian positions in eastern Ukraine, but are reportedly suffering heavy material and personnel loses as Ukrainian troops repelled 8 Russian attacks. 

  • May 07, 2022 07:31 AM IST

    US authorizes additional $150 million in military assistance to Ukraine

    The US has authorized an additional $150 million in military assistance to Ukraine.

  • May 07, 2022 06:38 AM IST

    UN council backs UN chief’s efforts to find a peaceful solution to the war

    The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted its first statement on Ukraine since Russia’s military action began on February 24, expressing “strong support” for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ efforts to find a peaceful solution to the 10-week “dispute.”

  • May 07, 2022 06:21 AM IST

    UK government donates additional 287 mobile generators to Ukraine

    The UK government is providing an additional 287 mobile generators to Ukraine which are enough to power nearly 8,000 homes. They will be used for hospitals, shelters and other essential services.

No one can predict length of Ukraine war, says Zelensky |Top 5 points

Since the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine on February 24, Russia has defended its actions. The country’s president, Vladimir Putin, has said that the special military operation was necessary because the United States was using Ukraine to threaten Moscow and the Kremlin had to defend against the persecution of Russian-speaking people.

Service members of pro-Russian troops are seen atop a self-propelled howitzer outside Donetsk, Ukraine, on May 13, 2022. (Reuters Photo)

Service members of pro-Russian troops are seen atop a self-propelled howitzer outside Donetsk, Ukraine, on May 13, 2022. (Reuters Photo)

Published on May 14, 2022 07:54 AM IST

Pfizer, EU push back Covid vaccine delivery to help booster campaign

The companies amended their supply agreement with the European Commission to push back delivery of doses scheduled for June through August until September through the fourth quarter of this year.

Pfizer and BioNTech are currently testing other versions of the vaccine targeted at the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.(AFP file photo)

Pfizer and BioNTech are currently testing other versions of the vaccine targeted at the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.(AFP file photo)

Published on May 14, 2022 07:38 AM IST

LIVE: No one can predict how long the war will go, says Ukraine Prez Zelensky

Russia-Ukraine war Live updates: The UK’s defence ministry revealed on Friday Kyiv’s troops foiled an attempt by Moscow’s forces to cross a river in the Donetsk region.

TOPSHOT - Ukrainians stage a protest outside of the United Nations Office during special session of the UN Human Rights Council on the war in Ukraine, in Geneva on May 12, 2022.. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP)

TOPSHOT – Ukrainians stage a protest outside of the United Nations Office during special session of the UN Human Rights Council on the war in Ukraine, in Geneva on May 12, 2022.. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP)

Published on May 14, 2022 07:23 AM IST

US, Russian defense chiefs speak for 1st time since Ukraine invasion

A senior Defense Department official said Friday that while Austin believes the hour-long conversation was important in the effort to keep lines of communication open, it didn’t resolve any “acute issues” or lead to any change in what the Russian are doing or saying as the war enters week 12.

A special task force policeman inspects a site after an airstrike by Russian forces in Lysychansk, Luhansk region, on May 13, 2022. (AP)

A special task force policeman inspects a site after an airstrike by Russian forces in Lysychansk, Luhansk region, on May 13, 2022. (AP)

Published on May 14, 2022 06:05 AM IST

North Korea confirms 21 new deaths as it battles Covid-19

  • North Korea said on Saturday that 27 people have died in the country so far and 524,440 fell ill amid a rapid spread of fever since late April.

People wearing protective face masks commute in Pyongyang, North Korea (Kyodo/via REUTERS)

People wearing protective face masks commute in Pyongyang, North Korea (Kyodo/via REUTERS)

Published on May 14, 2022 05:39 AM IST

Ukraine thwarts Russian columns at river in Donbas region

Some 10 km north of the city, firefighters doused smouldering wreckage in Dergachi after what local officials said was an overnight Russian missile attack on the House of Culture, used to distribute aid.

In this handout photo provided by the Ukraine Armed Forces, a ruined pontoon crossing with dozens of destroyed or damaged Russian armored vehicles on both banks of Siverskyi Donets River after their pontoon bridges were blown up in eastern Ukraine. (Ukraine Armed Forces via AP)(AP)

In this handout photo provided by the Ukraine Armed Forces, a ruined pontoon crossing with dozens of destroyed or damaged Russian armored vehicles on both banks of Siverskyi Donets River after their pontoon bridges were blown up in eastern Ukraine. (Ukraine Armed Forces via AP)(AP)

Published on May 14, 2022 03:23 AM IST

Ukraine begins first war crimes trial of Russian soldier

The case is of huge symbolic importance for Ukraine. The Kyiv government has accused Russia of atrocities and brutality against civilians during the invasion and said it has identified more than 10,000 possible war crimes.

Russian army Sergeant Vadim Shishimarin, 21, is seen behind a glass during a court hearing in Kyiv, Ukraine.(AP)

Russian army Sergeant Vadim Shishimarin, 21, is seen behind a glass during a court hearing in Kyiv, Ukraine.(AP)

Published on May 13, 2022 10:12 PM IST

Explained: What’s behind North Korea’s Covid-19 admission?

Without immediate outside aid shipments, some experts say North Korea could face massive fatality and infection rates.

People wearing protective face masks walk amid concerns over the new coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in Pyongyang, North Korea.(REUTERS)

People wearing protective face masks walk amid concerns over the new coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in Pyongyang, North Korea.(REUTERS)

Published on May 13, 2022 08:14 PM IST

Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan: 5 things to know about UAE prez

Sheikh Khalifa served as the president of the UAE and ruler of Abu Dhabi from November 3, 2004. He was elected to succeed his father Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan, who served from 1971 until his death on November 2, 2004.

Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (CREDIT: Emirates News Agency)(@WAMNEWS_ENG)

Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (CREDIT: Emirates News Agency)(@WAMNEWS_ENG)

Published on May 13, 2022 07:16 PM IST

Written by Kanishka Singharia | Edited by Chandrashekar Srinivasan

Shireen Abu Akleh, slain Al Jazeera journalist, laid to rest in Jerusalem

  • The Israeli military said its initial investigation showed that a heavy firefight was underway around 200 meters (yards) from where Shireen Abu Akleh was killed, but that it was unable to determine whether she was shot by Israeli forces or Palestinian militants.

Family and friends carry the coffin of Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh, who was killed during an Israeli raid in Jenin in the occupied West Bank, next to Israeli security forces, during her funeral in Jerusalem.(REUTERS)

Family and friends carry the coffin of Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh, who was killed during an Israeli raid in Jenin in the occupied West Bank, next to Israeli security forces, during her funeral in Jerusalem.(REUTERS)

Published on May 13, 2022 05:44 PM IST

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