Western embassies return to the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv. In the southeast of the country, the evacuation of civilians from the Azovstal steel site in Mariupol continues. Franceinfo summarizes the highlights of Monday, May 2nd.
They are expected to be evacuated from Azovstal in Zaporizhia
Ukraine hopes to be able to continue evacuating civilians from Mariupol, as Russian forces continue their offensive in the Donbass. One hundred people have already been evacuated this weekend from the huge steel mills in Azovstal, the last pocket of Ukrainian resistance in this strategic port in southern Ukraine. It was expected on Monday evening in Zaporizhia, a town about 200 kilometers to the northwest and still under Ukrainian control, even if the front line was approaching.
>> We show you the progress of the evacuation of the Azovstal plant, the last enclave of resistance in Mariupol.
The evacuations, which began on Saturday in coordination between Ukraine, Russia, the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross, allowed the city to be evacuated for the first time in two months from the siege and bombardment of the city. “More than 100 civilians” They were buried in the cellars of the Azovstal steel plants, with the last of the Ukrainian fighters, according to President Volodymyr Zelensky.
According to the Russian army, 57 people left towards the north, towards the territories occupied by the Russians, and 69 towards the territories controlled by the Ukrainians. This was reported by Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Irina Verychuk “Hundreds of civilians are still stranded in Azovstal”.
The return of American diplomats to Kyiv is hoped “by the end of the month”.
The return of American diplomats to Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital from which they left in mid-February, a few days before the start of the Russian invasion, is hopeful. “by the end of the month” May announced Chargé d’Affairs to Christina Kvyan during a press conference held in Lviv, a large city in western Ukraine.
“It’s my first day in Ukraine.She added, thinking to herself “pleased”specifying that “I’ve been going back and forth a day for a week or maybe two weeks”. “The priority is the safety of the staff. If the security officers tell us we can go back to Kyiv, we will come backChristina Kevin confirmed. The message to Russia is: ‘You failed’.Launched in front of the press. And to add: “Mr. Putin erred in a historical judgment in his unprovoked and unwarranted attack.”
Denmark and Sweden announced, on Monday, the reopening of their embassies in Kyiv, in a sign of support for Ukraine. On Monday morning, the Danish Foreign Minister, Jeppe Kofod, reopened his country’s embassy in the Ukrainian capital, during a surprise visit to the country.
Israel criticizes Russian Foreign Minister’s statements that ‘Hitler was also for the blood of Jews’
Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid strongly criticized the statements of his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky makes this argument : How could Nazism exist? [en Ukraine] If he himself is a Jew ? I could be wrong, but Hitler also had Jewish blood”said the head of Russian diplomacy, while Russia reiterated that it wants “demilitarized” And “Dynazevy” Ukraine.
In front of these statements, Yair Lapid summoned the Russian ambassador to get “clarifications”. For his part, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett denounced the use of the Holocaust as a “Holocaust”. “political tool”.
Ukrainian army destroyed two Russian patrol boats
The Ukrainian army shot down two Raptor boats using Turkish drones. These Russian patrol boats are among the fastest shuttles in the Russian Navy, reaching a maximum speed of 90 km/h. It can carry up to 20 soldiers, as well as a crew of three.
Snake Island, which they shot, is located in the Black Sea, southwest of Ukraine. It became one of the slogans of the Ukrainian resistance. For its part, Moscow did not confirm this information.