Ukraine hopes it can resume evacuating civilians from the besieged city of Mariupol on Tuesday, as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers a video address to Ukraine’s parliament, the first by a Western leader since the war began. Follow the latest information live.
Joe Biden on Tuesday called on the US Congress to “quickly” release a massive budget extension to continue providing military assistance to Ukraine that allows him to “mock” the Russian military, by visiting the Javelin missile launcher production site.
The US president said from Troy (Alabama, South), where he was received at the Lockheed Martin plant, a group.
“I’m asking Congress to quickly vote on this funding,” said Joe Biden, who has asked US parliamentarians to extend a massive $33 billion budget.
Russian journalist and Nobel Peace Prize winner 2021 Dmitry Muratov on Tuesday denounced Russian propaganda that invokes the use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine, which, he says, will lead to “the end of humanity” rather than an end to the war.
“I will not rule out the possibility of using nuclear weapons,” Muratov told reporters in Geneva.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday hoped to organize “more humanitarian pauses” with Ukraine and Russia, along the lines of the model that allowed the evacuation of 100 civilians from Azovstal’s steel mills.
“I hope that continued coordination with Kyiv and Moscow will lead to further humanitarian pauses that will allow civilians to safely distance themselves from the fighting and help reach people who need them most,” he said in a statement.
During a video call with journalists at the United Nations in New York, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Ukraine, Osnat Lubrani, also expressed hope that the operation organized last weekend in Mariupol could be repeated.
“There are still civilians trapped, and some of them may have been afraid to get out, or maybe they weren’t able to get out,” she said at this steel mill in this city, without being able to say how many.
The Ministry of Defense in Bratislava announced, Tuesday, that a Slovak company will repair the damaged Ukrainian armored vehicles, in response to a request from the Kyiv company.
“The state-owned company Konstructa-Defense has concluded a contract with the Ukrainian side for the repair and modernization of Ukrainian military equipment,” Defense Ministry spokeswoman Martina Koval Kakasikova said in a statement.
It said that the first batch of military equipment sent from Ukraine to Slovakia will consist of dozens of BRDM-2 armored reconnaissance vehicles.
Emmanuel Macron called on Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to “allow the evacuations to continue” from the huge Ukrainian mineral complex at Azovstal in Mariupol, southeastern Ukraine, the Elysee announced after a phone call between the two leaders.
This evacuation must be carried out “in coordination with humanitarian actors, leaving the choice of destination for the evacuees in accordance with international humanitarian law,” as determined by the French presidency, while the Russian army launched, on Tuesday, an attack on the factory, through which 101 civilians have been stranded for weeks, the United Nations said. They were evacuated on Monday.
President Tweet embed He met President Putin. He reiterated the extreme seriousness of the consequences of the aggressive Russian war on Ukraine and renewed his demand for a cease-fire. Press release: https://t.co/eCcS1Uc7YM
– Elysee May 3, 2022
Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a telephone conversation with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, said on Tuesday that the West should stop supplying arms to Ukraine.
“The West can help stop these atrocities by exerting appropriate influence on the Kyiv authorities, as well as by stopping the supply of arms to Ukraine,” the president said in a statement from the Kremlin, saying that Kyiv “lacks the willingness to work hard. “In the peace talks.
On Tuesday, the Russian army and pro-Russian forces launched an attack on the Azovstal factory, the last enclave of the Ukrainian resistance in the southeastern city of Mariupol, from which civilians were evacuated in the past days thanks to a ceasefire. “Currently, units of the Russian army and the Donetsk People’s Republic, using artillery and aircraft, have begun to destroy” firing positions “of the Ukrainian fighters who left the factory,” said Vadim Astafeev, a spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry, in a speech published by Russian video agencies. In the name of the Russian Armed Forces that the Ukrainian Azov Regiment, which is defending the plant, “used” the declared cease-fire to evacuate civilians, get out of the cellars of the steel plant and “take firing positions in the territory and” in the factory premises.
“We were bombed all night (…) and two women were killed, and now the Azovstal attack is underway,” Svyatoslav Palamar, deputy commander of the Azov battalion, told the news website Okranska Pravda. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called for “strict measures to be taken because the situation is very difficult.” One hundred civilians were evacuated this weekend from the huge Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, a strategic port in southern Donbass under almost entirely Russian control.
Moscow on Tuesday accused Israel of “supporting the neo-Nazi regime in Kyiv,” sending the Russian diplomat home after the Russian diplomat resumed a conspiracy theory about Adolf Hitler’s alleged “Jewish blood.”
“We have taken note of the anti-historical statements of (Israeli) Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, which largely explain the current government’s decision to support the neo-Nazi regime in Kyiv,” the Russian diplomat said in a statement. Unfortunately, history knows of tragic examples of cooperation between Jews and Nazis.
The Elysee Palace announced that French President Emmanuel Macron will speak by phone on Tuesday at 12:00 pm (1000 GMT) with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin from Ukraine, in their first exchange since March 29.
This call follows the phone call that the French head of state had on Saturday with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky, more than two months after the Russian army invaded his country.
Pope Francis has said he is ready to fly to Moscow to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin and try to stop the fighting in Ukraine, which he compares to Rwanda in an interview with Italian daily Il Corriere della Sera published on Tuesday. Referring to the invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces, François claimed to have “phoned” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky “on the first day of the war”.
However, I did not contact Putin. I spoke to him in December, for my birthday, but this time no, I did not call,” added the Argentine Pope. “Then, after 20 days of war, I asked Cardinal (Petro) Parolin,” the second man in the Vatican, “to send a letter To Putin that I am ready to go to Moscow,” he continued.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will address the Ukrainian parliament via video link on Tuesday, in the first address by a Western leader since the start of the Russian invasion.
“This is your hour of glory,” he must tell Ukrainian MPs according to a Downing Street press release published Monday night, comparing the unity shown by Parliament and the British people during World War II.
“We remember our time of great peril as our glory hour,” he said in his speech scheduled for around 10:00 am (UK time, 09:00 GMT). It should announce a new component of military aid worth 300 million pounds (357 million euros), including in particular defensive armament equipment.
The municipal council of this strategic port announced that the evacuations are scheduled to resume this morning, Tuesday, with the support of the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross in Mariupol, the martyred city that the Russians almost occupied after weeks of siege. southeast of the country. This weekend saw, for the first time in two months of siege and bombardment of the city, the release of a hundred civilians holed up in the vaults of the massive steelworks of Azovstal, the last pocket of Ukrainian resistance in this strategic port in southern Donbass.
But on Monday, in Zaporizhia, 200 kilometers to the northwest, a car park turned into a reception point for refugees, with two UNICEF armored 4x4s and other vehicles from international NGOs, did not see the arrival of a convoy from Mariupol.
The EU’s chief foreign affairs representative, Josep Borrell, said in Panama on Monday that the EU’s sixth sanctions package against Russia would include removing “other banks” from the SWIFT transaction system.
These sanctions concern “the banking sector, there will be other Russian banks that will come out of Swift,” and “in the energy sector, we are working on preparing proposals that will make it possible to limit energy imports from Russia, in particular oil,” the diplomat said at a press conference.