US President Joe Biden, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and other G-7 leaders are expected to meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky via video call on Sunday. Ahead of the virtual meeting, the UK announced $1.3 billion in military assistance to the war-torn nation. “Putin’s brutal attack is not only causing untold devastation in Ukraine – it is also threatening peace and security across Europe,” Johnson said in reports. The new pledge doubles the UK’s commitment to the country since the war began on February 24.
Here are ten updates on the war in Ukraine:
1. All women and children have been evacuated from the Azovstal steelworks in the besieged port city of Mariupol, Kyiv announced on Saturday. “Now we are preparing for the second phase of the evacuation mission – the injured and the medical workers,” according to reports quoting Zelensky, adding that “although the second phase will be extremely difficult, we will not lose hope.”
2. According to “The Kyiv Indepenent”, based in Ukraine, air raid alerts have been issued throughout the country – Donetsk, Khmelnytsky, Cherkasy, Chernihiv, kyiv, Zhytomyr, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kirovohrad, Vinnytsia, Volyn, Chernivtsi, Zakarpattia, Rivne, Oblasts of Lviv, Ternopil and Odessa. Night bombings by Russia were reported in the rebel town of Luhansk.
3. Ukraine claimed on Saturday that it destroyed another Russian vessel. “Ukrainian Bayraktar TB2 destroyed another Russian ship. This time the landing craft of the project “Serna”. The traditional parade of the Russian Black Sea Fleet on May 9 this year will be held near Snake Island – at the bottom of the sea,” the country’s defense ministry tweeted.
4. Russian Vladimir Putin does not believe he can “afford to lose the war, and is stepping up his efforts,” CIA chief Bill Burns has been quoted in reports as saying. “I think he’s confident right now that doubling again will allow him to progress,” adding that he showed no signs of using tactical nukes.
5. The Russian Federation‘s Joint Coordination Headquarters for Humanitarian Response alleged ill-treatment of civilians in Ukraine.
6. “We warn in advance the ‘civilized West’ as well as the United Nations, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons that the above and other provocations reports regarding alleged ‘Russian atrocities’ will soon be widely publicized by Ukrainian authorities through Western media and various internet resources,” a May 7 statement read.
7. A UN report highlighted that “the impact of war is particularly disproportionate for internally displaced people and marginalized groups such as female-headed households, Roma, LGBTQIA+ people and people with disabilities”.
8. The UN World Food Program pointed out on Friday: “Right now the grain silos in Ukraine are full. At the same time, 44 million people around the world are heading towards starvation. We need to open these ports so that food can flow in and out of Ukraine. The world demands it because hundreds of millions of people around the world depend on these supplies,”
9. Earlier this week, UN chief Antonio Guterres insisted at the Security Council meeting that “the cycle of death, destruction, dislocation and disruption must stop”.
10. Millions of people have been driven from their homes and thousands have died in ten weeks of war.
(With contributions from AP, Reuters)