75th day of war in Ukraine. Kiev announces sixty deaths at school bombed by Russians. Survivors of the Ukrainian school describe the horror, while Vladimirurtin today prepares to celebrate the feast on May 9 without being able to show any victory, not even the final conquest of Mariupol. The wife of the American president, Jill Biden, paid a quick visit to Ukraine to meet the first lady of Kiev. G-7 leaders promise to phase out Russian oil.
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7.16 – Russia: the festivities have already begun in Vladivostok
While all eyes are on Moscow’s Red Square, the celebration of Victory Day is expected throughout Russia, and in the Russian city of Vladivostok in the Far East has already begun. The BBC reports it and publishes some pictures of the parade. A crowd of citizens is seen, many holding posters with pictures of relatives who fought during World War II, the parade of soldiers with the USSR flag and the passage of military vehicles.
6.11 – In Moscow, military and parade equipment on the street
Military, armored vehicles and equipment are already on the streets of Moscow, which in a few hours will parade on Red Square to the expected parade celebrating Victory Day, but which this year has a special value given the war in Ukraine. An impressive display of military power, which, however, collides with the fact that Putin can show no victory, not even the conquest of Mariupol, and a Ukrainian counter-offensive has begun in the Donbas. 11,000 officers, sergeants, soldiers, cadets, members of the Yunarmiya youth movement, units from the Ministry of Emergencies, the Russian National Guard and FSB border agents are involved in the parade. Everyone will turn in 33 marching columns. Also involved 131 units of weapons and equipment, 77 aircraft and helicopters. For the occasion, the modified Ilyushin-80 will also return to flight after 12 years, which should allow Vladimir Putin to seek refuge in the event of a nuclear attack from Russia.
23.07 – Guterres “terrified” by the attack on the school
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is “appalled” by the attack on a school in eastern Ukraine, which killed 60 people and called on civilians to be spared. His spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, said this after President Zelensky’s announcement to the G7. Guterres, the spokesman said, “confirms that civil and civilian infrastructure must always be spared in wartime.” The attack, he added, “reminds us once again that in this war, as in many conflicts, it is the civilians who pay the highest price”.
22.48 – Zelensky: fully part of the free world, Moscow is instead alone
“I am sure that today in Ukraine we have shown that we are already a full part of the free world and of a united Europe. This is a clear contrast to Moscow’s loneliness in the evil and hatred that everyone will see tomorrow. ” Thus, the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky in the latest video posted on social media, on the evening of May 9. “Today he had talks with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau” and “for the first time Ukraine attended a meeting with G7 leaders. The largest democracies in the world. He called for increased pressure on Russia and for the conditions for Ukraine to end the war as soon as possible with the liberation of our country and our people. It is especially an embargo on Russian oil, oil mixtures and oil products ». Zelensky also recalled the visits to Ukraine today by US First Lady Jill Biden, Croatian Prime Minister Andrei Plenković and President of the German Bundestag, as well as Bono from U2.
22.22 – Zelensky: 60 dead in school bombed by Russians in the east
60 people were killed in the school that was bombed by the Russians in eastern Ukraine on Saturday, says Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. “Yesterday, in the village of Bilohorivka in the Lugansk region, a Russian bomb killed 60 civilians,” Zelensky said in a video link with G7 leaders. Ukrainian media reported that 90 people had sought refuge inside the school and that about 30 had been rescued quickly.
21.45 – Trudeau announces the reopening of the Canadian Embassy in Kiev
In a joint press conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kiev, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the reopening of the Canadian Embassy in Kiev. Trudeau also announced increased military assistance to Ukraine, including drones, satellite imagery, small arms, ammunition and funding for demining operations. In addition, Canada will remove trade tariffs on all Ukrainian imports arriving next year. “It is clear that Vladimir Putin is responsible for heinous war crimes and there must be responsibility,” Trudeau said.