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The evacuation of Ukrainian defenders from Mariupol’s Azovstal steelworks has been confirmed by Kyiv’s defence ministry and president Volodymyr Zelensky.

According to deputy defence minister Hannah Maylar, 53 seriously injured personnel have been taken to the town of Novoazovsk which is under the control of Russia-backed separatists.

Ms Maylar said a further 211 people were evacuated from the sprawling plant via a humanitarian corridor to Olenivka.

She later tweeted that the Ukrainian defenders were exchanged for captured Russian soldiers, referring to the latter as “captured racists”.

Ms Maylar’s reports have since been backed up by president Zelensky, who in his nightly address added: “We hope that we will be able to save the lives of our guys.”

It followed witness accounts that five buses and an armoured personnel carrier carrying Ukraine’s servicemen from the vast plant arrived late on Monday in Novoazovsk.

A witness claimed a number of the evacuees were carried out of the buses on stretchers and transported into a hospital.

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Lviv ‘under heavy attack’, says Ukraine MP

A Ukrainian MP has said that the city of Lviv in the west of the country is currently under “heavy attack.”

Tweeting 25 minutes ago, Lesia Vasylenko MP said: “Lviv is under heavy attack right now. Friends say it has never been this loud. This is WEST Ukraine. Very close to Poland.”

Emily Atkinson16 May 2022 23:26

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Zelensky confirms Azovstal evacuations

Emily Atkinson16 May 2022 23:08

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Azovstal fighters were ‘exchanged’ for captured Russian troops

The 264 defenders rescued from Mariupol’s Azovstal steelworks were exchanged for captured Russian soldiers, according to a tweet from Ukraine’s deputy defence minister.

In the same post, Hannah Maylar described the Russian troops as “captured racists”.

Emily Atkinson16 May 2022 23:04

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Turkey won’t approve Sweden and Finland’s Nato bids, Erdogan says

Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has poured cold water on Sweden and Finland’s “historic” announcements that they will to apply to join Nato in response to Russia’s war in Ukraine, as he insisted that Ankara would not approve their bids.

Sweden’s premier Magdalena Andersson followed Finland on Monday in saying that Stockholm would bring 200 years of neutrality to an end in seeking to join the western military alliance, with all but two of the Nordic nation’s eight parliamentary parties now backing the move.

Despite Vladimir Putin appearing to back down significantly on the issue by insisting Russia had “no problem” with the countries’ Nato bids, Iceland, Denmark, Norway and France all joined the UK in pledging to defend the two nations in the event of an attack prior to their accession – a “vulnerable” period which Ms Andersson suggested could last up to a year.

Emily Atkinson16 May 2022 22:51

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Kyiv confirms evacuation of Azovstal defenders

The evacuation of Ukrainian defenders from Maiurpol’s Azovstal steelworks has been confirmed by Kyiv’s defence ministry, the BBC reports.

According to deputy defence minister Hannah Maylar, 53 seriously injured personnel have been taken to the town of Novoazovsk which is under the control of Russia-backed separatists.

The broadcaster also cites Ms Maylar as saying another 211 people were evacuated from the sprawling plant via a humanitarian corridor to Olenivka.

Emily Atkinson16 May 2022 22:35

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Five buses of evacuated Azovstal servicemen arrive in Novoazovsk, witness says

More witness reports have been rolling in from Mariupol’s beseiged Azovstal steel plant, where Ukrainain defenders have been holed up for weeks in a last ditch attempt to protect the stragetic city from a Russian takeover.

According to Reuters sources, five buses and an armoured personnel carrier carrying Ukraine’s servicemen from the vast plant arrived late on Monday in Novoazovsk.

A witness claimed a number of the evacuees were carried out of the buses on stretchers and carried into a hospital.

Novoazovsk is under the control of Russia-backed separatists who have held parts of eastern Ukraine since 2014.

Our post from 9.07pm detailed a seperate witness report that claimed about a dozen buses left the steel plant.

Russian media have since alleged that some of the buses went to a location other than Novoazovsk.

Emily Atkinson16 May 2022 22:21

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US supports UN push to get Ukraine grain back to global market

The US has said it will back efforts by UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres to get Ukrainian grain back into the international marketplace amid the war.

Without giving further detail, the US ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield said: “He has spoken to us about his plans and his discussions with the Ukrainians and the Russians on this issue.”

After visiting Russia and Ukraine in April, Mr Guterres said he was determined to help bring back to world markets the agriculture production of Ukraine and the food and fertilizer production of Russia and Belarus despite the war.

Emily Atkinson16 May 2022 22:03

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McDonald’s to close in Russia, marking it as first country to be ‘de-arched’

Fast food giant McDonald’s is pulling the plug on its 850 restaurants in Russia in the wake of president Vladimir Putin’s invasion of neighbouring Ukraine.

The company confirmed on Monday that it will be the first time it has ever “de-arched” or exited a major market.

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Its president said McDonald’s will seek a buyer who will employ its 62,000 workers in Russia, and will continue to pay those workers until the deal closes.

“Some might argue that providing access to food and continuing to employ tens of thousands of ordinary citizens, is surely the right thing to do,” president and CEO Chris Kempczinski said in a letter to employees.

“But it is impossible to ignore the humanitarian crisis caused by the war in Ukraine.”

Emily Atkinson16 May 2022 21:48

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G7 attempts to isolate Russia making global food crisis worse, says Moscow

Moscow has said that attempts by G7 members to isolate Russia from the West have exacterbated global food shortages.

In a statement shared on its wesbite, Russia’s foreign ministry said: “Attempts to divert Russia economically, financially and logistically from long-standing channels of international cooperation are only exacerbating economic and food crises.

“It should be noted that it was the unilateral actions of Western countries, primarily from the Group of Seven, that exacerbated the problem of breaking the logistics and financial chains of food supplies to world markets.”

Emily Atkinson16 May 2022 21:36

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20 civilians killed in shelling in Luhansk and Donetsk regions, Ukraine says

Some 20 civilians, including one child, have been killed in Russian shelling in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions, Ukrainian military officials have claimed.

In a statement shared to its Facebook page, Ukraine’s Joint Forces Task Force said that 25 communities in the regions were fired at, with 42 residential buildings and a school among locations hit.

It was not possible to independently verify the report.

Emily Atkinson16 May 2022 21:21


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