Ukraine latest news: Mariupol theater bombing killed 600 civilians, evidence suggests

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UN humanitarians help first evacuations from Mariupol steel works

The death toll of Russia’s bombing of a theater in Mariupol is thought to be double the figure so far cited, new evidence suggests.

The investigation shared by Associated Press found that the attack killed closer to 600 people inside and outside the building.

Using the accounts of 23 survivors, rescuers, and people intimately familiar with the Donetsk Academic Regional Drama Theater’s use as a bomb shelter, the news agency recreated the 16 March assault.

The government estimated early on that around 300 people died and has since opened a war crimes investigation.

Drawing on the accounts of 23 survivors, rescuers, and people intimately familiar with the Donetsk Academic Regional Drama Theatre’s use as a bomb shelter, the news agency recreated the 16 March attack – the results from which arrived at a much higher number than previous estimates.

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Russia bears responsibility for death of journalist, says Zelensky

Volodymyr Zelenksy has said Russia will have to bear the responsibility for the death of well-known journalist Oleksandr Makhov as he paid his tribute in his nightly address.

“Today I [Makhov] He died in the Kharkiv region, in the battles near Izium. He was 36 years old. My sincere condolences to relatives and friends. Let his son Vladyslav know: Russia will bear responsibility for this death. We will definitely win victory for Ukraine. I’m sure it was Oleksandr’s dream. And we will make it come true,” Mr Zelensky said.

Calling him among the bravest, the Ukrainian leader said: “About Oleksandr Makhov – a well-known journalist. I’m sure you’ve seen his reports of him on Ukraine and Dom TV channels. You may have seen his comments about him, his posts about him. He has always been like that-with his own position about him. Patriotic and sincere.”

Harpan Rai5 May 2022 04:29

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Ukraine war will drive global hunger – UN

The war in Ukraine poses serious risks to global food security, a report from a UN agency said.

The Global Network Against Food Crises, set up by the UN and EU, said in its annual report that the number of people facing acute food insecurity and requiring urgent, life-saving food assistance had nearly doubled in the six years since 2016 when it began tracking it.

Russia’s invasion especially threatens supply in food crises in countries including Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Haiti, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

Between them Russia and Ukraine were responsible for 30 per cent of the world’s wheat but exports have been cut off in the weeks since 24 February by blockades of Ukrainian ports and sanctions against Russia.

Some of the poorest countries are highly dependent on Russia. Yemen, for instance, relies on Russia for 50 per cent or more of its wheat supply.

Liam James5 May 2022 03:00

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Oil prices surge as Europe signals ban on Russian imports

Oil prices surged on Wednesday after the European Union announced plans to ban all oil imports from Russia, saying president Vladimir Putin “must pay a high price” for his “brutal aggression” against Ukraine (Rory Sullivan writes).

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen unveiled proposals for a phased oil embargo as well as sanctions against Moscow’s top bank in a bid to deepen Russia’s isolation.

If it goes ahead, the plan would mark a major escalation in European efforts to cut funding to Putin’s war machine.

It also threatens to push up fuel prices for motorists and businesses across Europe who are already facing record costs to fill up their tanks.

Brent crude, the key international oil price benchmark, jumped by $4, or 3.8 per cent, to $108.97 (£87.29) a barrel.

Liam James5 May 2022 02:00

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Mariupol theater attack twice as deadly as first thought – AP

AP journalists used interviews with survivors and witnesses of the attack as well as floor plans, images, videos and a 3D model to establish that close to 600 people died.

Initial government estimates suggested that 300 people died in the attack. The airstrike is the deadliest single known attack against civilians in the Ukraine war.

Witnesses describes Mariupol theater attack as death toll estimated to be close to 600

Liam James5 May 2022 01:00

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Heavy fighting at Mariupol steel plant where 30 children remain trapped

Heavy fighting continues at Mariupol’s Azovstal steel plant, where dozens of children are still trapped, the city’s mayor has said (Rory Sullivan writes).

Speaking on Wednesday, Vadym Boichenko said more than 30 children remain holed up at the site, which is Ukraine’s last foothold in the port city.

He added that Ukrainian authorities had also lost contact with the soldiers who are stationed at the sprawling steelworks.

Liam James5 May 2022 00:00

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Why is Belarus supporting Russia and how is it involved in Ukraine?

Joe Somerland looks at the relationship between Belarus and Russia as fears grow that Alexander Lukashenko may drag his country into Moscow’s war:

Liam James4 May 2022 23:00

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US in ‘constant talks’ over Russia sanctions

The United States is in constant talks with partners about new sanctions against Russia and could take “additional actions” to pressure Moscow to halt its aggression against Ukraine, treasury secretary Janet Yellen said.

Ms Yellen told Wall Street Journal conference she would not preview any specific actions, but said further measures were likely “if Russia continues this war against Ukraine”.

Joe Biden said earlier he will speak to other G7 leaders about further sanctions after the EU revealed it would ban Russian oil imports.

Liam James4 May 2022 22:00

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Ukraine still in touch with Azovstal defenders – official

Around 2,000 troops are thought to be holed up in the industrial site, the last site of armed resistance in the besieged port city.

Mariupol’s Major Vadym Boichenko today said heavy fighting was ongoing at Azovstal and the presidential adviser later said Russian troops had forced their way into the plant.

He said around 30 children were among 200 civilians still sheltering in Azovstal after evacuations finally started last week.

Liam James4 May 2022 21:00

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Mariupol theater attack twice as deadly as first thought – AP

An Associated Press (AP) investigation has revealed that the death toll from the attack on a theater in Mariupol is much higher than first estimated.

AP journalists used interviews with survivors and witnesses of the attack as well as floor plans, images, videos and a 3D model to establish that close to 600 people died.

Initial government estimates suggested that 300 people died in the attack. The airstrike is the deadliest single known attack against civilians in the Ukraine war.

Witnesses describes Mariupol theater attack as death toll estimated to be close to 600

Liam James4 May 2022 20:00

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Russian forces ‘have entered’ Mariupol plant

Russian forces have entered the territory of Mariupol’s Azovstal plant, Ukraine’s ruling parliamentary faction head David Arakhamia said to Radio Free Europe.

“Attempts to storm the plant continue for the second day. Russian troops are already on the territory of Azovstal,” RFE quoted Mr Arakhamia as saying.

Ukrainian officials said Russian forces have been firing for weeks on Azovstal, where the last armed Ukrainian resistance in Mariupol has been sheltering.

Around 200 civilians are also thought to be holed up in the industrial complex, after some were evacuated in recent days.

Liam James4 May 2022 19:00

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