War in Ukraine: latest developments

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This photograph released by the Ukrainian State Emergency Services on May 8, 2022 shows Ukrainian firefighters extinguishing a fire after Russian missiles hit a school in the Lugansk region of eastern Ukraine, the May 7, 2022. AFP

KIEV—Here are the latest developments in the war in Ukraine:

Ukraine: 60 dead in a bomb attack on a school

About 60 refugees in a village school in eastern Ukraine died after a Russian airstrike, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said during an address to the G7 summit by videoconference.

UN chief Antonio Guterres is “appalled” by the bombings, his spokesman said, reiterating that “civilians and civilian infrastructure must always be spared in times of war”.

G7 meets on Ukraine

As President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks with G7 leaders via video conference, the White House says the club of wealthy nations is “committed to phasing out or banning the import of Russian oil”.

Washington also announces new sanctions against three major Russian TV stations and says it will deny Russian companies and wealthy individuals access to US accounting and consulting services.

US First Lady Biden and Canadian Trudeau visit Ukraine

US First Lady Jill Biden makes an unannounced visit to Ukraine, meeting her Ukrainian counterpart Olena Zelenska at a school.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pays a separate visit to Irpin outside Kyiv, a city badly damaged by Moscow’s forces at the start of the war, saying Russian leader Vladimir Putin is ‘responsible for heinous war crimes’ .

Mariupol steelworks soldiers swear not to surrender

Ukrainian forces at the sprawling Azovstal steelworks in the Russian-held city of Mariupol – the last pocket of Ukrainian resistance in the devastated port city – vow to keep fighting.

Ukraine said all women, children and elderly civilians were evacuated from Azovstal as part of a UN and Red Cross humanitarian mission.

kyiv protests against the confiscation of the Ukrainian flag by the German police

kyiv condemns Berlin’s “mistake” after German police confiscated a giant Ukrainian flag displayed by protesters at the Soviet War Memorial in the German capital.

Police said it was to ensure a Second World War commemoration ceremony remained peaceful after a ban on the display of flags or military symbols at 15 memorial sites in Berlin.

But Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba tweets. “It is deeply wrong to treat them on an equal footing with Russian symbols.”

Battle for the Eastern City

Ukrainian forces are struggling to retain the nearly encircled city of Severodonetsk, the easternmost city still held by kyiv which, if captured, would give Russia de facto control of Lugansk – the smaller of the two republics comprising the eastern war zone.

A local official says around 15,000 civilians remain in the town.

Evacuees from Azovstal are safe

Eight buses carrying 174 civilians from Mariupol, including 40 evacuees from besieged steelworks in the Black Sea port of Azovstal, arrive in Ukrainian-held Zaporizhzhia.

Evacuees, some with young children, exit the white buses that had carried them to a shopping center parking lot. Humanitarians accompany elderly people, including a woman in a wheelchair.

Victory Day Parade

Russia is set to hold its annual parade marking the Soviet victory in World War II on Monday, where its military might will be showcased amid Moscow’s ongoing campaign in Ukraine.

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