Odessa was hit by a missile, Russian soldiers were killed at the Azovstal factory
The head of the Odessa regional military government, Maksym Marchenko, said a missile hit an infrastructure in the city, causing casualties.
CNN also reported from Ukraine’s Southern Command that another missile attack occurred in the Odessa region. One of the religious buildings has been damaged, information about the victim is being clarified. A journalist in Odessa told CNN that a church near the civilian airport was hit.
Last weekend, multiple cruise missiles were launched at Odessa airport, rendering its runway inoperable.
A 15-year-old boy was killed when a missile hit a residential building in Odessa last night, the press center of the Ukrainian army in the south of the country said.
US accuses Russia of wanting to annex Donetsk and Luhansk in mid-May
The US ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said that the US has received very reliable intelligence reports that Russia will annex two regions controlled by Ukrainian separatists, Donetsk and Luhansk. mid-May and there are plans to establish a “people’s republic” in Kherson also for merger.
Speaking at a press conference at the US State Department, Ambassador Michael Carpenter said: “The reports clearly state that Russia plans to hold a referendum on joining Russia in mid-May and that Moscow is also weighing it. suggested the same plan to Kherson”.
According to the official, there have been recent reports that the Russian military has cut off the internet and mobile phone access in some areas to disable the flow of reliable information.
The Internet governance and security monitoring organization NetBlocks said on May 2 that Russia has rerouted internet traffic in Kherson through Russia’s communication infrastructure. According to Reuters news agency, the move appears to be aimed at tightening Russia’s control over the city it claims to have complete control.
The Russian side has not yet commented on the allegations.
5 Russian soldiers were killed in the “steel fortress of Azovstal”
The Azov Battalion, an anti-Russian force entrenched in the Azovstal factory in Mariupol, said that five Russian soldiers were killed last night in an attack on the factory.
The Azov battalion’s announcement on Telegram read: “After partially evacuating civilians from the Azovstal territory in Mariupol, the enemy continued to shell the factory, including the building where civilians were sheltering… 5 who were killed in the attack”.
Mykhailo Vershynin, head of the Mariupol police patrol, told CNN that “after the Red Cross staff left, we were under constant attack from early morning. The artillery fire did not stop. Air raids are also ongoing.” According to the official, about 100 civilians were evacuated from the Azovstal plant on May 1, but the evacuation plan on May 2 could not be carried out.
Other interesting developments:
According to Reuters, the Israeli Foreign Ministry on May 2 summoned the Russian ambassador to the country and asked for an apology after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Adolf Hitler was of Jewish origin. In an earlier interview with the Italian channel Mediaset, Lavrov said that there are still fascist elements in Ukraine, including the President of Ukraine (of Jewish origin). “Hitler is also of Jewish origin …”, Mr. Lavrov said.
– Germany said on May 2 that it was prepared to support an immediate European Union (EU) embargo against Russia. This is a major change in the decision of Moscow’s biggest energy customer, which could lead the EU to impose a ban within days.
– The United Nations human rights office says more than 3,000 civilians have been killed since Russia invaded Ukraine. Most of the victims were killed by explosive weapons with a large range of impact, such as air raids and missile attacks. This agency does not assign responsibility to any party.
– British Prime Minister Boris Johnson today (May 3) will become the first world leader to speak before the Ukrainian Parliament, since Russia Attacks Ukraine at the end of February. According to a press release from the British Prime Minister’s office, Mr. Johnson will announce new military aid, worth millions of pounds to Ukraine, and emphasize that Britain is proud to be one of your friends. friends of Ukraine.
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