Russian State Media: Bus With Civilians Has Left Azovstal Territory

Russian State Media: Bus With Civilians Has Left Azovstal Territory

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46 min agoBus with civilians has left the Azovstal territory, Russian state media reportsFrom CNN’s Tim Lister in Lviv and Katharina Krebs in London

Twelve civilians, including four children, were evacuated from the territory of the Azovstal steel plant on Friday, according to the Russian state media RIA Novosti.

RIA Novosti reports that a bus with people “held by the militants” at the plant had left through the checkpoint.

Video posted by RIA Novosti shows a group of people transferring from one bus to a larger coach. CNN cannot confirm the authenticity of the video.

CNN has reached out to the Ukrainian side for comment.

On Wednesday, the Joint Coordination Headquarters of the Russian Federation announced the opening of new corridors from Thursday to Saturday for the evacuation of civilians from the plant.

It’s unclear whether Friday’s limited evacuation of a handful of civilians is connected to the proposed UN/International Red Cross evacuation from Azovstal, which was also due to begin Friday.

48 min agoZelensky: More than half a million Ukrainians deported to RussiaFrom CNN’s Katharina Krebs in London

More than “500,000 Ukrainians have been deported to Russia” since the start of Russia’s war in Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelensky said during an address to the Parliament of Iceland on Friday.

“They were forced to go there. Their documents and means of communication are confiscated. They are sent to faraway regions of that foreign land in order to assimilate there,” said Zelensky.

He underlined that the number of deported Ukrainian’s even exceeds the total population of Iceland.

CNN is unable to independently confirm the number of Ukrainians who have been taken across the border into Russian territory. 

1 hr 56 min agoUkraine says 41 people were returned in latest prisoner exchange with Russia From Julia Kesaieva in Kyiv

Ukraine said 41 people have returned to Ukraine in the latest exchange of prisoners with Russia.

Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said there were 28 service personnel and 13 civilians in the group, which included 11 women.

The rector of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine was also among the released, she said.

2 hr 13 min agoBiden to meet virtually with Zelensky and G7 leaders SundayFrom CNN’s Jeremy Diamond

US President Joe Biden will meet virtually with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and his G7 counterparts on Sunday morning during a meeting of the G7 forum, a National Security Council spokesperson said.

“On Sunday morning, President Biden will participate in a G7 virtual Leaders meeting chaired by German Chancellor Scholz. The Leaders will be joined by President Zelenskyy of Ukraine,” according to the the NSC spokesperson.Sanctions will be on the agenda for the meeting.

“They will discuss the latest developments in Russia’s war against Ukraine and its global impacts; showing support for Ukraine and Ukraine’s future; and demonstrating continued G7 unity in our collective response, including by imposing severe costs for [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s war,” the spokesperson said.

2 hr 17 min agoZelensky accuses Russia of using blockade of Mariupol as form of “torture” by starvationFrom CNN’s Hande Atay Alam 

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Friday that Mariupol is one of the most complicated points of this war, accusing Russians of blockades and torture with starvation, during a virtual event held by policy institute Chatham House to discuss the war. 

When asked about the situation in Mariupol, Zelensky said all the international organizations — including Ukrainian ones — are prohibited from entering the area to provide water, food and other supplies to civilians. He added that the Russian military’s treatment in Mariupol is “inhuman” and a “beastly attitude.” 

Zelensky also emphasized the importance of Mariupol by saying that if Russia kills civilians that could be exchanged as prisoners of war, then Ukraine cannot have any diplomatic talks with Russia afterward.

1 hr 11 min agoKremlin declines to confirm if Victory Day parade will happen in MariupolFrom CNN’s Anna Chernova and Radina Gigova

Service members of pro-Russian troops ride an infantry combat vehicle near the Azovstal steel plant in the southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine, on May 5. (Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters)The Kremlin declined to confirm Friday whether a Victory Day parade will take place on Monday in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, saying a wide celebration of Victory Day is currently impossible “for obvious reasons.”

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