DIRECT. Russia’s offensive: Boris Johnson will address the Ukrainian parliament

Pope Francis wants to meet with Vladimir Putin

In an interview with Corriere Della Sera, Pope Francis said he had asked to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow to try to end the war in Ukraine. He has not yet received an answer.

The teenager died during the Russian attack on Odessa

A 15-year-old boy was killed and a minor was injured during Russia’s attack on Odessa, according to the city authorities of this port city in southern Ukraine. “A rocket attack on Odessa damaged a building housing five people. A 15-year-old boy died, another minor child was hospitalized, “the City Council told Telegram, without giving details of the fate of three other residents of the building. President Zelensky condemned the strike. “What did these children and the dormitory threaten the Russian state with? That’s how they fight, “he said.

Russia replenishes and redeploys military equipment

According to the Ukrainian army, Russia is replenishing its stockpiles of military equipment. In the city of Boguchar, Voronezh region, from April 27 to May 2, 2022, seventeen tanks and sixty BMP-1s were taken out of storage. They were sent to the temporarily occupied Ukrainian territories by Russian troops, “the army said.

According to the Oryx website, Russia has lost 63 tanks, 36 helicopters and 25 fighters since the beginning of the conflict.

MEPs play a role in imposing sanctions on Russia

According to Roberta Metsola, President of the European Parliament since January 2022, in an interview with RTL, MEPs play a role in demanding new sanctions against Russia, including sanctions on energy imports. A debate with the European Commission on this topic is scheduled for the afternoon. In addition, parliament should also discuss women’s rights. “Women’s rights must be protected throughout Europe,” she added. “Ukrainian rape victims oppose Polish law banning abortion, which is unacceptable,” she said.

The Russian oligarch was forced to sell shares in the company after criticism of the regime

The founder of one of Russia’s largest banks, Tinkoff Bank, Oleg Tinkov, was forced to sell shares in his company. On April 19, the 54-year-old billionaire sharply criticized the attack on Ukraine on his social networks. “I don’t see any benefit from this crazy war!” Innocent and soldiers die (…) 90% of Russians against this war! “, – he wrote online.

New Russian banks are leaving the Swift transaction system

The sixth package of European Union sanctions against Russia will include the withdrawal of “other banks” from the Swift transaction system (an important cog in global finance for fast and secure communication of transactions), said High Representative for Foreign Affairs Joseph Borrell in Panama.

These sanctions will apply, in particular, to the “banking sector” and the “energy sector” with restrictions on energy imports from Russia.

Boris Johnson will address the Ukrainian Parliament

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson will address the Ukrainian Parliament in the morning by video conference. For the Western leader, this is the first time since the beginning of the war.

“This is your hour of glory,” he told Ukrainian lawmakers in a statement from Downing Street that parallels the unity shown by parliament and the British people during World War II. In this regard, he is to announce a new component of military assistance worth 357 million euros, including defense weapons. To date, the United Kingdom has supplied Ukraine with 5,000 anti-tank missiles, five anti-aircraft missile systems with more than 100 missiles and 4.5 tons of explosives.

Before the referendum in the separatist and pro-Russian republics

Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said Monday that Moscow could use the May 9 celebrations, when Russia celebrates victory over Nazi Germany in 1945, to “raise the issue of Russia’s integration of Russia’s separatist and pro-Russian” republics “of Donbass, whose independence Moscow recognized just before the invasion. Ukraine.

In Washington, US Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Michael Carpenter said “very reliable” information that Russia intends to hold “around mid-May” referendums to “try to annex” pro-Russian separatist “republics” Donetsk and Luhansk.

Evacuation in Mariupol may resume

The evacuation is due to resume on Tuesday morning with the support of the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Mariupol, a martyr city almost captured by Russians after weeks of siege, according to the city’s strategic southern port. -is.

This weekend, for the first time in two months of siege and bombing of the city, hundreds of civilians were released who hid in the basement of the huge metallurgical plant Azovstal, the last center of Ukrainian resistance in this strategic port in the south of Donbass. On the other hand, no convoy of refugees arrived in Zaporizhia, 200 km northwest, on Monday.

According to Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Iryna Vereshchuk, “hundreds of civilians” remain “blocked in Azovstal.”