During a video conference to which Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was invited, the G7 leaders pledged to gradually stop Russian oil imports. The Ukrainian president said that 60 people were killed after the Russian bombardment that hit a school in the Luhansk region, where 90 people were housed. The Ukrainian General Staff reports intense fighting in different areas of Donbas and in Mariupol the assault on the Azovstal steelworks continues.
At least two people dead and 60 people presumably under the rubble would be the result of a Russian bombing against a school in the town of Bilogorivka, in the Luhansk region where 90 civilians were taking refuge, according to regional governor Serhiy Haidai.
On the 74th day of the conflict, Russian troops increase their siege against cities, towns, and villages, especially in eastern and southern Ukraine, and against the besieged Azovstal steel mill in Mariupol, as local forces launch a counteroffensive. Both sides claimed to have destroyed the opposing military equipment.
As the war on the ground rages, the diplomatic camp discusses possible aid for kyiv. The United Kingdom announced military aid for about 1,540 million dollars. The G7 leaders will hold a virtual meeting this Sunday, May 8, in which President Volodímir Zelenski will intervene.
The mayor of Irpin, near kyiv, announced that the Prime Minister of Canada had arrived on a surprise visit to the town. Another visitor to the Ukrainian capital is the president of the Bundestag, the German Parliament. And the American first lady, Jill Biden, visiting Slovakia, crossed the border to meet in the Ukrainian city of Uzhgorod, with Olena Zelenska, the wife of President Zelensky.
These are the main news of the day:
- Zelensky estimates that 60 people died in a school bombed by Russia
“Just yesterday, in the village of Bilogorivka, in the Luhansk region, a Russian bomb killed 60 civilians,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told a G7 videoconference meeting in which he participated. “They were trying to find shelter in an ordinary school building that was the target of a Russian airstrike,” he added.
After the Ukrainian president’s complaint was made public, the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, said he was “horrified” by the bombing and urged to protect the lives of civilians.
- 60 reported missing after school bombing in Luhansk
Report from our special envoy, Catalina Gómez Ángel.
- 12:19 (BOG) The G7 commits to reduce dependence on Russian oil and imposes new sanctions
Following a videoconference meeting called by US President Joe Biden and to which Ukrainian President Volodímir Zelensky was invited, the G7 leaders announced that they had reached an agreement to ban or eliminate their imports of Russian oil.
In addition, they pledged to ban or prevent the provision of key services on which the Russian economy depends and to continue taking action against Russian banks connected to the global financial system.
The richest group of countries in the world also made a request to Moscow to allow cereal exports from Ukraine -blocked by Russian troops in the ports of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov-, at a time when the world is experiencing a strong food crisis in the absence of these products.
The group also assured that it will continue to strengthen sanctions against “financial elites” and the European Union plans a new series of sanctions against the Gazprombank, the public media, and Moscow’s weapons or nuclear industry.
For the moment, the United States has already imposed an embargo on Russian oil, but the European Union, whose economy depends largely on the country’s supplies, is still considering the possibility of tightening its measures on these imports.
- 11:53 (BOG) Projectiles hit the Lysychansk refinery in Luhansk
Through the Telegram social network, Serhiy Haidai, governor of the Luhansk region in eastern Ukraine, reported that Russian shells have hit the Lysychansk oil refinery, destroying the production bases.
The local president indicated that it was an offensive within a series of attacks and that it affected the areas that receive the crude oil and mixes it with other elements of the refining process, and indicated that the situation was preventing the workers from carrying out carry out their tasks.
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry strongly condemned the bombing.
“Russia committed this brutal war crime shortly before Remembrance and Reconciliation Day, constantly repeating the tragedy of World War II,” the Foreign Ministry said in a message posted on its Twitter account, accompanied by images of what happened.