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KYIV, Ukraine — U2 frontman Bono carried out in a Kyiv subway station that serves as a bomb shelter on Sunday, displaying his help for Ukrainians making an attempt to fend off the Russian invasion.

The Irish singer has tweeted that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy “invited us to perform in Kyiv as a show of solidarity with the Ukrainian people and so that’s what we’ve come to do.”

Bono, alongside guitarist the Edge, sang the Ben E. King music “Stand By Me” within the Khreschatyk metro station. He was joined by one other singer in Ukrainian army fatigues.

He additionally visited Bucha, a city exterior Kyiv the place tons of of our bodies had been discovered after Russian troops withdrew final month. The city is taken into account a potential conflict crimes web site.



— Dozens of Ukrainians feared lifeless after Russian strike on college

— Patriotism, unease combine in Russia forward of huge Victory Day celebrations

— G-7 leaders name Ukraine’s president, vow to ban or reduce on Russian oil imports

— Jill Biden makes shock Mother’s Day go to to Ukraine, meets first girl there

— Ukrainian volunteers work to craft physique armor, camouflage nets for troopers

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KYIV, Ukraine — Leaders from the Group of Seven developed democracies pledged Sunday to phasing out or banning the import of Russian oil, as they met with Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, for on-line talks to emphasize their help and to show unity amongst Western allies on Victory in Europe Day, which marks Nazi Germany’s give up in 1945.

Cutting out Russian oil provides “will hit hard at the main artery of (President Vladimir) Putin’s economy and deny him the revenue he needs to fund his war,” the G-7 nations, which embrace the U.S., Britain, Canada, Germany, France and Italy and Japan, mentioned in a press release.

“We will ensure that we do so in a timely and orderly fashion, and in ways that provide time for the world to secure alternative supplies,” they added.

Casting a glance again at World War II, the leaders pressured unity of their resolve that Putin should not win.

“We owe it to the memory of all those who fought for freedom in the Second World War, to continue fighting for it today, for the people of Ukraine, Europe and the global community,” they mentioned.

U.S. President Joe Biden’s name with the G-7 leaders and Zelenskyy lasted about an hour.


ROME — Italian Premier Mario Draghi advised fellow G-7 leaders throughout a gathering through video name {that a} sixth package deal of sanctions should go ahead in opposition to Russia.

His workplace shared particulars of the decision in a Sunday night assertion. Draghi’s workplace says he advised different world leaders “on the similar time, we should make each effort to assist attain as quickly as potential a cease-fire and to provide new thrust to peace negotiations.

He additionally pressed for continued dedication by the G-7 grouping to assist poor nations susceptible to a meals disaster. Exports of grain from Ukraine and Russia cowl a lot of the wants of different nations, particularly in Africa. The conflict is threatening Ukraine’s grain manufacturing, and the combating in and round Black Sea ports makes meals shipments inconceivable.

The premier’s workplace says the G-7 leaders reiterated their committment to diversify power sources to scale back depending on Russian provides. Italy, closely depending on Russian pure gasoline when the conflict started, has since secured a number of agreements for various gasoline provides from different nations. But Hungary’s objections final week to proposed sanctions on Russian oil have sophisticated European Union efforts.


WASHINGTON — The United States has introduced new sanctions in opposition to Russia for its invasion of Ukraine.

The penalties embrace chopping off Western promoting from Russia’s three largest tv stations, banning U.S. accounting and consulting companies from offering companies to any Russian and extra restrictions on Russia’s industrial sector. Those extra restrictions included chopping off Moscow from wooden merchandise, industrial engines, boilers, bulldozers and extra.

The U.S. additionally says the Group of Seven main industrialized powers have dedicated to phasing out or banning the import of Russian oil. The U.S. introduced its personal ban on Russian oil and power merchandise in March however the U.S. had few Russian power imports in comparison with Europe.

The new spherical of sanctions will hit three of Russia’s hottest tv stations — Channel One Russia, Russia-1 and NTV — which the U.S. says have been forefront of spreading misinformation about Russia invasion of Ukraine.

The U.S. says it has imposed some 2,600 visa restrictions on Russian and Belarusian officers and issued a brand new visa restriction coverage that applies to Russian army officers and authorities suspected of human rights abuses or corruption.

The U.S. additionally sanctioned 27 executives from Gazprombank, a financial institution that facilitates gross sales by Russia’s power big Gazprom.


KYIV, Ukraine — The Ukrainian military mentioned Sunday that Moscow was focusing its important efforts that day on destroying airfield infrastructure in jap and southern Ukraine, with the intention to stop Ukrainian air forces from working successfully.

At least 5 explosions had been heard in the important thing Ukrainian Black Sea port of Odesa on Sunday, based on stories in native information media. Odesa, Ukraine’s third-largest metropolis and a cultural heart of deep significance to each Ukrainians and Russians, has to date been largely spared within the ten-week-old conflict.

Multiple photographs and movies appeared to indicate trails and clouds of smoke within the sky above town. Local media additionally reported that at the very least one missile had been shot down. As of Sunday afternoon, there have been no stories of casualties, though one newspaper claimed that civilian infrastructure had been broken.

According to a Facebook publish Sunday on the profile of Ukraine’s General Chiefs of Staff, Russia additionally ramped up “operational and tactical aviation activity” within the northwestern a part of the Black Sea.

The Kharkiv regional administration says three individuals had been killed in shelling of the city of Bogodukhiv, about 50 kilometers (31 miles) from the northeastern metropolis of Kharkiv.


IRPIN, Ukraine — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made a shock go to to Ukraine amid Russia’s conflict on the nation.

Ukrainian media outlet Suspilne and Irpin Mayor Olexander Markushyn introduced Trudeau’s go to to Irpin, which had been broken by Russia’s try and take Kyiv at first of the conflict. Markushyn posted photos of Trudeau on social media, saying that the Canadian chief was shocked by the harm he noticed at civilian properties.

Trudeau is the newest Western chief to return to Ukraine to supply their help to the nation. Later within the day he raised his nation’s flag at Canadian Embassy in Kyiv.

His workplace later confirmed the go to, saying in a press release “the prime minister is in Ukraine to meet with President Zelenskyy and reaffirm Canada’s unwavering support for the Ukrainian people.”


KYIV, Ukraine — Ukraine and Canada will return to work on increasing the Free Trade Area Agreement between them, with a view to finalize it “within weeks”, the Ukrainian financial system ministry introduced Sunday following an internet assembly between prime commerce officers.

The assembly between Ukraine’s first deputy minister for the financial system, Yulia Sviridenko, and Canada’s worldwide commerce minister, Mary Ng, coincided with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s go to to Kyiv on Sunday afternoon.

Ukraine’s Economy Ministry mentioned Sviridenko expressed hope for Canada’s help in overcoming the meals disaster sparked by the blocking of Ukrainian seaports. Sviridenko additionally mentioned that the abolition of Canadian duties on Ukrainian items — a step beforehand taken by the E.U. and the U.Ok. — could be an vital transfer in the direction of boosting the Ukrainian financial system.

“This will help exporters increase the volume of produce leaving the country, and thereby strengthen the Ukrainian economy and the defense of our state,” the ministry assertion quoted her as saying.


UZHHOROD, Ukraine — U.S. first girl Jill Biden made an unannounced go to to western Ukraine on Sunday, holding a shock Mother’s Day assembly with the nation’s first girl, Olena Zelenska, as Russia presses its punishing conflict within the jap areas.

Biden traveled below the cloak of secrecy, turning into the newest high-profile American to enter Ukraine throughout its 10-week-old battle with Russia.

Her go to follows current stops within the war-torn nation by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and different members of Congress, in addition to a joint journey by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to satisfy with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv.

The first girl traveled by car to the city of Uzhhorod from a Slovakian village that borders Ukraine.


WASHINGTON — A U.S. official says the highest American diplomat in Ukraine has briefly returned to the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, the capital – an announcement tied to V-E Day.

The official says the return of the performing ambassador, Kristina Kvien, fulfills a pledge that U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken made to Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, through the American’s current go to to Kyiv with U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.

The official says the return of choose U.S. diplomats to the embassy “is a testament to Ukraine’s success, Moscow’s failure, and our effective and enduring partnership with the government and people of a sovereign, democratic, and free Ukraine.”

The official spoke on situation of anonymity to debate the developments earlier than an official announcement.

It’s not clear when the U.S. embassy will absolutely reopen. Video confirmed a convoy of American autos drive into the embassy on Sunday afternoon.

— AP Diplomatic Writer Matthew Lee in Washington.


ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine — Dozens of Ukrainians had been feared lifeless Sunday after a Russian bomb flattened a faculty sheltering about 90 individuals in its basement, whereas Ukrainian troops refused to give up at a besieged metal plant that Moscow’s invading forces sped to grab earlier than Russia’s Victory Day vacation.

The governor of Luhansk province, considered one of two areas that make up the jap industrial heartland generally known as the Donbas, mentioned the college within the village of Bilohorivka caught fireplace after Saturday’s bombing. Emergency crews discovered two our bodies and rescued 30 individuals, he mentioned.

“Most likely, all 60 people who remain under the rubble are now dead,” Gov. Serhiy Haidai wrote on the Telegram messaging app. Russian shelling additionally killed two boys, ages 11 and 14, within the close by city of Pryvillia, he mentioned.


KYIV, Ukraine — The Norwegian parliament speaker joined the slew of prime Western officers assembly with Ukrainian President Zelenskyy and different leaders in Kyiv on Sunday.

According to a press release by the Ukrainian presidential press service, Zelenskyy thanked Masud Gharakhani, president of the Norwegian Storting, for Norway’s transfers of defensive weapons to Ukraine, in addition to its monetary help and humanitarian support.

Speaking in Kyiv on VE Day, Gharakhani mentioned:

“Today, my country celebrates the day when we managed to regain our democracy and independence after the Second World War. Unfortunately, your country is again facing aggression and violence.”

Gharakhani additionally joined his Ukrainian counterpart, Ruslan Stefanchuk, in laying flowers on the Kyiv memorials to those that died in World War II and the continued Russian-Ukrainian conflict.

In addition, he met with Ukraine’s premier Denys Shmygal, who later mentioned on Twitter that the 2 had mentioned “defense, energy support to Ukraine” and that the Norwegian proposed the joint creation of rehabilitation facilities for veterans in Ukraine.


KYIV, Ukraine — Ukraine’s international minister says he spoke with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Dmytro Kuleba made the remark Sunday on Twitter.

He added: “New stiff U.S. sanctions on Russia are coming. Discussed ways to unblock Ukraine’s food exports and ensure global food security.”


KYIV, Ukraine — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with the German parliament speaker throughout her go to to Kyiv on Sunday, discussing additional protection help in addition to sanctions in opposition to Russia, Zelenskyy’s press workplace mentioned in a press release Sunday afternoon.

According to the assertion, Zelenskyy advised Bärbel Bas, the President of the Bundestag, that Ukraine expects “strong and confident leadership from Germany” with regards to serving to Kyiv beat Russian aggression.

He famous the current adoption by the Bundestag of a decision calling on the German authorities to increase and speed up the supply of heavy weapons to Ukraine. He additionally expressed confidence in Berlin’s official help for granting Ukraine E.U. candidate standing.

“We really appreciate that on the Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation itself, and in what for us is such a trying time of war, the President of the German Bundestag Bärbel Bas came to support Ukraine,” mentioned a publish revealed Sunday afternoon on Zelenskyy’s Telegram channel.

The Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for many who died in World War II, marked on May 8 and 9, is an annual worldwide day of remembrance designated by a 2004 U.N. decision.

In an interview with the German newspaper Rheinische Post, Bas referred to as her assembly with Zelenskyy “very good and friendly,” including that she had come to Ukraine as a result of she felt it “was important to me to personally express Germany’s solidarity with Ukraine” to him.

She added that Germany will do every little thing in its energy to help Ukraine, together with backing its efforts to hitch the European Union and offering support to assist with rebuilding.


MARIUPOL, Ukraine — To exhibit success in time for Russia’s key Victory Day vacation on Monday, the Russian army labored Sunday to finish its takeover of the southern Ukrainian port metropolis of Mariupol, which has been below relentless assault for the reason that begin of the conflict.

The sprawling seaside metal mill the place an estimated 2,000 Ukrainian fighters had been making a final stand is the one a part of town not below Russian management.

All the remaining ladies, youngsters and older civilians who had been sheltering with the fighters within the Azovstal plant had been evacuated Saturday. The Ukrainian troops rejected deadlines given by the Russians who mentioned the defenders might go away with their lives in the event that they laid down their arms.

Capt. Sviatoslav Palamar, the deputy commander of the Azov Regiment, a Ukrainian National Guard battalion holding the metal mill, advised an internet information convention Sunday that the location was focused in a single day by three fighter jet sorties, artillery and tanks.

“We are under constant shelling,” he mentioned, including that Russian infantry tried to storm the plant — a declare Russian officers denied in current days – and to put landmines. Palamar mentioned there was a “multitude of casualties” on the plant.

Lt. Illya Samoilenko, one other member of the Azov Regiment, mentioned there have been a “couple of hundred” wounded troopers on the plant.


ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine — Sparks fly as a round noticed slices into steel, whereas welders close by work feverishly to the sound of blaring heavy steel. Upstairs, stitching machines clatter as ladies mark patterns on material being formed into bulletproof vests.

An outdated industrial complicated within the southeastern Ukrainian riverside metropolis of Zaporizhzhia has change into a hive of exercise for volunteers producing every little thing from physique armor and anti-tank obstacles to camouflage nets, moveable heating stoves and rifle slings for Ukrainian troopers combating Russia’s invasion. One part focuses on autos, armor-plating some, changing others into ambulances. Another organizes meals and medical deliveries.

With entrance traces all throughout Ukraine, some sections of the operation, such because the stitching of bulletproof vests, are working across the clock in shifts to satisfy demand. Crowdfunding has introduced in sufficient cash to purchase metal from Sweden, Finland and Belgium, which is lighter than native metal, organizers say, an important high quality for physique armor.


KYIV, Ukraine — After rescuers evacuated the final civilians from the besieged metal mill in Mariupol, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy mentioned in his nightly video handle that work would proceed Sunday on securing humanitarian corridors for residents of Mariupol and surrounding cities to depart.

The Ukrainian authorities has reached out to worldwide organizations to attempt to safe secure passage for the fighters remaining within the plant’s underground tunnels and bunkers.

The Ukrainian chief was anticipated to carry on-line talks Sunday with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, U.S. President Joe Biden and leaders from different Group of Seven nations. The assembly is partly meant to show unity amongst Western allies on Victory in Europe Day, which marks Nazi Germany’s 1945 give up.


KYIV, Ukraine — Explosions echoed once more Sunday throughout the most important Black Sea port of Odesa, which Russia struck with six cruise missiles on Saturday, whereas rocket fireplace broken some 250 flats, based on town council.

Ukrainian leaders warned that assaults would solely worsen within the lead-up to Victory Day, the May 9 vacation when Russia celebrates Nazi Germany’s defeat in 1945 with army parades. Russian President Vladimir Putin is believed to need to proclaim some form of triumph in Ukraine when he addresses the troops on Red Square on Monday.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy launched a video handle Sunday marking the day of the Allied victory in Europe 77 years in the past, drawing parallels between Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the evils of Nazism.

The black-and-white video, revealed on social media, confirmed Zelenskyy standing in entrance of a ruined condo block in Borodyanka, one of many Kyiv suburbs pummeled earlier than Russian troops withdrew from the capital area weeks in the past.

“Every year, on May 8, along with the whole civilized world, we pay our respects to everyone who defended the planet against Nazism during World War II,” Zelenskyy mentioned, including that prior generations of Ukrainians understood the importance of phrases “Never again,” a phrase typically used as a vow to by no means permit a repeat of the horrors of the Holocaust.

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