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Today, Saturday, the Russian Defense Ministry said that a lot of military equipment from the United States and European countries was destroyed near the Bohodokhiv railway station in the Kharkiv region. Follow the latest developments of the war in Ukraine live.
12:08 pm: Evacuations continue in Mariupol, Russian offensive intensifies
Evacuations of civilians in Mariupol were to continue on Saturday, as was the unrelenting Russian offensive ahead of celebrations in Moscow for the victory over Nazi Germany on May 9.
“We (Saturday) will continue the evacuation process” in Azovstal, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Irina Vereshuk said Friday evening in a telegram, noting that the evacuation of the city of Mariupol is also scheduled at the end of the day.
These new evacuation attempts will complement the previous days’ attempts.
11:23 am: France can ‘finally’ do without Russian gas, ENGIE chief estimates
The head of French energy giant Engie, Jean-Pierre Clamdieu, said France may be able to do without Russian gas “ultimately”, while the European Union looks for alternatives to reduce its energy dependence on Russia.
“In the long run, yes. The question is in what term,” he stated into the France Inter microphone, before noting that France “may have been able to reduce its dependence on Russian gas very significantly” within three or four years.
The French energy giant warned at the end of March that France will need Russian gas “in the medium or long term”, deferring the decision to European governments, the French energy giant gradually changed its position on this issue.
10:33 am: Russia claims to have destroyed European and American military equipment
The Russian Defense Ministry said that a lot of military equipment from the United States and European countries was destroyed near the Bohodokhiv railway station in the Kharkiv region of Ukraine.
The ministry said that 18 Ukrainian military facilities were targeted at night, including three weapons depots in Dachen, near the port of Odessa.
10:26 am: New explosions in Moldavian Transnistria, according to separatists
Authorities in the pro-Russian separatist region of Transnistria, in Moldova, announced on Saturday that four explosions occurred Friday evening near a former airport in a village on the border with Ukraine, without causing any injuries.
“On the evening of May 6, around 9:40 pm, the first two explosive devices were thrown from a drone. An hour later the attack was repeated,” the separatists said, noting that there were no casualties.
The village of Voronkovo, Varankau in Romanian, is located about five kilometers from the Ukrainian border.
07:00: Battle of North Kherson city
Russian and Ukrainian forces are fighting a massive artillery battle north of Kherson, a major city in southern Ukraine, controlled by Moscow.
Russian parliamentarian Andrei Torchak said, on Friday, that Russia will remain “forever” in the south of the country. Details from our special correspondent, Gulliver Cragg.
1:08 am: UN Security Council for ‘peaceful solution’, 50 people evacuated from Mariupol
The United Nations Security Council unanimously gave its “strong support” to the “search for a peaceful solution” in Ukraine on Friday, May 6, in the first demonstration of unity since the start of the war. The Russian invasion of that country, as there were an additional 50 civilians evacuated from the besieged port city of Mariupol.
11:19 pm: Diplomatic efforts to rescue fighters from Azovstal Factory
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Friday that Ukraine is trying to find a diplomatic solution to save the fighters defending the Azovstal plant in the port of Mariupol, referring to the participation of mediators and influential countries in these diplomatic efforts.
With Agence France-Presse and Reuters