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  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said 300 civilians had been evacuated from the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol.
  • He also pledges to continue the “extremely difficult, but essential” efforts to rescue the fighters trapped in the steelworks.
  • The UK has said it will provide Ukraine with an additional 1.3 billion pounds ($1.6 billion) in military support.
  • G7 leaders are expected to hold virtual meetings with Zelenskyy later on Sunday.

Here are the latest updates:


All civilians evacuate Azovstal from Mariupol

The last Ukrainian civilians trapped in a steelworks in the port city of Mariupol have now been evacuated, officials say.

Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said “all the women, children and old people” were taken out of the vast steelworks’ underground bunkers, where they had been hiding from Russian attacks with little food, water or medication.

Learn more here.

People evacuated from Mariupol during the Ukraine-Russia conflict stand in front of a bus near a temporary accommodation center in the village of Bezimenne in the Donetsk region,
Evacuees from Mariupol stand near a bus near a temporary accommodation center in the village of Bezimenne in Donetsk on May 7 [Alexander Ermochenko/ Reuters]

Dozens fear death in school attack: Governor

Luhansk region governor Serhiy Haidai said dozens of people trapped under rubble after the Belogorovka school bombing were likely dead.

“The 60 people who are still under the rubble of the building are probably all dead,” he posted on his Telegram account.

Emergency services were able to rescue 30 people, seven of whom were injured, the governor added.

Al Jazeera could not independently verify the governor’s claims.


Lugansk school bombing kills two

The bodies of two people were extracted from the rubble of a school building in the town of Belogorovka, Luhansk region, according to Ukrainian emergency services.

Authorities said some 90 people took refuge in the school when the Russians dropped a bomb on Saturday.

Al Jazeera could not independently verify the information.


What is the cost of the energy war between Russia and Europe?

Russian President Vladimir Putin is following through on his threat to cut off natural gas supplies to Europe.

The supply to Bulgaria and Poland was interrupted after the two countries refused to pay for the gas in roubles. Other European countries could also be cut off within weeks if they reject Russia’s request.

The European Union, however, called the move “blackmail” and is under pressure to cut the Russian energy cord. The bloc has proposed a complete ban on Russian oil imports by the end of this year.

What is the cost of this energy war?

Watch the latest episode of Counting the Cost to find out.


Chechen leader claims his soldiers control Ukrainian Popasna

Ramzan Kadyrov, head of the Russian republic of Chechnya, said his soldiers had taken control of most of the town of Popasna in eastern Ukraine, in the Luhansk region.

Kadyrov, who has often described himself as Putin’s “foot soldier”, made his announcement on the Telegram messaging app.

There was no immediate response from Ukraine but Oleksiy Arestovych, an adviser to Zelenskyy, said on Saturday night that heavy fighting for the town continued.

“Russian propagandists have happily reported that they’ve already taken it, but it’s not quite like that. This is their 117th ‘Popasna-taking’ claim just this week,” a- he said in a video on social media.


G7 leaders to hold virtual talks with Zelenskyy

The leaders of the G7 countries – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States – are due to hold a virtual meeting with Zelenskyy.

The meeting will take place Sunday afternoon, or morning at American time, according to the White House.

The talks, which will cover the latest developments in the war in Ukraine as well as sanctions against Russia, come a day before Moscow is due to celebrate its Victory Day holiday.


UK to provide £1.3bn in additional military aid to Ukraine

The UK said it would provide 1.3 billion pounds ($1.6 billion) in military support and aid to Ukraine.

The new pledge nearly doubles the UK’s previous spending commitments for Ukraine and the government said it was the highest rate of spending for a conflict since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, although he did not give details.

“Putin’s brutal attack not only causes untold devastation in Ukraine, it also threatens peace and security across Europe,” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a statement.


Kharkiv museum employees lament the destruction of the famous collection

A small provincial museum dedicated to the life and work of Ukrainian philosopher Hryhoriy Skovoroda was destroyed in a Russian missile attack in the Kharkiv region, workers say.

“May 6 was a terrible night. At 10:50 p.m. I received a call and was told that the museum was on fire…a bomb hit the museum,” said Natalia Mitsai, director of the museum. “The museum is basically destroyed.”

But by a miracle that Skovoroda himself would appreciate, a gypsum statue of him survived the bombardment and subsequent fire in one piece, only slightly tarnished.


Germany to help restore water supply and rebuild homes in Ukraine

Germany has announced 63 million euros ($66 million) in aid to help rebuild conflict-torn areas in Ukraine.

“We have increased the immediate aid program for Ukraine from 122 million to 185 million euros,” said German Development Minister Svenja Schulze. “[T]o restore drinking water supply and rebuild destroyed apartments, schools and kindergartens.

She added: “Where the bombs have stopped falling, Germany will help with billions for reconstruction.”


‘Hellish reality show’: Trapped Mariupol fighter asks for help

The commander of a group of soldiers still trapped in Azovstal called for help after the last civilians were evacuated from Azovstal.

“I feel like I landed in a hellish reality TV show in which we soldiers are fighting for our lives and the whole world is watching this interesting episode,” said Serhiy Volinski, commander of the 36th brigade. marine infantry.

“Pain, suffering, hunger, misery, tears, fears, death. It’s all real,” he added, posting a photo of himself in which he is unshaven, has cloudy eyes and appears to have an injured nose. He added that his troops could only hope for a miracle now.


Zelensky vows to save fighters trapped in Azovstal

Zelenskyy pledged to continue the “extremely difficult but essential” efforts to evacuate all those remaining in Azovstal.

“I would like to thank the teams from the International Committee of the Red Cross and the United Nations for helping us complete the first phase,” Zelenskyy said in his nightly video address.

“We managed to save more than 300 people, women and children…we got all the civilians out of the Azovstal plant and now we are preparing for the second stage of the evacuation mission to evacuate the wounded and medics.

An aerial view shows shelling at the Azovstal steel plant complex, amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine, in Mariupol, Ukraine, in this screen grab from video posted on May 5, 2022.
An aerial view shows shelling at the Azovstal steel plant complex in this screenshot from a video posted on May 5, 2022 [Azov Regiment/Handout via Reuters]

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