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What has happened in the last hours in Ukraine
On the 74th day of the war initiated by Russia against Ukraine, these are the key data at 2:00 p.m. on May 8:
kyiv fears dozens of dead in a Russian attack on a Luhansk school used as a shelter. The Ukrainian governor of the province of Lugansk (east), Sergei Gaidai, has denounced that an attack by Russian forces against a school in Bilohorivka has left at least two dead and 60 missing. About 90 people were sheltering in the basement of the school, of which 30 have been rescued. “Of them, seven were injured,” explained Gaidai. “Probably 60 people are dead in the rubble,” he added. Rescue operations are still underway.
Ukrainian troops withdraw from the city of Popasna, in Lugansk, due to advancing Russian units. The Ukrainian Army has withdrawn from the city of Popasna, in the east of the country, according to the governor of the Lugansk province, Sergei Gaidai, who has confirmed that this city has been taken by the Russians. The head of the Russian republic of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadirov, has assured that his troops have taken control of most of Popasna. Russia has regrouped units in recent weeks and moved them east to create a corridor from the Crimean peninsula to Donbas.
Ukraine warns of Russian preparations for an “imminent” attack in Transnistria. The Ukrainian General Staff has warned about what it has described as “preparations to enter combat imminently” by armed groups and Russian troops in Transnistria, a separatist territory in neighboring Moldova. The forces concentrated in that territory are “in full preparation” for combat, according to the statement from the General Staff. The Ukrainian authorities have been warning for weeks of a possible extension of the conflict towards that pro-Russian territory of Moldova.
Zelensky warns of the resurgence of the “monster” of Nazism in the Russian invasion. The Ukrainian president, Volodímir Zelenski, has warned that the Russian invasion of Ukraine represents a resurgence of the “monster” of Nazism, whose defeat Ukraine celebrates this Sunday, May 8, on the Day of Memory and Reconciliation, heir to the Day of the Victory that was celebrated in the Soviet Union and even today in Russia. Zelensky has recalled the “never again” that is enunciated on each anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany, also by the Ukrainians who fought in that war, and has reproached that since February 24, the date of the start of the Russian invasion, this sentence has remained on wet paper.
Russia claims to have shot down four Ukrainian bombers and four helicopters on Snake Island. The Russian Armed Forces have destroyed in the last 24 hours four planes, four helicopters, three drones and a Ukrainian landing craft in the vicinity of the Snake Island in the Black Sea, according to the Russian Defense Ministry. “Russian anti-aircraft defense means shot down two more Su-25 bombers and a Mi-24 helicopter of the Ukrainian Air Force, as well as a Bayraktar-TB2 drone in the vicinity of the city of Odessa,” said the spokesman for the military entity, Igor Konashenkov.
The ambassadors of the Twenty-seven meet again to try to close the agreement against Russian oil. The Twenty-seven meet again today at the level of ambassadors to take stock of the technical negotiations of the last hours with which they try to unblock the agreement that allows sanctioning imports of Russian oil. This new round provides for other measures such as expanding the list of people and entities sanctioned for their responsibility in war crimes or also disconnecting Sberbank and two other entities from the SWIFT banking system.
In the photograph, which is from the Ukrainian emergency services, members of this organization try to rescue those who have been trapped in the rubble of a school in Bilohorivka (Lugansk) bombed by Russia.