Live blog | The Russians bomb weapons depot full of American weapons, Zelenski receives Pelosi

Ukraine today enters 67 in the war with Russia. The President of Ukraine, Volodimir Zelensky, met on Sunday in Kiev with the President of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi. She thanked the President and expressed his support for Ukraine’s struggle.

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Possible humanitarian corridor from Mariupol on Sunday

13:12 | It may be possible to evacuate civilians from the besieged Ukrainian city of Mariupol on Sunday, local authorities said.

Mariupol’s local governor and city council have urged citizens traveling from the south – eastern port city to come to a meeting place at 4 pm (local time). From there, it is planned that they will depart for the city of Zaporizhzhya, more than 200 kilometers northwest of Mariupol.

According to Ukrainian sources, about 1,000 civilians and 500 wounded soldiers are still in a complex of the steel plant in Azovstal. 100,000 people are left in the ruined city itself, which according to the city council is in danger of death due to the bombings and lack of food and running water.

The Russian Defense Ministry claims that 46 civilians were evacuated from the steelworks on Saturday. Following the introduction of a temporary ceasefire and humanitarian corridor, 25 people are said to have traveled in the afternoon and a further 21 in the evening. The second group is said to have been taken to the village of Bezimenne, halfway between Mariupol and the Russian border. . According to Russian authorities, civilians have received shelter, food and medical care there. It is unclear where the first group was taken.

Ukrainian troops at the Azovstal steel plant said on Saturday that 20 civilians, including children, had also been taken from Mariupol to Zaporizhzhya.

UK: Russian troll army spreads disinformation from factory

12:35 | Russia has transformed an old factory in the city of St. Petersburg. Petersburg to a so-called ‘troll factory’, spreading disinformation and harassing Kremlin critics, including world leaders. This was stated by the British Foreign Office on Sunday on the basis of research funded by the government.

The Troll Army’s headquarters are said to be located in a rented room at a factory of a company that produces military equipment and technology. The factory would “spread lies” via social media and as comments on popular websites, the ministry said in a statement. The ministry describes the operation as ‘sick’.

Paid employees at the troll factory would not only turn to politicians, but also, for example, musicians and bands from, among others, Great Britain, South Africa and India. They also use online platforms to recruit new ‘trolls’.

According to the ministry, the accounts of several British ministers, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson, have been contacted. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and EU Foreign Minister Josep Borrell were also hit, as were bands Daft Punk and Rammstein and DJs David Guetta and Tiësto.

British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said the government had warned its international partners. We will continue to work closely with allies and media platforms to undermine Russia’s intelligence operations.

Traces of the Russian operation have been found on eight online platforms, including Instagram, YouTube and TikTok. Investigators say there is a suspected link between the operation and oligarch Yevgeny Prigozhin, who has close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Russia bombs US-supplied weapons depot in Odessa

12:26 | The Russian Ministry of Defense reports that Russian missiles destroyed a runway and a hangar with US-supplied weapons at a military airport near the Ukrainian city of Odessa.

Odessa regional governor Maxim Marchenko said Russia had used a Bastion missile sent from Crimea.

Russia further claims that its air defense systems shot down two Ukrainian Su-24m bombers over the Kharkiv region. This claim could not be confirmed by independent observers.

Ukraine is asking Germany for more modern weapons

11:26 | Just days after Germany approved a significant arms supply to Ukraine, Ukraine’s ambassador to Germany, Andrej Melnik, has asked Germany to send more modern weapons than has now been promised.

Melnik told the newspaper Bild am Sonntag that the Cheetah air defense tanks to be delivered are already 40 years old. “To defeat Russia, we need the most modern German weapons. What is needed are newer Leopard and Marder tanks, as well as self-propelled howitzers and more, “Melnik said.

According to the ambassador, Chancellor Olaf Scholz has been slow in his response to the war in Ukraine. He compared him to his predecessor Angela Merkel. ‘Scholz seems to behave like Angela Merkel: first wait, observe and decide somewhere later – or not. What is missing is imagination and courage. ‘

Melnik said Kiev also wants more funding from Germany to help equip Kiev.

Pelosi thanks Zelensky and promises support during his visit to Kiev

10:21 | The conversation between President Zelensky and US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also included US President Joe Biden’s request to the US Congress to allocate $ 33 billion (more than 31 billion euros) for new military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine. Or speaker Pelosi has already given any commitment to Zelensky is unknown.

Pelosi spoke warm words to the Ukrainian president. “We thank you for your fight for freedom. Your fight is a fight for everyone. Our promise is to be there for you until the fight is over,” she said in a video that Zelenski shared on Twitter.

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