Summary of the 73rd day of war in Ukraine

Here’s what’s grabbing attention on the 73rd day of the Russian invasion of Ukraine


10:31 p.m. | The siege of Mariupol in a few key dates


The key moments of the two-month siege of Mariupol, a strategic port in southeastern Ukraine where a last pocket of resistance remains in the vast industrial zone of Azovstal.

4:30 p.m. | kyiv asks MSF to organize a mission in Azovstal


Ukraine asked Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on Saturday to organize a mission to evacuate and treat the soldiers entrenched in the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol, in a press release released a few hours after the announcement of the evacuation of civilians.

1:17 p.m. | China is ‘carefully’ following the war in Ukraine in its plans for Taiwan

China is “carefully” following the Russian invasion of Ukraine and will likely learn from this conflict to adjust its plans to take control of Taiwan, CIA Director Bill Burns warned on Saturday.

1:11 p.m. | Soccer: Abramovich to sell Chelsea for 5 billion euros


Roman Abramovich and Chelsea have found a buyer: A group led by Todd Boehly, co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team, has made a colossal offer of 4.25 billion pounds (4.97 billion euros) for the takeover of the Blues, the largest sum ever spent on a sports club.

12:52 | No ‘concrete proof’ Russia will use nuclear weapons, CIA says


The CIA, the main US intelligence agency, sees no indication that Russia is preparing to use tactical nuclear weapons in the conflict in Ukraine, its director Bill Burns said on Saturday.

11:44 am | In Ukraine, pensions distributed on the front line by hand to pensioners

The thunderous laughter of the postwoman Iryna Fedyania covers the noise of mortars from the front line between Ukrainian and Russian forces very close to which she distributes their pensions by hand to the pensioners fearfully crowded around her van.

10:10 a.m. | Jill Biden supports Ukrainian refugees

The First Lady of the United States, Jill Biden, on a visit to Europe to express her support for Ukraine and the countries that help her, met on Saturday in Bucharest with families of refugees who fled the Russian invasion.

9:02 am | Ukraine claims to have destroyed another Russian warship

Ukraine claimed on Saturday that it destroyed a Russian landing ship near the small Snake Island in the Black Sea, which has become a symbol of Ukrainian resistance to the Russian invasion launched at the end of February.

8:39 | “Dizzying” Human Rights Violations in Ukraine


The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatovic, on Saturday denounced the “dizzying” violations of human rights and international humanitarian law by the Russian army in Ukraine, after a four-day visit to Kyiv and its region.

6:19 am | Continuation of evacuations in Mariupol, intensification of the Russian offensive

Evacuations of civilians were to continue in Mariupol on Saturday, as was the Russian offensive which knows no let-up ahead of celebrations in Moscow of the victory over Nazi Germany on May 9.

6:09 | Moldova: new explosions in Transdniestria

Authorities in the pro-Russian separatist region of Transdniestria, in Moldova, announced on Saturday that four explosions took place on Friday evening near a former airfield in a village bordering Ukraine, without causing any casualties.

6:02 | Russia: last rehearsal before the May 9 parade

Russia performs final rehearsals on Saturday before the traditional military parade on May 9 in Moscow celebrating the victory over Nazi Germany, which will be the occasion for a show of force in the middle of the struggling Ukraine campaign.

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