What Happened Today (May 2): NPR
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As Monday draws to a close in Kyiv and Moscow, here are the main developments of the day:
Evacuated from Mariupol and its besieged steelworks makes his way to safety. Over the weekend, an evacuation of around 100 civilians from the Azovstal factory began after numerous failed attempts. Other civilians remain in the sprawling maze beneath the steelworks, alongside thousands of Ukrainian troops who refused to surrender to Russian forces, who shelled and surrounded the area.
Ukrainian officials declared a rocket strike hit the port city of Odessa in southwestern Ukraine, killing a child. The Ukrainian military also said its drone strike sank two other Russian warships in the Black Sea. The Russian Defense Ministry said a strike on a military airfield near Odessa destroyed a runway and a hangar with weapons supplied by Western allies. The Pentagon, meanwhile, has confirmed reports that Russia’s highest-ranking military officer, General Valery Gerasimov, visited the frontline region of Donbass in eastern Ukraine.
European Union Energy Ministers gathered in Brussels to discuss options for dealing with Russia’s decision last week to stop delivering natural gas to Poland and Bulgaria. The bloc is also working on a possible EU-wide ban on imports of Russian oil. EU countries have already banned Russian coal from August.
Israel demands an apology from Russia for its foreign minister’s comments on Nazism. Sergei Lavrov called Adolf Hitler of “Jewish origins” in response to a question about Russia’s claim that it invaded Ukraine to “denazify” the country, which has a democratically elected Jewish president. This is the strongest condemnation of Russia by Israel since the start of the war in Ukraine on February 24.
First lady Jill Biden will travel to Slovakia and Romania later this week to meet Ukrainian refugees, aid workers and teachers educating displaced Ukrainian children and US service members stationed in Romania.
Ukraine is the focus of attention, but Russian troops are in several former Soviet republics.
Estonia hosts NATO-led cyberwar games, with an eye on Russia.
Angelina Jolie met refugees and volunteers during a surprise visit to Lviv.
Ukraine says it is switching from Soviet weapons to NATO-grade weapons, aiming to be fully “interoperable” with the military alliance.
Where is US military aid to Ukraine making the most difference? A former member of the National Security Council shares his thoughts.
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