Will this new military aid from Washington be the last? The question arises following the announcement, made Friday, May 6, of new military aid to Ukraine while the Russian offensive knows no truce, including, according to kyiv, in Mariupol where about fifty civilians could however be evacuated. The US has decided on $150 million in new military aid to Ukraine, including artillery munitions and radar, but warned arms funds for kyiv were now ‘virtually exhausted’ .
This aid, well below previous shipments of American weapons, includes in particular 25,000 155 mm shells, counter-battery radars to detect Russian artillery fire and communications jamming devices. “Congress must quickly release the envelope needed to strengthen Ukraine on the battlefield and at the negotiating table,” President Joe Biden said in a statement about the colossal $ 33 billion budget extension requested. in the US Congress.
Increased bombing as May 9 approaches
On the ground, the fighting continues to rage. On Friday evening, two rocket attacks hit Odessa, the major Ukrainian port on the Black Sea, without however causing any casualties, announced the Southern Command of the Ukrainian forces. And Ukrainian officials are worried about increased bombing as May 9 approaches, when Russia celebrates its victory over Nazi Germany in 1945.
In Mariupol, a port city besieged by Russian troops for weeks, fifty more civilians were able to leave Friday thanks to a new humanitarian convoy the immense Azovstal steelworks, the last pocket of resistance of the Ukrainian forces in Mariupol, announced the Deputy Prime Minister Ukrainian Minister Iryna Vereshchuk and the Russian Defense Ministry.
This Saturday, May 7 in the morning, the staff of the Ukrainian armed forces affirmed that the Russian forces had continued their offensive against the Azovstal steelworks on Friday, despite the ceasefire that they unilaterally decreed on Thursday during three days. The complete conquest of Mariupol, a city in the south-east which had nearly 500,000 inhabitants before the war and which was devastated by two months of Russian siege and bombardment, would be important for Russia as May 9 approaches. Moscow has so far only been able to claim complete control of one major city, Kherson.
Germany to supply seven armored howitzers
On the Western sanctions front, Hungary persevered on Friday in its blocking of the European embargo project on the import of Russian oil and difficult negotiations were underway between the 27 EU member states to find an agreement this weekend, several diplomatic sources told AFP. In addition, Germany, which will provide seven armored howitzers to the Ukrainians, announced that the leaders of the great powers of the G7 would have a virtual meeting on Sunday devoted to the war in Ukraine in which President Zelensky is to participate.