Ukraine’s President Zelensky has marked the 100th day of war with a video message saying:
“The armed forces of Ukraine are also here … the people of our nation are here. We’re defending Ukraine for 100 days already. Victory will be ours. Glory to Ukraine!”
Victory will be ours, Zelensky says in 100th day video (BBC)
Ninch, Laytown, county Meath.
The planning application (above) for an emergency temporary village with 569 detached homes for Ukrainian refugees has now been lodged with Meath County Council.
The application for 33-square-metre detached single storey properties on almost 16 hectares of land is by Melvin Properties Ltd and Ketut Limited.
They are seeking permission to build an ’emergency temporary accommodation campsite’, for a period of five years.
Yesterday: Temporary village for Ukrainian refugees proposed for land in Meath (Breaking News)
Ukraine’s military said it aimed to evacuate its remaining soldiers from their last stronghold in Mariupol, as fighters that have held out for 82 days began to surrender, heralding the end of Europe’s bloodiest battle in decades.
Reuters saw buses leave the huge Azovstal steelworks overnight and five of them arrive in the Russian-held town of Novoazovsk. In one, marked with the Latin letter ‘Z’ that has become the symbol of Russia’s assault, wounded men were lying on stretchers three bunks high. One man was wheeled out, his head tightly wrapped in thick bandages.
“The ‘Mariupol’ garrison has fulfilled its combat mission,” the General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces said in a statement.
“The supreme military command ordered the commanders of the units stationed at Azovstal to save the lives of the personnel … Defenders of Mariupol are the heroes of our time.”
More than 250 Ukrainian troops surrender as Kyiv orders Mariupol to yield (Reuters)
The STI Clapham in 2017
Via RTÉ News:
Documents obtained by RTÉ News under the Freedom of Information Act reveal how management at Dublin Port was opposed to allowing a shipment of Russian diesel dock in the port in early March, following the invasion of Ukraine.
…CEO of Dublin Port Eamonn O’Reilly first informed Secretary General of the Department of Transport Ken Spratt and other senior officials in an email dated 4 March of the imminent arrival of the STI Clapham with a consignment of Russian diesel which had requested permission to dock in the port….
…On Sunday 6 March, the Secretary General of the Department of Transport wrrote to the Chair of Dublin Port on the direction of the Minister for Transport to inform him “…there is no legal basis to refuse to accept this product…” and that sanctions against Russia exclude oil product.
Dublin Port management was opposed to docking of Russian diesel shipment
Defence Ministry spokesman Oleksandr Motuzyanyk gave no further details but said, without providing evidence, that there could be future attacks by Russian bombers.
Russia has previously denied assertions by Ukrainian officials that it has tried to storm the sprawling, Soviet-era steelworks on the Sea of Azov where civilians have also been sheltering.
Ukraine says Russian forces are ‘storming’ Azovstal plant (Al Jazeera)
Civilian evacuations from the Azovstal steel plant and surrounding areas in the Russia-occupied city of Mariupol continued Thursday night into Friday, with U.N. Secretary General António Guterres announcing the safe passage of almost 500 people.
Russia has continued to strike the massive steel plant, where civilians and a group of soldiers have been barricaded since mid-April. Ukraine said Wednesday it lost contact with the troops amid heavy fighting.
“Russia continues its offensive in eastern Ukraine, where local officials have said civilian centers are still the target of strikes. U.S. and EU support continues to enter the country, and intelligence sharing continues to be a focus after NBC News reported Thursday that information shared by the U.S. helped Ukraine to sink the Russian cruiser Moskva.
Russia-Ukraine war live updates: Azovstal evacuations continue, U.S. intel aided attack on Russian ship (NBC)
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Comedian David McSavage
Via David McSavage:
While touring Ukraine doing stand up comedy, Me and Comedy Tour organiser Johnny O’reilly (Free Lance Corespondant) will give 100% of money donated to individuals or groups who need assistance in towns I perform in. I will give some money to fellow comedians, I’m not sure who will get what until I start the tour on May 6th 2022 – Commencing in Lviv, then Ivano-Frankvisk, Chernivsti, Vinnystia, Kyiv, and Poltava. I will also keep people informed as to where every cent donated goes to via daily stories on @therealdavidmcsavage
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