Russia Ukraine News: More than 60 people were reportedly killed on Sunday after a Russian bomb destroyed a school being used as a shelter, Ukrainian officials said, as Moscow forces continued their attack on defenders inside the Mariupol Steelworks in an apparent race to capture the city ahead of Russia’s Victory Day holiday. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he was “appalled” by the reported school bombing in the eastern village of Bilohorivka on Saturday and called it another reminder that “civilians pay the price”. highest price” in the war.
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Himachal police seal state borders after Khalistan banners seen outside Assembly
Himachal Pradesh Police have tightened security and sealed all interstate borders following the hoisting of Khalistan banners and graffiti at the outer edge of the Vidhan Sabha in Dharamsala. State Police have filed a First Information Report (FIR) against Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, General Counsel of Banned Sikhs for Justice (SFJ). Section 13 of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) has been added to the FIR.
Voting begins in Philippine elections
Filipinos began voting Monday morning to elect their next president and some 18,000 other officials from all levels of government. A total of 37,211 polling centers across the country opened at 6 a.m. local time for the 65.7 million eligible voters and will close at 7 p.m. local time, Xinhua News Agency reported. . Also to be elected will be the vice president, 12 senators, more than 300 members of the House of Representatives and more than 17,000 local officials.
China says it conducted drills near Taiwan, Reuters reports
Chinese armed forces conducted another round of drills near Taiwan last week to improve joint combat operations, the People’s Liberation Army said on Monday, after the Chinese-claimed island reported a spike in ‘activity. Taiwan has complained for two years about frequent Chinese military activity nearby, mostly concentrated in the southern and southwestern part of the island’s Air Defense Identification Zone, or ADIZ. The Taiwanese air force sent planes on Friday to warn 18 Chinese planes that entered its air defense zone and reported further incursions on Saturday and Sunday, but with fewer planes.
China reports 401 new local cases of COVID-19
Witnessing an increase in COVID-19 cases, China reported 401 local confirmed COVID-19 cases on Sunday, including 322 in Shanghai, the National Health Commission said Monday. Besides Shanghai, six other provincial-level regions on the Chinese mainland recorded new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases, including 33 in Beijing and 28 in Guangdong, Xinhua reported. According to Xinhua, the Chinese financial hub of Shanghai has reported 3,625 locally transmitted asymptomatic infections. On Sunday, 11 deaths were reported in Shanghai.
Covid in Odisha
64 school children have tested positive for COVID-19 in Rayagada district of Odisha. There is no corona epidemic as such. The students have no symptoms and have been isolated. Medical teams have been deployed to hostels, says Saroj Kumar Mishra, District Magistrate, Rayagada
Delhi Police on increasing preventive arrests of criminal elements
- Compared to pre-covid times, there has been a massive 219% increase in preventive arrests of criminal elements. These arrests of criminal elements have drastically reduced the street crime cases. There was a 19% drop in the use of firearms during this period. , Delhi police say
- There was also an approximately 60% drop in bag snatching PCR calls in 2022 compared to the same period in 2021. Given that PCR calls are made by citizens, a 60% drop in PCR calls show snatching incidents have dropped in the city, Delhi police add
UK confirms additional military support funds for Ukraine to counter Russia
The British government has pledged an additional £1.3 billion in military support to Ukraine during this exercise to help the country counter Russian forces in the ongoing conflict, as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and other G7 leaders met virtually with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Sunday.
Ukrainian fighters at besieged Azovstal plant vow to fight to the end
Ukrainian fighters at the besieged Azovstal steelworks in the southeastern port of Mariupol, who are the last to resist Russian forces in the city, vowed on Sunday to continue their position as long as they were alive.
Jill Biden makes surprise visit to Ukraine, meets first lady
US First Lady Jill Biden paid an unannounced visit to western Ukraine on Sunday, hosting a surprise Mother’s Day reunion with the country’s first lady Olena Zelenskyy as Russia pursues its punitive war in the eastern regions. Biden has traveled under the cloak of secrecy, becoming the latest high-profile American to enter Ukraine during his 10-week dispute with Russia.
Ukrainian Kuleba discusses how to unlock food exports with Blinken
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Sunday he had discussed with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken how to unblock Ukraine’s food exports and ensure global food security. Ukraine, one of the world’s leading grains and oilseeds, exported most of its grain through its Black Sea ports, blockaded by Russia since Moscow’s invasion began on February 24.
Western officials visit Ukraine after deadly school bombing
Dozens of Ukrainians were reportedly killed on Sunday after a Russian bomb destroyed a school housing around 90 people in its basement, while Ukrainian troops refused to enter a besieged steelworks that invading forces from Moscow hastened to seize before Russia’s Victory Day holiday. The governor of Luhansk province, one of two regions that make up the eastern industrial heartland known as Donbas, said the school in the village of Bilohorivka caught fire after Saturday’s bombing. Emergency teams found two bodies and rescued 30 people, he said.
US Imposes Visa Restrictions on Russian Military Officers, Targets Maritime Sector
The US State Department on Sunday announced a series of visa bans and a new policy of visa restrictions for more than 2,500 Russian military officials and Russian-backed forces in Ukraine, according to a department fact sheet. The State Department also said it had designated eight Russian shipping companies and added 69 vessels to a US Treasury Department sanctions list.