[EN DIRECT] 69th day of the war in Ukraine: here are the latest developments

In Mariupol, the Moscow army and pro-Russian forces on Tuesday launched an offensive on the Azovstal factory, the last center of Ukrainian resistance in this strategic city that has been bombed relentlessly for more than two months.


Here are the latest developments, minute by minute

9:47 a.m. | Mariupol: Russian “powerful attack” on Azovstal factory

Russia on Tuesday launched “a powerful attack”, supported by tanks and infantry, against the Azovstal factory, the last mainstay of the Ukrainian resistance in Mariupol, announced a commander of the Azov battalion defending the steelworks.

“A powerful attack on the territory of Azovstal is currently underway, with the support of armored vehicles, tanks, with attempts to land troops, with the help of boats and a large number of infantry elements,” said Sviatoslav Palamar, deputy commander of das Azov Regiment in a video message on Telegram.


[EN DIRECT]    69th day of the war in Ukraine: here are the latest developments

9:39 | Putin tells Macron that the West must stop arms deliveries to Ukraine


[EN DIRECT]    69th day of the war in Ukraine: here are the latest developments

Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a telephone conversation with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday that the West must halt arms sales to Ukraine.

9:38 | Mariupol: UN announces ‘successful’ evacuation of 101 civilians from besieged Azovstal factory


[EN DIRECT]    69th day of the war in Ukraine: here are the latest developments

The UN on Tuesday announced the “successful” evacuation of 101 civilians stranded for weeks in Ukraine’s Azovstal industrial complex in Mariupol (southeast), which was besieged by the Russian army, which launched a new offensive there.

9:30 a.m. | Russia: EU prepares oil embargo with derogations

A draft embargo on oil and petroleum products bought from Russia will be presented to EU member countries on Tuesday, but the measure still raises reservations, several European officials and diplomats told AFP.

8:02 | The Russian army and pro-Russian forces launch an offensive on the Azovstal factory


[EN DIRECT]    69th day of the war in Ukraine: here are the latest developments

The Russian army and pro-Russian forces on Tuesday launched an offensive on the Azovstal factory, the last center of the Ukrainian resistance in the city of Mariupol, from which civilians have been evacuated in recent days thanks to a ceasefire.

8 am | London is increasing its military aid to Ukraine by more than 350 million euros


[EN DIRECT]    69th day of the war in Ukraine: here are the latest developments

The UK will increase its military aid to Ukraine by £300 million (about 355 million euros) including radar and drones in the face of the Russian invasion, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Tuesday during a speech to Ukraine’s parliament.

READ | Johnson addresses Ukrainian lawmakers, Kyiv announces resumption of evacuations from Mariupol


[EN DIRECT]    69th day of the war in Ukraine: here are the latest developments

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will address Ukraine’s parliament via video conference on Tuesday, a first for a Western leader since the war began, as Ukrainians continue efforts to evacuate civilians from Mariupol.

6:13 am | Macron speaks to Putin, first call since late March


[EN DIRECT]    69th day of the war in Ukraine: here are the latest developments

French President Emmanuel Macron was due to call his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin from Ukraine on Tuesday, the Elysee Palace said, their first exchange since March 29.

READ | Welcoming Ukrainians instead of going on vacation


[EN DIRECT]    69th day of the war in Ukraine: here are the latest developments

Photo agency QMI, Roger Gagnon

Outraged by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, a Chicoutimi family has abandoned their summer vacation plans to take in four refugees with the enthusiastic cooperation of many saguenéens.

READ | Terrorist threat to the Russian Church in Montreal


[EN DIRECT]    69th day of the war in Ukraine: here are the latest developments

Outremont’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral received a threatening letter that recently prompted the intervention of the Montreal Police Counter-Terrorist Unit.

5:40 p.m. | In Ukraine, dry gasoline pumps are becoming a source of pride


[EN DIRECT]    69th day of the war in Ukraine: here are the latest developments

A rusting tank turret marks the largest advance of Russian troops north-east of Kyiv. A few meters away, a destroyed gas station symbolizes the country’s wartime fuel problems.

This tank, like dozens of others from the same Russian column, came under fire from the Ukrainian army in March, at the height of the struggle for control of the Ukrainian capital.

5:39 | Fiji orders seizure of Russian-linked superyacht


[EN DIRECT]    69th day of the war in Ukraine: here are the latest developments

A Fijian court on Tuesday ordered the seizure of a superyacht believed to be owned by a sanctioned Russian oligarch, targeting property believed to be worth more than $300 million.

4h40 | Pope says he’s ready to see Putin and compares Ukraine to Rwanda


[EN DIRECT]    69th day of the war in Ukraine: here are the latest developments

Pope Francis says he is ready to travel to Moscow to visit Russian President Vladimir Putin and try to stop fighting in Ukraine, which he said in an interview with Italian daily Il Corriere della Sera published on Tuesday ‘ compared to Rwanda.

4h20 | Sanctions: Russian car manufacturer demands components from Iran


[EN DIRECT]    69th day of the war in Ukraine: here are the latest developments

An unnamed Russian automaker has asked Iran to supply it with key components that it can no longer find in its country due to international sanctions following the invasion of Ukraine.

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On the ground, the Russian troops made no progress, although the tanks were used again. The Ukrainian defenses around Izium and Kharkiv are still holding.

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