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May 8 is a historic date marking the end of the Second World War in Europe which caused terror, destruction and death in EuropeGerman Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s spokeswoman said on Friday, saying the war in Ukraine was making the cohesion of the G7 (…) more important than ever.

Germany holds the presidency of the G7 this year, which also includes Canada, the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Italy and Japan.

This third meeting since the beginning of the year will be devoted in particular to the situation in Ukraineshe said, without further details.

US President Joe Biden had mentioned this meeting a few days earlier, about possible additional sanctions against Russia.

We are always open to additional penaltieshe said on Wednesday, adding that he would discuss with G7 members the what we will and will not do.

Also on the Western sanctions front, the 27 member states of the European Union are engaged in arduous negotiations to reach an agreement this weekend on a plan to stop imports of Russian oil, which Hungary has until now blocked.

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The G7 meeting will take place on the eve of the May 9 military parade in Russia, which marks the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany in World War II.

The Russian army carried out Saturday in Red Square in Moscow the last rehearsals for the traditional military parade scheduled for Monday, in the presence of soldiers who participated in the offensive in Ukraine.

The Ukrainian authorities have been warning for several days against an intensification of Russian attacks as this commemoration approaches.

The enemy seeks to finish off the defenders of Azovstal. He is trying to do this before May 9 to give a gift [au président russe] Vladimir Poutinewarned Oleksiï Arestovytch, an adviser to the Ukrainian president.

Evacuation of civilians in Ukraine.

A man evacuated from the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol on Friday.

Photo: Reuters / ALEXANDER ERMOCHENKO

The Azovstal Steelworks is home to the last defenders of Mariupol. Hundreds of civilians also found refuge in its sprawling underground galleries after the Russian invasion launched on February 24.

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After many calls and unsuccessful attempts in recent weeks, we evacuated civilians from Azovstallaunched President Zelensky on Saturday evening in his daily message, citing the number of 300 exfiltrated people. We are now preparing the second phase […]: the wounded and the medical personnel.

And, of course, we are also working to evacuate our soldiers. All these heroes defending Mariupolhe continued, without giving a figure. It is extremely difficult. But it is very important.

Ukraine asked Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on Saturday evening to organize a mission to evacuate and treat the soldiers entrenched in the steelworks.

Mariupol, a southeastern port city that had nearly 500,000 inhabitants before the war, was almost completely wiped off the map by two months of Russian bombardment.

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