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© Reuters. A Ukrainian police officer protects refugees arriving at the Mariupol Azovstal Steel Plant in Mariupol to register and receive humanitarian assistance. This is all amid Russia’s continuing invasion of Ukraine.

(Reuters) – Russian forces destroyed a Ukrainian village school, killing around 60 children, President Volodymyr Zeleskiy stated. The attack came as Russia was preparing to celebrate the two-year anniversary of World War Two’s defeat by Nazi Germany.

A senior adviser to Ukraine’s interior ministry warned of the possibility of more rocket attacks and urged his citizens to use air alerts responsibly.

VICTORY DAY

* Zelenskiy, in a statement to mark the anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany in 1945, said Ukraine would win its war with Russia: “The road to [victory]It is hard, but it will be won.

* Russian President Vladimir Putin will lead anniversary celebrations of the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany. Since the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany in 1945, Putin has made the anniversary a way to poke at the West. He will be accompanied by a Red Square Tribute and a march of tanks, missiles, intercontinental ballistic rockets and troops.

FIGHTING

* Ukraine’s Deputy Defence Minister Hanna Malyar said the danger of missile strikes persisted throughout the country, with the greatest challenges being faced in the south and east of the country. She said that the situation in east Ukraine is difficult.

* Ukrainian authorities said three civilians had been killed and four wounded over the past 24 hours in the Kharkiv region of northeastern Ukraine. According to them, three other civilians were killed in Luhansk in the eastern region.

* Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine said a total of 408 people had been evacuated from the devastated city of Mariupol over the past 24 hours, including 65 children.

* The deputy commander of the Azov regiment holed up in the sprawling Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol pleaded with the international community to help evacuate wounded soldiers. There are also Ukrainian soldiers trapped in the Azovstal steel plant, Mariupol. They vow to fight Russian forces until they die.

INTERNATIONAL MOVES

* The Group of Seven leaders said in a statement that they would reinforce Russia’s economic isolation and “elevate” a campaign against Russian elites who support Putin.

* The EU should consider using frozen Russian foreign exchange reserves to help pay for the cost of rebuilding Ukraine after the war, the bloc’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said in an interview with the Financial Times.

* European Union governments moved closer to agreeing tough sanctions against Russia that include a ban on buying its oil, but scheduled more talks for Monday to work out how to ensure countries most dependent on Russian energy can cope.

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Bono, the frontman of Irish rock band U2, said that Ukraine’s people aren’t just fighting for their freedom; they’re also fighting for freedom for everyone,” during U2’s 40-minute concert at a Kyiv metro station.

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