As The War In Ukraine Escalates, Emmanuel Macron Will Meet With Vladimir Putin Today
- the first civilian evacuation, the Mariupol steel plant, which has become the city's last stronghold of resistance, was attacked again
- Ukraine has accused Russian troops of kidnapping civilians and transporting them to Russia or Russian-controlled areas against their will
Today, French President Emmanuel Macron will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The call is set to take place at 12:00 p.m. in Paris, according to the French President’s office (1000 GMT). Macron last spoke with Putin on March 29, despite the fact that the two spoke often in the days following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24.
According to the Elysee Palace, Macron will initiate the discussion on Tuesday, which will follow a phone chat he held with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Saturday. Meanwhile, as the EU moved to punish Russian oil, Russian military launched rockets at a besieged steel mill in Mariupol, Ukraine, and smoke darkened the sky above the site, where officials claim 200 civilians remain trapped despite evacuations.
A day after the first civilian evacuation, the Mariupol steel plant, which has become the city’s last stronghold of resistance, was attacked again. According to authorities and footage released by both Russia and Ukraine, more than 100 people in bombed-out Mariupol, including elderly ladies and mothers with young children, fled the rubble-strewn Azovstal steelworks on Sunday in buses and ambulances for the Ukrainian-controlled city of Zaporizhzhia, about 140 miles (230 kilometres) to the northwest.
Ukraine has accused Russian troops of kidnapping civilians and transporting them to Russia or Russian-controlled areas against their will. This claim has been denied by the Kremlin. The Russian bombardment on the enormous facility by air, tank, and ship resumed after the partial evacuation, according to Ukraine’s Azov Battalion, which is assisting in the mill’s defence.