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TOP NEWS: Russian Forces continue to storm Azovstal steel plant, blocking the evacuation of civilians. Russian Forces continue to attack Ukrainian cities with missiles. More than two dozen people were injured in the shelling in Kramatorsk. International Donors’ Conference in Warsaw raises $6.5 billion for Ukraine. Ukrainian defenders launched a counteroffensive in the Kharkiv region. In Zaporizhzhia, a curfew was ordered until May 9. In Ivano-Frankivsk, the mayor urged citizens to stay at home on May 7-9.
PHOTO OF THE DAY: A downed Russian Ka-52 “Alligator” attack helicopter was lifted from the bottom of the Kyiv Sea
VIDEO OF THE DAY: Russian Forces continue to storm Azovstal steel plant. Ukrainian Armed Forces continue to defend the territory under constant shelling
Russian Forces attacked Kramatorsk with missiles
Russian Forces launched a missile strike on Kramatorsk. As a result of the attack, at least 25 civilians were injured. Nine residential buildings, a school and civilian infrastructure were damaged.
Ukrainian police have recorded more than 10,000 Russian war crimes
Ukrainian police have opened more than 10,000 criminal proceedings for war crimes committed by Russian Forces during the full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
“Granny with a red Soviet flag” was evacuated to Kharkiv after Russian Forces bombed her home
Anna Ivanivna, who became an anti-Ukrainian symbol in Russian propaganda after refusing to give up the Soviet flag, was evacuated to Kharkiv after Russian Forces hit her home with a mine.
In Zaporizhzhia, a curfew was ordered until May 9
A long curfew from 7 pm on May 8 till 5 am on May 10 was announced in Zaporizhzhia. City residents are only allowed to go to shelters in case of an alarm.
Residents of Ivano-Frankivsk were urged to stay at home on May 7-9
Ivano-Frankivsk Mayor Ruslan Martsinkiv called on residents not to visit public places. Because Russian Forces may continue to attack the city with missiles.
Ukrainian defenders launched a counteroffensive near Kharkiv and Izium
According to the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valerii Zaluzhnyi, the main efforts of Russian Forces are concentrated in the Luhansk region now.
President of Ukraine launched a global initiative United24
Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced the United24 initiative. Its goal is to unite people in their will to help Ukraine. United24 starts with a fundraising platform, which becomes the main venue for collecting charitable donations in support of Ukraine.
Zelenskyy called on donors to support Ukraine
In a video speech at the high-level International Donors’ Conference for Ukraine, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said funds were needed to address urgent humanitarian needs now.
International Donors’ Conference in Warsaw raises $6.5 billion for Ukraine
An International Donors’ Conference in Warsaw on Thursday collecting funds for Ukraine raised around $6.5 billion, Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said. The conference, aimed at helping Ukraine deal with the economic and humanitarian fallout of Russia’s invasion, was hosted by Poland and Sweden, in cooperation with the Presidents of the European Commission and the European Council.