Ukraine war situation report – day 73
May 7, 2022 - Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said diplomatic efforts were underway to save the remaining fighters holed up inside the Azovstal plant in the city of Mariupol, as more civilians were evacuated from the steelworks, Reuters reports.
Finally taking Mariupol would be Russia's biggest achievement in two months of war and would give Russia's President Vladimir Putin something to celebrate on May 9, which is Victory Day in Russia - the day the country marks the Soviet victory over the Nazis in World War Two.
However Zelensky said there could be no question of Russia holding on to territory it has conquered since it invaded Ukraine.
U.S. President Joe Biden signed a $150 million weapons package for Ukraine on Friday, providing additional artillery munitions, radar and other equipment in the latest in a series of transfers to help Kyiv repel Russia's invasion.