Here are the key events so far on Sunday, May 8.
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- Russian air attacks on a school in the Ukrainian village of Bilohorivka killed two people and 60 remain under the debris and are feared dead, the governor of the Luhansk region said.
- Evacuation efforts will focus on getting the wounded and medics out of Mariupol’s bombed-out Azovstal steelworks.
- Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov said his soldiers have taken control of most of Popasna, but Ukrainian officials said the battle for the eastern city continues.
- Ukraine’s general staff said the Russian offensive in eastern Ukraine aimed to establish full control over the Donetsk and Luhansk regions and maintain the land corridor between these territories and Crimea.
- Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said more than 300 civilians had been rescued from the Azovstal plant. Russia’s defence ministry said 51 people had been removed in a three-day operation.
- The World Health Organization said it is gathering evidence for a possible war crimes investigation, documenting 200 attacks by Russia on hospitals and clinics in Ukraine.
- G7 leaders will hold a video call on Sunday with Zelenskyy in a show of unity the day before Russia marks its Victory Day holiday, the White House said.
- Britain pledged to provide a further 1.3 billion pounds ($1.6bn), double its previous spending commitments and what it said was the country’s highest rate of spending on a conflict since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
- US CIA chief William Burns said Russian President Vladimir Putin believes “doubling down” on the war will improve its outcome.
- Russia’s most senior lawmaker accused Washington of coordinating operations in Ukraine, which he said amounted to direct US involvement in military action against Russia.
- The UN has called for a peaceful solution to the crisis, but avoided the use of the words “war”, “invasion” or “conflict”.
Source: Al Jazeera and news agencies