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US gas prices rise as Russia’s war upends global energy markets

A customer holds a fuel nozzle at a gas station in San Francisco, California, U.S., Wednesday, April 27, 2022. California is set to automatically raise its fuel tax on July 1 after governors Gavin Newsom failed to convince lawmakers to suspend the hike, part of his plan to relieve state residents with the most expensive gasoline.

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U.S. gas prices rose on Sunday as Russia’s war on Ukraine wreaks havoc on global energy markets. The sanction of Russian energy products and the European Union’s proposed plan to move away from dependence on national energy have sent oil and natural gas prices skyrocketing. This, in turn, has driven up the price American consumers pay at the pump.

U.S. retail diesel prices hit a record high of $5.53 on Sunday, according to AAA. Prices are $2.43 above where they were last year.

The national average for a regular gallon of gasoline stood at $4.317 on Sunday, just shy of March’s record high of $4.33.

—Pippa Stevens

Bono, the Edge of U2 performs in the kyiv metro station

Bono (Paul David Hewson), Irish singer-songwriter, activist and lead singer of the rock band U2, Antytila ​​(C), a Ukrainian bandleader and now a soldier in the Ukrainian army Taras Topolia, and the guitarist David Howell Evans aka ‘The Edge’ performs at the subway station which is a bomb shelter, in the center of the Ukrainian capital of kyiv on May 8, 2022.

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U2’s Bono and the Edge performed at a kyiv metro station after being invited by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the band said on Twitter.

The effort was “a show of solidarity with the Ukrainian people”, U2 said.

—Jessica Bursztynsky

Ukrainian troops withdraw from Popasna, Lugansk governor confirms

Ukrainian troops have withdrawn from the town of Popasna in eastern Ukraine, the governor of the Luhansk region said, confirming previous reports that it had been taken.

The head of the Russian republic of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, said on Sunday that his troops had taken control of most of Popasna.

Lugansk Governor Serhiy Gaidai told Ukrainian television that Ukrainian troops had withdrawn to take up more fortified positions, adding: “Everything was destroyed there.”

Russian forces launched a new offensive push in April along much of Ukraine’s eastern flank, with some of the heaviest attacks and shelling recently taking place around Popasna in the Luhansk region.

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Dozens fear death after bomb hits school in Lugansk region

Serhiy Haidai, governor of the Luhansk region, said on Sunday that at least two people had died after a school was bombed.

Haidai said, according to a Reuters translation, that the bombing happened on Saturday afternoon, where 90 people had taken refuge. He said 30 people had been rescued and around 60 of them were still likely to be under the debris and feared to be dead.

Luhansk is one of two regions that make up Donbass — in eastern Ukraine — where Russian troops are now concentrating their efforts.

The Associated Press added that the school was located in the village of Bilogorivka. Salvage work is underway.

NBC News was unable to independently verify the information.

“The fire was extinguished after almost four hours, then the rubble was cleared and unfortunately the bodies of two people were found, Haidai wrote on the Telegram messaging app, according to Sky News.

“Thirty people were evacuated from the rubble, including seven injured. Sixty people are likely to have died under the rubble of the buildings.”

—Matt Clinch

Russian commanders face significant risk, UK intelligence says

Servicemen of pro-Russian troops board an armored personnel carrier during the Ukraine-Russia conflict in the village of Bezimenne in Donetsk region, Ukraine, May 6, 2022.

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In a new intelligence update on Sunday, Britain’s Ministry of Defense reported how senior Russian commanders have been lured onto the battlefield due to what it describes as “failing Russian performance on the front line. “.

“Commanders’ forward deployment has exposed them to significant risk, leading to disproportionate losses of Russian officers in this conflict. This has resulted in a force that is slow to react to setbacks and unable to alter its approach on the battlefield. “, he added. said in a series of tweets.

—Matt Clinch

Zelenskyy says Russia’s actions ‘beyond words’ after missile destroys museum

Museum workers carry the sculpture of Ukrainian philosopher Hryhorri Skovoroda from the destroyed building of the Hryhoriy Skovoroda National Literary Memorial Museum in the village of Skovorodynivka, Kharkiv region on May 7, 2022, the 73rd day of the Russian invasion of the ‘Ukraine.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that every day of this war Russian forces were doing something “beyond words”, following a strike on a museum in Ukraine.

“Every day of this war, the Russian military does something that is beyond words. But every day after that, they do something that makes you feel it in a new way,” he said in a regular late-night talk on Saturday.

“Targeted missile strikes on museums – that’s not even what every terrorist thinks of,” Zelenskyy added.

The museum that was destroyed is dedicated to the 18th century philosopher and poet Hryhoriy Skovoroda.

But that’s the kind of army that’s fighting Ukraine, and “that’s what they want to bring to other European countries,” he said.

As of May 7, the Russian military had destroyed or damaged nearly 200 cultural heritage sites, according to Zelenskyy.

—Weizhen Tan

UK to provide approximately $1.6 billion in additional military support to Ukraine

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson attend a news conference, as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, in Kyiv, Ukraine April 9, 2022.

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Britain has said it will provide an additional 1.3 billion pounds ($1.6 billion) in military support and aid to Ukraine, pledging ahead of a video call scheduled for Sunday by leaders of the Group of Seven with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been one of the strongest supporters of Ukraine’s efforts to resist Russian forces since Russian President Vladimir Putin launched the invasion on February 24. Johnson’s government sent anti-tank missiles, air defense systems and other weapons to Ukraine.

The new pledge nearly doubles Britain’s previous spending pledges for Ukraine and the government said it was the highest rate of spending on a conflict since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, although that he did not give details of this calculation.

“Putin’s brutal attack not only causes untold devastation in Ukraine, it also threatens peace and security across Europe,” Johnson said in a statement. Last week he became the first Western leader to address Ukraine’s parliament since the invasion began.

The leaders of the G-7 countries – Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States – will hold their virtual meeting with Zelenskiy on Sunday, the day before the Russia will mark its VE Day holiday, which marks the end of World War II in Europe.

Britain said the additional spending for Ukraine would come from a reserve used by the government for emergencies.

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Zelensky says more than 300 people evacuated from Mariupol steel plant

Smoke rises from the Azovstal metallurgical complex in Mariupol, on the territory under the government of the Donetsk People’s Republic, east of Mariupol, Ukraine, Thursday, May 5, 2022.

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More than 300 civilians have been evacuated from the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

“I am grateful to the teams of the International Committee of the Red Cross and the United Nations, who helped us organize the first phase of the Azovstal evacuation missions,” Zelenskyy said in a video posted on Telegram.

Civilians and soldiers were barricaded at the huge steelworks since mid-April.

Zelenskyy says preparations are underway for the second phase of the evacuation mission, which includes rescuing the injured and medics.

—MacKenzie Sigalos

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