8:53Gazprom confirms suspension of Russian gas deliveries to FinlandRussian energy giant Gazprom announced on Saturday that it had suspended all gas deliveries to Finland as a result of Helsinki’s refusal to pay for it in rubles. Having not received payment in rubles from the Finnish state energy company Gasum by the May 20 deadline, it has “completely stopped its gas deliveries”, said the Russian group in a press release. 8:00 “Putin destroyed everything “: former pro-Russian, the mayor of Odessa castigates MoscowOnce considered a politician with pro-Russian leanings, the mayor of the Ukrainian city of Odessa, Gennady Trukhanov attacked Russia and President Vladimir Putin during an interview with AFP “The Russians are currently on our land and they are bombarding our cities, killing our people and our soldiers”, observes Gennadi Troukhanov. For him, a point of no return has been crossed: there can no longer be any question of any Russian-Ukrainian friendship. He castigates the air raids, the blockade of the Black Sea and the millions of tons of grain stuck in the ports, including Odessa. “Putin destroyed everything,” he fumes. Russian troops “are not only destroying our cities and killing our people, they are also causing an economic disaster”, he points out. 7:25 Russian gas for Finland has been cut off Finland’s natural gas supply by the Russia was halted on Saturday, Finland’s state-owned energy company Gasum said, after the Nordic country refused to pay supplier Gazprom in roubles. The company specifies that the gas would now be supplied by other sources via the Balticconnector gas pipeline, which links Finland to Estonia. The Finnish group said on Friday that it had been informed by the Russian giant Gazprom of the interruption of deliveries on Saturday. 6:55Many shots in the Donbass”The enemy is constantly carrying out offensive operations in the eastern operational zone in order to establish full control of the territory of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions and to maintain the land corridor with Crimea temporarily occupied,” the Ukrainian forces’ general staff posted on Facebook on Saturday morning. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu assured that the conquest of the Lugansk region was “almost complete” in the Donbass. Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman Oleksandre Motouzianyk said the situation “showed signs of worsening” and that “Russian occupation forces are conducting intense fire along the entire front line”. “While we are resisting, our troops are receiving foreign weapons, rearming, regrouping, and I think that in June we will see the counter-attack”, assured local governor Serguiï Gaïdaï on the night of Friday to Saturday. 6:51Last pocket of resistance has fallen in Mariupol, say Russian authoritiesIn the early evening, the spokesman for the Russian Ministry of Defense claimed that the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol – the last pocket of resistance in this strategic port on the Sea of Azov – had “passed under the complete control of the Russian armed forces” after the surrender of the last Ukrainian soldiers, and that the news had been passed on to President Vladimir Putin.Images released by Moscow showed cohorts of hom mes in combat gear emerging from the steelworks, some with crutches or bandages, after a long battle that had become a symbol of Ukrainian resistance to the Russian invasion.”The higher military command gave the order to save the lives of the soldiers of our garrison and to stop defending the city”, the commander of the regiment Denys Prokopenko said in a video on Telegram during the day, a large bandage on his right arm and the swollen left, from what appeared to be an underground room.
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