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00:52

Russian troops continue to block millions of tons of grain in the Ukrainian ports, intended for export. Such actions of the Russian Federation will inevitably lead to a global food crisis. – Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine

08:20

Since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine, 220 Ukrainian children have died, 407 children have been injured. Most victims among children are from the Donetsk region. – Prosecutor General’s Office

09:05

Total combat losses of Russian aggressors in Ukraine from 24 February to 04 May (approximation): 24500 troops; 1077 tanks; 2610 armored vehicles; 491 artillery systems; 163 MLRS; 81 anti-aircraft warfare systems; 194 aircraft; 155 helicopters; 1867 military auto vehicles and fuel tanks; 10 military boats; 303 tactical UAVs; 38 special military equipment; 87 cruise missiles. – General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

11:57

Russian occupiers hold more than 103 Ukrainian civilians in captivity in the Zaporizhzhia region. – Zaporizhzhia Regional Military Administration

12:15

Due to rocket attacks by Russian troops, about 250 thousand citizens have been left without electricity in the Lviv region. – Maksym Kozytskyi, Head of the Lviv Regional Military Administration

12:40

As of May 4, another 20 dead bodies of Ukrainian civilians killed by Russian occupiers have been found in the Kyiv region. – Andrii Niebytov, Kyiv regional police chief

14:11

Since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine, Russian troops have destroyed 40 and have damaged 400 Ukrainian health care facilities. – Ministry of Health of Ukraine

15:33

Since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine, more than 5.6 million Ukrainians have left Ukraine. Most Ukrainians, about 3.1 million, have gone to Poland. – The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

16:17

Russian aggressors have forcibly deported about 300 Ukrainian citizens from Mariupol to Vladivostok in the Russian Federation. – Petro Andriushchenko, Adviser to the Mayor of Mariupol

16:40

The Austrian government has approved the decision to provide Ukraine with humanitarian aid of € 42 million worth. – Council of Ministers of Austria

16:55

The British government has imposed new sanctions against Russia. In particular, the British companies have been banned from providing services to Russian clients in consulting, auditing and PR. Moreover, the new sanctions list includes the heads of “Otkrytiie” bank and Sovkombank, as well as, their deputies. – Liz Truss, British Foreign Secretary

17:39

Since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine (as of May 4), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has recorded 3,238 deaths and 3,397 injuries to civilians in Ukraine [conservative estimates, real numbers are likely higher]. – OHCHR

17:46

The Bulgarian government has approved the decision to provide Ukraine with new military-technical and humanitarian aid packages. They include the organization of Ukrainian grain exports, assistance to Ukrainian refugees, repair of Ukrainian military equipment in Bulgaria, and new humanitarian aid packages to Ukraine as soon as possible. – News agency BGNES

20:09

Russian occupiers have already deported about 1 million Ukrainians to the Russian Federation, 182 thousand children are among them. – Liudmyla Denisova, Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights

21:06

In the last 24 hours, Russian aggressors have shelled the Odesa, the Zaporizhzhia, the Kherson, the Luhansk, the Sumy, the Donetsk, the Kharkiv, the Dnipropetrovsk, the Lviv, the Zakarpattia, and the Cherkasy regions. 7 people have been killed. 25 civilians have been injured. 1 child is among the victims. – Information from Regional Military Administrations

21:10

The Dutch Ambassador to Ukraine Jennes de Mol, together with a small group of embassy staff, has returned to Kyiv. – NOS

21:40

Ukraine and Great Britain have signed an agreement on abolishing import duties and tariff quotas in bilateral trade. The agreement shall remain in force for 12 months, but might be extended by agreement of the parties. – Press Service of the Ministry of Economy of Ukraine

See the war

A steady stream of wounded comes to the frontline hospital in Bakhmut. Despite the ongoing shelling, medics go out of bomb shelters to treat soldiers.

By Chris McGrath

A steady stream of wounded comes to the frontline hospital in Bakhmut. Despite the ongoing shelling, medics go out of bomb shelters to treat soldiers.

By Chris McGrath

People hiding at the Kyiv metro during Russian massive missile attack. December 5, 2022.

Photo from svitlankatut / Twitter

“A cemetery” of Russian shells and missiles launched on the city of Kharkiv.

By Konstantin & Vlada Liberov

The price of freedom. Bakhmut, the Donetsk region. November 2022.

By Serhii Nuzhnenko

Serhii watched with pursed lips as the bodies of his father and grandmother were pulled out from a grave near their home in the Kherson region. Russian murderers shot them in their heads.

By Lynsey Addario for The New York Times

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