The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, assured that the Ukrainian president, Volodymir Zelenski, and Adolf Hitler share “Hebrew origins”. According to the head of the Russian Foreign Office, Moscow does not seek a change of regime in Ukraine, and assured that the war unleashed by its invasion wants to “guarantee the security of the population of the East”, which it considered “threatened by militarization and nazification”. Immediately after these statements, Israel has summoned the Russian ambassador in Tel Aviv to apologize. ” Foreign Minister Lavrov’s remarks are an unforgivable and outrageous statement, as well as a terrible historical mistake,” lamented Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid. Since the outbreak of the conflict, while condemning the invasion, Israel has maintained a rather moderate stance towards Russia due to its strategic alliance in the Middle East, where the Jewish state coordinates with Moscow to attack pro-Iranian positions in Syria.
Russia continues the offensive in the east and south of Ukraine with attempts to entrench its rule in areas under its control, while the evacuations of Mariúpol continued in droves “despite the difficulties”. On Monday afternoon, in Nikolayev and Odessa, the largest Ukrainian port on the Black Sea, loud explosions were heard again. According to Odessa authorities, Russian forces fired at an infrastructure object, causing “deaths and injuries”, their number unknown so far.
The evacuation of more inhabitants of the port city of Mariúpol, in the Sea of Azov, continued today “despite the difficulties,” according to the city’s mayor’s office in Telegram. According to the city’s alderman, Vadym Boychenko, apart from the inhabitants of the devastated city, more than a hundred civilians managed to leave the Azovstal steelworks the day before.