In Russia, president Vladimir Putin gave a speech for Victory Day yesterday, marking the defeat of the Nazis in WWII. During the speech, he said that Russia is fighting external threats to weaken and divide Russia today. He did not announce any new war measures, as many other countries had expected. Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky gave a speech saying that “we are fighting for a new victory”.
In Poland, the Russian ambassador was covered in a red substance by anti-war protestors yesterday.
The United Nations Human Rights Council will hold a session on Ukraine this week.
Ukrainian president Zelensky has awarded a medal to a mine-sniffing dog called Patron. Patron is a Jack Russell terrier and has helped Ukrainian forces find more than 200 devices.
Sweden’s government will decide whether to overturn its opposition to becoming part of NATO on 15th May.
In the Canary Islands, 13 migrants have been rescued from the sea by the coast guard. The rescued migrants said that there were 40 people on the dingy and many are still missing.
Sri Lanka’s prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has resigned during anti-government protests and the worst economic crisis the country has ever experienced. A nationwide curfew has been imposed and other political parties are invited to form a unity government.
Indonesia’s president Joko Widodo plans to meet billionaire Elon Musk for discussions around the development of Indonesia’s nickel industry. Nickel is required to supply batteries for electric vehicles.
In China, Shanghai and Beijing have tightened their Covid-19 restrictions. Shanghai has been in lockdown for five weeks. In parts of Beijing, residents must work from home, and some restaurants and public transport have closed.
Ivory Coast aims to raise USD 1.5 billion to bring back forests and increase food production, according to president Alassane Ouattara. The plan was announced yesterday at the United Nations conference on desertification.
South Africa’s Central Energy Fund is working to provide 1.5 million litres of jet fuel to Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport in case of more supply shortages. The airport has faced a jet fuel shortage linked to flood damage last month.
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, 35 civilians have been killed by militants in an attack on an artisanal gold mine.
In Cuba, at least 31 people have been killed and around 85 people have been injured in an explosion at a five-star hotel on Friday. The explosion was caused by a gas leak, according to officials. More people are still missing.
Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau visited Ukrainian capital Kyiv on Sunday. He announced new weapons and equipment for Ukraine and more sanctions on Russian individuals and entities:
“Today I’m announcing more military assistance, drone cameras, satellite imagery, small arms, ammunition and other supports including funding for demining operations.”
And Portugal is setting up Europe’s largest floating solar park. 12,000 solar panels have been towed to Portugal’s Alqueva reservoir. This is part of Portugal’s plan to reduce its reliance on imported fossil fuels. The solar panels will supply power for 1,500 families.
That’s your world news in 7 minutes. You can find us on social media – we’re on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @send7podcast. I’m Juliet Martin, tomorrow you will be with Stephen Devincenzi. Have a great day.