May 4, Wednesday, 2022 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline read by Ms. Keiko Kitagawa

May 4, Wednesday, 2022 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline read by Ms. Keiko Kitagawa

1.The United Nations human rights agency says that as of Monday at least 3,193 civilians, including 227 children, had been killed in Ukraine since the Russian invasion began on February 24.
2.Russian forces have launched a fresh assault on Mariupol in eastern Ukraine, despite efforts to evacuate civilians trapped in a steel plant in the besieged city. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a video message released on Tuesday that 156 civilians have managed to evacuate from the Azovstal steel plant to the Ukraine-held city of Zaporizhzhia in the southeast.
3.A Japanese Self-Defense Forces aircraft carrying aid supplies for Ukrainian evacuees has arrived in Poland. Japanese government officials say the supplies will initially be stored in a warehouse in the airport, before being transported to a number of areas.