Mariupol under control – Russia celebrates partial victory

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The situation in the Ukraine war continues to deteriorate – militarily, diplomatically and humanitarianly: news ticker on Saturday, May 21.

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+++ 8:43 AM: According to information from the German News Agency, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky blamed Russia for a missile attack on a cultural center in the east of the country that injured eight. The head of state wrote in the Telegram news channel, that an 11-year-old child was also injured in the bombing of the city of Lozova in the Kharkiv region. “The occupiers identified culture, education and humanity as their enemies.” Russia in turn accused Ukraine of misusing civilian objects for military purposes.

+++ 06.40 AM: After weeks of fierce fighting, the Russian army declared complete control of the Azovstal steel plants in the Ukrainian port of Mariupol. The Ministry of Defense announced, on Saturday evening, in Moscow, the surrender of all enemy fighters. The sprawling industrial complex on the Sea of ​​Azov was the last resting place in the strategically important port city in southeastern Ukraine that was not yet fully under Russian control. Russia celebrates the capture of Mariupol Steelworks as a major partial victory in its war of aggression against Ukraine.

Ukraine News: Mariupol under control – Russia celebrates partial victory

The Ukrainian side did not initially comment on the allegations of the seizure of the plant. According to information from Moscow, a total of 2,439 Ukrainian soldiers hiding in Soviet-era bunkers have been captured by the Russians since May 16. It added that the last group of 531 fighters were captured on Friday. Russian forces have been besieging steel mills since April 21.

In a television interview recorded before the Russian government announced the arrest, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky blamed the West for the development. He has repeatedly called on Western leaders to provide his country with “appropriate weapons so that we can reach Mariupol to liberate these people.”

Ukraine war: Mariupol may have been under Russian control

+++ 9:21 pm: According to Russian information, all the fighters have now surrendered at the Azovstal steel plant, besieged in the Ukrainian port of Mariupol. The Ministry of Defense in Moscow announced, on Friday evening, that the industrial zone is now fully under Russian control. A total of 2,439 Ukrainian soldiers have been captured by the Russians since May 16.

+++ 6:08 pm: The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) wants to expand its investigations into human rights violations in Ukraine. For this purpose, observers are sent to the country to interrogate witnesses and survivors. This was announced by the Office for Democracy and Human Rights of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (ODIHR) in Warsaw. The organization had previously spoken to refugees in neighboring countries fleeing the war and the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Monitoring focuses on the civilian population and prisoners of war. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe ranked attacks on civilians, killings, disappearances and torture as the most pressing issues. The resulting report could take months.

The International Criminal Court in The Hague has already sent a 42-strong team to Ukraine to investigate possible war crimes. United Nations human rights experts are examining the situation in the country.

A Russian soldier in front of Mariupol Steelworks. Moscow announced the complete takeover of the plant. This photo was taken during a trip organized by the Russian Ministry of Defense. © Uncredited / dpa

Ukraine news: Russia’s Black Sea Fleet is preparing to launch massive missiles

+++ 4.45 pm: According to the assessment of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry in Kyiv, the Russian army is ready to launch missiles into the Black Sea. A spokesman for the Russian army said, on Friday, that 16 “Kaliber” missiles are being deployed on two ships in the Russian fleet. The Kremlin has not yet commented on this. The information cannot be independently verified.

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Warship of the Russian fleet. (avatar) © Russian Defense Ministry / Imago Images

+++ 4.15 pm: A report said that Russian forces are currently bombing a school in Severodonetsk, near Luhansk. As reported by the news portal Kyiv The Independent, citing the statements of Governor Serhiy Heidi, civilians were said to have taken refuge in the building. Hayday said at least three people were killed in Russian bombing. His statements cannot be independently verified.

Ukraine war news: Azov commander surrenders

+++ 3.45 pm: Denis Prokopenko, commander of the Azov Regiment, announced the surrender at the Mariupol Steel Plant in a video message. “The army command gave the order to stop defending the city,” he said. Previously, the Ukrainian government ordered to end the defense of Mariupol. In this way, the life and health of the soldiers involved must be protected.

+++ 2.30 pm: Kyiv police are investigating 13 cases against Russian soldiers accused of sexual abuse of civilian victims. According to Ukrainian Deputy Interior Minister Katerina Pavlichenko, two rape cases have already been opened. This was reported by the news portal Kyiv The Independent.

+++ 1.45 pm: The Kremlin announced the almost complete capture of the Luhansk region. “The liberation of the Luhansk People’s Republic is almost complete,” Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Friday. In the region, only the cities of Lysichansk and Severodonetsk, separated by a river, are now controlled by Ukraine, Shoigu said. He stressed that the Russian army surrounded the two places. Schoigu’s statements cannot be independently verified.

Ukraine news: Kyiv orders the end of the Mariupol defense

+++ 1.15 pm: The Ukrainian government ordered to end the defense of Mariupol. This applies above all to the soldiers in the steel mills of the coastal city. “The military high command gave the order to save the lives of the soldiers of our garrison,” Azov commander Denis Prokopenko said in a video clip. According to Prokopenko, the bodies of the dead soldiers will be removed from the facility.

Ukraine news: Russia reported massive air strikes along the border

+++ 1 pm: The Russian military reported heavy air strikes in border areas with Ukraine. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Defense, the military is focusing on attacks in remote areas of Ukraine. Attacks were reported on the villages of Bakhmut, Berestov, Kostyantinivka, Maslyakivka, Pokrovsky and Soledar in Donetsk Oblast and the town of Chuhiv in Kharkiv Oblast.

+++ 12.15 pm: Over the past 24 hours, four Russian missiles have landed in the Donetsk region. This was reported by the independent Kyiv news portal, referring to the statements of the governor of the region, Pavlo Kirilenko. The missiles hit mainly the town of Bakhmut. The information cannot be independently verified. However, Russian bombings were reported in the aforementioned territory early Thursday afternoon.

Ukraine news: Russia responds to NATO expansion

+++ 11.30 am: Russia has announced that it will build new military bases “by the end of the year” in light of NATO’s expansion. “Twelve military bases and units will be established in the Western Military District by the end of the year,” Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told Russian news agencies.

+++ 10.30 am: Russian missile attacks in the Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine appear to have killed 13 civilians. Governor Sarhaj Hajjaj relays this on Telegram. His statements cannot be independently verified.

Ukraine news: Friday morning explosions

+++ 09.45 AM: Explosions occurred in the Zhytomyr region, west of the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, on Friday morning. This was confirmed by the head of the Korosten Regional Military Administration, Yuri Tarasyuk, the Kyiv Independent news portal reported. The relationship between the eruptions remains unclear. Tarasiuk’s claims cannot be independently verified.

+++ 09.00 am: Russia is piling heavy losses in the Ukraine war. The British Ministry of Defense assumes a high level of “attrition” among the armed forces. According to the intelligence service of Great Britain, the leaders are “under pressure” to report on military success to the Kremlin. Russia could make a huge mistake.

+++ 08.15 am: The city of Cherson in southern Ukraine, in Russian hands, is set to become part of Russia “soon”. “We consider the Russian Federation our country,” said the Kremlin-appointed governor, Volodymyr Saldo, on Telegram. Saldo also said that the new budget for the Kherson region has already been approved in Russian rubles.

Ukraine news: Reports of heavy fighting in Donbass

First report on Friday, May 20 at 7:15 a.m.: The fighting in Ukraine continued all night. There should have been fighting in the east of the country in particular, according to the General Staff of Ukraine. Heavy fighting continues in the Donbass region. In its report on the situation on Friday, the Ukrainian General Staff said that “the enemy is launching an offensive in the Lyschansk and Sivarodontsk regions.” For example, Russia tried to restore the lost positions in the city of Kharkiv, which were recently restored by the defenders. Also in the Donetsk region, the attackers were said to have intensified their military efforts and fired on Ukrainian units with mortars, artillery and rocket launchers. The city of Chernihiv, near Kyiv, was also said to have been bombed.

(dil/tu/kh/vbu/nak with AFP/dpa)

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