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Ukraine War: Russia takes Odessa under rocket fire Created: 05/07/2022, 13:46 By: Julius Fastnacht, Tobias Utz, Nail Akkoyun, Andreas Apetz, Lucas Maier Rockets fall near Odessa as Ukraine retakes northern territory in the war with Russia. The news ticker. Russia in retreat : Russian forces are retreating from the north of the country. The events of the Ukraine war are shifting to the East. Ma

Ukraine War: Russia takes Odessa under rocket fire

Created: 05/07/2022, 13:46

By: Julius Fastnacht, Tobias Utz, Nail Akkoyun, Andreas Apetz, Lucas Maier

Rockets fall near Odessa as Ukraine retakes northern territory in the war with Russia.

The news ticker.

  • Russia in retreat


    Russian forces are retreating from the north of the country.

    The events of the Ukraine war are shifting to the East.

  • Mariupol is to fall:

    Russia's President Vladimir Putin is calling on Kiev to surrender in Mariupol.

  • You can read everything about the Ukraine conflict in our current news ticker.

    This is continuously updated.

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The main events of the Ukraine war are taking place in the east of the country.

But the west of the country is also affected.

According to local authorities, four Russian rockets fell in Odessa Oblast.

This is the area around the port city of Odessa in the southwest of the country.

Infrastructure was damaged, but no one was injured.

Ukraine War: Russia blows up bridges in retreat from north

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The Ukrainian armed forces are increasingly going on the offensive.

According to the Ukrainian military, Russian soldiers have started blowing up several bridges in order to stop the Ukrainian counter-offensive.

This is reported by the news channel CNN.

In its most recent update from Saturday (May 7th, 2022), the General Staff announced that the occupiers in the area of ​​Zyrkuny and Ruski Tyschky had blown up “three road bridges” “to slow down the counter-offensive of the defense forces”.

The information cannot be independently verified.

In the past two weeks, Ukrainian troops have retaken a number of villages north and east of Kharkiv, making it difficult for the Russians to use artillery against the city.

In addition, the supply routes for the Russian armed forces fighting in Donetsk and Luhansk are said to have been interrupted by the counterattack by Ukraine.

By the end of April, the Russian army had already launched rocket fire at Odessa.

At that time a cemetery was hit.

© Yulii Zozulia/imago

Ukraine War: Mariupol to be captured by May 9th

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According to the British secret service, Russia’s goal is to take Mariupol by May 9th at the latest.

Meanwhile, the battle for the port city in the east of the country continues abruptly.

Ukraine war: Video is said to show catastrophic conditions in Russian camps

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New allegations against Russia in the Ukraine war: A video published by the mayor in Mariupol is said to show the conditions in the so-called filtration camps of the Russian army in the east of the country.

This is reported by the Washington Post, which claims to have been able to verify the location of the clips.

The recordings come from a school building in Bezimenne, a village not far from Mariupol.

It appears that there are numerous Ukrainian prisoners in the school building.

The hygienic conditions are catastrophic, says the person who shoots the video.

350 people would have to share a sink.

Medical aid would be denied to the prisoners.

Soldiers from Russia regularly threaten the prisoners, who are both Ukrainian soldiers and civilians, with torture and executions.

Battle for Mariupol: 50 people freed from Asvostal Steelworks

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A total of 50 civilians from the Azov steelworks in Mariupol were brought to safety on Friday.

"Today we were able to get 50 women, children and the elderly out of the Azov Steel Plant," Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk told Telegram.

The Russian Ministry of Defense also spoke of 50 people who had left the contested area.

The action should continue on Saturday morning.

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A bus with twelve civilians on board was able to leave the Azov steelworks in Mariupol, which was besieged by Russian troops.

The people were taken to the village of Bezimenne, which is controlled by pro-Russian troops, Reuters news agency reported.

A little later, a second bus with 13 people is said to have also left for Bezimenne, Reuters reported, referring to reports from the Russian news agency RIA.

Two or three more buses are expected from Mariupol, officials at the arrivals center there said.

War in Ukraine: Situation around Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol remains critical

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Relatives of soldiers trapped in the Azov steelworks have appealed to the international community to save their men.

At a press conference in Kyiv, seven women asked not only civilians to be allowed to flee.

Soldiers should also be given the opportunity to leave the steelworks in a safe place.

The women, some in tears, begged to take the trapped men to a third country.

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The situation around the Azowstal steelworks in Mariupol is still critical.

Speaking to the BBC about the current situation, Mykhailo Vershynin, a Ukrainian fighter, said it is now "getting even worse".

“For two days, Russian troops have been actively storming the plant, using aircraft, artillery and heavy weapons to push back the defenders.

There were casualties and many injured.

We didn't manage to get the wounded out."

Ukraine War in Mariupol: Vehicle shot at with anti-tank weapon during evacuation

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The Azov regiment has claimed that during a ceasefire “on the territory of the Azov valley complex” in Mariupol, Russian forces fired an anti-tank weapon at a car that wanted to help evacuate civilians.

This is reported by the US news channel CNN.

Ukraine war: Russia comments on 'threat' of nuclear strike

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Russia’s Foreign Ministry has rejected speculation about a possible use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine.

There are clear guidelines for such an operation in the Russian nuclear doctrine, emphasized Alexei Zaitsev, a spokesman for the ministry, according to the Interfax news agency.

"They are not applicable to the achievement of the goals set within the framework of the military special operation in Ukraine," he added.

Russia calls the war in Ukraine a "special operation".

The Russian nuclear doctrine provides for the use of nuclear weapons only if the existence of the country itself is endangered.

Russian flagship Moskva not sunk in Ukraine war, Kremlin says

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According to Moscow, the flagship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet “Moskva”, which sank off the Ukrainian coast, was not involved in the military operation against Ukraine.

This emerges from a response from the military prosecutor's office to the surviving relatives of a sailor.

"The inspection showed that the ship on which ED Shkrebez served did not enter Ukrainian territorial waters and was not on the list of units and units involved in the military special operation," it said in the official letter published by the sailor's father on Friday on the social network Vkontakte.

The sailor has been missing since the accident on the missile cruiser in mid-April.

Ukraine War: Russia suffers casualties in Battle of Mariupol

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According to British intelligence experts, the Russian troops in Ukraine suffered heavy losses in their storming of the Azowstal plant in the badly damaged port city of Mariupol.

Russia wants to capture the steelworks, the last bastion of the defenders of Mariupol, probably for the victory celebrations on May 9, the British Ministry of Defense said in a statement on Friday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin wishes a symbolic victory in Ukraine on the anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany.

But Russia had to pay for this with high losses of soldiers, material and ammunition.

Meanwhile, it was hoped on Friday that civilians would be evacuated from the steelworks again.

According to Ukrainian sources, around 200 civilians are still waiting there for a chance to get to safety.

In two previous evacuations, mediated by the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross, about 500 people from Mariupol and the surrounding area were taken to Zaporizhia in Ukrainian-controlled territory.

Ukraine War: Ukrainian forces launch counteroffensive

Update from Friday, May 6th, 6:30

a.m.: According to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the Russian army has used rockets against various targets in its war against Ukraine so far in 2014.

Selenskyj announced this in his daily video speech on Friday night.

In addition, since the start of the Russian army's invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2,682 airstrikes have already been registered.

"Each of these operations means the death of our people, the destruction of our infrastructure."

Ukraine launches counter-offensives – Putin calls on Kyiv to surrender in Mariupol

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According to the Ministry of Defense in Moscow, the Russian Air Force destroyed 45 military targets in Ukraine on Thursday.

Among other things, positions of the Ukrainian army and an ammunition depot in the Luhansk region were hit, said ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov.

An artillery piece near the village of Sarozhne and a multiple rocket launcher system near Mykolaiv were also fired at with rockets.

Russian artillery fire hit 152 Ukrainian positions and 38 artillery gun positions.

This information cannot be independently verified.

War in Ukraine: Soldiers in Mariupol accuse Russia of breaching ceasefire

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Ukrainian fighters have accused Russian troops of breaking the agreed ceasefire to evacuate civilians from the Azovstal steel plant in the port city of Mariupol.

"Once again, the Russians broke the ceasefire promise and did not allow the evacuation of civilians who continue to hide in the plant's basements," Deputy Commander of Ukraine's Azov Regiment Svyatoslav Palamar said in a video message published on Telegram.

Ukraine war: Russia changes strategy

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Russia is apparently changing its military strategy in the Donbass.

Meanwhile, video footage released by US broadcaster CNN shows the extent of the destruction in Ukraine.

Ukraine War: Ukraine launches counter-offensives

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Contrary to what Presidential Advisor Oleksiy Arestovych claims, Ukraine has apparently started counter-offensives.

According to one report, this primarily affects the city of Kharkiv and the Russian-occupied city of Izyum.

Valeriy Zalushny, commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian army, confirmed the military actions to the news portal Kyiv Independent.

He adds that fierce fighting continues near the cities of Popasna, Kreminna and Torske in the Luhansk region.

The information cannot be independently verified.

Ukraine War: Russian Navy shells Mariupol steel plant

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The steelworks in Mariupol, which had been besieged for weeks, was already fired upon by the Russian Air Force on Thursday night.

Now Russia is probably also attacking with the Navy.

The Russian medium Nexta, based in Warsaw, reports on Twitter that the steelworks is being "fired upon by ship artillery".

The situation in the Azovstal steel plant is critical.

This information cannot be independently verified.

Ukraine War: Russia bombs targets in Donbass

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Russia again bombed targets in the Donbass.

On Telegram, Pavlo Kyrylenko, head of the military administration of the Donetsk region, reported on Thursday morning that there were dead and injured in Kramatorsk: "After a rocket hit in Kramatorsk, 25 people were injured, 9 apartment buildings, the school and objects of civil infrastructure were damaged," so Kyrylenko.

According to the head of the Donetsk military administration, the cities of Chasiv Yar, Mariinka and Avdiivka were also shelled.

At least one person died in Chasiv Yar, according to Kyrylenko on Telegram.

Ukraine War: Russian Air Force attacks Mariupol steel mill

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Russia’s air force launched new attacks on the steel plant in Mariupol on Thursday night.

“There is continuous shelling and attacks, even at night with the adjustment of drone fire.

In some areas, fighting is already going beyond the plant's fence," a Ukrainian official told US broadcaster CNN.

The residential areas in the area therefore had to be “urgently evacuated without warning,” it said.

Ukraine war: Zelenskyy appeals to UNO over steel plant in Mariupol

Update from Thursday, May 5, 6:45 a.m .:

With a Russian ceasefire in sight, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyj has called on the UN to save the lives of the injured stuck in the Azov steel plant in Mariupol and to help with their evacuation.

“The lives of the people who are still there are in danger.

Everyone is important to us," Zelenskyy said in a phone conversation with UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday.

First report from Tuesday, May 3, 9:15 a.m .:

In the international airspace off the island of Rügen there is a scandal: German Air Force Eurofighters are pushing a Russian military aircraft away.

(jf/tu/lm with dpa/AFP)

Source: merkur

All news articles on 2022-05-07

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