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Russia's war in Ukraine - that happened on Wednesday night (May 18)

2022-05-18T03:14:40.833Z

Kyiv warns of a Russian land corridor to Crimea. President Selenskyj calls the phone call with Scholz "quite productive". And: The US wants to investigate Russian war crimes. The overview.



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Ukrainian units near Kharkiv (on May 17)

Photo: VASILIY ZHLOBSKY / EPA

What has happened in the past few hours

According to

Ukrainian

Defense Minister

Oleksiy Reznikov, Russian forces are digging in

in the south and east

of his country.

"Russia is preparing for a longer-term military operation," he said.

Accordingly, the Russian troops are currently strengthening their positions in the areas they occupy in the Zaporizhia and Kherson regions in order to "switch to defensive mode if necessary".

Reznikov reiterated that Moscow wants to create "a

land corridor

between

Russia

and

Crimea

" and occupy "the entire south of Ukraine."

Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula in 2014.

The minister called on the western allies to coordinate arms deliveries to Kyiv "in order to liberate our territories as quickly as possible".

Currently, the Kremlin's main efforts are focused on "encircling and destroying" Ukrainian forces in the Donetsk

and

Luhansk

regions

in the east of the country, he continued.

There they continued their offensives "along the entire line of contact."

Russian authorities

in two regions on Tuesday reported

shelling

from

Ukrainian territory

.

One person in a village in the Belgorod

region

was slightly injured, Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said, according to the TASS news agency.

A border post was shot at in the Kursk region.

According to the first findings, no one was injured, said the Governor of Kursk, Roman Starowoit.

The border post has been fired at for the fourth time since the beginning of the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine.

That says Kyiv

After tensions in the relationship between Kiev and Berlin, Ukrainian President

Volodymyr Zelenskyj described

his phone call with Chancellor

Olaf Scholz

(SPD) as

"quite productive"

.

Among other things, military support for Ukraine was discussed, said Zelenskyj in a video speech on Wednesday night.

He informed Scholz about the current military situation and its possible future development, said the President.

Selenskyj chose slightly different words to describe his conversation with French President

Emmanuel Macron

.

That conversation was "substantial and long," he said.

Among other things, it was about the next round of European sanctions against Russia and Ukraine's plans for rapid accession to the European Union.

According to the Élysée Palace, Macron promised that

arms deliveries

from

France would continue

and

intensify

.

He also confirmed that Ukraine's accession to the EU should be discussed in June.

Zelenskyi

also gave a surprise speech at the opening ceremony of the

Cannes

Film

Festival

.

In his speech, which was broadcast into the hall via video, he called on the film industry to get politically involved against hatred and authoritarian rulers.

Zelenskyy alluded to Charlie Chaplin's classic film »The Great Dictator« and said: »In the end hatred will disappear and the dictators will die«.

Chaplin's work, which premiered in 1940, is still considered a particularly effective satire against Adolf Hitler.

"We need a new Chaplin to prove that the film world is not silent," Zelenskyy continued.

With a view to the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine, he asked: "Will the film world remain silent or will it speak out?" The audience acknowledged his speech with a standing ovation.

Moscow says so

Russia

shows determination

to tie the occupied territory of

Kherson

in southern Ukraine to itself

.

The region around the port city will take a "worthy place in our Russian family," said Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Marat Chusnullin during a visit to Cherson on Tuesday.

The Russian agency Ria Novosti quoted him as saying that they would live and work together in the future.

On May 1, Russia introduced the Russian ruble as official currency in the region.

humanitarian situation

After the military battle for the

Azov steelworks

in the port city of

Mariupol

, a struggle over the

future of the Ukrainian soldiers captured by Russia there

is now becoming apparent.

The Ukrainian military intelligence service announced on Tuesday that a

prisoner exchange

would be organized.

However, there were already calls from Moscow to treat the soldiers like

war criminals

.

The International Criminal Court announced that it would send the largest investigative team in its history to Ukraine.

According to Ukrainian and Russian information, after weeks of siege, more than 260 Ukrainian militants, 50 of them seriously injured, were taken out of the industrial complex on Tuesday night.

They had surrendered and are now in Russian captivity, the Defense Ministry said in Moscow.

According to the deputy head of government Iryna Wereshchuk, the planned exchange of prisoners is initially only about the “seriously injured soldiers”.

Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began on February 24, Kyiv and Moscow have exchanged prisoners several times.

Moscow did not comment directly on this.

International Reactions

The

US State Department

has announced the formation of a new

unit

to

investigate Russian war crimes

in Ukraine.

The agency is tasked with "collecting, analyzing and making publicly available evidence of war crimes and other atrocities committed by Russia in Ukraine," the ministry said on Tuesday.

The information should therefore come from public and commercially available sources such as Internet platforms and satellite images and be processed for civil and criminal proceedings.

The

observatory

will set up an

online

platform

to

help "refute Russia's disinformation efforts and expose grievances."

In addition to the ministry, universities and technology companies are also to be involved.

economic consequences

The

Italian energy giant Eni

is apparently bowing to the Russian

requirements

for

paying

for gas deliveries.

The company will open an account in euros and one in rubles

with Gazprombank "in the coming days ,"

Eni said on Tuesday.

In this way, the payment obligations in euros can be met, and the Russian bank will then convert them into rubles.

Russian President Vladimir Putin had ordered gas deliveries to be paid for in rubles.

The Europeans see this as a subsequent change in the applicable treaties and reject this.

Companies complying with Russian demands risk being prosecuted for violating EU sanctions.

What is happening today

  • Today Sweden

    and

    Finland

    will officially

    apply to

    NATO

    to join the military alliance

    .

    The two Nordic countries want to submit the membership applications together.

    On Tuesday, the Finnish parliament voted overwhelmingly in favor of the country joining NATO.

    Shortly before, Sweden's Foreign Minister Ann Linde had signed her country's application for membership.

  • At their meeting

    in Bonn and Königswinter starting today, the finance ministers of the G7 countries want to discuss, among other things, short-term aid

    worth

    billions

    to

    stabilize

    the

    Ukrainian

    state budget.

    It is about a support requirement of around five billion euros per month for an initial three months, according to the Federal Ministry of Finance.

  • The

    European Commission

    presents its further plans for

    the EU 's

    independence from

    Russian gas and oil

    (commission meeting from 10.30 a.m.).

    In addition to a greater focus on renewable energies, an expansion of relationships with other oil suppliers such as the Gulf States is expected.

jok/Reuters/dpa

Source: spiegel

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