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Ukraine-News: Russia intensifies airstrikes - tightened controls by Russian soldiers in Mariupol Created: 05/23/2022, 04:51 By: Kim Hornickel, Tobias Utz, Sandra Kathe, Sebastian Richter, Daniel Dillmann, Nadja Austel, Nail Akkoyun, Vincent Büssow The situation in the Ukraine war continues to deteriorate - militarily, diplomatically and humanitarianly: the news ticker on Sunday, May 22nd. Arma

Ukraine-News: Russia intensifies airstrikes - tightened controls by Russian soldiers in Mariupol

Created: 05/23/2022, 04:51

By: Kim Hornickel, Tobias Utz, Sandra Kathe, Sebastian Richter, Daniel Dillmann, Nadja Austel, Nail Akkoyun, Vincent Büssow

The situation in the Ukraine war continues to deteriorate - militarily, diplomatically and humanitarianly: the news ticker on Sunday, May 22nd.

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+++ 6.30 p.m .:

According to CNN, Russian forces have introduced strict road controls in the now Russian-controlled Ukrainian port of Mariupol.

That's what Petro Andrushchenko, a Ukrainian adviser to the city's Ukrainian mayor, said according to the US media.

Accordingly, Russian soldiers require one-way passes to enter the city, which must be applied for in surrounding Russian-controlled cities.

An application is required to leave the country, which must be applied for at the “Ministry of the Interior” of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, which is supported by Russia.

The waiting time for such a permit to leave the country is several weeks.

Russia intensifies airstrikes - Ukraine extends martial law

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The fighting in eastern Ukraine continues with all severity.

The Russian army continues "its missile and air strikes on the entire territory" and has "increased the intensity," said the General Staff of the Ukrainian Army.

Kyiv on Sunday (May 22) extended martial law for three more months in view of the situation.

Meanwhile, authorities reported airstrikes by Russian forces in Kharkiv to the north, and Mykolaiv and Zaporizhia to the south.

Moscow is increasingly using the air force "to destroy important infrastructure," the Ukrainian general staff said.

According to experts, the city of Seyerodonetsk is at risk of being completely surrounded and besieged by Russian troops.

Selenskyj spoke of "brutal and absolutely senseless" bombardments and attacks on the civilian population, which seeks refuge in cellars and tunnels.

However, the Ukrainian governor of Luhansk, Serhiy Gajdaj, was optimistic.

His troops were rearming and could "probably counterattack in June."

Russia moves nuclear-capable missile launchers to border

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 In eastern Ukraine there is still heavy fighting for the cities of Sievjerodonetsk and Lysychansk in the Luhansk region.

Positions of Ukrainian troops would be shelled with Russian artillery along the entire front line in the area, the General Staff in Kyiv said on Sunday.

Russian troops tried unsuccessfully to storm towns north, east and south of Sievjerodonetsk.

Fighting was just as fierce for villages south of the route from Lysychansk to Bakhmut in the Donetsk region.

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At the same time, the Kiyv Independent news portal reports that Russia may have moved Iskander missile launchers near Belgorod near the Ukrainian border.

The Kiyv Independent refers to a report by the Ukrainian armed forces.

The Iskander missile launchers are said to be capable of firing nuclear warheads.

Ukraine-News: Russian offensive repelled - ongoing fighting in the east

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Russian troops are said to have attacked civilian infrastructure in the Zaporizhia region, reports the news portal Kiyv Independent.

According to the report, the Russian army fired on villages in the region.

Some civilians are said to have been injured.

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According to a report by the Kiyv Independent news portal, Russia is planning to continue its offensive in the Donetsk region.

Ukrainians reported on Sunday that Russia was shelling the villages of Virnopillia, Dibrivne and Dovhenke in the Donetsk region and preparing for the offensive on Sloviansk.

Update from Sunday, May 22, 6:35 a.m .:

The Ukrainian military reported ongoing fighting in the Donetsk and Luhansk areas in the east of the country on Sunday night.

Nine attacks by Russian troops were repelled there on Saturday.

The Ukrainian army said five tanks, four artillery systems and one drone were destroyed during the day.

According to the situation report, Russia is deploying combat aircraft, rocket launchers and tanks along the entire front.

Fighters from the Territorial Defense Unit, a support unit of Ukraine's regular army, unload their weapons after participating in an exercise outside of Kyiv.


In the Zaporizhia region in southern Ukraine, the local administration says it has observed increasing numbers of Russian drone flights.

The Russian military has increased aerial reconnaissance, it said.

In addition, columns of military vehicles were sighted.

Zaporizhia is northwest of the Ukrainian port of Mariupol, which has since been occupied by Russia, on the Sea of ​​Azov.

Ukraine once again blamed Russia for the deaths of seven civilians in the part of Donetsk region controlled by government forces.

The governor of the region, Pavlo Kyrylenko, wrote on the Telegram news channel that three people had been killed in Lyman alone.

He initially did not comment on the exact circumstances.

In the Russian-held region of Kherson in the south, the local administration accused Ukrainian forces of killing three civilians and injuring ten in the town of Biloserka on Saturday.

This information could not be verified.

A Russian soldier patrols the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station, a run-of-river power station on the Dnieper.

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Ukraine-News: Russia is considering swapping Mariupol fighters for Putin confidants

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Russia is apparently considering exchanging captured fighters from the Ukrainian Azov regiment for pro-Russian businessman Viktor Medvedchuk.

"We will consider the issue," said the Russian MP and negotiator in the negotiations with Kyiv, Leonid Slutski, on Saturday (May 21), according to the RIA Novosti news agency.

Medvedchuk is considered a confidant of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The Ukrainian politician and entrepreneur, who is one of the richest people in the country, was accused of treason in Ukraine last year and placed under house arrest.

Shortly after the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine on February 24, he went into hiding before he was arrested in mid-April.

On Friday, Russia reported the “complete liberation” of the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol, Ukraine.

The last soldiers in the industrial complex, including members of the Azov regiment, surrendered, the Russian army said.

An APC from the militia of the so-called Donetsk People's Republic escorts buses carrying Ukrainian soldiers to the penal colony in Olyonivka after they exit the besieged Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol.

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According to information from Moscow, a total of 2,439 Ukrainian soldiers from the Azovstal steelworks have been taken prisoner by the Russians since May 16.

Among them are 78 women, according to the pro-Russian separatists.

According to the Russian state agency TASS, the head of the Donetsk separatists, Denis Puschilin, said on Saturday evening that foreigners had also been taken into Russian captivity.

He didn't give a number at first.

Ukraine-News: Russia is apparently preparing an offensive in eastern Ukraine

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According to the Ukrainian general staff, the Russian army is currently preparing offensives on the cities of Slovjansk and Lyman in eastern Ukraine.

This was reported on Saturday (May 21) by the Kyiv Independent news portal.

There were also attacks on several cities in the Kharkiv region.

According to information from the military leadership, Russian attacks on the towns of Lypove, Vasylivka, Marjinka and Nowomykhaylivka had previously been unsuccessful.

In the Luhansk Oblast, on the other hand, the Russian military succeeded in destroying a bridge.

The structure, which connected the cities of Sieverodonetsk and Lysychansk via the Don tributary Siverskyi Donets, was destroyed in 2014 as part of Russian attacks and rebuilt in 2016.

German Marder tanks could possibly soon support the Ukrainian army in defending their country.

But delivery has been delayed for weeks.

(Iconic image) © Klaus-Dietmar Gabbert/dpa

Ukraine support: Lambrecht is charged with an internal paper on Marder tanks

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A confidential document from circles in the Federal Ministry of Defense is intended to show that the Bundeswehr tanks, which Ukraine had ordered from Germany at the beginning of the war, have been available for a long time, contrary to statements by SPD Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht.

This was reported by the Bild newspaper on Saturday (May 21).

Lambrecht had officially announced that none of the 343 Marder-type armored personnel carriers were superfluous.

In the document quoted by the Bild newspaper, on the other hand, it says: Of the 62 Marder tanks that are currently not in use, 32 vehicles could be "repaired if necessary and then used again".

Heavy fighting in Donbass – Ukraine sets up hotline for Russian soldiers

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With a specially set up hotline, the Ukrainian security service called on Russian soldiers to surrender.

This was announced by the Ukrainian secret service SBU on Saturday (May 21).

As the Ukrainian news portal Ukrayinska Pravda reports, the hotline is a reaction to wiretapped telephone calls in which Russian soldiers are said to have described their war effort as "slavery" and "violation of human rights".

According to the SBU, the 2402 hotline should now give these military members the opportunity to end their military service and escape with their lives.

Ukraine war: Russian border region accuses Ukraine of attacks

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The Russian border region of Kursk is now accusing Ukraine of daily shelling.

On Saturday (May 21, 2022) the Glushkovo region was attacked, Governor Roman Starovoit wrote in the Telegram news service.

At first he did not comment on possible victims.

In the occupied port city of Mariupol, there are vehicles with the letter Z on the road, which stands for a Russian victory in the Ukraine war.

But more and more Russian soldiers want to end the war effort.

(Iconic photo) © Olga Maltseva/AFP

In the past few days, Starovoit had already blamed the Ukrainians for the destruction in towns near the border.

On Thursday (05/19/2022) a person is said to have died in the village of Tjotkino.

Ukraine has not commented on the allegations.

Russia, which itself launched the war of aggression against Ukraine on February 24, has been complaining about Ukrainian attacks on its own territory for weeks.

Ukraine-News: Fierce fighting in Donbass - Mariupol under control

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The Ukrainian general staff has registered a large number of Russian attacks in the country and pointed out the danger of air strikes from neighboring Belarus.

According to the situation report on Saturday, the focus of the fighting is further east in Ukraine.

There, eleven enemy attacks were fended off and, among other things, eight tanks were destroyed.

The artillery shelling of Ukrainian positions is also continuing, it said.

Ukraine also sees itself threatened by Russia's ally Belarus, which is not officially a participant in the war.

In addition, ships of the Russian Navy are on the move in the Black and Azov Seas for combat operations and reconnaissance, the staff said in Kyiv.

+++ 11.17 a.m .:

After the complete capture of the port city of Mariupol, the Russian troops are apparently trying to conquer the last Ukrainian positions in the region.

"The enemy does not stop conducting offensive operations in the eastern combat zone," the Ukrainian general staff wrote on Facebook on Saturday.

The aim of the attackers was "to gain total control of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions and to have a land corridor to the occupied Crimea".

Russian soldiers in Kherson, Ukraine.

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"Attacks in Donbass continue," said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in his video message that evening.

Several cities have already been “completely destroyed” like Mariupol.

"Now they are trying to do the same with Severodonetsk and many other cities," said the head of state late Friday evening.

+++ 10.03 a.m .:

According to information from the Kiyv Independent news portal, Russian forces are said to have shelled areas near the village of Kutscherivka on the morning of May 21.

No fatalities were reported.

The village is located in Sumy Oblast, in north-eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine-News: Zelenskyy accuses Russia of rocket attack

+++ 8.43 a.m .:

According to information from the German Press Agency, the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyj blamed Russia for a rocket attack on a cultural center in the east of the country with eight injuries.

An eleven-year-old child was also injured in the shelling in the city of Lozova in the Kharkiv region, the head of state wrote on the Telegram news channel.

"The occupiers have identified culture, education and humanity as their enemies." Russia, in turn, accused Ukraine of misusing civilian objects for military purposes.

The Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol was badly damaged by weeks of heavy fighting.

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First report from Saturday, May 21, 6:40 a.m.:

After weeks of fierce fighting, the Russian army says it has completely taken control of the Azovstal steelworks in the Ukrainian port of Mariupol.

All enemy fighters surrendered, the Ministry of Defense announced on Saturday night in Moscow.

The sprawling industrial complex on the Azov Sea was the last place in the strategically important port city in south-eastern Ukraine that had not yet been fully under Russian control.

Russia is celebrating the capture of the 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 initially did not comment on the alleged capture of the plant.

According to information from Moscow, a total of 2,439 Ukrainian soldiers holed up in Soviet-era bunkers have been taken prisoner by the Russians since May 16.

The last group of 531 fighters was captured on Friday, it said.

The steelworks had been besieged by Russian troops since April 21.

In a television interview recorded before the Russian government announced the capture, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy 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."

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

Source: merkur

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