After the capture of Mariupol: Ukraine fears the Russian advance

Status: 21.05.2022 2:56 p.m.

After the capture of Mariupol by Russian troops, Ukrainian officials expect further advances in Donbass. Russia wants to create a land corridor to the Crimean peninsula, annexed in 2014.

After Russian troops captured the port city of Mariupol, Ukrainian officials fear a further Russian advance into the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Donbass. There is already massive fighting, reports the military governor of Luhansk, Serhiy Hajdaj.

The city of Sievzherodonetsk, for example, has been under fire for days. “The Russians are wiping out Sieverodonetsk like Mariupol. The fighting is taking place in the outskirts of the city,” Hajday said on the Telegram messaging service. There are dead and injured.

War against Ukraine: new attacks from Russia

Victoria Reith, WDR, Daily News 9:48 a.m., May 21, 2022

Zelenskyj: Several towns completely destroyed

“The attacks in Donbass continue,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in his evening speech on Friday. Several Ukrainian cities have already been completely destroyed, including Mariupol. Now the Russian army wants to treat Sieverodonetsk and other cities the same way.

Hajday rejected statements by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu that Russia was about to seize the Lugansk region. Shoigu has no overview of his own troops.

In white: advance of the Russian army. In green: separatist zones supported by Russia. Crimea: annexed by Russia.

Image: ISW/05/20/2022

Land corridor to the Crimean Peninsula

In Luhansk, the Ukrainian troops control only the towns of Sievjerodonetsk and Lysychansk. “Our troops are getting foreign weapons, rearming, moving to new positions – and I think we can counterattack in June,” Hajdaj said.

The Russian army wants full control over Luhansk and Donetsk, the Ukrainian general staff has said. This should create a land corridor to the annexed Crimean Peninsula in 2014. From a Russian perspective, the fact that Mariupol has fallen under Russian control is an important partial success.

Mariupol under Russian control

The Russian Defense Ministry announced on Friday that more than 2,000 militants from the Azov steel plant in Mariupol had surrendered. They were the last remaining Ukrainian troops. The city is now fully under Russian control.

conflicting parties as a source

Information on the course of the war, shelling and casualties provided by official bodies of the Russian and Ukrainian parties to the conflict cannot be verified directly by an independent body in the current situation.

Russia has started clearing the area around the port of Mariupol to make it usable again, according to the Ukrainian General Staff.

Before the start of the war of aggression against Ukraine on February 24, Russia had recognized the regions of Luhansk and Donetsk as independent. Parts of the regions have been under the control of pro-Russian separatists since 2014.

After the conquest of Mariupol: Ukraine fears the Russian advance

Philipp Reichert, SWR, 21.5.2022 11:58 a.m.

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