Russia captures Mariupol and sends modern tanks to the front

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Will: Daniel Dilman


The Azov steelworks in Mariupol fell. Russia captures the city but suffers heavy casualties. The morning news.

  • Fall of the Azov Ironworks: Russia achieves a significant strategic success in the Ukrainian War.
  • New tanks for the front: Moscow sends modern tanks to war against Ukraine.
  • Morning situation: All the news of the Ukrainian conflict of the night and an overview of the day.

++ Update, 8:50 a.m.: In addition to modern tanks, Russia is also sending more helicopters to the war in Ukraine. According to the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, the Kremlin sent 15 attack helicopters to the Lugansk region. They are intended to help attackers break through defense lines in the hard-fought east of the country. After the fall of Mariupol, the Kremlin should now devote its efforts entirely to the conquest of Donbass.

Ukraine News: Fall of the Azov Steel Plant – Russia seizes Mariupol

First report: kyiv – Russia has successfully conquered the Azov steel plant in Mariupol, which was fiercely contested during the Ukrainian war. The remaining 260 Ukrainian soldiers were taken prisoner. This is reported by both the Ukrainian side and the Russian side.

The fate of Ukrainian prisoners of war remains unclear. President Volodymyr Zelenskyj said Wednesday evening (May 18) that international mediators would be used to rescue the soldiers from Russian captivity. kyiv hopes for a later exchange for Russian prisoners of war. Moscow again initially left such a stage open. Instead, the Kremlin released a video purporting to show captured Ukrainians receiving medical treatment and evacuating the wounded. A good fifty soldiers would be seriously injured.

Ukraine News: Russia seizes Azov steel plant in Mariupol

This ends the three-month struggle for the Azov steelworks. At times, up to 1,000 civilians and at least as many soldiers would have holed up there. With the conquest, Ukraine’s last resistance in Mariupol was probably broken. Fears are now spreading in Kyiv that Russia could now destroy evidence of war crimes in the port city. “The murderers are covering their tracks,” read a statement released by the city’s deposed government shortly before its capture by Russian troops.

Ukrainian troops in action against Russia.
Ukrainian troops in action against Russia. © Sergej Bobok/afp

Ukraine News: Russia sends new tanks to war after Mariupol victory

As Russia celebrates a victory in Mariupol, Vladimir Putin’s army would continue to suffer heavy casualties in eastern Ukraine. According to unconfirmed information, the air defense in particular continues to attack the attackers. In order to force victory in the Ukrainian war, as in Mariupol, the military leadership now sends the most modern tanks at its disposal to the front. An entire train full of T-90M tanks is said to be on its way to Ukraine. This is reported by the Izvestia newspaper. Accordingly, the tanks should come from the Uralvagonzavod factory, the largest tank factory in the world. (dil/dpa)

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