Russia deploys nuclear-capable Iskander missiles to Crimea

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Ukraine takes over areas in the north. To the southeast, kyiv plans to take over the area around Cherson. The situation in the Ukrainian war.

  • Fierce Battles in the East: Russia continues its attacks – Ukraine with a counter-offensive.
  • Charkiw: President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s army pushes back Russian forces in the war in Ukraine.
  • Ukrainian War: All developments and news from the Ukrainian conflict in our new ticker.

+++ 7:50 p.m.: According to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Russia is currently concentrating its attacks on Ukrainian military airports. The aim is to limit the country’s air defense capabilities. This is reported by Kyiv Independent, referring to a Facebook post from the Ukrainian General Staff.

Above all, combat drones like the Bayraktar drone had recently inflicted heavy losses on Russian troops. The Russian Air Force is therefore also stepping up its activities in the south-east of the country.

War in Ukraine: Russia sends troops to Crimea

+++ 3:30 p.m.: Russia reportedly began stationing missiles on the Crimean Peninsula during the Ukraine War. This is reported by Radio Free Europe, citing satellite images from May 6 provided by Planet Labs. The Russian military mainly deploys S-300 surface-to-air missiles, Smerch multiple rocket launchers and Iskander missiles. These can also be equipped with nuclear warheads.

According to Radio Free Europe, the Russian army would have positioned the missiles in the north of the peninsula near the village of Filatovka. The village is about 20 kilometers from the border with Ukraine. Russia has occupied the Crimean peninsula since 2014.

Satellite images provided by Planet Labs show a Russian base in Crimea with vehicles and missile systems.
Satellite images provided by Planet Labs show a Russian base in Crimea with vehicles and missile systems. © Planet Labs Pbc/dpa

Ukrainian War: Russia withdraws around Kharkiv

+++ 12:45 p.m.: Ukrainian forces could soon push Russian troops out of Kharkiv’s artillery range, according to an assessment as the battle in the Donbass region enters a crucial phase. The US think tank Institute for the Study of War (ISW) said Ukrainian forces seized several settlements northeast of Ukraine’s second-largest city in the past 24 hours in an operation that transformed into a “successful and wider counter-offensive”.

He said Ukrainian forces were “mainly retaking territory along a broad arc around Kharkiv, rather than focusing on a narrow advance”, and this showed that they were capable of launching larger offensive operations than they couldn’t before.

Ukrainian War: Russian warship sinks in the Black Sea

+++ 12:25 p.m.: According to the Ministry of Defense in Kyiv, another Russian warship was wrecked near Snake Island in the Black Sea. On Snake Island, Ukrainian forces were decorated for their heroism after repelling Russian demands for surrender.

Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said in a statement that an armed drone destroyed a Serna-class landing craft and a missile defense system on the small Russian-held island.

Ukrainian War: Ukrainian forces advance on Russian border

+++ 11:40 a.m.: According to The Kyiv Independent, the Institute for the Study of War informs that Ukrainian forces in Kharkiv Oblast will advance towards the Russian border in the coming days or weeks.

According to a recent report by the US think tank, the Ukrainian counteroffensive northeast of Kharkiv is making significant progress.

Ukraine: Russian war kills at least 225 children

+++ 10:15 a.m.: Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office reports that the war in Russia has killed at least 225 children and injured 413.

The figures are expected to be higher as they do not include children in areas where fighting continues and in occupied territories, the attorney general’s office said.

Ukraine war: Russia pays around $900 million a day

+++ 09:25: As Newsweek reports, Russia is spending around $900 million a day on the war in Ukraine.

According to Sean Spoonts, editor of SOFREP, a military news agency, Russia must pay soldiers fighting in Ukraine, provide them with missiles and repair lost or damaged military equipment.

Russia withdraws in the Ukrainian war – “There will be no People’s Republic of Kherson”

Update for Sunday, May 8, 7:45 a.m.: Ukrainian leaders intend to retake the city of Cherson, in the south of the country, occupied by Russian troops. “There will be no People’s Republic of Kherson,” Mykhailo Podoliak, adviser to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, told Ukrainian radio. The area will be completely liberated, which will cost the lives of many Russian soldiers, Podoliak said in kyiv on Saturday.

Ukrainian War: Russia in retreat – several places recaptured

+++ 8:30 p.m.: According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on Facebook, Ukrainian troops also liberated the town of Tsyrkuny in Kharkiv Oblast in eastern Ukraine.

+++ 12:30 p.m.: Ukrainian forces retook the towns of Oleksandrivka, Fedorivka, Ukrainka, Shestakovo, Peremoha and part of the village of Cherkaski Tyshky in eastern Ukraine. This emerges from a Facebook post of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on Friday (05/06/2022). It says that “units of the Ukrainian Defense Forces” were able to regain “control” of the said regions after an “offensive”.

Ukrainian War: Fighting Continues – Russia Destroys Retreating Bridges

+++ 9:33 a.m.: The Ukrainian army seems to be gaining ground in the north of the country. According to the military leadership, their own units managed to repel the Russian attackers in the area around the city of Kharkiv. During their retreat, Russian troops reportedly began blowing up bridges for the first time.

War in Ukraine: Zelenskyi government appeals to the West

First report for Saturday, May 7, 2022, 7 a.m.: kyiv – After more than two months of war, fears are growing in Ukraine that they will no longer be able to win the fight against Russia. The government of President Volodymyr Zelenskyj has therefore again appealed to the West to support the country. “Russia is in no hurry to end this war,” Olha Stefanishyna, deputy prime minister and minister for European integration, told Politico. The further development of the war therefore depends heavily on the “military support” of Ukraine from the West.

Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden announced on Saturday evening (07 May) that he intended to equip Ukraine with state-of-the-art weapons in the war with Russia. The Washington Post reports that the Pentagon will purchase laser-guided missiles and ship them directly to Ukraine. The latest generation of reconnaissance drones are also to be delivered to kyiv. Additionally, the United States would provide artillery ammunition, radar, and other equipment. According to the US State Department, the package of measures already approved for Ukraine amounts to 150 million dollars. The United States has shipped more than $3.8 billion in arms and ammunition to Ukraine since the war began.

Ukrainian War: The fierce battle for Mariupol continues

In Ukraine itself, heavy fighting in the east of the country continued into Saturday night. Above all, the Battle of Mariupol is raging. The center of the fighting is still the Azovstal Ironworks. The aim of the Russian troops would be to conquer the factory site, which is heavily fortified with bunkers and tunnels, by May 9. In previous evacuations, only civilians, mostly women, children or the elderly, were allowed to leave the factory towards areas controlled by Ukraine. On Friday, according to kyiv, there were 50 people. On Saturday there should be another escape option. “We are also working on diplomatic options to save our army, which still remains on Azovstal,” Zelenskyy said.

War in Ukraine: the UN calls for the opening of the port of Odessa

In the midst of the war in Ukraine, the United Nations campaigned on Saturday evening for the reopening of the port of Odessa. The United Nations World Food Program said in a statement that “mountains” of wheat were rotting in Ukraine because it could not be exported due to the war with Russia. “The grain silos in Ukraine are full. At the same time, 44 million people around the world are starving,” the statement said. (dil/dpa)

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