Ukraine takes over areas in the north. To the southeast, kyiv wants to retake the area around Cherson. The situation in the Ukrainian war.
- Appeal to the West: The government of President Volodymyr Zelenskyj demands additional military aid from the West in the war in Ukraine.
- Fierce fighting for Mariupol: Russia continues its attacks relentlessly. Ukraine’s last stronghold is the Azovstal steelworks.
- Ukrainian War: All developments and news from the Ukrainian conflict in our new ticker.
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”.
It would be another success for the Ukrainian military after yesterday’s withdrawal of Russian troops in northern Ukraine (see 9:33 am update). Information cannot be independently verified.
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.
“The occupiers blew up three road bridges to slow down the advance of our defense forces’ counter-offensive,” Ukraine’s military command said in a statement.
War in Ukraine: Zelenskyi government appeals to the West
First assessment of Saturday May 7, 2022, 7:00 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)