Russian attack on Ukraine: Zelenskyj expects a longer war

Status: 05/19/2022 08:07

Little is currently changing on the front lines in Ukraine. President Selenskyj has prepared the population for the continuation of the war and wants to extend martial law. Reports of ill-treatment come from Mariupol, occupied by Russia.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has prepared the country’s people for continued war and has come out in favor of extending martial law for 90 days until August. “Our army and all those who defend the state must have all the legal means to act calmly,” said the head of state in a video address on Wednesday evening.

Few changes to the front yards

The situation on the various fronts of the country remained largely unchanged. In eastern Ukraine, Russian troops are still trying to fully take over the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The severity of the attacks also resulted in the deaths of 15 civilians in the area on Wednesday, the Ukrainian military said. At least one child was also killed.

For their part, the Ukrainian forces claimed to have taken over another village north of the city of Kharkiv. In recent weeks, the Ukrainian military said it pushed Russian troops further and further north and northeast of Kharkov towards the border. Like most military reports from both sides, this information was not immediately verifiable.

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.

According to reports from kyiv, Russian troops also shelled the northeastern Ukrainian regions of Sumy and Chernihiv from their own territory. Russia, in turn, accused Ukraine of bombing the Russian border village of Tyotkino and other places in Kursk Oblast. Kursk Governor Roman Starovoit announced via the Telegram messaging service that at least one civilian had been killed in the attacks.

The city of Zaporizhia in southeastern Ukraine is still in Ukrainian hands, but the area around the city is partially occupied by Russia. Deputy Prime Minister Marat Chusnullin, who has served as Moscow’s top politician to date, has now visited the conquered territory. The region’s perspective is “to work in our harmonious Russian family”, he said in the small town of Melitopol.

Chusnullin’s demand that Ukraine pay for electricity from the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, which was occupied by Russian troops, caused particular outrage in Kyiv. In Cherson too, the occupying power is looking for a way to attach the area to Russia.

Reports of abuse in Mariupol

According to Russian reports, other Ukrainian fighters traveled to the Russian-occupied port of Mariupol in southern Ukraine, as reported by the Reuters news agency. According to pro-Russian separatists who control the city, Ukrainian soldiers are still at the Azovstal factory, which has been the subject of fighting for weeks.

The United States has made serious allegations against the Russian armed forces for their behavior as an occupying power in Mariupol. A US official said Russian soldiers had “beaten” and “electrocuted” Ukrainian officials in the city, AFP news agency reported. They “also looted the houses”. Russian officials “fear that these acts will further incite the residents of Mariupol to resist the Russian occupation”, he said.

The Mariupol city government said on Telegram that the Russians were trying to “hand over the trading port in order to export grain, metal products and other products worth millions of dollars”. This is theft”.

Melnyk hopes for mediation – and NATO

In view of the ongoing fighting, Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk called on the German government to work alongside France to initiate peace talks between Russia and Ukraine. “We assume that Germany and France are able to continue to play this mediating role here,” Melnyk told Editorial Network Germany. Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron are expected to explore in Kyiv how the experiences of recent years could be used to end the war, Melnyk said. “I believe that it is also up to Germany to decide today whether to wait and see how the situation develops, or to take this initiative now and not only to support us with more weapons, but also to support these peace talks at the same time. brings on the way.”

In June 2014, the year Crimea was annexed by Russia, Germany and France for the first time served as an intermediary between Russia and Ukraine in the so-called Norman format. The talks were aimed at settling the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Prior to the start of the Russian Aggressive War on February 24 of that year, renewed efforts in the Normandy format had remained unsuccessful.

Melnyk also referred to Ukraine’s rapid accession to NATO. “One thing is clear: we want to join NATO quickly. It can happen as quickly as in the case of Sweden or Finland. It would only take a purely political decision to quickly integrate Ukraine into the alliance,” Melnyk told the Funke media group newspapers. “If Ukraine were part of the alliance, the risk of a nuclear war would decrease. Then Putin would know: if Ukraine were attacked with nuclear weapons, he would have to reckon with a nuclear response. This would prevent him from do it.”

Melnyk also believes that Ukraine’s EU membership within the next ten years is possible, he told Funke newspapers. “The main thing for us now is to obtain candidate status. Then the negotiation process can begin. This is an important political decision.” He called on the federal government to “play a leading role in this historic process.”

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Palina Milling, WDR, 19.5.2022 05:57

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