The battle of Mariupol rages on – the Azov regiment announces a fight to the death

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In Mariupol, the evacuation of civilians succeeded. Zelenskyy, however, considers the liberation of the city to be out of the question.

  • War in Ukraine: kyiv sees the hopeless rescue of fighters at the Mariupol steelworks.
  • Deathmatch: The Azov regiment sees fighting to the bitter end as the only option in the Ukrainian war.
  • Mariupol will fall: Russian President Vladimir Putin calls on Kyiv to visit Mariupol.
  • You can read all about the conflict in Ukraine in our news ticker. This is continuously updated.

+++ Update from Monday, May 9, 7:10 a.m.: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyj currently believes that the liberation of the port city of Mariupol, occupied by Russian troops, is out of the question. “Ukraine does not have enough heavy weapons to liberate Mariupol by military means,” Zelenskyy said during a press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who visited Kyiv on Sunday May 7. for a solidarity visit. At least it was possible, through diplomatic channels, to get civilians out of the besieged Azovstal steel mills, Zelensky said. For the remaining Ukrainian soldiers, however, an evacuation would be difficult.

“Russian soldiers, the Russian army, the army command and the political leadership of the Russian Federation do not want to let our soldiers out,” the Ukrainian leader said. Kyiv has asked Turkey, Israel, France, Switzerland, the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross to mediate. The head of the largest Ukrainian Orthodox church in the Moscow Patriarchate, Onufri, recently asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to allow Ukrainian soldiers to leave

Illia Samoilenko and another fighter.  Webcam recording of the videoconference.
Captivity by the Russians means certain death, according to Illia Samoilenko, an officer of the Azov regiment. © Euronews/Screenshot

+++ 7:32 p.m.: Illia Samoilenko, intelligence officer and fighter of the Azov regiment, explained that the defenders of the besieged city of Mariupol have four options, the only acceptable of which is combat. The other options are, firstly, to lay down your arms and await death by bombardment or starvation, secondly, you can run away “like a coward” and think only of your own life, and thirdly, you can render – which, however, includes the average of deaths.

The enemy violates all the rules and customs of war. They have clear proof of this: a comrade filmed himself surrendering to the Russians and calling on them to do the same. A few days later, his mother received a message from her mobile phone with a photo of her deceased son. According to Samoilenko, the Russian soldiers had strangled the prisoner.

War in Ukraine: the Russian army uses the ceasefire and builds new bases

+++ 3:10 p.m.: Russia and Ukraine have agreed to a ceasefire for the duration of the evacuation of civilians from Mariupol. However, according to the Ukrainian press service Kyiv-Independent, Russian troops are taking advantage of this ceasefire to establish new bases and attack steelworks. While all of Mariupol was taken over by the Russian army, it is still under Ukrainian control. However, Russian soldiers are currently trying to storm the steelworks.

War in Ukraine: Ukrainian military attack occupied Snake Island

+++ 1:15 p.m.: According to the President of the Russian Republic of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, Chechen troops are stationed in Ukraine. Kadyrov is an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin and therefore supports him in his war of aggression. In a video posted online, Kadyrov boasted that the Chechen units suffered no casualties, contrary to reports from the Ukrainian government.

“To date, this minute, we haven’t had a single death or injury, not a single man has had a runny nose,” Kadyrov said. “The president (Putin) made the right decision and we will carry out his orders no matter what,” said the Chechen politician.

War in Ukraine: Ukrainian military attack occupied Snake Island

+++ 11:12 a.m.: Ukraine appears to have launched another attack on Russian-held Snake Island. The American news agency Associated Press (AP) analyzed satellite images showing smoke over the Black Sea island in two different places. According to the AP, a fire could also be seen. Several buildings on the island and a landing ship were reportedly destroyed in the attacks.

Ukrainian war: “All women, children and the elderly” evacuated from a steel plant

+++ 08:20: After the evacuation of all the civilians from the Mariupol steelworks, Ukraine fears merciless fighting between its soldiers entrenched there and the Russian troops. The Ukrainian General Staff announced on Sunday morning that the units in the steel zone were still blocked. There are “Russian attacks” with “artillery support and tank attacks”.

War in Ukraine: Selenskyj hopes for the rescue of soldiers in a steel mill

Update for Sunday, May 8, 6:20 a.m.: After the evacuation of the last civilians from the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, Ukraine hopes that its wounded and soldiers will also be rescued. President Volodymyr Zelenskyj spoke on Saturday evening of a possible second phase of the evacuation which is being prepared. Russian forces, meanwhile, continued to attack the factory, which is the last Ukrainian stronghold in the largely devastated port city.

Ukrainian War: “All women, children and the elderly” evacuated from Mariupol steelworks

+++ 10:50 p.m.: Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk has written a letter to Doctors Without Borders (MSF) asking them to evacuate and provide medical care to entrenched soldiers at the Azov steelworks in Mariupol. The defenders of the huge industrial complex have been ‘under constant shelling and attack from the Russian military’ for 72 days, and ‘lack of medicine, water and food, wounded soldiers are dying of gangrene and poisoning blood,” the statement read. The organization should help soldiers whose “human rights are violated by the Russian Federation”.

+++ 9:20 p.m.: After ‘all women, children and the elderly’ were evacuated from the Azovstal steel plant near Mariupol, the commander of the Ukrainian 36th Marine Brigade, Serhiy Volyna, draws attention to the plight of the people which are still in the steelworks, which was ruled by Russian troops besieged and attacked again and again. Volyna asks the world to make “every effort” to evacuate the remaining Ukrainian soldiers. It looks like “one hell of a reality show”, but “it’s all real”, Volyna said, as quoted by the Kyiv Independent. There is “pain, suffering, hunger, torment, tears, fear and death”.

Ukrainian War: “All women, children and the elderly” evacuated from Mariupol steelworks

+++ 6:30 p.m.: There is good news around the Azovstal steelworks in the port city of Mariupol: “All women, children and the elderly” have been evacuated from the steelworks, according to Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk . “The president’s order has been carried out,” Vereshchuk said. “This part of the humanitarian operation in Mariupol is over.”

Ukrainian troops sink Russian landing craft

+++ 5:43 p.m.: As announced by the Ukrainian government, Ukrainian troops shot down a landing craft of the Russian Black Sea Fleet. “An enemy landing craft of the Serna type was destroyed in the waters of the Black Sea,” Odessa military administration press chief Serhiy Brachuk said via Telegram. He attached a video to the post, which allegedly shows the ship being fired upon by a drone.

Ukrainian War: Russia captures Odessa under rocket fire

+++ 1:40 p.m.: The main events of the Ukrainian war unfold in the east of the country. But the west of the country is also affected. According to local authorities, four Russian rockets fell in Odessa Oblast. It is the area around the port city of Odessa in the southwest of the country. Infrastructure was damaged, but no one was injured.

War in Ukraine: the situation around the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol remains critical

+++ 6:30 p.m.: Relatives of the soldiers trapped at the Azov steelworks have called on the international community to rescue their men. At a press conference in kyiv, seven women asked not only civilians to be allowed to flee. Soldiers should also be given the option to leave the steelworks in a safe place. The women, some in tears, begged to take the trapped men to a third country.

Ukrainian War: Russia suffers losses in the Battle of Mariupol

+++ 10:10 a.m.: According to British intelligence experts, Russian troops in Ukraine suffered heavy casualties when they stormed the Azovstal factory in the badly damaged port city of Mariupol. Russia wants to seize the steelworks, the last stronghold of the defenders of Mariupol, probably for victory celebrations on May 9, the British Ministry of Defense said in a statement on Friday. Russian President Vladimir Putin wishes a symbolic victory in Ukraine on the anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany. But Russia had to pay for this with heavy losses of soldiers, equipment and ammunition.

Meanwhile, it was hoped on Friday that civilians would again be evacuated from the steelworks. According to Ukrainian reports, around 200 civilians are still waiting there for a chance to get to safety. In two previous evacuations, organized by the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross, around 500 people from Mariupol and surrounding areas were taken to Zaporizhia, in Ukrainian-held territory.

Ukrainian War: Ukrainian forces launch a counter-offensive

Update for Friday, May 6, 6:30 a.m.: According to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the Russian military has used missiles against various targets in its war against Ukraine since 2014. Selenskyj announced this in his daily video address on Friday evening. Moreover, since the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian army on February 24, 2,682 airstrikes have already been recorded. “Each of these operations means the death of our people, the destruction of our infrastructure.”

War in Ukraine: Russia changes strategy

+++ 3:45 p.m.: Russia seems to be changing its military strategy in the Donbass. Meanwhile, video footage released by US television channel CNN shows the extent of the destruction in Ukraine.

War in Ukraine: Zelensky appeals to the UN for the Mariupol steel plant

Update for Thursday, May 5, 6:45 a.m.: With a Russian ceasefire in sight, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called on the UN to save the lives of the wounded trapped in the Azov steelworks in Mariupol and help evacuate them. “The lives of those who are still there are in danger. Everyone is important to us,” Zelenskyi said in a phone conversation with UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday.

First report for Tuesday, May 3, 9:15 a.m.: A scandal erupted in international airspace off the island of Rügen: German Air Force Eurofighters pushed back a Russian military plane. (jf/tu/lm with dpa/AFP)

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