Ukraine-Russia war: Mariupol agreement? Injured apparently evacuated

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The battle for eastern Ukraine continues: Ukraine now provides information on control of the Donbass and Luhansk regions. It is said that there is hope for the fighters of the steelworks. News ticker.

  • Escalation of the conflict in Ukraine: According to a governor, Ukraine still controls 10% of Luhansk.
  • Ukrainian success in Kharkiv: Apparently, Ukrainian troops in Kharkiv managed to advance to the Russian border.
  • The people entrenched in Azovstal Ironworks in Mariupol: Moscow announces a ceasefire.
  • This Ticker on the military situation in the war in Ukraine is continuously updated.

Update May 16 at 9:27 p.m.: During the war in Ukraine, Ukrainian soldiers would have left the Azovstal factory in Mariupol in a dozen buses in the evening. This is reported by BR24, citing local Reuters reporters. According to reports from Russia, the injured should be evacuated on Monday. Ukraine had not yet confirmed this.

According to Ukrainian news magazine Kyiv Independent, at least ten people were killed in a rocket attack on the city of Sievierodonetsk on Monday. This was reported by the governor of the Luhansk region.

Ukraine War: Military report from kyiv on Monday evening – Russian attacks in the east have largely ceased

Update May 16 at 6:24 p.m.: Kyiv’s military situation report on the war in Ukraine on Monday evening: “By bombarding enemy depots stationed in the city of Izyum, the defense forces destroyed large stocks of ammunition,” the state said- Ukrainian major. Russian attack attempts in the east were largely halted.

Advances towards Sievzherodonetsk, Lyman, Bakhmut, Kurakhove and Avdiivka in the Donbass were repelled. North of Kharkiv, Russian troops go on the defensive and try to stop the advance of Ukrainian forces towards the border. The Russians are preparing a new offensive near the small town of Izyum, south of Kharkiv. This information from Kyiv could not be independently verified.

According to the report, Mariupol continues to be heavily bombarded by artillery and the air force: “The main efforts of the enemy in Mariupol are aimed at blocking and destroying our units at the Azovstal factory. Ukraine still without comment.

War in Ukraine/Military: Russian attack near Kharkiv allegedly used dangerous chemicals (ammonium nitrate).

Update May 16, 4:36 p.m.: A Russian attack hit a warehouse containing highly flammable ammonium nitrate in the Kharkiv region of eastern Ukraine. The governor of neighboring Donetsk region shared a photo of orange smoke above the fields on Telegram, but added that the explosion “presents no danger to the local population”. The information could not initially be independently verified.

The dangerous chemical ammonium nitrate was one of the causes of a devastating explosion in Beirut in 2020.

Ukrainian War: Wounded fighters evacuated from Mariupol factory, Moscow says

Update May 16 at 3:28 p.m.: Will wounded fighters be evacuated from the Mariupol steel plant? According to Moscow, an agreement has now been reached with kyiv. According to the dpa and AFP, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced that the evacuation had been carried out with “blocked representatives of the Ukrainian army”. A ceasefire is in effect.

The wounded were to be taken to “medical facilities” in the Novoazovsk region controlled by Russian and pro-Russian fighters. Initially, there was no official confirmation of this in Ukraine.

The kyiv government has always demanded that the injured be transferred to territory controlled by Ukraine or to a third country. Pro-Russian separatists had already reported in the morning that the first Ukrainian fighters had surrendered and left the steelworks with white flags. This was later denied by the Ukrainian side.

According to kyiv, about 1,000 fighters would have entrenched themselves on the site of the Azovstal steelworks. Putin repeatedly asked them to lay down their arms and surrender. They refused because they did not want to go into Russian captivity.

Ukrainian War: View of the Azowstal factory in the port city of Mariupol.
Photo from May 15: The Azovstal factory in the port city of Mariupol © Victor/XinHua/dpa

Ukraine War News: kyiv releases new figures on Moscow troop losses

Update of May 16, 12:00 p.m.: The Ukrainian General Staff has released new figures on Russian casualties in Ukraine. According to this, about 27,700 Russian soldiers have been killed so far. The General Staff also claimed the destruction of 1,228 tanks, 2,974 armored personnel carriers, 577 artillery systems and 195 multiple rocket launchers. In addition, 89 air defense systems, 200 planes, 165 helicopters, 427 drones, 97 cruise missiles and 13 Russian army boats were destroyed. Information cannot be independently verified.

Ukrainian War: Rocket Attack on Odessa – Russia Claims Attacks on Ukrainian Army

Update of May 16, 11:00 a.m.: According to Ukrainian military information, tourist accommodation was destroyed in a Russian rocket attack near the port of Odessa in southern Ukraine. The Southern Command of the Ukrainian Armed Forces reported at least three injured civilians. In addition, a fire broke out. The target was therefore a previously attacked and damaged bridge over the mouth of the Dniester.

There was initially no confirmation from the Russian side. Meanwhile, the Defense Ministry in Moscow reported more than 100 airstrikes on military infrastructure in Ukraine on Monday evening. In addition, rockets were fired at more than 300 targets, ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said. This information could not be independently verified.

Ukrainian War: Russia’s New Eastern Offensive? – Ukraine prepares for new attacks

Update May 16, 7:35 a.m.: Ukraine is preparing for a new Russian offensive in the east of the country. After the withdrawal of Russian units around Kharkiv, more soldiers are now being transferred to Donbass, said Ukrainian presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovich. Ukraine is preparing for “further attempts of aggression” by the Russian army in the Donbass aimed at “increasing its movements towards southern Ukraine”, President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video message. “The occupiers still don’t want to admit that they are at an impasse and that their so-called special operation has already failed,” he added.

War in Ukraine: Ukrainian success in Kharkiv – advance to Russian border

Update May 16, 6:25 a.m.: Ukrainian troops report a symbolic success in their counter-offensive in the eastern region of Kharkiv: they have at least advanced to the border with Russia. The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense released a video on Monday evening showing a dozen soldiers next to a border post in the national colors of blue and yellow. According to the information, they belong to a brigade of volunteers from the city of Kharkiv.

The Ukrainian army had already signaled in recent days that it was gradually pushing back Russian troops near Kharkiv. Russia had already withdrawn its troops to northern Ukraine after being stopped outside the capital, kyiv. Russia is currently focusing on the eastern Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, where pro-Russian separatists have controlled some areas with help from Moscow since 2014.

Ukrainian War: Russian attacks on Donetsk – three civilians killed

First report: Despite heavy Russian attacks during the war in Ukraine, according to the regional governor, the Ukrainian army still controls about 10% of the Luhansk region in eastern Ukraine. In particular, the Russians have not been able to take the outskirts of the cities of Rubishne, Sievjerodonetsk and Lysychansk so far, Serhiy Hajday said on Sunday May 15. Moscow said last week that pro-Russian separatists, with the help of the Russian military, had advanced to the administrative borders of Luhansk just 11 weeks into the war. Hajdaj called these statements “fantasy” at the time.

In the Donetsk region, also in eastern Ukraine, three civilians were killed and 13 others injured in Russian attacks on Sunday, according to the regional administration.

Ukrainian War: British speak of Russian army suffering heavy losses while crossing a river

Meanwhile, near the village of Bilohorivka, Russian forces have been trying in vain to cross a river for three weeks. According to the governor of the Luhansk region, the Russian troops suffered heavy losses of soldiers and equipment. From the intercepted telephone conversations, the Ukrainian side would have learned “that an entire Russian battalion refused to attack because it saw what was happening”. Aerial photos showed dozens of destroyed armored vehicles on the riverbank, as well as destroyed pontoon bridges.

The British Ministry of Defense said the Russian army suffered heavy losses after Ukrainian forces repelled their attempt to cross the river. The maneuver speaks of “the pressure under which Russian commanders must advance their operations in eastern Ukraine”.

You can read reports on the Ukraine war negotiations in this ticker.

War in Ukraine: Russia apparently plans to send up to 2,500 reservists

Moreover, the question still comes up as to whom Russia and President Vladimir Putin, about whom some oligarchs are now fueling rumors of cancer, are sending to Ukraine. Like Kyiv Independent wrote on Twitter on Sunday evening that Russia plans to send up to 2,500 reservists to the neighboring country. At least that is what the Ukrainian General Staff reports. New recruits would be trained at various training grounds in Russia. (dpa/AFP/cibo)

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