Ukraine war in live ticker: Lviv reports frequent Russian rocket fire

Updated on 05/18/2022 at 8:59 a.m.

  • 7:47 am: ➤ Mayor: Lviv under frequent Russian rocket fire
  • 06:12: Selenskyj: Phone conversation with Scholz “pretty productive”
  • 05:35: The United States creates an observatory of the Russian war in Ukraine

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➤ Mayor: Lviv under frequent Russian rocket fire

In western Ukraine, on the border with Poland, the mayor of Lviv (Lemberg), Andriy Sadowyj, complained of the incessant firing of Russian rockets. There are many international organizations in the city that should be disturbed by this, Sadowyj told Ukrainian television, as Unian reported on Wednesday. Russia not only targets the military infrastructure, but also wants to trigger permanent tension through bombing. “But if you react to the air raid alarm in time and enter the protective bunker, then it’s not dangerous,” he said. The Old Town of Lviv is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

People on the outskirts could see the rockets and hear very loud explosions, Andriy Sadovy said. However, there was no damage to Lviv itself. However, people would have had to spend most of Tuesday night in air-raid shelters. In the Yavoriv region near Lviv, part of the railway infrastructure was damaged by rocket debris. The mayor said that all this happened a few kilometers from the border with Poland, an EU country. (dpa)

The situation in brief:

Since February 24, Russia has been waging a war of air and land aggression against Ukraine. Shortly before, President Vladimir Putin questioned Ukraine’s right to exist as an independent state and recognized the so-called people’s republics of Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine.

Since then, the Ukrainian army has been fighting the invaders as best it can. Thousands of dead are reported on both sides, but the exact number of soldiers and civilians has not been independently verified. The fact is that the humanitarian situation in Ukraine is getting worse every day. According to the UN, more than 6.2 million people have fled Ukraine (as of May 17), mostly women and children, as men between the ages of 18 and 60 are not allowed to leave the country.

The EU and the United States reacted with sanctions. They also supply arms to Ukraine, and Germany also supports the country with arms deliveries. Ukraine is also to receive Gepard-class tanks from Germany. So far, it has been ruled out that NATO will actively intervene in the war.

The areas of Ukraine occupied by Russian troops with the location of the steel plant in Mariupol. (Warning: This infographic will be updated regularly)

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On the first weekend of April, images of the corpses of scores of civilians in the small town of Bucha near kyiv sparked international outrage. Ukraine speaks of serious war crimes and genocide and blames Russian troops for it. Despite numerous indications, Moscow denies having been involved in the civilian deaths. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stressed that negotiations with Russia must continue.

According to a Ukrainian statement, a long-prepared large-scale offensive by Russia in eastern Ukraine began on April 18.

Other reports from May 18:

Merz: Federal government delays arms deliveries to Ukraine

CDU leader Friedrich Merz accused the federal government of Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) of deliberately delaying arms deliveries to Ukraine. “There are obviously delaying tactics within the federal government, at least one delaying tactic,” Merz said on Tuesday evening on the “RTL Direkt” program. He referenced public complaints from defense contractors that they were not granted export licenses for tanks.

“They don’t play with open cards here,” Merz criticized. “There may be reasons not to say everything, but the Chancellor should also express it.” His “hustle around the subjects” is not appropriate in the matter.

European Commissioner: Reconstruction of Ukraine will be “the task of a generation”

EU Economics Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni has warned against exaggerated hopes for rapid reconstruction of devastated parts of Ukraine and has staked new EU debt to fund the costs. “The reconstruction of Ukraine will be the task of a generation,” Gentiloni told “Welt” (Wednesday edition). Together with the Kyiv government, a first estimate has been made of the scale and cost of the reconstruction.

“It will take some time before it is clear what the sums are at stake, but it is an important signal that we are already starting these considerations,” said the Italian politician. Coordination with Ukraine’s application for EU membership is important. The reconstruction of Ukraine “will take place in parallel with EU membership” and should be “well coordinated between EU member states”. (AFP)

G7 finance ministers discuss aid to Ukraine

During their meeting in Bonn and Königswinter on Wednesday, the finance ministers of the G7 countries want to discuss, among other things, a short-term aid of several billion to stabilize the Ukrainian state budget. The Federal Ministry of Finance said it would need support of around five billion euros per month for an initial period of three months.

The deliberations, which also include central bank governors and some experts, are due to begin on Wednesday. Among other things, a common meal for ministers is planned. At the end of the day, a joint statement is scheduled for Friday. Topics also include climate finance, expected international minimum taxation, and global immunization and development cooperation. (AFP)

First war crimes trial against Russian soldiers in Ukraine

The first war crimes trial against a Russian soldier since the start of the Russian war of aggression on February 24 opens in Ukraine on Wednesday (1:00 p.m. CEST). Solomjansky District Court in the capital kyiv hears 21-year-old Vadim Shishimarin. He is accused of shooting dead an unarmed civilian from a stolen car in the village of Chupakhivka in northern Ukraine on February 28.

Shishimarin faces a life sentence for war crimes and premeditated murder. According to his lawyer, he admitted to killing the 62-year-old man. Ukraine accuses the Russian army of having committed numerous war crimes and crimes against humanity since the start of the war. The International Criminal Court (ICC) is also investigating alleged crimes against international law in Ukraine’s war. (AFP)

Selenskyj: Phone conversation with Scholz “pretty productive”

After strained relations between kyiv and Berlin, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyj described his phone call with Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) as “rather productive”. Among other things, military support for Ukraine was discussed, Zelenskyj said in his daily video speech on Wednesday evening. He briefed Scholz on the current military situation and its possible future development, the president said.

Selenskyj chose slightly different words to describe his conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron. That conversation was “substantial and lengthy,” he said. These included the next round of European sanctions against Russia and plans for Ukraine’s rapid accession to the European Union. According to the Élysée, Macron promised that arms deliveries from France would continue and intensify. He also confirmed that Ukraine’s EU membership should be discussed in June. (dpa)

The United States creates an observatory of the Russian war in Ukraine

In response to the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine, the United States launched a conflict observatory. The new Conflict Observatory is intended to ensure “that crimes committed by Russian troops are documented and that perpetrators are held accountable,” a State Department spokesperson said Tuesday (local time) in Washington. Among other things, the program will collect, analyze and publish information and evidence “of atrocities, human rights violations and damage to civilian infrastructure”. Reports will be posted on the website in the future.

The observatory is therefore a collaboration between scientists and the private sector. The goal is to support the pursuit of justice and, in the long term, to help bring those responsible to justice in Ukraine, the United States and elsewhere. The information is also intended to help counter Russia’s disinformation campaigns. (dpa)

You can find the reports on the May 17 war in Ukraine here

With material from dpa and AFP

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