Ukrainian troops report new territorial gains

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Russia controls Mariupol, but Russian troops continue to lose territory in eastern Ukraine. The ticker.

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Update for Thursday, May 19, 6:35 a.m.: Fighting for the Donetsk and Luhansk regions continues. While Ukraine’s military has repeatedly reported successes in those areas, it also reported the deaths of 15 civilians on Wednesday. At least one child was among them. Changes in territorial control during the Ukrainian War were not reported.

Ukrainian soldiers wave a Ukrainian flag bearing the inscriptions 'Glory to Ukraine' (above) and 'Death to the enemy' as they ride a tank on a road near Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine 'Ukraine.
Ukrainian soldiers near Kharkiv, where reports of Ukrainian successes have been repeatedly reported recently. © Bernat Armangue/dpa

Meanwhile, Russia blames Ukraine for new attacks on Russian territory. Several localities in the Kursk region, located on the border with Ukraine, were reportedly bombed. The report also came from Kyiv that the Sumy and Chernihiv regions in northeastern Ukraine had been bombed by Russia.

+++ 8:55 p.m.: According to the Ukrainian army, it gained more territory around the eastern Ukrainian metropolis of Kharkiv. The General Staff announced on Facebook that the town of Dementijivka in the north had been liberated. As the Tagesschau reports, the village is only eight kilometers from the Russian border. In recent weeks, Ukrainian troops have been able to repel Russian attackers north and northeast of Kharkiv.

The situation near the village of Ternowa, northeast of Kharkiv, is more difficult. There, Russian troops reportedly launched a counterattack. Fighting also continued for the village of Dowhenke, about 25 kilometers from the Slovjans in eastern Ukraine.

+++ 8 p.m.: According to Ukrainian sources, around 1,288 bodies were discovered in the Kyiv region. The people were tortured, raped and executed by Russian soldiers, according to Ukrainian authorities. “I insist again, they are civilians! Most of them were shot with automatic weapons,” police chief Andriy Nebitov told television. The atrocities continued until the departure of Russian troops in April.

Ukraine News: Volodymyr Zelenskyy wants to extend martial law

+++ 6:40 p.m.: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has come out in favor of extending martial law in his country. In view of the Russian aggression war, Zelenskyj plans to expand by the end of the summer. The President of Ukraine has already submitted a corresponding bill. Now the state of emergency should prevail for at least another 90 days. Martial law has been in effect in Ukraine since February 24, when Russian troops began attacking the country, and was due to expire on May 24.

Ukraine News: High-ranking Ukrainian commanders resist in steel mills

+++ 4 p.m.: Although many soldiers from the Mariupol steel plant have “surrendered”, as the Kremlin puts it, senior Ukrainian commanders are still said to be at the steel plant. They have not yet surrendered, local media said Wednesday citing pro-Russian separatist leader Denis Puschilin. DAN news agency quoted Puschilin as saying that among the hundreds of fighters who surrendered, there was no high-level commander. “They haven’t left (the facility) yet,” he said.

+++ 1 p.m.: Russian President Vladimir Putin is apparently leaving the port city of Mariupol, besieged for months, to his “hound”. This means Ramzan Kadyrov, who has already caused a stir internationally with his brutality. Among other things, the head of the Chechen auxiliary soldiers of Russia allegedly assigned “supervisors” in Mariupol to monitor the situation. Meanwhile, Kadyrov’s cousin, Adam Delimkhanov, would serve as field commander in the port city.

A destroyed Russian tank north of Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine.
A destroyed Russian tank north of Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine. © Mstyslav Chernov/AP/dpa

+++ 10:30 a.m.: People fleeing Mariupol report terrible conditions in the city conquered by Russia. The Russian army would open fire on civilian buildings, resulting in an ever-increasing number of casualties. “People are just dying. The whole city is in chaos,” a resident who managed to escape told the Kyiv Independent news portal.

+++ 09:00: In addition to modern tanks, Russia is also sending more helicopters to the war in Ukraine. According to the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, the Kremlin sent 15 attack helicopters to the Lugansk region. They are intended to help attackers break through defense lines in the hard-fought east of the country. After the fall of Mariupol, the Kremlin should now devote its efforts entirely to the conquest of Donbass.

Ukraine News: Fall of the Azov Steel Plant – Russia seizes Mariupol

First report of Wednesday, May 18, 08:00: Kyiv – Russia has managed to seize the Azov steel plant in Mariupol, which was hard fought during the Ukrainian war. The remaining 260 Ukrainian soldiers were taken prisoner. This is reported by both the Ukrainian side and the Russian side.

The fate of Ukrainian prisoners of war remains uncertain. President Volodymyr Zelenskyj said Wednesday evening (May 18) that international mediators would be used to rescue the soldiers from Russian captivity. kyiv hopes for a later exchange for Russian prisoners of war. Moscow again initially left such a stage open. Instead, the Kremlin released a video purporting to show captured Ukrainians receiving medical treatment and evacuating the wounded. A good fifty soldiers would be seriously injured.

Ukraine News: Russia seizes Azov steel plant in Mariupol

This ends the three-month struggle for the Azov steelworks. At times, up to 1,000 civilians and at least as many soldiers would have holed up there. With the conquest, Ukraine’s last resistance in Mariupol was probably broken. Fears are now spreading in Kyiv that Russia could now destroy evidence of war crimes in the port city. “The murderers are covering their tracks,” read a statement released by the city’s deposed government shortly before its capture by Russian troops.

Ukraine News: Russia sends new tanks to war after Mariupol victory

As Russia celebrates a victory in Mariupol, Vladimir Putin’s army would continue to suffer heavy casualties in eastern Ukraine. According to unconfirmed information, the air defense in particular continues to attack the attackers. In order to force victory in the Ukrainian war, as in Mariupol, the military leadership now sends the most modern tanks at its disposal to the front. An entire train full of T-90M tanks is said to be on its way to Ukraine. This is reported by the Izvestia newspaper. Accordingly, the tanks should come from the Uralvagonzavod factory, the largest tank factory in the world. (dil/tu/kh/vbu with AFP/dpa)

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