Ukrainian War: Deadly missiles hit Odessa – but the Russian offensive falters

BAt least one person was killed and five others injured in a Russian rocket attack on the Ukrainian port city of Odessa on Tuesday night. This was reported by the Unian agency, citing local military leaders. “The enemy maintains its psychological pressure and continues its hysterical attacks against peaceful civilians and civilian infrastructure,” he said.

The city was rocked by numerous explosions resulting from both rocket fire and air defenses. According to the media, among other things, a shopping center and a warehouse were affected.

According to the Ukrainian army, the Russian Air Force fired several Kinzhal-type hypersonic missiles at Odessa on Monday evening. “Tourist objects” were hit and at least five buildings were destroyed, Ukrajinska Pravda reported. According to CNN, the rockets hit two hotels, among others.

The Grande Pettine hotel is in ruins after being hit by a missile.

The Grande Pettine hotel is in ruins after being hit by a missile.

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The port city in southern Ukraine has been the target of Russian rocket attacks since Sunday evening. Several rockets fell in the region on Monday afternoon during a visit by EU Council President Charles Michel.

Michel and Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Schmyhal therefore had to ask for protection. With this, Russia shows its true attitude towards Europe, President Volodymyr Zelenskyj commented in the evening.

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Despite reports that all civilians had been completely evacuated from the Azovstal plant in the Ukrainian port of Mariupol, besieged by Russian troops, around 100 civilians are still believed to be there.

In addition, around 100,000 people were still in the badly damaged city, regional administration head Pavlo Kyrylenko said late Monday. “It’s hard to say which of them wants to leave the city,” he told Ukrajinska Pravda.

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Ukrainian troops have entrenched themselves in the Steelworks, the last stronghold of Mariupol. In recent days, several hundred women, children and elderly people have been evacuated there with the help of the United Nations and the Red Cross. However, Azovtal’s defenders did not want to rule out the possibility that civilians were still staying in some of the vast site’s cellars.

May 9 was not a “victory day” for Russian troops either. On Ukraine’s eastern front, there had been only minimal territory gains in the Sevyerodonetsk region on Tuesday morning, as the independent think tank Institute for the Study of War reported on Twitter. (ISW).

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In Kharkiv, the Russian army is under Ukrainian pressure. It is likely that Russia will continue to mass troops in Belgorod Oblast to prevent the Ukrainian military from launching counterattacks around Kharkiv – and pushing towards the Ukrainian-Russian border.

As the SIE reports, quoting a high-ranking representative of the Russian occupation regime in southeastern Ukraine, Russia is aiming for annexation of the occupied territories. Unlike 2014, the goal is not the creation of pro-Russian republics, but their incorporation into Russian territory.

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Current situation in Ukraine

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This coincides with the analysis of a Ukrainian government adviser. Moscow is on the verge of gaining dominance in all regions of Luhansk, Donetsk in the east and Cherson in the south of Ukraine, presidential adviser Alexander Arestovich said in reaction to Vladimir Putin’s speech at the military parade in Moscow .

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It would give Putin control of the Donbass industrial zone, including the port city of Mariupol, and a land corridor to the Crimean peninsula, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014.

Arestovitch said Russia would prolong the war and try to bleed the Ukrainian economy dry in order to persuade the government in kyiv to give up the three eastern regions of Ukraine. Ukraine’s ability to thwart the plans depends on the West supplying them with the heavy weapons they need.

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Russian President Putin with his Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in the background

Putin said in Moscow’s Red Square that Russia would honor the memory of those who fought in World War II by “doing everything so that the horror of world war does not happen again”, said Oleksiy Arestovych.

Translated from “Kremlin Speak in Russian”, it means: There will be no nuclear war. There will be no war with NATO. Instead, Putin will focus on the southeastern regions of Ukraine.

Escape from Ukraine

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According to the US Department of Defense, there are indications that Ukrainians are being forcibly brought to Russia by Russian troops. “I can’t say how many camps there are or what they look like,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said. “But we have indications that Ukrainians are being brought to Russia against their will.” He called the behavior “unscrupulous”.

According to the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Ukrainian Parliament, Lyudmila Denisova, “more than 1.19 million of our fellow citizens, including more than 200,000 children, have been deported to the Russian Federation” since the start of the war. Information cannot be independently verified.

According to the latest UN estimates, more than 5.4 million Ukrainians – mostly women and children – have fled the country. In addition, there are 7.7 million internally displaced people.

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