War in Ukraine: Ukrainian army blows up two pontoon bridges and destroys Russian tanks

Selenskyj sees progress in international guarantees +++ Fighting between Cherson and Mykolaiv +++ Klitschko fears new attacks on kyiv +++ Reports on the war in Ukraine in back-Teleprinter.

read in back– Tick all important developments on the war in Ukraine on Thursday, May 12:

7:35 a.m.: Ukrainian army reports heavy fighting in the east

According to Ukrainian sources, the Russian armed forces have intensified their attacks in the east of the country and gained ground in some areas of the Donbass region. “The enemy is continuing its offensive efforts in the eastern area of ​​operation with the aim of establishing full control over the Donetsk, Lugansk and Kherson regions and maintaining the land corridor to temporarily occupied Crimea,” the statement said. Ukrainian General Staff in its situation report.

Russian attacks in the Donbass target the towns of Sievzherodonetsk, Liman, Bakhmut, Avdiivka and Kurakhove, as well as Rubishne, already largely occupied by Russian forces. “In the direction of Sieverodonetsk, the enemy launches attacks on Kudryazhivka and Sieverodonetsk, and they are partially successful,” admitted the Ukrainian military leadership.

7 a.m.: Siemens withdraws from Russia

Siemens withdraws completely from Russia. After the group has already ceased doing business with the state, it now wants to leave the country completely, as Siemens announced. This also puts pressure on the profit figures published in parallel for the last fiscal second quarter, in which Siemens made a profit of 1.2 billion euros. This is half as much as the same period last year, but the group confirmed its forecasts for the current year.

06:30: Ukrainian army blows up two pontoon bridges – several Russian tanks destroyed

In the past 24 hours, the Ukrainian army has twice stopped attempts by Russian troops to cross the Siverskyi Donets river in the Lugansk region. According to consistent media reports, they blew up two pontoon bridges near Bilohorivka. A satellite image from geospatial service BlackSky shows one of two Russian pontoon bridges split in two shortly after Ukrainian artillery fire hit the area.

According to reports, at least 50 vehicles belonging to Russian troops were hit, including several tanks. Drone photos and videos shared on Telegram and verified for authenticity by CNN and Forbes, among others, show the bridge half-submerged in the river, several destroyed vehicles and plumes of smoke above the area of fight.

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6:02 a.m .: More than one in eight workers fear losing their job because of the war in Ukraine

According to a survey, more than one in eight employees in Germany fear losing their job because of the war in Ukraine. A total of 13% of respondents said they were afraid of losing their jobs because of the war in Ukraine, according to job portal Indeed. On the other hand, 82% rated their workplace as crisis resistant.

In the survey, one in two employees said they were worried about their own work during the corona pandemic or currently because of the war in Ukraine. On the other hand, only around one in three employees said that neither crisis had caused such fear. For the survey, opinion research institute YouGov interviewed more than 1,000 professionals on behalf of Indeed.

5:37 am: Ukrainian military commander in besieged Mariupol calls on Elon Musk for help

A Ukrainian military commander in the beleaguered port city of Mariupol has made a desperate appeal to the world’s richest man, Elon Musk. The commander of the 36th Naval Brigade, Serhiy Volyna, wrote on Twitter to the new owner of the short message service on Wednesday: “Help us move from Azov steel to a mediating country. If not you , so who ?”

Volyna, whose unit has been resisting for weeks at the Azov Stahl industrial plants besieged by Russian troops, said he created a Twitter account specifically to reach Musk. “They say you come from another planet to teach people to believe in the impossible,” he wrote to Musk. “Our planets are side by side because I live where it is almost impossible to survive.” He called on “everyone on planet Earth” to help Musk answer his call.

4:04 am: Klitschko fears new attacks on kyiv

Despite the withdrawal of Russian troops from the kyiv region, Mayor Vitali Klitschko fears a new attack on the Ukrainian capital “at any time”. In an interview with “CNN”, Klitschko did not even rule out the use of tactical nuclear weapons that night. kyiv remains the main target of the Russian army. “And as long as there is war in Ukraine, you can’t give any guarantees to a Ukrainian,” said the former boxing world champion.

“Right now, safety is our top priority,” he said. Although the country is defended by “our warriors”, the risk remains. “And without our partners, without the United States and European states, we cannot survive.”

3:14 a.m.: Ukraine announces first war crimes trial against Russian soldiers

Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office announced the first war crimes trial against a Russian soldier on Wednesday. A 21-year-old Russian man has been charged with killing a civilian who witnessed the theft through the window of a stolen car, a statement said. With four comrades, the soldier wanted to flee by car after an attack on his convoy in northern Ukraine. The 62-year-old civilian was cycling near his home in the village of Chupakhivka. According to Ukrainian sources, he had no weapon.

2:32 am: Ukraine: Fighting between Kherson and Mykolaiv

Russian and Ukrainian troops again engaged in fierce fighting in the region between Cherson and Mykolaiv in southern Ukraine. The defenders gave the Russian attackers “no opportunity to advance”, according to the Ukrainian military leadership overnight. During the fighting, at least 23 Russian soldiers were killed and two tanks were destroyed, as well as an ammunition depot, the Unian agency quoted in the press release. The information could not be independently verified.

12:16 a.m .: Selenskyj sees progress in international safeguards

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy sees significant progress in efforts to secure international security guarantees for his country. “We are negotiating with the world’s leading nations to give Ukraine confidence in security for decades to come,” Zelenskyy said in his daily video address Wednesday night. Among other things, this topic was discussed at the May 8 G7 meeting, in which Ukraine participated for the first time.

“This is the first time in the history of our state that such guarantees can be registered,” Zelenskyy said. And not in memoranda or unclear formulations, “but concrete guarantees”. These are also “not only legally valid, but also formulated in such a way that it is clear: what exactly, who specifically and how specifically (Ukraine) is guaranteed”.

12:05 a.m.: “Human Rights Watch”: Russia and Ukraine use cluster munitions

According to a report by Human Rights Watch, Russian armed forces have used internationally banned cluster munitions in Ukraine. As a result, hundreds of civilians died and schools, residential buildings and hospitals were damaged, the human rights organization in Geneva reported. The Ukrainian army also used such ammunition at least once.

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