The night of war in brief
kyiv offers barter deal for Azovstal – fighting near Cherson
Ukrainian fighters are still resisting in the Azovstal steelworks. kyiv wants at least to save the wounded soldiers and offers a deal to Moscow for their evacuation. Meanwhile, violent clashes have been reported in the Kherson region of southern Ukraine.
Trust in security assurance discussions
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”.
The Russian army launched its offensive against Ukraine on February 24. One of Moscow’s demands for an end to hostilities is a clear commitment from Kyiv to political neutrality, for which the country seeks strong international security guarantees.
kyiv offers Mariupol swap deal to Russia
The Ukrainian leaders propose to the Russian military to exchange the last defenders of the port city entrenched in the steelworks of Azovstal in Mariupol. “At first, we offered the Russians the following exchange: we would transport our seriously injured boys from Azovstal to a humanitarian corridor,” Deputy Prime Minister Wereshchuk said, according to Ukrajinska Pravda. At the same time, the Ukrainian army releases Russian prisoners of war “according to the standard rules of their exchange”. Negotiations on this were still ongoing.
In recent days, there have been several reports of the suffering of Ukrainian soldiers injured in the steelworks. According to a paramedic, there is now an absolute shortage of medicine. The sprawling steel mill is the last stronghold of Ukrainian troops in the badly damaged port city of Mariupol. The Russian army demanded that the defenders surrender, while the Ukrainian troops categorically refused.
Moscow calls for the evacuation of Ukrainian places
Probably to facilitate its own attacks, the Russian military called on international organizations to evacuate towns in eastern Ukraine. “Given the impending catastrophic humanitarian situation of most civilians in Kramatorsk and Sloviansk, we call on the international community, the UN, the OSCE and the International Committee of the Red Cross to immediately take all measures to rapid and safe evacuation of civilians from these towns under the control of the Ukrainian Armed Forces,” said Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev of the Ministry of Defense in Moscow, quoted by the Interfax agency.
According to Mizinzew, Ukrainian troops have entrenched themselves in these places and are using their own civilian population as a living shield. About 90,000 civilians were staying in Slowjansk and Kramatorsk. Both places are considered the cornerstones of Ukrainian defense lines in eastern Ukraine.
Ukraine: Fighting between Cherson and Mykolaiv
Meanwhile, Russian and Ukrainian troops again engaged in heavy fighting in the area between Cherson and Mykolaiv in southern Ukraine. The defenders gave the Russian attackers “no possibility to advance”, according to the Ukrainian military leadership. 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.
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 the American television channel CNN, Klitschko did not even rule out the use of tactical nuclear weapons. 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.”
It brings the day
- Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock is today in Wangels on the Baltic Sea to discuss the effects of the Russian war of aggression with her colleagues from the G7 group. The foreign ministers of Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova, Dmytro Kuleba and Nicu Popescu, are sometimes present at the talks.
- In Helsinki, Finnish President Sauli Niinistö intends to make known his position on his country’s possible membership of NATO. The announcement is seen as groundbreaking on whether Finland will decide to apply to join the military alliance.
- In Tokyo, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and EU Council President Charles Michel meet Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. At the 28th EU-Japan summit, joint sanctions against Russia and aid to Kyiv will be discussed, among other things.
- The UN Human Rights Council holds a special session on Ukraine in Geneva.