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The situation in the war in Ukraine continues to deteriorate – militarily, diplomatically and humanitarianly: News Ticker on Sunday, May 22nd.

Updated from 6:35 am on Sunday, May 22: On Sunday night, the Ukrainian army announced that it would continue fighting in the eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Nine attacks by Russian troops were repulsed there on Saturday. The Ukrainian military says five tanks, four artillery pieces and a drone were destroyed during the day. According to the status report, Russia is deploying warplanes, rocket launchers and tanks on the entire front.

In the Saporizhia region of southern Ukraine, local administration says it has observed an increase in Russian drone flights. The Russian military has stepped up airstrikes. In addition, columns of military vehicles were found. Saporisia is located northwest of the Ukrainian port of Mariupol, which is occupied by Russia in the Sea of ​​Azov.

A Russian soldier patrolls the Kagovka Hydroelectric Power Station, a river power station in Dnieper. © dpa

Ukraine has again blamed Russia for killing seven civilians in the Donetsk region, which is controlled by government forces. The governor of the region, Pavlo Girillenko, wrote in the Telegram news channel that three people had been killed in Liman alone. He did not initially comment on the exact circumstances. In the Russian-controlled area of ​​Kherson in the south, local administration blamed Ukrainian forces for killing three civilians and wounding ten in the town of Biloserka on Saturday. This information could not be verified.

Ukraine: Russia is considering changing Mariupol warplanes for Putin’s confidants

+++ 10:41 pm: Russia is considering transferring captured soldiers from Ukraine’s Azov battalion to pro – Russian businessman Victor Medvetsk. “We will consider the issue,” Russian MP and negotiator Kiev held talks with Leonid Slutsky on Saturday (May 21), the RIA Novosti news agency reported.

Medvedev is considered a confidant of the Russian president Vladimir Putin. One of the country’s richest Ukrainian politicians and entrepreneurs was placed under house arrest in Ukraine last year on treason charges. Shortly after the start of Russian military operations in Ukraine on February 24, he went into hiding before being arrested in mid-April. On Friday, Russia announced the “complete liberation” of Azovstel Steelworks in Mariupol, Ukraine. The Russian military says the last soldiers in the industrial complex have surrendered, including members of the Azov Brigade.

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An APC belonging to the armed group of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic takes buses carrying Ukrainian soldiers to the penal colony in Olyonivka after leaving the besieged Azovstel Steelworks in Mariupol. © Uncredited / AP / dpa

According to information received from Moscow, a total of 2,439 Ukrainian soldiers have been captured by the Russians since May 16 from the Azovstel Steelworks. Russian-backed separatists say 78 of them are women. According to the Russian state agency TASS, Donetsk separatist leader Denis Pussilin said on Saturday evening that foreigners had also been captured by Russia. Did not give the number at first.

Ukraine-News: Russia appears to be preparing for an attack on eastern Ukraine

+++ 8.35pm: According to Ukrainian civil servants, the Russian military is currently preparing for attacks in the eastern cities of Slovensk and Lyman. This was reported by the Kyiv Independent News website on Saturday (May 21). There were also attacks on several cities in the Kharkiv region. According to the military leadership, Russian attacks on the cities of Lipov, Vasilyvka, Marzinga and Novomikilivka have failed in the past.

On the other hand, in the Luhansk region, the Russian army succeeded in destroying a bridge. The organization, which connects the cities of Siverodonetsk and Lyczynsk via the tributary Tsivarsky Donetsk, was destroyed in 2014 as part of the Russian offensive and rebuilt in 2016.

German mortar tanks may soon support the Ukrainian military in defending their country.  But delivery was delayed for several weeks.
German mortar tanks may soon support the Ukrainian military in defending their country. But delivery was delayed for several weeks. (Iconic Image) © Klaus-Dietmar Gabbert / dpa

Ukraine Support: Lambreakt mortar tanks are charged with an inner paper

+++ 7.12pm: Contrary to reports by SPD Defense Minister Kristin Lambrecht, a secret document from Federal Ministry of Defense sources shows that Bundeswehr tanks ordered by Ukraine from Germany at the start of the war have been available for a long time. . This was reported by the Bild newspaper on Saturday (May 21).

Lambrecht officially declared that none of the 343 Mortar-type armored personnel carriers were superfluous. The document, quoted by the Built newspaper, on the other hand, states: Of the 62 mortar tanks currently in use, 32 vehicles can be “repaired and reused if needed”.

Fierce fighting in Donbass – Ukraine sets hotline for Russian soldiers

+++ 3:53 pm: Through a specially set up hotline, the Ukrainian Security Service has called for the surrender of Russian soldiers. This was announced by the Ukrainian secret service SBU on Saturday (May 21). Ukrainian news portal Ukraynska Pravda reported that the hotline was a response to intercepted phone calls in which Russian soldiers described their war effort as “slavery” and “human rights abuses”. According to the SBU, the 2402 hotline should now allow these military members to complete their military service and survive.

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Ukraine war: Russia accuses US of invading border Ukraine

+++ 2.15 pm: Kursk, on the Russian side of the border, now accuses Ukraine of carrying out daily shelling. On Saturday (May 21, 2022), Governor Roman Strovoy wrote in the Telegram news service that the Klushkovo area had been attacked. At first he did not comment on potential victims.

In the occupied port city of Mariupol, vehicles with the Z letter signifying Russian victory in the Ukrainian war are on the road.  But more and more Russian soldiers want to end the war effort.  (Thumbnail photo)
In the occupied port city of Mariupol, vehicles with the Z letter signifying Russian victory in the Ukrainian war are on the road. But more and more Russian soldiers want to end the war effort. (Iconic photo) © Olga Maltseva / AFP

In the past few days, Starovit has already blamed the Ukrainians for the devastation in cities near the border. On Thursday (05/19/2022) a man was reported dead in the village of Jodkino. Ukraine has not commented on the allegations. Russia, which launched its war of aggression against Ukraine on February 24, has been complaining about Ukrainian attacks on its territory for weeks.

Ukraine-News: Fierce fighting in Donbass – Mariupol is in control

+++ 12.52 pm: Ukrainian civil servants have registered a large number of Russian attacks in the country and warned of the danger of airstrikes from neighboring Belarus. According to the situation report on Saturday, the focus of the fighting is further on eastern Ukraine. There, eleven enemy attacks were prevented, and among the other, eight tanks were destroyed. It said artillery attacks on Ukrainian positions were also continuing.

Ukraine also sees threats from Russia’s ally Belarus, which has not officially participated in the war.
In addition, Russian Navy ships are moving in the Black and Azov Seas for combat operations and reconnaissance, staff said in Kiev.

+++ 11.17am: After the complete capture of the port city of Mariupol, Russian troops are trying to capture the last Ukrainian positions in the region. “The enemy has not stopped conducting offensive operations in the eastern war zone,” Ukrainian civil servants wrote on Facebook on Saturday. The aim of the attackers was to “gain total control of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions and to have a land route to the occupied Crimea.”

Russian soldiers in the Kerson of Ukraine.
Russian soldiers in the Kerson of Ukraine. © imago-images

“Attacks continue in the Donbass,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in his evening video message. Many cities like Mariupol have already been “completely destroyed”. “Now they are trying to do this in Severdonetsk and many other cities,” the head of state said on Friday evening.

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+++ 10.03 am: On the morning of May 21, Russian forces shelled areas near the village of Kutserivka, according to the Kiev Independent News website. No casualties were reported. The village is located in Sumi Oblast in northeastern Ukraine.

Ukraine-News: Zhelensky accuses Russia of carrying out rocket attacks

+++ 8:43 am: According to the German Press Agency, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky has blamed Russia for wounding eight people in a rocket attack on a cultural center in the east of the country. The head of state wrote to the Telegram news channel that an 11-year-old child was injured in a shelling attack in the town of Losova in the Kharkiv region. “The occupiers have identified culture, education and humanity as their enemies.” Russia, in turn, has accused Ukraine of misusing civilian goods for military purposes.

The Azovstel Steelworks in Mariupol was badly damaged by weeks of heavy fighting.
The Azovstel Steelworks in Mariupol was badly damaged by weeks of heavy fighting. © imago-images

First Report Saturday, May 21 from 6:40 AM: After weeks of heavy fighting, the Russian military has demanded complete control of the Azovstel steelworks in the Ukrainian port of Mariupol. The Defense Ministry announced in Moscow on Saturday night that all enemy fighters had surrendered. The last of the strategically important port cities in southeastern Ukraine was the sprawling industrial complex on the Sea of ​​Azov, which is not yet fully under Russian control. Russia celebrates the capture of Mariupol Steelworks in a major partial victory in the war of aggression against Ukraine.

Ukraine-News: Mariupol controls – Russia celebrates partial victory

The Ukrainian side did not initially comment on the alleged seizure of the plant. A total of 2,439 Ukrainian soldiers have been captured by Russians since May 16 in Soviet-era bunkers, according to information from Moscow. The last group of 531 militants was captured on Friday, it said. Iron works have been besieged by Russian troops since April 21.

In a televised interview before the Russian government announced the capture, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky blamed the West for the development. He has repeatedly called on Western leaders to provide his country with appropriate weapons, saying “we can reach Mariupol to liberate these people.”

(AFP / dpa with dil / tu / kh / vbu / nak)