Russia Expands Its Attacks – Fighting in the East

The tragic situation in Azowstal

meIn a ceasefire at the Battle of Azostal on Saturday, the last civilians were rescued from their hideouts, according to the consensus of Ukrainian and Russian information. But for the remaining soldiers, the situation is desperate. The commander of the 36th Marine Brigade, Serhiy Wolinsky, wrote on Facebook that he could not help but hope for a miracle. “Here for higher powers to find a solution to save us!”

Observers assume that the Kremlin wants to take Azovstal as soon as possible so that it can announce the capture of Mariupol on Monday, the 77th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s victory over Hitler’s Germany.

“We are now preparing the second stage of the task of evacuating the wounded and the doctors,” Zelensky said in his evening video address. This is only possible if all parties adhere to the agreement. “Of course we are also working on withdrawing our army.” However, Moscow has repeatedly announced that it intends to capture Ukrainian fighters even if they surrender.

Deaths in the east as a result of artillery shelling and bombs

Russian and Ukrainian forces continued to fight fiercely in eastern Ukraine in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. On Saturday, the regional administration said at least six Ukrainian civilians were killed there. Among the dead were two children who were said to have been killed in the village of Previlia by multiple rocket launchers from Grad. In a village near Lysychansk, a bomb fell from the air on the school, under which is the last shelter in the village. According to initial reports, two people died there.

The capital, Kyiv, and its surrounding areas were affected by the weather warning on Sunday night, as well as Lviv in the west, Kharkiv and Donetsk in the east, Odessa in the south and other regions. Ukraine is particularly afraid of heavy air strikes in the context of Russia’s upcoming celebration of the Soviet Union’s victory in World War II.

Complaint about the destruction of cultural monuments

These days the world commemorates the victory over National Socialism in World War II, Silinsky said. But for him, the Russian approach shows that “it is impossible to defeat evil once and for all.” He deplored that 200 Ukrainian cultural heritage sites had been bombed in the two-and-a-half-month war of aggression. “Unfortunately, when people ignore the rights of others, disobey the law and destroy culture, evil returns,” the president said.

According to the Russian military, 1.16 million people have been brought to Russia from the disputed areas of Ukraine since the end of February. The Defense Ministry in Moscow said that 205,000 of them were children. Russia sees this as saving the threatened civilians. Kyiv accuses Moscow of kidnapping people against their will and preventing them from moving to Ukrainian-controlled territory.

London promises a big aid package

Britain pledged 1.3 billion pounds (1.52 billion euros) in military aid to war-torn Ukraine ahead of the G7 deliberations. “The UK was the first country to realize the scale of the threat and send weapons to help the Ukrainians defend themselves,” the Palestinian Authority news agency quoted Prime Minister Boris Johnson as saying. Not only did Russian President Vladimir Putin’s attack cause untold destruction in Ukraine. It also threatens peace and security throughout Europe.”

Johnson announced last week part of the new £300m package. Among other things, anti-artillery radar, jammers for electronics and night vision devices are delivered for this. London has previously pledged 1.5 billion pounds in military and humanitarian aid.

This comes today

On Sunday, Chancellor Olaf Schultz will give a televised address at the end of World War II in Europe in 1945 and about the war in Ukraine. As announced by the federal government, it is a special commemoration of May 8 due to the ongoing Russian offensive on Ukraine this year.

As Germany’s highest-ranking representative to date, the president of the Bundestag, Purple Pass, travels to Kyiv on Sunday. It comes after an invitation from the Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Ruslan Stevanchuk. On behalf of the Bundestag, Bass wants to lay wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and at the memorial to murdered Ukrainian Jews in Babin Yar. Bass also hopes to meet with President Zelensky when the security situation allows.

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