The commemoration of the end of World War II is marked by heavy fighting around Snake Island and in eastern Ukraine. Here the Russians mention the successful capture of Popasna. Justin Trudeau and First Lady Jill Biden spontaneously travel to Kyiv, while Putin is confident of victory. Meanwhile, the G7 countries agree to boycott Russian oil. A quick overview of the seventy-fourth day of the war.
May 8th is supposed to be a day to commemorate the end of World War II with the surrender of Nazi Germany. However, there was no time to think of Ukraine as the fighting continued with such ferocity.
Small town destroyed
After weeks of fighting, Russian forces have captured the devastated small town of Popasna, according to Ukrainian sources. “Unfortunately, our forces withdrew a little from Popasna because the city was bombed for more than two months,” the Yunyan news agency quoted Luhansk region governor Serhiy Haji as saying. He adds that the Ukrainians have taken refuge in pre-prepared positions outside the city.
60 people were killed in an air strike on a school
After a Russian air strike on a school in the Luhansk region, Ukrainian authorities say up to 60 people may have died. Hajjaj said on his Telegram channel that after the attack in Belhorivka, two bodies have been recovered so far. “Maybe all 60 people who are still under the rubble of the building have died,” he added. According to him, the air strike took place on Saturday afternoon. 90 people sought protection from attacks on the school building. A fire broke out in the school as a result of the bombing and the collapse of the building.
Russia and Ukraine report successes on Snake Island
There was also fierce fighting around the strategically important Snake Island. This was stated by the Russian and Ukrainian sides. The island is located 35 kilometers from the coast off the Danube Delta in the Odessa region. It is currently in the hands of the Russian armed forces, who say they shot down several planes and helicopters there overnight. “During the night, Russian air defense units over Snake Island destroyed two more Ukrainian Su-24 bombers and one Mi-24 helicopter and shot down a Bayraktar drone outside the city of Odessa,” said Igor Konashenkov, a spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry. In addition, a Ukrainian corvette sank. On the other hand, the Ukrainian army recently reported that a Russian landing boat sank on the island. In addition, the operational staff of the Southern Ukrainian Defense Command showed a video of the alleged downing of a Russian helicopter over the island.
Are there civilians still at the Azovstal steel plant?
Meanwhile, Ukrainian fighters trapped in the besieged Azovstal steel mills want to continue their resistance to the bitter end if necessary. “We will continue to fight as long as we live to repel the Russian occupiers,” Capt. Svyatoslav Palamar, deputy commander of the Ukrainian Azov Regiment, told an online conference. “We don’t have much time, we are under heavy fire,” he said, asking the international community to help evacuate wounded soldiers from the facility in the southeastern port city of Mariupol. Palamar added that he could not confirm that all civilians had actually left the steel plant.
Russia is sending senior officers to the front to compensate for the losses
According to British intelligence, Moscow is increasingly deploying high-ranking commanders to the front. Therefore, the great losses are the reason for the step of sending the officers into battle. However, there is no indication yet that the presence of these officers in combat has improved the operational concept, according to an update from the UK Ministry of Defense. Planning errors will continue to undermine any Russian advance. In addition, the strategy leads to disproportionately large losses among Russian officers.
Ukraine sees military activity in Transnistria
Outside Ukraine, too, the threat situation appears to be getting worse. The Ukrainian military command reported that Russian forces and other armed groups in the breakaway region of Transnistria in Moldova are “in the midst of preparations for battle”. There are fears that the conflict in Ukraine could spill over into neighboring Moldova.
Zelensky compares the Russian invasion to the Nazi attack
In a touching video address from the hard-hit Kyiv suburb of Burganka, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky drew parallels between the German invasion of World War II and the current Russian invasion. “In Ukraine, they staged a new bloody version of Nazism,” Zelensky says of the Russian attack on Ukraine in a black and white video in front of the wreckage of an apartment building. “A fanatical imitation of the system, its thoughts, its actions, its words and its symbols. An insanely detailed exposition of its hateful forms and excuses which supposedly give this evil a sacred purpose.” On the day commemorating the end of World War II, Zelensky also commemorates the contribution of the Ukrainian people to the victory of the anti-Hitler coalition. The country suffered from bombing, mass shootings and occupation, lost people in concentration camps and gas chambers, in captivity and forced labor, but in the end it triumphed anyway.
Ukrainian ambassador booed in Berlin
The end of the war was also celebrated in the German capital. Lots of people gathered at the Soviet War Memorial in Tiergarten in Berlin. The group raised the large flag of Ukraine, which was stopped by the police. The Berlin Senate had previously imposed a ban on the Russian and Ukrainian flags at 15 memorial sites on May 8 and 9. The goal was to prevent possible provocations and conflicts. Ukrainian Ambassador Andrey Melnyk also laid a wreath at noon. He was booed by some in attendance, and “Melnyk out” was yelled. Other participants sang Ukrainian hymns, and many people dressed in blue and yellow clothes – the colors of the Ukrainian flag.
Putin Fights ‘Nazi Reckoning’
A day before the celebrations of the end of the Russian war, Russian President Vladimir Putin made a statement, comparing World War II with the current invasion of Ukraine, like Zelensky. “Like 1945, victory will be ours,” Putin said. “Today our soldiers, like their ancestors, are fighting shoulder to shoulder to liberate their homeland from the filth of Nazism.” Putin went on to say in a paragraph addressed to the Ukrainians: “Unfortunately, today Nazism raises its head again. Our sacred duty is to prevent the ideological heirs of those who have been defeated” from obtaining their “revenge.”
Trudeau and Jill Biden on lightning visits to Ukraine
Visits by Western officials never stop. In addition to German Bundestag President Barbel Bass, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US First Lady Jill Biden have visited Ukraine. Bass met with Zelensky and Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Ruslan Stevanchuk for talks. Trudeau first visited the Kyiv suburb of Irbin, after which he raised the Canadian flag at his country’s embassy in Kyiv, which has been closed for weeks. This will be followed by a conversation with President Selinsky at a later date. President Jill Biden’s visit was no less surprising than Trudeau’s. She first visited refugees in the city of Uzhgorod near the Slovak border, and later met Selinsky’s wife, Olina, in a one-hour conversation. “I wanted to come on Mother’s Day,” Jill Biden said. “I thought it was important to show the Ukrainian people that this war had to stop.”
G7 countries agree on oil embargo
The G7 countries impose new sanctions on Russia. The White House announced that all G7 countries had pledged to phase out or ban Russian oil imports – and the United States itself had already imposed a similar import ban. In Brussels, EU countries are still negotiating an oil embargo against Russia and other punitive measures. A US official also announced a ban on providing business services to companies or individuals in Russia. Services in the areas of accounting, management, consulting or marketing are affected. The US official said the United States would further tighten its export controls to weaken the Russian war effort. Wood products, industrial engines and clearing vehicles are affected. NATO countries, the United States of America, Canada, France, Great Britain, Italy, Germany, as well as Japan, belong to the group of seven leading industrial democracies.
It is said that former Chancellor Schroeder is losing income
Gerhard Schroeder continues to be heavily criticized for not giving up his positions to Russian energy companies despite the Russian attack on Ukraine. Now comes the initiative of the parliamentary group CDU / CSU to withdraw his income from working in Russian energy companies. Thomas Hellmann, a member of parliament for the CDU, said the SPD leader should not continue to be allowed to earn millions for his activities on behalf of Gazprom and Rosneft. “It is relatively easy to do this by issuing a similar ban on activities,” Hellman explained. “The sums he would still receive would have to be paid in full to the state treasury.”
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