Donbus is thrilled and Zelensky guarantees that only diplomacy will end the war

Metal barrier damaged by mortar in Kharkiv, Ukraine, May 20, 2022
Metal barrier damaged by mortar in Kharkiv, Ukraine, May 20, 2022 (Dimitar DILKOFF / AFP)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky assured Saturday that the Ukrainian war could only be ended by “diplomatic means.” Moscow continues to attack in the east, claiming to have destroyed a large number of weapons supplied from the west.

After failing to take control of Kyiv and the region, Russian troops are now focusing on attacks on the fiercely fighting eastern Ukraine.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, a large number of weapons supplied from the west to Ukrainian troops in eastern Donbus were destroyed in northwestern Ukraine.

Ukraine: Severodonetsk and Lysychans'k, the last pocket of Ukrainian resistance in the Lugansk region
Ukraine: Severodonetsk and Lysychans’k, the last pocket of Ukrainian resistance in the Lugansk region (/ AFP)

“High-precision long-range Caribbean missiles launched from the sea destroyed a large number of weapons and military equipment supplied by the United States and European countries near the Marine Railway Station in the Zhytomyr region,” the ministry said.

In this regard, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky assured in an interview with Ukrainian television channel ICTV that “the end (of the conflict) is diplomatic.” The war “will be bloody and will fight, but it will surely end with diplomacy.”

“The debate between Ukraine and Russia will definitely take place. I don’t know what the format is. If there is an intermediary, if there is no intermediary, in a wider circle, at the presidential level,” he said. Said.

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin is trying to avoid economic sanctions on Western allies, especially by demanding that they pay for their gas in the ruble.

Deadlocked negotiations-

Finland, which rejected these conditions, saw the supply of natural gas cut off on Saturday by Russian supplier Gazprom.

The Finnish public energy company said that “the supply of natural gas to Finland under the Gasum supply contract was interrupted” and obtained gas from other suppliers to ensure that it could continue its activities “as usual”. Supplier Gazprom confirmed the outage.

Russia's invasion of Ukraine, latest development
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, latest development (Valentin RAKOVSKY / AFP)

The Nordic countries, which decided to join NATO and offended Moscow, joined Poland and Bulgaria, one of the countries that reduced gas because Gazprom refused to pay in the ruble. Finland has already been deprived of Russia’s electricity exports since mid-May.

Negotiations under Turkish mediation a few weeks ago have stagnated, but Mr. Zelensky said that Ukrainian soldiers had settled in the vast metallurgical complex of Azovstal in Mariupol to continue the negotiations. I remembered that I made it unconditional. , In the southeast of Ukraine, has not been killed by Russian troops.

But the Russian army “gave the potential and found a way for these people to come alive,” he said from Azovstal. “The most important thing for me is to save as many people and soldiers as possible.”

Ukrainian soldiers will board a tank on May 20, 2022, not far from the front line near Lysychans'k in eastern Ukraine.
Ukrainian soldiers (ARIS MESSINIS / AFP) in a tank not far from the front line near Lysychans’k in eastern Ukraine on May 20, 2022.

Mariupol’s Azovstal ironworks, the last stand pocket of this strategic port in the Sea of ​​Azov, “passed under full control of the Russian army” after the surrender of the last Ukrainian soldier, a spokesman said. Friday night. The Russian Defense Ministry said the news had been passed on to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The footage released by Moscow showed a cohort of men in combat equipment who emerged from the steelworks using crutches and bandages after a long battle that symbolized Ukraine’s resistance to the Russian invasion.

-“Signs of deterioration”

Kieu rejects the word surrender, and Zelensky refers to “the rescue of our hero.” “They will be taken home,” he promised in an interview with the Ukrainian private channel ICTV, during which time he assured 700,000 Ukrainian fighters were fighting Russia.

Russian soldiers patrol in Mariupol, Ukraine, May 18, 2022.
Russian soldiers patrol in Mariupol, Ukraine, May 18, 2022 (Olga MALTSEVA / AFP)

In the Donbas coal territory, which has been partially dominated by pro-Russian separatists since 2014, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has assured that the conquest of the Lugansk region has been “almost completed.”

Ukrainian Ministry of Defense spokesman Oleksandre Motouzianyk said the situation “showed signs of deterioration” and “Russian occupying forces are burning violently along the entire front line.”

Governor Pablo Kirirenko said in a telegram on Saturday that three people were killed on Friday and five were injured on Saturday in the Donetsk region. On his side, Oleg Sinegbov, governor of the Kharkiv region (northeast), said villages and small towns around Kharkiv had been targeted by numerous bombardments in the last 24 hours, killing and injuring 20 people. rice field.

Residents are waiting to evacuate from the town of Lysychans'k in eastern Ukraine on May 20, 2022.
Residents are waiting to evacuate from the town of Lysychans’k in eastern Ukraine on May 20, 2022 (ARIS MESSINIS / AFP).

Now is the time of war, and the G7 conference in Germany promised on Friday to mobilize $ 19.8 billion (€ 18.7 billion) to help Ukraine fill its budget deficit.

The day before, the US Congress announced a huge $ 40 billion envelope in Ukraine. This is specifically aimed at allowing Ukraine to equip armored vehicles and enhance anti-aircraft defenses.

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