Moscow has announced the surrender of 265 Mariupol fighters, Kyiv wants a “replacement”

Ukrainian fighter surrendered to pro-Russian troops outside Mariupol's Azovstal Iron and Land (video capture released by the Russian government on May 17, 2022)
Ukrainian fighter surrendered to pro-Russian troops outside Mariupol’s Azofustari Industrial Estate (video capture released by the Russian government on May 17, 2022) (Distribution / Russian Ministry of Defense / AFP)

Moscow announced on Tuesday the surrender of 265 Ukrainian soldiers settled at the Azovstal Iron and Steel Works. This is the last pocket of resistance to Russian troops at the port of Mariupol in Ukraine, and Kieu wants to release it in exchange for Russian prisoners.

In Mariupol, “265 fighters have surrendered and 51 have been seriously injured” in the last 24 hours, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on the situation of Russia’s offensive in Ukraine on Tuesday morning.

“Fulfilled missions” and “these Ukrainian heroes” will be exchanged for Russian prisoners and will be able to return to the country “as soon as possible”. Some of them are shown in the telegram of the Military Intelligence Department of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine. , Indirectly confirm that these men are in the hands of Russia.

Ukrainian fighter jets searched by pro-Russian troops after surrendering at the exit of Mariupol's Azovstal Iron and Steel (video capture released by the Russian government on May 17, 2022)
Ukrainian fighter searched by pro-Russian troops after surrendering at the exit of the Azofustari Industrial Complex in Mariupol (video capture released by the Russian government on May 17, 2022) (Distribution / Russian Ministry of Defense / AFP)

Complete occupation of Mariupol, the strategic city of the Sea of ​​Azov, besieged by Russians from the beginning of March, heavily protected by Ukrainians and largely destroyed by combat, is an important step forward for Moscow in this conflict. Will be.

It will allow him to control the territorial strip from the Crimean Peninsula, which was annexed by the Russians in 2014, to the territory of Donbus (East), which is already in the hands of pro-Russian separatists.

Ukraine said last week that more than 1,000 Ukrainian soldiers were in the industrial zone, including 600 injured.

Kieu had not yet specified the number of Ukrainian fighters in Azofustari. However, Ukrainian military staff have indicated that their commanders have been given orders to “save (their) lives.” The main thing is “to save the lives of our men,” which Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky emphasized in a video on Monday.

The last stand may have to surrender if “Ukraine is doing everything it needs to do” to save them, as “military means cannot unblock Azofustari today”. The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense admitted in a telegram.

Deadly strike near Kyiv

Karim Khan, a prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), visiting Boutcha on the outskirts of Kieu on April 13, 2022.
Karim Ahmad (FADEL SENNA / AFP), Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), visiting Butcha on the outskirts of Kieu on April 13, 2022.

In The Hague, Karim Ahmad, a prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC), has announced that he will send a team of 42 investigators and experts to Ukraine. Russian invasion.

After receiving green lights from nearly 40 Parties, Kahn began investigating war crimes and crimes against humanity in Ukraine on March 3.

Eight people were killed and 12 were injured in a Russian bombardment of Desna, a village located about 60 km north of Kyiv, known for protecting large military training camps in the land of war.

Another Russian attack on Tuesday morning struck a Ukrainian military base in the Lviv region (west), just 15 kilometers from the Polish border, according to Lviv’s regional governor Maxim Kozitzky.

The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense said on the Eastern Front Tuesday morning that the Russian army, which has been Moscow’s priority since withdrawing from the Kyiv region at the end of March, “continues offensive operations.”

In particular, we are focusing on the city of Severodonetsk, which is almost surrounded.

Since the Moscow-backed separatist occupation of part of Donbus in 2014, the city, the provincial capital of Ukraine, has been hit by a “very powerful strike,” similar to the twin city of Risichank. “The governor said on Monday. His message with the image of destruction.

However, according to the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, Ukrainian troops are resisting forcing a “withdrawal”, especially after suffering “losses” to Russians near Severodonetsk.

The city of New York, just south of Donbus, was so named by the German founder in the early 19th century and lived for a month under the intensifying cannon fire every day. The inhabitants showed to the AFP team. I came to the scene.

Like Valeria Korakevic, 28, I’ve heard so many bombardments in almost three months of war that I know which ones will land very close and which ones will attack a little further. Last night, shootings aimed at his neighborhood, including the four houses next to him. “It was terrible,” she says. “And the worst thing is that nothing is here, only civilians,” she added. Another shot fell on their sloping street.

However, in the northeast, Ukrainian troops have announced that they have regained control of part of the border area with Russia near Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city. Kieu is now hoping that Russian units released from the Kharkiv region will be sent to Donbus.

American support

Another Front of Moscow: After decades of non-aligned movement, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) could expand to Finland and Sweden.

Sweden and Finland will submit NATO candidates together at the Alliance Headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday, Sweden’s Prime Minister Magdalena Anderson announced.

“We are pleased to follow the same path and be able to do it together,” he said in a joint press conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö.

A man in the rubble of an apartment in the Saltiveka district, north of Kharkiv, Ukraine, May 15, 2022.
Dimitar DILKOFF / AFP, May 15, 2022, in the rubble of an apartment in the Saltiveka district north of Kharkiv, Ukraine.

The Finnish parliament paved the way for this candidacy by voting in favor of joining NATO during the day.

Sweden officially announced its candidacy on Monday.

Washington announced that US President Joe Biden will welcome Anderson and Niinistö at the White House on Thursday. This is a sign of their strong support for NATO accession.

Russia shares an additional 1,300 km of land borders with the Atlantic Alliance as Finland may join NATO.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday that these member states were not an “imminent threat,” adding that “deploying military infrastructure on the territories of these countries will, of course, lead to a response.”

On Tuesday, Moscow announced that it would expel two Finnish diplomats from Russia and leave the Baltic forums in retaliation for similar measures taken by Helsinki.

EU countries are heavily dependent on Moscow in this sector and are trying to agree to suspend Russia’s oil purchases, which were rejected by Hungary instead, seeking monetary compensation.

Russia's invasion of Ukraine, latest trends
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, latest developments (/ AFP)

At the end of the failure of the meeting on this issue in Brussels on Monday, European diplomatic Prime Minister Josep Borrell acknowledged that the final decision on the sixth package of sanctions against Russia would take “time”. The extraordinary European Summit is scheduled for May 30th and 31st.

Putin also has to reorganize the energy sector in the face of European sanctions, believing that the EU will be the first to suffer its “economic burning” by abandoning Russia’s hydrocarbons. Showed on Tuesday.

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