War against Ukraine: All women and children evacuated from the steelworks

Status: 07.05.2022 21:07

They were imprisoned for weeks in the Mariupol steelworks, which were besieged by Russia. Now all women, children and the elderly have apparently been able to leave the plant. In other parts of the country, the Russian army continues its attacks.

While Russian attacks from several Ukrainian cities are reported, efforts in Mariupol to rescue more civilians from the Azovstal steelworks, which has been under siege by the Russian army for weeks, have apparently been successful: According to official Ukrainian information, the last women, children and the elderly could leave the facility to be brought.

“This part of the humanitarian operation in Mariupol has ended,” Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk wrote in the Telegram news service. She first left open whether there were civilians among the remaining men. The last remaining Ukrainian fighters opposing the Russian troops have also been hollowed out on the factory grounds.

The Russian Defense Ministry said in the evening that a total of 51 people had been rescued from Azovstal since last Thursday – this completes the evacuation of all civilians. On Saturday, there was only one person left who was now in good health. Earlier, pro-Russian separatists fighting alongside Moscow announced the evacuation of 50 civilians. In other parts of Mariupol, where more than 400,000 people lived before the war, more are said to endure.

Another 50 civilians are brought to safety from the steel plant near Mariupol

Judith Schacht, ARD Warsaw, daily news at. 17.00, 7 May 2022

The most recent evacuation mission came with the help of the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross. Since Thursday, Russia’s military has secured several hours of daily fire breaks in the completely devastated city on the Azov Sea. The last one was to end Saturday night.

Observers assume that the Kremlin wants to occupy Azovstal as soon as possible so that it can announce the complete conquest of Mariupol on Russia’s “Victory Day” next Monday – the 77th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany. This would be an important military success for Moscow. So far, Kherson is the only important Ukrainian city that is completely under Russian control.

Apparently heavy rocket attacks on Odessa

According to Ukrainian sources, the Russian army continued its offensive in other parts of the country. Attacks from several cities were reported. According to Ukrainian sources, at least four Russian rockets have been fired at the South Ukrainian port of Odessa. Local media showed thick smoke flags over the urban area. According to reports, a military airfield was hit. Authorities initially did not provide any information on possible victims. So far there has been no confirmation from Russia.

Explosions – some from air defense – were also reported from neighboring Mykolayiv Oblast, central Ukrainian Poltava and western Ukrainian Khmelnytskyi. At least one person was injured in an airstrike in the northeastern Ukrainian region of Sumy.

Shaded in white: advance of the Russian army. Shaded in green: Russian-backed separatist areas. Crimea: annexed by Russia.

Photo: ISW / 06.05.2022

According to the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, Russian troops destroyed three road bridges in the Kharkiv region to stop Ukrainian counterattacks. The Ukrainian-controlled city of Severodonetsk in the eastern Luhansk region was “largely surrounded”, according to its mayor on Friday.

According to Ukrainian emergency services, a technical school in Kostyantynivka, Donetsk region, was hit by a rocket and set on fire. At least two people have died. According to authorities, there were “massive bombings” along the front line.

conflicting parties as a source

Information on the course of the war, shelling and losses from the official bodies of the Russian and Ukrainian conflicting parties cannot be directly controlled by an independent body in the current situation.

Concern ahead of “Victory Day”

Earlier, Ukrainian authorities had warned of increased Russian airstrikes in connection with the upcoming Russian “Victory Day”. President Vladimir Putin will speak at the traditional grand military parade on May 9 in Moscow. He is expected to set course for the war of aggression against Ukraine. Western observers believe it is possible that he could officially declare war on Ukraine or announce general mobilization, although the Kremlin has so far rejected such plans as “nonsense”.

The Ukrainian president therefore called for caution and discipline. “I urge all our citizens – and especially these days – not to ignore air alarms,” ​​the head of state said in a video address. “Please, this is your life, your children’s lives.” Zelenskyy warned that Ukrainians should strictly follow government orders and comply with local curfews.

The Ukrainian Interior Ministry announced that it would patrol with 5,000 men to prevent possible provocations. In cities close to the front, such as Odessa, there is a curfew for two days. In the capital Kiev there will be no such thing, said Mayor Vitali Klitschko. But he also advised people to stay home. “In the coming days, there is a high probability of rocket fire in all regions of Ukraine,” he said.

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