Attack on Mariupol – Still civilians in the steelworks

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Russian troops have apparently attacked the Mariupol steelworks again. There should still be civilians there.

  • Civilians in the steelworks: Russian President Vladimir Putin is urging Kiev to surrender in Mariupol. The steelworks is still competitive.
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Update from Tuesday, May 10 at. 7:00: Despite reports that all civilians had been completely evacuated from the Azovstal facility in the Ukrainian port of Mariupol, which was besieged by Russian troops, about 100 civilians are still said to be there.

In addition, about 100,000 people were still in the badly damaged city, regional administration chief Pavlo Kyrylenko said Monday night (May 9). “It is difficult to say which of them wants to leave the city,” he was quoted as saying by Ukrajinska Pravda. Ukrainian troops are said to have entrenched themselves in the steelworks, the last bastion in Mariupol.

Attack on Mariupol – Still civilians in the steelworks
About 100 civilians are still said to be staying at the Asovstal steelworks in Mariupol. © Cover Images / Imago Images

War in Ukraine: Apparently a new attack on the Mariupol steelworks – tanks and soldiers in action

+++ 18.30: The attacks in eastern Ukraine do not appear to be slowing down. The Ukrainian armed forces continue to defend the Azovstal steel plant against a Russian attack in Mariupol, the BBC reported.

Odessa is also still under Russian shelling. The Black Sea port city was hit by rockets during the visit of EU Council President Charles Michel. According to Ukrainian information, four rockets fired from the annexed Crimean peninsula had already hit the country on Monday morning.

In addition, according to the BBC, the governor of Mykolayiv reported that the region had experienced more attacks than usual during the night. In the area south of the country, several people were killed and surprised.

War in Ukraine: Apparently new attack on steel mills in Mariupol

+++ 16.30: The Ukrainian army has reported another attempt by Russian forces to storm the Mariupol steel plant. Among other things, tanks and artillery are used for this purpose, says Olexandr Motushanyk, spokesman for the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense. He did not provide further details about the attack. However, he stressed that further air strikes are also possible.

Ukraine war: Mariupol as ‘resort’ – Separatist leader has tourism plans

+++ kl. 15:00: Dennis Puschilin, leader of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk, wants to make the port city of Mariupol, which has been under siege for weeks, a “resort”. “Russia is here forever and you are finally home. This is now forever the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic. No one will take it from us,” Puschilin said after attending events on Victory Day. As reported by CNN, Puschilin justified the plans with possible jobs in the region.

“We have strength, we have opportunities, we have the support of the largest and most beautiful country – Russia,” Pushilin told Mariupol residents, according to the Russian state news agency TASS. “The task is to make Mariupol a resort, which has not been possible before.” There have been battles over Mariupol steelworks for some time. Puschilin mentioned this only marginally.

War in Ukraine: The situation in Mariupol remains dramatic

+++ 11.30: The situation in the besieged Mariupol steelworks remains very tense. Renewed attacks by the Russian army are feared. “Giving up is not an option because our lives are without interest in Russia,” said Ilya Samoylenko, an officer in the Azov regiment. President Zelensky, meanwhile, commented on a possible release of the imprisoned people inside.

Ukraine war: Selenskyj considers liberation from the Mariupol steel plant impossible

Update from Monday, May 9 at. 7:00: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyj currently believes that the liberation of the port city of Mariupol, which is occupied by Russian troops, is out of the question. “Ukraine does not have enough heavy weapons to liberate Mariupol by military means,” Zelenskyy said at a news conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who traveled to Kiev on Sunday (May 7) for a solidarity visit. It was at least possible through diplomatic channels to get civilians out of the besieged Azov steelworks, Zelensky said. For the remaining Ukrainian soldiers, however, an evacuation would be difficult.

“Russian soldiers, the Russian army, the army command and the political leadership of the Russian Federation do not want to shut our soldiers out,” the Ukrainian leader said. Kyiv has asked Turkey, Israel, France, Switzerland, the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross to mediate. The leader of the Moscow Patriarchate’s largest Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Onufri, recently asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to allow Ukrainian soldiers to leave

War in Ukraine: Selenskyj hopes to rescue soldiers in steelworks

Update from Sunday, May 8 at. 06.20: Following the evacuation of the last civilians from the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, Ukraine hopes that its wounded and soldiers will also be rescued. President Volodymyr Zelenskyj spoke on Saturday night about a possible second phase of the evacuation that is being prepared. Russian forces, meanwhile, continued their attack on the factory, which is the last Ukrainian bastion in the largely destroyed port city.

Ukraine war: ‘All women, children and the elderly’ evacuated from Mariupol steelworks

+++ 22.50: Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk has written a letter to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) asking them to evacuate and provide medical care to the soldiers contained in the Azov steel plant in Mariupol. The defenders of the huge industrial complex have been “under constant bombardment and attack by the Russian army” for 72 days, and “lack of medicine, water and food kills the wounded soldiers of gangrene and blood poisoning,” the statement said. The organization should help those soldiers whose “human rights are violated by the Russian Federation”.

+++ 21.20: After “all women, children and old people” were evacuated from the Azovstal steelworks near Mariupol, the head of the Ukrainian 36th Marine Brigade Serhiy Volyna draws attention to the fate of the people still in the steelworks, which was operated. of Russian troops besieged and attacked again and again. Volyna asks the world to make “every effort” to evacuate the remaining Ukrainian soldiers. It seems like “a hell of a reality show,” but “everything is real,” Kyiv Independent quoted Volyna as saying. There is “pain, suffering, hunger, torment, tears, fear and death”.

Ukraine war: ‘All women, children and the elderly’ evacuated from Mariupol steelworks

+++ 18.30: There is good news about the Azovstal steelworks in the port city of Mariupol: “All women, children and old people” were evacuated from the steelworks, according to Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk. “The president’s order was carried out,” Vereshchuk said. “This part of the humanitarian operation in Mariupol is over.”

Ukrainian troops sink Russian landing craft

+++ 17.43: As the government of Ukraine announced, Ukrainian troops shot down a landing craft from the Russian Black Sea Fleet. “An enemy Serna-type landing craft was wrecked in the waters of the Black Sea,” said Odhi military administration spokesman Serhiy Brachuk via Telegram. He attached a video to the message, which is said to show the ship being shot down by a drone.

Ukraine war: Russia takes Odessa under rocket fire

+++ 13.40: The main events of the Ukraine war take place in the eastern part of the country. But also the western part of the country is affected. According to local authorities, four Russian rockets landed in Odessa Oblast. This is the area around the port city of Odessa in the southwestern part of the country. The infrastructure was damaged but no one was injured.

War in Ukraine: The situation around the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol remains critical

+++ 18.30: Relatives of soldiers trapped at the Azov steelworks have appealed to the international community to save their men. At a press conference in Kiev, seven women not only asked civilians to be allowed to flee. Soldiers should also be able to leave the steelworks in a safe place. The women, some in tears, begged to take the captured men to a third country.

Ukraine war: Russia suffers casualties at Battle of Mariupol

+++ 10.10: According to British intelligence experts, Russian troops in Ukraine suffered heavy losses when they stormed the Azovstal plant in the badly damaged port city of Mariupol. Russia wants to conquer the steel plant, the last bastion for the defenders of Mariupol, probably for the victory celebration on May 9, the British Ministry of Defense said in a statement on Friday. Russian President Vladimir Putin wants a symbolic victory in Ukraine on the anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany. But Russia had to pay for this with huge losses of soldiers, materiel and ammunition.

Meanwhile, on Friday, it was hoped that civilians would be evacuated from the steelworks again. According to Ukrainian information, about 200 civilians are still waiting there for a chance to get to safety. In two previous evacuations mediated by the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross, about 500 people from Mariupol and the surrounding area were taken to Zaporizhia under Ukrainian control.

Ukraine war: Ukrainian forces launch counter-offensive

Update from Friday, May 6 at. 06.30: According to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the Russian army has been using missiles against various targets since 2014 in its war against Ukraine. This was announced by Selenskyj in his daily video speech on Friday night. In addition, since the start of the Russian army’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2,682 airstrikes have already been registered. “Each of these operations means the death of our people, the destruction of our infrastructure.”

Ukraine war: Russia changes strategy

+++ 15.45: Russia appears to be changing military strategy in Donbass. Meanwhile, video footage released by the American television station CNN shows the extent of the devastation in Ukraine.

Ukraine war: Zelenskyy appeals to UNO over Mariupol steel plant

Update from Thursday 5 May at 06.45: With a Russian ceasefire in sight, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has called on the UN to save the lives of the wounded trapped at the Azov steelworks in Mariupol and help evacuate them. “The lives of the people who are still there are in danger. Everyone is important to us, Zelenskyi said in a telephone conversation with UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday.

First report from Tuesday, May 3 at. 9.15: A scandal broke out in the international airspace off the island of Rügen: The German air force Eurofighters pushed a Russian military plane away. (cf. / tu / lm with dpa / AFP)

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