83rd day of war. The battle of Azovstal is over, hundreds of fighters evacuated. Mariupol, completely controlled by the Russians. Missile attack on Poland’s border

More than 260 Ukrainian soldiers were evacuated Monday night from the Azovstal plant (264 fighters more precisely, with 53 being injured), Ukrainian authorities said. The soldiers were taken by Russian forces and taken to areas controlled by them. In his usual midnight message, President Volodymyr Zelensky confirmed the evacuation operation and said that efforts would continue to bring home the fighters who defended Mariupol. One-fifth of them are injured and taken to hospital. Ukrainian forces have completed their “combat mission” in the besieged city of Mariupol, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

On the evening of May 16, Russia allowed the evacuation of wounded Ukrainian soldiers in exchange for prisoners.

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The Azovstal metallurgical plant in Mariupol has been blocked by the Russian military for almost a month. The factory has a large number of civilians and defenders of Ukraine, as there is a large bomb shelter on the territory. The Russian army is constantly storming and attacking this place from the sky. Therefore in Azovstal there are wounded and killed, both civilian and military. Ukraine and even Turkey have tried to save the badly wounded for a long time. But Russia has it’s On May 16, it became known that wounded Ukrainian soldiers were being removed from Azovstal. Ukrainian defenders have evacuated thanks to the efforts of the negotiating group, intelligence, the Red Cross, and the United Nations. Ukraine was able to save the wounded from unsanitary conditions and lack of medicines, with some limitations. 264 Ukrainian soldiers were taken to hospitals in the temporarily occupied territories. 211 Ukrainians are in Olenevka, 53 in Novoazovsk. Read more details here.

Ukrainian forces have completed their “combat mission” in the besieged city of Mariupol, according to a statement issued by the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, CNN reports. The commanders of the units stationed at the Azovstal steel plant in the city have received an order “to save the lives of their staff”, the statement reads.

Hundreds of people were evacuated from the plant on Monday, the last resistance in the city to become a symbol of Ukrainian resistance under Russian bombing. Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malyar spoke in a video message about the evacuation operation, noting that some Ukrainian forces remain in Azovstal. “Fifty-three seriously injured people were evacuated from Azovstal to a medical facility in Novoazovsk for medical treatment,” she said. “Another 211 people were taken to Olenivka through the humanitarian corridor.” An “exchange procedure” will bring the evacuees home, Malyar said.

“Ukraine needs Ukrainian heroes alive,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a statement on the evacuation on Monday, thanking the Ukrainian army and negotiators, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the United Nations. “The 82nd day of our defense is coming to an end. A difficult day. But this day, like all others, is aimed precisely at saving our country and our people. Regarding the situation in Mariupol. Thanks to the actions of the Ukrainian military – the Armed Forces of Ukraine, intelligence, the negotiating team, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the United Nations, we hope that we will be able to save the lives of our guys. Among them are the seriously wounded,” said Zelensky.

A touching image

A fighter from Azovstal took an emotional picture (background photo), with a strong message of hope, in the steelworks where he has been standing for two months with his comrades.One of the defenders is standing in a building of the huge steel complex under a ray of sunlight that penetrates through a crack in the ceiling. He stands with his arms outstretched and his face facing the light. The photo went viral and sparked a wave of emotion over the tragedy in Ukraine. The photo was taken by Dmitro Kozatski of the Azov Special Forces Regiment. He is the author of several impressive photographs of the Azovstal fighters.

 

Meanwhile, Russia’s offensive in Donbass intensified on Tuesday, the 83rd day of the war, as Russia threatened to react to the deployment of NATO “military infrastructure” in Finland and Sweden, candidate countries for accession to the North Atlantic Alliance. On the other hand, EU is trying to reach an agreement on stopping Russian oil purchases, but Hungary is blocking the move, saying it will cost too much.

Missile attacks near the Polish border, explosions heard in Lviv

A Ukrainian military base located about 15 kilometers from the border with Poland was the target of a Russian missile attack last night, according to information provided by Maksym Kozytsky, head of the Lviv regional military administration. A series of explosions were heard in the center of Lviv around 12:45 local time (same time in Romania), shortly after the sirens sounded in the city. A member of the CNN team in the city saw the air defense reacting to the northwest – in the direction of the Yavoriv military installation, about 40 kilometers away. Yavoriv has been targeted at least three times since the start of the war. In the first attack, on March 13, more than 30 people were killed.

Lugansk: 10 killed, 3 injured

Ten people were killed and three others injured in Russian bombings in the Lugansk region from Monday to Tuesday night, the head of the regional military administration, Sergei Gaidai, told Telegram. He says the Severodonetsk multifunctional hospital, a scientific association building, a building materials store and four multi-storey buildings were bombed. Russian forces have also launched new attacks in Popasna district, Serghei Gaidai said.

In the meantime, in Kherson, Russia is introducing residence permits in the region to restrict the movement of citizens, Deputy Chief of Staff Khuri Yuriy Sobolevsky was quoted as saying by The Kyiv Independent. Russian forces would also block the way out of the region, he said.

Ukraine Doesn’t Negotiate With Terrorists

The representative of the office of the president of Ukraine explained why negotiations with Russia were put on hold.

On May 17, an adviser to the presidential office and a member of the negotiating delegation from Ukraine, Mykhailo Podolyak, clarified the nature of the negotiations with Russia. This is not about “withdrawal or not exit” from the negotiation process of the Ukrainian delegation: it is only about expediency and specifics at this stage. “There will be specifics — political negotiations will be continued”, Mykhailo Podolyak said as quoted by good-time-invest.com.

Institute for the Study of War: Russians defeated in Kharkov try to resist border with Russia to prevent Belgorod

According to the Institute for War Studies (ISW) ‘s assessment of the front on Monday night through Tuesday morning, Russian forces carried out limited ground offensives on Monday and were largely unsuccessful along the Ukrainian front line. The Russian regrouping around the city of Kharkov is trying, in particular, to resist the border with Russia and to prevent Ukrainian troops from advancing further north. This activity is different from Russia’s previous retreats around Kiev, Chernivtsi and Sumi at the beginning of the war, when the Russians withdrew completely from Russian territory. Russian troops may try to maintain their positions in Ukraine and continue artillery attacks on Ukrainian positions to prevent Ukrainian forces from reaching the outskirts of Belgorod, an important Russian city and a key focus of the artillery’s range Russian military, the ISW report shows. Alternatively, the Russians may hope to launch a counter-offensive to push back south to Kharkov, although such an effort is unlikely to succeed.

British intelligence report

In an analysis on Tuesday morning, the British Ministry of Defense states that in the Chernivtsi region, north of Kyiv, it is estimated that about 3,500 buildings were destroyed or damaged during Russia’s incursion into the Ukrainian capital. 80% of the damage was caused to residential buildings.

Russia launches Iskander missiles near border with Finland, which may also carry nuclear payload

A convoy of seven Iskander mobile rocket launchers was seen traveling on a road in Russia in the direction of Vyborg, about 40 kilometers from the border with Finland, Sky News reports.

Iskander is a short-range ballistic missile (500-700 kilometers) that can carry a conventional charge of up to 700 kilograms of explosive, or a nuclear one. The missile is called SS-26 Stone in NATO terminology and replaced the old Scud missiles from the former USSR. Iskander missiles were already used by Russia in the war in Ukraine.

Russia Prepares Russians for Defeat

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The war in the wrapper of the “special operation” that was fed to the Russians turned out to be a taste of shame, shortages, unemployment, and isolation of Russia.

Day after day, Ukraine is reclaiming its lands. On May 15, the Armed Forces of Ukraine completely expelled the Russian horde from the territory of the Kharkiv region. Crimea, the Donetsk region, and part of the Luhansk region remain critical regions. This means that Russia has nothing left of what it was before the full-scale invasion. What we see: the blitz-capture of Kyiv in 2 days, the establishment of a puppet regime, and the attribution to Ukraine of the status of “denazified part of Russia” did not work. During the 83 days of the war, Ukraine destroyed 27.900 Russian invaders and 1.235 tanks. Read more here.

The Embassy of Israel Returned to Kyiv

On May 17, the Israeli embassy returned to the capital, which was forced to evacuate due to the war

On February 24, Russia launched a full-scale attack on Ukraine. A few days before, the evacuation of embassies from Kyiv to Lviv or Poland began. 22 Kyiv left the Israeli embassy.

On May 17, Israeli ambassador to Ukraine Michael Brodsky again raised his state’s flag over the embassy in Kyiv.

“Israeli ambassador to Ukraine Michael Brodsky raised the Israeli flag in front of the embassy in Kyiv,” the embassy’s press service on its Twitter account, as reported by the good-time-invest.com.

Estonian Investments in Ukraine

On May 17, during a meeting with the minister of entrepreneurship and IT of Estonia, were discussed foreign investments in the reconstruction/development of business in the Zhytomyr region.

Today, the deputy speaker of the parliament of Ukraine, Oleksandr Kornienko, the chairman of the Zhytomyr regional organization Arsenii Pushkarenko, and the minister of entrepreneurship and Information Technologies of Estonia, Andres Sutt met.

First of all, I want to say that we are grateful to Estonia for all the help you are giving in these difficult times. Military and financial assistance to our displaced persons. And we will be grateful for the cooperation, it will definitely benefit the development of Ukraine. The key values ​​that unite us with Europe are the free market, entrepreneurship and liberalism. We must create conditions for creating a strong middle class,” Oleksandr Kornienko said. More details here.

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