Russia prepares a parade on Victory Day as the fight for East Ukraine continues

Russia celebrated its 1945 victory over Nazi Germany on Monday, when its troops fought Kieu’s troops in eastern Ukraine, killing 60 people in an air bombing of a school protecting civilians.

President Vladimir Putin will show off Russia’s power to celebrate the day of victory as it seeks to justify a war that lasted much longer and at a much higher cost than expected.

However, Ukraine will fight desperately to stop the expected military breakthrough, as huge missiles are towed through Moscow’s Red Square and the planned flight features fighters that show support for the war. prize.

And civilians continue to bear the brunt of bloodshed, with President Volodymyr Zelensky against a school in the eastern village of Bilogorifka, one of the highest daily victims since the invasion of Moscow troops on February 24. It was confirmed that 60 people were killed in the Russian air bombing. ..

Lugansk Governor Sergiy Gaidy said the outlook was bleak, but rescuers were looking for survivors in the wreckage left by the attacks on Russian schools.

“The bomb fell to school, and unfortunately it was completely destroyed,” he said in Telegram.

“Surrender is not an option”

In the devastated port city of Mariupol in the south, depleted Ukrainian troops guard the last fort at the Azovstal Iron and Steel Works. Many civilians have recently been evacuated from this steelworks.

AFP reporters in Zaporizhia said on Sunday that eight buses carrying 174 civilians (including 40 who had evacuated from the factory) arrived in a city under Ukrainian control.

“The latest information I got from both Ukraine and Russia is that there are no more civilians there (Azovstal), but we are not in a position to confirm. We are not in the factory “We did,” he told AFP in Ukraine, Osnat Rubrani, Humanitarian Coordinator of the United Nations.

According to the United Nations, more than 600 civilians are now safely evacuated from Mariupol’s steelworks and other areas.

“We wanted to evacuate every day,” said Vladymyr Babeush, 41, an azovstali evacuee among those who worked in the factory and arrived in Zaporizhia.

“And now we’re done waiting. I’m very grateful to everyone involved.”

Evacuation leaves a small force of rebellious defenders trapped in Azovstal’s tunnels and vast network of bunkers.

“We, all military personnel at Mariupol’s garrison, have witnessed war crimes committed by Russian troops by Russia. We are witnesses,” said Ilya Samoilenko, the intelligence officer of the right-most Azov corps. Told. site.

“Russia is not interested in our lives, so surrender is not an option.”

With full control of Mariupol, Moscow will be able to build an overpass between the Crimean Peninsula, which was annexed in 2014, and the eastern region, which is run by pro-Russian separatists.

Some speculate that Putin is trying to reach that goal in time for Victory Day.

“The enemy is trying to end the defenders of Azovstal. They are trying to do it by May 9 to give Vladimir Putin a gift,” said Olexi Arrestvic, an aide to the President of Ukraine. Said.

Russian leaders have sought to justify the invasion of Ukraine by comparing it to the previous struggle against Nazism and the pride of the state it brought about.

“Today, our soldiers, as their ancestors, are fighting side by side to free their hometown from the Nazi filth, with the confidence that victory will be ours, as in 1945. “Putin said.

Ukraine’s Zelensky also marked the end of the war by comparing his country’s battle for the survival of the country with the regional resistance to former Nazi occupiers.

“Decades after World War II, the darkness returned to Ukraine and became black and white again,” he said in a black and white social media video shot in front of the bombed apartment.

“Evil is back in different uniforms, under different slogans, but for the same purpose,” he warned.

“Russian shame”

Zelensky also met with G7 leaders through a video conference on Sunday to discuss the crisis.

A group of statements said Putin’s “unprovoked war of aggression” “shamed the historic sacrifices of Russia and its people.”

The White House said the G7 “promised to phase out or ban Russia’s oil imports.”

However, EU diplomats will meet again this week to reveal details of the latest sanctions package against Moscow after an embargo on Russia’s oil-exposed cracks has been proposed.

The White House also said the United States would impose sanctions on three major Russian television stations, denying all Russian companies access to US companies’ consulting and accounting services.

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Putin was the cause of “evil war crimes” when he visited Irpin, a suburb on the northwestern tip of Kyiv, where fierce fighting took place in the early weeks of the conflict. ..

Local mayor Oleksandr Markushyn posted a photo on social media, saying Trudeau “come to Irpin to see for himself all the horrors that Russian occupiers have brought to our city.”

Battle of the east

On the ground, major battles are taking place in the eastern part of Ukraine.

In Severodonetsk, dozens of jerky and exhausted soldiers barking under the bridge from incoming artillery are Kyiv’s last attack on Russia’s attack on this easternmost city still held by Ukraine. Formed a line of defense.

The collapse of the city will give the Kremlin de facto control of Lugansk-the smaller of the two republics that make up the War in Donbas.

A clear pattern appears on the Eastern Front of Ukraine.

Ukrainian troops are making a profit by fighting back east of the northern city of Kharkov.

Next, the Russians are chewing on the territory about 100 miles (160 kilometers) southeast of Ukraine’s Push.

The Severodonetsk soldiers were too tired to look brave.

“I don’t want to guess how long we can last, all I can say is that we are here now,” said their unit commander.

“What’s the best way to explain the situation? It’s very stable,” he said with an enthusiastic laugh. Russia prepares a parade on Victory Day as the fight for East Ukraine continues

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