Russian President Vladimir Putin celebrates victory day as Russia urges Ukrainian assault

Zaporizhia, May 9: Russian troops pushed for an assault on Ukraine on Monday in an attempt to occupy the important southern port city of Mariupol while Moscow was preparing to celebrate the National Victory Day holiday.

Russian troops decided to succeed in the war in the 11th week, a vast seaside ironworks made by an estimated 2,000 Ukrainian fighters, what appears to be the last stand to prevent the fall of Mariupol. Was targeted. Read again | Russia-Ukraine War: An additional 173 civilians have been evacuated from the Mariupol steelworks.

The factory is the only part of the city that has not been overtaken by the invaders, and its defeat will rob Ukraine of an important port and allow Russia to establish a land route from Ukraine to the Crimean Peninsula that it occupied in 2014. .. Read again | Russia-Ukraine War: The United States has announced the G7, a new sanction to phase out Russia’s oil imports.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned that the exacerbation of the attack could be related to the day of victory, which marks Russia’s greatest victory over Nazi Germany in 1945.

“They have nothing to celebrate,” US United Nations Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield told CNN about the Russians. “They have not succeeded in defeating the Ukrainians. They have not succeeded in dividing the world or NATO. And they are internationally isolated and all over the world. I just succeeded in becoming a Pariah state of Ukraine. “

The battle continues on multiple fronts, but Russia is closest to winning in Mariupol. Ukrainian fighters at the steelworks rejected the deadline set by the Russians to place their weapons, despite continued attacks by military aircraft, artillery and tanks.

“We are constantly being bombarded,” said Captain Sviatoslav Paramar, deputy commander of the Azov Battalion in Ukraine, the unit that holds the steelworks. Lieutenant Ilya Samoilenko, another member of the Azov Battalion, said the factory had hundreds of injured soldiers, but refused to reveal how many healthy fighters remained. He said the fighters had no life-saving equipment and had to dig by hand to free people from the bunker that collapsed under the bombardment.

“It is unacceptable to surrender for us because we cannot give such a gift to the enemy,” said Samoilenko. The last civilian to evacuate with a fighter at the factory evacuated on Saturday. They arrive on Sunday night in Zaporizhia, the first major Ukrainian city beyond the front lines, using hand sanitizers for constant bombardment, diminishing food, ubiquitous mold, and cooking fuel. I talked about that.

In other parts of Ukraine, more than 60 people were threatened after Russian bombs flattened schools used as shelters in eastern villages of Birohorifka, Ukrainian officials said. Officials said about 90 people had been evacuated to the school’s basement when the school was attacked on Saturday.

Paramedics found two bodies and rescued 30 people, but “all 60 remaining under the rubble are likely to be dead now,” Luhansk Governor Serhiy Haidai said in Telegram messaging. I am writing in the app.

Russian bombardment also killed two boys, 11 and 14 years old, in the nearby town of Privilia, according to Haidai.

Luhansk is part of Donbus, the industrial center of the eastern part of the Russian army’s occupation. On the Ukrainian coast, the explosion re-emerged in Odesa’s main Black Sea harbor. Ukrainian troops said Moscow is focusing its main efforts on destroying airfield infrastructure in eastern and southern Ukraine.

Ukrainian troops attacked Russian positions on the island of the Black Sea captured on the first day of the war as a sign of stubborn resistance that had been fighting until the 11th week. Satellite images from Planet Labs showed smoke rising from two locations on the island.

However, Moscow troops showed no signs of retreating in the south. Satellite images show that Russia has installed armored vehicles and missile systems at a small base on the Crimean Peninsula.

The most intense battles these days are in eastern Ukraine. According to the Institute for the Study of War, a Washington think tank, Ukraine’s counterattack in the northeast near Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city, has made “significant progress.” However, Ukrainian troops have withdrawn from the embarrassed eastern city of Popasna, local officials said.

Rodion Miloshnick of the People’s Republic of Luhansk, a representative of the pro-Kremlin and a separatist, said his troops and Russian troops occupied most of Popasna after two months of fierce fighting.

Kharkov local government said three people were killed in a bombardment in the town of Bogodukhiv, about 50 km (30 miles) from Kharkov. In Dnipropetrovsk, south of Kharkov, the governor said a 12-year-old boy was killed by a cluster munition he found after a Russian attack. International treaties prohibit the use of such explosives, but neither Russia nor Ukraine have signed the agreement.

“This war is dangerous,” Governor Valentin Reznicenko wrote on social media. “It’s close even if you can’t see it.” As the day of victory approached and Putin was spotlighted, Western leaders showed new signs of support for Ukraine.

The Group of Seven industrial democracies have promised to ban or phase out Russia’s oil imports. The G-7 consists of the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and Japan.

The United States has also announced new sanctions against Russia, blocking Western advertising from Russia’s three major television stations, banning the provision of services by US accounting and consulting companies, and banning Russia’s industrial sector from wood products. Blocked from industrial engines, boilers and bulldozers.

First Lady Gilbyden of the United States met her Ukrainian correspondent. Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau raised his national flag at the embassy in Kieu. U2’s Bono, along with his bandmate The Edge, sang the 1960s song “Stand by Me” at Kyiv Station on the subway, which was used as a bomb shelter.

Christina Kubien, deputy US ambassador to Ukraine, posted a photo of herself at the US embassy, ​​abandoning Moscow troops’ efforts to attack Kieu a few weeks ago, and Donbus.

Zelenskyy published a video address of the Allied victory in Europe 77 years ago, showing the similarities between Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the evil of Nazism. The black and white footage shows Zelensky standing in front of an abandoned apartment in Borodianka, a suburb of Kieu.

Zelenskyy said that generations of Ukrainians understand the importance of the word “never again”, which is often used to vow not to repeat the Holocaust horror.

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