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Ukrainian orders put an end to Mariupol’s defense

Ukraine ordered on Friday to place weapons on the last troops trapped in Mariupol’s Azovstal iron and mill, but Russia said it had completed several months of operations to occupy a strategic port city.

The flattening of Mariupol in Russia has led to multiple accusations of war crimes, including a fatal attack on the maternity ward, and Ukraine has begun legal calculations of captured Russian troops.

After admitting that 21-year-old Sergeant Vadim Shishimarin had killed unarmed civilians in the early stages of the attack, the first post-invasion trial of Russian soldiers against war crimes approached its climax in Kieu. The verdict is scheduled for Monday.

“I’m really sorry,” Shishima Hayashi told the court on Friday. However, his lawyer said in closing arguments that the young soldier was “not guilty” of planned murder and war crimes.

While Ukrainian troops fought off Russia’s attacks around Kyiv, both eastern and southern Mariupol’s were struck by ruthless ground and artillery, helped by the steady injection of western weapons.

Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman Oleksandr Motzzanik told reporters, “Russian occupation forces are setting off a fierce fire along the entire contact line and trying to attack cannons deep inside the Ukrainian defense.” Told.

The fighting has been fierce in the eastern part of the Russian-speaking Donbus, which has been partially dominated by pro-Kremlin separatists since 2014.

“In Donbus, the occupiers are trying to increase pressure,” President Volodymyr Zelensky said in his nightly video speech late Thursday. “There is hell — and it’s not an exaggeration.”

In the eastern city of Severodonetsk, Russian bombardment killed 12 people and injured another 40, according to the local governor.

“End of operation”

Zelensky described the bombardment of Severodonetsk as “brutal and absolutely meaningless.” The inhabitants barking in the basement explained the endless test of horror.

The city forms part of the last pocket of Ukraine’s resistance in Lugansk and, along with the neighboring areas of Donetsk, constitutes the War in Donbas.

Moscow said on Friday that the battle at the Azovstal Iron and Steel Works, a symbol of Ukraine’s persistent resistance, has ended since Russian President Vladimir Putin launched an invasion on February 24.

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenko said that from 16 May, 2,439 Ukrainian employees have surrendered to the steelworks and the last 500 on Friday have surrendered.

Shoigu had informed Putin of “the end and complete liberation of the (Azovstal) Industrial Complex and the city of Mariupol,” Konashenko added.

Ukrainian Azov Battalion commander Dennis Prokopenko had previously said that only the dead remained.

“The higher military commander ordered us to save the lives of our garrison soldiers and stop defending the city,” he said in a telegram video.

“I now hope that all of the family and Ukraine will be able to fill their fighters with honor.”

Ukraine wants to exchange surrendered Azovstal iron soldiers for Russian prisoners. But in Donetsk, pro-Kremlin authorities have threatened to bring some of them to justice.

The International Committee of the Red Cross has urged both sides to grant access to prisoners of war and civilian detainees “wherever prisoners of war are housed.”

“More families need an answer,” it said in a statement.

In Washington, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said all prisoners of war “should be treated in accordance with the Geneva Convention and the law of war.”

President Joe Biden has thrown the Ukrainian war as part of a US-led struggle over democracy against authoritarianism.

This week, Congress approved a $ 40 billion (€ 38 billion) aid package, including funding to strengthen Ukraine’s armored vehicles and air defense systems.

Underground living

And at a meeting in Germany, the G7 developed countries promised $ 19.8 billion to support Ukraine’s shattered finances.

Biden provided Finland and Sweden with “complete, complete and complete support” to join the NATO military alliance when they welcomed their leaders to the White House on Thursday.

However, all 30 existing NATO members had to agree to new entrants, and Turkey has historically denounced the acceptance of Kurdish militants by neighbors of the non-aligned North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Shoigu said the Kremlin would respond to NATO enlargement by building more military bases in western Russia.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine declined around the northeastern city of Kharkiv, forcing its troops to withdraw from rearguard attacks by defense forces.

However, Kharkiv remains within the range of Russian artillery and hundreds of people refuse to leave the relatively safe areas of its subway system.

“We’re tired. You can see the comfort of the house we have,” said 35-year-old Kateryna Talpa, pointing at the ground mattresses and sheets, and the food in the cardboard boxes. Said.

She and her husband, Yuri, along with the cats Marek and Shima, are doing their best to deal with the Soviet-era station called “Socialist Labor Hero”.

“They got used to it,” Tulpa said.

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2022/05/21/ukraine-orders-end-to-defense-of-mariupol-a77741 Ukrainian orders put an end to Mariupol’s defense

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