The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court on Monday announced the dispatch of a team of 42 investigators and experts to Ukraine. This is the largest manpower mission ever sent to investigate the crimes committed during the Russian invasion. On the diplomatic side, Joe Biden will receive the Swedish Prime Minister and the Finnish President on Thursday to discuss their candidacy for NATO membership. Follow our dedicated live for Tuesday, May 17th.
3:20 pm: Eight killed in a Russian raid on a village that includes a large military camp
Eight people were killed and 12 others injured on Tuesday in a Russian raid on the Ukrainian village of Desna, about sixty kilometers north of Kyiv known to house a large military training camp, a local aid organization said.
“Eight dead and 12 wounded,” Oleksandr Ivchenko, spokesman for the regional branch of the State Emergency Service, told AFP.
3:06 pm: The International Criminal Court has deployed 42 investigators and experts to Ukraine
The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has announced the dispatch of a team of 42 investigators and experts to Ukraine, the largest manpower mission ever sent, to investigate crimes committed during the Russian invasion.
“I confirm that my office today dispatched a team of 42 investigators, forensic scientists and other support personnel to Ukraine,” Karim Khan said in a statement, adding that it was “the largest mission in terms of manpower deployed on Earth at one time.”
2:55 pm: Germany will intensify its military cooperation with Sweden and Finland, NATO candidates
German Chancellor Olaf Schulz confirmed that his country will “intensify” its military cooperation with Sweden and Finland, which are seeking security guarantees for the transitional period until their required accession to NATO.
“We will intensify our military cooperation, especially in the Baltic Sea region, and through joint exercises,” Olaf Schultz said at a press conference in Berlin.
He specified that the two countries would be able to count on Germany’s support, “especially in this very special situation” before their hopeful admission into NATO.
2:34 pm: Finland’s parliament votes over 95% for NATO membership
The Finnish parliament voted in favor of joining NATO by a river majority of over 95%, allowing the formal nomination of the Nordic country to be sent to the alliance’s headquarters.
At the conclusion of the two-day session of the House of Representatives, the accession bill was approved by 188 votes against, eight against and no abstentions, according to the outcome of the poll.
US President Joe Biden hosts Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson and Finnish President Sauli Niinistö at the White House on Thursday. They will discuss Finland and Sweden’s candidacies for NATO membership [deux pays que l’invasion russe a poussés à renoncer à des décennies de non-alignement militaire]European security”, as well as “support for Ukraine” attacked by Russia.
12:28 pm: Russia expels two Finnish diplomats
The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Russian diplomacy decided to expel Finnish diplomats from Russia in retaliation for a similar step taken by Helsinki.
During this interview, the Russian diplomat “strongly protested” the expulsion of two employees of the Russian embassy in Finland.
The announcement comes as Finland announced its “historic” candidacy for NATO on Sunday as a direct result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which Sweden followed shortly after. On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that Moscow would respond to “NATO’s deployment of military infrastructure” in these two countries.
10:52 a.m.: About 265 Azovstal fighters captured, according to Russia
On Tuesday, the Russian Defense Ministry said that 265 Ukrainian fighters, who are holed up in steel plants in Azovstal, the last stronghold of the Ukrainian resistance in Mariupol, have surrendered to the pro-Russian forces and have been captured since Monday.
“During the past 24 hours, 265 fighters surrendered and surrendered, of whom 51 were seriously wounded,” the ministry said in a statement on the status of the Russian attack on Ukraine.
For its part, the Military Intelligence Department of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine calls an exchange “that will be conducted to return these Ukrainian heroes to their homeland as soon as possible”, indirectly confirming that these men, who “accomplished” their task, were already in the hands of the Russians.
6:02 am: Hundreds of fighters evacuate Azovstal to Mariupol
On Tuesday, the operation to rescue Ukrainian fighters from the huge steel mills at Azovstal – the last pocket of resistance against the Russian army in the strategic port of Mariupol – began, according to Keef, who now considers these men “accomplished” their mission.
Soldiers of the garrison stationed in Azovstal, more than 260 of whom had already been evacuated on Monday, “completed their combat mission,” welcoming the Ukrainian army’s crew in a press release, and ordering their commanders to “save the lives” of those left behind.
“Unfortunately, today Ukraine cannot cancel the Azovstal ban by military means,” the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said on Telegram.
12:43 am: Fighting intensifies in the east
“At least 10 people were killed” in Russian bombings, the region’s governor announced Monday in Severodonetsk, a city that has become important to Ukrainians since Moscow-backed separatist forces seized part of Donbass (eastern Ukraine) in 2014. This city is almost surrounded by Moscow troops.
In an earlier message on Monday, Sergio Gaidic reported artillery shelling of Severodonetsk and its twin city, Lysichanek, causing fires in residential areas.
Despite calls by the Ukrainian authorities to evacuate Lysechansk, which is separated only by the Severodonetsk River from Severodonetsk and which is regularly bombed, more than 20,000 civilians remained – compared to 100,000 people before the war – according to volunteers distributing aid. in the region.
For his part, Pavlo Kirilenko, the governor of the neighboring Donetsk region, announced the killing of nine civilians on Monday and the injury of 16 others in his region.
In the northeast, the Ukrainians regained control of part of the border in the Kharkiv region, according to KEV.