On Monday, May 16, 2022, more than 260 Ukrainian fighters, including 53 wounded, were evacuated from the Azovstal Steel Plant, the last stronghold of the Ukrainian resistance in Mariupol.
“On May 16, 53 seriously injured people were evacuated from Azovstal to Novoazovsk for medical assistance, and 211 others were transferred to Olenivka via a humanitarian corridor,” Deputy Defense Minister of Ukraine, Jana Maliar, said in a video clip, that these two areas are located in an area controlled by Russian and pro-Russian forces, noting that they will be at a later time. bargains “.
It seems that the Ukrainian fighters are ready to leave the steel mills
The Ukrainian General Staff confirmed in a press statement the evacuation of these 264 soldiers and indicated this Rescue activities for the defenders who remained in the Azovstal lands are continuing.without specifying the number of Ukrainian soldiers who remained at the site.
The last Ukrainian fighters holed up in Mariupol at the Azovstal steel plants announced on Monday that they had “ Execute the command Ukrainian High Command ‘to save lives’indicating that they were preparing to leave this besieged site by the Russian army for several weeks.
“In order to save lives, the entire Mariupol garrison carried out the order approved by the military command and hoping for the support of the Ukrainian people,” And he confirmed in a message posted on social networking sites the Azov Regiment, which defends this site.
Explosions in Kyiv tonight
Violent explosions sounded in the city of Kyiv at night, while it was reported that “10 consecutive blasts”, As Russia continues its attack on the country.
Footage circulating on social media shows the sky of Kyiv apparently lit up by the explosions on Tuesday morning.
Ukrainian MP Lesya Vasylenko tweeted: “Kyiv is under fierce attack at the moment. My friends say that there was never such noise before. It is western Ukraine. Very close to Poland.”
Fighting intensifies in the east
The Russian offensive in Donbas intensified on Monday and left 10 dead in Severodonetsk, an important administrative center still under Kyiv’s control, while Russia warned it would respond to the troop deployment.“military infrastructure” NATO in Finland and Sweden, candidates to join NATO.
In Severodonetsk, a city that has become important to Ukrainians since Moscow-backed separatist forces seized part of Donbass (eastern Ukraine) in 2014, At least 10 people were killed. And the region’s governor announced, today, Monday, in a Russian bombing.
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. “Severodonetsk suffered very strong blows”He added, accompanying his message, pictures of the destruction.
Despite calls by the Ukrainian authorities to evacuate Lysichansk, which is separated from Severodonetsk only by a river, the Seversky Donets River, and which is regularly bombed, more than 20,000 civilians remain – compared to 100,000 before the war – according to volunteers distributing aid. in the region.
“I think people don’t fully understand the situation.”Viktor Levchenko lamented, a policeman trying to persuade them to evacuate. “We have to avoid the bombing and cross very dangerous areas to reach them, feed them and try to evacuate them.”
Russian soldiers “expelled”
In the northeast, the Ukrainians regained control of part of the border in the Kharkiv region, according to KEV. The Ministry of Defense published a video on its Facebook account showing Ukrainian soldiers in front of a border post painted in Ukraine’s colors yellow and blue, and the Ministry of Defense welcomed on Monday that its forces have They kicked out the Russians.
The Russians for weeks bombed the northern and eastern regions of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second city, from areas recently captured by the Ukrainians.
Ukrainian authorities now expect that the disengaged units from the Kharkiv region will reinforce Russian forces in the Donbass, where they are a painstakingly advancing, according to Oleksich Aristovich, Ukraine’s presidential adviser.
New attempts in the Donbass?
“We are preparing for new Russian attempts to attack in the Donbass”, for “ intensification of its movement towards southern Ukraine ”, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Sunday. Several Western officials, including British military intelligence, have indicated in recent days that the Russian offensive in eastern Ukraine has not resulted in any major territorial gains in recent times.
The Kremlin has increased its warnings since last week on another front, namely the possible expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to Finland and Sweden, two countries that prompted Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, on February 24, to abandon them. Decades of military non-alignment.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday that these memberships do not constitute ‘direct threat’. But he continued “The deployment of military infrastructure on the territory of these countries will, of course, lead to a response.”
Russia, in particular, explained its attack in Ukraine with the rapprochement of its western neighbor with NATO, considering that this constitutes a threat. my existence for his safety.
On Monday evening, France confirmed it “will stand” of the two countries in a state of aggression, while London called for their integration into NATO ” As soon as possible “.
A bill of 15 to 18 million euros
After a visit to Germany where he welcomed the development of Berlin’s position, which is now ready to deliver heavy weapons to Kyiv, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba was in Brussels on Monday to discuss, among other things, new sanctions against Russia.
His EU counterparts are meeting there to try to undo a draft ban on Russian oil imports, which Hungary, on which it heavily depends – has rejected – much to the chagrin of member states closest to Kyiv.
“ Unfortunately, the entire Union is hostage to a member state that cannot help us reach consensus.” The head of Lithuanian diplomacy, Gabrielius Landsbergis, denounced.
About Hungarian Head of Diplomacy Peter Szijjarto “The Hungarians are legitimately expecting a proposed solution to finance investments (new infrastructure) and compensate for price increases, at a total cost of about 15-18 billion euros.”
At the end of the meeting, the head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell acknowledged the finalization of the sixth package of sanctions. “It will take time.” An extraordinary European summit is scheduled for May 30 and 31.