The Russian military said it had “completely liberated” the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol
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Cover photo: Ukrainian soldiers on a bus leaving the Azovstal factory in Mariupol, after surrendering to pro-Russian forces, May 20, 2022. Alexander Ermoshenko/Reuters

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  • Russian bombing left 12 dead and 40 wounded Thursday in Severodonetsk, Luhansk region (east), Thursday, May 19, according to local governor Serhiy Haiday. He said most of the shots hit apartment buildings and that the death toll could rise.
  • Sievierodonetsk and Lysytchansk form the last pocket of Ukrainian resistance in the Luhansk region. The Russians besieged these two regions, separated by a river, and bombarded them relentlessly. Also in the Donbass region, the governor of the Donetsk region, Pavlo Kirilenko, announced the killing of five civilians on Thursday, at the hands of Russian soldiers.
  • Thursday evening, the US Congress approved $40 billion (€37.7 billion) for Ukraine. Within this circumstance, $6 billion should enable Ukraine to equip itself with armored vehicles and strengthen its anti-aircraft defense.
  • Hosted by Joe Biden, Thursday in Washington, Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson and Finnish President Sauli NiinistöTo demonstrate, once again, their enthusiastic support for their country’s membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
  • Justice officials from five Western countries, making up the so-called “Five Eyes” coalition (the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom) on Thursday announced their support for Ukraine’s legal action to prosecute war crimes related to the Russian invasion. The Minister of Justice or the Attorney General said in a press release “preserve” Action by the Prosecutor General of Ukraine, Irina Venediktova, to hold those responsible to account “War Crimes Committed During the Russian Invasion”. The trial has begun, a 21-year-old Russian sergeant is on trial. He faces life imprisonment.
  • On Thursday, the Russian Defense Ministry announced that 1,730 Ukrainian soldiers are holed up at the Azovstal steel site. Mariupol He gave up since Monday. In the Luhansk region of the Donbass, at least twelve people were killed and forty others were injured in Severodonetsk.
  • Russia has announced that it wants to isolate Ukraine from it Zaporizhia nuclear power plantthe largest in Europe, occupied by the Russian army, unless Kyiv pays Moscow for the electricity produced.
  • German Chancellor Olaf Schulz He stated that he does not support giving Ukraine a “shortcut” With the intent to join the European Union, referring to a The necessity of fairness towards the six western Balkan countries who wanted it for so long.
  • Top money makers in the G7 They gathered in Germany to try to keep Ukraine’s finances afloat and to assess the repercussions of the war on the global economy: inflation associated in particular with rising energy prices, threats of a food crisis, and the specter of excessive indebtedness of many developing countries.

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