War against Ukraine: Russia attacks several cities

Status: 03.05.2022 23:02

New fighting in the Donbass, bombs in Lviv, many dead civilians: Russia attacked several regions of the country in the evening. Rocket fire caused power outages in western Ukraine.

Towns in several regions of Ukraine became targets of Russian rocket attacks in the evening. According to authorities, this led to power cuts in the Lviv region of western Ukraine.

Three substations were damaged. As a result, according to Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadowyj, there were also problems with the water supply as pumps broke down due to a lack of electricity.

Large-scale attack on a steel plant in Mariupol

Birgit Virnich/Judith Schacht, ARD Warsaw, daily news at 8:00 p.m., May 3, 2022

Many dead civilians

At least 21 civilians have been killed in Russian attacks in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine, according to Ukrainian sources. Twenty-seven other people were injured, the local administration announced on its Telegram channel. Civilian casualties were mainly in the besieged towns of Avdiivka, Lyman and Wuhledar. According to Governor Serhiy Hajday, the heaviest fighting took place in the neighboring Luhansk region around the town of Popasna.

According to Ukrainian reports, there were also deaths and injuries in an as yet unknown number of rocket attacks in the central Ukrainian region of Kirovohrad. In the Vinnytsia region and near the capital kyiv, where CDU Chairman Friedrich Merz met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Tuesday, Russian rockets were shot down.

For the first time, the far western region of Transcarpathia was also the target of a rocket attack. An infrastructure object in the mountains was hit. Nothing was initially known about any possible casualties. Authorities in the Odessa region reported shooting down a Russian combat drone.

Georg Heil, RBB, currently in Vinnyzja/Central Ukraine, to storm Mariupol facility

tagesschau24 6:00 PM, May 3, 2022

The capture of Azovstal has begun

In the port city of Mariupol, Russian troops had already begun storming the besieged Azovstal steelworks. According to Russian news agencies, the Ministry of Defense in Moscow said that “units of the Russian army and the Donetsk People’s Republic” had begun “with artillery and aircraft” to destroy “positions of combat” of the Ukrainian troops.

In addition to the Ukrainian fighters, around 200 civilians are believed to be stuck in the factory premises. Over the weekend, more than 120 people were rescued with international assistance. However, another evacuation action scheduled for Monday failed. Overall, Mariupol would still have 100,000 inhabitants out of the original over 400,000 inhabitants.

More than 100 of those rescued over the weekend have now reached the town of Zaporizhia. Zaporizhia is under Ukrainian control and is located about 230 kilometers northwest of Mariupol.

Russia has been waging a war of aggression against its neighbor for more than two months. The UN has so far recorded around 3,200 civilian deaths, but assumes the number of casualties is much higher.

conflicting parties as a source

Information on the course of the war, shelling and casualties provided by official bodies of the Russian and Ukrainian parties to the conflict cannot be verified directly by an independent body in the current situation.

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