Kyiv Before May 9, Russia intensifies its attack efforts in Ukraine. According to their own statements, the Russian military shot down several planes and helicopters over Ukrainian Serpents’ Island during the night.
“Overnight, Russian air defense units over Snake Island destroyed two more Ukrainian Su-24 bombers and one Mi-24 helicopter and shot down a Bayraktar drone near the city of Odessa,” the official said on Sunday. Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov. In addition, a Ukrainian corvette was sunk.
Reports from both sides testify to fierce fighting for the strategically important island, located 35 kilometers off the coast just across the Danube Delta in the Odessa region. At the very beginning of the war, the Russian armed forces captured the Ukrainian base there, the radio message of which to a Russian warship became famous throughout the world. The flagship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, the armored cruiser “Moskva”, is said to have sunk in the area after Ukrainian fire.
In Saturday evening’s situation report, the Russian military had already reported the downing of several drones, a Su-24 bomber, a Su-27 fighter jet and a military helicopter with paratroopers on board. Additionally, a Ukrainian landing craft was sunk.
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On the other hand, the Ukrainian military recently reported the sinking of a Russian landing craft on the island. In addition, the Ukrainian Defense Command Southern Operations Staff showed video of the alleged downing of a Russian helicopter over the island. Ukrainian media had even previously reported that a Russian frigate in the area caught fire after being bombed. However, there is no confirmation for these reports.
to the military situation
On Sunday night, there was an aerial alarm in large parts of the country. The capital kyiv and its surroundings were affected, but also Lviv in the west, Kharkiv and Donetsk in the east, Odessa in the south and other regions.
According to local reports, explosions could be heard in Odessa. Initially, it was unclear whether this was Russian rocket fire or defensive Ukrainian air defense fire. There were also explosions in the southern city of Mykolaiv.
According to the Ukrainian General Staff, Russian troops were able to regain ground after several days without significant progress in their attacks in the Donbass region. “In the direction of Liman, the enemy has conquered the northern edge of Schandrigolowe by attacks,” the General Staff said in its situation report on Sunday. Shandrigolove is about 20 kilometers north of the city of Sloviansk, which is part of the target of the Russian operation in the Donbass.
In addition, Russian troops continue to launch attacks in the direction of Sievzherodonetsk, Popasna and Avdiivka. “In the direction of Kurakhove, the enemy is trying to resume their offensive on Novomykhaylivka with artillery support,” he said. In Mariupol, Ukrainian units would continue to be pinned down in the steelworks. With air and artillery support, the Russian troops continued their assault attempts there.
In total, the Ukrainian military leadership speaks of nine repelled Russian attacks. Among other things, an Mi-28 helicopter, 19 tanks and 20 armored military vehicles were shot down.
According to the report, the Russians went on the defensive in the northern Kharkiv region. There, “the enemy concentrated its efforts on stopping the advance of our troops towards the northern and northeastern border of Kharkiv,” the general staff said.
Air raid on a school in the Luhansk region
After a Russian airstrike on a school in the Lugansk region, Ukrainian authorities say up to 60 people could be dead. After an airstrike on Bilohorivka school, two bodies have been recovered so far, the region’s governor, Serhiy Hajdaj, announced on his Telegram channel on Sunday. “Probably the 60 people still under the rubble of the building are dead,” he added.
Reports of deaths after the attack on a school in eastern Ukraine
According to him, the airstrike occurred on Saturday afternoon. 90 people had asked for protection against attacks in the school building. The bombardment caused a fire in the school and the building collapsed. Rescuers were able to save 30 people, including 7 injured, according to the governor. Bilohorivka is an urban agglomeration about ten kilometers west of Lysychansk. The city is heavily contested.
Dramatic location in Azovstal
According to unanimous Ukrainian and Russian reports, during a ceasefire on Saturday in the fighting for the Azovstal steel plant, the last civilians were rescued from their hiding places.
For the remaining soldiers, however, the situation is almost hopeless. He can only hope for a miracle, 36th Marine Brigade Commander Serhiy Wolynskyj wrote on Facebook. “Here’s to the higher powers finding a way to save us!”
Observers believe the Kremlin wants to take Azovstal as soon as possible in order to announce the capture of Mariupol on Monday May 9 – the 77th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s victory over Hitler’s Germany.
“We are now preparing the second stage of the evacuation mission, the wounded and the doctors,” President Zelensky said in his evening video address. This is only possible if all parties stick to an agreement. “Of course, we are also working on the withdrawal of our army.” However, Moscow has repeatedly announced that it intends to capture Ukrainian fighters even if they surrender.
Complaint for destruction of cultural monuments
The world commemorates the victory over National Socialism in World War II these days, Selenski said. But for him, the Russian approach shows “that it is impossible to defeat evil once and for all”. He lamented that 200 Ukrainian cultural heritage sites were affected during the two and a half months of war of aggression. “Unfortunately, when people disrespect the rights of others, disobey the law and destroy culture, evil returns,” the president said.
According to the Russian military, 1.16 million people have been brought to Russia from disputed areas of Ukraine since the end of February. This included 205,000 children, the Defense Ministry in Moscow said. Russia sees in it the rescue of threatened civilians. kyiv accuses Moscow of abducting people against their will and preventing them from traveling to territory under Ukrainian control.
Ukrainian pilots should learn to fly western jets
Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov wants his Air Force pilots to be trained on Western fighter jets soon. Negotiations are already underway, Resnikov said, according to reports broadcast on Ukrainian television on Sunday. It’s time for the Ukrainians to master the American A-10 Thunderbolt ground attack aircraft, for example. As other types, he named the American fighter planes F-15 and F-16 as well as the Saab JAS 39 Gripen from Swedish production.
As Reznikov said, Ukrainian soldiers are already trained by Britain on anti-aircraft weapons and artillery systems. He cited the Starstreak anti-aircraft missile as an example.
London promises a big aid plan
Britain pledged £1.3bn (€1.52bn) in military aid to war-torn Ukraine ahead of G7 deliberations. “The UK was the first country to recognize the scale of the threat and is sending arms to help Ukrainians defend themselves,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson was quoted as saying by British news agency PA. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s attack not only caused untold destruction in Ukraine. “It also threatens peace and security across Europe.”
Johnson announced part of the new £300m package last week. Among other things, anti-artillery radars, jamming devices for electronics and night vision devices are to be delivered for this purpose. London had previously pledged £1.5 billion in military and humanitarian aid.
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It brings the day
On Sunday, Chancellor Olaf Scholz will give a televised address on the end of the Second World War in Europe in 1945 and on the war in Ukraine. As the federal government has announced, this is a special commemoration of May 8 due to the ongoing Russian attack on Ukraine this year.
As Germany’s highest representative to date, Bundestag President Bärbel Bas will travel to Kyiv on Sunday. It follows an invitation from the Speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament, Ruslan Stefanchuk. On behalf of the Bundestag, Bas wants to lay wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and at the Memorial to Murdered Ukrainian Jews in Babyn Yar. Bas also hopes to meet President Zelensky when the security situation permits.
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