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The Ukrainian fighters who defended the steel mill in the devastated port city of Mariupol have “full accomplished” their mission, says the country’s deputy defence minister.

After the successful evacuation of 260 injured soldiers on Monday, Ukraine says it is now discussing plans to extract the last of its soldiers still holding out at the steel mill, at which point it will fully cede control of the strategic port city to Russia.

Monday’s evacuation to Russia-backed separatist-controlled territory was done to save the lives of the fighters who endured weeks of Russian assaults in the maze of underground passages below the hulking Azovstal steelworks, said president Volodymyr Zelensky.

Yesterday the 53 most seriously wounded fighters were taken directly to a hospital in Novoazovsk to the east of Mariupol, and the remaining 211 were evacuated to Olenivka through a humanitarian corridor.

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Russia’s Ukraine invasion killed 229 children, Ukraine’s prosecutor general says

Ukraine’s parliament Verkhovna Rada said on Tuesday that Russia’s military invasion claimed the lives of 229 children. “229 children were murdered by Russian Nazis as a result of Russia’s full-scale aggression against Ukraine,” Ukraine’s parliament wrote on Telegram, quoting figures provided by Ukraine’s prosecutor general on Monday. Prosecutor general of Ukraine, Iryna Venediktova is urging the international community to end the impunity.

Last week she said that this is just the beginning of the long and complex process of bringing perpetrators before the courts and restoring justice to victims.

“We will leave no stone unturned to document and investigate every crime committed against the people of Ukraine,” she wrote on Twitter.

Charlene Rodrigues17 May 2022 08:12

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Ukrainian troops evacuate from Mariupol, ceding control to Russia

Ukraine‘s military said on Tuesday it was working to evacuate all remaining troops from their last stronghold in the besieged port of Mariupol, ceding control of the city to Russia after months of bombardment.

The evacuation of hundreds of fighters likely marked the end of the longest and bloodiest battle of the Ukraine war and a significant defeat for Ukraine. Mariupol is now in ruins after a Russian siege that Ukraine says killed tens of thousands of people in the city.

“The ‘Mariupol’ garrison has fulfilled its combat mission,” the General Staff of Ukraine‘s Armed Forces said in a statement.

“The supreme military command ordered the commanders of the units stationed at Azovstal to save the lives of the personnel … Defenders of Mariupol are the heroes of our time,” it added.

Charlene Rodrigues17 May 2022 07:49

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Republican resistance mounting over $40bn aid to Ukraine

Signs of Republican resistance are mounting over a $40bn aid package to Ukraine, as more conservatives in Congress raised vocal objections on Monday as the Senate voted to advance the bill 81-11.

All 11 votes came from Republican senators, after months of unusually united congressional support for the Biden administration’s Ukraine measures, as the European country desperately battled Russian aggression.

The pushback comes days after Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell led a delegation of GOP senators to visit the war-torn region over the weekend in a show of support, vowing to push past detractors and vote on expanding Nato to include Sweden and Finland.

“There’s always been isolationist voices in the Republican Party,” Mr McConnell told reporters on a conference call over the weekend from Stockholm. “It won’t create a problem, we’ll get the job done.”

However, the most vocal lawmakers insisted that Congress will not provide a blank cheque for overseas action amid domestic needs.

“We have got to take care of things here at home first,” said Republican senator Bill Hagerty of Tennessee, the former Trump administration’s ambassador to Japan, on Fox News.

Republican senator Josh Hawley of Missouri tweeted of his no vote: “That’s not isolationism. That’s nationalism.”

Namita Singh17 May 2022 07:06

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Russia accused of intentionally targeting schools

Russia has shelled more than 1,000 schools, destroying 95, the Ukrainian government claimed.

On 8 May, it bombed a school in Zaporizhzhia, which like another school in Chernihiv was used as a shelter. As many as 60 people are feared dead.

In Chernihiv, so far only seven of the city’s 35 schools remain unscathed, claims the city council, adding that three were reduced to rubble.

A view of a school destroyed by Russian shelling in the village of Druzhkivka, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Monday, 16 May 2022

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The intentional targeting of schools and other civilian infrastructure is a war crime, with experts saying that the wide scale of the wreckage reveals Russia’s intent to do this, rather than the destruction of schools being mere collateral damage.

The International Criminal Court, prosecutors from across the globe and Ukraine’s prosecutor general are probing more than 8,000 reports of potential war crimes in Ukraine involving 500 suspects.

Namita Singh17 May 2022 06:51

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Mariupol mission ‘fully accomplished’, claim Ukrainian officials

The Ukrainian fighters who defended the steel mill in the devastated port city of Mariupol have “full accomplished” their mission, said Ukraine’s deputy defence minister.

Ukraine says it is now discussing plans to evacuate the last of its soldiers still holding out at the steel mill, at which point it will fully cede control of the strategic port city to Russia.

“Mariupol’s defenders have fully accomplished all missions assigned by the command,” said Hanna Maliar, adding that it was impossible to “unblock Azovstal by military means.”

A wounded service member of Ukrainian forces from the besieged Azovstal steel mill in Mariupol is transported on a stretcher out of a bus, which arrived under escort of the pro-Russian military in the course of Ukraine-Russia conflict in Novoazovsk, Ukraine 16 May 2022

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Wounded service members of Ukrainian forces from the besieged Azovstal steel mill in Mariupol lie on stretchers in a bus, which arrived under escort of the pro-Russian military in the course of Ukraine-Russia conflict in Novoazovsk, Ukraine 16 May 2022

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More than 260 injured fighters, including some badly wounded, were evacuated from the steel plant on Monday and taken to areas under Russia’s control.

About 53 seriously wounded fighters were taken to a hospital in Novoazovsk in the east of Mariupol, while additional 211 fighters were evacuated to Olenivka through a humanitarian corridor, while an unknown number of fighters stayed behind.

The Ukrainian military also said on the Facebook page of its General Staff of the Armed Forces that the “‘Mariupol’ garrison has fulfilled its combat mission”.

“The supreme military command ordered the commanders of the units stationed at Azovstal to save the lives of the personnel … Defenders of Mariupol are the heroes of our time,” it said.

The commander of the Azov Regiment, which led the defence of the plant, said in a prerecorded video message released on Monday that the regiment’s mission had concluded, with as many lives saved as possible.

“Absolutely safe plans and operations don’t exist during war,” Lt Col Denis Prokopenko said.

Namita Singh17 May 2022 06:42

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‘Russian village under fire from Ukraine’

A village in Russia’s western province of Kursk bordering Ukraine came under fire from Ukraine on Tuesday, claimed regional governor Roman Starovoit.

While there were no reported injuries, he added that at least three houses and a school were hit.

Russian border guards returned fire to quell the shooting from large-calibre weapons on the border village of Alekseyevka, Mr Starovoit wrote on messaging app Telegram.

Namita Singh17 May 2022 05:54

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Ukrainian singer appeals to Erdogan for support

A Ukrainian singer and former Eurovision song contest winner appealed to Turkey’s president for support.

Ruslana, whose song ‘Wild Dances’ catapulted her to number one in the music contest in 2004, spoke in Istanbul as she sought president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s help in saving Ukrainian fighters from the besieged city of Mariupol.

“Stand with Ukraine. Unite for Ukraine. Help Mariupol. Help Azovstal. Help our brave Ukrainian soldiers,” she said.



I truly believe that today Turkey’s leader President Erdogan, who has an international role and presence, will help our citizens in need.

Ruslana

Hundreds of Ukrainian fighters are estimated to be holed up at the sprawling Azovstal steelworks plant, the last pocket of resistance in the port city.

Namita Singh17 May 2022 05:54

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The chief of the Red Cross on Monday said that Europe’s speedy acceptance of millions of Ukrainian refugees fleeing Russian aggression demonstrates its “double standard” in dealing with those fleeing violence in Africa, the Middle East and elsewhere who cross the Mediterranean Sea.

“Those who are feeling violence, those who are seeking protection, should be treated equally,” said Francesco Rocca, the president of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

He told a news conference that he does not think there is any difference between someone fleeing eastern Ukraine’s Donbas region and someone escaping from the Boko Haram extremist group in Nigeria.

Refugees fleeing the war from neighboring Ukraine walk after crossing the border by ferry at the Isaccea-Orlivka border crossing in Romania, Friday, 25 March 2022

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An Iraqi displaced man and little girls collect water from a donated tank at Al-Amiriya camp for refugees, 95 km western Baghdad, Iraq, 15 May 2022

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Mr Rocca added that he “hoped that the Ukrainian crisis would have been a turning point in the European migration policies. But unfortunately, this was not the case.”



Ethnicity and nationality should not be a deciding factor to saving life

Francesco Rocca

Namita Singh17 May 2022 05:33

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Lviv rocked by loud explosions

The western Ukrainian city of Lviv has been rocked by number of loud explosions after midnight on Tuesday.

Witnesses counted at least eight explosions accompanied by distant booms, with the smell of burning apparent some time later. The city is under curfew from 11pm to 6am.

Makysym Kozytskyy, chairman of the Lviv Regional Military Administration confirmed the firing by Russian troops on the military infrastructure in the Yavoriv district, located about 15km from the Polish border.

Relatives and comrades of Ukrainian servicemen who were killed in action attend their funeral in Lviv, Ukraine, 14 May 2022

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The city’s mayor, Andriy Sadovyi, said on Facebook that there was no confirmed information about the missiles hitting the city.

“Let’s thank those who protect our sky for this!” the mayor said. “In the morning we will give more accurate information. Take care of yourself and do not ignore air alarms!”

Namita Singh17 May 2022 05:07

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‘Ukraine needs Ukrainian heroes to be alive’

Ukrainian forces have completed their “combat mission” in the besieged city of Mariupol, leading to the evacuation of 260 fighters under Russia.

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky said that the evacuation to separatist-controlled territory was done to save the lives of the fighters who endured weeks of Russian assaults in the maze of underground passages below the hulking Azovstal steelworks.

“Ukraine needs Ukrainian heroes to be alive. It’s our principle” said Mr Zelensky adding that the “heavily wounded” were getting medical help.

This photo released on 10 May 2022 by the Azov regiment shows an injured Ukrainian serviceman inside the Azovstal iron and steel works factory in eastern Mariupol, Ukraine, amid the Russian invasion

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According to military experts, the number of fighters at the plant are anywhere from few hundred to a thousand.



The work to bring the guys home continues and it requires delicacy and time

Volodymyr Zelensky

Before Monday’s evacuations began, the Russian defence ministry announced an agreement for the wounded to leave the mill for treatment in a town held by pro-Moscow separatists.

Namita Singh17 May 2022 04:51



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