Russian military says it has “fully liberated” Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol

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Cover image: Ukrainian soldiers aboard a bus leaving the Azovstal plant in Mariupol after surrendering to pro-Russian forces, May 20, 2022. ALEXANDER ERMOCHENKO / REUTERS

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  • According to local governor Serhi Haida├», twelve dead and forty wounded in Russian bombardments on Thursday 19 May in Sievierodonetsk in the Luhansk region (east). He said most of the bullets hit apartments and the death toll could rise.
  • Sievierodonetsk and Lyssytchansk form the last pocket of Ukrainian resistance in the Luhansk region. The Russians surround and brutally bombard these two places separated by a river. Also, the governor of the Donetsk region, Pavlo Kyrylenko, announced the death of five civilians in Donbass, who, according to him, were killed by Russian soldiers on Thursday.
  • On Thursday evening, the American Congress approved 40 billion dollars (37.7 billion euros) aid to Ukraine. $6 billion in this envelope should enable Ukraine to equip itself with armored vehicles and strengthen its anti-aircraft defense.
  • Joe Biden was hosted in Washington on Thursday, Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson and Finnish President Sauli Niinist├Âto once again show their enthusiastic support for their countries’ accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
  • Justice officials from the five Western countries that make up the so-called “Five Eyes” alliance (the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom) announced on Thursday their support for Ukraine’s legal action to prosecute war crimes related to the Russian invasion. Justice ministers or attorney generals said in the press release: “give strength” The action of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Iryna Venicetova to hold those responsible to account “War crimes committed during the Russian occupation”. The trial started, a lawsuit was filed against the 21-year-old Russian sergeant. He is facing life in prison.
  • Russia’s Ministry of Defense announced on Thursday that 1,730 Ukrainian soldiers are hiding at the Azovstal steel field. Mariupol He had surrendered since Monday. In the Luhansk region of Donbass, at least twelve people were killed and forty injured. Sievierodonetsk.
  • Russia has announced that it wants to leave Ukraine. Zaporizhia nuclear power plantKyiv is the largest in Europe occupied by the Russian army, unless it pays Moscow for the electricity produced.
  • German Chancellor Olaf Scholz He stated that he was not in favor of giving it to Ukraine. ” shortcut “ in order to join the European Union, “The obligation of justice towards the six countries of the Western Balkans” Who has been wanting for a long time.
  • The big money winners of the G7 He met in Germany to try to keep Ukraine’s finances afloat and to evaluate the repercussions of the war on the world economy: especially inflation due to rising energy prices, the threats of the food crisis, the excessive indebtedness of many developing countries.

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