Moscow: 1,730 Ukrainian troops surrendered from Azov steel plant as of Monday
10:06 a.m.: In the Ukrainian port of Mariupol, according to Russian knowledge, 1730 fighters from the besieged Azovostal steel plant have been surrendered since the beginning of the week. More than 770 Ukrainians have been taken prisoner in the past 24 hours alone, Moscow’s defense ministry said on Thursday. There was no initial approval from the Ukrainian side.
The war is not going as expected: Putin dismisses two top generals
Thursday, May 19, 8:50 p.m. Vladimir Putin has killed two generals in recent weeks due to failures in the Ukrainian war. This is reported in the daily news by the British Secret Service.
General Serhiy Kisel of the First Guards Tank Army was ousted because he failed to occupy Kharkov. The commander of the Black Sea Fleet, Vice Admiral Igor Osipov, was fatal when the flagship “Moscow” sank. British intelligence suspects that Russian generals will be more concerned about preserving their skin in the future.
Ukraine: Hours of mortar firing in border towns
8:58 PM: According to Kiev sources, Russian troops fired from the territory of northeastern Ukraine in the Sumy and Chernihiv regions of Ukraine on Wednesday. Ukrainian border guards reported seven attacks using heavy machine guns, automatic grenade launchers, artillery and rocket artillery. The village of Shostka near the border in the Sumy area was shot down for more than an hour. However, there were no casualties. The reports were not initially self-verifiable.
After the Russian invasion on February 24, northern Ukraine was initially occupied by Moscow troops. However, after heavy losses, they withdrew to their territory or to Belarus. The battles moved further south to the Donbass. Russia’s defense ministry has also reported missile attacks in northern Ukraine in recent days.
The Ukrainian army announces further territorial achievements Charkiw
8:42 PM: According to the Ukrainian army, it has once again acquired territory near the eastern Ukrainian metropolis of Kharkov. The village of Dementijivka, north of the megacities, has been liberated as a result of the advance, the general staff said on Wednesday. Facebook With. The village is about eight kilometers from the Russian border. In recent weeks, the Ukrainian army has repulsed Russian troops in the north and northeast of Kharkov. However, the Russian army is said to be trying to counterattack near Ternova, northeast of Kharkiv.
On the border with the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine there were also fighting over the village of Dovhenke, about 25 kilometers from Slovjansk. Heavy fighting continued near Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiivka and Sievjerodonetsk in the neighboring Luhansk region. Russian troops would be supported by the massive bombing of Luftwafi in various sectors. However, they would not have achieved territorial gains.
Military spending in Russia has risen 40 percent
7:41 p.m .: The war against Ukraine costs Russia a lot of money. According to preliminary data from the Treasury Department, spending on the military rose nearly 40 percent in the first four months of the year. Accordingly, the Moscow government spent 1.7 trillion rubles (a good 25 billion euros) on the army from January to April. This corresponds to almost half of the funding for the whole of 2022.
Separatists: Mariupol steel plant still has more than a thousand Ukrainian troops
5:38 p.m .: According to pro-Russian separatists, a good thousand Ukrainian soldiers, including their commanders, are still in besieged steelworks in the Ukrainian port of Mariupol. Initially, more than 2,000 militants were at the site of the Azov steel plant, separatist leader Denis Puccilin of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic said in Mariupol on Wednesday. With more than 900 Ukrainian troops surrendered since Monday, “just over half” are still in the factory.
“Azov regiment commanders and senior fighters have not appeared so far,” the separatist leader told reporters during a press trip to Mariupol organized by the Russian Ministry of Defense.
Pushilin said the Ukrainian soldiers ran out of stock and had no choice but to give up. “The first option is to raise a white flag and …