May 17, 2022

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Live – War in Ukraine: The war for the Donbass has begun, Zelensky declares

Lviv and western Ukraine, far from the front, have rarely been targeted by bombings since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24.

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06:30 – Zelensky announces the start “Battle for Donbass”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky announced on Monday the start of a Russian offensive against eastern Ukraine, part of which is in the hands of pro-Russian separatists and where deadly fighting has intensified. “We can now say that the Russian troops have started the war for the Donbass, for which they have been preparing for a long time. A large part of the entire Russian army is now devoted to this offensive.”He said in a televised speech.

9:52 pm – Russian offensive “begins” in eastern Ukraine

Attack by Russian troops against eastern Ukraine “Started”The governor of Ukraine, Sergei Gaïdaï, said on Monday in the Lugansk region.

“This is hell. The attack we’ve been talking about for weeks has begun.” He said on Facebook. “There are fights in Rubisne and Bopasna, there are constant fights in other quiet cities”He was speaking shortly after the Telegram announced the death of four civilians in the Russian-occupied city of Kremlin on Monday.

9:18 pm – Russian airstrikes kill at least 8 civilians in eastern Ukraine

At least eight civilians have been killed in Russian shelling in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of eastern Ukraine, according to local Ukrainian officials.

Regional Governor Sergei Qaeda told the Telegram on Monday that four of the Russian troops had been killed as they tried to flee from the small town of Kremlin in the Lukansk region, where Russian troops had taken a stand. His rival, Pavlo Girilenko, said four more people had been killed in a Russian shelling in the neighboring Donetsk region.

8:22 pm – New US weapons begin arriving in Ukraine

A senior Pentagon official said on Monday that the first shipment of new US military aid to Ukraine had already reached the country’s borders and was handed over to the Ukrainian military.

“Four planes from the United States arrived in the region yesterday with various equipment.” Announced the officer who did not want to be named. A fifth flight is expected to arrive in the next 24 hours. “It will build five aircraft in several days” He pointed out that since President Joe Biden announced $ 800 million in military aid to Ukraine on Wednesday.

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7:48 pm – Russia claims to have destroyed a large foreign arms depot near Lviv

The Russian military confirmed the destruction Monday evening “High precision missiles” A large foreign arsenal was recently delivered to Ukraine near Elviv (west).

The Russian Air Force carried out the morning “Attack with high-precision missiles” Against the logistics center of the Ukrainian Armed Forces “Near Liv”Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said. “Over the past six days, the US and European supplies to Ukraine have been destroyed and a large number of foreign weapons stored there have been destroyed.”, According to the same source. A large ammunition depot near Vasilkiv in the Kiev region was destroyed, Konashenkov said. In all, the Russian military destroyed 16 Ukrainian military bases during the day, including a Totchka-U tactical missile repair factory, several ammunition depots and a fuel depot.

7:14 pm – Zelensky hopes to gain EU candidate status “in a few weeks”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky on Monday said he hoped his country would gain candidate status for EU (EU) membership in the “coming weeks” and thanked Brussels for the speed of the process. During a meeting in kyiv, Mr. Zelensky sent two large files to EU Ambassador to Ukraine Matti Maasikas, which included Ukraine’s application for membership in the European Union.

“Our people, deeply, have already been mentally in Europe for a long time. After all, every country must follow this practice.”, he said. In general, obtaining EU candidate status “Takes years” But Brussels “It really gave us the opportunity to start this process in a few weeks or months.”he said.

6:52 pm – EU condemns indiscriminate bombing of civilians

The European Union (EU) on Monday condemned Russia’s indiscriminate and illegal missile strikes and bombings in Ukraine and condemned war crimes.

“EU condemns indiscriminate and illegal bombing of civilian and civilian infrastructure by Russian armed forces (…) cannot punish war crimes”European diplomat Joseph Borel said in a statement issued in Brussels after the strikes against the city of Lviv in the western part of the country.

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5:03 pm – Putin honors troopers accused by Ukraine of abusing Bootsa

The Russian president on Monday conferred the title of “hero” on the 64th Motorized Rifle Regiment, accusing Ukraine of taking part in the abuses in Boutcha, near kyiv.

According to the Kremlin, Vladimir Putin signed “Honorary Degree + Guard +” Because of this legion“Bravery and determination, perseverance and courage” Of his men.

4:48 pm – Russian strikes in Lviv remind us that there is “no safe place” in Ukraine

At a hotel where displaced families live in western Ukraine, a woman wipes pieces of glass between washing machines and drying racks, shortly after breakfast, when a Russian missile hits an unidentified garage. Five “powerful” Russian attacks hit Lviv on Monday, killing seven and wounding eight, according to official officials.

One of them smashed an auto repair garage that was out of sight of a railroad west of the city. Liv has been generally free from bombings since the beginning of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, not far from the front and near the Polish border, unlike the eastern part of the country.

2:56 pm – More than 1,000 German doctors ready to help Ukraine

According to the German Physicians Association, more than 1,100 German physicians have volunteered to help people and war wounded in Ukraine or neighboring countries. Following the call of their trade union, German doctors were invited to register online to show their presence to help the Ukrainian people who have been under occupation by the Russian military since February 24.

2:46 pm – Kharkiv is bombed again, killing 3 people

Russian bombs on Kharkiv, a major city in northeastern Ukraine, killed at least three people on Monday, local officials said, adding that six people had already been killed the day after the strikes. According to the regional prosecutor’s office, a man and a woman were killed and their buildings damaged when a shell fell on a children’s playground in a residential area early in the morning.

Victor Jabasta, director of the Emergency Medical Assistance Center, told Interfax-Ukraine on Monday that one person was killed and six others were injured in a strike on a humanitarian aid center. AFP reporters in Kharkiv heard a series of loud explosions in the morning.

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12:08 pm – Seven killed in “powerful” missile attack on Liv

At least seven people were killed Eleven people were injured in Monday’s “powerful” Russian strikes on the large city of Elviv in western Ukraine, with local officials saying they would generally be spared from fighting.

10:45 am – No public evacuation for the second day in a row

For the second day in a row, Ukrainian officials announced that a humanitarian corridor would not be set up to evacuate civilians from war zones in Ukraine, accusing Russia of “blocking” and bombing convoys.

10 a.m. – At least six people are killed in strikes on Liv

At least six people were killed Monday in Russian missile strikes on Lviv in western Ukraine, while Kiev vowed to defend the southeastern port, which the Russian military surrounds, ‘strategically’ until the end. Ukrainian soldiers.

8:30 am – Five “powerful” missile strikes on Lviv

Five “powerful” Russian missile strikes hit the large city of Lviv in western Ukraine, its mayor and presidential adviser announced Monday morning.

7:30 am – Ukrainian President criticizes delays in arms supplies

On Sunday evening, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky criticized the delay in the supply of arms to his country. “Every arms delay, every delay in politics, allows Russia to take the lives of Ukrainians. That’s how Russia interprets it. In fact, it should not be,” he said in his daily video speech.

6:30 am – The Russians want to “destroy Donbass”, accusing kyiv of defending it “to the end”.

On Sunday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky accused Russia of wanting to “destroy” the entire eastern part of the Donbass, promising that all measures would be taken to defend it, beginning with the strategic port of Mariupol, where the besieged troops are “called to fight so far.” “Russian soldiers are preparing for an attack on the east of our country in the future. They want to finish and destroy the Donbass.”In a video message, Mr. Scored Zhelensky.