Yesterday afternoon, the last of the families, the last of the children, left the steel mills AzovstalWe understand that the last word has come to the city of the martyr. Humanitarian corridors used to work for civilians, and now they are still there war The most bitter of the battle against those who delayed the conquest Russian from Mariupol. About two thousand fighters are still refugees inside the factory: they do not hope to save themselves but send their last message to the West, to those who watch this has made it impossible to sit comfortably in front of the TV.
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Once again Serhiy Volina, the commander of the 36th Ukrainian Marine Brigade who is inside with the men of the Azov battalion, who cries in desperation on the Facebook page: “It seems I found myself in a hellish reality show – there is no peace – where we army, fighting for our lives, trying Every chance to save ourselves, and the whole world is just watching a fun story. The only difference is that this is not a movie and we are not fictional characters. We are waiting for the result of your actions. And he concludes that time is running out and time is our life. “
It is difficult to imagine a peaceful solution, even if President Zelensky says that they are doing everything possible to get them out of there. While it seems that Russia wants to intensify its offensive, in view of May 9, the symbolic date of the President of the Federation, when the victory over Nazism is celebrated. On the one hand, Moscow’s forces aim to block the flow of arms and aid from NATO, and on the other hand, to impede the supply of the Ukrainian war effort by depriving them as much as possible of the fuel needed to move the means. «Putin – Confirms that CIA Director, William Burns – is doubling the war in Ukraine. He is in such a psychological state that he thinks he cannot lose, and I think he is convinced that redoubling his efforts will allow him to make progress.”
In fact, the confrontation between the great powers is getting bitter. The State Duma accuses the United States of “directly” participating in hostilities. The war in Ukraine is heading for “decisive weeks”, estimates NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. He notes that, at the moment, there are no indications from Russia of an “escalation” with NATO. But Moscow insists, accusing the Westerners of having already fully entered into the conflict. Especially the USA. “Not only by the supply of weapons and equipment, but also by the coordination and development of military operations,” said the head of the Duma, Vyacheslav Volodin. A clear indication of the information that US intelligence was going to pass it on to the Ukrainians to strike Russian targets. Enough to piss off Joe Biden, who has warned Pentagon and CIA leaders about the dangers associated with these leaks. Recent press reports – the president emphasized – are counterproductive and “distracting attention from our goal”.
From this point of view, the expectation is growing for the signal that the Tsar will give the world. The “Great Patriotic War”, in which the Soviet Union won against Hitler’s Germany, is for Putin a symbol of the true identity of a country fighting Western aggression, disguised as the expansion in Eastern Europe of NATO, which among other countries still opposes the “illegal” annexation of the semi-autonomous Crimea: “The members of the Alliance will never accept it,” Stoltenberg warns despite Ukrainian President Zelensky hinting at his willingness to give up the peninsula in exchange for peace.
Analysts and observers make their forecasts. For the British government, Putin, frustrated with poor results on the ground, could raise the bar by abandoning the phrase “special military operation” to move to a veritable “declaration of war” on Ukraine. Meanwhile, fears of an escalation of the bombing prompted several areas to impose a curfew to reduce the risks to the population. Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko also emphasized May 9 as a watershed date, and called on residents who had fled the capital – more than a million people – to return only the next day. And Zelensky issued an appeal to stay safe, asking “all citizens not to ignore the anti-aircraft sirens.” In fact, a curfew was imposed in Odessa until the entire 9th.
Fighting continues fiercely on various fronts. Starting with the Kharkiv region in the northeast, the control of which is crucial to the attack on the Donbass. Small arms battles broke out on the outskirts of Severodonetsk, Lugansk Territory, between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian units using snipers and drones. Threats from missile strikes remain strong across the country, with attacks reported from Sumy, in the northwest, to Mykolaiv, a hinge between Russian-controlled areas in southern Ukraine and the Odessa region, once again targeting missile launches. various infrastructures. Bombs also fell on a school in the village of Belogorovka in Lugansk, while at least 90 people were hiding in the cellar, of whom only 30 were safe: a massacre was feared.
The Russians then continue to strike the country’s infrastructure with missile attacks by Black Sea Fleet ships and submarines, and strategic bombers that keep them safe within its airspace. The targets are above all railroads, intersections, electrical stations and fuel depots. At the moment, it is not easy to assess the impact of these attacks and understand whether the Kremlin’s military industry will be able to ensure an adequate supply of weapons systems, cruise missiles are much more expensive than “simple” guided bombs, just like a bomber. A sortie costs more than a tactical combat sortie.
Moscow forces also destroyed the Hrihori Skovoroda National Literary Memorial Museum in the town of Skovorodinivka, east of the Kharkiv region. A missile hit the roof of the 18th century building, causing a fire that engulfed all the buildings. The director’s son, who was a night guard, was pulled out of the rubble with several injuries.