Russia forces Ukraine drops missile strikes on territory, military targets and fires on civilians. Meanwhile, talks are reportedly under way to remove fighters from the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol.
“The most influential international mediators”
Officials did not say how many people remained in Azovstal. On May 16, 264 Ukrainian fighters were evacuated from the plant, including seriously wounded and He was taken to a Russian-controlled area.
President of Ukraine Volodimir Zelenski He said that “the most influential international mediators” are currently involved in the talks.
Britain According to the information released by the Ministry of Defense on May 18 according toUkraine’s fierce resistance to Moscow, Mariupol and Luhansk has recruited thousands of Chechen fighters, indicating “serious resource problems in Ukraine.”
Severodonetsk-Lisichansk may be besieged
“We are gaining indirect evidence that forces are concentrated in the Severodonetsk-Lisichansk area. Russian forces may besiege this area,” he said. – Analyst of the Conflict Intelligence Team Kiril Mikhailov said.
Ukrainian authorities say the Russian army has hit a hospital in Severodonetsk. “It’s almost like a building that, completely destroyed. The number of victims is currently being determined, “Ukraine said national police said.
Governor of Donetsk region Pavlo Kirilenko He wrote in the Telegram that, Russian attacks on May 17 killed seven people in the province.
However, this information could not be independently verified.
Russia to the east of Ukraine and trying to take full control of the south and preparing for a long war. This was stated by the Minister of Defense of Ukraine Alexey Reznikov on May 17 Europe To the Ministers of Defense of the Union and NATOSecretary General of Yens Stoltenberghe said.
He called on the ministers not to allow Russia to prolong the conflict and to coordinate the shipment of weapons to Ukraine.
“We want to defeat the enemy as soon as possible, our territories free want to do. That’s it according to as soon as possible and We are very interested in receiving the necessary amount of foreign aid and weapons. We need tanks, armored vehicles, long-range weapons. “ – Reznikov stressed.
EU Foreign Policy Chief Joseph Borrel said after the meeting that, The block “will not allow Ukraine to run out of equipment.”