Russia and Ukraine war. today’s report. Information on the situation in Ukraine. Tuesday 17 May

The photo was taken during a visit of journalists to Mariupol organized by the Russian army. Shows the positions of Ukrainian troops in the area of ​​the Azovstal mineral complex

The first war crimes trial in Ukraine began in Kyiv, and a 21-year-old soldier confessed to killing a civilian. Mariupol authorities announced that the occupiers wanted to wipe the city off the face of the earth. It was observed that the bombing of the azovestal plant may release a toxic substance into the sea, which leads to the death of animals and plants. The President of Ukraine spoke at Cannes.

The eighty-fourth day of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. We summarize the most important events and their impacts.

The trial of a war criminal began in Kyiv

  • According to the Prosecutor’s Office, Shishimarin killed an unarmed resident of the village of Chubakhivka in Sumy Oblast in northern Ukraine;
  • On Wednesday, at the first session of the trial that began on Friday, Shishimarin pleaded guilty.
  • Wednesday’s hearing was attended by the widow of the man who was killed by Szisarin.
  • The Russian did not take the opportunity to testify in court;
  • According to official information from the Ukrainian Interior Ministry, 11,674 possible Russian war crimes were recorded by April 16.

See: War in Ukraine. The first trial of a Russian criminal. plead guilty

“The Russians plan to wipe Mariupol off the face of the Earth”

  • Mariupol City Council announced on Wednesday that the Russian occupiers want to wipe Mariupol off the face of the earth.
  • Denis Puszylin, the leader of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic, citing the Ukrainska Pravda portal, stated that “on the site of the Azovstal metallurgical plants, a technical park or just a park will be created”;
  • “Maripol will be reconstructed, and the focus will be on the resort business,” Ukrainian Pravda wrote, citing Russian media.

See: War in Ukraine. Mariupol. The occupiers want to wipe the city off the face of the earth

Poisonous lake in Azovstal

  • Authorities in Mariupol warn of an ecological disaster;
  • The bombing of the Azovstal plant may damage the protective structures of the “chemical lake”, in which the hydrogen sulfide solution is stored;
  • In a reservoir called “Chemical Lake” there are “tens of thousands of tons” of substances;
  • The release of the substance into the sea is expected to “kill all animals and plants” in the Sea of ​​Azov;
  • Mariupol City Council writes that the substance from the Azovstal plant can reach not only the Black Sea, but also the Mediterranean.

See: War in Ukraine. The bombing of the Azovstal factory could cause an environmental disaster

HEI on the surrender of Azovstal: It is the result of an agreement between Russia and Ukraine

  • In the opinion of the American Institute for War Research (ISW), the operation of the Azovstal metallurgical plant in Mariupol resulted from the tactical agreement between Ukraine and Russia;
  • Experts estimated that the Ukrainian side is counting on the rescue of the defenders of the plant, and the Kremlin will be able to declare that it has completely taken control of the city.
  • The agreement on the surrender of the Azovstal defenders sparked a wave of anger and confusion in pro-Russian social media;
  • The Azovstal Group, which is defended by the Azov National Guard Regiment and the 36th Independent Marine Brigade, has so far been the last point of Ukrainian resistance in Mariupol.

See: War in Ukraine. ISW: The surrender of Azovstal resulted from the tactical agreement between Ukraine and Russia

Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder will lose his privileges

  • The former Social Democratic chancellor of Germany will lose his government funds in order to maintain the office and hire workers;
  • On Thursday, the Bundestag’s Budget Committee is due to take up a motion to that effect put forward by politicians from the German government’s coalition;
  • The justification for this request was that Gerhard Schroeder could no longer use a maximum of six offices with seven employees;
  • Schrader’s close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin and his positions in Russian energy companies have long drawn controversy.
  • “I think it is time to end the privileges given to Putin’s corrupt lobbyist,” said Alexander Dobrendt, a Bavarian politician at the Christian Social Union.

See: Germany. Gerhard Schroeder will lose his privileges. The alliance hits the pro-Russian politician

Wodemir Zelensky spoke at Cannes

  • The President of Ukraine said: – More than 500,000 Ukrainians were forcibly deported to Russia, tens of thousands in Russian Nazi-style camps;
  • “No one knows how many people will survive there, but everyone knows who is to blame,” Zelensky added.
  • He stressed that there is not a week without finding mass graves of the dead and tortured in the Ukrainian lands occupied or still occupied by Russian forces;
  • Zelensky appealed to filmmakers not to remain indifferent to war, and noted the relationship between cinema and reality, recalling, inter alia, the films “Apocalypse Now” by Francis Ford Coppola and “The Dictator” by Charlie Chaplin;
  • His speech was honored with a standing ovation. At the Claude Debussy theater, where the concert was broadcast, among others, journalists, the Ukrainian flag was raised.

See: The 75th Cannes Film Festival has begun. The President of Ukraine spoke

Finland and Sweden have applied to join NATO

  • NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced on Wednesday that Finland and Sweden have applied to join NATO;
  • The application is now being examined by the 30 member countries of the coalition;
  • It could take about two weeks, but the entire joining process usually takes up to a year, as Reuters explained.
  • She stressed that membership in NATO would enhance Sweden’s security, as well as the security of the Baltic Sea region
  • and Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson.
  • Finnish President Sauli Niinisto added that “NATO will make the Nordic countries safer.”

See: Finland and Sweden applied to join NATO

Paul, Head of Diplomacy of the Holy See Gallagher visits Ukraine

  • Minister for Relations with States begins a visit to the State Secretary of the Holy See, Archbishop Paul Gallagher of Ukraine;
  • This is the first trip of the head of Vatican diplomacy since the beginning of the Russian attack on Ukraine;
  • Archbishop Gallagher will also meet with the President of the Polish Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Stanislaw Judeki.
  • According to the program announced at the Vatican, Archbishop Gallagher will be in Lviv on Wednesday, where he will visit a center to receive refugees from other parts of Ukraine.

See: War in Ukraine. The head of diplomacy of the Holy See pays a visit to Ukraine

More diplomats expelled from Russia

  • On Wednesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry decided to expel 34 diplomats and employees of the French embassy, ​​24 Italian diplomats and 27 diplomats from Spain.
  • And the French diplomat announced that the decision of the Russian side came in response to the steps taken by France on April 4 and 11, when dozens of Russian agents were expelled.
  • Italy’s ambassador to Russia, Giorgio Staras, was summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday. According to ANSA, Moscow will inform him of the decision to expel 24 Italian diplomats from the country;
  • The Russian Foreign Ministry announced to the Spanish authorities the expulsion of 27 diplomats from that country working for the embassy in Moscow. The decision concerns the expulsion of 25 Russian diplomats and embassy staff in Madrid by Pedro Sanchez’s government in April.

See: Russia expelled embassy staff and diplomats from France, Italy and Spain

248 million euros for countries to accept refugees

  • On Wednesday, the European Commission decided to release 248 million euros to 5 member states;
  • Funds were awarded to Poland, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic;
  • The decision comes in the wake of the April 9 global event “Stand up for Ukraine”, during which UNHCR pledged to allocate up to €400 million to support refugees from Ukraine;
  • In order to ensure that the funds are spent quickly and without a heavy administrative burden, the Authority will release the funds on the basis of results achieved and not on the basis of actual costs.

See: EC: 248 million euros for the countries that incurred the largest costs, accepting refugees from Ukraine

Phosphorous shells hit the school

  • On Tuesday night, Russian forces fired at the school in Avdiivka with prohibited phosphorous missiles.
  • The facility was completely burnt out.
  • Fortunately, there were no injuries. There were only those who were on duty at the school and who were able to come to the rescue.

See: War in Ukraine. Russian forces bombed the school in Avdiivka with banned phosphorous missiles

Putin’s illness. The media convey new information

  • new information about the procedure that Vladimir Putin was supposed to undergo;
  • On Tuesday, the scientist was informed by La Stampa newspaper that Putin underwent surgery on Monday night from Tuesday;
  • Information appeared on Telegram that the procedure concerns the removal of fluid from the abdominal cavity;
  • According to the authors of the publication, Putin’s operation and purity were hidden.

See: New information about the operation of Vladimir Putin. Removal of fluid from the abdominal cavity

The volunteer assisted in the evacuation. Killed by a sniper’s bullet

  • On the road from Kherson to Mykolaiv in southern Ukraine, a Russian sniper shot in the head Anton Kushner, a volunteer who helped transport civilians from the occupied territories;
  • “Anton was going first, it was about 1 p.m., a white car, a driver and two women with children in the car, followed by a minibus full of people” – said Kherson councilor Ioan Bepko;
  • Kushner was a businessman. He came from Russia and was a citizen of it, but lived in Ukraine for more than 20 years, where he had a family – a wife and four children;
  • As Bipko wrote, despite many years of living and working in Ukraine, Kushner was unable to obtain Ukrainian citizenship, although he applied for it.

See: War in Ukraine. A Russian sniper shot and killed a volunteer who was helping to evacuate civilians

In Russia they want to restore the flag of the USSR

  • State Duma deputy Mikhail Sheremet proposed to restore the state flag of the Soviet era;
  • “I am proud of the current tricolor flag, but at the present stage of the development of our country, the Victory Banner is a symbol of our reborn superpower” – said the initiator, deputy Mikhail Sheremet in the State Duma;
  • He added that the ancestors fought the fascists under this flag, and now Russia must once again “resist the neo-fascism that has reappeared in Ukraine.”

See: Media: in Russia it was proposed to restore the state flag from the times of the USSR

Russia uses modern laser weapons

  • Reuters reported on Wednesday that Russia is using a new generation of laser weapons in Ukraine, which are mainly used to destroy Ukrainian drones;
  • As noted by Reuters, little is known so far about the laser weapons that the Russians have in their arsenal;
  • In 2018, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced the introduction into service of the Pierieswiet laser system, which is capable of dazzling satellites at an altitude of 1,500 km above the Earth;
  • However, Borisov on Russian state television did not talk about blinding weapons, but about a weapon capable of quickly destroying air targets.

See: Reuters: Russia uses new generation laser weapons in Ukraine

Today’s video: – I do not understand how you can suggest something like that, that Ukraine will respond, and that Putin will save his face – this is how Mikhailo Podolak, adviser to the President of Ukraine, commented on Polsat News on Emmanuel Macron’s position on the war in Ukraine. He described the proposal of the President of France as immature and meaningless.

mst / pog / polsatnews.pl

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