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The war in Ukraine is moving south and east. Russia launches several cities. The ICRC calls for evacuation corridors from Mariupol.

  • Russia deploys Iskander missiles: Russia is placing medium-range missiles near the Ukrainian border.
  • Diplomatic efforts: The United States sends government officials to Kiev. The UN is trying to find a peaceful solution to the conflict in Ukraine.
  • The situation in the morning: All the events of the war in Ukraine on Sunday evening in our newsticker.

+++ 16:25: Russia continues to attack the port city of Mariupol. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) had previously called for safe evacuation corridors. The pro-Ukrainian soldiers are still entrenched in the Mariupol steelworks. Many of the soldiers appear to belong to the Azov Nationalist Battalion.

Their deputy commander, Sviatoslav Palamar, reported on Sunday of further artillery and aircraft attacks on steel mills. In addition, Russian infantry soldiers tried to storm the area, the dpa reported.

War in Ukraine: the last bastion still under fire – the Mariupol steel plant is still under attack. (Archive image) © Victor / dpa

War in Ukraine: The International Committee of the Red Cross calls for an immediate evacuation corridor

+++ 14:45: The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has called for the safe evacuation of civilians and the wounded from the city of Mariupol, which was besieged by Russian soldiers. A statement from the organization dated April 24, 2022 stated that the ICRC was “deeply concerned” about the current situation in Mariupol.

“Immediate and unhindered humanitarian access is urgently needed to allow thousands of civilians and hundreds of wounded to voluntarily and safely evacuate the city,” the Red Cross said. According to media reports, teams are on site in Ukraine to help organize escape corridors and the voluntary evacuation of the needy.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has called for the safe evacuation of civilians from the city of Mariupol in Ukraine.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has called for the safe evacuation of civilians from the city of Mariupol in Ukraine. © Alexei Alexandrov / dpa

Russia launches missile attacks on several cities in Ukraine

+++ 10:45: Fierce fighting continues to be reported by the Donbass. Russia is said to have taken the city of Luhansk under rocket fire. This was reported by the Kyiv Independent news portal, referring to information from local authorities. Rocket launches from Russia have also been reported from the city of Dnipropetrovsk, which borders the Donbass.

+++ 9:09: Ukraine has “repelled numerous Russian attacks along the line of contact in the Donbass”. The British Ministry of Defense reported on Sunday. Although the Kremlin may also report territorial gains, the defenders’ resistance in the war in Ukraine is far from broken.

Russia deploys Iskander missiles near the Ukrainian border

Update, 7:55 am: Russia has started deploying Iskander missile systems near the Ukrainian border. According to the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, the Russian military has deployed Iskander-M short-range ballistic systems about 60 kilometers from the Ukrainian border.

Missile systems of the Iskander-M class can be equipped with nuclear weapons. Rockets are launched from a vehicle. The range of the missiles is about 500 kilometers.

War in Ukraine: Russia completes the transfer of troops – fierce fighting in the Donbass

First report: Kiev – Russia has probably completed the movement of troops from the front around Kiev. The Kremlin is now focusing its attacks on the south and east of the country. Heavy fighting between Ukraine and Russia from both regions was reported overnight.

Vehicles with the Iskander-M in Moscow.  Russia is now relocating these missile systems to the Ukrainian border.
Vehicles with the Iskander-M in Moscow. Russia is now relocating these missile systems to the Ukrainian border. © Anton Novoderezhkin / imago

Russia is said to have first fired on the port city of Odessa during the war in Ukraine. The city, located in the southwest, had so far been spared from attacks by the Russian army. According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, seven rockets were fired at Odessa on Sunday night. Two were able to intercept the city’s air defenses. One of the other rockets would have hit, among other things, a multi-story apartment building. A total of 20 people were injured in the missile attacks on Odessa. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the attacks were aimed at a military airport in the area. The Russian army managed to destroy a logistics terminal through which Ukraine received “large shipments” of arms from the United States and Europe.

War in Ukraine: situation in the morning: fierce fighting in Odessa, casualties for Russia

Heavy fighting was also reported from Donbass in eastern Ukraine. But Russia appears to be taking big losses there. According to news portals Kyiv Independent and Ukrayinska Pravda, the Ukrainian air defense system in particular is celebrating great successes. Over the weekend alone, he is said to have shot down four other Russian fighters. According to NATO estimates, Russia suffered the following losses in the war in Ukraine:

  • Soldiers: 21,600
  • Aircraft: 177
  • Helicopters: 154
  • Tanks: 854
  • Armored vehicles: 2205
  • Artillery: 403
  • Anti-aircraft guns: 69
  • Mobile rocket launchers: 143
  • Tankers: 76
  • Tactical drones: 182
  • Ships and boats: 8
  • Other vehicles: 1543

War in Ukraine: situation on Sunday – Diplomatic efforts underway

After numerous prominent European politicians, the US also sends its highest diplomat to Kiev. US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin travel to the capital to meet Zelenskyy. A “list of necessary weapons and the speed of their delivery” will be discussed, according to Zelenskyy. He also hopes that the United States will support arms deliveries from Germany. “So that (Germany) start providing what they have and what they are not using.”

At the same time, efforts are being made over the weekend and Sunday to peacefully resolve the war in Ukraine. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres will travel to Moscow earlier this week to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Guterres also wants to meet Zelenskii in Kiev afterwards. The purpose of the trip is to agree on a ceasefire between the two sides. (dil / afp / dpa)

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