75th day of war: Ukraine says Russia steps up attack on Azovstal factory

Ukrainian officials say the enemy has stepped up attacks on the Azovstal factory in the southern city of Mariupol, while Russia has said it launched a missile to hit a target in Odessa.

Fierce fighting continues in eastern and southern Ukraine as the Russian army seeks to defeat troops holed up at the Azovstal Iron and Steel Works in Russia. Mariupol.

“The enemy continued to blockade the units at the Azovstal factory, while conducting raids with the support of tanks and artillery. The possibility of air strikes by Tu bombers cannot be ruled out. -22M3 will resume,” Ukrainians said the spokesman for Defense Ministry Oleksandr Motuzyanyk today.

Pro-Russian separatist tanks move in the city of Mariupol in southern Ukraine on May 7.  Photo: AFP.

Pro-Russian separatist tanks move in the city of Mariupol in southern Ukraine on May 7. Picture: AFP.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin visited Mariupol, becoming the highest-ranking Russian government official to visit the city since Moscow began its military operation in Ukraine.

The published photos show Mr. Khusnullin meeting with the self-proclaimed leader of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Denis Pushilin. Mr. Khusnullin also visited the Mariupol commercial port and argued that this place should be used to bring building materials to the city’s reconstruction.

Ukrainian officials said all women, children and the elderly were evacuated from the Azovstal factory last week. This information was also confirmed by the Russian military.

The fall of Mariupol has cost Ukraine a key seaport, while Russia has completed the land corridor connecting the Crimean peninsula and freed forces for other operations in the Donbass region.

“Onik’s anti-ship missiles destroyed six Mi-8 and Mi-24 helicopters of the Ukrainian army near the village of Artsyz in the province Odesa. A US-made anti-aircraft radar station is stationed in the Zolote area, along with two command posts and a Grad rocket artillery system in the village of Popasnaya in the region. Luganskof eastern Ukraine was also wiped out,” Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on March 9.

Ukrainian officials had previously announced that Russia had fired four cruise missiles from the Crimean peninsula at Odessa, adding that no civilians were injured, but did not disclose the location of the attack.

75th day of hostilities: Ukraine says Russia steps up attacks on Azovstal factory

Russian missiles and missiles hit targets in Ukraine in video released May 9. Video: Zvezda.

The attack happened on the same day that European Council President Charles Michel paid a surprise visit to the city of Odessa and met Prime Minister Denys Shmygal. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy also attended the meeting via video conference and said “please that the EU supports Ukraine at the highest level”.

“The meeting was interrupted because the officers present had to take cover when the rocket hit the Odessa region. They continued the meeting in the shelter,” said the European Union (EU) official.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov said the defense industry still meets all the requirements for high-precision missiles.

“If you believe what the other side says, Russia has been running out of missile arsenals since March, but somehow that didn’t happen. Defense industrial complexes still provide sufficient missiles in sufficient quantities. The stockpile of modern missiles is enough to meet all the tasks assigned to the army,” he said.

The military situation in Ukraine after 11 weeks of fighting.  Graphic: Washington Post.

Ministry of War of Ukraine. Graphic: Washington Post.

Many analysts have assumed that during his speech at the Victory Day Parade in Moscow’s Red Square, Russian President Vladimir Putin will mention a victory in Ukraine and declare war on Ukraine, have ordered a general mobilization of the whole country and mobilized reserve troops to replenish Forces that had been reduced after more than two months of conflict.

However, none of that happened. Analysts say Russia has no concrete plan to compensate for damage on the battlefield.

“Without certain steps to build new armed forces, Russia will not long be able to enter the war,” said Phillips P. O’Brien, professor of strategic studies at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, making the point.

vu appendix (Corresponding Interfax, Reuters)