Russia is threatening possible consequences if F-16 fighter jets are deployed to Ukraine. Austria expects Putin’s rule to continue for years to come. All developments in the live blog.
According to Western experts, the Russian Wagner Group has been weakened by the fighting in the eastern Ukrainian city of Bakhmut. The US Institute for War Studies (ISW) in Washington announced that the mercenaries were hardly able to carry out new attacks outside the city due to the wear and tear. At the same time, military analysts assumed that Bakhmut is largely controlled by Russian troops. The Ukrainian armed forces, on the other hand, counterattacked north and south of Bakhmut and controlled communication routes around the city.
Wagner boss Yevgeny Prigozhin had declared the complete taking of Bakhmut at the weekend. He announced that he would withdraw from the city and hand it over to regular Russian forces on May 25. According to the ISW experts, the Russian forces may need further reinforcements to hold Bakhmut, which lies largely in ruins, and to protect the flanks. This would also prevent the Russians from advancing in the west towards Kostyantynivka and in the north towards Soledar, as planned.
Russia has attacked the Ukrainian region of Dnipropetrovsk with drones and cruise missiles in the night. Eight people were injured, three of whom had to be treated in hospital, the governor of the region, Serghij Lyssak, said on the Telegram news channel. Air defense shot down 15 drones and 4 cruise missiles, he said. Lyssak also published photos of severely damaged homes, businesses and cars.
There was another air alert in Ukraine on Monday night. The country’s air force announced in the morning that a Russian Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jet and four missiles had been shot down. In addition, 20 so-called kamikaze drones of the Iranian type Shahed-136/131 were taken from the sky. According to the information, Russia fired a total of 16 rockets at the neighboring country.
According to Russian information, the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine is cut off from the external power supply. It is supplied by emergency generators, said a governor appointed by the government in Moscow for part of the region controlled by Russia. Governor Vladimir Rogov has accused Ukraine of cutting a power line under its control. There was initially no comment from Ukraine.
Starting this morning in Brussels, the foreign ministers of the European Union will be discussing further military aid for Ukraine. A new tranche of EUR 500 million is planned. Most recently, Hungary blocked the release of the funds because Ukraine recently classified Hungary’s largest bank, OTP, as a war sponsor. Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (Greens) also wants to campaign in Brussels for an expansion of majority decisions in the EU in order to prevent such blockages in the future. A meeting with around ten other countries is planned for this purpose. So far, all foreign policy decisions have had to be unanimous.
According to Ukrainian sources, Russia carried out an airstrike on the south-eastern Ukrainian city of Dnipro in the night. “Thanks to the defense forces, we survived the attack. Details will be announced in due course,” Governor Serhiy Lyssak said on his Telegram channel. RBC-Ukraine news agency reports that about 15 explosions were heard in Dnipro during the more than 90-minute airstrike warning. It was not immediately clear whether the explosions were the result of the missiles being destroyed by Ukrainian air defense systems or if Russian missiles or drones were hitting them.
conflicting parties as a source
Information on the course of the war, shelling and casualties provided by official bodies of the Russian and Ukrainian conflict parties cannot be directly checked by an independent body in the current situation.
According to the Russian ambassador to the United States, a deployment of US F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine raises the question of NATO involvement in the conflict.
Also, any Ukrainian attack on Crimea will be considered an attack on Russia, Anatoly Antonov writes on the Embassy’s Telegram channel in Washington. “It is important that the United States is fully aware of the Russian response to this.”
Austria does not expect any regime change in Russia by the end of this decade. “I don’t assume that the political system and the political leadership in Russia will change substantially by the end of this decade. We will have to live with the fact that our relationship with Russia will remain troubled because the most important asset is missing: trust,” said Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg of the “world”.
In the future, the West, including Ukraine, will not be able to rely on Russia sticking to signed agreements. “Russia will remain a threat for many years. Ukraine therefore needs Western security guarantees.”
After the G7 meeting in Japan, the Ukrainian President vowed to show “special respect” to all Ukrainians. South Korea is considering arms sales to Ukraine