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On the 85th day of the full-scale Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine Russian troops continue to try to capture the settlements of the neighboring country. The Armed Forces of Ukraine and its territorial defense units are resisting aggression. It is impossible to verify the statements of representatives of both sides of the conflict from independent sources. About 12.8 million Ukrainians have already left their homes. DW is watching developments Friday, May 20 (Moscow time).


According to German astronaut Matthias Maurer (Matthias Maurer), he observed military actions in Ukraine from space. “We could see clouds of smoke in the country, and at night – flashes from rocket hits. It was very sad for me,” he said in an interview. Bild. Maurer, who was on the ISS for six months and returned to Earth two weeks ago, expressed the hope that Ukrainians would soon be able to live in a peaceful and free country again. “The war set us back decades,” he said.


According to Japan Today, Japan will provide the IAEA with 2 million euros for measures to protect Ukrainian nuclear power plants affected by attacks by Russian forces. This was stated by Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi after a meeting in Tokyo with IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi.


According to information British military intelligence, about 1,700 Ukrainian soldiers who were on the territory of the Mariupol Azovstal plant surrendered to Russian captivity. At the same time, after the capture of Mariupol, the Russian Armed Forces, in all likelihood, will transfer forces to strengthen operations in the Donbass, the British Ministry of Defense wrote in Twitter. “Ukraine’s staunch resistance in Mariupol since the start of the war means that Russian forces in the area must be re-strengthened and rebuilt before they can be effectively deployed again. If done carefully, this can be a lengthy process,” the British agency said. However, the Russian command is under pressure to provide visual evidence of the achieved operational goals, which means that Russia is likely to quickly redeploy these forces without proper training, which is fraught with further attrition, it is stated further.

232 children died as a result of the war


According to Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine, as a result of the Russian invasion, at least 232 children were killed, and another 427 children were injured. Most of the children suffered in Donetsk (145), Kyiv (116), Kharkiv (100), Chernihiv (68), Kherson (48), Lugansk (47), Mykolaiv (44), Zaporozhye (28), Sumy (17) and Zhytomyr (15) regions, as well as in Kyiv (16). In particular, one teenager died on May 18 as a result of Russian shelling of the civilian infrastructure of Liman, Donetsk region, according to statement. Data on affected children is not final, as work is underway to collect them in places of active hostilities, in temporarily occupied and liberated territories, the agency said. As a result of Russian bombing and shelling, 1837 educational institutions were damaged, 172 of them were completely destroyed.


AT Lugansk region report casualties from Russian shelling. “In a day, we have 12 dead in Severodonetsk, one more – in the Mountain community. Houses are destroyed and burned out. In some places, entire streets, like in Nirkovo – five housing estates in a row. In Zolote – six, in Vrubovka – three, three more – in Rubizhne. It is impossible to count the damage in Toshkovka, where hostilities continue,” Sergey Gaidai, head of the Luhansk regional military administration, said on Telegram. He also noted that the Russians were not successful in the assault on Severodonetsk, they suffered losses in personnel and retreated.


Swiss insurance concern Zurich Insurance Group announced his departure from the Russian Federation and sells the Russian business to eleven employees of the Russian division. The company will operate under a new brand and will be completely independent of Zurich Insurance Group, one of the world’s largest insurers specializing in property and casualty insurance. This agreement will allow the new company to retain a professional team and experience, as well as continue serving the Russian market, according to statement. The deal must be approved by regulators. The reasons for the sale and the amount of the transaction in the statement are not called.

Five Eyes intelligence alliance to support prosecution of war criminals


According to General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Russian units continue the offensive operation in the areas of Lisichansk and Severodonetsk. In the Kharkiv direction, they have concentrated their efforts on holding the occupied territories and are making counterattacks to restore lost positions, according to the morning operational report in Facebook. “In the Slavic direction, the enemy fired at civilian infrastructure in the area of ​​​​the settlements of Dovgenkoye, Bolshaya Kamyshevakha and Dolina,” the statement reads.

In the Donetsk direction, the Russians stepped up offensive and assault operations to improve the tactical situation and fired from mortars, cannon artillery, multiple launch rocket systems and operational-tactical aviation, the Ukrainian General Staff said. In the Limansky direction, Russian troops periodically fire at civilian infrastructure in the areas of Dibrov and Zakotny, in the Kurakhovsky direction they carried out massive artillery shelling of civilian infrastructure, including from multiple launch rocket systems, the report says. The Russians also shelled the infrastructure and peaceful households in the Novopavlovsk and Zaporozhye directions, using rocket and cannon artillery and mortars, the statement says.


Ministers of Justice of the Five Eyes Intelligence Alliance (FVEY), which includes Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States, have pledged support to Ukraine in prosecuting war crimes perpetrators. They will also support the investigations of the International Criminal Court (ICC), the heads of departments of the five countries said. Earlier, Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office said it was investigating more than 11 cases of alleged war crimes committed by Russian forces. On May 18, the first trial began on the murder of a Ukrainian civilian by a Russian military, 21 year old soldier faces life imprisonment.

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