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Zelensky: Russia rejects all proposals to withdraw the military from Azovstal | News from Germany about Ukraine | DW

On the 76th 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 Tuesday, May 10 (Moscow time).

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Vladimir Zelensky accused Russia of rejecting any proposals for exit of the Ukrainian military from the plant “Azovstal” in Mariupol. “We are using all possible diplomatic tools to organize a rescue for them. But Russia has not yet agreed to any of the many proposed options,” the Ukrainian president said in an address to the Maltese parliament.

He stressed that Ukraine does not yet have weapons in such a volume as is necessary for the deblockade of Mariupol.

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According to the US Department of Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the war in Ukraine has reached a stalemate. According to the head of department Scott Berrier, neither Russian troops nor Ukrainian ones are winning. Today, as a result of hostilities eight to ten Russian generals killedhe told deputies of the US Senate.

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German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock during her visit to Kyiv said that Germany intends to completely stop buying energy products from the “aggressor” Russia. “Therefore, we – with all the ensuing consequences – are reducing our dependence on Russian energy to zero – and this is forever,” the dpa agency quoted the minister as saying.

Burbock assured her Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba of Berlin’s broad support for the international war crimes investigation.

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Main of evening reports of the General Staff of Ukraine:

  • Russia is ramping up its offensive in eastern Ukraine. The greatest activity is observed in Slobozhansky and Donetsk directions.
  • Russia fired at the border areas of the Chernihiv region near the settlements of Karpovich and Senkovka.
  • In the Izyum direction, Russia continues to prepare for the offensive, replenishing stocks of ammunition and equipment and conducting aerial reconnaissance.
  • In Mariupol, the main efforts are focused on blocking and destroying units in the area of ​​the Azovstal plant. The plant is being shelled from tanks and artillery.
  • In the Kharkiv region, Ukraine regained control over four settlements: Cherkasy Tishki, Russian Tishki, Rubizhne and Bayrak. Units of the Russian 138th separate mechanized brigade were withdrawn to the Belgorod region for recovery “due to significant losses in the Kharkov region.”

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US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken stated that Russia carried out large-scale cyberattacks at the end of February on commercial satellite communication systems of Ukraine. In this way, Russia tried to prevent the Ukrainian command from quickly responding to the Russian invasion, Blinken said. The UK also announced a cyber attack on Ukraine an hour before the invasion. “This is clear and shocking evidence of a planned Russian attack on Ukraine that has had serious consequences for ordinary people and businesses in Ukraine and across Europe,” British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said in a statement.

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US intelligence does not exclude the possibility of introducing martial law in Russia because of the inability of the Kremlin to achieve its goals in the war with Ukraine. “There is an increasing likelihood that President Putin will resort to more drastic means, including martial law, industrial reorientation, or a potential escalation of hostilities, to free up the resources needed to achieve his goals,” US Director of National Intelligence Avril Haynes said.

According to intelligence, Putin will use nuclear weapons only if he feels that Russia is facing an existential threat.

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Regiment “Azov” published in Telegram pictures of wounded soldiersblocked at the Azovstal plant in Mariupol. The wounded, the post says, are “in complete unsanitary conditions with open wounds, bandaged with non-sterile bandage residues, without the necessary medicines and even food.” Azov appealed to the UN and the Red Cross with a request to organize the immediate evacuation of wounded soldiers to Ukrainian-controlled territories.

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Russian oil transportation ban is no longer included in the sixth package of EU sanctions against Russia being developed, dpa reports citing to diplomatic sources in the EU. Greece, Cyprus and Malta were the most vocal against the ban due to fears that it would harm their shipping companies. At the same time, the EU still plans to ban European companies from insuring oil tankers carrying Russian oil, a source told dpa.

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