Timeline: Week 11 of Russia’s war in Ukraine | Russia-Ukraine war News

The eleventh week of the Russian invasion of Ukraine noticed Kyiv’s forces mount a counteroffensive. Ukrainian troops have recaptured cities to the north and east of the nation’s second metropolis Kharkiv, in japanese Ukraine.

A whole bunch of civilians have been evacuated from the besieged Azovstal metal plant within the Russian-occupied port metropolis of Mariupol, and the European Union struggled to agree on a sixth spherical of sanctions, as Hungary bristled at a possible oil embargo.

Right here, Al Jazeera seems to be on the main occasions that marked the eleventh week of the conflict in Ukraine:

Might 4

Ukrainian and Russian stories verify {that a} Ukrainian counteroffensive north and east of Kharkiv has pushed Russian troops 40km again from the town, within the first main Ukrainian battlefield success since profitable the battle for Kyiv. Russian forces launch a number of unsuccessful assaults within the japanese Donbas area.

In Mariupol, Russian troops reportedly tried to storm the tunnels below the Azovstal plant, the place some 2,000 Ukrainian fighters are holding out. Denys Prokopenko, a commander of the Azov Regiment contained in the plant, says Ukrainians are combating “troublesome, bloody battles”. A high Ukrainian parliamentarian confirms that Russian troops at the moment are contained in the plant. The United Nations evacuates 344 civilians from Mariupol and surrounding villages to security in Zaporizhzhia. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy makes an attraction to the UN to avoid wasting an estimated 200 civilians nonetheless within the metropolis’s Azovstal plant.

Russian forces conduct an unsuccessful floor offensive from Kherson in the direction of Zaporizhzhia within the southwest.

The European Fee unveils a sixth spherical of sanctions, together with “an entire import ban on all Russian oil, seaborne and pipeline, crude and refined” by the tip of the yr, Fee President Ursula von der Leyen tells the European Parliament.

Von der Leyen additionally requires banning Russia’s largest financial institution, Sberbank, from the Swift interbank transaction system, together with Credit score Financial institution of Moscow and the Russian Agricultural Financial institution. “This may solidify the entire isolation of the Russian monetary sector from the worldwide system,” she says. Von der Leyen additionally requires a ban on three Russian state broadcasters: Rossiya RTR/RTR Planeta, Rossiya 24, and TV Centre Worldwide, and a ban on the sale of accounting, consulting and public relations providers to Russia.

Might 5

Ukrainian forces repel Russian makes an attempt to regain positions that have been misplaced round Kharkiv within the northeast. Ukrainian Commander-in-Chief Valerii Zalyzhnyi states that Ukrainian forces are transitioning to counteroffensive operations round Kharkiv and Izium, the primary direct Ukrainian army assertion of a shift to offensive operations.

Ukrainian officers and army officers verify that Russian forces have breached underground tunnels on the Azovstal plant in Mariupol.

A Reuters investigation reveals the identities of Russian items believed to have dedicated conflict crimes in Bucha. They embody the 76th Guards Air Assault Division, an elite paratrooper unit below the non-public command of defence minister Sergey Shoigu, and the Vityaz safety drive, commanded by former Putin bodyguard Viktor Zolotov. The investigation additionally reveals the identities of Ukrainian civilians allegedly tortured and killed by these items.

A US defence official reveals that the US gave Ukrainian forces intelligence on the whereabouts of the Russian Black Sea flagship Moskva earlier than Ukraine focused and sank it with two missiles.

Zelenskyy requires the rescue of the final remaining civilians from the Azovstal plant in Mariupol.

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Might 6

Ukrainian forces proceed to retake territory northeast of Kharkiv, marking the primary large-scale counteroffensive on the japanese entrance. The Ukrainian basic employees and information sources say the villages of Oleksandrivka, Fedorivka, Ukrainka, Shestakovo, Peremoha, Tsirkuny and elements of Cherkasy Tishki fall to Ukraine.

The Pentagon says most Russian forces have left Mariupol to battle within the Donbas area, leaving a garrison of about 2,000 troops – the identical because the variety of Ukrainians believed to be within the Azovstal plant.  The Crimson Cross and United Nations evacuate 50 civilians from the Azovstal plant in Mariupol to Zaporizhzhia.

Russian offensives round Izium are repelled, however Russian forces make small advances round Severdonetsk.

Germany says it should ship seven self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine, which had requested a dozen. The Netherlands had already dedicated to sending 5.

The European Fee tweaks its sixth sanctions proposal, giving Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic till the tip of 2024 to wean themselves off Russian oil. The Fee additionally triples a transition interval for EU-flagged ships to cease carrying Russian oil for 3 months. In response to some stories, the measure could possibly be scrapped altogether.

Zelenskyy for the primary time outlines strict situations on which he would enter peace talks with Russia, together with a withdrawal of Russian forces to pre-February 24 borders, the return of 5 million refugees, membership within the European Union, and accountability for these Russians who dedicated conflict crimes.

Might 7

The Ukrainian basic employees says Russian forces destroy three bridges of their retreat from Kharkiv, at Circuna and Rusky Tyshky, 22km (14 miles) from Kharkiv metropolis centre. The destruction of the bridges signifies that they’re unlikely to try to retake the territory the Ukrainian counteroffensive is seizing across the metropolis. Russia confirms the withdrawal.

The Russians are additionally slowed down close to Izium, with Ukrainian forces stopping their branching out to take surrounding villages to the west and southwest. There’s additionally no Russian try to interrupt out southeast in the direction of Sloviansk, a presumed Russian goal that may assist encompass Ukrainian forces.

Ukrainian officers verify that Russian forces have occupied Popasna, a complicated place in Luhansk province, and a presumed jumping-off level to march on Sloviansk.

Mariupol municipal adviser Petro Andryuschenko says Russians are making ready to carry a Might 9 parade within the metropolis, and are providing residents meals in return for clearing rubble and lifeless our bodies. Deputy Prime Minister Irina Vereshchuk says all civilians have now been evacuated from the Azovstal plant within the metropolis.

Russian forces proceed to focus on Odesa with missiles.

A girl looks through the bus window as civilians evacuated from Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol arrive at a temporary accommodation centre in the village of Bezimenne, during Ukraine-Russia conflict in the Donetsk Region, Ukraine May 6, 2022.
A woman seems to be by way of the bus window as civilians evacuated from the Azovstal metal plant in Mariupol arrive at a short lived lodging centre within the village of Bezimenne [Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters]

Might 8

Russian forces amass in Belgorod, southern Russia, presumably to maneuver towards the Ukrainian counteroffensive round Kharkiv. On the japanese line of contact, Russians proceed their offensives in an effort to take all of Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts. Sixty civilians are believed to have been killed by a Russian air raid on a college, the place 90 have been sheltering. In Izium, Russian forces have paused to regroup. Russian forces proceed to assault the Azovstal plant in Mariupol.

Might 9

Russian forces make marginal good points round Severdonetsk.

In Mariupol, Russian forces proceed to conduct artillery raids and assaults on the Azovstal plant, reportedly advancing into its northern aspect.

Russian President Vladimir Putin says in his Victory Day speech that his “particular army operation” in Ukraine was essential as a preemptive defence of Russia, as a result of NATO and Ukraine have been plotting to take aggressive motion towards his nation.

“We noticed army infrastructure being ramped up, a whole bunch of army advisers working and common deliveries of contemporary weapons from NATO. [The level of] hazard was growing on daily basis. Russia preventively rebuffed the aggressor. It was essential, well timed and … proper. The choice of a sovereign, robust, unbiased nation.”

Putin doesn’t use the speech to order a basic mobilisation or to ramp up his conflict goals.

French President Emmanuel Macron pours chilly water on any notion of speedy EU membership for Ukraine, saying it should probably take “many a long time”, in a speech to the European Parliament.  As a substitute, Macron says he helps making a strengthened type of affiliation with the EU that may allow Ukraine and different EU hopefuls like Moldova and Georgia to get pleasure from many facets of membership shortly.

“It’s our historic obligation … to create what I’d describe earlier than you at this time as a European political neighborhood,” he says. “This new European organisation would permit democratic European nations … to discover a new area for political cooperation, safety, cooperation in power, transport, funding, infrastructure, the motion of individuals.”

Destroyed houses are pictured in Vilhivka village amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, near Kharkiv, Ukraine, May 11, 2022.
Destroyed homes are pictured in Vilhivka village amid Russia’s assault on Ukraine, close to Kharkiv [Ricardo Moraes/Reuters]

Might 10

The Ukrainian counteroffensive continues to push Russian forces east of Kharkiv metropolis, liberating Bairak, Zamulivka, Verkhnii Saltiv, and Rubizhne (totally different to the Rubizhne within the Donbas) and reportedly coming inside 10km (six miles) of the Russian border. Ukrainian authorities report that Russian forces are retreating to regroup defensively close to the border.

“Ukrainians are getting near the Russian border. So all of the good points that the Russians made within the early days within the northeast of Ukraine are more and more slipping away,” says Neil Melvin of the RUSI think-tank in London.

Russian forces proceed assaults within the Donbas, however make no confirmed advances. Professional-Russian reporter Aleksandr Sladkov writes that Russian forces have good morale and are urgent the offensive, however can not make progress as a result of they’re combating at a 1:1 ratio with Ukrainian defenders, who’re being replenished.

Russian forces proceed aerial and artillery bombardment of the Azovstal plant. Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vershchuk says there are 1,000 fighters left within the plant, half the estimate of earlier days, with out rationalization. 100 civilians are additionally estimated to be trapped inside. Ukrainian defence intelligence says Russian authorities try to spherical up kindergarten lecturers within the Donetsk area to be despatched to work in Mariupol. Mariupol municipal adviser Petro Andrushchenko says Russian occupiers are calling steelworkers to return to the Ilyich plant to renew manufacturing that may assist the Russian armed forces.

Not less than one particular person is reported killed as Russian missiles hit a buying centre in Odesa.

The US Home of Representatives prepares to approve $39.8bn in further funding for Ukraine, much more than the $33bn that President Joe Biden had requested for on April 28. The secretaries of state and defence say they’ll run out of the prevailing funding authority for Ukraine by Might 19.

Ukraine defence intelligence says it has recognized convoys of Russian vans taking Ukrainian grain, sunflower seeds and greens in the direction of the Crimea and the Russian border. Some shipments have reportedly been despatched to Syria.

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