Mariupol – Russian phosphorus bombs on Azov steelworks after ESC victory

Such incendiary bombs are ignited by contact with oxygen and cause devastating damage. Their use is prohibited.

Andryushchenko released a video with aerial photos showing a rain of fire falling on the steel mill. Artillery shelling of the industrial zone could also be seen on the initially unverifiable recordings of unclear origin.

Andryushchenko also published pictures showing inscriptions on bombs. Accordingly, the Russian military is said to have reacted to Ukraine’s victory in the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC). It was initially not clear where these photos came from. The alleged bombs read in Russian: “Kalusha, as requested! Auf Azovstal” and in English “Help Mariupol – Help Azovstal right now” (in German: Helft Mariupol – Help Azovstal immediately) with the date May 14. The singer of the band Kalusha Orchestra, which won the ESC, said these words in an appeal on the stage in Turin.

Hate comments read that the phosphorus bombs were the Russian salute to the ESC victory. Russian media reported the victory on Sunday night, but unlike in previous years, state television was not allowed to show the show. Russia is excluded from the ESC because of the war of aggression against Ukraine.

According to Ukrainian sources, around 1,000 defenders of Mariupol are holed up in the steelworks. They refuse Russian calls to surrender. With regard to the shelling of the steelworks, the Russian hate comments also read that the fighters had now had enough time to get out of the industrial zone. The Ukrainian government has said it will do everything it can to save Mariupol’s defenders.

British military intelligence estimates that Russia may have lost around a third of the ground forces deployed to invade Ukraine in February. “Despite small initial advances, Russia has not recorded any substantial territorial gains in recent months, while suffering continuously high losses,” the British Ministry of Defense wrote on Twitter.

According to Ukrainian information, the Russian armed forces have fired missiles at military infrastructure in the Lviv region in the west of the country for the first time after a break of several days. After the attack on Sunday morning, nothing was known about the dead or injured, said the head of the military administration, Maxym Kosyzkyj, on the Telegram news channel. The extent of the destruction is being investigated. An object near Javoriv – presumably around the military training area there – is said to have been completely destroyed.

It was therefore the first time in about a week that there was an air alert in the region near the Polish border. In the situation report of the Russian military, there was initially no information on this.

The Ministry of Defense in Moscow said that two Ukrainian command posts, eleven troop concentrations and four ammunition dumps had been hit during air strikes during the night. The targets were therefore in the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine. Attacks with artillery fire hit six other command posts and 123 targets with troops and technology, said ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov. 150 Ukrainian fighters were “destroyed”.

The Russian air defense shot down 15 drones in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions and around Snake Island in the Black Sea, Konashenkov said. Rockets were also intercepted in the Kharkiv and Cherson regions. The Russian information could not be verified by independent parties. The attacks would continue, it said.

The article is in German

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