May 16, 2022

Russia-Ukraine war news: Putin’s forces suffer heavy losses when Ukrainian troops destroy strategic bridge

KYIV, Ukraine — Russia suffered heavy losses when Ukrainian forces destroyed the pontoon bridge enemy troops have been utilizing to attempt to cross a river within the east, Ukrainian and British officers mentioned in one other signal of Moscow’s wrestle to salvage a war gone awry.

Ukrainian authorities, in the meantime, opened the primary war crimes trial of the battle. The defendant, a captured Russian soldier, stands accused of taking pictures to demise a 62-year-old civilian within the early days of the war.

The trial bought underway as Russia’s marketing campaign in Ukraine’s japanese industrial heartland of the Donbas made faltering progress.

Ukraine’s airborne command launched photographs and video of what it mentioned was a broken Russian pontoon bridge over the Siversky Donets River and a number of other destroyed or broken Russian navy automobiles close by.

Ukrainian information studies mentioned troops thwarted an try by Russian forces to cross the river earlier this week, leaving dozens of tanks and different navy automobiles broken or deserted. The command mentioned its troops “drowned the Russian occupiers.”

Britain’s Protection Ministry mentioned that Russia misplaced “significant armored maneuver elements” of at the very least one battalion tactical group in addition to tools used to deploy the makeshift floating bridge.

“Conducting river crossings in a contested environment is a highly risky maneuver and speaks to the pressure the Russian commanders are under to make progress in their operations in eastern Ukraine,” the ministry mentioned in its every day intelligence replace.

In different developments, a transfer by Finland and, probably, Sweden to affix NATO was thrown into query when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan mentioned his nation is “not of a favorable opinion” towards the concept. He accused Sweden and different Scandinavian nations of supporting Kurdish militants and others Turkey considers terrorists.

Erdogan didn’t say outright that he would block the 2 nations from becoming a member of NATO. However the navy alliance makes its choices by consensus, that means that every of its 30 member nations has a veto over who can be part of.

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An enlargement of NATO can be a blow to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who undertook the war in what he mentioned was a bid to thwart the alliance’s eastward advance. However the invasion of Ukraine has stirred fears in different nations alongside Russia’s flank that they may very well be subsequent.

With Ukraine pleading for extra arms to fend off the invasion, the European Union’s international affairs chief introduced plans to provide the nation an extra 500 million euros ($520 million) to purchase heavy weapons.

The battle for the Donbas has become a grinding, village-by-village struggle with no main breakthroughs on both aspect.

The Ukrainian navy chief for the Luhansk area of the Donbas mentioned Friday that Russian forces opened hearth 31 occasions on residential areas the day earlier than, destroying dozens of properties, notably in Hirske and Popasnianska villages, and a bridge in Rubizhne.

Within the south, Ukrainian officers claimed one other success within the Black Sea, saying their forces took out one other Russian ship, although there was no affirmation from Russia and no casualties have been reported.

The Vsevolod Bobrov logistics ship was badly broken however not thought to have sunk when it was struck whereas making an attempt to ship an anti-aircraft system to Snake Island, mentioned Oleksiy Arestovych, a Ukrainian presidential adviser.

In April, Ukraine sank the Moskva, a guided missile cruiser that was the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea fleet. In March it destroyed a touchdown ship.

Russian Sgt. Vadim Shyshimarin, 21, might get life in jail if convicted at his war crimes trial of taking pictures a Ukrainian man within the head via an open automotive window in a village within the northeastern Sumy area on Feb. 28, 4 days into the invasion.

The killing is considered one of hundreds of potential war crimes that Ukrainian prosecutors are investigating. Most of the alleged atrocities got here to mild final month after Moscow’s forces ended their bid to seize Kyiv and withdrew from across the capital, exposing mass graves and streets strewn with our bodies.

In a small Kyiv courtroom, scores of journalists watched the beginning of the wartime proceedings, which can be intently watched by worldwide observers to verify the trial is truthful.

The defendant, wearing a blue and grey hoodie and grey sweatpants, sat in a small glass cage throughout the proceedings, which lasted about quarter-hour and can resume on Wednesday.

Shyshimarin was requested a collection of questions, together with whether or not he understood his rights and whether or not he wished a jury trial. He declined the latter.

His Ukraine-assigned lawyer, Victor Ovsyanikov, has acknowledged that the case towards the soldier is robust and has not indicated what his protection can be.

Shyshimarin, a member of a tank unit that was captured by Ukrainian forces, admitted that he shot the civilian in a video posted by the Safety Service of Ukraine, saying he was ordered to take action.

Because the war grinds on, academics are attempting to revive some sense of normalcy after the combating shuttered Ukraine’s faculties and upended the lives of thousands and thousands of kids.

In Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest metropolis, classes are being given in a subway station that has develop into dwelling for a lot of households. Youngsters joined their instructor Valeriy Leiko round a desk to find out about historical past artwork, with children’ drawings lining the partitions.

“It helps to support them mentally. Because now there is a war, and many lost their homes … some people’s parents are fighting now,” Leiko mentioned. Partly due to the teachings, he mentioned, “they feel that someone loves them.”

An older pupil, Anna Fedoryaka, monitored a professor’s on-line lectures on Ukrainian literature.

The web connection was an issue for some, she mentioned. And “it is hard to concentrate when you have to do your homework with explosions by your window.”


Yesica Fisch in Bakhmut, Yuras Karmanau in Lviv, Mstyslav Chernov in Kharkiv, Jari Tanner in Helsinki, Elena Becatoros in Odesa, and different AP staffers all over the world contributed to this report.