Russia Suffers Heavy Losses In Failed River Crossing, Officials Say

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KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces suffered dense losses successful a Ukrainian onslaught that destroyed a pontoon span they were utilizing to effort to transverse a stream successful the east, Ukrainian and British officials said successful different motion of Moscow’s conflict to salvage a warfare gone awry.

Ukrainian authorities, meanwhile, opened the archetypal warfare crimes trial of the struggle Friday. The defendant, a captured Russian soldier, stands accused of shooting to decease a 62-year-old civilian successful the aboriginal days of the war.

The proceedings got underway arsenic Russia’s violative successful the Donbas, Ukraine’s eastbound concern heartland, seemed to crook progressively into a grinding warfare of attrition.

Ukraine’s airborne bid released photos and video of what it said was a damaged Russian pontoon span implicit the Siversky Donets River and respective destroyed oregon damaged Russian subject vehicles nearby. The bid said its troops “drowned the Russian occupiers.”

Britain’s Defense Ministry said Russia mislaid “significant armored maneuver elements” of astatine slightest 1 battalion tactical radical successful the onslaught earlier this week. A Russian battalion tactical radical consists of astir 1,000 troops.

“Conducting stream crossings successful a contested situation is simply a highly risky maneuver and speaks to the unit the Russian commanders are nether to marque advancement successful their operations successful eastbound Ukraine,” the ministry said successful its regular quality update.

In this handout photograph  provided by the Ukraine Armed Forces connected  Thursday, May 12, 2022, a ruined pontoon crossing with dozens of destroyed oregon  damaged Russian armored vehicles connected  some  banks of Siverskyi Donets River aft  their pontoon bridges were blown up   successful  eastbound   Ukraine. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)
In this handout photograph provided by the Ukraine Armed Forces connected Thursday, May 12, 2022, a ruined pontoon crossing with dozens of destroyed oregon damaged Russian armored vehicles connected some banks of Siverskyi Donets River aft their pontoon bridges were blown up successful eastbound Ukraine. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)

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In different developments, a determination by Finland and, potentially, Sweden to articulation NATO was thrown into question erstwhile Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his state is “not of a favorable opinion” toward the idea. He accused Sweden and different Scandinavian countries of supporting Kurdish militants and others Turkey considers terrorists.

Erdogan did not accidental outright that helium would artifact the 2 nations from joining NATO. But the subject confederation makes its decisions by consensus, meaning that each of its 30 subordinate countries has a veto implicit who tin join.

An enlargement of NATO would beryllium a stroke to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who undertook the warfare successful what helium said was a bid to thwart the alliance’s eastward advance. But successful the aftermath of the penetration of Ukraine, different countries on Russia’s flank fearfulness they could beryllium next.

With Ukraine pleading for much arms to fend disconnected the invasion, the European Union’s overseas affairs main announced plans to springiness Kyiv an further 500 cardinal euros ($520 million) to bargain dense weapons.

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov welcomed the dense weapons making their mode to the beforehand lines but admitted determination is nary speedy extremity to the warfare successful sight.

“We are entering a new, semipermanent signifier of the war,” helium wrote successful a Facebook post. “Extremely hard weeks await us. How galore determination volition be? No 1 tin accidental for sure.”

In this handout photograph  provided by the Ukraine Armed Forces connected  Thursday, May 12, 2022, dozens of destroyed oregon  damaged Russian armored vehicles are seen connected  some  banks of Siverskyi Donets River. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)
In this handout photograph provided by the Ukraine Armed Forces connected Thursday, May 12, 2022, dozens of destroyed oregon damaged Russian armored vehicles are seen connected some banks of Siverskyi Donets River. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)

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The conflict for the Donbas has turned into a village-by-village, back-and-forth slog with nary large breakthroughs connected either broadside and small crushed gained.

Fierce warring has been taking spot connected the Siversky Donets River adjacent the metropolis of Severodonetsk, said Oleh Zhdanov, an autarkic Ukrainian subject analyst. The Ukrainian subject has launched counterattacks but has failed to halt Russia’s advance, helium said.

“The destiny of a ample information of the Ukrainian service is being decided — determination are astir 40,000 Ukrainian soldiers,” helium said.

The Ukrainian subject main for the Luhansk portion of the Donbas said Friday that Russian forces opened occurrence 31 times connected residential areas the time before, destroying dozens of homes, notably successful Hirske and Popasnianska villages, and a span successful Rubizhne.

In the south, Ukrainian officials claimed different occurrence successful the Black Sea, saying their forces took retired a Russian logistics vessel that was trying to present an anti-aircraft system. Though determination was nary confirmation from Russia, and nary casualties were reported.

In the ruined confederate larboard of Mariupol, Ukrainian fighters holed up successful a alloy works faced continued Russian attacks connected the past stronghold of absorption successful the city. Sviatoslav Palamar, lawman commandant of Ukraine’s Azov Regiment, said his troops volition clasp retired “as agelong arsenic they can” contempt shortages of ammunition, food, h2o and medicine.

Justin Crump, a erstwhile British vessel commandant who is present a information consultant, said Moscow’s losses person forced it to downsize its objectives successful Ukraine. He said the Russians person had to usage hastily patched-together units that haven’t trained together.

“This is not going to beryllium quick. So we’re settled successful for a summertime of warring astatine least. I deliberation the Russian broadside is precise wide that this is going to instrumentality a agelong time,” helium said.

Russian service  Sergeant Vadim Shishimarin, 21, is seen down  a solid  during a tribunal  proceeding  successful  Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday, May 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Russian service Sergeant Vadim Shishimarin, 21, is seen down a solid during a tribunal proceeding successful Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday, May 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

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In the archetypal warfare transgression lawsuit brought to trial, Russian Sgt. Vadim Shyshimarin, 21, could get beingness successful situation if convicted of shooting a Ukrainian antheral successful the caput done an unfastened car model successful a colony successful the northeastern Sumy portion connected Feb. 28, 4 days into the invasion.

Ukrainian Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova said she is readying warfare crimes cases against 41 Russian soldiers for offenses including bombing civilian infrastructure, sidesplitting civilians, rape and looting. It was not instantly wide however galore of the suspects are successful Ukrainian hands and however galore would beryllium tried successful absentia.

In a tiny Kyiv courtroom, scores of journalists witnessed the commencement of the wartime proceedings, which volition beryllium intimately watched by planetary observers to marque definite the proceedings is fair.

The defendant, dressed successful a bluish and grey hoodie and grey sweatpants, sat successful a tiny solid cage during the proceedings, which lasted astir 15 minutes and volition resume connected Wednesday.

Shyshimarin was asked a bid of questions, including whether helium understood his rights and whether helium wanted a assemblage trial. He declined the latter.

His Ukraine-assigned attorney, Victor Ovsyanikov, has acknowledged that the lawsuit against Shyshimarin is beardown and has not indicated what the soldier’s defence volition be.

Shyshimarin, a subordinate of a vessel portion that was captured by Ukrainian forces, admitted that helium changeable the civilian successful a video posted by the Security Service of Ukraine, saying helium was ordered to bash so.

As the warfare grinds on, teachers are trying to reconstruct immoderate consciousness of normalcy aft the warring shuttered Ukraine’s schools and upended the lives of millions of children.

In Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, lessons are being fixed successful a subway presumption that has go location for galore families. Children joined their teacher Valeriy Leiko astir a array to larn astir past and art, with youngsters’ drawings lining the walls.

“It helps to enactment them mentally. Because present determination is simply a war, and galore mislaid their homes. ... Some people’s parents are warring now,” Leiko said. In portion due to the fact that of the lessons, helium said, “they consciousness that idiosyncratic loves them.”

An older student, Anna Fedoryaka, monitored a professor’s online lectures connected Ukrainian literature, admitting: “It is hard to ore erstwhile you person to bash your homework with explosions by your window.”

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Yesica Fisch successful Bakhmut, Yuras Karmanau successful Lviv, Mstyslav Chernov successful Kharkiv, Jari Tanner successful Helsinki, Elena Becatoros successful Odesa, and different AP staffers astir the satellite contributed to this report.

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