Putin declared “victory” in Mariupol, gave up the attack on the steel plant

The fighting in Mariupol is still going on, writes the New York Times. Another “mass grave” in Ukraine, the Guardian reports. The Russians deported half a million Ukrainians, according to Ukrinform. A labyrinth of strong corridors below Azovstal, RT reports. The President of Serbia is again in “great torment”, Danas reports
(Illustration, Minister Sergei Shoigu informed Putin that Mariupol was occupied and that another three to four days were needed to complete the operation in Azovstal, reports Politika)

The Russian president declared victory in Mariupol, although the battle continues. Not far from this city in the south of the country, the Ukrainian authorities found a “mass grave”. Vladimir Zelensky claims that Russian forces deported as many as 500,000 people, confiscated their phones and passports, and sent them to remote parts of Russia. Vladimir Putin said that the steelworks should not be dragged into the underground corridors, but that it should be kept under strong control. New “torments” of the President of Serbia.

Putin declared “victory” in Mariupol

“Putin has declared victory in Mariupol, and the fight continues,” is the headline on the front page of the New York Times, with a dominant photo of civilians fleeing the city and driving through Russian-held territory overnight.

President Vladimir Putin has declared victory in Mariupol despite ongoing fighting, publicly calling for an end to attacks on Ukraine’s final stronghold in the ruined city, “in the Kremlin’s desire to present success to the Russian public,” the paper said. Putin ordered Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, in a staged meeting shown on Russian television, not to target the Azovstal steel plant, which has become a fortress and is home to 2,000 Ukrainian fighters who are still resisting – but to block the factory. fly to fly ‘”, reads the text, which adds that this,” at least for now “, has avoided a bloody outcome in a strategically important coastal city.

A few days after the British Guardian, the American newspaper reports that families whose sons are listed as missing after the sinking of a Russian cruiser in the Black Sea are looking for answers “in increasing numbers, while the Ministry of Defense and top officials are silent about the fate of the crew.” The title of the text is “Sunken ship threatens Moscow’s propaganda”.



Another “mass grave”

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson suffered insults yesterday when deputies supported the official investigation into whether he agreed with the parliament and high-ranking representatives of the Conservatives called on him to resign again, the Guardian reports with a central photo of the prime minister posing in front of the temple in Ahmedabad. If it is determined that Johnson lied, according to the law, that will be enough to initiate a procedure for removal. The government tried to slow down the process, but only provoked even greater anger from conservatives.

At the top of the page is the title – “Mariupol: Civilians” thrown into mass graves “. According to the paper, Russia hid the evidence of its “barbaric” war in Mariupol by burying the bodies of civilians who died from explosions in mass graves, the mayor of this city said yesterday when American satellite images corresponding to the locations were published. Vadim Boichenko said that the bodies were collected from the streets by Russian trucks and transferred to the nearby village of Manhush, and there they were secretly thrown into mass graves right next to the old cemetery.



The Russians deported half a million people

Russian attackers have deported about half a million Ukrainians from the temporarily occupied territories, said President Volodymyr Zelensky addressing the Portuguese parliament, as reported by the state news agency Ukrinform.

“Russian attackers have already removed 500,000 of our citizens from the territories they occupied. There used to be people there, and now there are none. That’s 500,000 people. This is deportation, this is what the worst totalitarian regimes have done in the past, “Zelenski said, adding that the deportees had their phones and passports confiscated before being sent to various remote parts of the Russian Federation. The Ukrainian president also stated that the enemy had set up so-called “filtration camps” where incoming groups were subjected to special inspections, “while many civilians from Ukraine were killed and raped.”

The command of the Army of Ukraine announced that the enemy had deployed about 25 tactical units ready to attack in the direction of the city of Izium, Ukrinform also reports.



Azovstal as an “underground city”

“We must think about preserving the lives and health of our soldiers and officers,” Russian President Vladimir Putin told the defense minister with an order to stop the attacks on the steel plant in Mariupol, as reported by the Rasha Tudej news agency. Putin added that “one should not enter the catacombs and crawl through the underground of these industrial plants.” The agency reminds that Azovstal was built during the Soviet Union and that it has an extensive network of well-fortified underground tunnels, built to withstand heavy bombing. These tunnels were formerly called the underground city.

Washington will do what the EU has already done, and ban all Russian vessels from anchoring in American ports, announced US President Joe Biden. According to RT, this applies to all ships flying the Russian flag, whether they are owned by Moscow or used by Russian entities.

The agency also reports that Russia, in response to US sanctions, has banned 29 American citizens from entering the country indefinitely, including Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and vice president Kamala Harris. Russia’s foreign ministry said the list included “directors, businessmen, experts and journalists who are shaping the agenda of Russophobia, as well as the spouses of numerous high-ranking officials.”



War is a “defeat of dignity”

“Mariupol has fallen, the ring around Azovstal”, is the main headline in Politika. Yesterday, the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, ordered the Russian army to cancel the plans for the assault on the Azovstal steel plant, and announced that he wanted it to remain under a strict blockade, and called on the remaining Ukrainian fighters to surrender. Minister Sergei Shoigu informed Putin that Mariupol was occupied and that another three to four days were needed to complete the operation in Azovstal. “Putin explained that his decision not to attack the Azovstal factory was motivated by the desire to protect the lives of Russian soldiers,” the text reads.

At the top of the front page, there is the announcement of talks with Serbian Patriarch Porfirio, who says that “every war is a defeat of human dignity.” “We are called to witness to the living God in the world and thus participate in the salvation of every creature of God,” the Easter Epistle of the Serbian Orthodox Church said.



President on “torment” again

The President of Serbia told the Financial Times that “despite the pressure, he will not choose a side and join the sanctions against Russia”, Danas writes with the title “Vucic will only have an important rating in Serbia now”. In Koraks’ caricature illustrating the announcement, you can see Aleksandar Vučić whose nose grows like a curve in the table.

“We risk destroying all progress towards European Union membership,” said Nathan Albahari. Dragan Shormaz pointed out that “there are no pressures, only expectations”.

“The point is to prepare the public in Serbia for sanctions against Russia, but in such a way as to create a picture of the great torment in which the leader of the SNS is,” states Biljana Stojković.

The leader of Dveri, Boško Obradović, called on the People’s Party to join the wider Patriotic Bloc, which is another piece of news that was at the top of the first page. “The ‘United’ were just a pre-election coalition,” the headline read. The President of the National Assembly, Vuk Jeremic, stated that “the Party of Freedom and Justice completely commanded the election process.”


Source: Balkan Magazin – Aktuelnosti by www.balkanmagazin.net.

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