The Ukrainian government wants to save the remaining soldiers in the Azov steelworks in Mariupol. The US sets up an observatory for the Ukraine war. The developments at a glance.

After the evacuation of around 260 Ukrainian soldiers from the Azov steelworks in Mariupol, the situation of the city’s remaining defenders in the huge industrial complex remains unclear. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said influential international mediators were involved in efforts to rescue them.

Fighting continues in eastern Ukraine, while Russian airstrikes are taking place in other regions.

The 260 soldiers who left the Azovstal plant on Tuesday night went into Russian captivity. Kyiv hopes to be exchanged for Russian prisoners of war at a later date, but the Russian military initially left such a step open. Moscow released a video purporting to show the Ukrainians being arrested, receiving medical treatment and the evacuation of the injured. A good 50 of the soldiers are said to be seriously wounded.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister in occupied Cherson

Russia is determined to tie the occupied Cherson region in southern Ukraine to itself. The region around the port city will take a “worthy place in our Russian family,” said Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Marat Chusnullin during a visit to Cherson on Tuesday. The Russian state agency Ria Novosti quoted him as saying that people will live and work together in the future.

On May 1, Russia introduced the Russian ruble as official currency in the region. A few days ago, the deputy chief of the pro-Russian administration in Cherson, Kirill Stremoussov, brought up a formal application for Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin to join the conversation. He justified the waiver of a previously considered referendum with the fact that such a referendum on the Crimean peninsula, annexed by Russia in 2014, was not internationally recognized. The Ukrainian government, on the other hand, is convinced that a Russification of the Cherson region will fail.

According to the authorities, seven civilians were killed on Tuesday in the Donetsk region, which was fought over by Russian and Ukrainian troops. Six others were injured, Ukrainian military governor Pavlo Kyrylenko told the Telegram news service. He accused Russian troops of killing the people. Zelenskyi listed rocket attacks and bombardments in the Lviv, Sumy, Chernihiv and Luhansk regions. The Russian military wants to compensate for the failures in the east and south.

Plant of German gypsum manufacturer bombed

According to Ukrainian sources, a disused gypsum factory belonging to the German company Knauf was bombed by the Russian air force in eastern Ukraine. “The air strikes damaged business premises and a fire broke out,” military governor of Donetsk region Pavlo Kyrylenko wrote in the Telegram news service. Nobody was injured.

Knauf shut down the plant shortly after the Russian invasion. The company confirmed on Tuesday evening that the plant in Soledor in the Donbass was hit by a rocket and set on fire.

USA set up observatory

In response to the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine, the US has launched a conflict observatory. The new Conflict Observatory is intended to ensure “that crimes committed by Russia’s troops are documented and that the perpetrators are held accountable,” said a spokesman for the State Department in Washington.

Among other things, the program will collect, analyze and publish information and evidence of “atrocities, human rights violations and damage to civilian infrastructure”. Reports would be posted on the ConflictObservatory.org website in the future.

That will be important on Wednesday

Sweden and Finland submit their NATO membership applications together in Brussels. The Nordic countries are thus giving up their long tradition of military non-alignment.

The EU Commission presents its strategy on how the European Union can become independent of fossil fuels from Russia. The authority wants to set more ambitious goals for the expansion of renewable energies and energy saving.

The first trial against a Russian soldier on charges of war crimes is set to begin in Ukraine.