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: all women, children and old people were evacuated from Azovstal. This part of Mariupol’s humanitarian mission is accomplished”,”text”:”The President’s order has been carried out: all women, children and elderly people have been evacuated from Azovstal. This part of Mariupol’s humanitarian mission is accomplished”}}”>The president’s order was carried out: all women, children and old people were evacuated from Azovstal. This part of Mariupol’s humanitarian mission is accomplishedUkrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said on social media.

Ukraine claims to have destroyed another Russian warship

Aerial view of a Russian ship.

An aerial view from the Ukrainian drone Bayraktar targeting the Russian landing ship.

Photo: Reuters/UKRAINIAN GROUND FORCES

Earlier on Saturday, Ukraine claimed to have destroyed a Russian landing ship near the small Snake Island in the Black Sea, which has become a symbol of Ukrainian resistance to the Russian invasion launched at the end of February.

A Bayraktar TB2 combat drone, developed in Turkey,11770 Serna plus two Tor-type surface-to-air missile systems”,”text”:”hit a landing ship of the project11770 Serna plus two Tor-type surface-to-air missile systems”}}’>hit a landing ship of the 11770 Serna project as well as two surface-to-air missile systems of the Tor typethe Ukrainian Navy said on Facebook without specifying the date.

Moscow did not confirm the information on its side.

May this year will be held near Serpents’ Island at the bottom of the sea”,”text”:”The traditional parade of the Russian fleet on May 9 this year will be held near Serpents’ Island at the bottom of the sea”}}”>The traditional parade of the Russian fleet on May 9 this year will take place near Serpents’ Island at the bottom of the seaquipped the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense on Twitter.

An explosion on a warship.

A still from video released Saturday by the Ukrainian Ground Forces press service shows an explosion near Serpents’ Island.

Photo: Reuters/UKRAINIAN GROUND FORCES

On videos published by the Ukrainian army, we can see in particular a ship at anchor near a quay hit by an explosion, then ravaged by flames and spreading a large plume of smoke.

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26 meters long, the Serna belongs to a class of fast Russian landing ships with a payload capacity of 45 tonnes.

Armed with 7.62 mm caliber machine guns and Igla missile launchers, it was designed for landing combat vehicles as well as assault units.

In early May, the Ukrainian army claimed to have bombed two Russian Raptor-class patrol boats off Serpents’ Island, also hit by Bayraktar TB2 combat drones.

A combat drone in full flight.

A Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 drone.

Photo: Getty Images / BIROL BEBEK

In mid-April, the Russian flagship Moskva sank in the Black Sea after it, according to kyiv and Washington, was hit by Ukrainian missiles. Moscow had claimed for its part that it had been damaged by an explosion on board.

Serpents’ Island has become a symbol in Ukraine since a radio exchange, which went viral on social networks, in which, on the first day of the conflict, Ukrainian border guards launched Fuck you, Russian military ship! to the Russian cruiser, the Moskva, which ordered them to surrender.

Shortly after this exchange, the ship had bombarded the island, the Russians taking control of it, and the Ukrainian soldiers had been taken prisoner. They were later released in a prisoner exchange with Moscow.

The recording of this verbal exchange had served as a leitmotiv for the Ukrainian resistance, the invective of the border guards even appearing on placards during demonstrations of support abroad, and on Ukrainian stamps.

Elsewhere, fighting continues

On Friday evening, Russian rocket fire reached Odessa, the major Ukrainian port on the Black Sea, without however causing any casualties, announced the southern military command of Ukraine.

In the Donbass coalfield, where Moscow’s offensive is focused, pressure on Severodonetsk, one of the major cities still under Ukrainian control, continued, with territorial gains limited to the surrounding area in the past 24 hours. but it should not lead to complete encirclement, according to the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW).

On the other hand, in Kharkiv, the Ukrainian counter-offensive to put Ukraine’s second city out of enemy artillery range has gained momentum, with the capture of several Russian positions in the north and east, underlines I’ISW.

Ukrainian forces are regaining ground along a wide arc around Kharkiv and no longer focusing on a limited thrust, demonstrating an ability to launch offensive operations on a larger scale than so far in this warhe explains.

The Russian army destroyed three road bridges to slow down the counter-offensive in the region, said the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense.

A tank approaches a soldier holding a rifle on a road.

A tank approaches a soldier from the self-proclaimed republic of Donestk who stands guard in Mariupol on Wednesday.

Photo: The Canadian Press/AP/Alexei Alexandrov

There is no overall assessment of the civilian victims of the conflict. In Mariupol alone, the Ukrainian authorities spoke several weeks ago of 20,000 deaths. And Ukrainian investigators claim to have identifiedcases”,”text”:”more than 8000cases”}}’>more than 8000 cases suspected of war crimes.

On the military level, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense assessed Russian losses on Saturday at 25,100 men, 199 planes and 1,122 tanks since the start of the invasion on February 24.

President Zelensky said around 2,500 to 3,000 Ukrainian troops were killed and some 10,000 injured.

For its part, the Kremlin recently admitted significant losses. According to some Western sources, up to 12,000 Russian soldiers were killed.

No independent statistics are available.

Men, women and children at a bus station.

Ukrainian refugees in Lviv prepare to board a bus bound for Warsaw.

Photo: Getty Images/Leon Neal

According to the High Commissioner for Refugees of theUN (UNHCR), more than 5.4 million Ukrainians have fled their country. Women and children constitute 90% of these refugees, men aged 18 to 60, likely to be mobilized, not having the right to leave.

More than 7.7 million Ukrainians have been internally displaced, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

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