War in Ukraine. Latest information on May 17 [papildināts 20:20]

Live text – short and concise on the highlights of Russia’s war in Ukraine on May 17. For the third month in a row, Ukraine has been heroically defending its land against the aggressor’s invasion.

20:20. Russia could soon stop supplying gas to Finland because it has refused to pay the Russian state gas company Gazprom in rubles, the Finnish natural gas company Gasum said on Tuesday.

19:24. On Tuesday, the Estonian Foreign Ministry summoned the Russian ambassador to condemn him for a statement by Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharov, who made personal insults to Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas. Deputy Secretary General of the Ministry Rein Tammsar, who met with the Russian ambassador, did not consider it necessary to comment on the statement published by Zakharov on social media, but called on Russian representatives to refrain from unprofessional personal attacks on Estonian politicians, remain polite, deepen their history and stop aggression against Ukraine immediately. At a recent international Lennart Meri conference in Tallinn, Kallas called on countries not to contact Russian President Vladimir Putin because he is a war criminal. Zakharov then posted an entry on the Telegram stating that even autocratic sultans do not have such inherited careers as Kallas.

18:28. More than 260 Ukrainian soldiers were withdrawn from Azovstall to the Russian-occupied territories on Monday. It is not yet clear what their future will be, but Kiev is committed to taking them home. reports lsm.lv.

16.44. In Ukraine, the shooting of the Sumy region from Russian territory continues on Tuesday morning, a battle is taking place in the north of the Shostkinsky district, and Russian troops are trying to break through the Ukrainian border in the Seredina-Buda district, Dmitro Zhivicki, the head of the Sumy district military administration.

“About five blows in the Essan region. About 70 blasts in the direction of Bojarski-Lezachi. Six blasts were registered in the Sopiča district,” Živickis said.

16.07. Russia on Tuesday announced its withdrawal from the Council of the Baltic Sea States. The Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) is an intergovernmental organization that has so far represented 11 countries: Denmark, Estonia, Iceland, Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Finland, Germany and Sweden, as well as the European Commission. Russia’s foreign ministry said the organization was becoming an “instrument of anti-Russian policy” and “increasingly engrossed in Russophobia and lies.”

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15.24. Ukraine’s talks with Russia have been suspended, Mikhail Podolak, an adviser to the head of the office of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, said on Tuesday. Unlike events on the front, Russia’s demands remain unchanged, the official said.

14.05. Russia has eased safety standards for cars produced in its territory in connection with Western sanctions against Moscow, which has led to a shortage of electrical components and spare parts. In a decree signed on May 12, the Russian government announced reduced requirements for certification of certain types of cars produced in the country. This decree covers the production of cars without anti-lock braking system (ABS) sensors, airbags or seatbelt pretensioners with emergency locking.

13.52. Russian President Vladimir Putin has personally engaged in the Russia-Ukraine war to such an extent that decisions are being made “at the level of a colonel or brigadier general,” several Western military sources have said.

Putin is helping to determine the direction of troops in the Donbass, where Russian forces suffered heavy losses last week in several attempts to cross the strategically important Seversky River.

13.15. The evacuation of Ukrainian troops from the Mariupol plant “Azovstal” besieged by Russian forces will continue, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Irina Vereshchuk said on Tuesday. “We are working on the next stages of the humanitarian operation. If God gives, everything will be fine,” Vereshchuk recorded on the Telegram messaging platform.

12.51. This morning, Russian troops fired a rocket at the town of Ohtirk in the Sumy region. At least five people have been injured, the head of the Sumy Military Administration said. Russian-launched missiles have reportedly hit civilian targets and caused significant damage.

12.15. At least 652 children have been injured in Ukraine as a result of Russia’s armed aggression. The number of children who died in the last day has not changed – 229, informs the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine.

11.50. Maxim Kozickis, the head of the Lviv Oblast Military Administration, reports that on the night of May 17, soldiers from the aggressor state fired a rocket at an infrastructure facility at the Lviv Regional Railway Department. The explosion has damaged the railway infrastructure. There is currently no information on victims or casualties.

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11.35. Ukraine’s air defense systems fired three Russian cruise missiles over Lviv region and one over Mykolaiv region on the night of May 17, Air Command South and Air Command West reported on social media.

11.21. In an interview with the Espresso television channel, the head of the Rivne district administration, Vitaly Koval, admitted that the Russian rocket attack on March 26 had leveled off the Dubno oil base. Fortunately, there are no victims.

09.56.The loss of life force of Russian troops in Ukraine has reached about 27,900 soldiers by Tuesday morning, the General Staff of the Ukrainian Army reports.

07.10. The European Union (EU) will help Ukraine deliver grain for export to foreign markets, the export of which is blocked by Russia through Black Sea ports, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Joseph Borrell told a news conference.

04.13. The European Union (EU) Council of Ministers in Brussels approved a fourth € 500 million aid package for Ukraine for arms and other defense needs, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Joseph Borrell told a news conference.

03.32. Russian troops fired rockets at a military facility in the Yavoriv region of Lviv region near the Polish border on Tuesday night, the local government chief said.

00.53. 264 Ukrainian soldiers were evacuated from the besieged steel plant “Azovstal” in Mariupol on Monday, said Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malara.

53 seriously injured were evacuated to a medical facility in Novoazovskaya, and another 211 soldiers were taken to Olenivka along the humanitarian corridor.

00.35. Russia’s war against Ukraine has killed at least 3,668 civilians and injured another 3,896, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Monday.

00.10. Russian President Vladimir Putin has told some world leaders that it is not yet time for talks with the Ukrainian president to end the war, citing Ihor Zhovkva, deputy head of the Ukrainian president’s chancellery, pravda.com.ua

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