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Business Wednesday, May 18. Russia’s War On Ukraine: News And Information From Ukraine Katya Soldak Forbes Staff May 18, 2022, 09:17pm EDT | Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Rescuers carry the body of a civilian at a site of an apartment building destroyed by Russian … [+] shelling in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Wednesday, May 18, 2022. AP Photo/Andriy Andriyenko ASSOCIATED PRESS Dispatches from Ukraine, provided by Forbes Ukraine’s editorial team. As Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues and the war rages on, reliable sources of information are critical. Forbes Ukraine’s reporters gather information and provide updates on the situation. Wednesday, May 18. Day 84. By Daryna Antoniuk Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has submitted a draft bill to prolong martial law in Ukraine until the end of summer. Ukraine imposed martial law on Feb. 24 and later extended it until May 25. Zelensky proposes extending martial law for another 90 days. A 21-year-old Russian soldier pleaded guilty in Kyiv court during the first war crime trial of the conflict. Russian tank commander Vadim Shysimarin was accused of shooting a 62-year-old man on a bicycle from the window of a car in the northeastern section of the Sumy region in late February. About 28,300 Russian troops have been killed in Ukraine since the start of the invasion, according to Ukraine’s armed forces. At least 229 Ukrainian children have been killed and 424 children have been wounded since the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion. Russia’s war against Ukraine has killed at least 3,752 civilians and wounded at least 4,062 since Feb. 24. The actual figures are undoubtedly considerably higher. MORE FOR YOU Pfizer Tests Pill That Could Prevent Covid Infection Liz Cheney Needles Trump For Bashing Bush: ‘I Like Republican Presidents Who Win Re-Election’ Covid Pandemic Slashes Life Expectancy — Here’s Where It Fell The Most More people are coming back to Ukraine than leaving, according to the Ukrainian State Border Guard Service. More than 37,000 people entered Ukraine in the last 24 hours, including 33,000 Ukrainians, while nearly 31,000 people left the country. Over 6 million people have left Ukraine since the beginning of the war, according to the UN. The Ukrainian Sea of Azov is under threat of complete extinction due to the Russian bombardment of the Azovstal steel plant. The attacks on the plant could lead to the leak of “tens of thousands of tons” of hydrogen sulfide that can “completely kill” the flora and fauna of the sea, according to Mariupol City Council. Russia launched seven attacks on Sumy and Chernihiv region from its territory on Wednesday. Russians used heavy machine guns, automatic grenade launchers, as well as rocket and tube artillery to attack the border areas. Mariupol . Russia said that 694 Ukrainian troops have surrendered at the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol in the past day, bringing the total number to nearly 1,000. At least 29 soldiers were wounded, according to the Russian defence ministry. After capturing Azovstal, Russians want to demolish it, according to the Kremlin-controlled RIA Novosti media outlet. According to Ukraine’s Minister of Culture, Oleksandr Tkachenko, Russians plan to hold a press tour for foreign journalists to Mariupol to discredit Ukraine’s role in the war. Tkachenko called on foreign journalist not to strengthen Russia’s propaganda by joining the tour. Donetsk. Russian troops destroyed a school in Avdiivka, Donetsk Oblast, with prohibited white phosphorus munitions. No casualties have been reported – people in the building managed to escape before it was burned. More than 200 children attended the school before the war. Russians shelled Donetsk Oblast 28 times in the last 24 hours, destroying 52 civilian infrastructure sites. One person was killed, and three children were wounded. Odesa . Russian troops have launched a missile strike on the Odesa Region from the Black Sea. No significant damage and no casualties were reported. Mykolaiv . A Russian missile hit a residential area of Mykolaiv, destroying several houses and wounding one local citizen. The US embassy in Kyiv has resumed its operations after nearly three months of closure, according to U.S. secretary of state Antony Blinken. A small number of diplomats will return initially to staff the embassy. The EU Advisory Mission has also returned to its headquarters in Kyiv on Wednesday. According to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, at least 38 foreign diplomatic missions resumed their work in Kyiv as of May 14. The European Commission has proposed an extra €9 billion in EU loans to Ukraine as well as a €210 billion plan for Europe to end its reliance on Russian fossil fuels by 2027. The €9 billion support package would “help Ukraine win the war and overcome the consequences of the Russian forces’ aggression,” according to Zelenskiy. Send me a secure tip . Katya Soldak Editorial Standards Print Reprints & Permissions

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