Azov Regiment reports Russian poison gas attack in Mariupol – artillery shelling in Kharkiv

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There are reports from Mariupol of a possible poison gas attack. Artillery fire is reported in Kharkiv. Ticker about the war in Ukraine.

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  • “Last Battle for Mariupol”: Ukrainian troops expect to capture the city.
  • Azov Regiment: report of a poison gas attack in Mariupol.
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Update from April 11, 11:51 p.m.: Shortly after a Russian threat to use chemical weapons in Mariupol, the Ukrainian Azov Regiment reported an alleged poison gas attack. An unknown substance was dropped by a drone over the long-contested city, Azov said Monday evening on his Telegram channel. The information could not be verified initially.

Ukrainian War: Azov Regiment reports Russian poison gas attack in Mariupol

However, Ukrainian state television channel Suspilne reported that there was no confirmation from official bodies. Military sources said the likelihood of a chemical weapons attack by the Russian side was “very high”. The broadcaster tries to get confirmation from the army or the secret services. According to information from Azov, those affected suffered from breathing difficulties and movement disorders.

In his nightly video address, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy raised the threat of a possible chemical weapons attack. “We take this very seriously.” Such an attack should prompt foreign states to react even harsher to Russian aggression, Zelensky said.

Ukrainian War: Deaths from artillery shelling in Kharkiv reported

Update from April 11, 11:34 p.m.: According to official Ukrainian sources, at least eight civilians were killed by Russian artillery fire in the eastern Ukrainian region of Kharkiv. 19 others were injured, Governor Oleh Synyehubov announced on the Telegram news channel on Monday. A 13-year-old child was among the victims and two children between the ages of four and nine were among the injured. Russian troops are also said to use air-dropped deceleration mines that react only to movement. The information could not be verified initially.

According to Ukrainian sources, eleven people had been killed in the area in the past 24 hours, including a seven-year-old child. Russian troops reportedly attacked more than 60 times with artillery, multiple rocket launchers and mortars. Russia has been waging a war of aggression against its neighbor for nearly seven weeks.

Firefighters try to put out a fire in a house in Kharkiv. © Felipe Dana/dpa

Russia reports capture of Mariupol port

Update from April 11, 5:02 p.m.: The port of Mariupol in southeastern Ukraine, which has been disputed for weeks, is believed to be under Russian control. The armed forces of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic have taken control, Russian agencies Ria and Interfax wrote on Monday, citing Donetsk separatist leader Denis Puschilin.

Meanwhile, Ukraine has accused Russia of seizing a ship in the port of Mariupol. 18 sailors and the captain’s wife have been arrested, Lyudmyla Denisova, human rights commissioner of the Ukrainian parliament, wrote on Telegram on Monday. Russian troops had previously fired on the Liberian-flagged vessel. In addition to Ukrainian citizens, an Egyptian was among the prisoners.

On Sunday, pro-Russian separatists announced that Ukrainian troops had seized two foreign ships and their crews in Mariupol and were shelling the city from there.

Bundeswehr evacuates wounded Ukrainians from Poland

Update from April 11, 4:41 p.m.: On Monday, the Bundeswehr flew war-wounded Ukrainians to Germany for treatment in a special plane. The Airbus A310 MedEvac picked up the injured children and adults Monday in Rzeszow, southeastern Poland, according to the Air Force. The wounded are civilians.

According to reports, the injured received medical treatment during the flight. In Germany, they should be treated in civilian hospitals, a spokesman for the Federal Defense Ministry said. The Bundeswehr is only responsible for transport, the action is coordinated by the Federal Ministry of the Interior.

The theft was the first of its kind since the start of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine. The city of Rzeszow is located in southeastern Poland about 90 kilometers from the Ukrainian border.

An imminent large-scale attack from eastern Ukraine may be imminent

Update from April 11, 3:47 p.m.: Another major Russian attack on eastern Ukraine may be imminent. Satellite images from the American company Maxar Technologies raise fears of this – and Vice-Chancellor Robert Habeck (Greens) also assumes a Russian offensive.

A long Russian convoy is visible in photos taken Friday (April 8) east of the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv. According to New York Times the convoy would be made up of hundreds of military vehicles and would be about 13 kilometers long. The vehicles were moving south towards the town of Izyum.

Ukrainian forces prepare for ‘final battle’ for Mariupol

Update from April 11, 2:04 p.m.: The Ukrainian armed forces say they are preparing for a “final battle” around Mariupol. “Today will likely be the last battle as ammunition is running out,” the 36th Marine Brigade posted on Facebook Monday. The soldiers were “pushed back” and “encircled” by the Russian army. Conquest will mean “death for some of us and imprisonment for others”.

Ukrainian head of state Volodymyr Zelenskyj* said in a video message to the South Korean parliament that he assumed “tens of thousands of citizens of Mariupol had been killed”. The Russians had “completely destroyed” the southern Ukrainian port city which had been under siege for weeks. In his speech, he also asked South Korea for military support, “from planes to tanks.”

Meanwhile, the aid organization Caritas International has reported the deaths of two employees in Mariupol*, which has been badly affected by the war. Two Ukrainian employees and a person seeking help were killed in a rocket attack on the organization’s building.

Update from April 11, 2:00 p.m.: Vladimir Putin has apparently appointed a new general to lead Russia’s attack on Ukraine. According to information from Washington Post the army has already played a major role in the bloody air war in Syria*.

Russian General Alexander Dvornikov
Alexander Dvornikov © Erik Romanenko via www.imago-images.de

Update from April 11, 1:30 p.m.: According to the government, nine evacuation corridors have been set up for the civilian population in disputed areas in eastern Ukraine. From the port city of Mariupol, particularly affected by the Russian attacks, a route for private vehicles towards the city of Zaporizhia has been made possible, as explained by Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Wereshchuk in a telegraphic message.

Evacuation routes should also be in place from the city of Berdyansk and other places in the region. Five corridors now lead from the besieged areas of the Luhansk region to the city of Bakhmut, Vereshchuk explained. New routes out of conflict points are announced daily. As Wereschtschuk also announced, around 2,800 civilians were able to flee the contested areas on Sunday. Warring parties Russia and Ukraine repeatedly accuse each other of sabotaging the evacuation of cities. Meanwhile, Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer’s visit to Moscow caused a stir.

War in Ukraine: Russian troops report the destruction of 78 military objects

Update April 11, 12:46 p.m.: According to the Russian armed forces, another 78 Ukrainian military objects were destroyed. A Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said: “Russian air defense systems shot down two Ukrainian Su-25 fighter jets near the village of Izyum,” Igor Konashenkov said. In addition, a Ukrainian Mi-24 attack helicopter was shot down in the Cherson region.

In addition, several Ukrainian command points, ammunition and fuel depots and air defense systems were reportedly destroyed. According to Russian information, this includes an EU-supplied S-300 system near the town of Dnipro in eastern Ukraine.

War in Ukraine: Putin’s allies want to “completely liberate” Luhansk and Donetsk

Update April 11, 10:13 a.m.: Ramzan Kadyrov, President of the Russian Republic of Chechnya, is reportedly threatening further attacks on Ukrainian cities during the war in Ukraine. “There will be an offensive not only on Mariupol, but also on other places, towns and villages,” said the son of the leader of the republic, Akhmat Kadyrov, who died in 2004. These military forces* of the autonomous republic are assigned to the Russian army and fight for Vladimir Putin’s country in the Ukrainian war.

Kadyrov, Putin's
Kadyrov, Putin’s “hound”, announces a major offensive in the Ukrainian war. © picture alliance/dpa/AP

In a video posted by Telegram, the 45-year-old explained that the cities of Luhansk and Donetsk would be “completely liberated” first, followed by Kyiv and other regions. “The fighters of the Chechen Republic, as well as the military personnel of the Russian Federation and Donbass, are successfully carrying out the tasks set by the leadership of our state in strict accordance with the plan,” Kadyrov told his supporters in the video message. Western media often refer to Kadyrov as Vladimir Putin’s “sleuth”.

Ukrainian War: Selenskyj on the phone with Scholz – and praises the German “change”

First report: Moscow/kyiv – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyj spoke on the phone with Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Sunday. It was about three specific things during the conflict in Ukraine: how to hold war criminals accountable, how to tighten sanctions against Russia, and how to get Russia to seek peace.

While the Ukrainian side blames Russia entirely, the attacking country takes the opposite view. Predecessors that took place between 2014 and 2021 in the east are significant in the context of escalation in Ukraine. “They took over Crimea, we are supposed to be responsible for that,” the Ukrainian president said. “They destroyed all normal life in the Donbass.” The head of government was also delighted that the German position had “changed in favor of Ukraine” recently.

Russian soldiers from the military task force of former Chechen leader Akhmat Kadyrov
Russian soldiers from the military task force of former Chechen leader Akhmat Kadyrov. © IMAGO/Viktor Antonyuk

The Russian side explains that since the government coup in Ukraine* (2014), the population of Russian origin in this part of the country is increasingly harassed, expelled and even killed. (PF) *Merkur.de is an offer of IPPEN.MEDIA

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