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Latest Developments in Ukraine: May 17

Voice of America
17 May 2022, 16:06 GMT+10

For full coverage of the crisis in Ukraine, visit Flashpoint Ukraine.

The latest developments in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. All times EDT:

1:50 a.m.: Retired Russian Col. Mikhail Khodaryonok said on state television Monday thatthe Ukrainian armed forces 'is able to arm a million people,' and that Ukrainians 'intend to fight until the last man,' according to a translation provided by the BBC's Francis Scarr.

'Let's look at the situation as a whole from the overall strategic position,' Khodaryonok says. 'Don't engage in sabre-rattling with missiles in Finland's direction. It actually looks quite amusing. After all, the main deficiency of our military-political position is that, in a way, we are in full geopolitical isolation, and that, however much we would hate to admit this, virtually the entire world is against us. And it's that situation that we need to get out of.'

1:30 a.m.: In its Intelligence Update, the United Kingdom's Ministry of Defense predicts Russia is 'likely to continue to rely heavily on massed artillery strikes as it attempts to regain momentum in its advance in the Donbas.'

12:30 a.m.: After weeks of fighting, Ukraine appears to have surrendered the Mariupol steel complex, according to The New York Times.

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