Russia Says It Is Targeting Ukrainian Weapons Coming From West



Russia struck military equipment Ukraine received from the U.S. and European countries, Moscow’s Defense Ministry said Saturday, while a Ukrainian official said more civilians were rescued from the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol.

All women, children and elderly people have been evacuated from Azovstal in Ukraine’s port city of Mariupol, finishing a critical phase in efforts to rescue civilians, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister

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   <p>“This part of the Mariupol humanitarian operation has been completed,” she said.







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   <p>Ms. Vereshchuk didn’t specify whether any civilian men remained at the plant. Fifty civilians, including children, were evacuated from the plant on Friday, Ukrainian and Russian officials said.</p> <p>The <a href="https://www.wsj.com/livecoverage/russia-ukraine-latest-news-2022-05-07?mod=article_inline" target="_blank" class="icon none" rel="noopener">latest Russian strikes</a> aimed at disrupting the flow of Western weapons to Ukrainian forces occurred near the Bohodukhiv railway station near Kharkiv in northeast Ukraine, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. 










  Igor Konashenkov



   said.</p> <p>Russia’s military also struck an ammunition depot near Bakhmut in the Donetsk region, as well as three ammunition and fuel depots near Dachne in the Odessa region, he said.</p> <p>Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said Saturday that Russian forces were shelling settlements near Kharkiv, as <a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/ukraine-russia-war-invasion-whats-happening-11646157211?mod=article_inline" target="_blank" class="icon none" rel="noopener">Moscow continued its offensive</a> aimed at taking full control of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions and forming a land corridor to Crimea. Ukraine didn’t comment on Russia’s claim of strikes targeting foreign-supplied weapons.</p> <p>Russia lost at least one of its most advanced tanks, the T-90M, in recent fighting, the U.K. Defense Ministry said Saturday.</p> <p>“The conflict in Ukraine is taking a heavy toll on some of Russia’s most capable units and most advanced capabilities,” the U.K government said. “It will take considerable time and expense for Russia to reconstitute its armed forces following this conflict.”







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   The Ukrainian Defense Ministry on Saturday released video footage of what it said were Bayraktar TB2 armed drones targeting a Russian ship in the Black Sea. The ship appeared to be hit, but it wasn’t clear whether it sank. Russia didn’t comment on the Ukrainian claim, but said it had downed two Bayraktar drones near Snake Island, without providing evidence.</p> <p>The footage came days after it said drones of the same type had <a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/ukraine-says-it-sank-two-russian-boats-as-new-blasts-hit-russian-border-city-11651482072?mod=article_inline" target="_blank" class="icon none" rel="noopener">hit two Russian naval vessels</a> near Snake Island. Russian forces captured the island located 22 miles off the Ukrainian coast southwest of Odessa on Feb. 24, the first day of the war.</p> <p>Ukraine’s military said it carried out several airstrikes in recent days on the strategic island, destroying the air-defense system and other heavy weapons of the Russian military unit that occupies it. </p> <p>Amid the fighting, Russia was preparing for <a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/what-is-victory-day-russia-putin-explained-11651869730?mod=Searchresults_pos2&page=1&mod=article_inline" target="_blank" class="icon none" rel="noopener">its coming Victory Day</a> celebration on Monday, which commemorates the defeat of the Nazis in World War II. Tanks, missile-launch systems and soldiers <a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/russia-rehearses-annual-wwii-victory-parade-as-fighting-continues-in-ukraine-11651937007?mod=article_inline" target="_blank" class="icon none" rel="noopener">assembled in Moscow’s Red Square</a> Saturday for a dress rehearsal.</p> <p>Western officials and analysts expect Russian President 









  <a href="https://www.wsj.com/topics/person/vladimir-putin">Vladimir Putin</a>




   to use Monday’s event to address the war in Ukraine, possibly declaring victory or, in what some see as a more likely scenario, pledging to carry on the fight.</p> <p>Mr. Putin might use the occasion to declare a mass mobilization of the Russian army and its citizens, some Western and Ukrainian defense and intelligence officials have speculated. The Kremlin has brushed off such talk as unfounded rumors.</p> <p>The U.S. has provided critical military gear for Ukraine’s defense, and President Biden on Friday announced another round of security assistance to Ukraine that will include artillery munitions, radars and other equipment. </p> <p>An administration official said the equipment, valued at up to $150 million, will include artillery rounds, counterartillery radars, jamming equipment, field equipment and spare parts.</p> <p>Mr. Biden said that Ukraine funding authorized by Congress is nearly depleted and that he has asked Congress for an additional $33 billion to fund weapons and provide longer-term economic and humanitarian aid to Ukraine.







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   First lady 










  Jill Biden



   was in Eastern Europe Saturday, and received a humanitarian briefing at the U.S. Embassy in Romania on efforts to aid refugees. U.N. officials told Dr. Biden that roughly 7,000 refugees are entering Romania from Ukraine daily. Later in the day, she arrived in Slovakia. </p> <p>Meanwhile, Russia’s blockade of Ukrainian units in the <a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/inside-ukraines-besieged-azovstal-steel-plant-siphoning-fuel-singing-songs-and-surviving-the-night-intact-11651755818?mod=article_inline" target="_blank" class="icon none" rel="noopener">Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol</a> continued, according to Ukraine’s Defense Ministry. Azovstal is a sprawling Soviet-era complex of warehouses, furnaces, tunnels and rail tracks that has become a focal point in the war in recent weeks. Ukrainian soldiers have continued to hold out as Russia has stepped up its bombing of the plant.</p> <p>Ukrainian <a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/who-is-volodymyr-zelensky-ukrainian-president-11646161781?mod=Searchresults_pos17&page=1&mod=article_inline" target="_blank" class="icon none" rel="noopener">President Volodymyr Zelensky</a> said in a late-evening address Friday that efforts were continuing to find a diplomatic solution to save military personnel at the plant. The United Nations said earlier that almost 500 civilians were evacuated in previous operations with its assistance.







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   In other developments, the <a href="https://www.wsj.com/livecoverage/russia-ukraine-latest-news-2022-04-23/card/where-is-transnistria-and-why-is-it-important-to-russia--YhEP25qbrA0MnGdnnM73?mod=article_inline" target="_blank" class="icon none" rel="noopener">separatist Transnistria region inside Moldova </a>said Saturday that unidentified drones dropped explosives near its border with Ukraine, the latest unexplained blasts to have hit the region in recent weeks.</p> <p>Transnistria’s interior ministry said drones were responsible for four explosions that took place late Friday near a former airfield in the village of Vărăncău. There were no casualties, the ministry said.</p> <p>The pro-Russian enclave has stirred concern among Moldovan government authorities over the role that some 1,500 Russian troops stationed in Transnistria could play in shoring up Moscow’s military campaign in Ukraine, prompting Moldova to place its security forces on alert.</p> <p>A Russian general recently said that Moscow wants to establish a land corridor from the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol to Crimea and <a href="https://www.wsj.com/livecoverage/russia-ukraine-latest-news-2022-04-22/card/russia-aims-to-control-southern-ukraine-to-secure-entry-to-part-of-moldova-tPqcN8uCpB3Hd1GyS3Es?mod=article_inline" target="_blank" class="icon none" rel="noopener">onward to Transnistria</a>.</p> <p>Elsewhere in Europe, Italian authorities ordered the seizure of the 459-foot motor yacht “Scheherazade,” whose owner they said has significant economic and business connections to “prominent elements of the Russian government.”</p> <p>The seizure was ordered under European Union sanctions in response to “actions that compromise or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine,” according to Italy’s Ministry of Economy and Finance.</p> <p>Italian media have reported that the vessel is indirectly owned by Mr. Putin. Russia’s Embassy to Italy didn’t respond to a request for comment on Saturday.







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   <p class="articleTagLine">—Francis X. Rocca and Ann M. Simmons contributed to this article.</p> <p id="correction" class="correction"><strong>Corrections &amp; Amplifications </strong><br/>Russia says it is targeting Western military supplies in Ukraine’s Kharkiv region. An earlier version of a headline on this article incorrectly said Russia is targeting Western military. (Corrected on May 7)</p> <strong>Write to </strong>Mauro Orru at <a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/mailto:mauro.orru@wsj.com" target="_blank" class="icon " rel="noopener">mauro.orru@wsj.com</a>








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