Ukraine wins Eurovision, Russia shells Lviv and Dnipropetrovsk oblasts

15 May, 11:06 AM
Ukrainian servicemen in Donestk Oblast on May 8 (Photo:REUTERS/Jorge Silva)

Ukrainian servicemen in Donestk Oblast on May 8 (Photo:REUTERS/Jorge Silva)

Today, May 15, is the 81st day of Ukraine's defense against a full-scale Russian invasion.

5 p.m: Russians have been planning to start hidden conscription of men and women living in the occupied territories of Ukraine, Human Rights Ombudswoman Liudmyla Denisova has reported. 

The hidden mobilization is being planned in the temporarily occupied Crimea, where many citizens are refusing to fight against the Ukrainian army.

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According to Denisova, all men under the age of 60 registered in the city of Saki and Saki district have received calls to undergo military registration and enlist in the Russian Army from May 16-May 20.

In the occupied parts of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, the occupiers have informed the management of various enterprises that it will be necessary to "reconcile the data" of women aged 18 to 45 who have the following specialties: accountant, cook, nurse, laboratory assistant, driver, and cleaner.

The ombudswoman stressed that forced mobilization is prohibited by international humanitarian law, Article 51 IV of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War.

2 p.m: Russians have put all of their efforts into the siege of Luhansk Oblast, local governor Serhiy Haidai said on Ukrainian national television. 

According to him, heavy fighting is taking place near Severodonetsk in the villages of Shchedryshcheve and Voronove.

"We observe an accumulation of Russian equipment near Popasna," Haidai said.  "The Russians have not abandoned the idea of cutting off Luhansk region, capturing the Lysychansk-Bakhmut road and thus surrounding our troops in Rubizhne, Severodonetsk and Lysychansk."

At the same time, the Russian military refuses to fight in Belohorivka, where Ukrainian forces have destroyed a lot of Russian tanks and soldiers.

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Ukraine won Eurovision Song Contest 2022, boosting the fighting spirit of the nation.

"This victory is an only a rehearsal before our main victory ( in war with Russia)," Ukrainians wrote on social media. This year Eurovision was not only about music but also about demonstrating support for the Ukrainian nation, which has now been fighting off a full-scale Russian invasion for more than 80 days.

"Our courage impresses the world, our music conquers Europe!" Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky wrote."

"Ukraine will host Eurovision next year! For the third time in its history. And I believe not the last. We will do our best to one day host the participants and guests of Eurovision in Ukrainian Mariupol. Free, peaceful, and rebuilt!”

Early in the morning on May 15 Russians shelled a military infrastructure objects in Lviv Oblast, Lviv Oblast Governor Maksym Kozytskiy said in a statement. According to him, Russia fired at least six cruise missiles at targets in Lviv Oblast from submarines in the Black Sea. 

Ukrainian air defense systems hit two of the missiles, while four hit a military facility in the region. Fortunately,  no casualties have been reported. However, the military object was completely destroyed, Ukraine says.

In Kharkiv Oblast, Ukrainian forces shot down the 201st Russian fighter jet of the current stage of the war (starting on Feb. 24), the Ukrainian Air Force has reported.

At midnight the Russians also shelled Dnipropetrovsk Oblast using Uragan rocket artillery systems . Rockets landed in Kryvyi Rih and Shyrokivsky districts. No one was hurt, Dnipropetrovsk governor Valentyn Reznichenko said.

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