Zelensky called the number of participants in hostilities on the side of Ukraine

Ukraine needs a larger army than before the start of the Russian special operation, Zelensky said. Now 700 thousand people are participating in the hostilities on the side of Kyiv

700 thousand people take part in the hostilities against Russian forces in Ukraine, they are deployed throughout the country, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in an interview TV channel «Ukraine 24».

«Today it is 700 thousand»,— he said (quote from Ukrayinska Pravda).

Zelensky expressed confidence that Ukraine needs an army significantly larger than the previous 250-260 thousand people. He added that this was the reason for the signing in early February of a decree that provided for an increase in the number of the Armed Forces of Ukraine by 100,000 people over three years.

The President of Ukraine noted that Russian forces before the start of the special operation, troops were transferred to the Crimea, Belarus and other areas, and “today, no country in Europe could cope with such a volume.” Russia did not name the number of troops participating in the military operation in Ukraine.

An end to hostilities between Russian and Ukrainian forces will be put through diplomacy, Zelensky is sure. In his opinion, “the victory will be very difficult, it will be bloody, it will definitely be in battle, but the ending will definitely be in diplomacy.” He explained that there are “some things” that can only be completed through dialogue, because Kyiv wants to “return everything” and Moscow “wants not to give everything back.”

The head of Ukraine's military intelligence, Kirill Budanov, said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal that Kyiv intends to fight until the Russian forces leave the country. “I don’t know any borders [of Ukraine], except for the borders of 1991,” — he emphasized.

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At the end of last May, against the background of the aggravation of the situation around Ukraine, Kyiv proposed to increase the number of the Armed Forces of Ukraine from 250,000 to 261,000 people. The relevant bill was submitted to the Rada and adopted. At the end of July, Zelensky signed it.

Later, on February 1, the President of Ukraine signed a decree on the creation of 20 army brigades as part of the country's armed forces and an increase in the number of the Armed Forces of Ukraine by 100,000 people over three years. The document also consolidated the process of the country's transition to a professional army, an increase in the minimum wage for a military man to a level of at least three minimum wages, an increase in the duration of contracts and other measures.

“This decree is so that soon and in the future there will be peace, peace in Ukraine,” — Zelensky explained.

Russia launched a special operation in Ukraine on the night of February 24th. President Vladimir Putin justified his actions with the desire for “denazification and demilitarization” neighboring state, claiming that official Kyiv pursued a policy of “genocide” civilians in eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine, in response, severed diplomatic relations with Russia, declared martial law and mobilization.

The Russian Defense Ministry reported that since the start of hostilities, 174 Ukrainian aircraft were destroyed, 125 helicopters, 966 unmanned aerial vehicles, 315 anti-aircraft missile systems, 3182 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 402 multiple rocket launchers, 1614 field artillery pieces and mortars, as well as 3054 units of special military vehicles.

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The head of the Kursk region announced the mortar shelling from Ukraine

The village of Tyotkino again suffered from shelling, the enemy used mortars, Starovoit said. Earlier, he reported several times about the shelling of settlements and villages from Ukraine, on May 19, a truck driver died

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Several settlements in the Glushkovsky district of the Kursk region were subjected to mortar shelling from Ukraine, said in Telegram regional governor Roman Starovoit.

According to the head of the region, the strike affected the village of Tetkino and nearby settlements, the names of which he did not specify. ; said Starovoit, promising to provide more details later.

In recent days, the authorities of the region have reported several times about the shelling of settlements. So, on the morning of May 17, the governor announced the shelling of the village of Alekseevka from large-caliber weapons. Three private houses were damaged, a car parked near one of them, as well as a school building. There were no casualties, said the head of the Kursk region.

Tyotkino is located on the border with the Sumy region of Ukraine.

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In the evening of the same day, the territory of the sugar factory on the outskirts of the village of the same name and the border checkpoint in Tyotkino were shelled, Starovoit said. “The enemy fire was suppressed by the response of our border guards and the military. There were no casualties,— he claimed.

On the morning of May 19, the governor announced that Tetkino had died as a result of another shelling. “According to preliminary data, this is a truck driver who brought raw materials to the distillery. The enemy struck several blows at this object. There are also wounded,— he said. According to Starovoit, several houses were damaged, the fire is being eliminated, unexploded shells were found on the territory of the village.

The authorities of the Belgorod region also reported several times about shelling: in particular, on May 18, 19 houses in the village of Solokhi were damaged by shelling. “In total, restoration work will need to be carried out in 59 houses,” said the head of the region Vyacheslav Gladkov.

Attacks were also made on oil storage facilities in Russia. So, on the morning of April 1, Belgorod Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov reported an airstrike by two helicopters of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the Belgorodnefteprodukt oil depot. (“daughter” of “Rosneft”). A fire started and two people were injured. The Ministry of Defense later clarified that they were Mi-24s, they entered Russian territory at an extremely low altitude.

Since mid-April, in the Kursk, Bryansk, Belgorod regions bordering Ukraine, in the north of Crimea, in two areas In the Voronezh region and in the territory of the Krasnodar Territory, the authorities have introduced a yellow level of terrorist threat. This regime means the intensified work of all law enforcement agencies, and local residents are advised to avoid mass gatherings and be vigilant.

On May 12, Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov, after the death of a man in the village of Solokhy, stated that the current situation makes additional security measures necessary in areas adjacent to Ukraine.

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Biden signed a bill to allocate $ 40 billion to Ukraine

The bill provides for the allocation of $ 40.1 billion to Kyiv in the form of additional appropriations for the 2022 financial year. Earlier, the US Senate said that the new aid package is designed to help Ukraine “open the port of Odessa”

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US President Joe Biden signed a bill that provides for additional assistance to Ukraine. This is stated on the website of the White House.

“On Saturday, May 21, 2022, President [Biden] signed H.R. 7691, Law on Additional Appropriations for Ukraine 2022,— The report said.

This bill provides for $40.1 billion in additional appropriations for Kyiv for fiscal year 2022.

Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said earlier that the new a $40 billion aid package to Ukraine is meant to help it “open the port of Odessa.”

On May 19, the US Senate approved the allocation of $40 billion in aid to Ukraine by a majority vote, despite the fact that consideration of the bill was blocked by Republican Senator Rand Paul.

aid to Ukraine since 2021 has reached $60 billion, which would accelerate the growth of inflation in the United States. As a result, the document was passed, bypassing the senator's veto with the help of procedural steps.

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According to Bloomberg, $6 billion will go to direct security assistance to Kyiv, $8.8 billion— for economic support, $9.05 billion— to replenish stockpiles of weapons from the Pentagon, $ 4 billion— to other countries supplying weapons to Ukraine, $4.35 billion— for global food and humanitarian aid, and $700 million— for global food funding from the State Department.

Initially, Biden asked Congress for $33 billion to support Ukraine, but Congress proposed to increase the amount to $40 billion, adding money to help with food and military equipment.

Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of Russia Dmitry Medvedev considered the goal of assistance to be “the continuation of the proxy war against Russia, the desire to inflict a heavy defeat on our country.”

In In March, Biden signed a law on the allocation of $ 13.6 billion to Ukraine for military equipment and training of the Ukrainian military.

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Ex-ambassador reported about US deception regarding Ukraine’s accession to NATO

Former US Ambassador McFaul: American diplomats deceived Ukraine about joining NATO

For several years, United States diplomats promised Ukraine to join the North Atlantic Alliance (NATO), which turned out to be a lie. This was stated by former US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, speaking at The Munk Debate.

Thus, the moderator of the debate, Radoslav Sikorsky, reminded McFaul of the promises made by Washington to Kyiv on the country's accession to NATO and asked the question— “Did the [American] diplomats lie?”

The ex-ambassador answered in the affirmative, adding that this is how the “real world” works.

McFaul served as US Ambassador to Moscow from 2012 to 2014. In November 2016, he came under Russian sanctions. The diplomat claimed that this was due to his close ties with former US President Barack Obama. According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, McFaul came under restrictions due to “targeted damage to Russian-American relations.”

In March 2021, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky approved a national military security strategy. The document envisaged measures to strengthen integration with NATO for further membership in it.

He also repeatedly criticized the position of Western countries on Ukraine's membership in the alliance. In September, the Ukrainian leader also discussed this issue at the talks with Joe Biden, and, according to Zelensky, the US President announced his consent to Ukraine's entry into NATO.

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Czech Prime Minister called the restoration of Ukraine one of the priorities of the country

One of the priorities of the Czech Republic during its six-month EU presidency (since July 1) will be the post-war reconstruction of Ukraine, said Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala.

“The desire of our government” so that during the Czech presidency in the EU, one of the priorities should be the post-war reconstruction of Ukraine, which, of course, implies a peaceful situation in this country, — the politician said after a meeting of a team of experts under President Milos Zeman (quote from RIA Novosti).

According to Fiala, the meeting participants discussed the situation in Ukraine, energy security issues, other economic problems, as well as the question of raising defense spending to the 2% of GDP required by NATO.

He also added that Zeman and his views on various foreign policy issues almost completely coincide. This includes Russia's actions in Ukraine, Fiala explained.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky previously estimated the cost of restoring the infrastructure and economy of his country at $600 billion. At the same time, he promised to create an attractive investment climate for foreign companies. He also called on the countries of the world to take patronage over the Ukrainian regions, cities and industries affected by the hostilities in order to ensure their full recovery.

At the end of March, the EU announced the creation of a solidarity trust fund with Ukraine, inviting international partners to participate. The union promised to provide assistance to the country even after the end of hostilities in order to contribute to its restoration.

The head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell, suggested considering withdrawing Russia's frozen foreign exchange reserves to help pay for the cost of rebuilding Ukraine. The Russian Foreign Ministry called this idea “complete lawlessness and destruction of the foundations of international relations.” According to Deputy Minister Alexander Grushko, if Brussels takes such a step, it will undermine confidence in the financial system of Europe and the West in general.

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The Ministry of Defense announced the evacuation of residents of eastern Ukraine under shelling

Russian military personnel continue to evacuate civilians from the Kharkiv region to Russian territory under incessant shelling from the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported.

“Russian military personnel, under continuing rocket attacks from the side controlled by the Ukrainian regime, conduct house-to-house visits of residents who have previously expressed a desire to leave for Russia. Servicemen of the RF Armed Forces evacuated more than 60 refugees from the Kharkov region to the territory of the Belgorod region. Among them are mainly elderly people, women and children,— said in the message.

The military department clarified that the evacuees are being delivered to the complex assistance and registration point in the Belgorod region, where they are given all the necessary documents and help with further accommodation.

“Also, Russian servicemen helped evacuate a pet kennel from a suburb of Kharkov. About 30 dogs of the American Akita breed, as well as cats of various breeds, were saved from starvation by the forces of the military personnel of the RF Armed Forces. In the future, all animals will be distributed between nurseries in the Belgorod region,»,— added to the Ministry of Defense.

At the request of Roskomnadzor, RBC provides data on the details of the military operation in Ukraine based on information from Russian official sources.

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Russia has been conducting a military operation in Ukraine since February 24. The Ministry of Defense has repeatedly said that strikes are inflicted only on military infrastructure. The Ukrainian authorities declared martial law in the country and declared general mobilization.

According to the Ministry of Defense, as of May 21, in total, since the beginning of the special military operation, Russian troops have destroyed 174 aircraft, 125 helicopters, 966 drones, 315 anti-aircraft missile systems, more than 3,000 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 402 multiple rocket launchers, more than 1,600 field artillery pieces and mortars, as well as more than 3,000 units of special military vehicles.

Under Today, the Kherson region, most of the Zaporozhye, Luhansk and Donetsk regions, as well as several settlements in the Kharkov region are under the control of the Russian military and the forces of the people's militia of the LPR and DPR.

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The permanent representative of the Crimea said about the “unviability” of Ukraine

Permanent representative of Crimea Muradov: Ukraine will not remain within the former borders, the rights of Russians have been violated Ukraine will not remain in the same format, permanent representative of Crimea is sure. According to him, federalization and observance of the rights of different nationalities could help the country, but Kyiv did not do this and “grossly violated” them

Georgy Muradov

Ukraine could remain “in the form in which it was” subject to federalization and full observance of the linguistic, cultural, educational and other rights of national communities, however, they were violated, RIA Novosti said. Georgy Muradov, Permanent Representative of Crimea to the President of Russia, Deputy Prime Minister of the Crimean Government.

“This was especially true for the rights of the state-forming Russian people, whose linguistic rights are enshrined in Article 10 of the Ukrainian Constitution. However, these principles were grossly violated, and the Ukrainian state became unviable,— emphasized the permanent representative.

Muradov also expressed confidence that Ukraine would not remain “in the form in which it was.” According to him, “this is already the former Ukraine.”

In early May, Muradov considered it inevitable that the southern regions of Ukraine, which are controlled by Moscow, would become part of Russia. In his opinion, for eight years their inhabitants were in conditions of “repression and bullying,” and joining Russia would be a manifestation of the “will of the people themselves.” The Permanent Representative of Crimea also claimed that the southern territories of Ukraine were “donated”, historically they belonged to Russia, and military-civilian administrations are already starting to work in them, Russian TV channels are operating, schools are taught according to Russian textbooks.

At the same time, Muradov called it premature to hold referendums on joining Russia in the regions in southern Ukraine before the complete cessation of hostilities. He pointed out that “other political decisions”, including temporary ones, could be made that would open up “allied opportunities” with Moscow.

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In mid-February, about “forced assimilation” Russians in Ukraine, said the Russian ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov. He expressed confidence that this activity is taking place with the military and political support of the United States. According to the diplomat, the key goal of the US authorities was to “push back” Moscow as far east as possible.

In November 2020, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the people of Donbass in Russian to assure Kyiv of its efforts to end the conflict in the east of the country. “You see everything yourself: Ukraine is open to you in every sense of the word,” — he emphasized. Later, in early August last year, the President of Ukraine called for those people who consider “we go to Russia”, “our cause is just” to leave the country. “If you love Russia and have been on the territory of Ukraine all your life and felt that this is Russia, then you must understand that for the sake of your children and grandchildren you already need to go and look for a place in Russia. That's right, — said Zelensky.

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Ukraine’s information war is winning hearts and minds in the West

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The reasons for the prominence of the Ukraine war in the West are many — and include the Ukrainian government's strategic efforts to tailor presentations of the conflict for Western sensibilities.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is introduced to the US Congress by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on March 16, 2022.

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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has dominated headlines since late February 2022. The war struck a nerve among Western audiences, evoking a high degree of support for Ukraine.

The reasons for the prominence of the war in the West are many and varied.

A ground war in Europe launched by a major military power evokes the ghosts of World War II. This is especially true when the attacking country has designs on territory it considers integral to its nation, and is led by a personalist authoritarian regime where all power is concentrated in a single leader. The deep involvement of the US and European countries, both individually and collectively through NATO and the European Union, also inspires Cold War comparisons.

The resulting humanitarian crisis, including the mass exodus of over 5 million refugees, underscores the ethical and moral implications of the war.

These historical analogies and simplifying ideas help explain why the West’s imagination has been captured by this war.

But there’s more to the West’s captivation with the war than is immediately apparent. As a scholar of armed conflict and security, I also find a compelling explanation for why the West is so focused on Ukraine in the Ukrainian government’s ability to provide information about the war in a way that appeals to Western sensibilities.

Weaponizing information

Russia’s use of propaganda and symbols during the conflict, most recently in the “Victory Day” celebrations attempting to draw its own distorted parallels to World War II, has gotten a lot of attention. In the process, Ukraine’s skillful use of information warfare should not be overlooked.

Information warfare entails one party denying, exploiting or corrupting the delivery and function of an enemy’s information. It is used both to protect oneself against the enemy’s information and to create a favorable environment for one’s own information.

With the charismatic President Volodymyr Zelenskiy leading the way, Ukraine’s savvy use of traditional and social media as well as direct appeals to the US Congress, European Parliament and the court of world opinion have provided a clear and compelling framing of the war.

That frame is structured around five affecting themes: the inherently just cause of Ukrainian self-defense; the tenacity of Ukrainian resistance; the barbarity of Russian conduct; Russia’s flawed military strategy and general ineptitude; and Ukraine’s desperate need for more, and more sophisticated, military hardware.  

Ukraine’s successful strategy in the battle over information demonstrates the connection between armed conflict and information warfare. Ukraine has forged a stalemate with Russia by stressing these themes of a just war for national liberation using not only traditional tools of warfare — bullets, missiles, tanks — but also by shaping the Western public’s perceptions of the war.

Learning from the enemy

The information front in the Russia-Ukraine war is nothing new. It was opened by Russia in 2014 during its annexation of Crimea and incursion in the Donbas region. Russia took the offensive to cover up its territorial aims, saying instead that it was there to protect civilians and resist the further spread of Western imperialism.

At the time, Ukrainians and Russians alike were buffeted with this disinformation through Russia’s state-controlled international English-language service RT and viral videos on YouTube and various social media outlets.

Since then, Ukraine’s security and defense establishment has focused on improving its ability to counter such disinformation tactics. Zelenskyy’s surprise landslide victory in the 2019 presidential election gave Ukraine what has proved to be its biggest asset. A skilled communicator and performer, Zelenskyy regularly and effectively uses available information to present Ukraine’s version of the war and debunk Russia’s. His initial selfie videos from the streets of Kyiv underscored Ukrainian bravery and unity in a war of self-defense — “the citizens are here, and we are here.”

Zelenskyy’s mid-March virtual address to the US Congress drew a direct line from Russian atrocities — featured in a graphic video clip he showed to lawmakers — to the need for the West to “do more.” His address to the UN in early April expanded the scope and terms of the war, defining it as an existential struggle against tyranny and evil and for the very soul of the UN:

“If this continues, the finale will be that each state will rely only on the power of arms to ensure its security, not on international law, not on international institutions. Then, the UN can simply be dissolved. Ladies and gentlemen! Are you ready for the dissolving of the UN? Do you think that the time of international law has passed? If your answer is no, you need to act now, act immediately.”

Getting by with a little help …

Ukraine’s use of the techniques of information warfare as well as its compelling messaging and messengers account for much of its success on that front. Among those messengers are former champion boxers the Klitschko brothers, one of whom is the mayor of Kyiv, and both of whom are now prominent advocates for the defense of their country.

Ukraine has also benefited from pro bono public relations services from major Washington, DC, firms such as 5WPR and SKDK as well as some of their UK counterparts.

SKDK’s managing director, Anita Dunn, served as senior adviser to President Joe Biden throughout his presidential campaign and in the early months of his administration and is reportedly returning to the White House in advance of the upcoming midterm elections. SKDK assisted in drafting Zelenskiy’s speeches condemning Russian aggression and war crimes to the UN General Assembly and Security Council. This parallels pro bono legal support from Washington, DC, law firms such as Covington & Burling, which filed a brief to the International Court of Justice on Ukraine’s behalf in March.

A section of PR and lobbying firm SKDK’s disclosure form that stated it was providing free help to the Ukrainian government ‘in connection with the foreign. principal’s remarks to the United Nations Security Council and General Assembly.’ 

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The limits of framing

In a textbook example of hybrid warfare — warfare fought in domains other than the physical battlefield — Ukraine has transformed successes on the information battleground into effective defense of its homeland from Russian aggression. The West has massively increased its support of the country through weapons shipments, intelligence sharing and other aid.

Still, questions remain about the long-term viability of this strategy.  Can Ukraine’s strategic use of information continue to offset Russia’s material advantages?

By definition, information warfare obscures and distorts reality in order to tilt perceptions of a conflict to a country’s advantage. Paraphrasing an age-old adage, the war between Russia and Ukraine is a reminder that the first battle in contemporary wars may be for the truth.

Michael Butler is associate professor of political science at Clark University. This article is republished from The Conversation, a nonprofit news organization dedicated to unlocking ideas from experts for the public, under a Creative Commons license.

Macron did not rule out the spread of the conflict in Ukraine to Moldova

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russia of trying to destabilize the situation in the region. In response, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said that, according to Moscow, unknown people want to involve the region in the conflict.

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Earlier, Moldovan Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilitsa said that Chisinau is aware of the risk of an escalation of the situation due to the conflict in Ukraine in the immediate vicinity of the borders of Moldova or on its territory, but considers the danger remote.

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Biden announces new military aid package for Ukraine

President Biden: US will send artillery and radars to Ukraine as part of “historic aid” Biden thanked Congress for supporting Ukraine's $40 billion aid package, noting that the country is effectively using the transferred weapons. The Pentagon announced the dispatch of 18 howitzers for the “critical needs” of the Ukrainian Armed Forces “Biden announced a new package of military assistance to Ukraine” />

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The United States has already provided Ukraine with “historic assistance” On the security front, the White House is working to accelerate the delivery of more weapons and equipment to the Ukrainian Armed Forces after congressional approval of a new military aid package, US President Joe Biden said in a written statement. It was published on the White House website.

“Today, I am announcing another security assistance package that will provide Ukraine with additional artillery, radar and other equipment that they already use so effectively on the battlefield. These weapons and equipment will be sent directly to the front line,— wrote the American president.

Biden added that the $40 billion aid package approved by Congress for Ukraine allows Washington to replenish its own stockpiles of weapons, send more weapons and ammunition to Kyiv and support US troops stationed on the territory of NATO countries.

“I applaud Congress for sending a clear bipartisan signal to the world that the people of the United States stand with the brave people of Ukraine,” he stressed, adding that Washington intends to help Kyiv “both on the battlefield and at the negotiating table.”

At the same time, the Pentagon announced the tenth package of military assistance to Ukraine since August last year, this time Kyiv will receive support for $ 100 million. This amount included 18 units of 155-mm howitzers with the same number of tactical vehicles for towing guns, three AN anti-artillery radars /TPQ-36, as well as field equipment and parts without specifying their characteristics.

“The capabilities in this package are designed to meet the critical needs of Ukraine in today's hostilities, as Russian forces continue their offensive in eastern Ukraine”, — the Pentagon said.

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“The United States, as well as more than 40 allies and partner countries, are working around the clock to accelerate the supply of weapons and equipment necessary for the defense of Ukraine,” said US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.

In total, since the start of Russia's special operation, the US authorities have sent about $3.9 billion in security assistance to Ukraine, the Pentagon points out. In late April, Biden asked congressmen to approve an additional $33 billion for Ukraine to support “its fight for freedom.” “The cost of this struggle is not cheap, but yielding to aggression will be even more expensive,” — said the President of the United States.

The lower house of the US Congress, the House of Representatives, approved the president's initiative on May 11, increasing aid to $40 billion. 368 congressmen voted “no” —57. The Senate supported the initiative on May 19. Its consideration by senators was first blocked due to the position of Republican Rand Paul, who said that such an amount of support would increase inflation in the United States. His objection was overcome thanks to special procedural steps.

Russian authorities have repeatedly criticized the supply of weapons by Western countries to Ukraine. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that Russia would consider convoys with weapons arriving on the territory of this country a legitimate target for strike.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov saw signs of a “proxy war” in the supply of weapons to Ukraine. “If NATO, in fact, goes to war with Russia through a proxy and arms this proxy, then in war as in war,” — warned the minister at the end of April. In May, he expressed confidence that the West had declared an all-out hybrid war on Russia.

The Kremlin considers the supply of weapons to the Ukrainian authorities “pumping”. “These are the actions that threaten the security of the continent, provoke instability,” — stated the representative of the President Dmitry Peskov.

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Blinken said that Ukraine “will not exist” if Russia refuses to resist

The US Secretary of State urged to take into account the “simple facts”: in his opinion, Ukraine may cease to exist if it ceases hostilities. A similar decision by Russia, Blinken continued, will stop the conflict said that Ukraine “will not exist” if Russia refuses to resist” />

Anthony Blinken

The UN Security Council should avoid appeals “to all parties” with a request for a ceasefire in Ukraine, because if the Ukrainian forces stopped fighting, it would threaten the existence of the country, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said at a meeting of the UN Security Council. The broadcast is on YouTube.

“Let's not use diplomatic definitions, so as not to get confused by simple facts: the decision to wage this war belongs to the Kremlin, and only the Kremlin. If Russia stops fighting tomorrow, the war will end. If Ukraine would cease hostilities, Ukraine would no longer exist,— said Blinken.

He called on all UN countries to put pressure on Moscow, arguing that its actions are exacerbating the food crisis in Ukraine. The Secretary of State specified that about 20 million tons of grain now remain unused on Ukrainian territory, while Ukrainian farmers put on helmets and body armor and continue to harvest. “Ukrainians go to great lengths to feed their people and feed the world,” — Blinken emphasized.

At the end of April, the Secretary of the Russian Security Council, Nikolay Patrushev, announced the risk of Ukraine breaking up into several states— in his opinion, the policy of Western countries can lead to this. He is sure that the peoples living on the territory of Ukraine are united only by “the fear of the atrocities of the nationalist battalions.” “The Americans, using their henchmen in Kyiv, decided to create an antipode for our country, cynically choosing Ukraine for this, trying to divide an essentially single people,” — Patrushev claimed.

Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine on the night of February 24 by decision of President Vladimir Putin. He explained his actions by the desire for “demilitarization” and “denazification” neighboring state— according to him, official Kyiv pursued a policy of “genocide”; civilians of Donbass.

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Putin added that Russia is not going to “impose anything by force” on anyone, Moscow respects the right to self-determination. “We consider it important that this right— the right to choose— could use all the peoples living on the territory of today's Ukraine. Anyone who wants it, — emphasized the President of Russia.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov pointed out that Moscow also seeks to prevent the “reckless course” to the complete global dominance of the United States and its allies. Russia wants to ensure that “security threats do not emanate from the territory of Ukraine,” the minister explained. The Kremlin insists that the special operation was not planned “for a couple of days”, it is going according to plan.

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The EU will study ways to restore Ukraine with the assets of Russian oligarchs

The blocked assets of Russian oligarchs can be used to restore Ukraine, von der Leyen said, lawyers are working on this. In early April, the amount of Russian assets frozen by the European Union amounted to €29.5 billion ” alt=”The EU will explore ways to restore Ukraine with the assets of Russian oligarchs” />

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The European Union is looking for ways to use the frozen assets of Russian oligarchs to use them in the reconstruction of Ukraine, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on ZDF.

“I think Russia should also do its part,” — explained the head of the EC (quoted by Reuters).

Von der Leyen also suggested linking the long-term recovery of Ukraine with the reforms that the country needs to carry out to join the European Union. She explained that in order to approve the Ukrainian application, European standards in the rule of law, economic and political spheres should be observed.

European countries by the beginning of April froze Russian assets in the amount of €29.5 billion, this amount takes into account not only accounts, but also various property: ships, helicopters, real estate and works of art, reported to the European Commission. EC Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis later explained that the issue of further confiscation of the assets of sanctioned Russians would be decided at the level of the criminal legislation of each European country.

The restoration of Ukraine may require “not millions, but trillions” euro, estimated in mid-May, the head of the European Investment Bank (EIB) Werner Hoyer. He expressed confidence that Kyiv should not be left face to face with such costs and significant assistance should be provided.

At the same time, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky considered that $600 billion is needed to restore the country. He said that Kyiv is preparing a large-scale plan for this process, but the country needs international assistance, which will become an analogue of the Marshall Plan.

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He also assured that entrepreneurs in Russia understand the separation of politics and business, and the oligarchs are those who “got to power.” According to Peskov, the last of their number in recent years was only former US President Donald Trump. “In our country, probably, the last oligarch who aspired to power was Khodorkovsky,” — he summed up.

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UN reported 3.8 thousand dead civilians in Ukraine

Among them are more than 250 children and more than 900 women. At the same time, the UN believes that the real data on civilian deaths in Ukraine is much higher *

3,811 civilians have died since the beginning of the Russian special operation in Ukraine, reports the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

These are 1429 men, 937 women and more than 250 children. The gender of 70 dead children and 1,190 adults has not been determined. 4,278 people were injured, including 528 women and more than 350 children. Most of the victims and wounded were recorded in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions —4422 (2099 killed and 2323 wounded).

The Office of the UN High Commissioner believes that the real figures are significantly higher, since the transfer of information from places where active hostilities were fought is difficult. This, for example, concerns Mariupol, Izyum in the Kharkiv region and Popasnaya in the LPR.

On May 11, the UN reported 3.5 thousand dead civilians in Ukraine, including more than 200 children and 821 women.

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Russia has been conducting a military special operation in Ukraine since February 24. President Vladimir Putin called its goals the protection of the population of Donbass from “genocide”, as well as the need for “demilitarization and denazification” neighboring state. Ukraine, in response, imposed martial law and declared mobilization.

The Russian Ministry of Defense has repeatedly stated that the Russian military strikes exclusively at military targets. At the end of March, a spokesman for the department, Major General Igor Konashenkov, stated that “the unconditional priority of the armed forces during the operation is to exclude unnecessary victims among the civilian population.” According to him, special attention is paid to “preserving civilian infrastructure and civilians in Ukraine”.

In addition, the Ministry of Defense has repeatedly accused the Ukrainian military of organizing staged filming of “civilians allegedly killed by the violent actions of the Russian army.” .

At the request of Roskomnadzor, RBC provides data on the details of the military operation in Ukraine based on information from Russian official sources.

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Which border points came under fire from Ukraine. Map

On May 19, the authorities of the Kursk region reported another shelling from the side of Ukraine of the villages of Alekseevka and Dronovka. Since April, a high level of terrorist threat has been introduced in several border regions of Russia. png” alt=”Which border points came under fire from Ukraine. Map” />

On May 19, as a result of the shelling of the village of Tetkino, a man was killed, the governor of Kursk said region Roman Starovoit. This is not the first time this settlement has come under fire: it is located on the border with the Sumy region of Ukraine. In addition, shelling of the village of Alekseevka was repeatedly reported. On May 11, a man was killed during the shelling of the village of Solokhi, Belgorod Region. This is also not the only affected settlement in the region.

In the Belgorod, Bryansk, Kursk regions bordering Ukraine, in two border regions of the Voronezh region, in the north of Crimea and in the territory of several regions of the Krasnodar Territory, since April 11, yellow level of terrorist threat.

The special regime involves the increased work of all law enforcement agencies, and residents of the regions are advised to avoid mass gatherings, always take an identity card with them and be vigilant. Initially, the regime was introduced until April 25. The authorities of the Krasnodar Territory then decided not to extend the level of danger in the Shcherbinovsky and Yeysk districts. In the remaining five regions, the regime was extended until May 25.

There are three levels of terrorist threat: blue (increased) , yellow (high) and red (critical). Yellow is entered if there is confirmed information about the real possibility of a terrorist act, follows from the classification of the National Anti-Terrorism Committee.

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Ambassador of Ukraine allowed the country to join NATO after the end of the conflict

Ukrainian ambassador to Germany: Ukraine can join NATO after the end of the conflict Ukraine can still join NATO and contribute to the defense of the countries of the alliance “due to its strong army”, said the Ukrainian ambassador to Germany Melnyk. After that, he again accused Scholz of not supplying heavy weapons. =”The Ambassador of Ukraine allowed the country to join NATO after the end of the conflict” />

Ukraine can become a member of NATO not in the midst of a military conflict, but, perhaps, immediately after it ends. This was stated by Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk in an interview with RND.

When asked by a journalist what the accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO would mean for Ukraine, Melnyk replied that this would be “good news”. He expressed hope that this would increase Ukraine's chances of quickly becoming a member of the alliance.

“I think that this [Ukraine's membership in NATO] can happen faster than some people think,”— Melnik noted. According to him, Kyiv has shown that it can contribute to the defense of NATO countries “due to its strong army.”

At the same time, the Ukrainian ambassador shared that Kyiv has the impression that German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is not wants to supply Ukraine with heavy weapons.

“He does not seem ready to finally implement the historic decision on heavy weapons, although there is a decision of the German parliament on this issue, which was adopted three weeks ago,” emphasized Melnik.

It looks like Berlin is waiting for a truce, when there are no more “bold decisions,” he added. The Ukrainian ambassador also said that the fact that Olaf Scholz does not yet plan to visit Kyiv is “troubling and annoying”; the Ukrainian side.

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In early March, Melnik called the German chancellor an “insulted liver sausage”; after he called an obstacle to his visit to Kyiv the refusal of the Ukrainian authorities to receive German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

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Pranksters Vovan and Lexus announced a video with George Bush about Ukraine

In the announcement for the pranksters' conversation with George W. Bush, footage is shown where he says that he “wants to [see] Ukraine in NATO.” The video was released on Rutube, YouTube blocked their account after recording with Ben Wallace ” alt=”Pranksters Vovan and Lexus announced a video with George Bush about Ukraine” />

Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexey Stolyarov (left to right)

On the channel of pranksters Vovan and Lexus (real names — Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexey Stolyarov) in Rutube there was an announcement of a video conversation with former US President George W. Bush, who held this post in 2001–2009. The release of the full version of the conversation is expected on May 19 as part of the New Horizons educational marathon. society “Knowledge”.

The video contains moments from the conversation. The footage shown quotes Bush Jr., where he says that he “wants [to see] Ukraine in NATO” and also “thought Russia would be more accommodating, but then Putin changed dramatically.” The video contains an address by the former US President: “Your mission is to destroy as many Russian troops as possible”, it is not indicated to whom these words are addressed.

The video also contains footage where Bush says the phrase ” “Glory to Vovan and Lexus, connect them,” and later salutes, while his words sound off-screen: “I’m proud of you.” (addressee not specified). The video is built in such a way that at this moment frames with the prankers themselves appear on the screen.

Educational marathon “New Horizons” runs from 17 to 19 May. During the event, “outstanding speakers of Russia and the world” will speak to the participants, including Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov, Deputy Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin and Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.

In late February, Bush Jr. condemned the conduct of the Russian military operation in Ukraine. He warned of “the worst security crisis on the European continent since World War II.”

Kuznetsov and Stolyarov are known for their pranks on politicians. So, in March, videos appeared on their YouTube channel with British Secretary of Defense Ben Wallace, as well as British Home Secretary Priti Patel. Both conversations were conducted by the pranksters on behalf of the Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal.

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During the conversation with Wallace, the pranksters asked him about Britain's position on Ukraine's entry into NATO. The head of the Ministry of Defense stressed that London is interested in joining Kyiv to the alliance.

On March 17, Wallace tweeted about a conversation with an “impostor posing as the Ukrainian prime minister.” “He asked some misleading questions, and after I got suspicious, I ended the call,” — the minister spoke. On the same day, British Home Secretary Priti Patel said she had received a similar call earlier this week. “The same thing happened to me this week. A pathetic attempt to divide us in such difficult times. We support Ukraine»,— she wrote on Twitter.

Neither Wallace nor Patel disclosed the details of the conversations and did not say for certain who was behind the calls, but hinted that they suspected Russia of this. On March 18, Wallace ordered an internal audit in connection with the incident.

On March 23, the British Ministry of Defense sent a request to YouTube to remove the video of Wallace's conversation with Vovan and Lexus. The statement noted that the videos pose a “significant risk to the national security of the United Kingdom” and also that “the Russian state is responsible for the fake call.” ;.

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The Foreign Ministry confirmed the negotiations on the export of grain from Ukraine

Earlier, the Wall Street Journal reported on the request of UN Secretary General António Guterres to Moscow not to interfere with the export of grain from the Black Sea ports of Ukraine. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed the fact of negotiations, but “not at the UN level” alt=”The Foreign Ministry confirmed negotiations on the export of grain from Ukraine” />

Issues of the supply of Russian potash fertilizers and the export of Ukrainian grain are being discussed, RIA Novosti said. Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Alexander Pankin.

Earlier, the Wall Street Journal, citing diplomatic sources, reported that UN Secretary General António Guterres asked Moscow not to interfere with the export of grain from the Black Sea ports of Ukraine, and in return promises to help ease sanctions against fertilizers from Russia and Belarus.

“Difficult question. You already know that potash and mineral fertilizers, grain, the possibility of exporting Ukrainian grain— complex tangle of issues that are now being considered, — Pankin said in response to a request for comment on the WSJ information.

At the same time, he clarified that the issue “is not discussed at the UN level, [but] is discussed with us.”

As The Wall Street Journal sources specified, the UN Secretary General is negotiating on the export of Ukrainian grain with Russia, Turkey and other countries, and Ankara has already agreed to participate in the clearance of the Black Sea.

Earlier, the fact of negotiations was also confirmed by the US representative to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield. “At the moment, there are discussions about how such corridors can be unblocked. <…> The UN Secretary General [Antonio Guterres] spoke to Russia about this. We also discussed these issues with the Ukrainians»,— she said.

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In early May, Guterres said that fertilizers and products from Russia, Belarus and Ukraine must be returned to world markets to ensure food security despite the fighting. The UN fears that rising grain prices and food shortages could destabilize the situation in poor countries dependent on Ukrainian grain and lead to conflicts.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Russia is the largest world exporter of wheat, and Ukraine ranks fifth. Together they provide 19% of the world's supply of barley, 14%— wheat and 4%— corn.

In early April, the European Union decided to limit the import of Russian fertilizers. Later, the Russian Ministry of Defense suspended the passage of foreign warships and other government ships in three areas of the Black Sea for six months, from April 24 to October 31.

Against this, US President Joe Biden announced that he was looking for an opportunity to take 20 million tons of grain. The US president explained the need to export grain with record food prices in the world. According to him, the return of Ukrainian grain to the world market should help reduce prices.

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Zakharova said about the “incomplete picture” without the victory of Ukraine at Eurovision

Without Ukraine's victory in the competition, “the picture of what happened to this country would be incomplete,” said an official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry. The Eurovision was won by the musicians of the folk rap group Kalush Orchestra with the song Stefania jpg” alt=”Zakharova said about the “incomplete picture” without the victory of Ukraine at Eurovision” />

To complete the picture of what is happening around Ukraine, her victory in the Eurovision Song Contest was missing, wrote the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova in Telegram.

“National costumes and musical instruments, two Baba Yagas on strings, a break -dance and chants about Azovstal. Europe applauds standing. Curtain»,— she remarked ironically.

The musicians of the Ukrainian folk rap group Kalush Orchestra with the song Stefania won Eurovision 2022, which was held in Turin, Italy. Ukraine received the maximum number of points from the jury of Poland, Moldova, Latvia, Romania, Lithuania. According to the results of the jury voting, Ukraine scored 192 points. Thanks to the viewers, the group received another 439 points.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky congratulated the Kalush Orchestra on winning the competition. “Our courage strikes the world, our music conquers Europe! Next year Ukraine will host Eurovision! For the third time in its history. And I believe— not the last one. We will do everything so that one day the participants and guests of Eurovision hosted the Ukrainian Mariupol. Free, peaceful, rebuilt,"— Zelensky said.

Great Britain took second place (466 points), third— Spain (459).

Russia did not participate in the competition this year.

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In Chechnya, they announced the death of seven US citizens in a special operation in Ukraine

Seven Americans who fought on the side of Ukraine as part of the special forces were killed in the Donbass, the Chechen authorities said. The State Department previously said that one of them is alive and safe

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Seven American citizens who fought on the side of the Armed Forces of Ukraine as part of special forces were killed in the Ukrainian city of Rubezhnoye, RIA Novosti said. assistant to the head of Chechnya on the security bloc Apta Alaudinov.

He clarified that US citizens died as a result of the battle at the Dye Plant, one of them was named Joseph Ward Clark. “They were fixed by us, and they all departed to another world, leaving behind Javelins, documents and their weapons,” — Alaudinov reported.

A month earlier, on April 14, Clark's documents were published by the Minister of Information and Press of Chechnya, Akhmed Dudayev. He posted on VKontakte video showing the passport of a US citizen named Joseph Ward Clark.

Dudayev claimed that the passport belonged to one of the “representatives” of the US intelligence agencies that “work on the territory of Donbass and are engaged in the destruction of the civilian population.” “They all find shelter here in the Ukrainian land, the so-called,” added the Chechen minister.

On the same day, the State Department called reports of Clark's death or capture untrue. “I'm limited in what I can say due to privacy concerns, but I have reason to believe this person is safe,” — said department spokesman Ned Price.

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The US administration then recommended that US citizens refrain from traveling to Ukraine and not participate in hostilities. “We know that people want to help, but we urge Americans to find other ways to do it, — urged the representative of the White House Jen Psaki.

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Zakharova considered Ukraine’s victory at Eurovision “a humiliation of Europe”

Ukraine's victory at Eurovision showed that “humiliating Europe is now in trend,” said Maria Zakharova. According to her, this demonstrated the attitude towards Europe of Washington and “NATO structures” jpg” alt=”Zakharova considered Ukraine's victory at Eurovision “a humiliation of Europe”” />

Eurovision Song Contest showed that humiliating Europe is now in trend, said the official representative of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maria Zakharova, on the air of “Sunday Evening with Vladimir Solovyov” on the TV channel “Russia 1”. She posted the video on her Telegram channel.

“If they told me that what won won, I would probably ridicule. Because it is so obvious and already so indecent that it seemed to me that the European Broadcasting Corporation and the organizers would not allow them to be humiliated like that. But it turns out that humiliating Europe is now in trend, — said Zakharova.

According to her, this was a manifestation of destructive “soft power”; and demonstrated the policy of Washington and “NATO structures” in relation to Europe.

«Soft power»— a form of political power that involves promoting interests through voluntary participation.

Earlier, Zakharova said that for a complete picture of what is happening around Ukraine, her victory at Eurovision was not enough. “National costumes and musical instruments, two Baba Yagas on strings, break dance and chants about Azovstal. Europe applauds standing. Curtain»,— she remarked with irony.

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Great Britain took second place (466 points), third— Spain (459). Russia did not participate in the contest this year.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky congratulated the Kalush Orchestra on their victory and promised to do everything so that one day the contest would be held in a “free and peaceful” city. Mariupol.

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Zelensky replaced the commander of the Territorial Defense Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

President of Ukraine Zelensky appointed Igor Tantsyura commander of the Territorial Defense Forces. By another decree, Zelensky dismissed the commander of the unit, Yuri Galushkin. The President created the Territorial Defense Forces on January 1

President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky appointed Major General Igor Tantsyura as commander of the Territorial Defense Forces of the Armed Forces of the country (APU), follows from the text of the decree, which is published on the website of the head of state.

“To appoint Major General Tantsyur Igor Ivanovich as Commander of the Territorial Defense Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine”, — said in document.

The head of the Pentagon told the head of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine about the conversation with Shoigu

Last week, the US and Russian defense ministers held their first telephone conversation since the beginning of the military operation in Ukraine. Austin called on Shoigu to immediately end the conflict and “emphasized the importance of maintaining channels of communication” jpg” alt=”The chief of the Pentagon told the head of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine about the conversation with Shoigu” />

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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin held talks with his Ukrainian counterpart Alexei Reznikov to discuss the situation in the country, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said.

During the conversation, Austin “provided an update on his telephone conversation with the Russian Defense Secretary Sergei Shoigu on May 13, in which he called for an immediate end to the conflict in Ukraine and stressed the importance of maintaining channels of communication,” the Pentagon said.

Austin stressed that the United States supports Ukraine's sovereignty and security assistance efforts “to strengthen Ukraine's ability to counter Russian aggression,” the ministry added.

The talks between Shoigu and Austin were the first since the start of the Russian military operation Ukraine February 24. As stated in the Russian defense department, they were held at the initiative of the United States, the parties discussed the situation in Ukraine and “topical issues of international security.”

Before that, the ministers called on February 18; then Austin called on Shoigu to withdraw Russian troops from the Ukrainian border.

In late March, Kirby reported that since the beginning of the Russian military operation, Austin and the head of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, had repeatedly tried to arrange a telephone conversation with Shoigu and Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov, but to no avail. Then Austin himself announced this. The Pentagon complained that “there was no interest from the Russians” to two-way contacts.

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Austin and Reznikov have been in regular contact since the outbreak of hostilities in Ukraine. One of the last conversations took place on May 13; they discussed the law signed in the United States on assistance to Ukraine under the Lend-Lease program and its implementation.

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Thousands join Ukraine’s foreign legion to fight against Russia — including one Utah woman

class=”MuiTypography-root-134 MuiTypography-h1-139″>Thousands join Ukraine's foreign legion to fight against Russia — including one Utah woman

Glenna decided join the International Legion for the Defense of Ukraine, along with 20,000 other volunteer fighters from around the world. She does not have formal medical training but received some combat training upon her arrival in Ukraine.

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A man carries combat gear as he leaves Poland to fight in Ukraine, at the border crossing in Medyka, Poland, Wednesday, March 2, 2022. 

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When Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy made a plea for foreign volunteers to come to Ukraine to support the fight against Russia, about 20,000 people heeded the call — including one woman from Utah. 

"It's just not right to sit on the couch, knowing you can make a difference."

Glenna, volunteer combat medic, Ukraine

"It's just not right to sit on the couch, knowing you can make a difference,” Glenna said, while speaking to journalist Volodymyr Solohub in Kharkiv. Glenna asked to use her first name only due to security concerns. 

RelatedThe Kyiv Symphony Orchestra fights on the war's 'cultural front'

On March 31, a little over a month after Russia invaded Ukraine, Glenna flew from from the US to Germany, and then to Poland, arriving on April 1. 

Traveling by train into Ukraine took a full day. At one point, she said that she had to walk 6 miles in a snowstorm with all her gear because of a ticket transfer issue. 

Once in Ukraine, she made her way to a small pin-up tent with a sign that read, “Legion,” referring to the International Legion for the Defense of Ukraine

Foreign legion members hail from about 52 countries around the world including Germany, Croatia, Canada, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. 

Glenna joined a 75-person unit based in Kharviv, eastern Ukraine, as one of few combat medics — and the only female. She does not have formal medical training but briefly worked with an ambulance and served in the United States Navy. She also received some combat training upon her arrival in Ukraine. 

Related: 'Their lives collided with war': Ukrainian refugees in Poland open their own schools

Her platoon was hit by heavy Russian artillery and cluster bombs, she said. Based just seven miles from the front lines, she said the air raids and missile strikes keep her up at night. 

Some of her platoon mates have decided to return home after experiencing intense shelling — and she said can’t blame them. 

Related: ‘Home is home’: Ukrainians in Poland consider options as Russia’s war enters new phase 

“I just pray to God that I never actually have to [medically] treat one of these guys, because I don't know how I would be able to do it. … I'd gladly fight by them and die by them. They're just family."

Why Russia changed its position on Ukraine’s accession to the European Union

Moscow has changed its position on Kyiv's accession to the European Union. Experts interviewed by RBC note that it is too early to talk about the real accession of Ukraine to the EU, but Moscow already refuses to see the nuances in Western policy

What was said in Russia about Ukraine's accession to the EU

Chapter Foreign Ministry Sergei Lavrov on Friday questioned the harmlessness of Ukraine's entry into the European Union. “This is the problem of Kyiv's relations with the European Union. But the harmlessness of such a desire of Kyiv raises serious doubts, & mdash; he said Friday in Dushanbe. He added that the EU has gone from “a constructive economic platform it was created to serve as an aggressive, militant player that is already declaring its ambitions far beyond the European continent.”

A day earlier, Russian Deputy Representative to the UN Dmitry Polyansky said that Moscow's position on the issue of Kyiv's entry into the European Union had changed and became similar to the position on Ukraine's entry into NATO. “I think at that time (during Russian-Ukrainian talks in Istanbul. — RBC) we were not very worried about the European Union. But the situation changed after M. Borrell's statement that “this war must be won on the battlefield.” And after the fact that the EU is the leader in the supply of arms,— Polyansky said in an interview with the British online publication UnHerd News. In March, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov commented on Kyiv's stated desire to gain EU membership more calmly and did not link the issue to the NATO issue. «European Union— not a military-political bloc,»— pointed out then the representative of the Kremlin.

Ukraine's membership in the EU was discussed at the talks in Istanbul, and in the provisions drawn up by the Ukrainian side, Moscow was asked not to object to Ukraine's aspirations to join the EU. Since then, however, the negotiation process has practically ceased. On May 11, Peskov, commenting on the course of negotiations with the Ukrainian side, said that they were continuing “very sluggishly and ineffectively.”

What are the prospects for Ukraine's entry into the EU

On February 28, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky signed an application for the country's accession to the European Union, after which the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, handed him a questionnaire to start negotiations on this issue. On May 11, the European Commission confirmed that it had received answers to the questionnaire from Kyiv. The official representative of the EC, Eric Mamer, during the briefing, said that the European Commission intends to present its opinion as soon as possible, based on the answers of the Ukrainian side. According to him, this should happen in June.

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In turn, French President Emmanuel Macron, speaking in Strasbourg, said that the process of Ukraine's accession to the EU could take years or even decades. “Even if we grant it the status of a candidate country tomorrow— I hope we move quickly to provide it, — even if we did, we all know only too well that the accession process will take several years, in truth, it will probably take several decades. And it's true, unless we decide to lower our accession standards and rethink the unity of our Europe, and in part the principles that we adhere to, — he said.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said that if Ukraine does not receive the status of an EU candidate country, this will mean that it has been deceived. “We're not going to put up with this,” — Kuleba said in an interview with the Financial Times.

Why Russia has changed its position

So far, it is impossible to say for sure whether there have really been fundamental changes in the Russian position on Ukraine's accession to the EU, since different points of view have been expressed regarding the interaction between Kyiv and Brussels, Andrey Kortunov, Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), believes. “In any case, this question is a bit theological, since at the moment we are not talking about Ukraine's entry into the European Union in full. We can only talk about including it in the number of candidate countries for entry. We must proceed from the fact that this question cannot yet be put on a practical plane,»,— he concluded.

Over the past two months, it has become clear that Russia and the EU are actually in a state of indirect war, since almost all European countries provide active military assistance to Ukraine, the editor-in-chief of the Russia in Global Affairs magazine told RBC. Fedor Lukyanov. “European countries talk a lot about it. It was in Europe that the point of view was first voiced that Russia should be defeated on the battlefield. Accordingly, Russia decided to no longer make a difference between NATO and the European Union, and the attitude towards Ukraine's integration into any European and Euro-Atlantic structures is negative, — he said. According to Lukyanov, this has little effect on anything. “If the European Union decides to accept Ukraine in some distant future, then it will accept it. Russia clearly shows that it is no longer going to distinguish any nuances in Western politics, — he concluded.

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Russia will use the bioweapons convention in the situation with Ukraine

Russia will use Art. 5 and 6 of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention. These articles relate to cooperation and the possibility of filing a complaint with the UN Security Council if a convention party violates its provisions

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Russia will use Articles 5 and 6 of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC) in launching an investigation about US biolaboratories in Ukraine, Russian Permanent Representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya said at a meeting of the Security Council.

“Given that the American side refuses any constructive discussion on this topic, we plan to use the mechanisms provided for in Articles 5 and 6 of the BTWC,— said Nebenzya.

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He said that the Russian side had already collected “a significant amount of materials” proving that the United States and Ukraine had violated the BTWC, while the collection and analysis of this data would continue, after which they would be submitted to the Security Council for investigation.

According to Art. 5 BTWC, states — the parties to the Convention “undertake to consult and cooperate with each other in the solution of any questions that may arise in relation to the purpose or in connection with the implementation of the provisions of the Convention.”

In Art. 6 of the BTWC states that any party to the Convention that claims a violation of the obligations of its provisions may file a complaint with the UN Security Council. This complaint was to indicate “all possible evidence confirming its validity, and a request for its consideration by the Security Council.”

The fact that on the territory of Ukraine there was a network of 30 biological laboratories that worked on the order of the Pentagon was announced in early March by the head of the troops of radiation, chemical and biological protection Igor Kirillov. According to him, it was, among other things, the collection and export to the United States of strains of dangerous microorganisms and the study of potential agents of biological weapons.

The Investigative Committee of Russia opened a criminal case under Art. 355 of the Criminal Code on the development and production of biological weapons of mass destruction. The head of the department, Alexander Bastrykin, claimed that US funding for biological programs in Ukraine since 2005 has exceeded $224 million.

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The US State Department called Moscow's accusations disinformation, and the Pentagon and the White House also rejected them. The head of the US National Intelligence, Avril Haynes, stressed that the laboratories existing on the territory of Ukraine are engaged in biosecurity and research in the field of public health.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also rejected the development of weapons of mass destruction in the country. He said that the laboratories on the territory of the country have remained since the times of the USSR, they are “engaged in ordinary science”, and not military technologies.

On May 12, the first deputy representative of the UN, Dmitry Polyansky, said that Russia demanded a meeting of the Security Council UN to present new evidence of military biological programs in the US biological laboratories in Ukraine.

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Aviation of the Russian Aerospace Forces hit three command posts of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

The Ministry of Defense reported that Russian aviation hit three command posts of the Armed Forces of Ukraine The Russian Aerospace Forces also destroyed an ammunition depot in the Kharkov region, rocket troops and artillery hit 17 command posts

Russian tactical and army aviation hit three command posts of the Ukrainian Armed Forces , as well as 52 areas of concentration of Ukrainian military and military equipment. This is reported by the Russian Ministry of Defense.

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In addition, high-precision air-launched missiles destroyed the headquarters of the territorial defense and the battalion of the 24th mechanized brigade in the areas of the settlements of Zolote and Vrubovka of the LPR. An ammunition depot in the Krasnopavlovka district of the Kharkiv region was also hit.

Missile troops and artillery hit 17 command posts, 370 military and military equipment concentration areas, and five artillery units.

Russian air defense systems destroyed three Ukrainian drones in the areas of the settlements of Krasnopolye, Malaya Kamyshevakha of the Kharkiv region and Gorlovka of the DPR.

In total, since the beginning of the special military operation in Ukraine, the following have been destroyed:

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  • 3039 tanks and other combat armored vehicles;
  • 369 multiple rocket launchers;
  • 1498 field artillery pieces and mortars.
  • At the request of Roskomnadzor, RBC provides data on the details of the military operation in Ukraine based on information Russian official sources.

    Also on May 13, for the first time since the start of the military operation, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu held talks with Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin. The Russian Defense Ministry clarified that they were held on the American initiative.

    “Topical issues of international security were discussed, including the situation in Ukraine”,— The defense department said.

    Earlier, Austin said that he and the head of the Committee of Chiefs of Staff of the US Armed Forces, General Mark Milli, tried several times to contact Shoigu and Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov, but there was no answer.

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    Spiegel learned about G7 plans to allocate about €30 billion to Ukraine

    The European Union also plans to provide Ukraine with €500 million in military assistance. It will include heavy weapons, including tanks and artillery

    The G7 countries plan to provide financial support to Ukraine in the amount of about €30 billion, Spiegel reports, citing sources. The decision is expected to be announced at a meeting of G7 finance ministers in Germany next week.

    The amount of €30 billion was calculated on the assumption that hostilities in Ukraine would end within a year, Spiegel notes. Financial assistance will be provided to Kyiv in the form of loans and grants, the Ukrainian side will not have to repay the entire amount.

    EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell said on May 13 that the Union will provide Ukraine with additional military assistance in the amount of &euro ;500 million

    He specified that the deliveries would include heavy weapons, including tanks and artillery. Thus, the total amount of EU military assistance to Ukraine will be €2 billion.

    Borrell also said that the EU embargo on Russian oil could be agreed in the coming days. “I'm sure we'll come to an agreement. We need it and we'll get it. We must get rid of oil dependence on Russia,»,— he explained (quoted by Reuters).

    Earlier, the US House of Representatives passed a bill on additional assistance to Ukraine for $40 billion. The package includes the supply of weapons and humanitarian aid to Kyiv.

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    Dmitry Medvedev, deputy chairman of the Russian Security Council, warned that the money that Washington could allocate to Kyiv is huge and “there will be many hunters to share it in the American military-industrial complex.” He added that the Americans can thank “their Russophobic authorities” for rising prices for gasoline and groceries.

    Nevertheless, the US Senate on May 13 postponed the final vote on a $40 billion aid package for Ukraine due to Senator Rand Paul's demand for amendments.

    The senator indicated that if the bill is passed, the total US assistance to Ukraine from 2021 will reach $60 billion, which is more than the State Department budget. This could accelerate inflation, he explained.

    Since the beginning of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, Washington has transferred more than $3.5 billion worth of weapons to Kyiv. about $13.6 billion.

    Russia has repeatedly warned Western countries that convoys with foreign weapons on the territory of Ukraine will become legitimate military targets for it.

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    Scholz ruled out recognition of the “imposed peace” in Ukraine

    The German Chancellor said that peace can only come if Kyiv and Moscow reach an agreement. He promised to continue helping Ukraine, but stressed that Berlin's actions should not lead to a clash between Russia and NATO

    Olaf Scholz

    Peace in Ukraine will be possible only if “an understanding, an agreement” is reached, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said at a campaign event for the Social Democratic Party, reports Zeit. “We will not accept the peace imposed on Ukraine”, — he emphasized.

    The head of the German government called Moscow's goal in Ukraine “strengthening its influence and expanding its territory.” “Revanchism and imperialism will not determine reality in Europe,” — Scholz promised.

    In his opinion, Ukrainians will feel the consequences of the current conflict “and in 100 years”.

    Scholz assured that Berlin would continue to help Kyiv, but this assistance should not escalate into a military clash between Russia and NATO.

    On Friday, the chancellor spoke by phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin. He pointed to Moscow's responsibility for the world food situation, called for a ceasefire in Ukraine, and called “the claim that the Nazis rule there is incorrect.” Putin, in turn, informed Scholz that negotiations between Russia and Ukraine were “essentially blocked by Kyiv.” He talked about “measures to ensure the safety of civilians”; and evacuation of civilians from Azovstal in Mariupol. The Russian leader spoke about “continued gross violations of the norms of international humanitarian law by militants professing the Nazi ideology.”

    At a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron on May 9, Scholz called for the resumption of talks between Moscow and Kyiv to become “more concrete”; and for agreements to be reached. “It is impossible to imagine” that Ukraine would agree to a “peace dictated to it” and on the situation in which she is “imposed” conditions that it cannot accept for reasons of sovereignty and territorial integrity, he noted.

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    Russia has been conducting a special military operation in Ukraine since February 24. Since then, the parties have held several rounds of negotiations. The last face-to-face meeting was held in Istanbul on March 29, at which the Ukrainian delegation handed over to the Russian draft document on the settlement. Moscow sent its proposals to Kyiv in April. Among the demands that the Russian leadership had previously put forward as possible provisions of the peace agreement, — “demilitarization and denazification” Ukraine, its refusal to join NATO, the recognition of Crimea by Kyiv as Russian, and the DPR and LPR — independent.

    After the March talks, the Russian side has repeatedly stated that Ukraine has departed from the Istanbul agreements, and the discussion has reached a dead end. Mikhail Podolyak, adviser to the head of the office of the President of Ukraine, explained that the process became more complicated after the events in the Kyiv region, Mariupol, Volnovakha.

    On May 9, presidential aide and head of the Russian delegation Vladimir Medinsky said that remote negotiations had not been terminated.

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    Gas stations associated with Medvedchuk nationalized in Ukraine

    Glusco's gas station network has been handed over to the state and will be managed by the state-owned Naftogaz Ukrainy. Ukrainian media associated Glusco with Viktor Medvedchuk

    The Government of Ukraine has decided to transfer to the management of the state company “Naftogaz of Ukraine” 172 Glusco filling stations, according to a statement on the website of the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers.

    The Ukrainian media associated this company with the former deputy of the Verkhovna Rada and the leader of the Opposition Platform— For life» (OPLE) Viktor Medvedchuk, who is now in custody in Ukraine on suspicion of treason.

    “We have a court decision providing for the transfer of the relevant property to the state. We are fulfilling it. The position here is clear: the assets of Russia and related companies in Ukraine should go to our state and work for the benefit of our country and all Ukrainians, — Prime Minister Denis Shmyhal is quoted in the message.

    The government statement does not say anything about the connection between the gas station network and Glusco with Medvedchuk.

    The Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine announced on May 13 that, as part of a criminal investigation, the court arrested a total of more than 234 Glusco facilities in several regions of the country: 145 gas stations, eight oil depots, 38 warehouses and other premises, nine land plots.

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    In the message, Glusco is mentioned as “associated with the People's Deputy of Ukraine II & ndash; IV and IX convocations.” “It has been established that the ultimate owners of these companies are residents of the Russian Federation. In order to hide property from possible special confiscation, during 2021-2022 they carried out a number of imaginary contracts for the sale and purchase of corporate rights of the companies —founders of non-residents»,— the message says.

    Glusco was registered in Ukraine in 2016, its website says that it is a “daughter” of Swiss Greenenergo Trading. Glusco owns a network of stores and gas stations that sell motor fuel and gas, as well as oil depots.

    The fact that Glusco, which was a subsidiary of another Swiss company, Proton Energy Group, is associated with Medvedchuk, was reported by Liga.net and Ukrayinska Pravda.

    Liga.net reported that the official owner of Proton Energy Group— Israeli businessman Nisan Moiseev, he has been working on the Ukrainian oil market since 2009. The publication published an investigation in which the businessman was connected with Medvedchuk. The Medvedchuks of Moiseev denied this.

    In February 2021, the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine imposed sanctions against Medvedchuk. In March of the same year, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) conducted searches at all Glusco facilities on suspicion of illegal distribution of excisable goods and tax evasion. The press service of the SBU reported that the special service exposed a large-scale “shadow” scheme sales of low-quality petroleum products, in particular from Russia.

    In December 2021, the company announced that SNEL Energy, owned by Greek entrepreneur Dimitrios Anifantakis, had acquired 100% of its shares.

    Medvedchuk in Ukraine is accused of high treason and violation of the rules of war, in May 2021 he was placed under house arrest. The investigation believes that Medvedchuk, being a deputy of the Verkhovna Rada, transmitted information about the whereabouts of the “secret military unit of the Armed Forces of Ukraine” party member Taras Kozak, who was then in Russia. Medvedchuk is also suspected of creating an organization that, according to the Ukrainian authorities, collected data about Ukrainians and recruited them under the guise of helping with employment. Kyiv also believes that Medvedchuk was a participant in a conspiracy against Ukraine and wanted to undermine its energy security.

    OPLE is considering criminal cases against Medvedchuk with “reprisals against political opponents” and the attempt by President Volodymyr Zelensky and his entourage to establish an “absolute dictatorship”.

    On February 27, Anton Gerashchenko, adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, announced that Medvedchuk had escaped from house arrest. A few days later, the politician was arrested in absentia by the Lychakovsky District Court of Lviv, and on April 12, Zelensky published footage of Medvedchuk in handcuffs, his detention was confirmed by the Security Service of Ukraine.

    Zelensky turned to the Russian authorities with a proposal to exchange Medvedchuk for captured Ukrainian military. The detainee himself also asked for an exchange. After the arrest, the Kremlin noted that Medvedchuk did not have Russian citizenship and that he had nothing to do with the special operation.

    In Ukraine, there is a law on the forced confiscation of Russian property, which was signed by President Zelensky on March 10. The property of Russian organizations or organizations associated with Russia is confiscated without any compensation for its value. According to this law, gas stations were transferred to the management of the state-owned company Glusco.

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    Senator who froze aid to Ukraine spoke out against its success to the detriment of the United States

    Republican Rand Paul said that it is irresponsible to allocate $40 billion to Kyiv against the backdrop of the economic situation in the United States. This is how the senator commented on his decision to send the aid package approved by the House of Representatives

    Senator Rand Paul

    The United States now cannot afford to provide Ukraine with $40 billion in aid, Republican Senator Rand said on WMAL DC Paul, who blocked the corresponding bill in the upper house of Congress. He stressed that he was “very sympathetic” Ukrainians and wants their success, but “not through the bankruptcy of the United States.”

    “I think sending $40 billion to another country without checking and making sure no one steals the money,” a recipe for disaster,— he thinks. This does not mean that Kyiv should not be sympathized with, the senator stressed, but “we should not forget that Ukraine has been in the top ten [countries] in terms of corruption for the past ten years.”

    Rand Paul said that he represents primarily the interests of the United States. The senator called it irresponsible to provide assistance to another country when the United States itself “does not have enough baby food.”

    On May 10, the House of Representatives of Congress approved a bill to help Kyiv in the amount of $40 billion. The package of measures includes the supply of weapons and humanitarian aid. The initiative was supported by 368 congressmen, 57 opposed, after which it got into the Senate.

    Paul demanded amendments to the text of the document, as a result of which the final vote in the upper house was postponed. The Republican explained that if the bill is passed, the total US assistance to Ukraine since last year will reach $60 billion, which is more than the State Department's budget for 2022. This amount of funds could accelerate inflation, the senator warned: “This is due to deficit spending.”

    The Pentagon then warned that a delay in approving the aid package could lead to interruptions in the supply of weapons to Kyiv.

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