Russian forces battle for control of the last stronghold in Ukraine’s Mariupol city, and the EU proposes tough oil sanctions against Moscow over its military campaign in Ukraine, continuing on its 71st day.
Thursday, May 5, 2022
Kremlin accuses the West of preventing a quick end to Ukraine conflict
The Kremlin has accused the West of preventing a “quick” end to Russia’s military campaign in Ukraine by supplying weapons to the pro-Western country.
“Coupled with the flow of weapons that these countries are sending to Ukraine, these are all actions that do not contribute to the quick completion of the operation,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.
Peskov also said that humanitarian corridors to get civilians out of Mariupol’s Azovstal steel plant were functioning, after the Russian army announced a three-day ceasefire at the site.
Russian negotiator accuses Kiev of ‘rolling back’ on agreements -TASS
A Russian lawmaker taking part in talks with Ukraine said negotiations are difficult and accuses representatives from Kiev of “rolling back” on existing agreements, TASS news agency has reported.
“I am one of the four negotiators from the Russian side, however, it is difficult to negotiate. Ukrainian counterparts come to an agreement, and then roll back”, TASS cited negotiator Leonid Slutsky as saying.
Russia ‘trying to destroy’ last Ukrainian units in Azovstal: Kiev
Ukraine has said Russia is “trying to destroy” its remaining soldiers holed up in Mariupol’s Azovstal steel plant, with Kiev’s last defenders in the battered city saying Moscow forces have broken into the giant factory.
“Russian occupiers are focusing on blocking and trying to destroy Ukrainian units in the Azovstal area,” Kiev’s army said in a statement.
“With the support of aircraft, Russia resumed the offensive in order to take control of the plant.”
Poland, Sweden host donors’ conference to help Ukraine
Poland and Sweden are co-hosting an international donors’ conference in Warsaw to raise funds for humanitarian efforts to help Ukraine, where thousands have been killed, cities devastated and millions of people displaced by Russia’s attack.
The High-Level International Donors’ Conference for Ukraine is jointly organised by the Polish and Swedish prime ministers in collaboration with the European Commission and European Council presidents.
The aims are to allow the international community to announce new pledges to meet the immediate humanitarian needs of Ukrainian society and to create a forum to discuss how to support Ukrainian society over the longer term.
UK strips Moscow stock exchange of a status that enables investors to access UK tax benefits when trading securities on the bourse, further reducing the amount of money channelled into Russian assets pic.twitter.com/C6VN7IvxGa
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3 more Ukrainian fighter jets shot down, says Russia
Russia has said it has downed three more Ukrainian fighter jets in overnight operations.
A Su-24, a Su-25 and a Su-27 were shot down by Russian air defence systems in three different areas of Ukraine, Defence Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said at a press briefing in Moscow.
He said another 14 unmanned aerial vehicles and two rockets of the Smerch multiple rocket launcher were also destroyed.
Russia expels 7 Danish diplomats in retaliatory move
Russia’s foreign ministry has said it has declared seven Danish diplomats ‘persona non grata’ in response to Copenhagen expelling 15 Russian diplomats last month, with Moscow also objecting to Denmark’s providing military assistance to Ukraine.
The ministry said Denmark’s openly anti-Russian policy was seriously damaging bilateral relations and that Russia reserved the right to take additional steps in response.
UK revokes Moscow bourse’s status as recognised exchange
Britain has revoked the Moscow Stock Exchange’s (MOEX) status as a recognised stock exchange, removing some tax relief for new investors.
“With the Moscow stock exchange failing to withdraw their restrictions on foreign investors, the UK had no choice but to remove its recognised status,” said Lucy Frazer, Financial Secretary to the Treasury.
“This will stop further money being channelled into Russian assets and send a clear message that there is no case for new investment in Russia.”
Russia killed over 600 Ukrainian fighters in artillery strikes – defence ministry
Russia has said that its artillery has struck multiple Ukrainian positions and strongholds overnight, killing over 600 fighters.
“The armed forces of the Russian Federation continue the special military operation in Ukraine”, the defence ministry said. “Over 600 nationalists and 61 units of weapons and military equipment were destroyed”.
The defence ministry also said its missiles destroyed aviation equipment at the Kanatovo airfield in Ukraine’s central Kirovohrad region and a large ammunition depot in the southern city of Mykolaiv.
Two Russian villages shelled by Ukraine, governor says
Two villages in Russia’s Belgorod region bordering Ukraine have been shelled by Ukraine, Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov has said, adding that there are no civilian casualties.
“There is shelling from the Ukrainian side on Zhuravlyovka and Nekhoteevka,” he said.
Ukraine: 11 attacks repelled in Donbass region
Ukraine’s General Staff says the country’s forces have made some gains on the border of the southern regions of Kherson and Mykolaiv and repelled multiple Russian attacks in the east.
In its daily morning update, the General Staff said that the Russians “lost control over several settlements on the border of Mykolayiv and Kherson regions.” Ukrainian forces also repelled 11 attacks in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, the update said.
At the same time, fighting over the Azovstal plant in Mariupol continued, the General Staff said. “With the support of aircraft, the enemy resumed the offensive in order to take control of the plant,” the update said, adding that the Russian troops were “trying to destroy Ukrainians units” at this last remaining pocket of Ukrainian resistance in the ravaged port city.
Five civilians killed by shelling in Ukraine’s Luhansk region – governor
Five civilians have been killed by shelling from Russian forces in Ukraine’s Luhansk region in the past 24 hours, governor Serhiy Gaidai has said.
Gaidai said the shelling focused on Sievierodonetsk and Popasna, Hirske and Lysychansk.
Russian ceasefire to begin at besieged Mariupol steel plant
A Russian-announced ceasefire is due to begin at the besieged steel plant in the devastated Ukrainian city of Mariupol, to allow civilians to flee even as its defenders vowed to fight to the end.
Russia’s defence ministry announced a daytime ceasefire for three days.
“The Russian armed forces will open a humanitarian corridor from 0500 to 1500 GMT (08:00 to 18:00 Moscow time) on May 5, 6 and 7 from the site of the Azovstal metallurgical plant to evacuate civilians,” the ministry said.
Japan says difficult to immediately follow Russia oil embargo
Japan will face “difficulty” to immediately follow a move to cut off Russian oil imports over the Ukraine conflict, its minister of economy, trade, and industry Koichi Hagiuda has said.
Hagiuda made the remark during a visit to Washington, after the European Union’s executive proposed the toughest package of sanctions yet against Moscow, including the embargo on crude oil.
“Given Japan has its limit on resources, we would face some difficulty to keep in step immediately” with other countries, Hagiuda told reporters.
‘They were constantly shelling us’
Ukrainians who were trapped in the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol recount their horror stories pic.twitter.com/zivE9fwtMU
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Ukraine killing Russian generals ‘with help’ of US intel
Ukraine has managed to target and kill many Russian military generals as a result of intelligence provided by Washington during the ongoing fighting in Ukraine, the New York Times reported.
Citing senior American officials, the Times said, “the targeting help is part of a classified effort by the Biden administration to provide real-time battlefield intelligence to Ukraine.”
“That intelligence also includes anticipated Russian troop movements gleaned from recent American assessments of Moscow’s secret battle plan for the fighting in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine,” the report said.
Ukrainian officials claim Russia lost some 12 generals in the last 70 days of fighting. It is not clear how many of them were killed as a result of US intelligence to Kiev.
Zelenskyy slams Russia’s ‘unacceptable remarks’
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has spoken with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and discussed the “scandalous and completely unacceptable remarks” by Russia’s foreign minister about Hitler.
In an early morning video address, Zelenskyy said the comments by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had outraged the entire world. In an interview on Sunday, Lavrov said the Nazi dictator had had “Jewish blood.”
Moscow has also claimed Israeli mercenaries were fighting alongside the far-right Azov Regiment in Ukraine, saying “Israeli mercenaries are practically shoulder to shoulder with Azov militants in Ukraine”, sparking a diplomatic standoff with Tel Aviv.
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