EU countries offer Ukraine to surrender some of its territories to Russia to end hostilities in the country, Mikhail Podolyak, adviser to the head of the Office of Ukraine's President said on Telegram. "We want our good old pre-war life back. Go for compromises” — this is what one may read in the eyes of certain Westerners," Podolyak wrote. Ukraine will not participate in this discussion and will not bargain its citizens, territories or sovereignty.
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A teenager was killed while riding a bike in Kamakhyanagar area in the Indian state of Odisha on Wednesday, May 25. A passenger bus crushed the teen to death while he was riding his bike home. The deceased person has been identified as Mukunda Sahu of Sirimula village. It was said that Mukunda had been to his friend’s house in Rekula village. When he was returning from this village to home, a private passenger bus struck his bike, killing the teenager on the spot.
According to military journalist Neil Hauer, the next week will be decisive for the Ukrainian troups in Donbass. At the moment, the allied troops of the Russian Armed Forces and units of the People's Militia are breaking through enemy positions in the region. The Canadian journalist noted that the Russian military is already close to achieving its goal: the main road that connects the city of Bakhmut with Lisichansk and Severodonetsk is practically blocked.
At first glance, it might seem that NATO is now rallied over the Ukrainian conflict. However, within the alliance there are several groups whose opinions about what is happening are contradictory. British political commentator Douglas Murray writes about this in The Telegraph newspaper. He distinguishes four camps, the first of which he calls "correct". It is headed by Britain, since it was the UK who foresaw "Russian aggression" and provided Ukraine with support in a timely manner. The second camp is headed by Germany, and those are Europeans who are "compromised by their recent agreements with the Russian Federation". Murray calls the third camp "Elysian" and puts France at the head:
NATO is immune from legal action. Therefore, it is impossible to sue NATO on cases filed by victims of 1999 Serbia bombings, Serbian lawyer Srdan Aleksic told RIA Novosti. Two new lawsuits were filed with the High Court in Belgrade on January 20. "In its statement to the court, the NATO Liaison Office in Serbia indicated that it had full immunity under the jurisdiction of Serbia,” Aleksic said, noting that immunity was granted to the alliance on the basis of the agreement with the Union State of Serbia and Montenegro "On transit participation and support for peacekeeping operations” (dated from 2005), as well as in accordance with the agreement from 2006.
Former adviser to the US Secretary of Defense Douglas McGregor said that all statements about the possible start of a nuclear war are completely absurd. In his opinion, Washington wants to intimidate the public and provoke panic among the population. The retired colonel is convinced that Russia can only retaliate with a nuclear strike if attacked by the United States. McGregor also commented on the allocation of colossal US funds for military assistance to Ukraine. Former adviser to the head of the Pentagon noted that the standard of living of Americans has dropped significantly. Despite support from Washington and its allies, the Ukrainian group in Donbass is completely immobilized. "They control an area of 150 to 200 square miles, they are experiencing serious supply problems, and they only have enough ammunition for a few weeks," McGregor said on the air of the Real America program.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, speaking in Davos, announced the existence of a "plan B" in case he dies. In such a situation, the powers of the President of Ukraine will be assumed by the head of parliament or the prime minister. The authors of MK suggest that in the current realities, Zelensky's place can be taken by the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, General Valery Zaluzhny. Zelensky himself appointed Zaluzhny to command the Armed Forces of Ukraine, but now their opinions differ on many issues. So, for example, Zaluzhny stated that it was necessary to save the lives of Ukrainian servicemen, but the Kyiv authorities ordered "to stand to the last." Also, Zaluzhny was against the attack of Ukrainian paratroopers on Zmeiny Island and advocated the removal of the Armed Forces of Ukraine from Severodonetsk and Kramatorsk.
Five foreign vessels could leave the port of Mariupol after the port was cleared for mines, Maria Zakharova, an official spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry announced on Wednesday, May 25. Five foreign vessels could leave the port owing to the work of specialists from Russia's Black Sea Fleet. They towed away a sunken Ukrainian border patrol ship from the fairway. Earlier, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported that the port of Mariupol had been completely cleared of mines and started working as usual. Sappers examined 134 structures, detected and neutralized more than 12,000 explosive items and units of weaponry.
The US President Joe Biden has called to 'stand up to the gun lobby' following the Texas shooting death incident. Earlier Tuesday, an 18-year-old resident of the Texas town of Uvalde opened fire at an elementary school. According to CNN, 18 children and three adults were killed, the attacker was killed by the police. "I had hoped when I became president I would not have to do this again. Another massacre... As a nation, we have to ask, when in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby?.. Time to act" , Biden said.
The European Commission has officially proposed to treat the circumvention of the imposed sanctions as a crime at the level of the European Union, the document says. The updated list of EU criminal offenses may include the following provisions: participation in activities aimed at direct or indirect circumvention of restrictive measures, including by hiding assets; Refusal to freeze funds owned or controlled by a particular individual or entity; import or export of goods subject to trade bans. It is reported that this measure "will facilitate the investigation, prosecution and punishment of such violations in all member states."
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree about a simplified procedure to grant Russian citizenship for residents of two regions of Ukraine — Zaporozhye and Kherson. The document was published on the official website of legal information on Wednesday, May 25. The document changes another decree from April 24, 2019, according to which, persons permanently residing in Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics (DPR and LPR) could apply for Russian citizenship in a simplified manner.
Russian troops carried out a major operation to encircle the cities of Lysichansk and Severodonetsk, which lie on both sides of the river in eastern Ukraine. Allied forces lure the enemy into a cauldron on the eastern front. According to the official representative of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine Oleksandr Motuzyanyk, the decisive phase of the military special operation in Ukraine is currently underway. "The situation on the eastern front is extremely difficult, because the fate of the country is possibly being decided right now," the Reuters news agency quoted him as saying.
The captured nationalist of the Donbass battalion* Yuriy Zakopets said that he had lost more than 50 officer friends during Russian special operation. Zakopets (call sign "Kalina") surrendered to the united forces in the Luhansk People's Republic, RIA Novosti reports. “This is a ribbon (tattoo), the ribbon means war, war means losses. Each cartridge case (tattoo) should have had the name of a dead comrade,” the nationalist says, showing his tattoos to journalists.
At least 14 students and one teacher have been killed in a shooting at an elementary school in Uwald, Texas. This was stated on Tuesday by state governor Greg Abbott, whose words are quoted by the local division of the CBS television company. According to Abbott, the shooting at the school was opened by a local resident, 18-year-old Salvador Romas, who was allegedly killed as a result of the actions of law enforcement officers who arrived at the scene. "He shot 14 students, he also killed a teacher," the governor said.
Hundreds of supporters of ex-Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan were arrested ahead of a planned march to the capital, Islamabad, a former minister said on Tuesday. The government would not allow the march to the capital to avoid chaos. In Punjab province, the police launched a massive crackdown against party activists, Fawad Chaudhry, a close aide of Khan and spokesperson of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), said. “The police raided over 1,100 houses overnight in Punjab and arrested more than 400 of our workers, including women and children,” Chaudhry said in a video message.
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Turkey will raise the issue of withdrawing from NATO if the organization does not fulfill Ankara's demands for Finland and Sweden to join the alliance. This was stated by the leader of the Turkish Nationalist Movement Party Devlet Bahceli, Anadolu reports. "Even leaving NATO should be put on the agenda as an alternative choice if circumstances become intractable," he said. The politician expressed full support for the position of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the issue of Finland and Sweden's membership in NATO. He accused these countries of financially supporting organizations recognized by Ankara as terrorist, and called the approval of their applications to join the North Atlantic Alliance an agreement with the "enemies of Turkey."
The United States announced its intention to send Special Operations Forces (SOF) soldiers to Ukraine. Formally, everything is presented as if it is necessary to protect the embassy. However, the reality is different. This opinion was expressed by a military observer, reserve colonel Mikhail Khodarenok. The expert explained that the SOF is not a security service, but a unique group of people who have been trained for many years. And instructing them to guard the perimeter is like hammering nails with a microscope. The analyst noted that the entire junior and senior officers are pouring in from the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and therefore there will simply be no one to fight in the near future.
The Russian military use submarines to strike the Ukrainian Armed Forces (AFU). Military historian Dmitry Boltenkov said in an interview with Izvestia that Russia had used submarines before to attack targets in Syria. Russia's Black Sea Fleet has six Project 636.3 diesel-electric submarines that can make a salvo launch of four Kalibr cruise missiles with a range of more than a thousand kilometers.
The Verkhovna Rada proposed to introduce a bill that allows commanders to use weapons against soldiers if they leave their positions or refuse to obey the order. A serviceman of the People's Militia of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) with the call sign Sitkh believes that such amendments to the law will entail disastrous consequences for the Ukrainian army. He does not exclude that the soldiers will start killing their commanders. The Sith noted that this bill effectively legalizes the possible killing of subordinates by the command. If earlier such tactics were hidden in every possible way, now the Kiev leadership intends to allow the killings at the official level.
Tu-95MS aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces and Hong-6K strategic bombers of the Air Force of the People's Liberation Army of China (PLA) patrolled airspace over the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea. The mission lasted for 13 hours. South Korean and Japanese aircraft patrolled Russian and Chinese airplanes in the mission, the Russian Defense Ministry said, TASS reports. "Russian Aerospace Forces and Air Force of the People's Liberation Army of China conducted joint air patrols in the Asia-Pacific region," the ministry said in a statement. Sukhoi Su-30SM aircraft of Russian Aerospace Forces provided fighter escort for the air group. At certain stages of the route, the aircraft were accompanied by South Korea's F-2 and Japan's F-15 warplanes.
Following the British tabloids, the romantic love story of Tony and refugee Sophia was also picked up by Ukrainian media. In fact, they added new juicy details to it. Recently The Sun placed on the cover a touching story about how Tony Garnett sheltered a 22-year-old refugee from Lviv at home. It didn't end well for his wife and children. After 10 days of the Ukrainian woman's stay in the family, a ten-year marriage cracked and fell apart. However, in fact, the Ukrainian homeowner Sophia Karkadym turned out to be not from Lvov, but from Kiev, writes Poradnitsa. Previously, she was engaged in petty fraud under various assumed names. For example, she took on writing term papers, and after receiving an advance payment she disappeared.
An orange mask may help stop hair loss and get rid of dandruff, Russian cosmetologist Olga Sadovskaya said, the Moskovsky Komsomolets newspaper said. This mask is a beauty secret of Indian women, the specialist said. To prepare the mask:
The US begins the second round of World War III, yet for now in the economic sphere. In Ukraine, this war is going on in the mode of military confrontation between Western countries and the Russian Federation. This was stated by political scientist and orientalist Yevgeny Satanovsky. And now China is on the agenda. Satanovsky came to this conclusion when commenting on Joe Biden's tour of Asia. “Well done, Joe Biden… Travels all over the world, makes statements… gets confused in words, doesn’t recognize people, barely moves and always tries to say hello to the void… invites everyone somewhere. There was a lot more, but in general the message is clear: America begins the second round of World War III," Satanovsky said.
Nikolai Patrushev, the Secretary of the Security Council, believes that Russia is not rushing as far as the terms of the special operation in Ukraine are concerned. "If Nazism is not 100-percent eradicated, then it will raise its head in a few years again, in an uglier form," he said in an interview with Arguments and Facts, adding that all goals of the military operation in Ukraine would be fulfilled. Patrushev expressed confidence that all the goals set by the president would be fulfilled, because "the truth, including historical truth," is on Russia's side.
Russia has been slowing down its offensive in Ukraine deliberately in order to give civilians an opportunity to evacuate, Russian Defense Ministry Sergei Shoygu said, RIA Novosti reports. "In order for residents to leave surrounded settlements, a ceasefire was announced and humanitarian corridors were provided. Of course, this slows down the pace of the offensive, but we are doing this deliberately in order to avoid civilian casualties,” Shoygu said. According to the minister, all sanctions against Russia and military assistance that Western countries have been providing to Kyiv will not stop Moscow from fulfilling its goals in Ukraine.
As the head of the DPR Denis Pushilin informed, in the dungeons of Azovstal, after the command to lay down their arms, the militants blew up an ammunition depot, as a result of which six people were killed and four were injured. There is a version that the commander of Azov* Denis Prokopenko ordered an explosion in order to destroy people objectionable to him so that they could not be identified, writes Svobodnaya pressa. The lack of any value of the ammunition depot, which is "sufficient everywhere," also testifies in favor of this version. According to the publication, the explosion could have been arranged for covering up traces.
The World Health Organization and the International Committee of the Red Cross have stopped supplying vital drugs for patients with diabetes, HIV and AIDS to the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics,reports RIA Novosti. The heads of specialized clinics in the DPR and LPR informed the ministers of health of the republics about the termination of humanitarian supplies, despite the requests sent. “Antiretroviral drugs for specific treatment of HIV-AIDS patients, diagnostic kits for performing studies to determine the level of CD4 cells and viral load were previously provided through the humanitarian line of the ICRC. This year, the application was submitted, but nothing has been received so far,” says the head physician of the Lugansk Republican Center for the Prevention and Control of AIDS in a letter addressed to the Minister of Health of the LPR Natalia Pashchenko.
Vitaly Gerasimov, General of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, "killed" by the intelligence of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the West, was awarded the Order of Alexander Nevsky. On March 8, the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry proudly announced that General Gerasimov had been eliminated. However, as is often the case with Kyiv, the information turned out to be another fake. Ukrainian militants even published "evidence" of Gerasimov's death - audio interception of Russian military communications, but it also turned out to be fake. “A major general of the Russian army was eliminated near Kharkov. During the fighting near Kharkov, Vitaly Gerasimov, a Russian military leader, major general, chief of staff, was liquidated,” the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry reported.
The authorities of Moscow will take patronage over the cities of Donetsk and Luhansk, a source close to the Moscow City Hall told RBC. According to the source, the Russian capital will restore the infrastructure of the two cities. Moscow will most likely be responsible for activities to rebuild the infrastructure of LPR and DPR capitals. "This will be comprehensive assistance,” the source said, RBC reports.
The forces of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) have resumed active offensive operations against the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) in the area of Avdiivka, Novoselivka and Krasny Liman, Deputy Head of the Ministry of Information of the Donetsk People's Republic, Daniil Bezsonov said, TASS reports. According to Bezsonov, hostilities are now taking place in the area of the town of Gulaipole in the Zaporozhye region and the town of Ugledar in the west of the Donetsk region. Russian journalist Alexander Kots reported that the Russian troops entrenched themselves in Krasny Liman. The enemy has retreated towards the west, the journalist said.
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A video message from the commander of Ukraine's Azov* regiment Denis Prokopenko announcing the end of Azovstal resistance has appeared on the Internet. In the video, Prokopenko says that Ukraine's top military leadership ordered to end the defense of Mariupol. Civilians and seriously wounded individuals were evacuated from the territory of the Azovstal steel plant, he noted. The latter, the Azov* commander said, would receive the required assistance before they could be exchanged and brought back to the territory of Ukraine.
Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev believes that the sanctions imposed on Russia will be in effect for decades. He urged not to rely on their removal. “Obviously, these sanctions will have a prolonged effect, that is, for decades. Therefore, we should rely only on our own capabilities,” Medvedev said at a meeting of the interdepartmental commission of the Russian Security Council. He clarified that the restrictions imposed by the West are not related to the special operation carried out by Russia in Ukraine. Therefore, even after its completion, the sanctions will not be lifted, Medvedev believes.
Aleksey Leonkov, editor of the Arsenal Otechestva magazine, said that Russian troops are detecting accumulations of Western weapons and then destroying them. He noted that today Ukraine is forced to use electrified railway communications for the supply of heavy military equipment. Due to the lack of fuel, the independent movement of this equipment is difficult. Upon arrival at the platforms, the accumulation of weapons is not difficult to detect and destroy with precision strikes. At the same time, Russian troops are solving three tasks at once: the destruction of military equipment, platforms and personnel of the Ukrainian army.
Gerhard Schroeder and Matthias Warnig announced the impossibility of extending their powers on the board of directors of Rosneft. "We understand their decision and thank them for the continued support. The company's standards will continue to use the approaches they have implemented for comprehensive analysis, careful planning and modeling of ongoing projects, as well as the principles of long-term and taking into account the interests of our partners on a market basis," the statement of the oil company says. Rosneft also announced the invaluable role of Schroeder and Warnig "in the implementation of large-scale infrastructure projects in Russia and Germany aimed at improving the efficiency of the German economy and its industry, and the well-being of its citizens."
A CCTV video has appeared on the internet showing the moment, when a rocket struck the Palace of Culture in the settlement of Lozovaya, the Kharkiv region of Ukraine. It was reported that the building was used by the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU). According to unconfirmed reports, the AFU used the building as a warehouse to store weapons and ammo.
Sergei Volynsky, nicknamed Volyna, the commander of a unit of the 36th Marine Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, left the territory of the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol. According to Channel One correspondent Irina Kuksenkova, Volynsky left the Azovstal steel plant alone, without Svyatoslav Palamar (nicknamed Kalina), deputy commander of Azov* battalion. "He looked almost fresh, he handed over his weapons, his belongings were inspected — in general, he went through the standard procedure before boaring the bus,” the journalist said.
All fears about what the West was trying to make of Ukraine were confirmed, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. "We reminded our Malian friends in detail today about what really happened in Ukraine over the past long years, including eight years when Ukraine categorically refused to comply with the UN Security Council resolution on a settlement in Donbass, and explained once again the reasons why we did not had no choice but to start a special military operation, during which, by the way, all our fears about what the West was trying to do with Ukraine are 100% confirmed," he said during a press conference with his Malian colleague. Lavrov did not provide any other details.
The likelihood for monkeypox to appear in Russia is small, but the infection may find itself in Russia anyway, epidemiologists say. The pandemic potential of the disease is quite low. Representatives for French and Belgian authorities reported first cases of monkeypox infection in humans. According to the French Ministry of Health, the first case of the infection was recorded in the metropolitan region of Ile-de-France. Monkeypox was detected in a 29-year-old man. The individual was put in self-isolation. The patient says that he does not see any complications in how the illness develops. Monkeypox is prevalent in Western and Central Africa. The virus spreads mostly among animals such as rodents and non-human apes. It can be contagious to humans as well.
The Russian ruble continues rising in value dramatically. Contrary to all pessimistic predictions, the Russian ruble has been rising against both the dollar and the value for weeks now. On May 20, the dollar exchange rate fell below the mark of 58 rubles for the first time since 2018. The euro also fell to multi-year lows — to 59.58 rubles per one euro. As of 11:15 a. m., the dollar corrected to 58.06 rubles, and the euro rose to 60.24 rubles. Since the beginning of the trading session on the Moscow Exchange, the dollar and the euro have lost 5 and 4.5 rubles respectively. The trend for the Russian currency to strengthen is primarily due to administrative restrictions that the Bank of Russia imposed after the start of the Russian operation in Ukraine. A record trade surplus also contributes to the strengthening of the Russian currency.
Twelve military units and subunits will be formed in Russia's Western Military District (ZVO — Zapadny Voenny Okrug) due to new emerging threats, Defence Minister Sergei Shoygu said. According to the Defence Minister, military threats along Russia's western borders have increased lately. In particular, the minister pointed out a 15-fold increase in US strategic aviation flights in Europe. US warships have increased the number of their visits to the Baltic Sea too, Shoygu said. "We are taking adequate countermeasures. Under these conditions, we are actively improving the combat composition of the troops. By the end of the year, 12 military units and divisions will be formed in the Western Military District," Shoygu said.
As many as 20 servicemen from the 95th Air Assault Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) have surrendered to the Donetsk People's Militia on May 19, the People's Militia of the Donetsk People's Republic announced on its Telegram channel. The Ukrainian paratroopers laid down their arms voluntarily and thus "saved their lives," the department added. On May 19, servicemen of the DPR People's Militia have destroyed over 30 fighters of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, a tank, two infantry fighting vehicles and eight enemy firing points. They have also captured one tank, three infantry fighting vehicles and two armored personnel carriers.