Saturday May 14, 2022

Wladimir Klitschko calls Bucha killings ‘genocide of Ukrainian population’

Russia has suffered further losses during its offensive in the Donbas in eastern Ukraine.

It comes after Ukraine‘s airborne command released photos and footage of what it said was a damaged Russian pontoon bridge over the Siversky Donets River and several destroyed or damaged Russian military vehicles nearby. 

Ukrainian news reports said troops thwarted an attempt by Russian forces to cross the river earlier this week, leaving dozens of tanks and other military vehicles damaged or abandoned. The command said its troops “drowned the Russian occupiers”.

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The UK’s Ministry of Defence said that Russia lost “significant armoured manoeuvre elements” of at least one battalion tactical group as well as equipment used to deploy the makeshift floating bridge. 

“Conducting river crossings in a contested environment is a highly risky maneuver and speaks to the pressure the Russian commanders are under to make progress in their operations in eastern Ukraine,” the MoD said in its daily intelligence update.

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Russian shelling kills one, injures 12 in Donetsk

At least one person was killed and 12 other civilians were injured after Russian shelling struck the region on Friday, officials said.

The shelling hit Illinka, Bakhmutske, and Zalizne settlements in the Donetsk oblast, governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said.

Arpan Rai14 May 2022 05:33

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White House, Asean leaders underline “sovereignty, political independence” over Ukraine

In a historic summit, the White House and Asean leaders on Friday called for compliance with the United Nations charter and international law over the war in Ukraine.

“With regard to Ukraine, as for all nations, we continue to reaffirm our respect for sovereignty, political independence, and territorial integrity. We reiterate our call for compliance with the UN Charter and international law,” the White House said in a statement.

“We support the efforts of the UN Secretary-General in the search for a peaceful solution. We also call for the facilitation of rapid, safe and unhindered access to humanitarian assistance for those in need in Ukraine, and for the protection of civilians, humanitarian personnel, and persons in vulnerable situations,” the officials said in a statement.

Arpan Rai14 May 2022 05:17

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First war trial against Russian soldier begins

Ukraine held its first war trial against a 21-year-old Russian soldier who has been held for murdering an unarmed civilian, marking the first ever-such proceedings since Russia invaded the country in February.

The small courtroom in Kyiv was filled with journalists as the soldier Vadim Shyshimarin, who was a commander of the Kantemirovskaya tank division, was seen entering the room in a grey and blue tracksuit flanked by security officials.

If convicted, Shishimarin faces life imprisonment.

State prosecutor said that after this first case of trial against invading Russian soldiers, there will be “a lot of these cases”.

The sergeant, according to the prosecutors, was driving a stolen vehicle with other Russian troops in Sumy when they saw a 62-year-old man.

He shot down the man on an order, which was to prevent the Ukrainian civilians from revealing their location in the region.

Shishimarin confirmed basic details like his name in the court and is yet to contest the charges against him.

The hearing will resume on Wednesday.

Arpan Rai14 May 2022 04:56

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Ukraine ‘mounting a stiff and effective resistance’ to Russia – Pentagon

The Ukrainian military is “holding its own against the Russian force”, Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby said on late Friday, highlighting that both sides — Ukraine and Russia — have lost their capabilities.

“The Ukrainians continue to resist the Russian invaders in the Donbas region — Russia’s major push in the region now. They have prevented the Russians from achieving virtually any of their strategic objectives thus far in the war,” Mr Kirby said.

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The Pentagon spokesperson added: “Now, both sides have taken casualties. Both sides have lost capabilities, whether that’s actual hardware or defensive systems. That’s why we’re trying so hard to make sure that Ukraine continues to have available to it, the materials, the systems, the weapons to continue to defend themselves.”

He added that there are “roughly 105 Russian battalion tactical groups in Ukraine” as of today.

But the Ukrainians absolutely are mounting a stiff and an effective resistance to the Russians, he added.

Arpan Rai14 May 2022 04:42

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In case you missed it: UK sanctions Putin’s alleged mistress

Britain has announced more Russian sanctions, with members of Vladimir Putin’s inner circle – including his ex-wife, family members and alleged mistress Alina Kabaeva – hit in the latest tranche of measures designed to punish Moscow for its invasion of Ukraine.

Read the full story by Alastair Jamieson here:

Lamiat Sabin14 May 2022 04:30

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Zelensky warns of famine in ‘dozens of countries’ due to war

Seeking an end to delays in further sanctioning Russia, Volodymyr Zelensky said that the war is set to trigger a massive food crisis and the consequences due to that will be difficult to manage.

“The world has already recognized that Russia’s blockade of our ports and this war are provoking a large-scale food crisis. Russian officials are also openly threatening the world that there will be famine in dozens of countries. And what could be the consequences of such a famine?” the Ukrainian president asked.

He added: “What political instability and migration flows will this lead to? How much will you have to spend then to overcome the consequences?”

Calling for “much more pressure” on Moscow, Mr Zelensky cited rising threats and losses suffered by Ukraine.

“Every day of war is an increase in global threats, it is a new opportunity for Russia to provoke instability in other parts of the world, not only here in Europe. And these are new lost lives in Ukraine: Ukrainian men and women who give their lives so that everyone can live freely,” the Ukrainian leader said.

He added: “I emphasize this: everyone, especially in those countries where they still find time to argue instead of investing in aid as much as possible.”

Arpan Rai14 May 2022 04:15

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‘Turkey’s standing in Nato unchanged despite Erdogan comments’

The US is working to clarify Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s comments about Finland and Sweden but Ankara’s standing in the NATO alliance had not changed because of them, the Pentagon said on Friday.

“Nothing changes about their standing in the NATO alliance… we’re working to better clarify (their) position,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters.

Earlier on Friday, Mr Erdogan said it was not possible for Nato-member Turkey to support plans by Sweden and Finland to join the pact given that the Nordic countries were “home to many terrorist organisations.”

Lamiat Sabin14 May 2022 03:30

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‘Russia loses almost 27,000 soldiers and 200 aircraft’ – Zelensky

Russia has lost nearly 27,000 troops and a total of 200 military aircraft in its war in Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky said.

In his nightly video address, the Ukrainian president said: “Today we can report on the 200th downed Russian military aircraft. Russia has not lost so many aircraft in any war in decades. And Russia has lost almost 27,000 soldiers, many of them young conscripts.”

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He also said: “Russia has lost over three thousand tanks, armoured combat vehicles, a large number of conventional military vehicles, helicopters, drones and all its prospects as a state.”

Mr Zelensky called on “countries of the whole free world” to exert “much more pressure on Russia” to help stop the conflict.

Lamiat Sabin14 May 2022 02:26

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Russian soldier ‘admits to shooting POW for asking to use toilet’

A Russian soldier has told his mother that he shot a Ukrainian prisoner of war in the back for requesting permission to use the toilet, according to Ukraine.

The Ukrainian Security Service said it intercepted the conversation between the man and his mother who was shocked to hear his confession.

The soldier was quoted as saying: “He really wanted to go to the toilet. He was told, ‘You are going home now. Go, he says, go to the toilet, and you will go home’. That’s it, he went – we shot him in the back.”

The Ukrainian secret service said that his pro-Putin mother was so shocked that she tried to blame the incident on Ukrainians “shooting their own,” to which he allegedly replied: “No, we shot him.”

Lamiat Sabin14 May 2022 01:30

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Russian shelling ‘kills one civilian in Donetsk’

One civilian was killed and twelve more people were injured in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region as a result of Russian shelling.

Regional governor Pavlo Kyrylenko wrote on Telegram: “On May 13, the Russians killed one more civilian of Donbas – in (the city of) Avdiivka. 12 more people were injured today as a result of Russian shelling.”

He said that Russian troops were indiscriminately firing at communities in Donetsk.

Lamiat Sabin14 May 2022 00:30

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