Putin survived the assassination attempt, Kyiv claims.


President Zelensky Meets with US Officials

Russian President Vladimir Putin appears to have survived an early assassination attempt in Ukraine’s invasion, the Kyiv military intelligence chief said.

“An attempt was made to assassinate Putin… It is said that not so long ago he was even attacked by representatives of the Caucasus. This is non-public information. [It was an] It was an absolutely unsuccessful attempt, but it did happen… about two months ago,” Kyrylo Budanov insisted in an interview. Ukraineska Pravda.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, speaking to world leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, warned that Russia’s continued invasion will determine “indiscriminate force will rule the world,” giving more economic support to the war. appealed to

Before calling on countries to impose stronger and stronger sanctions against Russia, including embargoes on Russian crude oil, trade bans with the Kremlin and Moscow’s oil export ban, Prime Minister Zelensky said, “The question is whether brute force will rule the world. It is the moment of decision,” he said. Bank of the global system.

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Ukrainian refugees in Germany, a limited amount of currency can be converted into Euros.

German banks said Ukrainian refugees will be able to convert a limited amount of Ukrainian currency into euros starting Tuesday.

In a statement on Monday, the banks said they had signed contracts with the German Ministry of Finance and the German and Ukrainian national banks to convert a total of 1.5 billion hryvnia (£40.4 million).

Any adult Ukrainian refugee who has an account in a major German bank can change up to 10,000 hryvnia or around 317 euros (269 pounds).

Andy GregoryMay 24, 2022 02:58

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Dispatch from Vilkhivka: the death of a Ukrainian village liberated from Russian forces

Our Defense and Security Editors Kim Sengupta Here are these latest dispatches from Ukraine:

As the battle broke out, Lubov Novikova panicked and began to run home. She almost reached her front door when Russian tanks opened fire. Her first shell hit her road first and threw her to her ground. Her second killed her immediately.

The 78-year-old man, born in Kursk, Russia, has been lying on the road for six hours. Eventually her son Gennady and his two friends Evgeny Sholomiy and Slava Ivanov took her to one of her few homes where she still stands on her street.

The three men also took her to the village cemetery the next morning. During a hasty burial, missiles hit the cemetery. Yevgeny was murdered. Slava was taken to her home, bleeding heavily from her splinter wound. He died that evening.

Much of the town of Vilkhivka, near Kharkiv, was flattened out by months of fierce fighting as hands were switched between Russian and Ukrainian forces. On many streets, every house was attacked. Schools and hospitals were destroyed. Explosions continue with ongoing clashes in surrounding areas as Russians attempt to reclaim recently lost lands.

Villagers said the forcible withdrawal of Russian and DNR forces caused heavy damage. “It was malicious,” said Yuri Petrenko, 46, one of the neighbors. It was just malice. They were losing and had to leave and they were pointing guns at people and houses, so Lubov was killed,” he says. “A tank stopped at the bottom of this street, saw the street name in Ukrainian, and opened fire. They broke the sign and destroyed the house where the sign was attached.”

You can read the full report here.

Andy GregoryMay 24, 2022 01:51

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Russian ambassador condemns ‘cyber totalitarianism’ in the West during UN conflict

Britain and the United States accuse Russia of spreading disinformation online and manipulating public opinion about the war in Ukraine, and strongly oppose Russia’s claim that the West aims to control all information flows and define truth and lies. are refusing.

British deputy deputy ambassador James Rothko told a UN Security Council meeting that Russia carried out cyberattacks and that “they used online troll factories to spread disinformation about the war and manipulate public opinion.”

US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said the Russian government “continues to block, restrict and degrade internet connections, censor content, spread disinformation online and threaten and arrest reporters who report the truth about aggression.” said

But Russia’s UN ambassador to the United Nations, Vasily Nevenjia, said that countries that call themselves “democratic communities” are building “cyber totalitarianism” and, along with tech giants like Meta, have shut down Russian TV channels, expelled Russian journalists, and launched Russian websites. accusing them of blocking access to

Nebenzia said the truth about Ukraine was being ousted by “a powerful current of ideologically-filled information spam,” and that Western governments and media fabricated stories of Russian military killings of civilians in a train station near Kiev to accuse Kiev. criticized again.

Andy GregoryMay 24, 2022 00:47

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Zelensky: Russia to war on Ukraine

Volodymyr Zelensky said Russia is “waging an all-out war” against Ukraine, causing as many casualties and destruction of infrastructure as possible.

In a video address on the eve of the three-month anniversary of the invasion of Russia, Zelensky said the Russian army had carried out 1,474 missile strikes using 2,275 different missiles.

“There has never been a war like this on continental Europe in 77 years,” the Ukrainian president said.

Andy GregoryMay 23, 2022 23:40

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Azovstal fighters will face court in Mariupol, Interfax claims.

Russian news agency Interfax asserts that Ukrainian soldiers arrested at the Azovstal steel mill will be tried in a court in Mariupol, citing an anonymous source familiar with the preparations for the hearing.

The source said, “According to preliminary data, the first interim trial will be held in Mariupol.”

This comes after Donetsk’s separatist leader Denis Pushilin told Interfax that all Azovstal fighters are imprisoned in Donetsk’s Russian-controlled territory, where an international tribunal is planned to be organized.

Andy GregoryMay 23, 2022 22:24

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Russia will focus on developing economic ties with China, Lavrov said

Russia’s foreign minister said Moscow will consider a proposal to restore relations with the West and whether it is necessary, but will focus on developing relations with China.

“If they want to suggest something regarding the resumption of relations, we will seriously consider whether we need it or not,” Russian Foreign Ministry Sergei Lavrov said in a speech on Monday.

“Now that the West has taken the ‘dictatorship’, economic ties with China will grow even faster,” Lavrov said.

Andy GregoryMay 23, 2022 22:09

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Zelensky said Putin was the only Russian official I would meet to discuss ending the war.

Volodymyr Zelensky said Vladimir Putin was the only Russian official willing to meet to discuss how to end the war.

In a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Ukrainian president said it was becoming increasingly difficult to arrange dialogue with Russia in light of evidence of Russia’s actions against occupied civilians.

“The President of the Russian Federation decides everything,” Zelensky said through an interpreter. “If he personally talks about ending this war without him, that decision cannot be made.

Zelensky said the early days of the war, particularly in areas occupied by Russian forces outside Kyiv, had made it more difficult to arrange talks and would rule out discussions with other officials as genocide was discovered in Russian-occupied areas.

“I cannot accept any kind of meeting with anyone from the Russian Federation other than the President,” he said. “And only if there is one problem [table]: Stop the war. There is no other basis for any other kind of encounter.”

Andy GregoryMay 23, 2022 21:49

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The European Union will agree to an oil embargo ‘within a few days’, the German minister said.

German economy minister Robert Havek said the EU would agree to a ban on Russian oil imports “within a few days”.

However, Habeck cautioned that the embargo would not automatically weaken the Kremlin, as the price hike would allow them to sell less oil while making more money.

So one consideration would be to agree to a cap on oil “at no cost” anymore, he told broadcast ZDF. But for this to work, many countries need to be involved.

Efforts to coordinate an EU-wide embargo have been delayed as Hungary demanded financial aid before it agreed to the embargo, and Prime Minister Viktor Orban has warned that the embargo will seriously affect Budapest’s economy.

Andy GregoryMay 23, 2022 21:21

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UN kills civilians in eastern attack

UN staff in Ukraine are still concerned about the impact on civilians from fierce fighting in the Luhansk, Donetsk and Kharkiv regions, the spokeswoman said.

Stephane Dujarric says people are dying and injured while homes and private infrastructure are being destroyed.

In the government-controlled area of ​​Luhansk, local authorities informed the UN that the bridge leading to the region’s administrative center, Sievierodonetsk, had been destroyed on 21 May. He said the partially enclosed city could only be accessed by a single road.

Some people left Sievierodonetsk over the weekend, but Dujarric said local authorities estimate that thousands of civilians remain in the war-affected city and need urgent assistance.

UN humanitarian staff also said shelling and airstrikes have been reported in northern, central and southern Ukraine, claiming civilian lives and damaging infrastructure.

Andy GregoryMay 23, 2022 21:07

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Coffee Takeaway: Starbucks Permanently Closes Russian Stores

Starbucks became the latest Western company to withdraw from Russia following the Ukraine war.

The U.S. company announced on Monday that it would permanently close all 130 stores and end the brand’s presence in the U.S. two months after it first went out of business.

my colleague Rory Sullivan Here are the details:

Andy GregoryMay 23, 2022 20:45

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