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A summary and translation of the top stories about the Russia-Ukraine war from a morning program on Russia's state TV Channel One, from NewsGuard.

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A girl looks out the window of her families car after arriving at an evacuation point for people fleeing Mariupol, Melitopol and the surrounding towns under Russian control on April 23, 2022 in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine. Chris McGrath/Getty Images

FRIDAY, MAY 20:

Ukraine launches huge attacks on cities in the Donetsk People's Republic

Last night, Ukrainian radicals launched the "Tochka-U" rocket on the city of Debaltseve in the Donetsk People's Republic. The anti-aircraft defense clearly worked in the Lugansk republic as a missile was shot down. As a result windows of some houses were smashed, but no one was hurt.

Nationalists continue to shoot at civilians in other areas of Donbas. Aleksandrovka and Yasinovataya were under attack and they were hit with Grad missiles. A civilian was injured.

In the meantime, the militants are preparing a new provocation, according to the Russian National Defense Control Center.

Said Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev, head of the National Defense Control Center: "According to the available reliable operational information, the Kiev regime is preparing another sophisticated provocation using the so-called roving mortars in the city of Seredina-Buda of the Sumy Region. The militants of the nationalist battalions are planning to shell the border territory of the Russian Federation from the areas of standalone houses in order to provoke return fire on residential dwellings where local residents are being held. In the near future, the Kiev authorities plan to use this cynical action to accuse Russian servicemen of allegedly indiscriminate strikes against civilians."

Militants are expected to continue to leave Azovstal and lay down their arms

Since the start of the week, 1,730 people have already surrendered. Yesterday, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced that another group, almost 800 nationalists, surrendered. This is the only chance for salvation for those who have stationed themselves in the catacombs of Azovstal.

The Russian Ministry of Defense showed the work of the army aviation of the Western Military District

The crews deliver precise strikes on military infrastructure belonging to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. They fly at extremely low altitudes and work in groups. They have destroyed strongholds, arsenals with ammunition and Ukrainian equipment, which covered them.

The video shows Grad multiple launch rocket systems in action. Units of the Eastern Military District destroy armored vehicles belonging to Ukrainian nationalists. Strikes are launched on batteries, command posts and shelters of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

The S-300 air defense system is capable of destroying air targets that are four times faster than the speed of sound

Another favorite of ours is the S-300 air defense system. The mission of the S-300 is to find and neutralize air targets. It's a barrier for both fighters and civilians. Among its targets is the "Tochka-U" missile, which the Ukrainian army uses against civilians.

A new convoy with humanitarian aid arrived in Mariupol

The Russian Federal Agency for Nationalities is among the organizers of the initiative. They brought generators for areas where the supply of electricity is still being restored. Humanitarian aid is given to representatives of the Donetsk Republic public movement. We also delivered goods for soup kitchens and much more.

Said Igor Barinov, head of the Federal Agency for Ethnic Affairs: "More than 200 tons of humanitarian aid have been collected. In early April, we already had two convoys with humanitarian aid.... We believed that it was necessary to deliver food, medicine, clothes to places where food, medicine, and clothing were needed in the first place."

Refugees from Mariupol have been welcomed in various Russian regions

United Russia volunteers brought clothes and shoes to the temporary accommodation center in Chuvashia. Particular attention of course, has been paid to children. They also brought toys, books and stationery. The little ones are entertained by volunteers, who read fairy tales and play. Anything to distract them from what they've been through.

The "train of health" arrived at Donbas

The cars contain all the items that are needed for giving primary medical care — experienced doctors from different regions of our country and modern equipment.

This is an important project for United Russia. Specialists from various fields, dentists, cardiologists, pediatricians provide assistance to everyone who needs it, including those in remote areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republic.

Ruslan Akhmadullin, head of the Health Train, said: "This is not a one-time initiative, we have been arriving for quite a long time, in fact, the units will stay for three months, and the specialists will come on a rotational basis, that is, they will replace each other. We do not abandon our own people, you are now part of us... we'll be here for a while."

Russian specialists are helping to rebuild the railway, highways, schools, and hospitals in the Lugansk People's Republic

Russian specialists are providing assistance to the republics in various ways. They are restoring destroyed buildings, highways, and railways. While the territories were under the control of Ukraine, a lot fell into disrepair. Kiev destroyed some things on purpose. The main task now is to help the republics return to normal life.

The food crisis was discussed at a UN meeting

The conversation quickly led to accusations against Russia. But Russia is the only country that has concrete proposals about how to prevent a global food crisis. Georgy Olisashvili reports from New York.

Olisashvili said: "At the very start of the meeting about the food crisis, UN experts tried to stop a discussion about the threat of hunger in terms of the Russia-Ukraine War."

Sara Menker, founder of Gro Intelligence [a New York-based company that forecasts models in food, climate and agriculture] said during the meeting: "I want to note that the war between Russia and Ukraine did not cause the start of the food crisis. It simply added fuel to our fire, which has been burning for a while. If the war were to stop tomorrow, the problem of food security would not go away anytime soon."

Olisashvili said: "But the U.S. delegation had a different opinion."

Anthony Blinken, The U.S. Secretary of State said: "The decision to start a war was made by the Kremlin. It could stop the fighting tomorrow and the war would end. If Ukraine stops fighting it will cease to exist as a country. The Russian authorities think that using the food supply as a weapon can achieve what the fighting has not."

Britain has promised Kiev long-range artillery, anti-ship missiles and drones

Britain has promised Kiev long-range artillery, anti-ship missiles, and drones as part of a reported billion pounds in support.

According to media reports, the U.S. might also transfer anti-ship missiles to Ukraine, and is saying the issue is already being considered. Several types of shells are being named, which are also part of the record $40 billion batch of military aid that the Senate has already approved. The Pentagon strongly denies any information about anti-ship missiles, at least for now.

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A destroyed house is pictured in the village of Yatskivka, eastern Ukraine on April 16, 2022. - Russia's military focus now seems to be on seizing the eastern Donbas region, where Russian-backed separatists control the Donetsk and Lugansk areas. RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP via Getty Images

THURSDAY, MAY 19:

The Kiev regime prepares a new Bucha-like provocation under the West's leadership

According to the testimonies of captured servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, in Konstantinovka [in the Donetsk People's Republic], militants dressed in the uniform of Russian fighters with white armbands must shoot civilians on camera.

The photos and videos will be used by the Western media to blame our country, according to the Russian National Defense Control Center. Meanwhile, the Armed Forces of Ukraine continue to set up strongholds in civilian facilities, such as in a hospital in the Odessa region. There are a large number of armored vehicles and artillery in the adjacent territory. In the Khmelnitskyi region, firing positions have been set up at a children's hospital and nursing home. At the same time, the staff and residents of nearby houses are being used as human shields.

In the city of Kremennaya, the Ukrainian military turned а nursing home into a death trap

This tactic has once again led to a great tragedy. A nursing home in the city of Kremennaya in the Lugansk People's Republic has become a death trap for those who needed protection the most. The Armed Forces of Ukraine equipped firing points in the nursing home, taking helpless old people and the disabled hostage, and dooming them to painful deaths. They didn't even try to save anyone from the attack. Alexei Kruchini reports on the shocking details and new evidence of the tragedy.

Vitaly Kishnikov, an employee of the Lugansk People's Republic Ministry of Internal Affairs, said: "We see here not only destruction from artillery. There's also a machine-gun socket, burnt machine-bun cartridges, and based on their markings we will determine what kind of troops were here."

Kruchini said: "In the hall on the third floor, nationalists set up an anti-tank missile system. They hid behind old people and disabled people — why not, if the nursing home is a convenient location?"

He continued: "Knowing how it would all end, the staff begged the Kiev administration in Kremennaya to evacuate them."

Yesterday, almost 700 more militants laid down their weapons in the territory of Azovstal

The militants who are still there are expected to continue to surrender today. Almost 700 more people laid down their arms yesterday. A total of 959 people have left the plant since the beginning of the week, 80 of whom are wounded. Those who need medical attention are treated at the hospital in Novoazovsk by qualified doctors. There is no shortage of medicines or equipment. The rest of the prisoners are placed in correctional colony No. 120 on the outskirts of the village of Yelenovka, not far from Donetsk.

They are all treated absolutely humanely and international conventions are being observed. Russia is doing everything that it has said it would. Those who lay down their arms are guaranteed to be safe. Our country has repeatedly declared a regime of silence, opened humanitarian corridors, and did not conduct hostilities on the territory of Azovstal. All in all, it has done everything to save people's lives.

Ukrainian troops from the 3rd battalion of the 115th brigade recorded an appeal to Volodymyr Zelensky

Ukrainian soldiers from a platoon of the 3rd battalion of the 115th brigade refused to carry out their assigned tasks in the area of Severodonetsk. They wrote an appeal to Zelensky and the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, complaining about their conditions.

They said: "We refuse to carry out combat missions because we have no reinforcements and no heavy equipment. We have been waiting for reinforcements for two weeks, but there is none. We are being sent to our certain death. The command is missing. There is no technology, no respect for people."

Su-35 fighters fulfill all the tasks set during the special operation

Our powerful Su-35 fighters are fast, super-maneuverable, and reliable. They can find and destroy targets, both in the air and on the ground. The pilots are real aces, they flawlessly perform their tasks even when they experience huge overloads.

A new attack on the Kursk region from the Ukrainian side was reported

Early this morning the village of Tetkino, which is located on the border, was shelled. The governor of the region, Roman Starovoit, said that one person died. According to preliminary data, it was a truck driver, who brought raw materials to the distillery. The building was struck several times. The director said that at least seven shells hit the area. People were wounded. The fires in the village are now being extinguished. Several houses were damaged.

The President of Croatia opposed the accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO

Zoran Milanovic, following the Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said that he would use the veto to prevent the Scandinavian countries from joining the bloc. He said there will be no approval until the electoral legislation is reformed in neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina, which would mean that Bosnian Croats are more likely to occupy high positions in the country's leadership.

Turkey has also opposed the accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO for reasons that include Stockholm and Helsinki's support for the Kurds. Negotiations are currently underway with the Turkish side. Secretary of State Blinken held a meeting with Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in New York. The U.S. said that the problem will be solved but the question is, how, if Washington's main tactics are ultimatums and blackmail?

The U.S. is shaking more and more from the economic crisis

While the American authorities try to dictate the terms to others on the world stage, the U.S. itself is shaking more and more from the economic crisis. It's seeing record inflation and rising fuel prices. The New White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre has picked up her predecessor Jen Psaki's favorite tune. The questions at the briefing are quite straightforward, who is to blame? What can be done? And what does Moscow have to do with it? After all, inflation has been rising for over a year. The share of Russian oil in the American market is not more than three percent. But logic can't knock Jean-Pierre off her course.

A reporter at the briefing asked: "Back on March 31, the president announced that he was taking steps to reduce gas prices. Is Putin still to blame, seven weeks later?"

Jean-Pierre said: "Since the war, since Putin's aggression against Ukraine began in February, we did see a spike in prices. But before that, the price per gallon had dropped by about 10 cents or more. And then Putin began his aggression on Ukraine, his violent aggression on Ukraine, on its democracy, on its sovereignty. And we are faced with approximately, I mean, the facts indicate that the price of gas has risen by approximately 60 to 70 percent. So this is Putin's tax hike, this is what we're speaking about."

Germany is also ignoring common sense. There, the star of today's headline is Foreign Minister Annalena Burbock. She is, yet again, accusing Russia of allegedly using the blockade of grain exports from Ukraine as a weapon and to provoke a global food crisis.

But shocks in the global market began much earlier. And the main reason is obvious – COVID-19. The most vulnerable groups, including pensioners, are under attack in Germany and other countries. The German newspaper Bild reports: Because of inflation, they have nothing to live on, an urgent increase in the retirement age to 70 can solve the issue. They currently work until the age of 67.

The European Parliament is going to vote for ex-Chancellor of Germany Gerhard Schroeder to be put on the EU sanctions lists

He was also under attack in his homeland. It plans on depriving him of his state privileges, which are required by law, and closing his office in the Bundestag. This is all because of his principles: Gerhard Schroeder has repeatedly advocated cooperation with Moscow, including supporting the Nord Stream project, and he argued that the prosperity of Germany and the whole of Europe will always depend on the supply of Russian raw materials.

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This photo released on May 10, 2022 by the Azov regiment shows an injured Ukrainian serviceman inside the Azovstal iron and steel works factory in eastern Mariupol, Ukraine, amid the Russian invasion. DMYTRO 'OREST' KOZATSKYI/AFP/Getty Images

WEDNESDAY, MAY 18:

Ukraine Armed Forces units laid mines on a road bridge over railway tracks in Sumy [in Ukraine]

Ukrainian troops are preparing the new sabotage. Units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine laid mines on a road bridge over the railway tracks in Sumy. They plan to blow it up and then blame it all on the Russian military. The National Defense Management Center reported this.

It also said that radicals are again deploying weapons nearby and inside civilian facilities. In Slavyansk, a stronghold was set up in a residential building and civilians were not evacuated. The same tactics are used by militants in other areas: Heavy equipment is brought to schools, kindergartens, hospitals, churches.

Ukrainian troops continue to shell Donbas. This morning, they opened fire on Donetsk again. Ten missiles from Gradov were fired at Yasinovataya. There were also several shellings in the Lugansk People's Republic. A residential building was damaged in Pervomaisk.

Russian investigators will interrogate all surrendered militants from Azovstal

The attention is still on Mariupol and Azovstal. The militants left the territory of the plant, having laid down their weapons. There were 265 people who surrendered, 51 of them seriously wounded. Our Ministry of Defense revealed these figures yesterday.

Everyone who needed help was sent to Novoazovsk hospital. Russian investigators are preparing for work. Militants will be interrogated and checked for involvement in crimes against the civilian population of Donbas.

The Russian military was constantly offering nationalists blocked at Azovstal a chance to stop their senseless resistance. A regime of silence was declared. According to some reports, several hundred more wounded remain in underground bunkers.

Vladimir Zelensky called the surrender of militants from Azovstal an "evacuation"

Militants from Azovstal laid down their arms and surrendered. It would seem that this was all obvious, in front of TV cameras and in the presence of witnesses. But the Western media yet again managed to distort the information. Instead of "captivity," they say "evacuation." This is just another substitution of concepts.

The simple explanation is that the Kiev authorities, and the West, don't benefit from talking about a mass surrender. Therefore, claims about an evacuation are replicated like a blueprint. Here, for example, is the headline in the British Guardian: "Questions over future of evacuated Azovstal fighters," or a report from the German Deutsche Welle, where the same word is used. This is a segment of the Estonian Russian-language channel, where everything is also turned upside down: "Ukraine is completing the evacuation of the last remaining soldiers from the Azovstal plant in Mariupol."

Volodymyr Zelensky attempts to present everything as if it were another achievement of Ukraine. For example, in a conversation with Emmanuel Macron, he called the surrender "an operation to save the military." He also noted the efforts of the International Red Cross and the United Nations. Stephane Dujarric, the representative of the United Nations Secretary-General said: "the UN is not involved in the operation, but only maintains contact with Moscow and Kiev."

U.S. Congresswoman walked around Kiev with neo-Nazis

Here is another example of Washington's double standards and a reminder of who it really supports. Footage appeared on the Internet showing Ukrainian-born American congresswoman Victoria Spartz with neo-Nazi Dmitry Kukharchuk. Apparently, the photos were taken back in April. Spartz came to Kiev as part of a delegation supposedly to support the morale of the Ukrainians.

This is who they entrusted to accompany the distinguished guests: an experienced sadist, a militant of Azov, which is banned in Russia. Kukharchuk has repeatedly posted photos and videos of his atrocities online. He took part in the abuse of captured Russian tankers. However, Spartz did not seem to be embarrassed at all.

Russian howitzers strike at armored vehicles and command posts of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

Our howitzers MSTA-S and "Acacia" are fast, maneuverable, reliable, battle-tested. Working in tandem with drones that identify enemy positions, they are powerful weapons for our army. They hit armored vehicles and positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine as accurately as possible.

The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation showed the combat work of Tor-M2-U anti-aircraft missile systems. They reliably protect our units from air attacks. Monitors are installed in the cockpit of the machine, after the radar is launched, the system monitors aviation day and night, within a radius of 32 kilometers and at an altitude of 10 to 10,000 meters. It sees everything, from a bomber to a drone.

Gas prices in the U.S. set a new historical record

Gas prices in the U.S. are breaking records every day. In the new reality of American life, owning a car is a luxury. In California, for example, the cost of a gallon (about 4.5 liters) has already broken the $6 mark, and other states are not far behind.

But five months ago, the average cost of a gallon was about $3. The measures that Joe Biden announced to support the industry have not worked. The U.S. president, out of habit, tried to absolve himself of responsibility, blaming everything on the situation in Ukraine.

Opponents of the president do not agree—prices began to rise long before that and not just for gasoline. Inflation has already risen to a 40-year high and it continues to grow. Analysts warn that the risks of the economy entering into a recession are increasing.

More than one million Britons are predicted to be on the brink of poverty next year

The situation is similar in Britain. Rigid savings on everything are a sign of the new times. Prices are soaring. Utility bills are sky high and everyday products are now far from affordable for everyone. Ordinary people are paying for the effects of the anti-Russian policy. Forecasts are concerning. In a year, more than a million citizens may fall below the poverty line. Timur Siraziev reports on the new habits and recipes for survival.

A shopkeeper in Britain said: "Some customers can't afford things they used to buy. Prices have gone up for everything, chicken, beef, lamb. Customers ask me - why are your prices so high? Well, we don't have a choice, otherwise we'll have to close down."

Siraziev said: "The resort city of Blackpool is one of the cities that is feeling the effects of the crisis the most. This canteen [soup kitchen] used to feed 40 people a day, now, more than 200 people. For many people, it's their only chance to have a full meal."

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An elderly woman sits on her bed with her dog at an apartment damaged by a missile explosion in Kramatorsk, eastern Ukraine, on May 5, 2022, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. (Photo by Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP) (Photo by YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP via Getty Images) Photo by YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP via Getty Images

TUESDAY, MAY 17

Wounded Ukrainian soldiers were evacuated from Azovstal

As previously reported by the Russian Defense Ministry, an agreement was reached with representatives of the Ukrainian military personnel who are blocked at the plant.

A regime of silence was introduced and a humanitarian corridor was opened, through which the wounded were taken to Novoazovsk, in the Donetsk People's Republic, where they are provided with essential medical care. The fact of the evacuation was confirmed by the Ukrainian side. According to the data, 264 people were evacuated.

Soldiers of the Lugansk People's Republic came close to Lisichansk

Lugansk People's Republic soldiers are on the outskirts of an important strategic point. Lisichansk is one of the largest cities in Donbas and the last stronghold of Ukrainian nationalists in the Luhansk Republic. A railway junction, Severodonets, is located across the river. The military of the Lugansk People's Republic has already taken control of the village of Nizhnee. A direct road to Lisichansk has opened. Hussein Huseynov reports on what was discovered in the liberated territory.

Huseynov said: "This is what the village Nizhnee now looks like. You can see the traces of the fierce battles, many buildings have been damaged. But the main thing is that it is now under the full control of the People's militia. With the support of the Russian army, right after the neighboring settlement Svetlichnoe was liberated, it managed to get control of this town.... There are no civilians in the settlement, only abandoned pets. Judging by everything, the abandoned houses were readily used by the Ukrainian troops. They lived in the same houses; from others they set up firing points."

He continued: "In the past week, troops managed to fully liberate the area and push the Ukrainian army out of Nizhnee, but nationalists continue to launch massive artillery attacks on the settlement."

The defenders of Donbas show courage and heroism

Captain Alexander Fedas, the commander of the communications unit restored the damaged line and managed to repair the broken satellite dish while under heavy fire. His efforts ensured stable communication with the headquarters, which allowed the command to quickly coordinate actions during the battle.

Lieutenant Timur Kalimullin, moving as part of a convoy, noticed a sabotage group, which was much more superior in strength. He organized a defense and entered into battle with the enemy. As a result, the nationalists retreated, and our military continued to move without loss.

The tank unit of Captain Rail Gabdrakhmanov broke through the defensive line of the radicals and destroyed three tanks to liberate a settlement. And when the enemy tried to go on the counterattack, the unit eliminated two more of its combat vehicles.

There are many examples of heroism. Here are some more fighters who showed courage and bravery while performing the tasks of a special military operation to protect Donbas. They received state awards. Among them are military personnel of the air defense forces, artillerymen, and motorized riflemen. Commander of the Central Military District, Alexander Lapin, thanked the fighters for their service and good results.

Thanks to modern technology, the Russian army delivers accurate strikes on military targets

The professionalism of our fighters is important, but so is modern technology. Thanks to this, the Russian army is delivering accurate strikes against military targets without endangering civilians. Here, for example, is the Orlan-10 drone. With its help our fighters accurately adjust the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. It works in any conditions, even in the dark.

In the Donetsk People's Republic, mines were found in parcels with the note "Ukrainian embassy in the Czech Republic"

Diplomatic channels are being used to incite war. NATO countries don't only supply weapons to Ukraine, they're probably sending these via diplomatic mail. Footage of this was presented by journalists from the Chinese TV channel China Global Television Network.

The recipient of a box containing 82-caliber mines appears to be the Ukrainian embassy in the Czech Republic. The box is in the Donetsk People's Republic, an area that has been fortified and abandoned by militants.

The box also contains information about the Czech defense factory, as well as dates and numbers of contracts. The radicals left a lot of other Western-made weapons, including German and American anti-tank grenade launchers during their retreat.

Young figure skaters from the Donetsk Republic started training in Astrakhan [in Russia]

Young figure skaters from the Donetsk Republic have started training in Astrakhan. It was impossible for classes to be held at home, under the shelling of militants. At the request of the head of the Donetsk Figure Skating Federation, the girls were evacuated to Astrakhan.

The move was organized by the regional branch of United Russia [the ruling political party]. Now the athletes are safe and can train again. Training takes place on the ice of the Winter Sports Center under the guidance of local trainers. Young figure skaters will represent the Astrakhan region in competitions.

Tons of humanitarian aid is being sent from Russia to Donbas, and specialists are coming to restore peaceful life

The whole of Russia is providing aid to refugees from Donbas. Everyone who can is bringing clothes and food, as well as toys for children, many of whom have already forgotten about these simple joys. People no longer need to hide from the bombings in the basements, and be afraid for their lives and loved ones. But remembering what happened at home is hard.

There is great support for the people who stayed there. Tons of humanitarian aid are being sent from Russia to the Donbas, and specialists are coming to restore peaceful life. Alena Evtyakova has the details in her report.

Evtyakova said: "A seventh convoy of humanitarian aid is being sent from Bashkiria [in Russia] to Donbas. The most essential building materials and technology for restoring infrastructure is being sent to the Lugansk People's Republic.... And most importantly, specialists, not only builders but also medics, are coming."

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Russian President Vladimir Putin leaves Red Square after the Victory Day military parade in central Moscow on May 9, 2022. A retired U.S. ;t. general has suggested Putin has realized he cannot win the war in Ukraine. KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images

MONDAY, MAY 16:

Ukrainian militants are blocked at Azovstal in Mariupol

Resistance is futile. The situation at the Azovstal plant, the last stronghold of Ukrainian nationalists in Mariupol, increasingly resembles a pointless game of endurance, in which the radicals have no chance. The trap has been slammed shut. Every meter of the plant is now under the guns of the Donetsk People's Republic fighters. The countdown has started for the nationalists and they can stop it at any moment. Oleg Shishkin reports from the scene.

Shishkin said: "According to various sources, one and a half thousand to two thousand Ukrainian fighters are located around Azovstal. In order to save the lives of our servicemen, during the liberation of Mariupol, Vladimir Putin ordered to abandon the assault on Azovstal and, instead, to block the nationalists there. The order of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief has been fulfilled. Аll routes to exit this strongly fortified area have been closed. The trap has been slammed shut. The troops are comparing these nationalists to wild beasts that are caught in a trap. Their days are numbered, but, in agony, they're capable of a desperate attack and are still dangerous."

Three British nationals may be among the Ukrainian nationalists blocked at Azovstal

This is reported by the Daily Express newspaper. British journalists are writing about yet another mercenary from the United Kingdom. He said he arrived in Ukraine with three mercenaries, but they were sent to different places. He was wounded in the Donbas and then went to Lviv for treatment. The last messages he received from his three of his compatriots were in April. The mercenaries, two of whom had previously served in Afghanistan, complained about the difficult conditions at Azovstal.

Ukrainian troops attack Donbas again

There have been three attacks in the Lugansk People's Republic in the last day. The nationalists used heavy artillery. Zolote and Pervomaisk were also under attack. Shells damaged residential buildings and a subdivision of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Lugansk Republic.

The situation is also turbulent in the Donetsk People's Republic. In the morning, they shelled the districts of Donetsk, Kirovsk, and Petrovsk. And the night before, representatives of the Donetsk Republic reported that six civilians were wounded, including a child. They are residents of several settlements in the Donetsk People's Republic.

Injured Russian servicemen received state awards in six clinics of the Ministry of Defense

Here are more fighters who showed heroism and courage, and who are now being treated for their injuries. They were given government awards in six clinics of the Ministry of Defense. Privates and sergeants received medals "For courage," the Medal of Suvorov, the Order of Courage. There were a total of 28 awards.

The commander of the Western Military District, Alexander Zhuravlev, presented state awards to pilots, special forces soldiers, artillerymen, representatives of rear units, and doctors. The professionalism and persistence of more than two dozen people were noted. The awards they received included medals of the Order of Courage and medals of the Order of Merit for the Fatherland, the second degree.

The famous Su-25 reliably protects and supports the Russian army

The formidable Su-25 provides powerful support for ground units. Attack aircraft, which have proven themselves over time, are effective both day and night, even at extremely low altitudes. The formula for success is a reliable vehicle, powerful weapons, and the highest mastery of the crews. Alexander Lyakin reports.

Lyakin said: "Titanium, armor and aluminum — attack aircraft Su-25 flies just above the heads of the enemy. Its main task is to rescue the infantry on the battlefield.... The rooks [Su-25] are always by the soldiers, always ready to bring help. That's why the army loves them."

U.S. gas prices hit a record high after the petrol rush

The snowballing effect of the White House policy is the fuel crisis in the U.S. itself. There is an "energy nightmare," in the words of the influential publication Politico. The phrase is dramatic, but true. The cost of gas, like petrol, has broken records. Journalists noted that prices have doubled since the start of the year, surging to their highest level in more than ten years.

As a result, the cost of everything from cooking to the production of fertilizers has increased, and there is no reason to hope that the situation will quickly improve. You also get the impression that America is now more concerned about a possible economic attack on Russia, than the well-being of its own citizens.

[Channel One quotes Politico] "The U.S. has become the world's leading exporter of liquefied natural gas, meaning that Americans are literally competing with buyers overseas for their own gas. Most of these exports go to European allies seeking to lessen their reliance on Russian natural gas after Moscow's invasion of Ukraine."

While gas prices could still be controlled using oil from strategic reserves, there are very few levers of influence on the gas industry. Therefore, a further rise in inflation levels is expected.

There is also a frenzy about gas in Europe, so much so that it is having to look for ways to circumvent its own sanctions. In order to somehow mitigate the consequences of the energy crisis, the EU has had to adjust the requirements for companies to pay in rubles for Russian gas. According to Bloomberg, the European Commission will still allow companies to open accounts with Gazprombank and purchase fuel in accordance with our requirements.

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Senator Rand Paul single-handedly blocked the passage of a new aid package to Ukraine on Thursday. Paul departs from the Senate Republicans' daily luncheon at the U.S. Capitol Building on May 05, 2022 in Washington, DC. Anna Moneymaker/Getty

FRIDAY, MAY 13:

Kiev security officials fired 15 rockets from Grad launchers at Donbas settlements

This morning, in the space of ten minutes, the Kiev security forces fired 15 rockets from the Grad launchers at Yasinovataya and Avdiivka. Ammunition exploded in Panteleymonovka.

The western outskirts of the capital of the Donetsk People's Republic were also under fire. Eight shells flew into the Petrovsky district of Donetsk less than an hour ago. The night before, the Armed Forces of Ukraine shelled Vladimirovka. One of the shells hit a residential building, killing and wounding people.

Ukrainian neo-Nazis carry out punitive raids in the Kharkiv region

They use social infrastructure for criminal purposes and use civilians as shields. The Russian Headquarters for Humanitarian Response reported new egregious evidence of the Kiev authorities treating ordinary people inhumanely.

In one of the settlements of the Lugansk People's Republic, militants from a Ukrainian nationalist group expelled all civilians, including seriously ill patients from a medical facility in order to use the building for their own purposes. Checkpoints have been set up on the outskirts.

In Lisichansk, the Armed Forces of Ukraine set up a stronghold in a children's hospital and in a medical college. They placed heavy weapons nearby. Also, according to the military department, the Kiev security forces regularly conduct so-called punitive raids.

Said Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev, head of the National Center for Defense Control of the Russian Federation: "According to reliable information, in the Kharkiv region, neo-Nazis, together with members of the security service of Ukraine, are conducting punitive raids in order to check local residents for signs of pro-Russian views, as well as signs of transferring any information to Russian military personnel and representatives of the people's militia of the Republics in Donbas. All suspects are arrested for the crime provided for in the collaborationism article of the Criminal Code of Ukraine and taken away to an undisclosed location."

Mizintsev continued: "Such criminal actions of the Kiev authorities are aimed at intimidating the citizens of Ukraine in an attempt to hide the current catastrophic situation in the country, caused by the destructive policy of official Kiev, and testify to the complete indifference to the fate of millions of Ukrainians."

Meanwhile, humanitarian corridors for evacuation to Russia continue to operate daily. A regime of silence is declared regularly in the morning, but the Kiev side violates it by shelling the routes. Despite this, yesterday our military of the Kherson region managed to safely evacuate almost 130 citizens of Russia, Syria, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Tajikistan, and Ukraine. On the central square of the city of Kherson, everyone who expressed a desire to leave the areas of the special operation was safely loaded onto buses.

Russian rescuers together with Donetsk residents help clean Mariupol from ruins

The restoration of the districts in Mariupol is in full swing. In these areas, there had been fierce battles with Ukrainian neo-Nazis, who had stationed themselves in residential buildings.

Employees of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia arrived in the city, helping local rescuers to sort out the rubble, provide residents with everything necessary, and establish an electricity supply.

During the special operation to protect the Donbas, the Russian military is actively using Orlan drones

They are used for conducting reconnaissance, making corrections and, of course, launching strikes. A missile, fired from a height of two kilometers, can accurately hit a target on earth. Alexander Lyakin reports: "The drone has a regular assemblage with serious features, which competitors in its class do not have."

Senator Rand Paul blocked a bill to provide Ukraine with $40 billion in aid

In Washington, politicians are becoming more vocal and they are beginning to understand what can come of the uncontrolled armament of the Kiev regime. Yesterday, in the U.S. Senate, a quick passage of the bill on allocating a record $40 billion for military supplies to Ukraine failed.

The initiative was blocked by Republican Senator Rand Paul. The politician is not primarily worried about the difficult situation in Ukraine and the fate of Ukrainians, among his main arguments is the situation in America itself.

Said U.S. Senator Rand Paul: "The biggest threat to the U.S. today is public debt, inflation, and the collapse of the dollar. We cannot save Ukraine by killing our economy. In March, inflation reached its highest level in 40 years, gasoline prices rose by 49 percent, electricity - by 32 percent. We don't have to be Uncle Sam saving the world, especially with borrowed money. With a debt of 30 trillion U.S. dollars, it is not affordable to play the role of the world's policeman."

The senator also demanded that a number of amendments be made to the bill, particularly on stricter control over the spending and the supply of weapons. Retiring White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on her last day in office that the document covered everything that was needed, and once again urged senators to pass it as quickly as possible. The next vote will take place next week.

Domodedovo near Moscow prepared a new humanitarian aid convoy for Donbas

Food and essential items as well as toys and sweets for children will be delivered to residents of the People's Republics. It's no exaggeration to say that the entire world collected this, as part of the Good Deed campaign. Collection points are open in schools and volunteer centers. There are about 130 of them in the region. Andrey Vorobyov, Governor of the Moscow region, visited the center in Domodedovo, which is, by the way, the largest center for sorting goods in the region. The governor spoke with residents who came to Russia from the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics.

Vorobyov said: "Our task, as the authorities, is to take care and help, so thanks to help that is coming from around the world, but also to think hard about the economy... We must think very hard with our heads to address this, import substitution, employment, jobs, restrictions."

A young man was arrested in Latvia who went out with a Russian flag to the monument to the liberators of Riga from the Nazis

A young man in Latvia has been arrested after going to the monument to the liberators of Riga from the Nazis with a Russian flag.

Three criminal cases and at least 20 more administrative cases were opened in Latvia against those citizens who do not want to put up with attempts to rewrite our history and consign the feat of heroes to oblivion. Russophobic sentiments are intensifying in the country day by day. You can now get a sentence even if you carried a Russian flag down the street. Details are in the report by Gennady Kartelev.

Kartelev said: "Alexander Stefanov could face five years in prison for unveiling the Russian tricolors to the monument to the soldiers that liberated Latvia from German invaders. He came on May 10 to defend his right and the right of his compatriots to honor the memory of his ancestors. Even on Victory Day, the Latvian authorities banned people closer than 200 meters from the monument."

Stefanov said: "Wе're gathered here today to honor our grandfathers, who died, unfortunately, during the war. Let's not be afraid. Let's tell our children and our grandchildren about what our incredible grandfathers and grandmothers did. Because it's very important. We should not lose this legacy."

Kartelev said: "The local police charged him with 'justifying genocide and crimes against humanity.' The police carried out a search of the young man's apartment for several hours, according to his mother."

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addresses a press conference with international media in an underground metro station in Kyiv on April 23, 2022. GENYA SAVILOV/AFP via Getty Images

THURSDAY, MAY 12:

Kiev has prepared new provocations to blame the Russian military

They use any means to discredit the actions of the Russian army. At the same time, they beg for military aid from the West. The Russian Humanitarian Response Headquarters spoke about the new provocations that the Kiev regime is organizing in the zone of the special operation. Our military department noted a particular cynicism behind such actions, which lies in the fact that the Ukrainian army is willing to endanger the lives of a thousand citizens in order to achieve its criminal goals. Anastasia Kobyzeva has the details.

Kobyzeva said: "A cloud of red-yellow poisonous smoke presumably over a village of Dolgenkoe in Kharkov region is the result of another provocation by the SBU together with nationalists. They blew up a tank containing fertilizer. It's another attempt by the Kiev authorities to blame our country for using chemical weapons."

Said Mikhail Mizintsev, Head of the National Defense Management Center of the Russian Federation: "No servicemen or local residents were harmed in this provocation. Russia has repeatedly warned about nationalists preparing similar provocations. The Kiev regime's main goal is to receive more military aid from the West."

Kobyzeva said: "The Russian Defense Control Center said that the explosion happened at around 2pm. After a while the clouds cleared. As expected, the Ukrainian media blamed Russia. According to them, the explosion happened near Kramatorsk, not in the Kharkov region. The Kiev authorities are yet again using methods of the West. The techniques, as we know, have been well thought out. It's enough to recall the show put on by "White Helmets" in Duma in Syria. A fake video became the basis for the West bombing the country. In fact, there was no sarin attack in 2018."

Ukraine shelled the village of Solokhi in the Belgorod region [in Russia]

According to updated data from the regional authorities, one person died and seven others were injured, including a teenager. They are now receiving medical care. It all happened last night. One residential building was partially destroyed. There were disruptions to the gas supply, but this has already been fixed. Emergency services are on site. Residents have been taken to a safe place. Solokhi is located just 11 kilometers from the Russian-Ukrainian border.

The Luhansk People's Republic celebrates the eighth anniversary of the independence referendum

This morning, Ukrainian troops shelled three settlements in the Donetsk People's Republic. Yasinovataya, Panteleymonovka, and Mikhailovka were under fire. More than ten shells were fired, including from Grad launchers. This was reported by the Ceasefire Control Center. In order to stop this shelling, the people's militia, with the support of our army, continue to knock out Ukrainian troops from the settlements in Donbas.

Today, the residents of Lugansk, following Donetsk, are celebrating the eighth anniversary of the referendum on the independence of the Republic. On May 14, more than 96 percent of the inhabitants declared the freedom and sovereignty of the region. This year, for the first time, the Lugansk People's Republic, like the Donetsk People's Republic, is celebrating Republic Day and their status, which is recognized by Russia.

In the liberated city of Popasna, a peaceful life is gradually being established

The restoration of peace and wellbeing is the main thing that the residents of Lugansk People's Republic dream about today. In Popasna, which the people's militia took control of a few days ago, the de-mining of streets has begun, and humanitarian aid has been delivered to people. Our military is finding more and more evidence of the atrocities of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Huseyn Huseynov reports from the scene.

Huseynov said: "Fighters of the Russian army are patrolling the streets of the liberated Popasna. It's necessary to go through each street to make sure that there are no more Ukrainian army groups here. In an attempt to cover their retreat, the Ukrainian armed forces abandoned several small units in the city, mainly reservists. Having ended up trapped, many of them surrendered, but not all."

A soldier of the Russian military said, "[The Ukrainian army] tried to seize buildings, they were shooting at a kindergarten."

Charges were filed against four more soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine for shelling settlements

Our military investigators charged four more fighters of the Armed Forces of Ukraine with the shelling of settlements by the Ukrainian security forces. All those charged are Marines from the 36th brigade, which stationed itself in Mariupol. They are defendants in a criminal case about the abuse of civilians. The case involves the Chief of Artillery, Roman Shostak, two commanders of self-propelled artillery batteries, and the commander of a self-propelled artillery battalion. According to the investigation, they did not take any measures to protect civilians from the attack. Moreover, they shelled settlements, where only civilians were located. The fighters confessed to this during interrogation.

Alexander Plotnikov, commander of the self-propelled artillery battalion of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, said: "Here is the firing position, they fired from here on the settlements of Sartana, Talakovka on the orders of the Chief of Artillery of the 36th brigade, Lieutenant Colonel Shostak. Civilians who did not take part in the military conflict were in these settlements."

The Russian Defense Ministry spoke about the courage and heroism of servicemen who fight on the front line

Corporal Yegor Varushkin landed from a Mi-8 helicopter at an enemy airfield and immediately entered into battle, facing superior enemy forces. Together with his comrades, he destroyed hidden, portable anti-aircraft missile systems and took control of the airfield control tower.

Senior Lieutenant Nikolai Okorokov and his motor rifle unit liberated the village from armed gangs. Despite the numerical advantage of the enemy, Nikolai competently launched an attack, about 15 militants and armored vehicles were destroyed.

Senior Sergeant Mikhail Chekulaev with his squad stumbled upon an ambush of neo-Nazis. The commander decided to split up, one group opened heavy fire on the enemy, the other went from the rear. During the short battle, two enemy firing points and more than 10 militants were destroyed.

National Guard soldiers act selflessly in the special operation

Distinguished servicemen were handed state awards. The solemn ceremony took place in St. Petersburg. The Order of Courage was received by the commander of a special detachment, a police colonel, and two more fighters. They managed to prevent several attacks on the military and humanitarian convoys. They also inflicted significant damage on the enemy in terms of manpower and equipment, and detained many members of armed groups.

Vladimir Putin sent a telegram to the head of the Lugansk People's Republic, Leonid Pasechnik, congratulating him on the Day of the Luhansk People's Republic

The President emphasized that the residents of the Lugansk People's Republic are celebrating the state holiday in difficult conditions, with weapons in their hands, defending their native land. And he expressed confidence that the independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of the republic will be defended through joint efforts.

The situation around Ukraine sparked mass protests in Bulgaria

Several hundred people took to the streets of Sofia demanding the resignation of the government. According to the demonstrators, the government pays too much attention to the events in another country, while things are not going too well in the country itself. Prices are rising, especially for gas. Residents have been particularly annoyed by the fact that the Sofia City Council hung a Ukrainian flag on the city hall building in solidarity with Kiev in April. The protesters tried to tear it down. They believe that there can be no flags other than Bulgarian ones on public buildings. A similar protest was reportedly held in another city, Varna.

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President Joe Biden is set to sign the Lend-Lease Act Monday afternoon. The bill will grant him more authority to provide Ukraine with military equipment amid its war with Russia. Above, Biden is seen speaking in Cincinnati, Ohio on Friday. Jon Cherry/Getty Images

WEDNESDAY, MAY 12:

Kiev has prepared new provocations to blame the Russian military

The Russian Headquarters for Humanitarian Response has revealed more outrageous acts of the Ukrainian armed groups — they treat civilians inhumanely. In one town in the Vinnytsia region [a city in west-central Ukraine], nationalists and foreign mercenaries have established a stronghold right at the school. They forcibly detain civilians from neighboring houses in the school's basement.

In Lysychansk [in the Lugansk People's Republic], the Armed Forces of Ukraine, forced women, children, and old people out of the bomb shelter, threatening them with violence, and placed an ammunition depot there. And in one of the settlements of Kharkiv region, the Kiev security forces set up a stronghold in the public hall and laid mines on the passages toward the building.

The Headquarters also said that Ukrainian nationalists are preparing another provocation and that Western media is planning to widely distribute fabricated materials about alleged 'atrocities committed by the Russians.'

Said Mikhail Mizintsev, Head of the National Defense Management Center of the Russian Federation: "According to the available reliable information, in the Kharkiv region the Kiev regime held another bloody action according to the "Buchinsky" scenario. On the road section between the settlements of Stary and New Saltov, soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine shot six civilian cars which had white flags mounted on them. Specialists of the Centre for Information and Psychological Operations of the Armed Forces of Ukraine took photos and videos of these monstrous crimes.

Another provocation took place in Belaya Krinitsa in Kherson. The Ukrainian military launched several artillery strikes on the positions of the Russian army. This was done in order to cause return fire on residential buildings with civilians. They were not allowed out of the village. Representatives of the Norwegian press took photos and videos of Russia's alleged indiscriminate strikes on the civilian population."

This morning Ukrainian troops began shelling settlements in Donbas

Five "Grad" missiles were launched on Yasinovataya in the Donetsk People's Republic. Also, shells flew to Aleksandrovka [in the Donetsk People's Republic]. The day before, the ceasefire control center reported that five civilians were injured in Mariupol, Vladimirovka, and Pavlovka due to the attacks by Kiev's security forces.

The [Donetsk] People's Militia, with the support of the Russian military, are liberating more and more towns. Today, in the context of a special operation to protect the civilian population of Donbas, residents of the Donetsk People's Republic will celebrate the eighth anniversary of the Day of the Republic and, for the first time, the state's official recognition by Russia.

Ka-52 helicopters give strong support to the Russian army

Ka-52 is a real thunderstorm for armored vehicles and areas fortified by the enemy. These combat vehicles were nicknamed "alligators" for their power and versatility.

They are able to covertly sneak up on a target in a zone that is out of reach to air defense and strike within a few seconds. Аlexander Lyakin observed the work of the Ka-52.

Lyakin said: "The helicopters fly just over the land, lower than they have been instructed. In order to carry out tasks, the helicopters need to be flown by the best pilot." A Russian soldier said: "The helicopter is highly maneuverable. It allows you to emerge in front of the forest and dive right behind it, which prevents the enemy from identifying you."

Russian troops act decisively and bravely on the frontline

The Russian Defense Ministry has named the fighters who distinguished themselves during the special operation. Senior Sergeant Alexander Shepelev discovered a disguised enemy howitzer and a truckload of ammunition during the battle for the airfield. Without being noticed, he crept up to the howitzer and destroyed it, and provided cover for the offensive of the paratroopers.

Senior Lieutenant of the Medical Service Nikita Grafkin assisted the wounded right on the battlefield under heavy fire. He also carried five fighters, who could not move on their own, to a safe place.

Sergeant Maxim Arefiev participated in the battles for the liberation of a settlement controlled by Ukrainian nationalists. He destroyed the enemy stronghold and set up firing points, in addition to working out the position of the sniper.

U.S. House of Representatives approves an additional aid package for Ukraine

A record amount of 40 billion dollars will be used to further pump Kiev with weapons. The economic situation in the States is, to put it mildly, difficult, with the inflation level and costs growing by leaps and bounds. Yet, [U.S. Ambassador to Slovakia] Bridget Brink believes that Washington should be more active in helping the Kiev authorities. Yulia Olkhovskaya has the details in her report.

Olkhovskaya stated: "Bridget Brink confidently climbed the career ladder under five American presidents and never faltered. Newspapers have called her a companion in conflicts. Over the last 26 years in the State Department, she has ended up in countries that, with the active assistance of the U.S., have become conflict zones. Ukraine is only the latest country."

"Brink herself said that Moscow is more effective at keeping its footing and called on Western countries to show creativity. She said: 'We are outgunned, we're out resourced, we're outmaneuvered. We have to do as much as we can. It's a challenge. Disinformation is pervasive in Europe and elsewhere and so we have to do as much as we can. We need to be creative and innovative.'

"Brink used the opportunity to urge senators to allocate more money for Ukraine. The last package of $40 billion was approved by the House of Representatives today. [Channel One displays a segment from Fox News host Tucker Carlson and quotes him saying:] 'That's double what the administration spends on protection of our own borders. And this is just one batch of aid... Also, this package is more than we spend on caring for our veterans each month. The saddest thing is that it has not forced Russia to leave Ukraine.'

Olkhovskaya continued: "The endless spending on Ukraine in the U.S. is only further fuelling inflation and irritating Americans because of the rise in crime and economic problems.

In response to Biden's increasingly active help for Ukraine, Senator Rick Scott said this: 'The most effective thing Biden can do to solve the inflation crisis he created is resign. He's the problem. Getting him out of office is the quickest and easiest solution.' In the opinion of Senator Rick Scott, Biden, who is looking more and more confused, is not capable of governing the country during times of crisis."

Vladimir Putin congratulated the head of the Donetsk People's Republic Denis Pushilin on Republic Day

The Russian leader sent a telegram to Denis Pushilin. The president wrote: "Together with Russia, the Donetsk People's Republic is fighting to ensure that the citizens of the Republic can exercise their legal right to a free and peaceful life, in line with their age-old cultural and spiritual traditions, and in friendship with fraternal Russia."

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Fighter With Nazi Patches Honored for Killing 'Nazis' Denis Pushilin via Storyful

TUESDAY, MAY 10:

The city Popasna has fully come under the control of the People's Militia of the Lugansk People's Republic

Now, Donbas. The city of Popasnaya has completely come under the control of the people's militia of the Lugansk People's Republic. This was reported by the republic's defense department. Local units, with the support of the Russian army, liberated the territory and drove the enemy out. Yesterday, representatives of the people's militia hung a replica of the Banner of Victory at the entrance to the administration of Popasna. Now they are already trying to establish a peaceful life in the village. At the same time, according to reports in the Lugansk People's Republic, the Armed Forces of Ukraine continue to hit the outskirts, trying to destroy the infrastructure at least from afar.

Donetsk was also subjected to a new attack by the Kiev security forces. And this time the enemy intensified the shelling. Nine civilians, including a teenager, were injured.

The Russian Ministry of Defense spoke about our soldiers who showed courage and heroism during the special operation to protect Donbas

A Major of the Guards, Yaroslav Fadeev, adjusted artillery fire with the help of drones. His subordinates destroyed more than seventy radicals and several ammunition depots.

Corporal Vadim Sandu came under fire and was wounded while he was driving an infantry combat vehicle, but he was able to save his comrades from an attack. Vadim rammed the enemy's car and got to the positions of the troops.

And senior sergeant Yaroslav Stepanov, who was in a tank, destroyed an enemy checkpoint during the liberation of the town. Even when a shell hit his car, he continued to accurately hit targets and skillfully maneuver on the battlefield.

Тhe crew of the "Iskander" missile system support our regiments

There are simply no matches to this weapon in the world. It takes just minutes to march and prepare to strike. Evgeny Lyamin has more details.

Lyamin said: "The crew can act at any moment. And it doesn't matter where, in that moment, the military vehicles are located, in the woods, in the field or on the march. "Iskander" is always ready to strike.

A commander of the launcher said: "[The missile] destroyed a pontoon crossing toward Izyum [a city in Ukraine] where the Armed Forces of Ukraine transfer weapons."

U.S. military instructors began to train APU [Administration of the President of Ukraine] fighters on how to use of American howitzers

This was announced by a spokesperson for the Pentagon. According to John Kirby, Kiev has already almost received an entire batch of guns, which is 90 pieces. The Americans have also finished training the Ukrainian military to use their attack drones. More than 120 such drones were included in the latest package of military assistance to Ukraine.

Meanwhile, President Biden signed a so-called "Lend-Lease" law, which means that the States can now supply Kiev with any weapons and in any quantity. The help, of course, is not free. And Ukraine will have to pay for it for decades.

Kiev sent the second part of the form to Brussels to obtain candidate status or EU membership

This was announced by Volodymyr Zelensky, who noted that he looks forward to receiving a positive response from the EU as early as June. However, it was also made clear that, in any case, Ukraine should not bank on a quick entry into the bloc. French President Emmanuel Macron recalled that the member countries of the EU have certain standards and criteria for candidates, so considering this, Kiev's may not come true very soon: "Even if we grant Ukraine candidate status tomorrow, and I hope that the decision will be made quickly, the very process of its entry into the European Union, and we all know perfectly well, will take years. And frankly, maybe even a few decades," Macron said.

Sky News host interrupted an interview with Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the United Nations Dmitry Polyansky

Here is another example of how the West tries in every possible way not to notice or to ignore explicit displays of Nazi sentiment in Ukraine. The host of the British TV channel Sky News tried several times to interrupt the interview with Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the United Nations Dmitry Polyansky, and then he abruptly ended it. The diplomat had been drawing attention to a social media post by the Ukrainian president.

The day before Victory Day, Vladimir Zelensky published online a photo of a militant group "Right Sector," which is banned in Russia, with the emblem of the SS division "Dead Head," known for its brutal crimes during the [Second World] war.

Dmitry Polyansky, First Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations said: "This is the emblem of the German SS division in the Second World War. Zelensky published on Victory Day an emblem of the fighter of the "Right Sector" with this emblem, saying that this is a symbol, please don't interrupt me, that this is a symbol of the fight against Nazism. Did you know that this Dead Head division was responsible for killing 100 Britons in France at the beginning of the Second World War? It means that Britain is now covering up for the Ukrainian authorities, which display Nazi symbols on Victory Day. And these Nazi symbols were used by the same regiments that killed British people. Isn't that a bit strange?"

The Sky news host said: "That's it, I have to interrupt you, we're out of time."

The Russian Defense Ministry once again recalled the actions of the Ukrainian authorities, which is trying with all its might to rewrite common history

On Victory Day, a new multimedia section was launched on the Ministry's website. It is called "In the power of criminal unconsciousness." The section contains archives about the battles of the Red Army for cities in Western Ukraine, including Lvov and Stanislav, and about the feats of Soviet soldiers during the Great Patriotic war. The archives are also about how Kiev is trying to erase these memories by destroying war memorials. Most recently, neo-Nazis destroyed the monument to the famous Marshal of the Soviet Union, Zhukov, in Kharkov.

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Vladimir Putin promised that Russia would take care of the children of soldiers killed or wounded in Ukraine. Igor, pro-Russian fighter in the Vostok Battalion, recovers from his wounds in a hospital on February 12, 2015 in Donetsk, Ukraine. Pierre Crom/Getty Images

Monday, May 9:

Channel One congratulates the military, who are on the front lines right now

Our servicemen who are currently on the front line have a special mission. They are carrying out their duty and participating in a special operation to protect the residents of Donbas. Correspondents of Channel One came to congratulate our guys on the holiday. Valentina Solovyova in Melitopol [in Ukraine] has the report.

Alexander, a member of the Russian National Guard, said: "First I want to wish you a happy Victory Day. Today we are working to maintain the safety and security of the public on this day of celebrations. We don't exclude the possibility of a type of provocation but the Russia National Guard will cope with all the tasks and carry them out successfully."

Solovyova asked: "Alexander, we saw that you lay flowers by the Eternal Flame. Did someone in your family fight in the war?" Alexander said: "Yes, my grandfather fought. He went through all the stages of the bloody war and unfortunately, he died."

Channel One's report on May 9 from the zone of the special operation to protect Donbas

Victory Day is a tribute to living heroes. This is a day of remembrance for the fallen. This is an eternal reminder for the young about the cost of the Great Victory. And this is not just the past, it is a living story that will flow like a river in the procession of the "Immortal Regiment," it will be reflected in the windows with portraits of soldiers, it will be heard songs from the war years, it will be reminded by movie scenes and, perhaps, the most important thing will be told to children and great-grandchildren in the family circle.

Dmitry Tolmachev is currently working in the special operation zone: "We're on the outskirts of Mariupol. There is no fighting in the city itself. It is completely cleared of the Ukrainian Army and the neo Nazi group, Azov, the remains of which are blocked in the territory of the industrial zone. Nevertheless, there is still the risk of an attempt to break through, which is why our artillerymen are constantly prepared for military action."

A Russian soldier said: "Dear Veterans and the citizens of Russia, I congratulate you on the Great Victory. I wish you happiness, good health and peaceful skies above your heads."

Tolmachev said: "Just a reminder that we're working in Mariupol and are located in the positions of the artillerymen. Again, happy Victory Day everyone."

Day and night, the Iskander operational-tactical systems are guarding our borders

Many of our military men are celebrating today's holiday at a military post. Both day and night, the Iskander operational-tactical systems are guarding our borders. Today we will see them on the Red Square. These formidable giants can take positions and strike in just a few minutes, and they can hit a target even at a distance of several hundred kilometers.

A member of the Russian military said: "Being trusted to use this system is a huge responsibility for us... One of the main strengths of the missile is that it can't be intercepted or shot down."

The convoy includes T-72B3M tanks, which are currently serving in the special operation zone

The mechanical convoy also includes T-72B3M tanks, which are now serving in the special operation zone to protect civilians in Donbas. The machines have proven their capabilities well for a long time.

Alexey Kruchinin will introduce us to the crew of the tank, which is on the front line: We're in the Donetsk People's Republic, where there have been successful advancements in the past few days. The Donetsk people's militia has liberated settlements with the essential support of the Russian army. Our tankers, who are here with us today, play a huge role in this.

Oleg, a member of the T-72B3M tank crew, said: "The situation is that the military is fulfilling their assigned tasks, everything is fine, really. The atmosphere is cheerful, the crew are well-coordinated, we're working. We know the situation can heat up. We're aware of what's happening here, we know how to advance. Nazism will be defeated, 100%. Victory is ours."

A report on the Pantsir-S1 complex, which is serving in the special military operation zone

We are turning to the airfield, where Mi-8 helicopters are serving in the zone of the special military operation. The calculation of the Pantsir-S1 anti-aircraft missile and gun system can immediately detect up to 30 targets, including missiles, aircraft and enemy drones. It can hit several objects at the same time. We will see it today during the Parade.

Channel One reported the following news in a later program:

Putin congratulates Russians on Victory Day before the parade starts.

Before the start of the parade, [Russian President] Vladimir Putin congratulated the Russians on Victory Day and noted the importance of this holiday for each of us. The President also announced a minute of silence in memory of those who died during the Great Patriotic War.

[The station ran the entire speech. Below are excerpts from Putin's speech, selected by NewsGuard.]

"Despite all controversies in international relations, Russia has always advocated the establishment of an equal and indivisible security system which is critically needed for the entire international community."

"Last December we proposed signing a treaty on security guarantees. Russia urged the West to hold an honest dialogue in search for meaningful and compromising solutions, and to take account of each other's interests. All in vain. NATO countries did not want to heed us, which means they had totally different plans. And we saw it.

Another punitive operation in Donbas, an invasion of our historic lands, including Crimea, was openly in the making. Kiev declared that it could attain nuclear weapons. The NATO bloc launched an active military build-up on the territories adjacent to us.

Thus, an absolutely unacceptable threat to us was steadily being created right on our borders. There was every indication that a clash with neo-Nazis and Banderites backed by the United States and their minions was unavoidable.

Let me repeat, we saw the military infrastructure being built up, hundreds of foreign advisors starting work, and regular supplies of cutting-edge weapons being delivered from NATO countries. The threat grew every day.

Russia launched a pre-emptive strike at the aggression. It was forced, timely and the only right decision. A decision by a sovereign, strong and independent country. The United States began claiming their exceptionalism, especially after the collapse of the Soviet Union, therefore denigrating not just the entire world but also their satellites, who have to pretend not to see anything, and to obey and put up with it."

"[Russia] will never give up our love for our Motherland, our faith and traditional values, our ancestors' customs and respect for all peoples and cultures."

"I am addressing our Armed Forces and Donbas militia. You are fighting for our Motherland, its future, so that nobody forgets the lessons of World War II, so that torturers, death squads and Nazis cannot exist in the world."

"The loss of each officer and soldier is painful for all of us and an irretrievable loss for the families and friends. The government, regional authorities, enterprises and public organizations will do everything to wrap such families in care and help them. Special support will be given to the children of the killed and wounded comrades-in-arms. The Presidential Executive Order to this effect was signed today."

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Is the West inventing charges against Russia? The bodies of at least 20 men in civilian clothes were found lying in a single street Saturday after Ukrainian forces retook the town of Bucha near Kyiv from Russian troops, AFP journalists said. This photo was taken April 2, 2022. RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP via Getty Images

FRIDAY, MAY 6:

Russia reopened a humanitarian corridor so that civilians could leave the territory of Azovstal

An hour ago, Russia reopened the humanitarian corridor. Today is the second of three days that our military and Donetsk People's Republic forces unilaterally cease hostilities from 8 am to 6 pm.

Russian fighters have previously created conditions for people to get out of the danger zone. But civilians at Azovstal are being held hostage by militants. And will they let anyone go—we don't know. The day before, for example, a ransom of medicines and food, not money, was demanded in exchange for people. A terrorist's method is to hide behind hostages and use them as blackmail.

Former hostages of Ukrainian militants share shocking stories

The people who still manage to escape are shocked to see a convoy of empty buses. Everything is in place for their evacuation. The Russian side has done a lot of work. But the hostages in the cellars are unaware of this. They are intimidated. They are being threatened. Correspondent Irina Kuksenkova was able to talk to those who have been released. Her report contains exclusive footage and stories that would touch any one of us.

Natalia Usmanova, a former hostage, said: "It was always cold in the cellar. The dampness, the mold, the stress and fear. I already reached a point of desperation, I felt as though I would never get out of there."

She said: "We shouted at the soldiers, 'why are you keeping us here? We came here voluntarily so let us leave voluntarily.' They said 'this is a military facility. We'll decide when you can leave. Right now, this is where we're stationed, our equipment is here, if you go and you'll speak about everything.'"

Russia's Permanent Representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya described the West's seizure of Russian assets as robbery

The West is deliberately distorting the Azovstal situation. Our permanent representative to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya, spoke about this at a Security Council meeting.

Ukraine, in itself, is of little interest to its so-called partners. The country is only useful as a springboard for attacks against Russia. And they are already coming: just look at the avalanche of sanctions and freezing of our accounts, of $300 billion.

"It was as if you were just waiting for this moment to spin the flywheel of repression against Russia. And if we talk about the world war, then it is, without a doubt, being waged today in the economic field. We have no doubt that you were preparing for it, because the speed with which this flywheel was spun leaves no doubt that you were preparing for this in advance and long before that," said Vasily Nebenzya, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN.

Ukrainian nationalists yet again put heavy equipment near social facilities in territories they control

According to the Russian National Defense Control Center, artillery installations and an ammunition depot are located in a city hospital in Kharkov. Staff and patients were kicked out. The radicals also set up firing points in clinics in Slavyansk, Odessa, and Lisichansk.

In Kherson, which is under the control of our military, Russian soldiers prevented a terrorist attack. In one apartment, they found a laboratory for making explosives. They also found small weapons, ammunition, a grenade launcher and TNT. According to the Ministry of Defense, a resident in this apartment planned a sabotage on Victory Day. Festive events will be held in the city on May 9.

Soviet T-34 tank is being dismantled in Zhytomyr ahead of May 9

The Soviet T-34 tank was originally put up [in Zhytomyr, Ukraine] in honor of the 20th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War. And now the legendary car is being moved to another location. The city authorities have not specified the date and time that is being taken down in order to avoid crowds of people gathering.

A fight over history is also taking place in Lithuania. The mayor of Vilnius is initiating the demolition of six monuments in the country's largest burial site, where more than 3,000 Soviet soldiers, who gave their lives for the liberation of the Lithuanian capital, are buried.

In the Lugansk Republic, the Russian military helped residents restore the memorial to Soviet soldiers

The liberated regions of the Lugansk Republic understand what memory means and the importance of preserving. In one village, the Russian military helped the residents to clean up the memorial to Soviet soldiers. On May 9, no matter what, there are always flowers there. This time, there will definitely be flowers, as well as St. George ribbons, which the Kiev regime stubbornly banned. Sergei Ponomarev has more details in this report.

One resident, Sergei Goklovan, tells Ponomarev: "My dad was called up to the Belarusian military district in 1942. Basically, he immediately died there. He's buried here."

Practically every family in this village has a relative who fought or died in the war. Therefore, even when Ukraine officially stopped recognizing Victory Day, local residents continued to bring flowers here on May 9.

The Ukrainian authorities didn't pay any attention to the memorial. Each spring, the residents took it upon themselves to clean it up. This time, soldiers from the central military district came to help. They brought paint, brushes and got to work.

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A volunteer (L) bids farewell to Ukrainians who are seeking asylum as they gather on a bus on their way to the El Chaparral port of entry, before entering the United States amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine, on April 6, 2022. Getty Images

THURSDAY, MAY 5:

In the Kharkiv region, Ukrainian nationalists shot a convoy of cars carrying refugees

They were heading from Volchansk to Kharkov. According to eyewitnesses, some people died, including children and women. Many have been injured. It all happened when the group entered the territory controlled by Kiev and ended up near the village of Stary Saltov. They opened fire on refugees from the Ukrainian checkpoint, from a distance of about 100 meters. Someone managed to turn back. But the people who were in the cars at the front of the convoy were under continuous fire. Here is what one of the drivers told RIA Novosti.

"They started to shoot at the first four cars, my car, which is behind three more. We basically had no men there, the only men were drivers. We had women, children, they got hurt, my grandmother died before my eyes, my girlfriend died, she was directly hit head through the glass, I checked her pulse, on her neck, on her wrist. We crawled out under shelling, they targeted us, fired at us."

The first four cars were completely burned. Ukrainian militants are now located in Stary Saltov, according to RIA Novosti, citing a source. They take away residents, who are against the Kiev authorities.

And in Kharkiv, the Armed Forces of Ukraine deployed multiple launch rocket systems and howitzers on the territory of two factories next to tanks with toxic chemicals. Nearby are residential areas. The head of the Russian Defense Control Center, Mikhail Mizintsev, noted that the Armed Forces of Ukraine are provoking our military to return fire, in order to later blame them for the deaths of civilians.

The Russian military reopens humanitarian corridor in Mariupol

Civilians can leave the territory of Azovstal today, tomorrow, and Saturday from 8 am to 6 pm. The Kiev authorities have yet again declared that civilians are located in the basements of the plant. During this period, our fighters and the forces of the Donetsk People's Republic are unilaterally ceasing any hostilities. According to the Russian headquarters for humanitarian response, those who leave Azovstal will then be able to go to Russia or areas controlled by Kiev. Our Ministry of Defense regularly opens humanitarian corridors. And the nationalists who have settled in Azovstal are constantly being asked to lay down their arms and surrender. In this case, they are guaranteed safety and, if necessary, medical assistance.

In Konotop, the activities of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate were banned

In Konotop, which is in the Sumy region, under the official control of Kiev, the activities of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate were banned by Mayor Artem Semenikhin. He declared a fight against "Russia's agent network."

The persecution of believers and clergy has long become a typical political tool for the Kiev authorities. Temples are regularly attacked, parishioners are beaten. A draft law on the banning of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, the seizure of its real estate and property has been submitted to the Rada [the Ukrainian parliament].

Pathfinders control the safe passage of supply convoys on the front line

Delivering military ammunition on time and everything else that is needed is a special mission on the front line. The task is to ensure the safety of supply convoys. Spotting an ambush and reacting instantly in the event of an attack requires exceptional skill. The movement of the convoys to a given point—what is most important?

Ivan, a Russian soldier, said: "The leader will monitor the road, the situation. The wingman will monitor the convoy—is it over stretched? What's the situation as a whole?"

Humanitarian convoys regularly bring everything necessary to the residents of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics

It's not only convoys with equipment on the roads, but also humanitarian convoys, which regularly bring everything the residents need in the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics. The next batch of cargo, about 10 tons-worth, was delivered to the residents of the Lugansk Republic, including food, water, and hygiene products. People asked for many things themselves, made lists. The military tries to help everyone.

In the Kherson region, Russian engineers began to de-mine beaches

Emergency work is underway in the Kherson region. The retreating Armed Forces of Ukraine left deadly traps on the Black Sea coast. Our engineers work both on land and in water, at the risk of their lives, all in order to ensure safety.

Not only do people need help, but also the inhabitants of the local dolphinarium, who are being saved by the National Guard.

A troop with the National Guard said: "The mines that were laid had a TNT charge.They were disguised well and installed seven meters below ground."

In Slovakia, the symbol "Z" appeared on banners displaying Ukrainian flags

The policy of the West, which unconditionally and thoughtlessly supports Ukraine in everything, is increasingly splitting apart European society. It's leading to fights. In Sofia, activists tried to cover the monument to the Soviet army with Bulgarian and Ukrainian flags. But the people who protested against the military support of Kiev did not allow this to be done, a scuffle broke out.

All of this happened during discussions in parliament about the Ukrainian issue, they decided not to supply weapons, but to help with repairing military equipment.

And in Slovakia, residents expressed their view by putting up along a busy road several banners displaying Ukrainian flags that were painted with the letter Z, a symbol of a Russian special operation.

"Immortal Regiment:" Hundreds of thousands of Russians will take to the streets with their heroes

The most touching moment of the holiday is "The Immortal Regiment" — the day when hundreds of thousands of Russians will take to the streets with portraits of their heroes. Photos, as well as unique relics, letters from the front. But the main thing is our memory. The achievements of our soldiers, partisans, and military leaders in the overall records of the war. The whole country is now preparing for the procession. Family stories are remembered with pride and tears.

Alexander Oleshko, Honored Artist of Russia, said: "This year I wanted to add to the photograph of my grandfather this phrase: 'my grandfather fought for a world without Nazism,' so that the next generation can again and again hear, see and understand why and for what Russian soldiers fight."

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Russian State TV said troops came across what it described as a Ukrainian torture chamber. Debris lies in a war damaged apartment on April 19, 2022 in Makariv, Ukraine. Local residents said the building was attacked by Russian tanks during the invasion in early March. John Moore/Getty Images

WEDNESDAY, MAY 4:

Ukrainian security forces conduct raids to identify people expressing pro-Russian views

A new series of attacks in Donetsk. Several regions are under the fire of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

In Petrovsky, people were left without electricity, and substations were left without power. In the meantime, new information is coming in about what the radicals are doing in the territories that they occupy. They continue to hide behind civilians, using them as a human shield. Our Defense Control Center reported the latest cases. In Nikolaev, armored vehicles and multiple launch rocket systems were placed on the territory of schools. In the village of Rai-gorodok (Kramatorsky district), nationalists set up firing points on the upper floors of houses. People are not allowed out of their apartments. Somewhere, they're organizing a hunt for those who disagree with the Kiev regime.

Said the head of the National Defense Control Center of the Russian Federation, Colonel General Mikhail Mizintsev: "In Kharkiv, militants of the territorial defense battalions, together with SBU [The Security Service of Ukraine] officers, are conducting raids to identify local residents who express pro-Russian views or condemn the current Ukrainian government. Citizens whose phones contain correspondence about similar content, as well as calls to Russian numbers, are detained and taken away in an unknown direction. Dozens of detainees have not yet returned home. According to reliable data, these large-scale raids were previously carried out in Nikolaev, Sumy, Chernigov and a number of other settlements."

Russian artillerymen hit firing positions, strongholds, and areas containing the Ukrainian army equipment

The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation has published new footage of the work of Russian artillerymen. They hit firing positions, strongholds, and areas that contain the equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. This is how the calculations of self-propelled installations "Malka" work. They are controlled by drones from the air. Their actions are clear, coordinated, they hit right on target. The fighters destroyed the Pion installation and howitzer batteries of the Ukrainian army.

Troops of the Russian Federation and Lugansk People's Republic liberate Popasna from nationalists

Popasna is a small town of great strategic importance. Now the military—ours and the Lugansk People's Republic—are knocking out the remaining nationalists from there.

Popasna is located on a hill, which allows you to view a huge area in all directions. Plus, this is an exit to an important transport hub: its capture will disrupt the supply of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and open the way for the Russian troops and the forces of the Lugansk Republic, the way for a further offensive.

Russian servicemen heroically liberate the territory of Ukraine from nationalists

Major Alexander Stepanov successfully carried out engineering intelligence of the road, our logistics convoys delivered ammunition to the front line on time. Stepanov, together with his subordinates, evacuated the wounded from an attack.

Junior Sergeant Anton Mikhailov discovered radicals, who were preparing an attack on Russian units. He immediately reported the ambush and joined the battle, and he was wounded. The extremists were liquidated. Lieutenant Colonel Yevgeny Kapustin repelled the attacks, preventing any losses on our side. Thanks to his actions, it was possible to obtain valuable intelligence.

The special military operation to protect Donbas became the topic of a telephone conversation between Vladimir Putin and [Belarusian President] Alexander Lukashenko

The presidents also discussed the bilateral agenda and the promotion of union building in the continued negotiations between Moscow and Minsk, which took place in April. They touched upon the topic of interaction in the Eurasian space, including in connection with the preparation of the upcoming meeting of the leaders of the CSTO member states. The presidents reaffirmed their intention to further strengthen their partnership and alliance relations.

A Chinese Foreign Ministry representative published two NATO maps on social media—in 1990 and 2019

The value of the West's promises are as clear as possible. Lijian Zhao, a representative of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, published two NATO maps, from 1990 and 2019, on his social media page. He quoted former US Secretary of State James Baker, who more than 30 years ago in a conversation with Mikhail Gorbachev, assured that the alliance would not move an inch eastward. What do we see now? NATO is right on our borders, and with the prospect of even greater expansion. Finland and Sweden recently announced plans to join the military bloc.

In the Kherson region, in the village of Zelenovka, liberated from nationalists, a torture chamber was found

A terrible discovery in the Kherson region is another torture chamber, which was found by our law enforcement officers in the liberated village of Zelenovka, just seven kilometers from Kherson. In the basement of a roadside cafe, the mined body of a tortured man in a Russian military uniform was discovered. Near to him is an anti-tank shell and TNT. Also evident are syringes scattered all over the cafe and cases from the Javelin complexes that the Americans supply to Ukraine. The Russian Investigative Committee has launched an investigation.

American director Oliver Stone did not rule out the United States carrying out a nuclear provocation

A completely logical question for the United States is, do they realize whose hands the same "Javelins" fall in? And in general, does the White House care about this issue? As it turns out, Washington is ready for any sacrifice as it pursues its goals on another continent. However, all this, of course, is an unspoken political principle. But different statements are made to the public. And, again, they're not without embarrassment. Should you cry or laugh after Joe Biden's speeches?

Oliver Stone said: "I wonder if the U.S. is setting the stage for a low-yield nuclear explosion somewhere in the Donbas region, which would kill thousands of Ukrainians? If that happened, God forbid, all the countries, like a trained Pavlov dog, will blame Russia. That guilt has been set up already in advance, regardless of who launched the device. It would probably take a few days to find out the truth, but the truth isn't important."

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Rubble lies outside a kindergarten that was bombed during the Russian invasion west of Kyiv on April 19, 2022 in Makariv, Ukraine. Neighbors said a single bomb struck the Barvinok school at 5 am on March 7th as Russian forces attacked the town, destroying much of the structure. No one was reported killed in the blast. John Moore/Getty Images

TUESDAY, MAY 3:

Ukrainian nationalists have set up a base at a psychiatric hospital in the Kharkov region

We begin with a message from our National Defense Management Center. Ukrainian nationalists are holding citizens hostage in the basement of a psychiatric hospital in the Kharkov region. They have set up a base in the building. Furthermore, radicals have set up firing positions in schools in the towns of Dnieper, Kramatorsk, and Slavyansk, bringing in armored vehicles, artillery, and multiple-launch rocket systems.

The Ukrainian army is again firing on Donetsk. The towns of Elenovka and Yasinovataya have come under fire as well. In the last 24 hours, dozens of heavy shells have also been launched into the territory of the Lugansk People's Republic. Representatives of the republic report that two peaceful civilians have been killed, and two more have been injured. The nationalists used Grad missiles and mortars.

Russian troops, in contrast to the Ukrainian army, are making high-precision strikes only on military targets

These images, provided by the Defense Ministry, show our advanced radar station and C-300 surface-to-air missile systems in operation. Air defense units from the Central Military Command have begun their combat duties at these new positions. The missile system controls the situation in the air, over a radius of several hundred kilometers. And this video shows an aerial strike on Ukraine's concealed organized positions. The crew of our Su-24M aircraft made the strike from the lowest possible altitude.

Surrendered Ukrainian soldiers are speaking about their commanders, and the situation in the Ukrainian army

Our soldiers are doing all they can to convince the Ukrainian army to lay down its weapons. This is the only correct way out of this situation. We treat prisoners of war in the most humane way. Many soldiers from the Ukrainian armed forces who have already surrendered are saying that they didn't want to join the army; they had to, otherwise they would have been put in prison. They are also speaking about the atmosphere in the Ukrainian ranks. For example, it is normal for them to abandon their fellow soldiers.

One Russian soldier commented: "We approach to within five kilometers of them, and surround them. [Using loudspeakers] we tell them to lay down their weapons and go home, to give themselves up and not to attack us. There have been cases where they have surrendered themselves."

A humanitarian convoy is greeted in the Kharkov region

Russian troops have delivered food items and drinking water -- 40 tons in total. Residents are coming out of their homes to greet them and help them to unload the trucks. Conditions in the region are difficult, and even the most essential items are lacking. Military doctors have also arrived; they are giving people medical advice, providing medical treatments, and people are queuing to receive medicines. Medicines are also being delivered to hospitals in the region's towns, where supplies are running out.

Normal life is returning to liberated Berdyansk

Thanks in part to regular humanitarian aid, life in the liberated districts is now going on as normal. Foreign journalists have been able to see this for themselves. Correspondents, including journalists from western countries, have been in the towns and villages that are under our military's control. They have also visited the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, because all of Europe is worried about its safety. Everywhere the journalists went they spoke to residents and asked them for their opinions. They even went to a wedding -- a perfect example of life going on happily.

The bride, Ekaterina Vasilenko, commented: "We realized that we had survived, we are free... that love conquers all. So we decided to come [to the registry office] and get married. Her husband, Denis Vasilenko, added: "Before everyone was saying: 'Go abroad', especially to the young people. But now I see some prospects for children."

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A boy from Mariupol looks out through the smashed windscreen of his family's car after arriving with his family at an evacuation point for people fleeing Mariupol, Melitopol and the surrounding towns under Russian control on May 02, 2022 in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine. Chris McGrath/Getty Images

MONDAY, MAY 2:

In the Donetsk People's Republic the Ukrainian army is firing on towns and settlements

In the Donetsk People's Republic, there are reports that three peaceful civilians have died in the last 24 hours from shooting by Ukrainian soldiers. Last night, Donetsk itself came under fire—the Ukrainian army attacked two of the city's neighborhoods, including with the use of Grad missiles. Shells were also fired in the direction of Gorlovka—dozens of shots from an air defense missile system—and Yasinovataya.

In the Lugansk People's Republic, there are reports that fighters from the national police force have evacuated 40 peaceful civilians from the town of Popasnaya, who the Ukrainians had been using as human shields. Some of the people had been wounded—they are all being given medical treatment. According to information from the Lugansk People's Republic, the nationalists are now in the north-west part of the town, where they have set up firing positions in residential buildings.

The Russian Defense Ministry has shown footage of its Iskander missile system destroying a Ukrainian Smerch rocket launcher

The Russian Defense Ministry has released new footage showing the Iskander-M missile system in action. In it, a crew is preparing to hit a battery of Smerch multiple-launch rocket systems belonging to the Ukrainian army. Their positions have been calculated by our intelligence. The Russian fighters launch an almost four-ton missile; the target is hundreds of kilometers away.

The strike is made directly at the target point. The task is accomplished. Russia's Iskander systems have already destroyed dozens of the Ukrainian armed forces' strategic facilities, including arms depots, fuel and lubricants, command posts, and troops headquarters.

Odessa remembers the victims of a tragedy at a trade union building

It is a dark day in the history of Ukraine. Odessa is remembering those who died in a tragedy at the city's trade union building. The guilty parties have still not been punished: in fact they are doing all they can to blame their victims for these harrowing events. In 2014, radicals carried out bloodshed among people who didn't support the regime change in Kiev. The radical fighters booby-trapped the trade union building with explosives.

Oksana Didenko, whose husband was injured in the tragedy in 2014, said: 'We understood that it wasn't possible to stay [in Odessa]. It was too dangerous, for our children, for him... it was dangerous for all of our family. So the decision was made to leave."

Russia demands that Kiev orders the neo-Nazis who have taken over the Azovstal steelworks to release people and stop fighting

The radicals are keeping peaceful civilians hostage underground, using children as human shields. Russia demands that Kiev orders the neo-Nazis who have taken over the Azovstal steelworks to release people and stop fighting. The head of our Foreign Ministry Sergey Lavrov spoke about this in an interview with the Italian television outlet Mediaset.

The situation in Ukraine was expectedly the main topic of conversation. The minister reminded us that the West had been trying to divide Moscow and Kiev long before 2014. It encouraged the Ukrainian authorities' persecution of the Russian-speaking population, our media and church, and endorsed laws to promote Nazism.

Mr. Lavrov said that Russia has launched a special operation to protect the people of Donbass, while Ukraine is attacking with impunity its own citizens who disagree with its criminal policies.

Lavrov said: 'The Tochka-U missile strikes in recent weeks have targeted the center of Donetsk, the passenger railway station in Kramatorsk, and a number of other locations, including Kherson. These attacks are clearly aimed at terrorizing the civilian population and preventing the inhabitants of these regions from deciding their own fate. The vast majority of people there are tired of the oppression they have suffered all these years from the regime in Kiev, which is becoming increasingly influential now that it is supported by neo-Nazis, the USA, and their closest allies. Those who came to power as a result of this bloody coup have started a war against their own people, after they had started a war against everything Russian: banning the Russian language, Russian education, and Russian mass media."

Lavrov stressed that was that the USA and Canada were actively training neo-Nazi units, which have joined the ranks of the regular Ukrainian army.

In Melitopol, liberated from nationalists, symbols of the Great Victory are being restored

Thanks to Russian troops, peace is returning to Melitopol. The town is now under our protection, and people can once again honor the memory of their heroes and forefathers, whose heroism Kiev is now doing everything it can to erase. Soon they will be celebrating May 9th in Melitopol again—an important day for many in the town, but an occasion that was forbidden there for many long years.

Vladimir Kapitonov, a World War Two veteran, said: "This [Soviet] flag is the flag of victory for all our nations. We lived as friends, and we will live as friends again. We all fought against fascism together."

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Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a speech at a meeting of advisory council of the Russian parliament in Saint Petersburg on April 27, 2022. ALEXEY DANICHEV/SPUTNIK/AFP via Getty Images

FRIDAY, APRIL 29:

In Donetsk, a petroleum depot is damaged by an attack from the Ukrainian army

The industrial facility burst into flames after it was hit by a missile. Witnesses are sharing images on social networks. The city's authorities have announced that four transformer stations have been left without electricity as a result of the attack.

Meanwhile, hospitals continue to treat peaceful civilians who were injured in yesterday's shelling by Ukrainian radical groups. The areas hit by missiles include a market. Five people were killed, and over 20 more have been hospitalized

Last night, mass shelling by the Ukrainian armed forces hit the towns of Makeyevka and Gorlovka in the Donetsk People's Republic. A child has died, and dozens of people suffered injuries. The powers in Kiev used Grad missiles -- and this is not the first time that they have opened fire on residential areas while retreating. They clearly don't feel that these settlements are theirs.

Russian Ka-52 helicopters are operating in the zone where the special operation in Ukraine is being carried out

Russian pilots are tasked with identifying the positions from where the enemy is shelling, and destroying them. Our helicopters, which are also effective at low altitudes, have no equal here. Ka-52 helicopters operate in the zone where the special operation is being carried out. This helicopter has been nicknamed the Alligator for its formidable power, while the Mi-8 ensures security and covers the other crews.

A pilot of one of the Ka-52 helicopters commented: "Our task is to destroy the enemy's bases. We operate as far away from the enemy as possible, so as not to enter its zone. We operate at a distance of five or six kilometers, depending on the type of missiles [that the other side has]."

Maria Zakharova: Russia has done everything possible to prevent a nuclear war

[Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson] Maria Zakharova has commented on a rumor that is currently being spread in the West, that Moscow is allegedly preparing for a nuclear war. Such statements are a hatchet job, Zakharova stressed, in a commentary that was published on the Foreign Ministry's Telegram channel.

The reason for this new round of hysteria in Western countries was an interview with [foreign minister] Sergei Lavrov, which foreign politicians and media have tried to use in their favor, saying that Russia is to blame for bringing the world to the brink of nuclear war.

Ms. Zakharova said: "Our country is against nuclear war. This is what our minister has said. This is what our diplomacy is guided by in its activities. Perhaps the problem is that western capitals read these interviews as they are narrated in the western media? That is the only possible justification. They simply should not have switched off their alternative sources of information; then they might have listened to Russia's statements as they were originally made, and not according to NATO's own methodology."

The United States Congress has approved a military land lease for Ukraine

The American legislature has approved a draft law on providing Ukraine with military equipment under a land lease. This document also makes it easier for the Americans to give military support to the powers in Kiev. It is noteworthy that members of [Congress] accepted this initiative without a debate: 417 Congressmen voted for it, and only 10 voted against.

This so-called land lease act bestows a wider range of powers on the American president. It means that Washington will be sending military equipment and weapons not only for Ukraine to use on a temporary basis, but other countries in Eastern Europe as well.

There are no clauses in the document that would prevent any particular resources from being sent. That is to say, the USA can provide its partners with anything and in any volume.

Ukraine continues to use provocations in an attempt to discredit the Russian army

Our Defense Ministry has told of new instances of the Ukrainian armed forces subjecting peaceful civilians to inhumane treatment. They are continuing to use the population as a human shield. According to information from our troops, the powers in Kiev have brought heavy weapons into residential buildings and schools in Kharkov and Odessa, and set up firing positions inside them. In addition to this, they are continuing to stage provocations with the aim of discrediting the Russian army.

The Russian Ministry of Defense commented: "In the town of Liman in the Donetsk People's Republic, a unit of the Ukrainian armed forces is shooting at residential areas from the edges of the town using projectile missiles. While this is happening, journalists from Ukrainian and western information agencies film video footage of the destroyed buildings from safe locations, sometimes even using quadcopters. These videos are intended to be used in fake news reports about supposed 'crimes by Russian soldiers', which are planned to be disseminated widely in the western media and on the internet. Such inhuman acts and provocations by the neo-Nazis show once again that the Ukrainian authorities have no concept of morals, or the principles of international humanitarian law. The lives of innocent people are completely unimportant to them."

Tank crews and motorized infantry have been given state awards for their excellence during the special operation in Ukraine

Every day, our troops accomplish their tasks bravely and faithfully, moving forward shoulder to shoulder. Our Defense Ministry has released a video of our outstanding tank crews and motorized infantry being honored with state awards.

The modest ceremony took place right on the front lines, in a rare moment of calm between battles. Around 20 fighters from the Southern Military Region were presented with medals for bravery, and their officers received the Order of Courage

The Russian Defense Ministry has released new evidence of barbarity by Ukrainian nationalists during the Second World War

The declassified documents have been published on the agency's website as part of the 'Archives Remember Everything' project. These documents contain materials about the brutal crimes of the Banderites, including about how they killed Soviet pilots, and how they robbed and murdered civilians.

It is for this reason that in May 1944, it was decided to carry out a special operation against the Nazi collaborators. The recently published documents also contain details of how the Banderovites came up with their plots.

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Ukrainian servicemen Vasyl, 51, and his son Denys, 22, pose at a checkpoint near Barvinkove, eastern Ukraine, on April 25, 2022, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP via Getty Images

THURSDAY, APRIL 28:

Ukrainian troops attacked Kherson last night with Tochka-U missiles

Russia's air defense systems managed to intercept two of the three missiles. Information agencies are reporting that one of the targets was a television tower, but the building did not suffer any serious damage. Images being circulated on social media seem to show that remnants of the downed missiles fell on residential buildings and also one of the town's parks.

One of the explosions made a crater about five meters wide. According to the RIA Novosti news agency, there were no casualties, as there was no one on the streets due to a curfew being in force. The shells reportedly came from the direction of Nikolayev region, a territory controlled by Kiev.

Russian air defense forces successfully repel attacks by Ukrainian drones

These indispensable air defense systems ensure that all attacks are successfully repelled. In terms of their engineering, air defence systems are the most sophisticated military hardware: they carry equipment that simultaneously helps with reconnaissance, targeting, and tracking. Not even the smallest drones can escape the sharp eyes of modern Russian air defense systems.

A soldier said: "It's a powerful weapon for destroying low-flying targets. It has a range of up to five kilometers, and a speed of 360 meters a second."

The Russian Defense Ministry announces that the Kiev regime is shamelessly using civilian infrastructure

The Kiev regime is continuing to shamelessly use civilian infrastructure as bases for its fighters. In Zaporozhye, a squad from one of the Ukrainian Nazi battalions set up a base in a hospital, placing armored vehicles and artillery outside the building. The powers in Kiev are stopping at nothing to create new provocations.

Mikhail Mizintsev, head of the National Defense Management Center, commented: "With the aim of disseminating staged photo and video footage, initiated by Ukrainian and western information agencies, including from the USA, Latvia, Great Britain and Poland, military equipment was dumped at the central market in the town of Lisichansk. The next day the Ukrainian army fired on and destroyed it. Ambulances are transporting the bodies of Ukrainian soldiers that have been dressed in civilian clothes. First and foremost, this shows cynicism towards their own people. The Ukrainians' treatment of their dead soldiers mirrors the barbarity of the Nazis during the Second World War. Only now the Kiev regime is using new methods."

Russian soldiers on the front lines are awarded well-deserved state awards

Every day, our boys go selflessly into battle with the enemy, liberating more and more settlements from armed groups. And as has become tradition, the troops are presented with well-deserved government awards right on the front lines.

More than 20 soldiers from the motorized rifle regiment have received insignia of the Central Military District, and their commander received the Order of Courage. Colonel general Aleksandr Lapin, the district's troop commander, arrived to present them. Colonel Lapin congratulated all the soldiers on the successful fulfilment of their tasks.

Schools in Mariupol open again

In places where terrible shelling and nationalist atrocities are a thing of the past, peaceful life is gradually being restored. In Mariupol, children can walk on the streets again. And schools have begun to prepare for the new school year by compiling class lists and delivering textbooks. Many children have admitted that they miss going to school.

A resident, Aleksandra Pilupolskaya, commented: "My son is in the third grade. I want him to start school again just as soon as possible, because we've been sitting at home for two months."

Volunteers from the Moscow region have delivered humanitarian aid to Mariupol

Schoolchildren from the Moscow region have collected humanitarian aid as part of the "Good Deed" campaign. More than 1,200 parcels were distributed to local residents. The parcels contain essentials such as food, bottled water, medicines, and sweets for children.

Queues lined up to wait for the trucks. It was already the fifth such journey. Over 430 tons of humanitarian aid have been collected so far, with the support of regional authorities. These supplies have previously been delivered to the town of Yasinovataya and the village of Pervomaisky.

The governor of Moscow region Andrey Vorobyov said: 'Thanks to some companies here we are transporting medical supplies. These are needed for first aid, as well as for everyday illnesses. There is a great need for everything, and the 1,200 schools that have taken part in this program have done something really important. Medicines, hygiene products, children's drawings, pens and paper — essentially everything that they asked us for. So thank you again to everyone who took part in the program. We will continue'.

The Pentagon has reported that the USA is preparing to send another consignment of military vehicles to Ukraine

These are multi-purpose armored personnel carriers, designed, among other things, to transport troops to the front line. While this was taking place, United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken made yet another ambiguous statement: He said that it was for the authorities in Kiev to decide whether or not to begin combat operations on Russian territory.

In doing so, Blinken continued the militaristic rhetoric of British Deputy Defense Minister James Heappey, who the other day said that Ukraine has the right to attack targets on Russian territory.

British Foreign Minister Liz Truss later added: "The West needs to double its military support for Kiev." Although there doesn't seem to be much scope for this anymore. The German Defense Ministry is already hinting that Germany doesn't have enough themselves.

German Defense Minister Christina Lambrecht had commented: "For example, in theory we have 350 Puma infantry fighting vehicles, but in reality only 150 of them are actually combat-ready. 150! You could say that our capabilities are limited. The situation with the Tiger attack helicopter is no different. Only nine out of 51 are in a state to take off."

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A Ukrainian soldier stands on an armoured personnel carrier not far from the front-line with Russian troops, in Izyum district, Kharkiv region on April 18, 2022, during the Russian invasion of Ukraine. ANATOLII STEPANOV/AFP via Getty Images

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27:

Ukrainian fighters set up a weapons base at a nursing home and use force on elderly residents

Our Defense Ministry has told of grievous new facts about the Kiev authorities' inhumane treatment of peaceful civilians. Mikhail Mizintsev, the head of Russia's joint coordination headquarters for humanitarian response, announced that the Ministry has learned of two settlements where the Ukrainian army and nationalist groups are planning acts of provocation.

One of these is the town of Liman in the Donetsk People's Republic. Mr. Mizintsev said that fighters there have set up a base in a nursing home, bringing heavy weapons into the building and using staff and elderly residents as a human shield.

Another of their provocations is laying mines in infrastructure objects. In the town of Nikolaev, fighters from the territorial defense forces have set up another horrific provocation, with many intended casualties. In the Korabelnyi district, on Znamenskaya Street next to the Nikolaevsky airplane repair plant, neo-Nazis have installed radio-controlled explosives, which they plan to use for a mass killing of peaceful civilians. They will then blame this on the Russian military.

The Defense Ministry has also announced that the authorities in Kiev and groups of Nazi fighters are preventing peaceful civilians from returning to some settlements in the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics, and also the Kherson, Kharkov, Zaporozhye and Nikolaev regions. Our army has cleared these territories of radicals and Ukrainian soldiers, and is restoring normal life. But people who had previously moved to Ukraine's central and western regions are now being blocked from returning home along Russian humanitarian corridors.

Every day Russian soldiers protect peaceful civilians from nationalists

Our soldiers are showing courage and heroism, acting with determination and bravery.

Senior Lieutenant Dzhavad Mamutov and his rocket crew struck seven nationalist bases, a military airfield and three enemy air defense systems. This allowed our troops to make a swift offensive in radical-controlled areas and significantly reduce the enemy's military capability.

Tank commander sergeant Artyom Salynov destroyed more than ten radicals, took out a so-called "roving" mortar, a BMP, and several trucks carrying ammunition. He also eliminated mines planted on the approach to a populated area and provided a corridor for Russian motorized riflemen.

Sergey Dremlyuga and his convoy came under mortar and aerial fire. The major instantly oriented himself and led his subordinates out from under attack, before attacking two heavily armed groups of nationalists. Up to 15 militants were killed. The rest retreated.

Faithful jet fighters and bombers demonstrate our superiority in the skies during the special operation

Our pilots are also showing heroism every day while performing their military tasks. In the skies they are without equal. The faithful jet fighters and bombers, and their superbly trained crews, mark our clear superiority in the air.

One of the pilots commented: 'We haven't come across the enemy in the sky for a long time--almost since the beginning of the military operation. Positions in the air were established in the first few days of the special military operation.'

The Russian Defense Ministry has released images of weapons that Ukrainian nationalists abandoned when retreating from the Lugansk People's Republic

The seized equipment includes items from the Soviet era. But there were also many modern weapons, most of them from NATO countries: anti-tank guided missiles and shoulder-fired missiles.

In total, the Defense Ministry announced, our troops discovered around a thousand items of various weapons and ammunition at a site in some fields.

One soldier commented: "It's mainly Soviet weapons, but also Javelins, NLAWs, German anti-tank missiles, missiles that the Soviets made for export, and also other foreign firearms. At the moment it's mostly NATO countries' anti-tank missiles being brought in".

Great Britain signals its intention to deliver high-tech missiles to Ukraine

According to the United Kingdom's deputy defense minister, James Heappey, London is ready to provide Kiev with its Brimstone missiles in the near future. These are self-directed air-to-ground missiles, capable of hitting moving targets with great accuracy. According to Heappey, London may deliver the missiles by May 10.

The British defence ministry had previously said that it had no plans to supply missiles, even anti-ship Harpoon missiles, to Ukraine at all.

The eternal flame is re-lit in a town in Kherson region

In Kherson region, in one of the towns that our troops have liberated from Ukrainian radicals, the eternal flame has been lit for the first time in eight years. Videos capturing this moment have appeared on the internet. When the flame appears in the statue's basin, residents can be heard cheering and applauding.

The town has also begun preparations for celebrating the 77th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. Now anyone who wishes to can lay flowers beneath the eternal flame and pay their respects to those who died in the War.

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A dog crosses a street of Mariupol on April 12, 2022, as Russian troops intensify a campaign to take the strategic port city. ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP via Getty Images

TUESDAY, APRIL 26:

The Russian Defense Ministry announces a new sabotage plot by Ukrainian nationalists

Mikhail Mizintsev, the head of Russia's joint coordination headquarters for humanitarian response, has announced that nationalist battalions have planted explosives at a dam in a reservoir in the town of Karlovka, in the Donetsk People's Republic. In the event of an explosion, six settlements and over 10,000 people will be in the blast zone, and their drainage and water treatment facilities will suffer damage.

This explosion will worsen the epidemiological situation, and lead to the spread of infectious diseases. This, Mr. Mizintsev pointed out, is only the latest evidence of Kiev's indifference to human life.

Mr. Mizintsev, head of the National Defense Management Center of Russia, commented: "Despite the Russian Federation's efforts to evacuate peaceful civilians from the Azovstal steelworks, the powers in Kiev have cynically prevented this humanitarian operation from being carried out. As of 20:00 Moscow time on 25 April 2022, no one has been able to use the humanitarian corridor that we have tried to facilitate. Officials in Kiev are constantly and publicly announcing that there are currently workers from the Azovstal plant, as well as some women and children, in the plant's underground facilities, while at the same time they are rejecting all humanitarian initiatives by the Russian side, and are taking no practical steps to evacuate these people."

While liberating the Donbass, Russian artillery, motorized infantry and tank units destroy Ukrainian army facilities

The Russian military, together with armed forces from the people's republics, are liberating more and more settlements from Ukrainian nationalist groups. The advance of motorized infantry and tank units is ensured by artillery -- they are not called the "god of war" for nothing. This artillery provides reconnaissance of targets from drones, and precise aiming, volleys, and changes of position. Correspondent Guseyn Guseynov went on a combat mission with one of the units in the Lugansk People' Republic.

Guseynov explained that the artillery operates non-stop, to ensure that the enemy is under constant fire. In order to ensure that they do not come under fire themselves, Russian units constantly change their positions.

Russian soldiers are showing professionalism, courage, and heroism during the special operation in Ukraine

Sergeant Velimir Trigub and his incursion team discovered a base being used by the nationalists. Our boys were outnumbered in the battle, but more than 20 radicals were killed. At one moment Velimir and five of his comrades were separated from the rest of the team but managed to successfully hold off the enemies until reinforcements arrived.

Lieutenant colonel Andrey Naidanov was able to get one hundred personnel and 40 vehicles to the target area without loss of life. The convoy covered two hundred kilometres. On several occasions Naidanov led the group out of enemy fire by performing counter-strike maneuvers.

Sailor Sergey Voshkov was wounded as he participated in the liberation of a village. When a vehicle carrying ammunition came under enemy fire, he immediately jumped into the burning car and drove it away from the rest of the unit. Sergey managed to get out of the vehicle before it exploded, and returned to his team. He has been awarded with a bravery medal.

Russian army units destroy a Ukrainian weapons storage facility

Russian military units have destroyed a base belonging to the Ukrainian army where weapons were being stored. The Defense Ministry has announced that a large quantity of arms and ammunition was found at a warehouse.

In addition, the warehouse contained a workshop where damaged vehicles had been repaired before being sent back into battle. As they fled from the location, Ukrainian groups left behind all their equipment, belongings and other items, including personal documents.

Vladimir, the head of the unit's transportation service, commented: 'We have seized this military equipment, and it is now in our possession. There are about a hundred items of various makes -- Tunguska and Shilka anti-aircraft weapons, radar systems, and equipment for servicing military hardware".

Large-scale negotiations on military support for Ukraine to take place in Germany

Significant negotiations about providing Ukraine with military support are to be held at the Rammstein American airbase in Germany. Twenty countries have confirmed that they will take part in the talks, including some from outside NATO. All the attendees have been invited by the United States.

As the Pentagon has already announced, the parties want to discuss existing supplies of arms, and possible amendments to their deliveries to satisfy the demands of the Kiev authorities. The Americans have already been supplying Ukraine with weapons and ammunition for several months, totaling approximately four billion dollars. This is without taking supplies from other nations into account.

On the eve of these negotiations, Poland confirmed that it has sent another consignment of tanks to Kiev. Great Britain will give self-propelled anti-aircraft guns, armored vehicles, and bouncing munitions. It is likely that almost a hundred more tanks will arrive from Germany, although German media reports that these tanks will not be new.

Outside of Ukraine, the arming of the country with weapons and equipment has gotten out of control. This was announced by foreign minister Sergey Lavrov before his appearance on the programme 'The Great Game'. The Pentagon has previously openly admitted that it cannot keep track of how many weapons the United States has given to Kiev.

Volunteers clean up the streets of liberated Mariupol

Some of the weapons that the West is equipping Kiev with are being used by Ukrainian nationalist groups and the Ukrainian army to destroy villages in the Donbass. But in the places where armed gangs have already caused damage, people are gradually settling back into a normal, peaceful life.

Sergey Yailo, one of the volunteers, commented: "Someone has to do this, because this is my city, and I want to live here. And to be able to live here, we need to clean up. So everyone should come out and put things back into place. Everything is damaged right now, but it will be great again."

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said there are some things he would not concede during any upcoming peace talks with Russia. In this photo, Zelensky is seen speaking during a press conference with international media in an underground metro station in Kyiv on April 23, 2022. Getty

MONDAY, APRIL 25:

The Russian Defense Ministry publishes images of the Iskander tactical missile system at work

In the footage, a strike is made on military infrastructure belonging to Ukrainian forces. According to information provided by our intelligence services, the Ukrainian army had stored weapons and military equipment in warehouses, as well as ammunition for them. This was all being used to equip Ukrainian combat groups.

The target was destroyed with a series of accurate strikes. The missile launcher then left its location at top speed and changed launch positions to implement high-precision launches on new enemy targets.

The territory of the Ilyich factory in Mariupol is being inspected

Together with forces from the Donetsk People's Republic, the Russian army has cleared the Ilyich factory in Mariupol, and an inspection of the territory is now underway. Our troops are finding caches of weapons, discarded personal items belonging to Ukrainian combatants, illegal substances, and mobile phones.

A Ukrainian prisoner of war has told our correspondent how all these items were intended to be used, and how Kiev's security chiefs had been living in bunkers. During a reconnaissance mission at the now-secured plant, Sergeant Evgeny Ermolenko revealed that approximately 300 Ukrainian combatants had been hiding there.

Russian soldiers are showing courage and heroism every day during the special operation in Ukraine

While seizing control of a dam, first lieutenant Ilya Pakulov discovered one of the enemy's crucial lines of defense. He moved towards it in his armored vehicle and drew the enemy fire on himself. As he did so, he identified the nationalists' firing points and relayed their coordinates to Russian army headquarters. He was wounded in the attack, but still managed to get his group out of danger. He has been awarded the Order of Courage.

Major Dmitry Lysenko adjusted the direction of artillery fire while our troops were liberating a village. Nationalists had hit his post with mortars. Lysenko was wounded by fragments of the shell, and suffered a concussion, but moved to a back-up position and continued to perform the tasks required of him.

Soldier Ilya Kochengin also stayed in his position after being wounded. Together with his group he blocked an advance by radicals in one of the enemy's villages, opened fire on them with a grenade launcher, and didn't let the enemy breach their defenses to mount a counterattack.

Russian Mi-8 combat helicopters in Donbass protect convoys of equipment from the air

The advance of our troops is being successfully covered from the air. The convoys of equipment are accompanied by combat helicopters, in particular Mi-8 helicopters. Our Ministry of Defense has released footage of them at work. The main task of these helicopters is to detect enemy ambushes before they happen, and strike if necessary. To do this, the pilots keep at an extremely low altitude.

At the helicopter base, it was explained that the Mi-8 helicopters fly as low as possible in order to give the convoys the closest possible protection, and also to monitor the surroundings.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin make a visit to Kiev

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Pentagon chef Lloyd Austin have visited Kiev. There has so far been no official announcement about this by the Americans, but the Ukrainian side has provided a few details.

According to one of the Ukrainian president's advisers, Aleksey Arestovich, Vladimir Zelensky has already met with his transatlantic guests. The Associated Press agency has added that Blinken and Austin announced that Washington will provide Kiev with another instalment of military financing.

The US is refusing even to officially confirm the fact that Blinken and Austin were in Ukraine. The American television channel NBC has explained that they are waiting for them to return home safely before admitting to the trip. Washington remained silent even when Zelensky himself announced their visit.

A rally is held in Germany in support of Russian citizens and against Russophobia in the West

In the German town of Heilbronn, in defiance of all the Russophobic sentiments prevailing in the West, a rally was held in support of our country. Dozens of people joined the protest, despite the fact that it was raining.

Participants carried the Russian and German flags through the streets. Many of them also carried placards with the words: "We are against discrimination." The high point of the rally, in every sense, was when the crowd released balloons in the colors of the two countries' flags into the sky.

Damage from Airstrikes in Irpin
This aerial photograph taken on April 24, 2022 shows a destroyed residential area in Irpin, northwest of Kyiv, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. GENYA SAVILOV/AFP via Getty Images

FRIDAY, APRIL 22:

Kyiv is preparing a new provocation to blame on Russia

Kyiv has prepared another provocation to blame our military. This time, it is looting.This was reported in the National Defense Control Center. The scenario has been developed: the staging was filmed, the footage of which will be promoted by the Western media. For authenticity, the nationalists used Russian uniforms and cars with the letter Z.

"According to reliable information that's become available, the Kiev regime prepared in advance another sophisticated provocation in the settlement of Voskresenskoye of the Nikolayev Region in order to discredit the Russian armed forces before the world community. Under command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, specialists in information and psychological operations conducted a staged filming of 'acts of looting' allegedly committed by Russian servicemen against civilians: militants of the 191st battalion of the 123rd territorial defense brigade dressed in Russian uniforms brazenly robbed private houses using cars with the sign 'Z' and took photos and videos of their rampages on their mobile phones," said Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev, head of the National Defense Control Center of the Russian Federation.

Mykhail Mizintsev also said that in Zaporizhia, Ukrainian security forces are recruiting gangs to intimidate residents, who they consider to be insufficiently patriotic. The militants know they can act with impunity. They are extremely cruel to everyone, including elderly people, women or children.

It also became known that the Romanian branch of the Red Cross has been forced to suspend the supply of humanitarian aid to Odessa, because officials plunder food and medicine. Our National Defense Control Center also said that in one day almost 15,000 people were evacuated to Russia from dangerous regions of Ukraine, the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republic.

Humanitarian aid is transported under shelling from the Ukrainian army

This video from the Ministry of Defense shows the districts in the Kharkiv region that have been liberated from the radicals. Our convoy is moving through towns. Locals warmly welcome the Russian military by going out into the street to greet the fighters.

Army helicopters cover the equipment from the air. On the ground, road-commandant garrisons provide security. Our military is helping to establish a peaceful life in the liberated areas. They provide medical care to people. People are taken to medical institutions if it is required. And, of course, humanitarian aid is regularly brought to residents.

Another convoy, a humanitarian one, arrived in one of the villages of the Lugansk People's Republic. They donated food, including to the local church. The priest says that such help is extremely important before Easter. People do not have the opportunity to put together a festive meal.

Earlier, meanwhile, the Russian Defense Ministry warned that Kiev is preparing provocations on Easter night, which will involve a large number of victims. In Zaporizhia, Mykolaiv, Odessa, Sumy, and Kharkiv regions, the radicals are going to open fire on churches in order to accuse our military later on in the same way.

The Ukrainian military fired 40 shells of the Grad multiple launch rocket system at Lugansk People's Republic over the past day

Not only is there a lack of food, in some cities and villages, water is a real treasure. Water is rarely delivered under shelling. In some places, it is brought once every two weeks. Every drop counts. But it is also necessary to restore the houses, which are in ruins. In such conditions, people are not living, they are surviving. And they really believe that under the protection of the Lugansk military, peace will return to them again.

Over the past eight years, Nikolai Shevchuk's home has been under shelling multiple times, but the consequences have never been as serious as now. Nikolai Shevchuk, a resident, said: "I was sitting, watching TV and at that moment there was an explosion beneath the window. I managed to get down onto the floor, everything flew around me." The explosion was so powerful that the iron gate crumpled like a piece of paper and the stone walls crumbled.

Russian Ministry of Defense has announced the names of heroes who are liberating news areas of Ukraine from radicals

A motorized rifle brigade under the command of Colonel Azatbek Omurbekov occupied an important line of defense and held it, steadfastly repelling enemy attacks. Thanks to this, control over one of the main directions was ensured.

Battery calculations of a missile division under Lieutenant Aleksey Zelensky destroyed the most important military facilities, which significantly reduced the combat potential and capabilities of the nationalists.

A motorized rifle company under the command of Captain Nikolai Zubets liberated a settlement, and a few days later, having discovered that they were outnumbered by militants, Zubets forced the militants to continue to retreat.

The Russian Ministry of Defense launched a portal about the liberation of Mariupol in 1943

The historical portal "Mariupol.Liberation" is dedicated to the heroes of the Great Patriotic War. It was launched by the Russian Ministry of Defense. The Donbas operation of 1943 is in these documents: texts of radiograms, excerpts from combat logs, reports on the operation to liberate the city.

Particular attention is paid to award lists and descriptions of the feats of Red Army soldiers. There is special section about falsehoods created by the Nazis. The Ministry of Defense notes that their current Ukrainian followers use all the same criminal methods.

In the Zaporozhye region, units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine fired on a hospital

A rocket strike, a wave of an explosion, fire, yet doctors at the operating table are not interrupted for a moment. This happened in the Zaporozhye region when units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine hit the hospital with precision, there were no combat units nearby. Alexei Ivanov found out at what cost Russian surgeons continue working in such conditions.

Marat Hatagov, the commander of the special medical unit, said, "The roof is stitched together, and the oxygen. We're literally lucky they haven't exploded. The tanks are dented." When the attack happened almost all the medics were carrying out an urgent operation.

As for the damage, you can see what kinds of conditions military doctors are forced to work in. These aren't just smashed windows, they're an opening. Shrapnel flew out. You can see how the metal was bent.

European officials offer citizens ways to save on electricity

The price of the sanctions war. Are the Europeans ready to ruin their lives for the sake of the so-called fight with Russia? Their authorities seem to have decided so. Italy, which is facing an electricity shortage, has announced Operation Thermostat. From May, schools and public buildings will be banned from installing air conditioners in temperatures below 25 degrees celsius in summer. And in winter, the rooms cannot be higher than 19 degrees celsius. Non-compliance will be fined up to 3,000 euros.

It's even sadder in Germany. Tips on how to save on everything are now popular in the media. Close the refrigerator door faster, dry clothes on a line rather than in an electric dryer. This is not even the worst of it. People are being asked to wash less often, and even better without soap and not fully.

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Ukrainian intelligence released audio of what it said was a Russia soldier telling his wife on a call that Moscow's forces had carried out an attack against a Russian town to blame Ukrainians. Above, Russian soldiers patrol at a drama theater on April 12 in Mariupol, Ukraine. ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP via Getty Images

THURSDAY, APRIL 21:

Ukraine disrupted the evacuation from the Azovstal plant in Mariupol, the Russian Defense Ministry said

The humanitarian operation at Azovstal was cynically disrupted by the Ukrainian authorities, our National Defence Control Center said. Nationalists and foreign mercenaries refused to lay down their arms and use the open corridor. An order from Kiev never followed.

Russia has guaranteed life, security, and medical care for everyone who decides to surrender. According to the People's Militia of the Donetsk People's Republic, in just two days, only five servicemen left the territory. But yesterday, it was possible to evacuate more than 100 civilians from the area near Azovstal. They were taken to a safe place.

Kiev does not care about its military, in the same way that nationalists do not care about civilians. And here's confirmation of that. It became known that weapons and firing points are located in hospitals in Slavyansk and Lysychansk. Epidemiological disaster is possible in Nikolaev. There are no utilities, central water supply is turned off, people collect water from rivers, ponds and abandoned wells. Meanwhile, the militants are handing out weapons to everyone.

Mikhail Mizintsev, Head of the National Defense Control Center, said: "Against the backdrop of the deteriorating humanitarian situation, territorial Defense militants carry out mass uncontrolled distribution of weapons and medicines that contain drugs to the local population, conduct punitive raids in order to identify any signs of pro-Russian views among local residents. All suspects are detained and taken away in an unknown direction. During these violent raids, nationalists forcibly seize valuable property and food ostensibly for the needs of the territorial Defense."

Famous journalist Gonzalo Lira Lopez disappeared in Kharkiv

Gonzalo Lira Lopez is an American journalist with Chilean Heritage, who has spoken about Kiev's crimes against civilians. Recently he worked in Kharkiv, but on April 15, his communications stopped. According to media reports, his phone is still receiving messages and someone is even reading them, but there have been no replies. The Chilean Foreign Ministry has already started searching for the journalist.

In one of his recent articles on his blog, Lira said he could be kidnapped by the Ukrainian SBU. Until April 15, his blog was updated daily — very often articles criticized the Kiev regime.

"Violent criminals were released from Kharkiv prisons — they were given uniforms and weapons — and they are actively preventing the evacuation of civilians. Because of these criminals, it is now impossible to leave Kharkov. Not because of the Russians, but because of the thugs of the Zelensky regime. The Zelensky regime is using civilians as human shields. That is why here, in Kharkov, everyone is trapped," the journalist wrote.

Said Scott Ritter, a military analyst and UN weapons inspector in Iraq from 1991 to 1998: "Gonzo [Lira] said any disappearance of more than 12 hours should be treated as if something bad had happened to him. It's been five days. If this had been a New York Times reporter disappearing in Russian controlled territory, it would be headline news — especially if a Chechen hunter killer' team had taken credit for his death. But with Gonzo — silence."

Gonzalo Lira is one of the few Western journalists who spoke honestly about what is happening in Ukraine (rare courage in the current realities). He often exposed falsehoods about Russia and our military and tried to convey to the world the truth about the crimes of the Armed Forces of Ukraine against the civilian population.

Ukrainian militants planned to blow up a building under the guise of Russian and Lugansk fighters

The Ukrainian propaganda factory is working at full capacity. More confirmation of this was discovered by the Lugansk People's Republic military. The militants were preparing a provocation — they were going to blow up one of the buildings, but in such a way as to blame our fighters and the Lugansk fighters (a military uniform was found in the house, not at all similar to the Ukrainian one).

The terrible truth about the atrocities of the radicals is drowning in a stream of lies. In the West, it is somehow not customary to talk about this, but it has long been important to talk about what evil the defenders of Donbas have been fighting against. They fight selflessly: they have something to fight for, people to fight for.

The Russian Defense Ministry published footage of the Smerch multiple launch rocket system in operation

The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation published footage of the Smerch multiple launch rocket system in operation. Information that was received from the scouts confirms that ammunition, equipment, and weapons of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are currently located in a camouflaged airfield.

The combat mission of the "Smerch" is to destroy the warehouses. The footage shows the preparation and rocket launch. It hits right on target, as always. The delicate accuracy of the strike is confirmed by intelligence. After firing, the launchers take up new positions.

Dozens of bodies of civilians found in a Mariupol hospital

Terrible footage from Mariupol. We have previously said that Ukrainian radicals are establishing firing points in hospitals. In yet more confirmation of this, military investigators found dozens of bodies of civilians in one of the city's hospitals.

Our Investigative Committee is conducting a criminal case, in which the main defendants are the military of the 36th Marine Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, who are known for their cruelty. The command of the unit often ordered subordinates to fire at residential buildings and infrastructure facilities. Recently, the commander of the Marines was eliminated, and more than a thousand soldiers surrendered.

A hospital was set up in a former hospital in the Lugansk Republic

Our doctors work with the doctors of the Lugansk People's Republic. Patients are not divided into friends and foes. People are being brought back from the brink of death, including members of the Ukrainian military. When they come around, they admit that they thought they would be subjected to torture and humiliation in captivity. And, actually, the opposite is true.

Vladimir Chepikov, a Ukrainian soldier said, "I was ridiculously scared. If it weren't for the Russian army, I would have died of blood loss. I am so grateful to the Russian army."

China does not accept unilateral sanctions, Xi Jinping says

China is against unilateral sanctions and double standards. Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke about this today in his address to the participants of the Asian Economic Forum on Hainan Island.

"We are against unilateral sanctions and do not intend to pursue a policy aimed at forming blocs and intensifying confrontation. All countries are on the big ship of a common destiny. To overcome the stormy waves and sail towards a brighter future, they must work together. Trying to throw someone into the sea is unacceptable. In today's world, any one-sidedness is doomed for failure. Any pressure, severing of ties, cutting off supplies is doomed for failure," Xi Jinping said.

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A man walks past a building with a symbol "Z" in the colours of the ribbon of Saint George and the slogan reading: "We don't give up on our people", in Saint Petersburg on April 8, 2022, in support of Russian military action in Ukraine. OLGA MALTSEVA/Getty Images

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20

Russia asks militants and foreign mercenaries at the besieged Azovstal plant to lay down their arms

Russia has once again invited nationalists and foreign mercenaries who are staying in Azovstal to cease hostilities and lay down their arms from 2pm today. The Russian Armed Forces are guided by humane principles. After all, the Ukrainian authorities have not taken any action to save the military personnel of their own country. And the commanders of the armed formations are not ready to surrender without an order from Kyiv, fearing a military tribunal.

This was announced by the head of our National Defense Control Center Mikhail Mizintsev. He particularly stressed once again: To everyone who lays down their arms, our country guarantees the preservation of life, complete security, and the provision of medical care. Russia has already confirmed its humane attitude towards prisoners of war. All this has been said more than once yesterday, when Russia declared a period of silence. Buses and ambulances were ready for those who were at Azovstal.

No one came out along the humanitarian corridor. But our military evacuated more than 100 civilians, who were not on the territory of the plant itself, but in houses located nearby. They are all being helped now.

In areas under shelling by Ukrainian militants, people are forced to hide in basements

There is no life, only survival — no medicine, no food. And a chilling habit of not flinching from nearby explosions was developed. The Russian military and volunteers come to the rescue, bringing humanitarian supplies. Russian football fans also sent a car with essential items.

Residents say that they have been fighting to survive not only for the past two months. The Kiev regime has oppressed the Russian-speaking population for the past eight years as much as it could. One resident, Valeriya Norchenko, said: "We are not people to them. Since 2014, we have had to lay barbed wire around us. We have had to throw bombs. Here we have defective people. We're not people at all."

Russian humanitarian aid arrives in various Ukrainian regions

The path, of course, is not safe — the radicals can open fire at any moment. In one district, the passage of a column is monitored from the air with the help of an air balloon. According to reports, a group of saboteurs was spotted in the forest thanks to the air balloon.

Every day, the Russian military defending Donbass show resilience, courage, and professionalism

Private Vasily Shpilchin was involved in the liberation of a town. He discovered the militants, who had been tasked with preventing our troops from reaching the station, which was controlled by the nationalists. Shpilchin destroyed the radicals and their equipment. As a result, the militants who occupied the station were left without fire support and they retreated.

Lieutenant Colonel of the Medical Service Khazbi Makoev was so shell-shocked during an attack that he lost consciousness. But as soon as he regained consciousness, he organized the evacuation of the wounded from the field hospital. He provided first aid to a total of 120 soldiers during fierce fighting.

In Kherson, which was liberated from Ukrainian gangs, a replica of the Banner of Victory was raised

In Kherson, our soldiers raised a replica of the Banner of Victory. They had hoisted it over the Reichstag in 1945. One of the main symbols of the Great Patriotic War has returned to the city memorial complex. And the residents acknowledged that they has been waiting a long time for this to happen. So far, many are afraid to speak openly about what they really feel—years of living in fear has taken its toll.

One resident, Natalia, said: "We want the banner to be here, I want my grandson to learn Russian, Russian history and know victory. We support this. And many of us here support this."

Another resident, Sergei said: "I specifically came to look at the eternal flame, at the flag that was raised on the flagpole. The red flag is the flag of victory. For me, this means liberation from what has been on this territory for 30 years,"

Another symbol that Ukraine tries to forget is the eternal flame. In Kherson, it had been extinguished. This saved gas. It was turned on twice a year. The new administration ordered that the fire must always burn.

The West calls for peace in its rhetoric, but in reality it pumps Ukraine with weapons

Its rhetoric calls for peace, its actions incite war. Such is the contradictory West, ready to pump Ukraine with new weapons without stopping.

Romania now wants to change its legislation so that it is possible to legally donate weapons from state reserves to Kiev. Norway sent another 100 missile systems. Britain promised to send new artillery. Germany shrugs its shoulders: its own reserves are practically depleted, but there is a way out — Kiev can buy everything it needs from German defense reserves, and Berlin will compensate for the costs later.

The United States is not excluded from this. Lockheed Martin Corporation, a manufacturer of attack drones and anti-tank Javelins, has begun negotiations with the Pentagon to increase military supplies. However, according to the CNN channel, the US is worried about who will actually get the weapons. Deliveries are increasing, but in the end, they can't be responsible for them.

What happens to weapons that are sent to Ukraine? The US doesn't really know.

CNN reported: "Because the US military is not on the ground, the US and NATO are heavily reliant on information provided by Ukraine's government. Privately, officials recognize that Ukraine has an incentive to give only information that will bolster their case for more aid, more arms and more diplomatic assistance."

One source told CNN, "We have almost no information in the fog of war."CNN reported: "Everything drops into a big black hole, and you have almost no sense of it at all after a short period of time."

UN Security Council Members yet again failed to reach an agreement on any points of dispute

This irresponsible behavior can, in fact, only mean one thing: the West needs Ukrainians like cannon fodder. The First Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN, Dmitry Polyansky, was forced to say this at a meeting of the Security Council. It was yet another meeting that yielded no results. There was a fundamental refusal to hear about Kiev's crimes and complete disregard for Moscow's arguments. The sad truth, it turns out, is that financial gain for the West is more important than the fate of people.

Polyansky also said that biologists in Kharkiv, linked to America's military industrial complex, carried out experiments on people. Polyansky said: "The US scientists from a laboratory in Merefa, Kharkiv region were testing potentially dangerous biological drugs in the regional, clinical psychiatric hospital No. 3, between 2019 and 2021. Persons with mental disorders were selected for experiments on the basis of their age, nationality, and immunity status."

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Vladimir Putin's mere mention of nuclear weapons reshaped the Ukraine battlefield. The Russia president speaks during a joint press conference with President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko at the Kremlin on September 9. 2021 in Moscow, Russia. Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images

TUESDAY, APRIL 19:

The Ukrainian army used heavy artillery in Donbas

There are reports that the Armed Forces of Ukraine are shelling areas of the Donetsk Republic. Civilians are suffering. Yesterday alone, eight people were injured. The Petrovsky district of Donetsk, Gorlovka, Yasinovataya and a number of other settlements are under fire again. The situation is turbulent in the Lugansk People's Republic: There were three attacks in the past day. The Ukrainian army used heavy artillery. Shells were also fired from the Smerch multiple launch rocket system. Several buildings were damaged in Pervomaisk, including an art school, a children's sports complex, the city administration, and the pension fund administration.

The Ministry of Defense showed rare footage from the Su-34 combat mission

Both day and night, under any weather conditions, even the most difficult ones, our pilots carry out combat missions on Su-34 fighter-bombers. Rare footage was provided by the Ministry of Defense. First, there are comprehensive preparations: It is crucial to check the systems operations, refuel the aircraft, equip them with weapons of destruction, and secure these under the wing. The fighter bombers also carry air-to-ground guided missiles. The footage shows how these are launched in dense clouds. All the strikes are exceptionally accurate. The pilots fly with heavy overloads. But they always do their job well.

Volunteers help residents in the liberated cities of the Lugansk People's Republic

Volunteers have an important mission these days. They distribute food and medicine to people in the liberated towns and villages. Life is not normal in areas, where fighting was still going on quite recently. There is no gas, no water, no electricity. Nationalists left behind devastation when they retreated.

Infrastructure, which retreating nationalists tried to destroy as much as possible, has yet to be restored.

One resident said, "We shut ourselves away at home, lit a candle, and sat. We waited, we knew nothing ... Of course, it was very hard, but we'll live." A volunteer, Kirill Gubarev said, "In the first few weeks, people really wanted bread because there was a time, in the first two, three weeks after the fighting, when there was no bread at all."

New heroes, who carry out tasks in the special military operation to protect the Donbas, are named

Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Lysenko along with an engineering and intelligence group under his command discovered nationalists, who were mining the access points to the town. They began fighting and, despite the superior forces of the enemies, defeated them.

The operational actions of Sergeant Denis Kaimakov, the commander of the crew of a rocket artillery platoon, made it possible to change the balance of power in the clash with the radicals, as a result, our military went on the counteroffensive.

A tank brigade led by senior lieutenant Abdu-Uali Zhusupov did not allow the militants to escape encirclement. About 100 nationalists attempted to break through, but their counterattack was stopped.

Washington sent four more planeloads of weapons to Ukraine

The delivery is part of a $800 million batch of military assistance, which the United States promised Kiev last week. The package contains a large number of shells and missiles for anti-tank systems, as well as howitzers. They were handed over to Kiev for the first time. The Pentagon said that in the coming days they will send their instructors who will show the Kiev security forces how to use the new equipment. Master classes will be held outside of Ukraine for certain members of the military, who will then pass on the knowledge to others.

The American publication The New York Times confirms that the Ukrainian army uses cluster munitions against civilians

While the American authorities are fuelling the situation by pumping weapons to Ukraine, their media has suddenly begun to see clearly.

Kiev security forces, it turned out, are far from innocent: They quietly use prohibited weapons and target civilians. For us, of course, this is not news. Moscow has repeatedly spoken about the crimes committed by Kiev, only the West has stubbornly ignored all the evidence.

The paper published an article about an attack on the town Gusarovka near Kharkov. The article said that a cluster munition which landed next to Yulia Doroshenko's house was not fired by Russian forces. Based on evidence reviewed by The New York Times, it is very likely to have been launched by the Ukrainian troops who were trying to retake the area.

The paper acknowledged two important facts: First, the Ukrainian army fired at civilian areas for almost a month. Second, they did this using weapons that inflict damage on the maximum number of people in civilian areas.

There are reports of new shelling by Ukraine in Belgorod

Alarming reports are now emerging from the Belgorod region about new shelling from the Ukrainian side. The shells exploded in a village located about 10 kilometers from the state border. This was confirmed by the governor of the region. At the moment, we know there was one victim and destruction.

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A Ukrainian multiple rocket launcher shells Russian troop positions, near Lugansk in the Donbas region of Ukraine, on April 10, 2022. ANATOLII STEPANOV/AFP via Getty Images

MONDAY, APRIL 18:

New details emerge about an operation to take control of the Ilyich plant in Mariupol

According to Eduard Basurin, Deputy Head of the people's militia of the Donetsk People's Republic, Colonel Vladimir Baranyuk, the commander of the 36th brigade of marines of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, was eliminated during the attempt to break through the plant.

The Donetsk Republic forces then stopped the radicals from breaking out of the encirclement. About 50 Ukrainian soldiers were eliminated and 42 surrendered.

The very next day, more than a thousand marines, who were left without a commander, including 162 officers, voluntarily laid down their arms. They were in a disastrous situation at the plant. Their food and ammunition had almost run out and many were wounded. How Kiev thought they were going to break through is not very clear. Another deception by the Ukrainian command, which led the military to certain death.

Twenty-five civilians in the Donetsk People's Republic suffered from shelling by Ukraine

Shells are exploding in Donbas again. Another 25 civilians were injured in the Donetsk People's Republic by shelling from Ukraine. Among the wounded was a child. The Petrovsky District of Donetsk came under fire in the morning. The night before, Gorlovka was under fire. Over the past day a total of seven settlements were targeted. Areas of the Lugansk Republic were shelled nine times in the last 24 hours alone. Two women were injured and houses were damaged.

These images, shared by our Ministry of Defense, show the aftermath of the strike by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Ukrainian troops fired a Tochka-U missile at a civilian facility, a farm in the village of Tokmak in Zaporozhye. The images show how powerful the blow was. The owner of the farm said that the concrete slabs shattered like a house of cards. Buildings and structures belonging to a private agricultural business have been completely destroyed and it is impossible to restore them.

Residents in liberated areas spoke about what the Ukrainian radicals have done

Residents spent the night in basements, buried loved ones in the yards and were afraid to go out of hiding and onto the street for food and water. Residents of the now liberated territories have spoken about what the Ukrainian militants did. The radicals fired indiscriminately. They kicked people out of shelters. The nationalists left behind a complete devastation. There was no gas, water and electricity.

Maksim Gigoriev, a member of Russia's Civic Chamber, said: "Local people told us that the Ukrainian military attacked here and other areas. There was no military sense in this, there weren't any units of the Lugansk People's Republic here, which means they specifically fired at the homes of civilians."

New names of heroes who tenaciously and courageously liberate territories from nationalists

Yevgeny Komarov, a senior driver of the automobile battalion, delivered ammunition to the military and came under enemy fire. Despite multiple shrapnel wounds, he brought the car to a safe zone. Our fighters received ammunition in a timely manner and continued their offensive.

Thanks to the decisive actions of Senior Lieutenant Vadim Gavrikov and the tank platoon under his command, one of the settlements was liberated from the gangs. Long-term firing points used by the radicals were destroyed.

A howitzer artillery platoon under the command of Sergeant Nikolai Mikhailov identified and hit the position of nationalists, armed with anti-tank guided missiles, grenade launchers and small arms.

In the liberated Berdyansk, the Russian military helps residents to improve their lives

There is a new life in the liberated Berdyansk without the shelling and atrocities that were carried out by radicals before our military arrived. The nationalists were kicked out of there at the very start of the special operation to protect Donbas, and this became a turning point in the city's history. Local residents acknowledge that they really wanted Russia's support. Our fighters continue to help residents improve their lives.

A local resident, Victoria Pahomova, said: "We are so happy that, finally, our motherland came for us, came to rescue us. We suffered so much during this time. You can't even imagine."

Local residents say this is a new chapter in the history of the city.

There are still problems with getting money and medicine, but strategic businesses in Berdyansk have not stopped working. At a bakery, flour is now delivered from Russia through a humanitarian corridor. The National Guard has secured safety in Berdyansk since the first day of its liberation from bandit groups.

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Tetiana Ustymenko weeps over the grave of her son, buried in the garden of her house, in Bucha, northwest of Kyiv, on April 6, 2022, during Russia's invasion launched on Ukraine. Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP via Getty Images

FRIDAY, APRIL 15:

The Russian Defense Ministry reported new provocations by neo-Nazis

Our Defense Ministry said that new provocations were prepared by Kyiv forces in an attempt to discredit our army. According to the Head of the National Defense Control Center Mikhail Mizintsev, neo-Nazis laid mines on a car overpass in the city Konstantinovka, which is a major Donetsk railway junction. In the near future, the bandits want to destroy the overpass and blame our military for destroying important civilian infrastructure. The Western media will immediately repeat yet another fake story, according to Mizintsev.

Our military department also has data about the militants mining a dam on the Uglegorskaya TPP (thermal power plant) reservoir. In the event of an explosion, several areas and approximately 15,000 civilians could be under threat of flooding.

Last night, Ukrainian users actively posted videos on social media, showing flashes and explosions. Users wrote that the Russian armed forces were responsible for the attacks. According to the people who took these videos, the last major oil refinery in Ivano-Frankivsk was destroyed. Videos also appeared from Krivoy Rog, Kharkov and Zhitomir. According to reports, several districts of the Ukrainian capital are without electricity.

Earlier our Ministry of Defense said that if attempted acts of sabotage from the Ukrainian side do not stop, there will be retaliation. Strategic centers will be hit, including in Kyiv.

A network of call centers was discovered in Berdyansk: callers, pretending to be bank employees, tricked Russians

There have been interesting discoveries in the territories liberated from Ukrainian bandit groups. In Berdyansk, a network of call centers was uncovered, where Ukrainian callers tried to scam people in Russia. Unfortunately, a lot of people became victims of the scam. Callers pretended to be from a bank's security service. It was revealed that this network is connected to the SBU and the controversial Ukrainian oligarch, Kolomoisky.

The Russian Defense Ministry published documents about atrocities committed by Ukrainian nationalists during the Great Patriotic War and in the post-war years

They committed crimes against their own people—civilians. The reports were published in a special section on the ministry's site. The materials show that the Banderites, who tried to pass themselves off as the Red Army, tortured and killed women, children, and elderly people with particular cruelty. Moreover, no matter how much Ukrainian nationalists claim that they fought against the Nazi invaders, the documents confirm that they served the occupiers from the very start of the war.

Every day, the Russian military shows courage and bravery during a special operation to defend the Donbas

Daniil Postnikov's advance team prevented an ambush by Ukrainian saboteurs. Some of the militants laid down their weapons, including a gun spotter. During the interrogation, he revealed the location of his artillery division, which was quickly destroyed.

Ruslan Mansurov's team went into a battle with two armed formations. The militants failed to contain the attack. More than 35 pieces of equipment and a large number of enemy manpower were destroyed.

Senior Lieutenant Arseniy Pavlov identified saboteurs, who were preparing an attack. During the battle, he sustained an injury from shrapnel, but he still continued to fight and protect his comrades. As a result, all the nationalists were destroyed.

Missile cruiser "Moskva" sank while being towed

According to the Ministry of Defense, "Moskva" sank during a storm. Due to serious damage to the hull, the ship lost its stability and capsized. Earlier, our Defense Ministry reported that ammunition exploded on the ship, starting a fire. The Ministry of Defense said that the crew was evacuated to other ships of the Black Sea Fleet.

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Ukrainian refugees board a train en route to Warsaw at the rail station in Przemysl, near the Polish-Ukrainian border, on March 31, 2022. ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP via Getty Images

THURSDAY, APRIL 14:

Neo-nazis trapped civilians in a monastery in the Donetsk People's Republic

"Neo-Nazis have blockaded over 450 civilians, including children, women with babies, elderly people and critically ill patients on life-support, as well as cancer and insulin-dependent patients, in the Nikolo-Vasilyevsky monastery in the Volnovakha district of the Donetsk People's Republic. The monastery and the only road leading to it are constantly shelled from mortars and heavy machine guns. People were killed and wounded. It is practically impossible to deliver vital medicines, food, and essentials to the monastery, as well as to evacuate people," said Mikhail Mizintsev, Head of the National Defense Control Center of the Russian Federation.

Also, according to our Ministry of Defense, three new radical battalions are being trained in Kharkov. They are made up of prisoners who served sentences for grave crimes in correctional facilities. These groups blocked the city from the south side so that people were unable to leave the dangerous territory.

The U.S. will deliver a new batch of military aid to Ukraine worth hundreds of millions of dollars

The Pentagon has revealed what kinds of weapons and how many Kyiv will receive from Washington as part of a new military aid package. This includes: another batch of Mi-17 helicopters, three hundred attack drones, 200 armored personnel carriers, as well as howitzers, radars for direct guidance, and mobile radar stations.

It should be noted that some of the weapons are being provided to Kiev for the first time, which means the Ukrainian military will still need to be trained to use them. The Americans are not planning to do this in Ukraine. They are going to send representatives of the Armed Forces of Ukraine abroad.

The new package is estimated at $800 million. Under Joe Biden's administration, Washington has already allocated more than three billion to help the Kiev authorities. At the same time, the forces of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's republic and our military have found that weapons that the West pumps into Ukraine, as well as ammunition and training manuals, have been abandoned in the liberated settlements.

More than 1.000 Ukrainian soldiers laid down their arms yesterday

The number of people who have surrendered to our military and the Donetsk and Lugansk People's militia is growing by the day.

The Kiev forces often abandon their own people when they start to flee from their posts, as was the case with fighters in Mariupol, who were stationed in Mariupol at the Ilyich plant. Yesterday, more than 1.000 Ukrainian soldiers laid down their arms in the largest group that has raised the white flag since the start of the special operation in Donbas.

A serviceman of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said: "During the retreat, I was wounded, I was abandoned by my own people, left to bleed out, after 30 minutes I saw the servicemen of the DPR. They gave me a cigarette, ... they took me to a car that took me to the hospital, I was very surprised that this was all being done, since I am an enemy for them. They're providing everything possible, medicines, all the essentials, the doctors are doing their job. ... It's a sin to complain and there's nothing to complain about, so why criticize them."

The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation showed the work of anti-tank missile systems

The self-propelled "Shturm-S" and portable "Fagot" are not only used to combat enemy armored vehicles, they are also capable of hitting low-flying air targets. Our military department said that during this attack enemy tanks, long-term firing points and other engineering structures were destroyed.

Distinguished Russian fighters receive awards, right on the front line

The Russian military has acted decisively and courageously in the fight against the neo-Nazis. The fighters received the Order of Courage, the Zhukov, and "For Courage" medals. The state awards were presented by the commander of the troops of the Central Military District, Colonel-General Alexander Lapin.

Russian manufacturers manage to make sanctions work in their favor

The so-called collective West is trying to strangle the Russian economy with sanctions. But Russian entrepreneurs are seeing this as a chance to develop their own business. They're setting new tasks, looking for and finding partners, expanding. Import substitution is gaining momentum in a variety of industries, from catering to beauty and designer clothes.

Orphans from the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics will be welcomed in Moscow

Next week, children who have been left without parents will be brought to foster families in the Moscow region.

Maria Lvova-Belova, Commissioner for Children's Rights, "A process was developed for transferring children from the LNR and DNR under temporary guardianship to families. ... What is important to me, is that these families will be selected for specific children, we will not select children for families."

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A Ukrainian serviceman looks on as he stands in front of a burning warehouse after a shelling in Kyiv on March 17, 2022. ARIS MESSINIS/AFP via Getty Images

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13:

The Russian Ministry of Defense announced that there is a new planned provocation by the Kiev regime

Our Ministry of Defense warned that the Kiev authorities are preparing a new provocation. They plan to stage the incident in the city of Irpen. Western journalists will spin the fake news to discredit the Russian military.

Mikhail Mizintsev, head of Russia's National Defense Control Center, said: "The Kiev authorities, under the patronage of the countries of the collective West led by the United States, continue to collect pseudo-evidence of Russia's culpability. To this end, a curfew and complete blockade of the city Irpin is being put in place from 06:00 on April 12, 2022 to 09:00 on April 15, 2022, while entry during this period will be allowed only to representatives of law enforcement agencies and 'unspecified' volunteers. It has been reliably established that this period of time will be used by Kiev to carry out a provocation with the organization of cynical staged filming and further promotion of the fake by the Western media."

Our embassy in the United States has reacted to statements from the State Department, which allege Russia could use chemical weapons in Ukraine. These statements are unfounded, the Russian diplomats stressed. They also emphasized that our armed forces do not have chemical warfare agents and all stocks of chemical weapons were destroyed back in 2017.

Channel One presenter Irina Kuksenkova spoke about who protected her during the shelling of Mariupol

Irina Kuksenkova was injured while filming a report in the industrial zone of Mariupol. She was preparing a report about the work of our military, and it was they who heroically shielded her during the shelling from the gangs.

The troops received prompt medical assistance: the wounds were light, someone was barely hurt. Kuksenkova said: "A big thank you. I wish them good health so that they can quickly return to service. They themselves said they want this very much. People need to know what our Russian army is like. There is such a spirit of unity, of brotherhood, of sticking together."

A woman holds a child next to Russian soldiers in a street of Mariupol on April 12, 2022, as Russian troops intensify a campaign to take the strategic port city, part of an anticipated massive onslaught across eastern Ukraine, while Russia's President makes a defiant case for the war on Russia's neighbor. - *EDITOR'S NOTE: This picture was taken during a trip organized by the Russian military.* Alexander Nemenov/AFP via Getty Images

Decisive actions, bravery, and courage allow Russian servicemen to fulfill their duty

The Russian Ministry of Defense released the names of new heroes. Among them are Corporal Mikhail Krylov. He discovered a unit of Ukrainian saboteurs, who were preparing to attack our convoy. Krylov was one of the first to fight them. The corporal hampered the actions of the neo-Nazis with intense fire and ensured that main forces were deployed. Even when he was wounded, he continued to attack the radicals. The enemy was defeated.

Ukraine's Security Service released a photo of Viktor Medvedchuk in handcuffs

The story about the detention of Viktor Medvedchuk, the head of the Opposition Platform – For Life party, has developed. According to reports, a new photo of him in handcuffs was distributed by the Security Service of Ukraine.

Vladimir Zelensky announced that Medvedchuk was taken into custody as a result of a special operation by the Security Service of Ukraine. And now it has become clear why. A few hours later, the Ukrainian president recorded a video message, though not to his people, but to our country. He offered to exchange the Medvedchuk for Ukrainian prisoners of war. Medvedchuk is not at war and has not yet been convicted of anything.

Every day, Russia opens humanitarian corridors for refugees from Kharkov and Mariupol

Humanitarian corridors operate from 10 am. Moreover, according to our Ministry of Defense, Russia is ready to organize safe routes and evacuate citizens in other directions as soon as possible. In the meantime, those who manage to escape from the hands of neo-Nazis are being placed in the Russian regions.

About a thousand refugees from Ukraine, including 300 children, were welcomed in Tatarstan alone. Humanitarian aid — essential items and, for children, toys — are being collected. Refugees recall with horror how, until recently, they were hiding from shelling and how they were used as human shields by the radicals.

Armed Forces of Ukraine continue shelling the Lugansk People's Republic with phosphorus and cluster shells

Fighters of the Lugansk People's Republic step by step, village by village, are pushing back Ukrainian units to prevent this from happening again. The Armed Forces of Ukraine, not sparing civilians, continue shelling, including with the use of banned weapons — phosphorus or cluster bombs, and they leave anti-personnel mines on the ground.

The Eternal Flame in Kherson was lit for the first time in a while

Local residents carry flowers to the memorial that commemorates the unparalleled courage of the Soviet soldiers, who died for the liberation of the city during the Great Patriotic War.

People say that various reasons have been given for the extinguishing of the Eternal Flame, including, they say, to save gas. But the truth is that in recent years people have not actually had the opportunity to honor the memory of those who fought against fascism. Now that the city is under the control of the Russian military, this is no longer a problem.

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People who fled the war in Ukraine rest inside the old train station building that has been converted for a temporary refugee shelter on March 11, 2022 in Krakow, Poland. Omar Marques/Getty Images

TUESDAY, APRIL 12:

Eleven people were injured in the Donetsk Republic as a result of shelling by Ukrainian security forces.

Nine of the victims were residents of Mariupol. This was reported by the Joint Center for Control on the ceasefire. In total, our military has already evacuated 135,000 people from the city through humanitarian corridors. In the meantime, Russian troops and the Donetsk People's Republic forces continue to successfully advance in the area of the Azovstal factory industrial zone, where radical groups operate. Assault units have reportedly been trained for operations in complex industrial areas. Their task is to destroy the positions of the "Azov" gang, which is banned in Russia.

Channel One correspondent Irina Kuksenkova was injured during an attack by nationalists in Mariupol

As she was preparing for her next report, Irina and her colleagues came under enemy fire. Ira was injured. Operator Dmitry Kachurin and sound engineer Nikita Sevastyanov were not injured.

We wish Ira a speedy recovery and return to the office. And one more thing, which I cannot but mention: the injuries would have been much more serious if Ira had not been covered by the soldiers accompanying her, who actually took the brunt of the blow. They are now also in the hospital. We hope everything goes well with them. And thanks to them for being there at the right time.

Local residents share a conversation while sat on a bench on April 13, 2022 in Borodianka, Ukraine. Rescue workers are still removing rubble from the destroyed residential area after the withdrawal of Russian troops during their invasion of Ukraine. Anastasia Vlasova/Getty Images

Every day, the Russian military shows courage and heroism on the front lines, standing up for civilians

The names of the new heroes include Lieutenant Colonel Andrei Garanin. The lieutenant colonel and his battalion restored the strategically important bridge which neo-Nazis had destroyed during their retreat. The group also cleared two high-explosive mines, all under continuous mortar fire. When one of Garanin's subordinates was wounded, the lieutenant colonel gave him first aid and continued to lead the personnel.

The EU plans to intensify the supply of weapons to Ukraine

This statement was made by German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock, following an EU foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz also confirmed Berlin's intention to continue pumping weapons into Ukraine. However, the weapons that the West supplies to the Ukrainian security forces and gangs often end up in the hands of the Donetsk and Lugansk republic forces. The Armed Forces of Ukraine simply throw away the weapons when they retreat.

The Russian Ministry of Defense showed footage of a Ukrainian drone being destroyed

The crew of the "Admiral Essen" frigate of the Black Sea Fleet shot down the drone off the coast of Crimea. According to our Ministry of Defense, the drone gathered intelligence about the actions of the ships of the Black Sea Fleet, as well as coastal and ground positions of Russia's military equipment.

Russia's Ministry of Emergency Situations delivers more than a thousand tons of humanitarian cargo to Donbas and Ukraine

About 120 cars delivered essential supplies: food, bottled water, as well as furniture, especially, beds and bedding.

More than 700,000 refugees came to Russia during the special military operation

Humanitarian aid is now being collected for those who have already arrived in our country. Мore than 700,000 people have been welcomed in different parts of Russia. The stories of everyone who got out of this hell can leave no one indifferent. That is why now any support is like a cure for pain.

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Local residents share a conversation while sat on a bench on April 13, 2022 in Borodianka, Ukraine. Rescue workers are still removing rubble from the destroyed residential area after the withdrawal of Russian troops during their invasion of Ukraine. Anastasia Vlasova/Getty Images

MONDAY, APRIL 11:

Eleven people were injured in the Donetsk Republic as a result of shelling by Ukrainian security forces.

Nine of the victims were residents of Mariupol. This was reported by the Joint Center for Control on the ceasefire. In total, our military has already evacuated 135,000 people from the city through humanitarian corridors. In the meantime, Russian troops and the Donetsk People's Republic forces continue to successfully advance in the area of the Azovstal factory industrial zone, where radical groups operate. Assault units have reportedly been trained for operations in complex industrial areas. Their task is to destroy the positions of the "Azov" gang, which is banned in Russia.

Channel One correspondent Irina Kuksenkova was injured during an attack by nationalists in Mariupol

As she was preparing for her next report, Irina and her colleagues came under enemy fire. Ira was injured. Operator Dmitry Kachurin and sound engineer Nikita Sevastyanov were not injured.

We wish Ira a speedy recovery and return to the office. And one more thing, which I cannot but mention: the injuries would have been much more serious if Ira had not been covered by the soldiers accompanying her, who actually took the brunt of the blow. They are now also in the hospital. We hope everything goes well with them. And thanks to them for being there at the right time.

Local residents share a conversation while sat on a bench on April 13, 2022 in Borodianka, Ukraine. Rescue workers are still removing rubble from the destroyed residential area after the withdrawal of Russian troops during their invasion of Ukraine. Anastasia Vlasova/Getty Images

Every day, the Russian military shows courage and heroism on the front lines, standing up for civilians

The names of the new heroes include Lieutenant Colonel Andrei Garanin. The lieutenant colonel and his battalion restored the strategically important bridge which neo-Nazis had destroyed during their retreat. The group also cleared two high-explosive mines, all under continuous mortar fire. When one of Garanin's subordinates was wounded, the lieutenant colonel gave him first aid and continued to lead the personnel.

The EU plans to intensify the supply of weapons to Ukraine

This statement was made by German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock, following an EU foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz also confirmed Berlin's intention to continue pumping weapons into Ukraine. However, the weapons that the West supplies to the Ukrainian security forces and gangs often end up in the hands of the Donetsk and Lugansk republic forces. The Armed Forces of Ukraine simply throw away the weapons when they retreat.

The Russian Ministry of Defense showed footage of a Ukrainian drone being destroyed

The crew of the "Admiral Essen" frigate of the Black Sea Fleet shot down the drone off the coast of Crimea. According to our Ministry of Defense, the drone gathered intelligence about the actions of the ships of the Black Sea Fleet, as well as coastal and ground positions of Russia's military equipment.

Russia's Ministry of Emergency Situations delivers more than a thousand tons of humanitarian cargo to Donbas and Ukraine

About 120 cars delivered essential supplies: food, bottled water, as well as furniture, especially, beds and bedding.

More than 700,000 refugees came to Russia during the special military operation

Humanitarian aid is now being collected for those who have already arrived in our country. Мore than 700,000 people have been welcomed in different parts of Russia. The stories of everyone who got out of this hell can leave no one indifferent. That is why now any support is like a cure for pain.

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