- The governor of Kharkiv said that attacks against the region were intensifying. According to reports, Ukraine has retaken some territory in the northeastern region.
- Hungary has rejected an EU proposal to impose an embargo on Russian oil imports, warning it would damage the country’s economy.
- The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill to provide Ukraine with $40 billion in military and economic aid.
Here are the latest developments in the Russia-Ukraine war today:
Ukraine militants say Russia launched dozens of airstrikes on Azov steel plant
According to Ukrainian fighters hiding inside the besieged Azov steel plant in Mariupol, Russian forces have launched 38 airstrikes on the sprawling former Soviet-era steel plant in the past 24 hours.
The Azov Battalion said on social media Telegram that four of the attacks were carried out by heavy strategic bombers.
“The enemy has not stopped its efforts to seize Ukrainian fortresses and continues to carry out daily attacks with the support of infantry,” the statement added.
Hundreds of Ukrainian militants are believed to have occupied the sprawling steel plant, their last stronghold against Russian forces aiming to take over all of Mariupol.
Al Jazeera reporters sent back reports from Kyiv.
Russia’s Medvedev slams U.S. aid to Ukraine
Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev criticized the United States for waging a “proxy war” against Russia after U.S. lawmakers approved a $40 billion aid package for Ukraine.
Medvedev pointed out in a post on social media Telegram that the U.S. move was intended to “bring a serious failure to our country and limit our economic development and its political influence in the world.”
He added, “It won’t work. This printing of money will only continue to add to the already ballooning government debt in the US itself and accelerate the process of its rupture.”
Medvedev has been the deputy chairman of the Russian Security Council since he resigned as prime minister in January 2020. He also blamed U.S. “Russian-phobic authorities” for “inflated” U.S. fuel and grocery prices.
Regions seceding from Georgia await referendum ‘signal’ to join Russia
Reuters reported on the 11th from Tbilisi that the new leader of the independent Georgian region of South Ossetia said on the same day that he would wait for a signal from Moscow before holding a referendum on whether to join Russia.
Moscow recognized the independence of South Ossetia and coastal Abkhazia after a brief war with Georgia in 2008. Russia has provided them with extensive financial support, granted Russian citizenship to the local population, and has a military presence there.
Gragoyev defeated incumbent Anatoly Bibilov in last weekend’s presidential election. In comments to the TASS news agency, Gragoev said that if South Ossetia holds a referendum, then Russia should support the country’s accession.
Moscow’s handling of South Ossetia and Abkhazia has set a precedent for its recent actions in Ukraine. On February 21 this year, Russian President Vladimir Putin recognized the independence of two regions in eastern Ukraine, and three days later launched a “special military operation against Ukraine to protect the local Russian-speaking people from “genocide” carried out by the Ukrainian army. “.
Western officials: Russia sabotaged Ukraine’s satellite network
The U.S., U.K., Canada and the European Union say Russia has launched a massive cyberattack on satellite internet networks amid the outbreak of the war in Ukraine, taking thousands of modems offline.
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Hungary considers EU oil embargo proposal still unacceptable
The Hungarian foreign minister said the EU’s proposal to impose oil sanctions on Russia would destroy Hungary’s economy and offered no solution to the huge problems it would cause for Hungary.
In a video posted on his Facebook page, Hungarian Foreign Minister Sijardo pointed out that in the talks so far, the European Commission has not offered a solution, so the only way to reach an agreement on the oil embargo is to put The embargo applies to oil shipments by sea, while all Russian oil shipments via pipeline will be fully exempted.
Ukraine war accelerates Greece’s transition to EU energy gateway
In about a month, Greece will complete a pipeline to Bulgaria, which will end Russia’s gas monopoly in Bulgaria and southeastern Europe.
Russia has so far supplied 90 percent of Bulgaria’s natural gas, but on April 27 Russia cut off supplies to Bulgaria after the Bulgarian capital Sofia said it would not renew its contract with Gazprom before the end of the year.
Sofia is now looking forward to the project, dubbed the “Greece-Bulgaria Interconnection Pipeline”, to supply gas from Azerbaijan, while Greece gets gas through the Trans-Anatolian pipeline that runs through the Caucasus and Turkey.
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Russia’s share of natural gas to Slovakia falls, data shows
According to data provided by the Slovakian operator “TSO Eustream”, the daily share of Russian gas transported to Slovakia via Ukraine has fallen.
The data showed that the share of gas obtained through the “Velke Kapusany” boundary point was 717,923 MWh/day, compared to 883,844 MWh/day on the 10th.
Ukraine said it would suspend gas deliveries through transit stations and said nearly a third of the fuel was sent from Russia to Europe via Ukraine. Ukraine blamed Moscow for the measure and said it would send the gas to other countries. place.
Ukraine threatens to sue Gazprom
A senior Ukrainian energy official has threatened to sue Gazprom if it doesn’t pay for the gas being transported through Ukraine.
Ukraine’s main gas operator said on the 10th that it will stop sending natural gas from Russia through its transit terminal in the Russian-controlled southeastern Luhansk region.
Gazprom still has to pay for transportation, Yuri Vitrenko, chief executive of Ukraine’s state-owned oil and gas company Naftogaz, said on Facebook.
He also said that “if payment is not made, then a new arbitration (trial) is necessary,” referring to the billions of dollars Gazprom paid his company in previous court trials.
Russians continue to attack Azov steel plant
Russian forces again attempted to seize the Azov steel plant in Mariupol on Tuesday, a Ukrainian official said, where hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers had been hiding for weeks.
Petro Andriushchenko, an adviser to the city’s mayor, said on “Telegram” that “they tried to break through the defenses of the plant through a bridge that served as a gateway for the evacuation of civilians.”
“They didn’t make it,” he concluded in a video that showed several Russian servicemen running under a bridge in thick smoke.
Al Jazeera reporters sent back reports from Kyiv.
U.S. senators propose plan to add Russia to ‘state sponsors of terrorism’ list
Two U.S. senators have introduced a proposal calling on the Biden administration to add Russia to the list of “state sponsors of terrorism.”
U.S. Republican Graham and Democrat Blumenthal cited Russia’s actions during the invasion of Ukraine, as well as Russia’s actions to support militants in places like Syria and Chechnya before the invasion.
Ukrainian lawmakers voted last week to urge the United States to recognize Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism, citing Russian atrocities in Bucha, Mariupol and other Ukrainian cities. Zelensky last month asked Biden to include Russia on the list.
Zelensky thanks U.S. House of Representatives for passing aid package
Zelensky thanked U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other members of Congress who voted for $40 billion in aid to Ukraine.
“We look forward to the Senate’s consideration of this important document,” he wrote in a tweet.
Reuters: Chinese-backed trader secures rare Russian oil deal
Commodities and oil trader Shandong Port International Trade Group secured a rare shipment of Russian crude this month for shipment to eastern China, according to statements from traders and companies.
This is the first time a Chinese company has bought oil directly from a Russian supplier other than a state-owned oil major, Reuters reported.
A shipment of 100,000 tonnes (730,000 barrels) of crude oil is scheduled to arrive in Shandong province in the middle of this month, the group said in a statement.
Although the company did not specify the origin of the shipment, trade sources closely following Russia’s oil sales to China said the shipment was ESPO blend in terms of size and voyage – Russia’s shipment from its Far East port of Kozmino Flagship grade product for export.
Governor: Russians bombard special education schools in Luhansk region, no casualties reported
Luhansk Governor Serhiy Haidai said Russian troops opened fire “15 times” on the city’s residential areas and infrastructure on the 10th.
He also wrote on Telegram that a school for children with special needs had been shelled. “Fortunately, we evacuated students from the school ahead of schedule.”
He also added that the main gas pipeline in West Frodonetsk was also damaged, and the city had been in “no lights” for the second day in a row.
UK: Ukraine ‘successfully’ hits Russian Black Sea defence and supply ships
According to the British Ministry of Defence, Ukraine used the “Bayraktar” drone to “successfully” hit Russian air defense and supply ships stationed in the western Black Sea.
In its latest intelligence briefing, the British Ministry of Defence stated that “the Russian Navy has retreated to Crimea after the loss of the Moskva, and Russian supply ships in the Western Black Sea can only be minimally protected.”
The briefing added that fighting continued on Zmeine Island, also known as “Snake Island”, as Russia sought to “strengthen its already-exposed forces on the ground”.
“If Russia uses strategic anti-aircraft missiles and coastal defense cruise missiles to consolidate its position on Zmeine, they could dominate the northwest of the Black Sea,” the MoD said.
Moscow official: Occupied Ukraine will become part of Russia
According to RIA Novosti, Putin’s representative in the occupied areas of Crimea, George Muradov, said that the southern part of Ukraine “liberated” by Moscow’s forces will become Russian territory.
George Muradov stated, “The conclusion from our communication with the residents of the area is that it is the will of the local people, most of whom lived under the oppression and bullying of the Nazis in Ukrona for 8 years.”
“Military and civilian governments are being formed in these regions, Russian TV channels have come here, Russian textbooks have appeared in schools, and the Russian ruble is successfully entering the economic life of the region,” he told RIA Novosti.
Such “military-civilian governments” have reportedly been established in some areas of Kherson, Crimea and Zaporozhye.
Russians allegedly stole valuables from museum in Zaporozhye
Ukraine’s Zaporozhye District Prosecutor’s Office said Ukrainian security services were investigating the alleged theft of several historical artifacts from the Melitopol Museum of Local History by Russian occupiers.
Interfax reported that the stolen items included a trove of Scythian gold discovered by archaeologists in the 1950s.
Russia says Ukrainian army launched ‘provocation’ in Kharkiv
According to RIA Novosti, the head of the Russian Defense Control Center said Ukrainian soldiers launched a “provocation” by firing at six civilian vehicles in Kharkiv.
Russian Colonel Mikhail Mizantsev said, “According to the available reliable information, the Kyiv regime has launched another bloody operation in the Kharkiv region along the lines of Butcha. In “Stary” and “Novy Saltov” On a section of the road between settlements, soldiers of the Ukrainian Armed Forces shot at six civilian vehicles with white flags.”
Mizhantsev also said that Ukrainian troops stationed in private residences in the Kherson region had attacked multiple Russian troops to force them to fight back. Mizhantsev pointed out that the Ukrainian army used the local population as human shields.
The governor of Kharkiv had earlier reported that Russia had intensified its shelling of the area.
Ukraine’s foreign minister says Western weapons came too late
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba lamented the West’s reluctance to send arms to Kyiv early in the conflict. If they did, he noted, thousands of lives could be saved.
In an interview with “Politico”, Curieba noted, “If we could hear the good news at the outset that we can get all the weapons we need, if we don’t have to spend hours or even days telling us that European and American partners explain why we need these weapons and not others, and we have them now.”
He added that the U.S. spent weeks looking at stockpiles of old Soviet weapons around the world that could be shipped to Ukraine before realizing they were almost empty before deciding to send Western weapons to Ukraine.
The turning point came at a meeting at Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany, when U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley persuaded European allies to send their military supplies to Ukraine, Kuleba said. Aid in the transition from Soviet weapons to NATO weapons.
Pelosi calls Putin a ‘coward’
U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Putin’s war against Ukraine “was not just an act of cruelty, it was an act of cowardice.”
Speaking ahead of the House vote on new aid funding for Ukraine, Pelosi said, “Who but a coward would pretend to go to war and blow up a maternity hospital? Who would let him but a coward? soldiers brutally raped children, or raped their parents in front of these children? Who but cowards would pile these children on a train and send them to Russia?”
Pelosi added, “We should all be very proud because when Putin makes any decision that becomes cruel and cowardly, we still have a chance to help. It’s about democracy versus dictatorship. Democracy has to win. .”
US Congress passes $40 billion Ukraine aid package
The U.S. House of Representatives approved a $40 billion aid package for Ukraine, and the bill passed by an overwhelming 368 to 57. The package was supported by all Democrats who voted and nearly three-quarters of Republicans.
The new allocations represent an increase of $7 billion from the $33 billion Biden requested two weeks ago. The plan would provide Ukraine with military and economic aid, help regional allies, replenish the Pentagon’s arms shipments overseas, and provide $5 billion to address global food shortages caused by the war. Ukrainian yields of many crops are usually strong, and the war has led to severe food shortages.
The new bill would bring total U.S. aid to Ukraine to nearly $54 billion, including the $13.6 billion in support that Congress unveiled in March.
The U.S. Senate seems certain to approve the bill, but it’s unclear when action will take place, and there may be some tweaks.
Russian diplomat: Reports of Moscow’s cyberattack on Ukraine are ‘ridiculous’
According to the Russian state news agency TASS, the U.S. State Department claimed Moscow was involved in a cyberattack on critical infrastructure in Ukraine, a claim the Russian embassy in the U.S. called “ridiculous.”
“We followed the State Department’s statement regarding Russia’s alleged involvement in a cyberattack against Ukrainian critical infrastructure. This claim is absurd and does not correspond to the reality of the situation. Our country has never been involved in a cyberattack. This is consistent with Russian principles. The positions are contradictory.”
The diplomats also reportedly said Russia was “ready to engage in an equal, professional and depoliticized dialogue with the United States on a wide range of information security issues.”
Governor: Russian attack on Kharkiv intensifies
The governor of the Kharkiv region said that the intensity of Russian shelling increased on the 10th, especially on residential areas.
State Governor Oleg Sinnigubov said on “Telegram”, “Six people have been injured today. Two more were injured in the Lozovsky and Izyum regions. Unfortunately, in Kubi One more person died in the Yansk region. In Kharkiv, two people were hospitalized with injuries.”
He issued a warning to residents to stay in shelters as much as possible and not to leave even without an alarm. He added, “Don’t rush back to the liberated settlements. And those who are still there, don’t go to the unchecked and demined sites. The enemy is very cunning and will do everything they can to harm as many Ukraine as possible. civilian.”
Ukraine says Russia shelled Sumi and Chernigov
The Ukrainian State Border Service said that Russian troops shelled the border area between Sumi and Chernihiv on the evening of the 10th.
The agency noted on “Telegram” that “the enemy planes twice fired unguided missiles towards the border area of the Sumy region. They also fired mortars from the territory of Russia towards the Chernihiv region.”
Private US group claims to have secured the release of Americans detained by Russia in Ukraine
A U.S. citizen accused of spying in Ukraine and held by Russian forces has been evacuated under the protection of a private volunteer group in Florida after he and two of his family members were released, according to Reuters. Poland.
Kirilo Alexandrov, 27, and his wife and mother-in-law were arrested outside the city of Kherson at the end of March as they tried to flee the city, according to Project Dynamo. Area occupied by Russian troops. The group was formed last year, initially to rescue Americans and others from Afghanistan.
The Dynamo group said Russian troops had detained Alexandrov on more than a dozen criminal charges and accused him of spying for the U.S. government. Dynamo said the allegations were fabricated. After being interrogated, Alexandrov will be transferred to Moscow, “where he may be used as a propaganda tool and then imprisoned,” the Florida-based group said in a statement.
Blinken holds video conference with Bulgarian PM to discuss Ukraine
U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken held a video meeting with Bulgarian Prime Minister Kirill Petkov, State Department spokesman Ned Price said.
“Blinken emphasized the importance of a unified NATO and U.S.-EU response to Russia’s unprovoked aggression in Ukraine, and said the U.S. will continue to support Bulgaria’s priorities such as defense modernization and energy security,” Price said.
He also added, “The two sides have affirmed a shared vision for our transatlantic relationship, and the U.S. Secretary of State has reiterated the importance of allowing eligible volunteer nations to join the European Union as soon as possible.”
Canada gives UN $2.5 million to investigate human rights abuses in Ukraine
Canada said it has provided $2.5 million to the United Nations to report human rights abuses in Ukraine.
“Such monitoring will help Ukraine and the international community hold accountable future violations of international humanitarian law,” Canada’s Office of Global Affairs said in a tweet.
The funding is part of a $10 million package Canada has pledged to support human rights, civil society and demining in Ukraine, of which $1.5 million will go to the UN Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund.
US intelligence chief: Putin seeks targets outside eastern Ukraine
After failing to capture Kyiv early in the war, Putin is still pursuing military goals outside eastern Ukraine, the U.S. intelligence chief said.
U.S. National Intelligence Director Avril Haynes told U.S. lawmakers on the 10th that Russia’s transfer of military operations to the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine is only temporary.
“We believe that President Putin is preparing for a protracted conflict in Ukraine, during which he still intends to achieve goals outside the Donbas region,” Haynes said.
“We estimate that Putin’s strategic objectives may not have changed, suggesting that the decision to refocus Russian forces in the Donbass at the end of March was only a temporary shift in retaking the initiative after Russian forces failed to capture Kyiv.”
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U.S. lawmakers are discussing new aid to Ukraine
Members of the U.S. House of Representatives have begun discussions on a $40 billion Ukraine aid bill that is expected to pass with overwhelming bipartisan support.
However, some Republican lawmakers remain concerned about the huge funding and what will happen when it runs out.
Marjorie Taylor Green, a staunch supporter of former U.S. President Donald Trump, has asked why Washington is sending billions of dollars to Ukraine when the U.S. faces shortages of baby formula due to supply disruptions .
“Congress completely ignored our own border crisis, our own baby formula crisis and brutal inflation, skyrocketing prices, gas crisis. But $40 billion for Ukraine?” she stressed.
Jamie Ruskin, a top Democrat, responded, “This is the formula for destroying democracy: repeating Putin’s propaganda and disinformation to appease imperialist attacks on sovereign states.”
Zelensky pays tribute to late president: ‘We will win’
At the end of the evening video speech, Zelensky paid tribute to Kravchuk, the first post-independence president of Ukraine, who died on the 10th at the age of 88.
“He went through World War II and the occupation as a child,” Zelensky said. “Kravchuk knew the price of freedom and he wanted peace in Ukraine. I believe we can do it. We will win. and peace.”
U.S. ambassador to Ukraine nominee seeks quick reopening of embassy
Brigitte Brinker, the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine nominated by the Biden administration, said she would work to make Russia’s invasion of Ukraine a “strategic failure.”
Brigitte Brinker told senators she would push for the full reopening of the U.S. embassy in Kyiv and restart work in the country, but said she could not provide a timetable.
She also noted that the exterior of the U.S. embassy, which was closed before the Russian invasion, appeared to have suffered “superficial damage.” “At the level of government action, we’re working on moving security items to Ukraine as quickly as possible,” Brinker said.
Ukraine to stop vital Russian gas deliveries to Europe and use alternative energy sources
Ukraine said it would suspend the delivery of natural gas to Europe through a transfer station, adding that about one-third of Russian natural gas is transported to Europe through the transfer station. Ukraine believes that Russia should be responsible for the move and said it will transfer these Natural gas is transported elsewhere.
The Ukrainian gas system operator “GTSOU” said it would suspend gas transmission through the “Sokhranivka” transfer station from the 11th and declared “force majeure” – which is activated when companies are subjected to circumstances beyond their control. terms.
The company said in a statement that it was no longer able to operate the “Novopskov” gas compressor station due to “interference with technical processes by the occupying forces” and said it would temporarily transport the affected gas elsewhere, namely in Ukrainian control Sudzha physical connection point within the territory of .
However, Gazprom, which has a monopoly on exports of Russian gas pipelines, said it was “technically impossible to transfer all gas production to the Souza junction as proposed by the GTSOU.”
U.S. gasoline prices hit record highs
Biden said fighting inflation was his top priority at home, against a backdrop of record U.S. natural gas prices.
The average price of gasoline in the U.S. hit $4.37 a gallon, surpassing the previous record of $4.33 set on March 11, according to data provided by the American Automobile Association. A year ago, the average price of a gallon of gasoline was $2.97.
Biden on the 10th blamed “Putin’s war in Ukraine” and the new crown epidemic for rising inflation levels, including rising natural gas prices.
Ukrainian Defense Ministry: Ukraine repels Russian troops near Kharkiv
Ukrainian forces have recaptured some villages in northern and northeastern Kharkiv from Russian forces in a counteroffensive that could mark a shift in the momentum of the war and jeopardize major Russian advances.
Tetiana Apatchenko, the Ukrainian army’s main press officer, reported in the region that the Ukrainian army had retaken the town of Cherkaski Tyshky, Ruud, north of Ukraine’s second-largest city, in recent days. Locations such as Ruski Tyshki, Borshchova and Slobozhanke.
Yuriy Saks, an adviser to the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, also said that Ukraine is driving Russian troops out of Kharkiv, in the northeastern part of the country, which has been in an unending struggle since the war began. under bombardment.
“The military operations of the Ukrainian armed forces around Kharkiv, especially in the north and northeast of Kharkiv, were successful operations,” Sachs told Reuters.
Ukraine’s first post-independence president, Leonid Kravchuk, dies
Leonid Kravchuk, who led Ukraine’s independence during the collapse of the Soviet Union and served as the country’s first president, has died at the age of 88, Ukrainian officials said.
Before serving as Ukraine’s president from 1991 to 1994, Kravchuk led the Communist Party of Ukraine during the Soviet Union’s decline.
He was the driving force behind the declaration of Ukraine’s independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, and later that year he signed an agreement with the leaders of Russia and Belarus that formally declared the Soviet Union’s dissolution.
Italy adopts dozens of Ukrainian orphans
The Italian foreign ministry said 63 Ukrainian orphans would be flown from Krakow, Poland to Trapani in Sicily.
The operation was organized by the Society of Pope John XXIII, as well as Italian diplomats in Ukraine and Poland.
“This humanitarian evacuation confirms Italy’s commitment to aid to civilians hit by the conflict in Ukraine,” the Italian foreign ministry said in a statement.
Pelosi: U.S. House of Representatives to vote on $40 billion Ukraine aid package
U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on a package of $40 billion in military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine on the evening of the 10th.
The bill is expected to pass the House and Senate in the next few days.
U.S. President Joe Biden had asked Congress to approve additional aid to Ukraine worth $33 billion and warned that previously approved funds were running out, but U.S. lawmakers decided to increase the total to $39.8 billion.
In a letter to members of the House of Representatives, Pelosi noted, “This package builds on the strong support already received in Congress to help Ukraine, not only defend the country of Ukraine, but also help democracy around the world. vital.”
Zelensky demands more weapons to lift siege on Mariupol
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told Malta politicians that despite requests, Ukraine has not received enough weapons to lift Mariupol’s siege and liberate the city.
But Zelensky said Ukrainian defenders “continue to resist inside the Azov steel plant”.
He also stressed, “We are using all possible diplomatic means to save them, but Russia does not agree with any of the proposed options. We have asked our partners to provide weapons to lift the Mariupol blockade and rescue local civilians and military personnel.”
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