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Norman Ray
Norman Ray

Global Courant 2023-05-08 15:45:47

Kiev city council sounds safe after airstrike

People look at a residential building damaged by the debris of a Russian intercepted drone in Kiev, Ukraine on May 8, 2023.

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The municipal authorities of the Ukrainian capital gave permission after a morning airstrike that saw several Russian strikes and injured at least five people.

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The municipality wrote on Telegram: “Please monitor the messages and return to the shelter when the siren sounds again.”

Five injured in Kiev, explosions reported in southern Ukraine amid new Russian attacks

Five people were injured in Kiev as Russia launched a new wave of attacks against Ukrainian cities, Kiev mayor Vitali Klitschko wrote on Telegram.

Klitschko said debris from a drone attack on a building fell on a smaller building and a parked car, injuring people there.

“Probably due to debris falling on a parked car in the yard of a residential building, the car caught fire,” the Kyiv military government said in a message on Telegram. “There has been a recorded fall of debris on a residential building.”

Explosions have also been reported in the Black Sea port city of Odessa and the southeastern city of Kherson.

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— Natasha Turak

The leader of the Wagner group reverses course planning to leave Bakhmut

A house burns down after shelling in the town of Chasiv Yar, near Bakhmut, on March 21, 2023.

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The leader of the Wagner group, Yevgeniy Prigozhin, abandoned his threat last week to leave the war-ravaged city of Bakhmut over insufficient ammunition supplies.

The boss of the private military company wrote on Telegram on Sunday: “Overnight we received a combat order, for the first time in all that time. We have been promised as much ammunition and weapons as we need to continue further operations. We have been promised that whatever is necessary to prevent the enemy from cutting us off will be deployed on the flank.”

Prigozhin released a video on Friday in which he, surrounded by the dead bodies of Wagner fighters, berated the chiefs of the Russian Defense Ministry for not supplying his fighters with the ammunition they needed to fight in Bakhmut, an eastern Ukrainian city ​​where the war took place. longest and bloodiest battle to date.

— Natasha Turak

Russia is preparing for Victory Day celebrations in Moscow despite ‘nervousness’

Russian soldiers march on Dvortsovaya Square during the Victory Day military parade in St. Petersburg on May 9, 2022.

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Moscow will continue its Victory Day celebrations on Tuesday, including a large military parade, to mark the anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany by the Soviet Union in 1945.

This year’s commemoration follows a turbulent week that saw an alleged attempted drone attack on the Kremlin, which Moscow blames on Ukraine and Washington, but which Kiev says was staged by Russia to escalate the war.

That was a Moscow city official quoted by the Guardian as describing “a nervousness I’ve never seen before” in the aftermath of the drone strike, but then adding that the Victory Day parade has yet to take place.

At least six regions in Russia have canceled their Victory Day celebrations.

The Guardian writes: “Significantly, Putin took the unusual step on Friday to discuss preparations for the Victory Day parade on May 9 in a meeting with his Security Council, made up of Russia’s top state officials and heads of defense and security. security services… Even before the drone attack on the Kremlin, there were signs of uneasiness among Russian leaders about the celebrations, fearing Ukrainian attacks.”

— Natasha Turak

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