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      Russia-Ukraine war live: missiles and drones target Kharkiv and Dnipropetrovsk regions

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 08:36 · 2 minutes

    France’s Macron calls snap Élysée summit of leaders from European countries; Zelenskiy says ‘clear plan’ for defence when Russia restarts offensive

    Our central and eastern European correspondent Shaun Walker has this analysis of the war as it enters year three.

    Volodymyr Zelenskiy has an unenviable task over the coming months. As Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine enters its third year, the Ukrainian president has a very difficult balancing act to manage.

    Russia launched 14 attack drones and a barrage of missiles at Ukraine over Sunday night and Monday morning, with air defence systems destroying nine drones as well as three guided missiles over the Kharkiv and Dnipropetrovsk regions, Ukraine’s air air force said. Russia also launched two S-300 missiles from anti-aircraft missile systems and one air-to-surface Kh-31P missile, the air force said.

    European leaders are due to gather in Paris on Monday to send Vladimir Putin a message of European resolve on Ukraine and, France has said, to counter the Kremlin’s narrative that Russia is bound to win . Emmanuel Macron, the French president, has invited his European counterparts to the Élysée Palace for a working meeting at short notice because of what his advisers say is an escalation in Russian aggression. The German chancellor, Olaf Scholz, the British foreign secretary, David Cameron, and the Dutch PM, Mark Rutte, as well as leaders from Scandinavian and Baltic countries are among those scheduled to attend.

    An attack on Sunday destroyed the train station, shops and homes in the town of Kostiantynivka near the frontline of Ukraine’s two-year-old war against Russia . Police said a guided aerial bomb hit the station and four S-300 missiles followed in the pre-dawn hours. Kostiantynivka lies 30km (18 miles) west of Bakhmut, which fell to Russian forces in May 2023, and north of Avdiivka, captured by the Russians last week.

    Volodymyr Zelenskiy has for the first time put a number on Ukrainian soldier deaths , saying 31,000 troops have been killed since Russia’s full-scale invasion . The Ukrainian president told a news conference in Kyiv that he could not disclose the number of wounded because it would help Russian military planning.

    Ukraine’s defence minister, Rustem Umerov, said his country was “losing territory” in its grinding war with Russia because “50%” of weapons promised by western partners failed to arrive on time .

    Russian forces would attempt another offensive in late May or summer , Zelenskiy said . “We will prepare for their assault. Their assault that began on 8 October has not brought any results, I think.” Ukraine had a “clear” plan for a new counteroffensive, Zelenskiy said, but he could not disclose details. Troop rotations were critically important for the war effort and Ukraine needed to better prepare its reserve forces, he said.

    Joe Biden plans to meet with congressional leaders on Tuesday for discussions including a stalled national security bill that provides assistance to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, according to the US president’s aides.

    Rishi Sunak, Britain’s prime minister, has urged the west to be “bolder” in seizing Russian assets and to give Ukraine any interest already accrued on frozen Russian funds.

    Russia’s defence ministry said its forces had taken a more advantageous position near Avdiivka in Ukraine and repelled counterattacks.

    Andriy Yermak, Zelenskiy’s chief of staff, said Russia could be invited to a peace summit if the Kremlin “want[s] to genuinely end this war” .

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      Saldo: Ukraine’s gangster governor – part 1 – podcast

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 03:00

    Vladimir Saldo was swept from Ukraine’s parliament after the Maidan revolution appeared to end his political career. By 2022, police were preparing a case against him as a suspect in a contract killing. Then Russia invaded and everything changed. Tom Burgis reports

    This week marks the second anniversary of the war in Ukraine, a week in which you’ll hear stories of heroism and sacrifice. This is not one of them. This is the story of Vladimir Saldo, a former mayor of Kherson city, now the man tasked with overseeing Russia’s occupation in eastern Ukraine.

    Over the next three days, the investigations correspondent Tom Burgis and the Today in Focus host Michael Safi will tell a story of something people prefer not to think about: that in war, there are heroes – the people who fight back against the enemy – and there are others: collaborators. Those Ukrainians who, when Russia invaded, didn’t just see fear, chaos and violence – they saw an opportunity.

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      Russia-Ukraine war at a glance: what we know on day 733

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 00:59 · 2 minutes

    Bombing destroys train station in frontline Ukrainian town of Kostiantynivka; Zelenskiy numbers troop deaths at 31,000 since full-scale war began

    An attack on Sunday destroyed the train station, shops and homes in the town of Kostiantynivka near the frontline of Ukraine’s two-year-old war against Russia . Police said a guided aerial bomb hit the station and four S-300 missiles followed in the pre-dawn hours. Kostiantynivka lies 30km (18 miles) west of Bakhmut, which fell to Russian forces in May 2023, and north of Avdiivka, captured by the Russians last week.

    Volodymyr Zelenskiy has for the first time put a number on Ukrainian soldier deaths , saying 31,000 troops have been killed since Russia’s full-scale invasion . The Ukrainian president told a news conference in Kyiv that he could not disclose the number of wounded because it would help Russian military planning.

    Ukraine’s defence minister, Rustem Umerov, said his country was “losing territory” in its grinding war with Russia because “50%” of weapons promised by western partners failed to arrive on time .

    Russian forces would attempt another offensive in late May or summer , Zelenskiy said . “We will prepare for their assault. Their assault that began on 8 October has not brought any results, I think.” Ukraine had a “clear” plan for a new counteroffensive, Zelenskiy said, but he could not disclose details. Troop rotations were critically important for the war effort and Ukraine needed to better prepare its reserve forces, he said.

    European leaders will gather in Paris on Monday to send Vladimir Putin a message of European resolve on Ukraine and, France has said, to counter the Kremlin’s narrative that Russia is bound to win . Emmanuel Macron, the French president, has invited his European counterparts to the Élysée Palace for a working meeting at short notice because of what his advisers say is an escalation in Russian aggression.

    Joe Biden plans to meet with congressional leaders on Tuesday for discussions including a stalled national security bill that provides assistance to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, according the US president’s aides.

    Rishi Sunak, Britain’s PM, has urged the west to be “bolder” in seizing Russian assets and to give Ukraine any interest already accrued on frozen Russian funds.

    Russia’s defence ministry said its forces had taken a more advantageous position near Avdiivka in Ukraine and repelled counterattacks.

    Andriy Yermak, Zelenskiy’s chief of staff, said Russia could be invited to a peace summit if the Kremlin “want[s] to genuinely end this war” .

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      Year three of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine may be Zelenskiy’s toughest yet

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Yesterday - 19:04

    Political pressure at home, splintering international support and prospect of Trump’s re-election make for existential threats

    Volodymyr Zelenskiy has an unenviable task over the coming months. As Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine enters its third year, the Ukrainian president has a very difficult balancing act to manage.

    Ukrainian society is exhausted by the war and international support is splintering, leading to a critical shortage of ammunition at the front . At the same time, most Ukrainians are not willing to countenance the idea of a peace deal, given that there would be few mechanisms to force Russia to abide by it, and would risk merely giving Moscow time to replenish its forces and strike Ukraine again.

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      Zelenskiy puts figure on Ukrainian soldiers killed for first time at 31,000

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Yesterday - 18:45

    Ukraine’s president also concedes western weaponry is in short supply at a crucial time in the war with Russia

    Volodymyr Zelenskiy has given a figure for the number of Ukrainian battlefield casualties in the war with Russia for the first time, acknowledging that 31,000 soldiers have been killed and saying 2024 will be decisive for the outcome of the conflict.

    Speaking a day after the two-year anniversary of Vladimir Putin’s invasion, the Ukrainian president said he believed his country would win despite recent military setbacks. He conceded western weapons were in short supply and were crucial at a time when his troops were spectacularly outgunned.

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      Ukraine’s defence minister says half of western arms arrive later than promised

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Yesterday - 12:10

    Rustem Umerov says F-16 jets are yet to appear and troops are running out of shells and air defence missiles

    Ukraine’s defence minister, Rustem Umerov, said his country was “losing territory” in its grinding war with Russia because “50%” of weapons promised by western partners failed to reach Kyiv on time.

    Speaking a day after the second anniversary of Moscow’s full-scale invasion, Umerov said his troops had built new fortifications and “thousands of strongholds”. But he said delays in the supply of western equipment were leading to setbacks and deaths on the battlefield.

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      Ukraine war live: G7 urges more funding for Kyiv; Ukrainian military shoots down Russian drone attacks

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Yesterday - 08:19


    G7 leaders urge ‘additional support to close Ukraine’s remaining budget gap for 2024’

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      Israel does not act for all Jews | Observer letters

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Yesterday - 06:00

    A conversation about the effect of Israel’s actions in Gaza is vital

    As a British Jew, rising antisemitism is worrying. I remember it at school in London, and as an adult it can feel awkward when talking about my heritage to people I don’t know (“ The scale of antisemitism blights our politics and our country ”, Editorial).

    I acknowledge that your article points to this rise before 7 October, but a conversation about the effect of Israel’s actions in Gaza is also vital. Israel murders children daily and simultaneously claims it acts in the interest of all Jews globally.

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      Alexei Navalny’s body given to mother by Russian authorities

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 2 days ago - 16:58


    Remains handed to Lyudmila Navalnaya nine days after Putin critic’s death in Arctic prison, say supporters

    The body of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been handed over to his mother nine days after he died in an Arctic prison, his spokesperson announced on Saturday.

    In a post on X, Kira Yarmysh thanked “all those who had demanded” the return of his body, but added that she did not know if the authorities would allow a public funeral to be held.

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