On Saturday, April 30, the news of the war in Ukraine, on the air: Lavrov accuses the West of colonialism. Zelensky: Ready to see Putin despite the atrocities
• war in Ukraine
You have reached the sixty-sixth day.
• Yesterday, the Pentagon announced the arrival of new weapons to Ukraine, within 24 hours, thanks to the US Congress, which approved a measure allowing the president to speed up the supply. Joe Biden said an additional $33 billion is needed to support the Ukrainian military effort.
• According to US intelligence, Russia delayed a few days in its plans to attack the Donbass region.
• In the Kyiv raid, during the visit of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, a Ukrainian journalist lost her life.
• From May 1 in Kherson shopping will be done in rubles.
07:44 – The United States accuses Putin of acting “brutal and corrupt”
In a new escalation of the tone, the US Department of Defense accused, yesterday, Russian President Vladimir Putin of acting with “brutality and corruption” in the invasion of Ukraine.
“It is hard to give weight to Putin’s justifications when you see what his army is doing in Ukraine – killing innocents, shooting in the back of the head, handcuffing their hands behind their backs, pregnant women. They slaughtered,” he said, bombing hospitals. “I wonder how someone with any morals would do such a thing,” said Pentagon spokesman John Kirby.
Today, the Russian ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, defined the Pentagon’s words as “offensive and unacceptable,” without providing a response to the subtle accusations of documented atrocities in the early weeks of the war.
07:37 – Biden pressed – and Conte stopped
(Gianluca Mercury) After promising another $33 billion to the Ukrainians, 20 of which are in armaments, the US President is asking Congress to expedite approval of the maximum funding. At the same time, the Americans are pressing their main allies, Great Britain, Germany, France and Italy, to do more.
Giuseppe Sarsina reveals that “the simplest simulation is spreading in Washington: Contribution in relation to GDP. good, For Italy the bill is around $3 billion: a barely sustainable number In economic terms, not counting the political divisions within the coalition led by Mario Draghi.
Draghi will discuss this directly with Biden on May 10.
As for the internal political divisions, the leader of the 5-star Giuseppe Conte, in an interview with Emmanuel Buzzi, emphasized the refusal to send “lethal” and not strictly defensive weapons: “To be clear, we are not in favor of sending tanks” (here is the full interview with the former prime minister).
07:21 AM – But what are Moscow’s goals?
(Gianluca MercuryOn the eastern and southern fronts, the Russians are moving slowly: two kilometers a day according to the Americans. In the east, Marinelli and Olympio wrote in their military post, “They go on attacking and hammering to seize the whole of Donbass, but they have not been able to advance significantly.” In Dud they find more obstacles, due to sabotage in the lines of communication.
But what are the Russian goals?
Understanding this is complicated because they change often.
Option A: The “Great Pincer Maneuver” leads to the withdrawal of Dnipro and Ukraine.
Option B: the complete conquest of Donbass.
But Putin is not necessarily satisfied: there is still a risk that he will target the entire coastal strip, in creating a corridor between Crimea and Donbass, in Transnistria, an autonomous republic on the border with Moldova. The country that prefers to call itself Moldova, in the Romanian pronunciation, to which yesterday Lavrov sent a sinister message: «Moldova should worry about its future. Because they attract you to NATO … ».
07:05 – What is stopping Russia?
Why is the Battle of Donbass progressing more slowly than observers expected?
To provide an answer – decisive – is a high-ranking US defense official, giving credit once again to the resistance capability, beyond all expectations, of the Ukrainian military.
“We believe that because of this slow and erratic progress, without a full knowledge of every aspect of the Russian plan, the Russians are falling behind what they were trying to achieve in the Donbass – several days.”
The official said that while troops are trying to move north outside Mariupol so they can advance on Ukrainian forces from the south, their advance has been “slow and erratic, certainly not decisive in any way.”
The time variable is crucial: if the Ukrainian army manages to slow Russia’s advance for a few more days, the weapons sent by the West may reach the field – so the Donbass battle will take place with great variance. A smaller medium between the Ukrainian and Russian armies.
05:55 – Moscow: NATO is doing everything to prevent peace
In an interview with Xinhua, reported by TASS, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that NATO countries “are doing everything in their power to prevent the completion of the Russian special operation in Ukraine through political agreements.” We are witnessing the embodiment of classic double standards and the hypocrisy of the Western establishment today. By publicly expressing their support for the Kyiv regime, NATO countries are doing their best to prevent the process from completing through political agreements.
05:06 – During the night bombings in Kharkiv, the Russians continue to attack
At dawn today, the Russian forces continue their pressure on the eastern and southern regions of Ukraine, especially around Kharkiv in the north-east, as they are trying at any cost to increase their control, despite some setbacks, according to Kyiv, over Maidan. Violent explosions were heard overnight in Kharkiv, the country’s second-largest city, which has been decimated by Russian artillery for weeks. And yesterday, according to the Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, these explosions resulted in the death of at least one person and several wounded. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky acknowledged that the situation in the northeast, where Russian forces are again concentrating their offensive, is “difficult.” “But our military is achieving tactical success,” he said.
05:01 am – Kyiv: 14 Russian attacks were repelled in Donetsk and Luhansk regions
Ukrainian forces repelled 14 attacks in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Kyiv Independent reports. According to the Ukrainian Armed Forces, “Russia has lost 11 tanks, 7 artillery pieces, 27 warships, combat vehicles and 14 other vehicles in the Donetsk and Luhansk states.”
03:21 – CNN, The strange case of an oligarch who died by suicide
At least six Russian businessmen have died in an apparent suicide in the past three months, some with their families. CNN reported that four of the six deaths were linked to Gazprom or one of its subsidiaries. Also among the dead was Sergei Protosinia, the former chief of Novotek, who was found dead in Spain with his wife and daughter in what was initially referred to as a suicide murder. “My father would never have done this, he loved my mother and my sister, they were all killed by someone else”: this is what his son Fedor believes.
03:04 – “My husband died in Ukraine”: this is the ex-US Marine who was killed in the fight against the Russians
My husband died in Ukraine. He left with a desire to help people, and he always felt that this was his main mission in life. He dreamed of being a policeman or a firefighter”: Brittany Kansel is the widow of Willie Joseph Kansel, 22, who died in battle on April 26 in Ukraine, recruited by a contracting company to support troops in Kyiv against the Russian offensive. The story of this boy, who He left behind a 7-month-old son and a very young wife, who moved to America and was told in a comprehensive report by the Associated Press signed by journalist Jonathan Drew. The news of his death was reported to the media by his close relatives and confirmed by his mother, Rebecca Cabrera. Here is the full article by Paolo Fushi. For Corriere della Sera.
3:00 – Lavrov: NATO support for Ukraine impedes peace
“NATO support for Ukraine impedes reaching a political agreement to end the conflict”. This was confirmed by the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, in an interview with the Chinese Xinhua Agency, which was reported by TASS.
01:25 a.m. – Zelensky thanked the countries that reopened their embassies in Kyiv
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky thanked the countries that had resumed diplomatic operations in Kyiv. “The UK’s ambassador to Ukraine, Melinda Simmons, is back in Kyiv today,” she said in her evening speech. “Currently 27 foreign diplomatic missions operate in the capital of our country. And this is a very important gesture of support for Ukraine, for which we are all grateful.” Such gestures, along with strong defensive, financial and political support from the free world, mean that the need to end the war is becoming increasingly evident for Russia. “Defeating the occupiers does not change.”
01:11 am – Economist Guriev: Sanctions on gas and oil are crucial
“Sanctions on gas and oil will be decisive. And the sooner we introduce it, the sooner the war ends.”: Sergei Guriev, a dissident Russian economist and former Kremlin adviser, has no doubts. Russia’s economic isolation may end the invasion of Ukraine by Moscow’s forces. Guriev, a refugee in Paris in 2013 after taking a public stand against Putin, teaches at Sciences Po. Stefano Montefiore interviewed exclusively for Corriere della Sera (full article here)
00:15 – Today the conversation between Macron and Zelensky
The meeting between French President Emmanuel Macron and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky, tentatively scheduled for Friday, has been postponed to today. This was stated by the French TV presenter BFMTv, citing a source in the Elysee.
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