Russia-Ukraine war latest: Moscow’s all-out eastern assault ‘may determine course of war’



President Zelensky meets US officials

Russian forces are launching an all-out assault to encircle Ukrainian troops in twin cities straddling a river in eastern Ukraine.

The battle could determine the success or failure of Moscow’s campaign in the east. It came as Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman Oleksandr Motuzyanyk warned that the war in the east would likely determine the fate of Ukraine as a whole.

The easternmost part of the Ukrainian-held Donbas pocket, the city of Sievierodonetsk on the east bank of the Siverskiy Donets river and its twin Lysychansk on the west bank, have become pivotal battlefields, with Russian forces advancing from three directions.

Mr Motuzyanyk said: “Now we are observing the most active phase of the full-scale aggression which Russia unfolded against our country. The situation on the (eastern) front is extremely difficult, because the fate of this country is perhaps being decided (there) right now.”

Meanwhile, two top Russian security officials vowed on Tuesday that Moscow will achieve all the goals set for the “military operation” in Ukraine.

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US says 20 countries promised advanced weapons to Ukraine

Nearly four dozen nations have committed to offering new weapons systems and other security assistance to Ukraine as its defense forces continue to push back against Russian troops, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has said.

Mr Austin announced the new weapons transfers following a meeting of defense ministers for the 24-country Ukraine Contact Group, during which the group received a briefing from Ukraine Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov.

Speaking to reporters at the close of the meeting, Mr Austin said attendees had “gained a sharper and shared sense of Ukraine’s priority requirements and the situation on the battlefield”.

Tom Batchelor25 May 2022 03:01

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‘More activity on Snake Island’

Tom Batchelor25 May 2022 02:01

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Russia facing default on its debts

The move makes a Russian default on its debts for the first time since the Bolshevik Revolution all but inevitable.

The US Treasury Department said that it does not plan to renew the license that allowed Russia to keep paying its debtholders through American banks.

Since the first rounds of sanctions, the Treasury Department has given banks a license to process any dollar-denominated bond payments from Russia. That window expired at midnight on 25 May.

Tom Batchelor25 May 2022 01:01

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Azov Regiment leader alive in Russian-controlled territory, says wife

Azov Regiment leader Denys Prokopenko is alive in Russian-controlled territory, his wife said on Tuesday after holding a brief telephone conversation.

Kateryna Prokopenko said that her husband asked her how she was, but that the line broke off before he could say anything about himself.

She said the phone call was possible under an agreement between the governments of Ukraine and Russia and thanks to the mediation of the Red Cross, which has been visiting some of the Ukrainian fighters who surrendered.

Earlier this month Russia announced its takeover of Mariupol with the surrender of the fighters holed up at the massive Azovstal steel mill.

Tom Batchelor24 May 2022 23:55

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Luhansk facing ‘most difficult time’ since 2014 conflict

The Ukrainian governor of the eastern Luhansk region has said the area is facing “the most difficult time” since conflict with Russia-backed separatists began in 2014.

“Now, for the Luhansk region, is the most difficult time in the eight years of the war,” Serhii Haidai wrote on Telegram. “The Russians are advancing in all directions at the same time, they brought over an insane number of fighters and equipment.”

“It’s only getting worse. What the Russians are doing is hard to describe in words. The invaders are killing our cities, destroying everything around. The situation is on the verge of being critical. The free Luhansk region is now like Mariupol,” he added, in a reference to the ruined port city captured by Moscow last week.

Tom Batchelor24 May 2022 23:03

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Russia slowing offensive to spare civilians, claims Shoigu

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has claimed that Moscow is deliberately slowing its offensive in Ukraine to allow civilians to evacuate.

“Ceasefires are being declared and humanitarian corridors are being created in order to get people out of surrounded settlements,” Mr Shoigu said in televised remarks on day 90 of the war.

“Of course, this slows down the pace of the offensive, but this is done deliberately to avoid casualties among the civilian population,” he told defense ministers of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), a military alliance of Russia and five other former Soviet republics.

Despite Mr Shoigu’s comments on sparing civilians, the United Nations has recorded 3,930 civilian casualties during the conflict.

Tom Batchelor24 May 2022 22:30

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Ukraine says at least 14 civilians killed in Russian attacks Tuesday in east

Ukraine’s military has said that Russian troops killed at least 14 civilians and injured 15 more on Tuesday during mass attacks in the eastern Luhansk and Donetsk regions, the focus of Moscow’s latest offensive.

Writing in a Facebook post, it said Russian troops had used aircraft, multiple rocket launchers, artillery, tanks, mortars and missiles in their assault on the two regions, large parts of which are controlled by Russian-speaking separatists.

eleanor sly24 May 2022 21:05

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US says 20 countries promised advanced weapons to Ukraine, including harpoon launcher and missiles

Mr Austin announced the new weapons transfers following a meeting of defense ministers for the 24-country Ukraine Contact Group, during which the group received a briefing from Ukraine Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov.

Speaking to reporters at the close of the meeting, Mr Austin said attendees had “gained a sharper and shared sense of Ukraine’s priority requirements and the situation on the battlefield”.

eleanor sly24 May 2022 20:49

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Russia wages all-out assault to encircle Ukraine troops in east

Russian forces have encircled Ukrainian troops in twin cities straddling a river in eastern Ukraine, in a battle which may determine the success or failure of Moscow’s main campaign in the east.

“The situation on the [eastern] front is extremely difficult because the fate of this country is perhaps being decided [there] right now,” Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman Oleksandr Motuzyanyk told a televised briefing.

eleanor sly24 May 2022 20:30

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McDonald’s golden arches pulled down from Moscow restaurant as company leaves Russia

The internationally famous golden arches of McDonald’s were pulled down from a restaurant close to Moscow after the fast-food chain said it is pulling out of Russia.

Stores in hundreds of locations across the country were closed down in March following Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, in a move that cost the business around $55 million per month.

An existing McDonald’s licensee, Alexander Govor, who operates 25 restaurants in Siberia, has bought 850 Russian restaurants and has agreed to operate them under a new name, according to AP.

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