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May 12, 2024

Zelenskiy speaks of 'tough' fighting in the Kharkiv region.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi said during his nightly video address that heavy fighting was ongoing in several villages in the northeastern Kharkiv region.

He also spoke about the fighting in the eastern Donetsk region.

“There are villages that have actually turned from a 'grey zone' into a hostile zone,” he said, adding that there had been “intense” fighting. “The occupier is trying to gain a foothold in some of them, while others are being used to move forward.”

Kharkiv Governor Oleh Senhobov said “all areas” along the territorial border with Russia are now “under enemy fire around the clock.”

Russia's Defense Ministry said its forces had “deeply advanced the defense of the enemy.” A day earlier, he claimed to have captured five villages in Kharkiv area.

Fierce fighting near Kharkiv, Ukraine

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Skip next section Germany's Pistorius calls for solidarity with Ukraine in memory of Berlin Airlift

May 12, 2024

Germany's Pistorius calls for solidarity with Ukraine at Berlin Airlift commemoration

German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius called on Berlin to show solidarity with other countries of the world, including Ukraine, in an event held to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift.

During the airlift, the US, UK and France supplied food and fuel to West Berlin during the Soviet blockade in 1948–49.

German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius speaks at a commemoration of the 76th anniversary of the end of the Berlin Blockade.
German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius addressed the ceremony held to commemorate the Berlin Airlift.Photo: Annegret Hilse/REUTERS

“The airlift showed how important it is to do the right thing,” Pistorius said at the Berlin Airlift Memorial in Berlin.

“If our partners had simply shrugged their shoulders or argued that the costs were too high and the risks too high, Berlin might have been over,” he said.

“We Germans, in particular, have benefited greatly from partnerships and common security assurances in the past,” the minister said.

Germany must not allow totalitarian forces to violate international law and impose their will on sovereign states and peoples around the world and “above all in Ukraine,” he said.

“Just as naturally our allies stood up for us then, we must clearly stand up today for our international order, peace and freedom,” declared Pistorius.

Skip next section Russia says four more villages have been captured.

May 12, 2024

Russia says it has captured four more villages.

Russia says it has captured four more villages in Ukraine's Kharkiv region after thousands of residents were displaced during Moscow's ground offensive.

The Ministry of Defense of Russia announced new achievements. SundayA day after claiming to capture five villages in the area where Russian troops were pushed back almost two years ago.

The ministry said Russian troops “have advanced deep into the enemy's defensive villages, including Gatyshche, Krasnoye, Morokhovets and Olenkovo. However, the Ukrainian military has said it will manage to stop further Russian advances.” has been

Skip next section Ukraine's military chief highlights the difficult situation in Kharkiv.

May 12, 2024

Ukraine's military chief highlighted the difficult situation in Kharkiv.

Ukraine's military chief says his country's forces are facing a tough battle in the Kharkiv region, but they doing It is their best to hold the line.

Russia on Friday launched a new offensive from its territory in the Kharkiv region of northern Ukraine. The move appeared to reopen a front long dormant on the ground in the 27-month war, with Russia saying on Saturday it had captured five villages.

“Units of the Defense Forces are fighting fierce defensive battles, the attempts of the Russian attackers to break through our defenses have been stopped,” Oleksandr Serskyi, the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, wrote on the Telegram app.

“The situation is difficult, but the defense forces of Ukraine are doing everything to take defense lines and positions, deliver The enemy suffered,” he added.

Ukraine is currently on the defensive against Russia, which has a significant advantage in terms of military equipment and manpower.

Keef says the months-long delay by the US Congress in voting through a massive aid package has left him reeling. Ukrainian officials hope that large amounts of new aid will arrive soon to boost the country's defense efforts.

The warm summer months are the easiest time to try to make a profit in a region that often experiences winter.

Zelenskyy announced reinforcements to Kharkiv's front lines.

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Skip to next section Three people are reported dead after a building collapses in Belgorod, Russia.

May 12, 2024

In Russia, 3 people were reported dead after a building collapsed in Belgorod.

Russian media reported that there were at least three people. A high-rise apartment block partially collapsed in the Russian city of Belgorod after a Ukrainian missile attack killed people.

Footage posted by Vyacheslav Gladkov, the governor of the border region, showed at least 10 floors of the building collapsing.

“The city of Belgorod and the region of Belgorod were subjected to heavy shelling by the armed forces of Ukraine,” Gladkov said.

“As a result of the direct impact of the shell on the apartment building, the entire entrance from the tenth to the first floor collapsed.”

Russian reports Initially He said that at least three people have died with possibly 20 people buried in the rubble of the apartment block.

The Russian Defense Ministry said on Sunday that fragments of a Soviet-era Tochka-U The missile (called a Scarab B missile by NATO) was launched by Ukraine and shot down by Russian air defenses. The systems damaged an apartment block in Belgorod.

Skip next section Ukraine says thousands of people have been evacuated from the Kharkiv region.

May 12, 2024

Ukraine says thousands of people have been evacuated from the Kharkiv area

Ukrainian authorities say that thousands of people have now been evacuated from the border areas of Kharkiv, Ukraine. As Russia continued to bombard key towns and small villages as part of a cross-border offensive.

A Russian offensive across Ukraine's northeastern border began on Friday, on a front that has been relatively static since late 2022, with Moscow's troops making small advances in territory they have held. Expelled About two years ago.

“In total, 4,073 people have it. Expelled” Kharkiv regional governor Oleg Senigubov wrote on social media, a day after Russia claimed to have captured five villages in the region.

Ukraine says that many citizens was killed In the offensive. The latest, a 63-year-old man, was killed by artillery fire in the village of Glebok.

A senior police officer in the city of Vochansk to help To Coordinate the evacuation.“Several people” were killed in the shelling on Saturday, while another was found dead in the rubble overnight, it said.

The news agency AFP quoted him as saying that the city is under constant fire. “Everything in the city is being destroyed… you constantly hear explosions, artillery, Mortar. The enemy is attacking the city with everything they have.”

Skip to the next section Thank you to the Chief Military Mothers of Kiev

May 12, 2024

The head of Kiev thanked the military mothers.

Ukraine's Military Commander-in-Chief Oleksandr Sersky has thanked the mothers of the servicemen while giving special greetings on the Ukrainian Mother's Day.

Sarskyi “offered a down-to-earth bow to mothers whose sons and daughters are serving in the Armed Forces of Ukraine.”

“Thank you for the dignified and noble upbringing of your children who are now serving in the ranks of the Defense Forces of Ukraine,” he said.

“Thank you for your infinite motherly love, tenderness And I have insomnia Night troubles

“No matter how old we are, no matter what military rank we hold, no matter how high the positions we hold, no matter how dangerous we perform, we remain children of our mothers. “

Sarsky promised mothers whose children were held as Russian prisoners of war that Kiev's forces are “fighting for every Ukrainian fighter and trying to do everything for the return of our brothers and sisters.” . behind From Moscow.”

“I asked Each other everyone one Thank you to those who can take time out on this day to call their mothers and congratulate them bringing up And his prayers.”

“Call the mothers of the missing brothers and sisters and help them. They need to know we're around,” he said.

May 12 is Mother's Day in most parts of the world this year, including Germany and Ukraine, although the time varies in many countries.

Ukrainian mother mourns 1 son dead, 2 missing

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Skip next section Belgorod governor says heavy shelling leaves one dead.

May 12, 2024

The governor of Belgorod says that one person was killed by heavy shelling.

The governor of Russia's Belgorod region on the Ukrainian border has told a woman. was killed And 29 people were injured in the attacks over the weekend.

Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov also said that several hundred flats The damage was done After a series of attacks from Ukraine over the weekend.

“The city of Belgorod and the region of Belgorod were subjected to massive shelling by the armed forces of Ukraine,” Gladkov said late on the Telegram messaging app, without specifying when the shelling took place.

About 300 flats in 85 apartment buildings and four commercial properties were damaged, four roofs of apartment buildings were directly affected, the governor said.

He also said that two hospitals, a school and a sports facility were damaged.

Kiev says it does not target civilians, but instead fires at Russia's military, energy and transport infrastructure in response to Russian attacks on Ukraine's energy infrastructure and urban areas.

Putin vowed to secure the border city of Belgorod, warning of a counterattack

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Skip next section Russian threat dominates Lithuanian elections

May 12, 2024

Russian threat dominates Lithuanian elections

Lithuania The Baltic states are voting in the first round of their presidential election after a campaign focused on security concerns following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Just over half of Lithuanians believe a Russian invasion is possible or even Very likely, according to an ELTA/Baltijos Tyrimai poll.

gave Central The candidates agree that the country should increase defense spending to counter a potential threat from neighboring Russia.

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