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Sunday, May 29th [5:00 UTC]


Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in his nightly address on Saturday that his country will “take everything back” from Russia. “This is an imperative,” Zelensky said, “And it’s just a matter of time. Every day at this same time, the time until liberation grows shorter. Everything we do is for this.”


Regular updates on the Ukraine crisis are becoming less frequent on all major news websites being tracked on this blog.

Saturday, May 28th


The Associated Press news agency (AP) is reporting that a Communist Party legislative deputy in Russia’s Far East has demanded an end to the war in Ukraine and the withdrawal of its armed forces.


U.S. inflation slowed slightly in April, measured by the Federal Reserve’s preferred gauge, though it remained near its fastest pace since 1982. Consumer prices rose 6.3% in April from a year earlier, down from 6.6% in March, as measured by the Commerce Department’s personal-consumption expenditures price index, which it reported Friday.


Ukraine’s Moscow-backed Orthodox Church said today that it was cutting ties with Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, reports AFP. The church declared “full independence” from Russia in a move that defied Russia’s spiritual authorities. “We disagree with the position of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow…on the war,”


The Kremlin is considering a second assault on Kyiv despite failing to capture the Ukrainian capital at the outset of the war, according to the independent news website Meduza.

Friday, May 27th


Amid fears that Moldova could be drawn into the Ukraine war, Ana Revenco, Moldova’s interior minister, has told Al Jazeera that Europe needs a “paradigm shift” in its security policies. Neither a European Union nor NATO member, Moldova is worried about its future.


Russia’s foreign ministry has said it is expelling five staff members of the Croatian embassy in Moscow in response to Zagreb ordering out some of its staff. Croatia told 24 Russian embassy staff to leave over Moscow’s actions in Ukraine.


With the majority of Russia’s forces concentrated in the east of Ukraine, Maksym Kozytskyi, the governor of Lviv, has posted to Telegram to say that again it was a quiet night in his region. He stated there was one air raid alarm overnight, but there was no strike.


Russia’s actions in Ukraine provide enough evidence to conclude that Moscow is inciting genocide and committing atrocities intended to destroy the Ukrainian people, according to the first independent report into allegations of genocide in that country. The legal report, signed by more than 30 leading legal scholars and genocide experts, accuses the Russian state of violating several articles of the United Nations Genocide Convention.


Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians have been processed through a series of Russian “filtration camps” in eastern Ukraine and sent into remote parts of Russia as part of a systematized program of forced removal, according to four sources familiar with the latest Western intelligence — an estimate far higher than US officials have publicly disclosed.


Missiles landed today in Ukraine’s second largest city Kharkiv, which has been left alone for the past couple of weeks as the Russians pulled back. While their focus is on the eastern Donbas region, these strikes suggest they might not be curbing their greater ambitions in the long term. Russia now occupies around a fifth of Ukraine’s territory.


Belarus is sending troops to the Ukraine border. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has said he was forming a southern military command and sending battalion tactical groups to the area that borders Ukraine.

Thursday, May 26th


Maksym Kozytskyi, the governor of Lviv, has posted a status update for the day. He said that there was one air alert overnight, but there were no strikes reported. He also said that for the first time since Lviv started accepting displaced people from elsewhere in Ukraine, there was not a single person who registered for temporary accommodation yesterday.


Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday savaged suggestions that Kyiv give up territory and make concessions to end the war with Russia, saying the idea smacked of attempts to appease Nazi Germany in 1938. Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger this week suggested at the World Economic Forum in Davos that Ukraine should let Russia keep Crimea, which it annexed in 2014.


Putin’s powerful Orthodox church ally helps cement Russian support for the war. As cracks begin to show in the state media narrative about the invasion of Ukraine, Patriarch Kirill has been unwavering in support, portraying it for millions of faithful as a holy struggle against the West.


Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas, during a speech in Stockholm Wednesday, warned against making any concessions to Russia. “It is much more dangerous giving in to Putin than provoking him. All these seemingly small concessions to the aggressor lead to big wars. We have done this mistake already three times: Georgia, Crimea and Donbas.”

Wednesday, May 25th


Moldova’s justice minister has vowed to ensure a corruption investigation into detained pro-Russian opposition leader Igor Dodon will be in strict accordance with the law after he accused the country’s government of a politically motivated attack.


Moscow is working on measures against English-language media in response to “unfriendly actions” by foreign governments towards Russian news outlets, foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova says.


The Russian state Duma approved a law today removing the upper age limit for service in the country’s military, in another sign the country is facing a shortage of infantry to continue its offensive in Ukraine.


Maksym Kozytskyi, governor of Lviv in western Ukraine, has posted his latest status update for the region. He reports that overnight there were two air raid warnings, including one sparked “as the enemy launched missiles from the Black Sea”, but he says “the threats did not materialise. Everything is calm in Lviv region.”


Huge losses in military equipment, coming close to 1,300 units of tanks alone, have forced the Russian army to switch to obsolete equipment, including T-62M tanks which are being removed from storage.


Workers digging through the rubble of an apartment building in Mariupol found 200 bodies in the basement, Ukrainian authorities said Tuesday, as more horrors come to light in the ruined city that has seen some of the worst suffering of the 3-month-old war.


A retired Russian Air Force major general was reportedly shot down over Ukraine on Sunday. Kanamat Botashev, 63, is a top Russian military commander and former major general. According to reports coming out of Russia, Botashev was killed over the weekend after his SU-25 attack plane was shot down in Ukrainian airspace.


World-renowned billionaire financier and financial adviser George Soros said on Tuesday, at the Davos Conference, that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine “may have been the beginning of the Third World War and our civilization may not survive it.”


US President Joe Biden’s public approval rating fell this week to 36%, the lowest level of his presidency, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll published on Tuesday.