War in neighborhood: IPN update

What will happen on May 9?

According to Reuters, Putin will give an “apocalyptic alert” to the West next Monday (May 9), when Russia will have the celebrations of the 77th anniversary of the victory of the Soviet Union against Nazi Germany, during the Second World War.

Vladimir Putin is expected to speak in Red Square. There were also parades of troops, locks, rockets and intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Supersonic fighters, for example, must fly over Saint Basil’s Cathedral. In addition, according to the Ministry of Defense, for the first time since 2010, the Il-80 “apocalypse” or “Doomsday” command plane will be used. This aircraft would be responsible for taking the top ranks of Russia in the event of a nuclear war.

The Kremlin declined to confirm Friday whether a Victory Day parade will take place on Monday in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, saying a wide celebration of Victory Day is currently impossible “for obvious reasons.”

First deputy head of the presidential administration of Russia, Sergei Kiriyenko, previously had said that a parade on Victory Day this year in Donetsk and Luhansk could not yet be held, but time for that would come soon, according to state news agency RIA Novosti.

A monument to the grandmother with the Soviet flag was erected in Mariupol, Secretary of the General Council of United Russia Andrei Turchak reported in Telegram.

“In Mariupol, on Leninsky Komsomol Square, there is now a monument to grandmother Anya. The one who was not afraid of the ukrofascists and defended the Red Banner under which her parents fought,” he wrote.
On April 12, a video surfaced on the Internet showing a woman with the Soviet flag going toward the Ukrainian Armed Forces. According to the media, she thought that the Russian soldiers had approached her house and taken a bag of groceries. After a soldier had wrested the banner from her hand, the woman returned the bag, saying “my parents fought for this flag”.

Territorial integrity is not negotiated

Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak is convinced that the solution to the issue of Crimea and ORDLO should be the subject of negotiations between the two leaders. Yermak spoke about this in an interview with RBC-Ukraine.

According to him, now the primary task is to stop the war and push back Russian troops at least to the February 23 border, but the issue of Crimea and ORDLO needs to be resolved at the political level. The politician added that President Volodymyr Zelensky is already ready to sit down at the negotiating table with Putin.

“The issues of ORDLO and Crimea are complex issues that should be discussed at a meeting of two presidents, and our president is ready to sit down and talk. But in any case, we do not trade our independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity. Under our power, this will definitely not happen,” Yermak said.

Incredible for 21st century, famine...

Creating a food crisis in Ukraine and the world may be one of the deliberate goals of Russian aggression. This was announced on Thursday, May 5, by the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the UN, Serhiy Kyslitsa, during a meeting of the Security Council on maintaining peace and security of Ukraine.

He stressed that Russia stole about 400,000 tons of grain from the temporarily occupied regions of Zaporozhe, Kherson, Donetsk and Luhansk regions, which is one third of all the reserves of these regions.

“Given that the stolen grain is to be used for the next harvest, this has already heightened the threat of famine,” he added.

The permanent representative added that Russia also destroys grain elevators, agricultural infrastructure and fertilizer warehouses, and continues to plunder agricultural vehicles.

Admiral Makarov warship on fire?

Russia’s most advanced frigate is on fire in the Black Sea following claims it was struck by a Ukrainian missile in what would be a second hit on the Kremlin’s fleet in the area.

While the attack remains unverified by official channels, it is understood that the Admiral Makarov, carrying 180 Russian sailors, was hit close to Snake Island, 35 kilometres off the Ukrainian mainland.

It appears that the 4,000-tonne warship was struck by one of Ukraine’s Neptune missiles, which sunk the Moskva missile cruiser, the flagship of the Black Sea fleet, last month.

No satisfactory solutions in sight

Volodymyr Zelensky said that Ukraine does not see the end of the war approaching.

 “Today is the 72nd day of a full-scale war, and we do not see the end of the war yet. We do not feel and do not see the slightest desire from the Russian side to complete it. And we do not see satisfactory solutions to the challenges that Russia provoked by this war. Since February 24, there has not been a single day that we did not negotiate on providing us with weapons, strengthening sanctions against Russia, etc. And there was not a day when we would not negotiate a safe exit and a “green corridor” for people under siege in Mariupol, Zelensky said.

Thief cries “catch the thief”

Ukraine won’t gain anything but will see the ultimate loss of its sovereignty from the bogus brotherhood with Poland, Russian Security Council Deputy Chairman Dmitry Medvedev cautioned, when taking to his Telegram channel Friday.

According to Russia’s ex-president, Western Ukraine will be a welcome acquisition for Poland since it “craves territorial restitution, carried out “under the guise of eloquent words about eternal fraternity.”

Advisor to the Chairman of the Presidential Office Mikhail Podolyak reacted to such statements with a joke about Russian politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky, who recently died: “The spirit of Zhirinovsky has moved into Medvedev and dances fakes about Poland’s imperial plans on the keyboard. The civilized world works differently. Poland is a great friend, ally and partner of Ukraine. Warsaw does not stick a knife in the back like the Russian Federation, but gives a helping hand. Not all barbarians are like that like Russia.”

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