R.Ussian plans to consolidate control over the occupiers Gerson area According to the Ukrainian leadership, will fail. Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of the Ukrainian Security Council, described the planned referendum in Kherson as “legally and internationally meaningless”. The referendum that the Russian occupiers wanted to declare as the “People’s Republic of Chersonese” was the “classic” in which Russia wanted to legalize its actions.
President Zelenskyy also accused Russia of holding a referendum and called on Kherson citizens to protect their personal data from attempts to rig the vote. “That’s the truth. Be careful,” he warned, addressing residents directly.
The introduction of the Russian ruble as a means of payment in the occupied territories is also a “classic Russian practice,” according to the union agency Danilov. These efforts of the Russian side will not lead to success. “They will try to introduce a coin or counterfeit currency into these areas for a while,” Danilov said. But in view of the opposition expected from citizens, this will be “a very short time.”
In the first few weeks after the Russian invasion, thousands of people gathered daily in the main square of Gershon, wearing Ukrainian flags and carrying placards reading “This is Ukraine.” Demonstrations are now held weekly. Last Wednesday, Russian soldiers fired tear gas and stun grenades at protesters.
When Russian forces withdrew from the occupied territories around the capital, Kiev, in early April, they abandoned the horror scenes and shocked the community. But in Kherson, a large city with a significant shipbuilding industry on the Dnieper and Black Sea fronts, the invaders took a different course. Residents believe the Russians have not besieged the city or intimidated it in the most brutal ways because they plan to hold a referendum to create a “people’s republic.”
“Soldiers patrol and slowly move around. They do not shoot people in the streets, “said Olga, a local teacher who spoke on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to speak to the media.
Although the city is still free from atrocities such as Pucha and Mariupol, daily life is normal. All access to Gerson is blocked and the city is plagued by a shortage of medicines, plenty of food and money. Ukrainian officials warn of possible catastrophe. Ukrainian television is no longer available and has been replaced by Russian state channels. Exit strict restrictions were imposed.
Statements by civil servants Breakdown of Russian ground offensive
According to Ukrainian sources, Russian armed forces suspended their ground offensive in eastern Ukraine on Friday night. “Izyum did not carry out any active offensive in the direction of the (enemy),” Ukraine’s civil servants said in its status report this morning.
Russian forces therefore limited their operations to spying and artillery fire. Surrounding area இசியம் Area Kharkiv Has been the main center of Russian troops for the past few days. Ukrainian forces in the Donbass area must be surrounded by a southern push.
According to civil servants, the Ukrainian military was also primarily limited to defensive operations. 15 flying objects were shot down at night: except for one plane, five ship missiles and nine drones.
Things were relatively quiet in the other front sections as well. Ukrainian civil servants also announced artillery fire on Donetsk, but no further attempts were made. In Like Mariupol Units stuck in Azov Steelworks are said to be further blocked. According to Ukrajinska Pravda, the field hospital set up there caught fire and at least one soldier was killed.
Moscow has confirmed the attack on Kiev
Meanwhile, Russia has confirmed the capital of Ukraine Kiev Shot during the visit of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. “The Russian Air Force’s high-precision, long-range aerial weapons have destroyed the missile and space company Artem production buildings in Kiev,” the Defense Ministry said in Moscow. One person was killed in Thursday’s attack, according to Ukraine. This is Russia’s first attack on Kiev in about two weeks.
A Guterres spokesman said he was shocked by the attack. Guterres met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Tuesday. He then traveled to Ukraine, where he visited several suburbs of Kiev on Thursday, where, according to Ukrainian sources, Russian soldiers were allegedly involved in war crimes.
Oleksi Arrestovich, an adviser to the Ukrainian president, denounced Guterres’ rocket attacks on Kiev as “unprecedented nonsense”. “How should the UN president or the United Nations respond to this,” said an adviser to President Volodymyr Zhelensky. “They (the Russians) spat on his back, very thirsty, with blood.”
“For a cruise missile, the distance between the point of attack and the location of the cutter is two millimeters per gun, so the shot missed his temple,” Arrestovich’s union agency said. However, Russia would certainly be a member of the UN Security Council.
The shelling came an hour after a press conference between Guterres and Zhelensky. The UN Secretary General said that Ukraine has become a “center of unbearable misery and pain.” The UN says Guterres and his crew are safe.
“I was shocked to hear two rockets explode in the city where I was staying,” Guterres later told the BBC, a British broadcaster.
Kiev Mayor Vitaly Klitschko said Thursday evening that the Shevchenkivsky district in the northwest of the capital was attacked. The attack has been one of the most violent since Russian troops withdrew in early April. Meanwhile, more and more residents are returning to Kiev. Cafes and shops reopened and people enjoyed the spring weather outside.
The Russian military leadership has threatened to attack the Ukrainian capital this week, even if foreign politicians go there.
Kiev and Sofia agree on cooperation
Meanwhile, Ukraine and Bulgaria have accepted closer military and economic cooperation. Selenskiz made the announcement after a meeting with Bulgarian Prime Minister Krill Petkov on Thursday evening. Among other things, damaged Ukrainian military equipment must be repaired in Bulgaria.
“Another issue we have agreed on is the supply of Ukrainian electricity to Bulgaria and the use of trans-Balkan gas pipelines in collaboration with the Bulgarian side,” Zhelensky said. The previous day, Russia had stopped supplying natural gas to Bulgaria due to non-payment.
In addition, Zelenskyy and Petkov agreed to use the Bulgarian Black Sea port of Verna to export agricultural products from Ukraine. As Russia controls or blocks all Ukrainian ports, Kiev is forced to look for alternatives.
There was a heated argument in Sofia before Petko’s trip to Kiev. Head of State Rumen Radew, who is considered friendly to Moscow, opposed the visit, and co-ruling Socialists refused to join the delegation.
Thousands of refugees, including Germans, are returning to Ukraine
Despite the ongoing war in Ukraine, more and more refugees are returning home. Every day, about 20,000 Ukrainians return to their homeland from Poland, Union Interior Minister Nancy Fasser (SPD) told RTL and n-tv channels on Friday. These include refugees who have previously stayed in Germany. Currently, only about 2,000 newcomers from Ukraine are registered in Germany every day. It was 15,000 in March.
Considering the return movement, Fasser said: “Given the scary pictures in Ukraine it scares you.” But, “even if it breaks your heart, she can understand that they are going back for family reunion”.
As of Friday, 389,389 refugees from Ukraine had been registered in Germany, according to the Federal Police. However, the actual number of visitors will be significantly higher because not all of them are recorded.
Records are currently being pushed forward because they are a prerequisite for gaining social benefits, Fasser said. “We put a lot of pressure now so photos and fingerprints can catch who’s here.”
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