Updated on 05/14/2022 at 10:45 AM
- 10:09 am: Ukraine: Heavy weapons key to food security
- 08:30 am: ➤ Ukrainian Military Intelligence: The war ended at the end of the year
- 04:06: NATO foreign ministers discuss Ukraine war in Berlin
- 03:27 am: Odessa considers the Azovstal fighters to be heroes
- 01:44 am: Kyiv sees the “third phase” of the war
Ukrainian Military Intelligence: The war ended at the end of the year
In anticipation, the head of Ukraine’s Military Intelligence predicted that the war would end in a Russian defeat by the end of the year. Major-General Kirillo Budanov told Britain’s Sky News Friday night that there will be a shift on the fronts by mid-August at the latest, adding that “the turning point will come in the second half of August.” By the end of the year, Ukraine will regain control of all of its territory, including Crimea.
The Russian intelligence official denied that the Russian armed forces are often said to be powerful, “it’s a myth”. They are not strong, he said of the Russian army: “They are just a crowd of armed people.”
Budanov also predicted major changes in the Kremlin. He believes that a coup d’état is underway against Russian President Vladimir Putin, “they are advancing towards him, and nothing will stop them.” In addition, Putin was seriously ill with cancer, he claimed. He did not provide evidence for his claims.
Status at a glance:
Since February 24, Russia has been waging a war of aggression against Ukraine from the air and on the ground. Not long ago, President Vladimir Putin questioned Ukraine’s right to exist as an independent country and recognized the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics in eastern Ukraine.
Since then, the Ukrainian army has been fighting the invaders as best it can. Thousands of deaths were reported on both sides, but the exact numbers of soldiers and civilians were not independently verified. The truth is that the humanitarian situation in Ukraine is getting worse every day. According to the United Nations, more than 6 million people have fled Ukraine (as of May 13), mostly women and children, as men between the ages of 18 and 60 are not allowed to leave the country.
The European Union and the United States responded with sanctions. They also supply Ukraine with arms, and Germany supports the country with arms shipments. Ukraine will receive Gepard tanks from Germany. So far, it has been excluded that NATO will actively intervene in the war.
On the first weekend of April, pictures of the bodies of several civilians in the small town of Bucha near Kyiv caused international outrage. Ukraine speaks of serious war crimes and genocide and blames Russian forces for committing them. Despite the numerous indications, Moscow denies its involvement in the killing of civilians. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stressed that negotiations with Russia should continue.
According to a Ukrainian statement, a large-scale offensive long prepared by Russia began in eastern Ukraine on April 18.
Other news of the day:
Ukraine: Heavy weapons key to food security
10:09 am: Ukraine also sees the supply of heavy weapons from the West to fight against Russia as a contribution to global food security. “The key to food security in the world is the weapon for Ukraine,” Mikhailo Podolak, an advisor to President Volodymyr Zelensky, said on Twitter on Saturday.
Accordingly, the weapons are intended to help free up the Ukrainian grain reserves for export, which were hampered by the Russian aggressive war. Ukraine is among the largest exporters of wheat, but it cannot export anything because it has lost control of the Black Sea and the ports of the Sea of Azov. The Russian Navy controls the trade routes.
NATO foreign ministers discuss Ukraine war in Berlin
04:06: From Saturday afternoon, NATO foreign ministers will meet in Berlin for informal consultations on Ukraine war together. Swedish Foreign Minister Anne Linde and her Finnish colleague Pekka Haavisto will also participate in a working lunch (from 7 pm). A joint press conference by German Foreign Minister Annallina Barbock (the Greens) and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, linked via video link, is scheduled for Sunday at 2:30 pm. Stoltenberg is not personally attending the informal meeting in Berlin due to the Corona infection. The meeting is likely to be dominated by the Finnish government’s announcement of its intention to apply for NATO membership. Sweden is expected to make a similar decision on Sunday. The accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO would be a turning point for the two countries that have been militarily neutral for decades. The discussion about joining began in both countries due to the Russian aggressive war against the Arab Republic of Egypt Ukraine.
Odessa mayor recognizes Azovstal fighters as heroes
03:27 am: Ukrainian soldiers holed up in the Azovstal steel plants in the port city of Mariupol are the real heroes of the Odessa mayor. “In my opinion, Mariupol saves not only Odessa, but the whole of Ukraine,” Henady Trukhanov said on Saturday night. Unian Agency. “Because this altruism that our army showed in Mariupol is a true example of heroism.”
While the port city of Odessa is still under frequent Russian missile fire, residents still feel relatively safe.
After weeks of fighting the Russian attackers, the last defenders of Mariupol holed up in the steelworks of Azovstal. The Russian army rejected Kyiv’s earlier attempts to withdraw freely, perhaps only because of the seriously wounded. Instead, the Russian military leadership demands the surrender of the defenders.
Kyiv sees the “third phase” of the war
01:44 am: The Ukrainian leadership sees the beginning of the “third phase” of the Russian war of aggression and a long struggle connected with it. Victor Androsio, a consultant at the Ukrainian Interior Ministry, said on television Saturday evening. In the second stage, the Ukrainian armed forces were again encircled and smashed in several sieges.
DPA and Associated Press published photos from inside the Asovstal steel plant in Mariupol. They were captured by the Azov Regiment of the Ukrainian National Guard – according to the agencies on May 10.
In the new “third stage”, the Russian army prepared to defend the lands so far won. “It shows they want to fight a long war out of it,” Androsio said. The Russian government clearly believes that by prolonging the war, it can force the West to come to the negotiating table and thus force Ukraine to surrender.
With material from dpa, AFP
The war in Ukraine is now entering its eighth week. Since then, the port city of Mariupol has been besieged by the Russian army – the planned escape routes have repeatedly failed. Recordings from Mariupol show the hard-earned conditions in the city.