The leader of Kiev announced that he would win, Russia took more cities in eastern Ukraine
On the occasion of Europe’s anniversary of the surrender of Nazi Germany to the Allies in World War II, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced that the country was also facing danger again.
In an emotional video message marking the Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation (May 8,), Zelensky said that Ukraine and its allies will win the war against the Russian army.
Moscow calls military actions across the border from February 24 a “special operation” aimed at disarmament and “de-fascistization” of Ukraine. However, Kiev and the West accuse Russia of making up an excuse to attack the neighboring country.
So far, the war has left thousands of people dead in Ukraine, nearly 10 million homeless, and about 5 million displaced.
According to the Ukrainian prosecutor’s office, the war also claimed the lives of 225 children and injured 413. According to them, the actual number of casualties is expected to be much larger because authorities have not yet received data from the areas where the fighting is taking place and those currently under the control of Moscow forces.
Russia is also subject to several rounds of tough sanctions by the US as well as its allies in Europe and Asia. The tense situation has raised fears of a broader confrontation between Russia and the West.
The President of the German Parliament visits Kiev
The Speaker of the German Parliament (Bundestag) Baerbel Bas arrived in Kiev on May 8 to pay tribute to the victims of World War II and hold talks with Ukrainian officials.
In photos posted on Twitter by the head of reception for the Bundestag, Ms. Bas arrived in Kiev by train and had a meeting with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal.
The trip comes just before German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is expected to participate in a videoconference held on the same day with other G7 leaders, with the participation of Ukrainian President Zelensky.
Germany recently agreed to transfer heavy weapons, including self-propelled howitzers, to Kiev to fight the army. Russia. The move marks a reversal of Berlin’s longstanding policy of not sending heavy weapons to war zones.
Russian troops capture the eastern city of Popasna
Serhiy Gaidai, the Premier of the Luhansk region in eastern Ukraine, said on state television on May 8 that the country’s troops had to withdraw from Popasna, confirming reports that the city had fallen into the hands of the forces. Moscow.
The independent news agency Hromadske quoted Mr. Gaidai as explaining: “Ukrainian soldiers retreated a bit from Popasna because the city has been under shelling for more than two months. Everything here has been destroyed. That’s why. Why did the Ukrainian troops retreat to stronger positions that were prepared in advance?”
Earlier, Ramzan Kadyrov, the leader of the Russian republic of Chechnya, announced that his troops had taken control of most of Popasna.
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