Last Ukraine war: Victory over Russia will be won through diplomacy, says Selenskyj

President Zelensky meets US officials

Ukraine’s bloody struggle to defeat the Russian invasion will be difficult to win through diplomacy, said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in an interview marking the third anniversary of his inauguration.

“We didn’t start this war. But we have to end it,” he said in the hour-long broadcast, which was taped on Friday and released on Saturday.

“Victory will be bloody in battle. But the end will be in diplomacy. We want everything back. Russia doesn’t want to give anything away.”

An end to the bitter war can only be reached “at the negotiating table,” he added.

Zelensky also used his appearance on national television to applaud his country’s armed forces for breaking the “backbone” of Vladimir Putin’s military, which he described as “one of the strongest armies in the world.”

Zelensky also used his appearance on national television to applaud his country’s armed forces for breaking the “backbone” of Vladimir Putin’s military, which he described as “one of the strongest armies in the world.”

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The United States has pledged a $40 billion aid package to Ukraine

US President Joe Biden today signed a bill that would provide nearly $40 billion (£32 billion) in aid to Ukraine as part of efforts to increase military support in the Russian invasion, he said the White House.

The new legislation will provide $20 billion in military aid and ensure a steady flow of advanced weaponry used to thwart Russia’s advance.

There is also $8 billion in general economic assistance, $5 billion to address global food shortages that could result from the collapse of Ukraine’s agriculture and more than $1 billion to help refugees.

But reports of the staggering US support package were later deadened by an announcement from Russia saying it was barring 963 Americans from entering the country, including President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and CIA chief William Burns.

Emily AtkinsonMay 21, 2022 23:14

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The First Lady of Ukraine rarely appears on national television

An interview with President Zelenskyi’s wife, Ukraine’s First Lady Olena Zelenska, was also included in the historic third-year broadcast, in which she proclaimed that the brutal invasion had not changed her husband.

She said: “I can’t say he’s changed. As he was a dependable husband and man, so is he.”

“Our family, like all Ukrainian families, is now torn apart. We haven’t seen each other for two and a half months, we just talked on the phone. Thank you for this opportunity because we are now spending time together — dating on TV,” Zelenska added.

Emily AtkinsonMay 21, 2022 10:39 p.m

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Russia’s war against Ukraine can only be solved through “diplomacy,” says Zelenskyy

Ukraine’s bloody struggle to defeat the Russian invasion will be difficult to win through diplomacy, said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in an interview marking the third anniversary of his inauguration.

“We didn’t start this war. But we have to end it,” he said in the hour-long broadcast, which was taped on Friday and released on Saturday.

“Victory will be bloody in battle. But the end will be in diplomacy. We want everything back. Russia doesn’t want to give anything away.”

An end to the bitter war can only be reached “at the negotiating table,” he added.

Emily AtkinsonMay 21, 2022 10:19 p.m

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Ukrainian military reports widespread fighting in eastern regions

In its morning operational report, the Ukrainian military general staff reported fierce fighting across much of eastern Ukraine, including Sievierodonetsk, Bakhmut and Avdiivka oblasts.

Ukraine’s military said Russia is expected to relaunch an offensive on the strategically important city of Sloviansk in the Donetsk region.

The city is crucial to Russia’s goal of conquering all of eastern Ukraine and saw fierce fighting last month after Moscow’s forces withdrew from Kyiv.

Emily AtkinsonMay 21, 2022 21:41

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Zelenskyy is on the phone with his Italian counterpart about the blocked ports of Ukraine

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy today held talks with Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, during which the two discussed, among other things, Ukraine’s ports, which are currently blocked by Russian forces – fueling fears of famine in the Global South.

Tonight, Zelensky tweeted: “Had a phone conversation with Mario Draghi on his initiative. Spoke about defensive cooperation, the need to speed up the 6th package of sanctions and open Ukrainian ports. Thank you for the unconditional support of Ukraine on the way to the EU.”

Emily AtkinsonMay 21, 2022 20:55

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Why did Russia invade Ukraine? The conflict explained

Russia’s long-feared invasion of Ukraine rages on after Vladimir Putin announced his “military special operation” against the country in the early hours of February 24, with the Russian leader baselessly declaring the need for “demilitarization and denazification” of the neighboring state after eight years Fighting in Donbass.

As Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy leads by example from the streets of Kiev and tirelessly appeals to the international community for support, his people are putting up an impressive resistance, holding back Russian forces as best they can.

The attacker, meanwhile, continues to use brutal siege tactics, surrounding the country’s cities and subjecting them to intense shelling campaigns, a strategy previously observed in Chechnya and Syria.

But what are the central questions behind the conflict, where did it all start and how could the crisis develop? Thomas Kingsley and Joe Sommerlad have the data:

Emily AtkinsonMay 21, 2022 8:30 p.m

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Kremlin spokesman offers response to accusations Russia has become ‘like Orwell’s 1984’

A spokesman for Moscow’s Foreign Ministry today offered a response for Russians to use when foreign friends and relatives say the country has become like George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984.

Maria Zakharova said today at a Q&A session in Yekaterinburg, a city east of the Ural Mountains: “For many years we thought Orwell was describing totalitarianism. This is one of the world fakes.

The translation of BBC surveillance continues: “Orwell wrote about the end of liberalism. He wrote how liberalism would drive humanity to a dead end.

“He didn’t write about the USSR, he wrote about the society in which he lived, about the collapse of the idea of ​​liberalism. But you’ve been given the impression that he’s writing about you.

So tell them he didn’t write about us, he wrote about them. Tell them, “It’s you abroad who live in a fantasy world where people can be canceled.”

Emily AtkinsonMay 21, 2022 20:05

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A woman plants flowers at the grave of Stanislav Hvostov, 22, a Ukrainian soldier who was killed in the military detachment during the Russian invasion of Ukraine, at Kharkiv Cemetery No. 18 in Bezlioudivka, eastern Ukraine.

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Emily AtkinsonMay 21, 2022 7:38 p.m

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Kyiv “broke the backbone” of the Russian army, Zelenskyy says

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has applauded his country’s armed forces for breaking the “backbone” of Russia’s military, which he described as “one of the strongest armies in the world”.

During an interview with journalists marking the third anniversary of his inauguration, he also said that he considered the lives of Ukrainian civilians and troops alike the most precious.

According to a translation by news website Ukrayinska Pravda, Zelenskyy said: “I believe that the most valuable thing is to save more people and soldiers, no matter what the appetites of different sections of our population. These are brave people who are willing to give their lives. I believe this is our great value and treasure. As the result of this invasion showed.

“Well… we shouldn’t be too greedy at this point, even if it’s not entirely fair. For justice will be when we take it all back.

“Nobody is just giving anything away, but there is land that they have entered and occupied and there are some areas that they have penetrated very deeply.

“The line that existed before February 24 without reaching unnecessary casualties, I think … that would be a victory for our country.

“Everything will be returned anyway. We broke the backbone of one of the strongest armies in the world. We have already done that. Including mentally. You won’t be able to get back on your feet for years to come. But let’s not forget that all our soldiers also want to live.”

Emily AtkinsonMay 21, 2022 7:15 p.m

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Latest British intelligence update on the situation in Ukraine:

A high loss of Russian drones in Ukraine could hamper the operational effectiveness of its forces, according to an intelligence report by British military officials.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) wrote on Twitter earlier on Saturday: “In the war between Russia and Ukraine, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have played a crucial role for both sides, although they have suffered a high rate of attrition. UAVs have proven vulnerable to both launch and electronic jamming.

“Russia has tried to implement the concept of ‘reconnaissance strike’ which it has refined in Syria, which uses reconnaissance UAVs to identify targets to be hit by fighter jets or artillery.

“Russia is likely suffering from a shortage of suitable reconnaissance UAVs for the task, compounded by restrictions on its domestic production capacity as a result of sanctions.

Crewed Russian planes continue to largely avoid sorties over Ukrainian territory, likely because of the threat of intact Ukrainian air defense missile systems.

“If Russia continues to lose UAVs at the current rate, the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities of the Russian Armed Forces will be further compromised, negatively impacting operational effectiveness.”

Emily AtkinsonMay 21, 2022 6:47 p.m

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/russia-ukraine-putin-war-nuclear-weapons-latest-b2084205.html Last Ukraine war: Victory over Russia will be won through diplomacy, says Selenskyj

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