The Russian Foreign Ministry, in response to anti-Moscow sanctions, has published a list of nearly a thousand US citizens who are barred from entering Russia . There are also President Joe Biden, Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg and actor Morgan Freeman, guilty of having recorded a video in 2017 in which he claimed that Moscow was plotting against the United States.
Not only that: according to what was declared in a press conference in Donetsk by the Russian negotiator and head of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Duma, Leonid Slutsky, Russia will consider "the possibility" of an exchange of prisoners with Ukraine between fighters of the Azov regiment and the pro- Russian oligarch Viktor Medvedchuk , captured last month in a blitz by the 007s in Kiev.
After 86 days of resistance by the Ukrainians, following the invasion by Russian troops, Azovstal fell: that steel mill that had become the symbol of Mariupol's defense is no longer an impregnated bunker . As Moscow confirmed last night, the plant "is totally under the control of the Russian armed forces".
In less than 100 hours since the evacuations began, 2,439 fighters from Kiev surrendered and handed over to the enemy . A very hard defeat to accept even for the irreducible commanders of the Azov regiment and for the troops who were barricaded in the tunnels trying to stay until the end.
"The superior military command - Denis Prokopenko, commander of Azov said in his latest video - has given the order to save the lives of the soldiers of our garrison and to stop defending the city of Mariupol". According to Moscow, Prokopenko was taken "in a special armored vehicle" to the Russian-controlled territories.
Other raids have devastated the Chernihiv oblast, where the village of Desna was targeted, in Severodonetsk, Lugansk, the governor Serhiy Gaidai denounced that the Russian army "opened fire on a school where hundreds were hiding of people and at least 3 residents were killed. "
In these hours there was also a telephone conversation between Volodymr Zelensky and Mario Draghi . At the center of the call, the need to speed up the sixth package of sanctions against Russia.
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Draghi-Zelensky phone call
"I had a telephone conversation with Mario Draghi on his initiative. We discussed defense cooperation and the need to speed up the sixth package of sanctions and to unblock Ukrainian ports." Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky wrote it on Twitter, who "thanked" the Italian premier for "unconditional support for Ukraine's journey towards the EU".
Moscow: "Hypothesis of Azov troop exchange with oligarch Medvedchuk"
Russia will consider "the possibility" of an exchange of prisoners with Ukraine between fighters of the Azov regiment and the pro-Russian oligarch Viktor Medvedchuk, captured last month in a raid by the 007s in Kiev. This was stated in a press conference in Donetsk by the Russian negotiator and head of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Duma, Leonid Slutsky, quoted by Interfax.
Zelensky: "700 thousand fighters in Ukraine against the Russian invasion"
"Today 700 thousand people are fighting" the Russian invasion of Ukraine. President Volodymyr Zelensky told the local press. "A country like Ukraine does not need an army of 250,000 or 260,000, but a much larger one. Therefore, at the beginning of 2022, I signed a decree to increase the armed forces by 100,000 next year", he recalled, and "even these 100,000 more may not be enough to stop the large-scale attack on Russia".
Erdogan: "Sweden stop supporting terrorists"
"Sweden's political, financial and military support for terrorist organizations must end." This was stated by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a telephone conversation with Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson. This was reported in a note by the Ankara presidency, according to which the two leaders discussed bilateral relations and Stockholm's request for NATO membership.
Filorussi: "The trial for Azovstal prisoners is inevitable"
A trial before a Russian court for Ukrainian fighters from Azovstal prisoners of Moscow is "inevitable", because it is "a request of citizens and society". This was stated by the leader of the pro-Russian separatists of Donetsk, Denis Pushilin, quoted by the media in Moscow.
Russia, ban on entry to 1,000 US citizens: including Biden
The Russian Foreign Ministry has published a list of nearly a thousand US citizens who are barred from entering Russia. This was reported by the Russian agency Interfax, specifying that the list has 963 citizens, including President Joe Biden. The measure was taken in response to US anti-Russian sanctions.
Giorgetti: "Paying the damages of the war with the European debt"
The Italian economic system is undergoing "war damage and war damage has always been paid with debt": support, including military support for Ukraine "is a European political choice, so it should be paid with European debt". This was stated by the Minister of Economic Development, Giancarlo Giorgetti. "We also need an energy price protection system starting from the 'price cap' on gas that we asked for, but it doesn't seem to me that we are moving in this direction: this is a crisis situation in which Europe must demonstrate to exist ", adds Giorgetti on the sidelines of an event of the Lega for Monza-Brianza 2030.
Kiev, two land routes for food exports
"By blocking our ports, Russia is putting millions of people at risk of starvation. Together with partners, Ukraine has established two alternative land routes to deliver food exports and save Africa and other regions from famine. Russia must pose end of the block to allow full and free export ". This was stated in a tweet by Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.
Kiev, Russia forcibly deported 1.37 million Ukrainians already
As of May 21, "Russia has deported 1,377,925 people, including 232,480 children" from Ukraine. The commissioner for human rights of the Ukrainian Parliament Lyudmyla Denisova writes on Telegram, specifying that only on the last day it is 17,306 people, of which 2,213 minors. "The statements by Russia about the alleged voluntary transfer of Ukrainians are not true. We have incontrovertible evidence of forced and pre-planned deportations," he says.
Ukrainian training base in Odessa destroyed
The Russian Armed Forces destroyed a training base for special operations units of the Ukrainian Armed Forces near Odessa. This was announced by the Russian Defense Ministry reported by Interfax. "Missile troops and artillery hit 77 command posts and 602 troop concentration areas and military hardware of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, including a training ground for Ukrainian Armed Forces special operations units with personnel near the lake Sasyk in the Odessa region, "said Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov.
Coal mine in Lugansk struck, dead and injured
A coal mine caught fire due to Russian bombing in the south-eastern area of Ukraine, in Lysychansk, there are casualties and injuries. This was stated in the report of the Lugansk regional military administration quoted by UNIAN.
Zelensky, the war will only end with diplomacy
The war in Ukraine can only end with "diplomatic" means: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky declared this, speaking to a Ukrainian TV channel, while negotiations between Moscow and Kiev are at a standstill. The war "will be bloody, it will be fought, but it will definitely end with diplomacy," says Zelensky.
The wife of an Azovstal soldier, "passed from one hell to another"
"My husband is going from one hell to another hell. He wrote to me two days ago. The situation is really difficult and horrible": said Natalia Zarytska, wife of a fighter from Azovstal who after about three months in the steel mill in Mariupol was evacuated to the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic. CNN reports it.
Kiev, 6 civilians killed in Lugansk fighting
The toll of civilians killed in the fighting since yesterday in Lugansk rises to 6. The head of the Lugansk regional military administration Sergiy Gaidai reports on Telegram. "Six people have died and fighting is underway on the outskirts of Severodonetsk", said Gaidai, stating that in yesterday morning's attack on a school in Severodonetsk "two people died instantly, another 3 are in hospital", all "members of the same family ". "Furthermore, a man and a woman died in the evening near their home in Severodonetsk. Two women were killed by Russian bombing in Lysychansk and Privilege."
Gas supply from Russia to Finland interrupted
Russia's supply of natural gas to Finland was cut off today, Finnish state-owned energy company Gasum said after the Nordic country refused to pay supplier Gazprom in rubles. "Natural gas supplies to Finland under Gasum's supply contract have been stopped," the Finnish company said in a statement adding that the gas will now be supplied from other sources through the Balticconnector pipeline, which connects Finland to Finland. Estonia. The circumstance was confirmed by Gazprom.