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Ukraine war: "Massive attack! Stay indoors!" – Kyiv continues under fire

2023-05-30T03:42:14.470Z

Highlights: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has thanked the country's air defense system for saving hundreds of lives. "The world needs to see terror lose," he said in his video message distributed in Kyiv on Monday evening. Zelenskiy also congratulated Turkish leader Tayyip Recep Erdogan on his victory in the presidential election. Despite Moscow's invasion of Ukraine, NATO member Turkey maintains close relations with Russia and does not support sanctions against the commodity superpower. Ukraine and Turkey must work to strengthen security in the region, in Europe and in the world.



Day 461 in Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine. Fierce attacks on Kyiv continue. The news ticker on the Ukraine war.

  • Zelensky praises anti-aircraft defense: "The world must see that terror loses"
  • Heavy losses for Russia: Kiev publishes current figures
  • Here you can read about the latest developments in the Ukraine conflict. Some of the information processed, in particular on losses of the armies involved in the Ukraine war, comes from the warring parties from Russia or Ukraine. In some cases, they cannot be independently verified.

Update from May 30, 5:30 a.m.: At least one person was killed in a "massive" Russian drone attack on Kyiv on Tuesday night. Rescue workers have recovered three injured and 20 other people from a multi-storey building in the south of the capital, where a fire broke out due to falling debris, Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said on Telegram.

"One person is dead, three were injured. The two upper floors were destroyed, there could be people under the rubble," Klitschko explained. Earlier, he said that a 27-year-old woman in the same area of Holosiivskyi had been hospitalized with "minor" injuries. "Massive attack! Stay indoors!" appealed Klitschko. Bomb alarms sounded during the night in Kyiv, in the central Ukrainian regions of Cherkasy, Kirovohrad and Mykolaiv, as well as in the southern Ukrainian region of Kherson. After numerous night air strikes, Russia had also attacked Kyiv with missiles during the day on Monday, whereupon residents fled to the shelters and the metro.

Ukraine war: Zelensky praises anti-aircraft defense

Kyiv – After the massive Russian attacks with drones, cruise missiles and missiles, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has thanked the country's air defense system for saving hundreds of lives. There have been some impacts, but most of the drones and missiles have been shot down, Zelensky said in his video message distributed in Kyiv on Monday evening. "The world needs to see terror lose," he said. At least several hundred lives had been saved by the air defense in one day, he praised.

A Ukrainian soldier fires a grenade launcher at Russian positions on the front line near Bakhmut. © Efrem Lukatsky/dpa

The U.S.-type Patriot anti-aircraft systems have helped to destroy evil, said Zelensky, who also called for further help to perfect the country's defense. "And, of course, there is no greater humiliation for a terrorist state than the success of our warriors," he said. "There is no alternative but the complete liberation of our country." Zelensky also reported that he had met with the military leadership in Kyiv to discuss the steps of the large-scale offensive against the Russian invasion. The timetable is the most important thing. "The timetable of how we are going to advance. We will. The decisions have been made."

On Monday, Russia carried out the most massive airstrikes since the beginning of the month. There were dozens of missile and drone attacks, hours of air raids at night and twice during the day, and massive explosions when the flying objects were shot down. In the morning, the air defense had shot down eleven Iskander missiles, according to military information. The capital Kyiv was hit by such attacks for the 16th time this month. In some neighborhoods, burning debris from downed rockets fell. Never before have there been so many attacks in one month in Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian war of aggression on February 24 last year.

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Zelensky also informed that he congratulated Turkish leader Tayyip Recep Erdogan on his victory in the presidential election and that he was counting on the continuation of cooperation between the two countries. Ukraine and Turkey must work to strengthen security in the region, in Europe and in the world, Zelenskyy said. Despite Moscow's invasion of Ukraine, NATO member Turkey maintains close relations with Russia and does not support the West's sanctions against the commodity superpower.

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Zelenskyy thanked Erdogan for personally advocating this month to extend the agreement with Russia to ship Ukrainian grain across the Black Sea by two months. Turkey has thus made a contribution to food security in the world, Zelensky said. Russian President Vladimir Putin also congratulated Erdogan on his victory in a telephone conversation and, according to the Kremlin, spoke out in favour of expanding cooperation between the two countries.

The Ukrainian leader also especially thanked Denmark and the Netherlands for their military assistance. Denmark's defence aid alone will now amount to a total of 4.7 billion US dollars (4.38 billion euros). "This is very significant," Zelensky said. He also spoke with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte about the new fighter jet coalition. Ukraine hopes that the planned delivery of F-16 fighter jets will strengthen its air defense and provide even better protection for the people.

News on the Ukraine war: Another heavy loss for Russia

The Ukrainian General Staff has published current figures on Russian losses in the Ukraine war. According to the report, Russia has lost more than 207,000 soldiers since the beginning of the invasion. In the fighting in the past 24 hours alone, around 430 Russian soldiers have been killed or injured. Actual figures on troop strengths or casualties are not published by the warring parties. The information cannot be independently verified. The data at a glance:

  • Soldiers: 207,030 (+430)
  • Tanks: 3801 (+4)
  • Armored fighting vehicles: 7467 (+11)
  • Artillery systems: 3435 (+10)
  • Multirocket launcher: 575 (+1)
  • Unmanned aerial vehicles / drones: 3054 (+61)
  • Vehicles and fuel tanks: 6207 (+15)
  • Source: General Staff of Ukraine on Facebook of May 29, 2023

Ukrainian Defense Minister hopes for German Eurofighter

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov, in his own words, sees the possibility of supplying Eurofighters from Germany. "If Great Britain and Germany were to combine their capacities for the Eurofighter, that would be an important step," he told the newspapers of the Funke media group and the French newspaper "Ouest France" (Tuesday). There is already an international coalition of main battle tanks with the core model of the German Leopard 2 as well as American Abrams and British Challengers. In the same way, a fighter jet coalition could be formed with the core F-16 model as well as Eurofighters and Swedish Gripen jets, Reznikov explained. In the middle of the month, Germany and Great Britain ruled out supplying fighter jets to Ukraine in the foreseeable future.

Ukraine decides on Iran sanctions

Meanwhile, the Ukrainian parliament approved the sanctions against Iran demanded by Zelensky for a period of 50 years. For example, trade in military equipment and so-called dual-use goods that can be used for civilian and military purposes is to be banned.

Ukraine wants to end its economic and financial obligations to Iran and stop the export of capital to the Islamic Republic. Zelensky had also spoken out in favour of a ban on technology transfer and investment in Iran. Previously, the National Security Council had also approved the decision.

The background to the tensions between Kyiv and Tehran is the ongoing Russian drone attacks on Ukraine. According to Ukrainian information, Moscow mainly uses so-called kamikaze drones of the Iranian type Shahed-136/131. Iran denies this. It was only on Sunday that it became known that Iran increased its exports to Russia in the past Persian calendar year (until the end of March) by 30 percent compared to the same period last year to around 744 million US dollars (around 693 million euros). (with agency material)

Source: merkur

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