On the 76th day Russia’s wars against Ukraine – on Tuesday, May 10, – Russian troops continued shelling and attempts to capture the settlements of the neighboring country. The army and units of the territorial defense of Ukraine are seriously resisting aggression. Under the conditions of hostilities, the statements of representatives of both sides of the conflict cannot be confirmed with the help of independent sources.
German Foreign Minister visits Bucha, German embassy reopens in Kyiv
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock visited Bucha and Irpen, towns near Kyiv, in which, after the retreat of Russian troops, the bodies of hundreds of dead civilians were found. Burbock called for an investigation into the incident and bringing the perpetrators to justice. “It is our duty to the victims. These victims, as it is so clearly felt here, could be us,” she said.
While in Kyiv, the minister said that Germany intends to completely abandon the purchase of energy from Russia. “We – with all the ensuing consequences – are reducing our dependence on Russian energy to zero – and this is forever,” dpa quoted Burbock as saying.
In addition, according to Burbock, the German embassy in Kyiv, closed since mid-February, resumed its work on May 10. The representation of the diplomatic mission in the Ukrainian capital, according to her, will be “minimal”.
US Congress may allocate almost $40 billion to Ukraine
The Democratic Party in the US Congress has agreed to urgently provide Ukraine with an additional $39.8 billion in additional aid, Reuters reported, citing informed sources. This amount is much higher than 33 billion requested by Biden. In addition, Congress intends to issue $3.4 billion for military aid and $3.4 billion for humanitarian aid.
Civilians could remain on the territory of the Azovstal plant
At least 100 civilians remain on the territory of the Azovstal plant in Mariupol, says Piotr Andryushchenko, adviser to the mayor of the city. According to him, the shelling of the plant with heavy artillery and aircraft continues, as Russian troops are unable to conduct a ground assault.
In addition, according to Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Iryna Vereshchuk, about a thousand Ukrainian soldiers remain on the territory of the plant, including hundreds of wounded. The Azov Regiment appealed to the UN and the Red Cross with a request to organize the immediate evacuation of wounded soldiers to Ukrainian-controlled territories.
Azov posted on Telegram photos of wounded fighters who are “in complete unsanitary conditions with open wounds, bandaged with non-sterile bandage residues, without the necessary medicines and even food.” President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russia of rejecting any proposals for the withdrawal of the Ukrainian military from the Azovstal plant. He stressed that Ukraine still does not have enough weapons to deblockade Mariupol.
UN: The number of victims in Ukraine far exceeds official data
The UN monitoring mission in Ukraine has said that the number of civilians killed in Ukraine far exceeds the official figures it has. Now the UN estimates this number at 3381 people. “We have been working on the estimates, but all I can say at the moment is that this is thousands more than the numbers that we have now provided you,” said the head of the UN Human Rights Office, Matilda Bogner.
Rheinmetall is ready to deliver armored personnel carriers to Ukraine in the coming weeks
German arms manufacturer Rheinmetall is ready to deliver the first armored personnel carriers to Ukraine three weeks later, said the head of the concern Armin Papperger (Armin Papperger). Work on retrofitting the BMP Marder Rheinmetall began a month ago, despite the absence of a specific order. The concern is now awaiting final approval from the federal government for the supply. “In the medium term, we could provide a total of 100 machines,” said Papperger.
The Germans donated a record amount to Ukraine
By the end of April, the people of Germany had collected 752 million euros to support Ukraine. So many Germans have not donated to any catastrophe in history, Der Spiegel points out, citing data from a survey by the German Central Institute for Social Problems. The previous donation record was 670 million euros for victims of the tsunami in Southeast Asia in 2004. The victims of the floods in Germany last year collected 631 million euros.
Japan expands sanctions lists
Japan has expanded its sanctions list to include more than 130 Russian citizens, including Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, the heads of the DPR and LPR, and Deputy Secretary of the Security Council Rashid Nurgaliyev. The sanctions also hit 70 Russian companies associated with military production. Among them are “Almaz-Atey”, “Tactical Missiles”, VNII “Etalon”, “Information Telecommunication Technologies”.
Ukraine reached the final of Eurovision 2022
Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra reached the final of Eurovision 2022 in Turin. The song “Stefania” is considered the favorite of the competition this year. Russia was also supposed to play in the first semi-final, but it was suspended from participating in Eurovision after the attack on Ukraine.