On the 80th day of full-scale Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine Russian troops continue to try to capture the settlements of the neighboring country. The Armed Forces of Ukraine and its territorial defense units are resisting aggression. It is impossible to verify the statements of representatives of both sides of the conflict from independent sources. About 12.8 million Ukrainians have already left their homes. DW continues follow developments Saturday, May 14 (Moscow time).
To restore Ukrainian hospitals destroyed by the war need at least 32 billion hryvnia. According to the Minister of Health of Ukraine Viktor Lyashko, Russian troops damaged 616 medical facilities, of which 101 were completely destroyed. 375 pharmacies have also been destroyed and do not work.
The amount of documented damage from military operations in Ukraine has already exceeded 90 billion US dollars (86 billion euros) and is growing every day. This was stated by the head Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine Alexander Kubrakov at the International Conference “Carpathian Europe” in Poland. According to Kubrakov, at the moment 6.3 thousand kilometers of main roads have been lost, 23.5 thousand kilometers of roads, 289 automobile and 41 railway bridges have been damaged. “Now we are working on securing cargo delivery chains, changing the direction of trade flows due to the blockade of Ukrainian seaports and the loss of about 23% of the railway network,” he said.
Zelensky called on the United States to recognize Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism
Ukraine believes that Russia should be officially recognized as a state sponsor of terrorism. About it President Volodymyr Zelensky said at a meeting with a delegation of the upper house of the US Congress, reports press service of the head of state. The delegation, headed by Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitchell McConnell, is on a visit to Kyiv. Zelensky pointed to the special role of the United States in increasing sanctions pressure on Russia. In particular, he noted the adoption by Congress laws banning the import of Russian oil and suspending trade relations with Russia and Belarus.
German Foreign Minister Annalena Burbock (Annalena Baerbock) doubts the possibility of an early transfer to Ukraine frozen Russian assets. “Getting access to the frozen money is not legally easy at all,” she said after a meeting of the foreign ministers of the G7 countries in northern Germany. Burbock noted that while there are good reasons for such a move, they should be brought into line with the law. During the meeting, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba asked the G7 countries to confiscate Russian assets and transfer them to Ukraine for the reconstruction of the country. According to him, we are talking about hundreds of billions of US dollars and euros.
Mariupol a large-scale epidemic threatens, as a result of which there is a risk of death of thousands of city residents, Lyudmila Denisova, Commissioner for Human Rights of the Verkhovna Rada, warned. “The biggest problem in Mariupol – this is clean drinking water, which is not available in the city. In addition, there is a critical situation with drainage and gusts of sewer networks. There is a threat that sewage will end up in the sea and on the streets of the city,” she said. in the Telegram channel.
According to Denisova, the number of bodies under the destroyed houses with natural consequences of decomposition during the warm period can also contribute to the epidemic. “Due to the closure of humanitarian corridors, many people who were waiting for evacuation in the vicinity of the city began to return to live in Mariupol,” she added.
Work resumed in Kyiv Embassy of Romania in Ukraine, Bogdan Aurescu, head of the Romanian Foreign Ministry, wrote on Twitter. “Romania fully supports Ukraine in its courageous struggle for freedom!” he added.
In Kyiv, the arch of Friendship of Peoples was renamed
Kyiv City Council decided to rename Arches of Friendship of Peoples in the arch of Freedom of the Ukrainian people, said the mayor of the capital Vitaliy Klitschko in your Telegram channel. According to him, the deputies also approved a list of more than 40 monuments and memorial signs, “which must be removed from the streets and buildings of Kyiv and transferred to the museum of totalitarianism.” At the end of April, under the arch of Friendship of Peoples, established in 1982 as a symbol of the “reunification” of Ukraine and Russia, a bronze sculpture of two workers was dismantled.
AT Prague On May 14, the first tent camp was set up for refugees from Ukrainewho left the war. While it is designed for 150 people. With this camp, the government wants to defuse the tense situation at the central station of the Czech capital, since other accommodation options have been exhausted.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov accused the “collective West” of unleashing a “total hybrid war” against Russia. “It is difficult to predict how long this will all last, but it is clear that effects everyone will feel it without exception,” he said at a meeting of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy (SVOP). According to Lavrov, Russia did everything to avoid a direct clash, but since the “challenge has been thrown”, the country accepts it.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine launched a counteroffensive against Izyum directionit remains the hottest point in the Kharkiv region, said the head of the regional military administration Oleg Sinegubov in a video messagepublished in his Telegram channel. He noted that over the past 24 hours, Russian troops have not launched strikes on Kharkov, but focused on the positions of the Ukrainian army and the settlements of the Kharkiv region. In particular, according to him, the cities of Chuguev, Dergachi, Lozovaya and the village of Zolochiv suffer from shelling.
The State Border Guard Service of Ukraine (SFSU) reports shelling border regions of the Chernihiv region from the Russian side. “Tonight at 01.30 and in the morning at 06.30, the border guards recorded a mortar attack on the Ukrainian territory of the Semenovsky district of the Chernihiv region. There are no casualties as a result of the attacks. The data is being specified,” the statement says in the message. The State Border Guard Service notes that Russian troops are constantly trying to carry out aerial reconnaissance of the entire border infrastructure of the region using drones.
Telephone conversation between the Presidents of Finland and Russia
President of Finland Sauli Niinistö held telephone conversations with Russian colleague Vladimir Putinconcerning the intention of Helsinki apply to join NATOinformed Office of the Finnish President. “The conversation was open and straightforward, but conducted without aggravation. It was considered important to avoid tension,” the report says. It is noted that the conversation was initiated by the Finnish side. Finland “wants to correctly and professionally resolve practical issues arising from the neighborhood with Russia,” Niinistö said. He expressed concern about the human suffering caused by the fighting in Ukraine and again called on Moscow for peace.
G7 countries (G7) stated that never recognize boundaries, which Russia is trying to change in the course of the war against Ukraine, and promised further support to Kyiv. “We will never recognize the borders that Russia is trying to redraw through military aggression and will continue our involvement in supporting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, including Crimeaand all states,” the G7 foreign ministers said in a joint statement following a three-day meeting in northern Germany.
The foreign ministers promised to expand the sanctions and extend them to sectors on which Russia depends, as well as to continue supply weapons to Ukraineto help her repel the Russian invasion. “We reaffirm our determination to further increase economic and political pressure on Russia while continuing to act as a united effort,” the document says.