On the 88th day of the 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 is watching developments Sunday, May 22 (Moscow time).
Arrived in Ukraine Polish President Andrzej Duda, according to the website of the head of the Polish state. Duda is expected to deliver a message to the Ukrainian parliament on May 22 as the first head of a foreign state since the start of the war.
American Institute for the Study of War (ISW) in its another summary reports that Russian forces are carrying out operations to cut off Ukrainian land lines of communication (NLS) between Severodonetsk and Lysychansk across the Seversky Donets River. According to ISW, the information space in Mariupol is likely to become increasingly limited in the coming weeks as the Russian military turns its attention away from the completion of the takeover. metallurgical plant “Azovstal” to gain control over the city.
ISW experts believe that Russian troops are likely to strengthen their grouping around the city of Kharkov in order to prevent further counteroffensive of Ukrainian troops in the direction of the international border. In addition, it is not excluded that the Russian troops are gathering forces in certain areas of the Zaporozhye and Kherson regions to start further offensive operations in the southern direction.
Head of the Ukrainian Embassy in the United States Oksana Markarova released the details planned distribution of 40 billion dollars (about 38 billion euros) allocated from the United States budget to support the Ukrainian people. She said that more than half of the funds, namely $23.75 billion, will be directed to the security of Ukraine. 9 billion will go to additional economic and technical assistance to Ukraine. $6.58 billion will be spent on humanitarian and global food security needs. In addition, funding is provided for the actions of the US government, for example, the arrest and sale of confiscated property associated with the Russian Federation.
Zelensky: Ukrainian Armed Forces hold back Russian offensive in Donbass
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky in its traditional video message to the citizens of the country congratulated Ukrainian scientists on the Day of Science, noting that despite all the difficulties, they are working to ensure that Ukraine maintains and develops its scientific potential. The head of the Ukrainian state congratulated all citizens and, first of all, Ukrainian diplomats on Europe Day, emphasizing that for Ukraine “the European integration path is not just politics. It is about the quality of life. And that Ukrainians feel the values of life in the same way as and the vast majority of Europeans.
Zelensky expressed gratitude to European leaders and US President Joseph Biden for their support to Ukraine and expressed confidence that despite all the difficulties that his homeland is experiencing in the war unleashed against it by Russia, Ukraine will eventually win it.
At the same time, the Ukrainian leader admitted that the situation in the Donbass is extremely difficult, the Russian army is trying to attack Slavyansk and Severodonetsk. However, “the Armed Forces of Ukraine are holding back this offensive. Every day that our defenders and defenders reflect in these offensive plans of Russia, disrupting them, is a concrete contribution to the approach of the main day. The desired day that we all are waiting for and fighting for. Victory Day Volodymyr Zelenskyy stressed.
He pointed out that Russia has thrown almost all of its resources to destroy the Ukrainians. According to Zelensky, some regions of the Russian Federation will become even more impoverished than in the 1990s. “The rise in prices, the depreciation of incomes, the destruction of all the economic potential that has been created in Russia since the 2000s – this does not stop the occupiers yet. But the colossal costs of the war still do not help them. And they will not help,” the President of Ukraine expressed confidence.