On the 77th day Russia’s full-scale military invasion of Ukraine Russian troops continue to try to capture the settlements of a neighboring country. The Armed Forces of Ukraine and its territorial defense units are resisting aggression. It is impossible to quickly 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 behind developments Wednesday, May 11 (Moscow time).
Vladimir Putin is preparing for a protracted war in Ukraine. It was announced to the US Congress Director of National Intelligence Avril Haynes. She tried to outline the new phase of the Russian invasion. According to Haynes, it will be difficult to predict Putin’s next move, in part because he “faces a mismatch between his ambitions and the current potential of Russian troops.” The situation on the ground could increase the likelihood that Putin will take more drastic measures, including imposing martial law, reorienting industrial production, or escalating hostilities. At the same time, the intelligence community does not believe that Putin would use nuclear weapons unless he felt a threat to Russia’s existence. So far, the US does not see a viable path for negotiations between Russia and Ukraine, at least in the short term, as both countries believe they can continue to make progress militarily.
Co-chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) Zaskia Esken (Saskia Esken) called for policy revision in relation to Russia. “Conflict resolution through dialogue has been extremely successful for decades, as has transformation through trade. However, we see that Putin is no longer acting rationally,” the SPD leader told Funke Mediengruppe.
Finnish authorities seized propertyowned by the editor-in-chief of the Moskovsky Komsomolets newspaper Pavel Gusev, reports Finnish edition of Yle. According to the publication, he, along with his ex-wife, owns a house and land plots of almost 20 hectares on the lake. Gusev found himself under EU sanctions in early April. Brussels believes that his newspaper supports “the actions of the Kremlin that undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.”
United States House of Representatives approved the allocation of an additional assistance package to Ukraine in the amount of almost $40 billion. The bill will now go to the Senate for consideration.
American Mississippi proclaimed the Khmelnytsky region twin. This was announced by the head of the region Sergey Gamaly. This is the first time in history that a US state has made such a decision.
Amnesty International announced Vladimir Kara-Murza a prisoner of conscience
Human rights organization Amnesty International announced policy Vladimir Kara-Murza a prisoner of conscience. At the end of April, a criminal case was opened against Kara-Murza “fakes” about the Russian army. He could face up to ten years in prison.
United Nations Security Council will hold an open meeting on the humanitarian situation in Ukraine on Thursday morning at the request of France and Mexico, CNN reports. At this time, the UN Humanitarian Office and UNICEF representatives will hold a briefing for the Security Council. Voting is not scheduled.
In Ukrainian granaries there is 20 million tons of grain, it needs to be taken out of there and returned to the world market in order to reduce food prices, says US President Joe Biden. According to him, the United States, together with its allies, is already looking for such an opportunity.
Minsk deploys special operations forces on the border with Ukraine
Second largest Japanese oil refinery Idemitsu Kosan will refuse to purchase oil from Russia because of the situation in Ukraine, said the head of the corporation Shun’ichi Kito. At the same time, he did not name specific dates for the termination of purchases.
Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Belarus Viktor Gulevich said that Ukraine has built up an armed group of up to 20,000 people on the border. In response to this, Minsk is deploying special operations forces on the border in three tactical directions.
The United States believes that the conflict between Russia and Ukraine will be resolved through diplomacy, said theWhite House Press Secretary Jen Psaki during the briefing. At the same time, she pointed out that the US does not see Russia’s openness to being involved in the discussion.
Borrell: Sit down at the negotiating table from a position of strength
EU High Representative for Foreign Policy Josep Borrell criticized opponents of arms sales to Ukraine, who argue that such supplies only prolong the war. “I ask these people: doesn’t it matter how this war ends? Do Ukrainians have to kneel, torn to pieces by Russians? Is that what you want?” – he said in an interview with the German publication Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “Wars end with negotiations. But it is necessary to sit down at the negotiating table from a position of strength, and the task now is to bring the Ukrainians to this position,” Borrell added.
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) expects that the fall in Ukraine’s GDP in 2022 could be 30%. The bank worsened its forecast for the country compared to March – then a fall of 20% was expected. For Russia, the forecast remained at the same level – a drop in GDP by 10%
Czech Republic will replace Russia in the UN Human Rights Council. This decision was made on Tuesday, May 10, by the UN General Assembly by an overwhelming majority. 157 countries voted for the Czech Republic, 23 abstained. Formerly United Nations suspended the participation of the Russian Federation in the UN Human Rights Council due to gross and systematic violations of human rights by the Russian military on the territory of Ukraine.