The Ukrainian army claims that Russian forces are trying to repair the railways damaged in the northeastern Kharkiv region with special equipment and machinery, hoping to improve their ability to move troops and equipment. After attacking to cut off Ukrainian supply lines, Russian troops now depend on them.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) asked Russia to cooperate in the investigation into alleged war crimes committed during the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The Pentagon does not rule out the possibility of delivering long-range rockets to Ukraine to counter the Russian advance in Donbasin the Ukrainian east, as the television network has advanced CNN.
Pro-Russian separatist forces in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, confirmed the capture of the city of Limán after the Ukrainian government gave it last night for “strategically lost”, in a new advance of its operation to consolidate its invasion, now concentrated in the east of the country.
Next, the minute by minute of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine (Ukrainian time, GMT+3):
Sunday May 29:
4:05: The Ukrainian Prosecutor’s Office seeks any evidence, however insignificant it may seem, to try to get the Hague Tribunal to open war crimes proceedings against Russiaalthough it takes time and hard work to document each case.
In a report on what is happening in Ukraine since the Russian invasion began on February 24, the section on “crimes of aggression and war”, mostly for breaking “laws and customs” in armed conflicts, collects 14,193 possible cases.
But the process to document them and that they end up reaching the International Criminal Court is long, while the war has lasted more than ninety days without the end of the conflict in sight.
02:53: “Again and again I will remind the world that Russia must finally be officially recognized as a terrorist state, a state sponsor of terrorism. This is simply true. This is fair and reflects the daily reality that the occupiers have created in Ukraine and are eager to bring to Europe. And this must be legally established, ”Zelensky denounced in his evening speech.
Zelensky said that he is preparing for the meeting of the European Council, on May 30 and 31, and that he will speak about terror, “which has in fact become the only form of action of the Russian state in relation to Europe.”
“Terror on the land of Ukraine. Terror in the energy market in Europe, not only in our country. Terror in the food market, on a global scale. And what terror will be next?” asked the Ukrainian president.
And he warned that “only together, all Europeans, can we stop such a policy of such a State”.
00:53: Zelensky denounced that Putin’s forces are preventing Ukrainians from evacuating the Kherson region
“Those who are sure of their position would certainly not make such decisions. This is clearly a sign of weakness. What he demonstrates is that they have nothing to offer the people, and the people do not want to receive anything from them. That is why they resort to taking people hostage,” Zelensky said.
Saturday May 28:
18:43: several released Ukrainian prisoners of war have claimed to have suffered torture while in captivity in Russiaannounced the commissioner for human rights of the Ukrainian parliament, Lyudmila Denisova.
The soldiers denounced the torture suffered during a visit by the commissioner to a health center where they are recovering after being swapped with Russia, Denisova wrote on Facebook.
“In their captivity, the Ukrainian soldiers were tortured, threatened with death, beaten and humiliated“, he claimed.
18:00: the russian opponent Mikhail Khodorkovsky defended the need to equip Ukraine with heavy weapons to confront the Russian Armed Forces.
“If they don’t give Ukraine the weapons they’re asking for, we’ll soon be fighting again near kyiv.”, stated Khodorkovsky in statements to the German newspaper bild.
17:23: The Sloviansk thermal power plant, in the Ukrainian region of Donetsk, suspended operations due to the advance of the Russian offensive in that area of Donbas.
The decision was made to protect the lives and health of the plant’s employees and because of the need to evacuate them and their families, the operating company, Donbasenergo, said.
The area in which the plant is located – near the town of Liman, which was taken yesterday by Russian forces – is under constant attack by Russian rockets and artillery, Donbasenergo said in its statement.
17:05: British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson; and his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelenskydiscussed in a conversation the “despicable lock” to which Russia submits Odessa and the efforts made by the international community to avoid a global food crisis.
As confirmed by an official spokesman for Downing Street -office and office of the leader of the British Executive-, Both leaders spoke by telephone “about the latest events in Donbas and eastern Ukraine”.
16:41: the president of Ukraine, Volodimir Zelensky criticized the “great geopoliticians” who recommend that Ukraine cede territories to Russia in exchange for an “illusion of peace” and has remembered that would affect millions of Ukrainians who live in those regions.
“Behind these geopolitical speculations of those who advise Ukraine to give something to Russia, there are great geopoliticians who do not want to see ordinary people”, Zelensky pointed out through a message posted on his Telegram account.
16:09: Vladimir Putin threatened to further deepen the conflict in Ukraine. He warned the leaders of Germany and France against increasing arms supplies to Ukraine, saying they could further destabilize the situation in the pro-Western country.
Putin told the French president, Emmanuel Macronand the German Chancellor, Olaf Scholzthat continued arms supplies to Ukraine were “dangerous”, warning “of the risks of a further destabilization of the situation and the aggravation of the humanitarian crisis”, the Kremlin said.
14:23: the pro-Russian forces of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic announced the discovery of the lifeless bodies of 52 Ukrainian soldiers in the city of Mariupol, recently under Russian control.
The head of the Office of Forensic Medical Examination of the Ministry of Health of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), Dmitry Kalashnikovhas specified that the grave has been found in the park near the Metallurg stadium, in the center of the city.
13:50: Ukraine began receiving Harpoon anti-ship missiles from Denmark and self-propelled howitzers from the United Statesas stated by the Ukrainian Defense Minister, Oleksiy Reznikov.
“The coastal defense of our country will not only be enhanced by Harpoon missiles, but they will be used by trained Ukrainian teams”, Reznikov wrote on his Facebook page.
He said Harpoon land-to-ship missiles would be operated alongside Ukraine’s Neptune missiles in defense of the country’s coastline, including the southern port of Odessa.
Reznikov said that the Harpoon missile supplies were the result of the cooperation between several countriessaying that the deliveries from Denmark took place “with the participation of our British friends”.
Ukraine has also received a number of heavy artillery pieces, he said, including modified US-made M109 self-propelled howitzers that will allow the Ukrainian military to hit targets at greater range.
13:15: Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the law that removes the age limit for serving in the Army to coincide with the Russian military campaign in Ukraine.
Earlier this week the law was approved by both chambers of the Russian Parliament.
According to its authors, from the ruling United Russia party, the objective of the rule is that each person of working age can sign their first professional contract with the Armed Forces.
12:50: Spain will increase its deployment in Latvia in front of the Russian border with the additional shipment of an anti-missile battery accompanied by a hundred soldierswhich will raise up to 600 troops the Spanish presence in the NATO deterrence mission.
The Defense Minister, Margaret Oaksconfirmed the deployment of this weaponry, highlighting the country’s “total” commitment to NATO, a commitment “for peace, freedom and security.”
“We have troops at the moment in Latvia and Lithuania, in addition to the ships in the Mediterranean”, he added in statements to TVEcollected by Europe Press.
12:14: The Ukrainian Prosecutor’s Office is looking for any evidence, however insignificant it may seem, to try to get the Court of The Hague to open proceedings for war crimes against Russiaalthough it takes time and hard work to document each case.
In a report on what is happening in Ukraine since the Russian invasion began on February 24, The section on “crimes of aggression and war”, mostly for breaking “laws and customs” in armed conflicts, includes 14,193 possible cases.
11:25: the Ukrainian Army managed to repel the offensive of the Russian forces on the city of Severodonetsk, in the east of the country, forcing them to withdrawaccording to the military governor of the Luhansk region, Serhiy Haidai.
“The Russians fell back to their previous positions.”, Haidai wrote on his Telegram account and added that they suffered “significant losses”, although they managed to take control of a hotel on the outskirts of the city.
According to the governor, the Russian troops withdrew in the area around Severodonetsk – the second largest urban center in Lugansk – and in the neighboring towns of Toshkivka and Oskolonivka.
10:07: the head of the Ukrainian negotiating team, Mikhailo Podolyakexcluded the possibility of resolving the conflict with Russia through dialogue and stated that, even if an agreement was reached, this one wouldn’t be worth “a penny”.
The adviser to the Ukrainian presidency wrote on his Telegram account that some of kyiv’s allies often ask whether efforts should be made to negotiate with Moscow.
This recommendation, however, is based on the premise that it is possible to reach a compromise, end the dispute and return to life before the war, a “disastrous illusion” that arises from the “misunderstanding” of nature of the conflict, he continued.
9:35: the Russian military announced that it successfully conducted a new Zircon hypersonic cruise missile firingcoinciding with a resurgence of Moscow’s offensive in eastern Ukraine.
The Zircon missile was launched from the Amiral Gorshkov frigate in the Barents Sea to a target in the waters of the White Sea in the Arctic, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.
8:15: former ukrainian president Petro Poroshenkoa rival of the current leader Volodimir Zelensky, announced that he was prevented from leaving the country to travel to Lithuania, and criticized a decision that violates the internal “political ceasefire” in force due to the Russian invasion.
Poroshenko, president of Ukraine from 2014 to 2019, currently heads the European Solidarity party, the second largest formation in Parliament, and contrary to Zelensky.
7:06: the Russian ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonovwarned the United States that the shipment of new multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) to Ukraine that the Pentagon is discussing right now would be interpreted by Moscow as an “escalation of the conflict” and a provocation.
“We have to carefully verify this information. For now, we start from the statements of the Pentagon spokesman, John Kirby, in which he assures that a decision has not yet been made in this regard”, he declared in comments collected by TASS.
In the last hours it has been announced that the United States has begun to openly study this possibility, according to sources from the White House to the chain CNNwith the delivery of MLRS and a light version, the so-called M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), capable of hitting targets some 300 kilometers away.
6:30: The State Inspectorate for Nuclear Regulation of Ukraine (SNRIU) asked the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for help for the immediate withdrawal of Russian troops from the country’s nuclear power plants.
According to the Ukrainian authorities, the “constant attacks” with missiles in Ukraine by Russian troops in the vicinity of some nuclear power plants ignore the “possible risks and catastrophic consequences”.
“Such bombardments could potentially lead to a planetary catastrophe with consequences greater than the Chernobyl and Fukushima accidents combinedUkraine’s Chief State Inspector for Nuclear and Radiological Safety Oleh Korikov said in a statement.
4:23: kyiv promised to “do everything” to defend the Donbas region, where the Russian army intensified its offensive and led the Ukrainian forces to consider a strategic withdrawal to avoid being encircled.
“The situation in Donbas is very, very difficult,” Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky acknowledged in a video message. “We protect our land and do everything to reinforce” the defense of this region, he assured.
For its part, the territorial defense of the self-proclaimed pro-Russian separatist “republic” of Donetsk (east) announced by Telegram that it took “complete control” of the key town of Lyman with the “support” of the Russian army.
3:17: Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky assured that Russia, at this moment, is trying to achieve the objectives that it had originally planned for the first days of his invasion of Ukraine on February 24.
“As expected, the situation is very difficult. The occupiers are trying to achieve the objectives they hoped to achieve in the first days after February 24 at least after 100 days of war”, declared the Ukrainian president in his daily message to the Ukrainian population.
Zelensky has detailed that Russia, therefore, has concentrated “the maximum artillery” in the Donbas region, as well as large reserves to carry out attacks with missiles and planes.
02:54: Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky will participate on Monday by videoconference in the extraordinary European Council convened in Brussels to deal specifically with energy and defense issues, in a context marked by the escalation of tensions with Russia due to the offensive launched in Ukraine.
The President of the Council, Charles Michel, has informed of Zelensky’s intervention in the invitation letter sent this Friday to the leaders of the Twenty-seven, to whom he has confirmed that the situation in Ukraine will focus the first working session.
02:01: the Russian Government announced the expulsion of five diplomats from the Croatian Embassy in Moscow for the “hostile” actions of Zagreb in the framework of the invasion of Ukraine.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on its website that the decision was informed to the Croatian ambassador in Moscow, Tomislav Tsar, who has been summoned during the day to transfer Russia’s protest for these actions.
01:15: the financial rating agency S&P announced that it lowered its rating on Ukraine’s foreign currency debt to CCC+/Cdue to the impact of the Russian invasion.
The firm gave this note a “negative outlook”, which means that it can lower the country’s credit rating again, since it expects that “the Russian-Ukrainian military conflict will continue”, it explained in a statement.
Meanwhile, he confirmed the B-/B notes “in local currency” considering that “Ukrainian public debt in hryvnia (the country’s currency) is less vulnerable to default.”
00:34: German Development Minister Svenja Schulze advocated starting the reconstruction of Ukraine although hostilities have not yet culminated in the Eastern European nation.
As part of a visit to kyiv, Schulze stressed that aid for this purpose should be delivered immediately and “should not wait until the war is over.” “We must start helping and rebuilding now,” he has said.
“”Ukrainians need water and electricity. Those who have fled inside Ukraine need a roof over their heads, children need to be able to go back to school and support is needed for all of this,” he said.
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