While Russia Seeks Refuge in Cryptocurrencies to Overcome Economic Limitations that the sanctions involved, Ukraine and its allies seek alternatives to grain export products in the country which are blocked in the ports by the Kremlin troops.
The international community continues to show its support for kyiv with the reopening of new embassies that were expelled after the start of the Russian attacks.
For its part, the Kremlin responded and announced that it will expel 34 French diplomats, in retaliation for the April expulsions of 41 Russians
The change in policy after 70 years of Nordic non-alignment came when Ukraine has opened the first war crimes trial of a Russian soldier since the start of the invasion.
Vadim Shishimarin21, from Irkutsk in Siberia, pleaded guilty to the murder of an unarmed 62-year-old man in Ukraine’s Sumy region on February 28, four days after the invasion.
The Kremlin has also stepped up a series of diplomatic expulsions against European countries, ordering the departure of dozens of people from France, Italy and Spain.
Next, the minute-by-minute of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine (Ukrainian time, GMT+3):
Thursday, May 19:
09.05: At least four people have been killed in a series of attacks carried out in recent hours by Russian forces against Severodonetskin eastern Ukraine, according to regional authorities.
The regional military administration said in its Telegram account that the attacks left “significant” destruction and added that “the region is without electricity”. “The Russians actively used aviation,” he said.
Thus, he stated that “in some places, due to intense artillery attacks, members of the rescue teams could not access the area for two hours”. “At least eight houses were damaged, some of them caught fire“, he detailed.
8.16: US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin receives Swedish Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist at Pentagon Headquartersin the framework of the applications for admission to NATO presented this Wednesday by both Sweden and Finland.
“Leaders discussed the strength of the bilateral defense relationship and the Swedish government’s historic decision to seek Alliance membership. They underscored the importance of security and stability in Europe and transatlantic unity,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said in a statement.
Austin and Hultqvist exchanged ‘views’ on Russia’s ‘unprovoked and unjustified invasion’ of Ukraine. Thus, the American side indicated that it “firmly” supported Sweden’s request to join NATO.
7:40 am: The United States announces additional food aid of 215 million dollars (about 205,000 million euros) for Ukraine amid the global supply chain crisis, which could push 40 million people worldwide into extreme poverty and food insecurity this year.
“The United States has (already) announced more than $2.3 billion in new funding for emergency food assistance to meet global humanitarian needs since the Russian invasion of Ukraine,” the official said. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
Blinken also pointed out at a Call to Action for Global Food Security meeting in New York that expects the U.S. Congress to approve about $5.5 billion “very soon” (5,243 million euros) “in additional funds for humanitarian aid and security”.
6.23: German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock on Wednesday accused Russia of blocking grain exports from Ukraine and using hunger as a weapon of war fueling a “global food crisis”.
“Russia is waging this war with another terrible and blunt weapon: hunger and deprivation. By blockading Ukrainian ports, destroying silos, roads and railways, Russia has started a grain war,” Baerbock stressed at a meeting of foreign ministers at the United Nations in New York.
So he said that “He does this at a time when millions of people are already at risk of hunger, particularly in the Middle East and Africa, due to the devastating effects of the climate crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic and the conflicts plaguing their own regions”.
5:17 am: The adviser to the Ukrainian presidency, Oleksei Arestovich noted that kyiv will not compromise with Moscow or cede part of its territory to end the war in Ukraine in future negotiations with Russia.
“The only option for reconciliation is Russian surrender, troop withdrawal and discussions on compensation. This is the principled position of the Ukrainian state leadership”Arestovich said in an interview with the Ukrainian Channel Channel 24.
Thus, he said, “dreamers in Europe have time to imagine how ambiguous everything is”. “None of this will happen except the military defeat of Russia and the expulsion of all enemy soldiers from Ukraine,” he added.
4:20 a.m.: Federation Council (Russian Upper House of Parliament) Speaker Valentina Matviyenko said on Thursday that Russia’s military response to Finland and Sweden joining NATO will be “proportionate” and “adequate”.
“First of all, on the military level, Russia’s reaction will be proportional and appropriate to the presence of NATO on the territories of these two states, to the type of weapons that will be deployed,” he said. said in an interview with the Russian newspaper ‘Izvestia ‘, without specifying the type of military measures that Moscow will implement, as reported by the news agency CASS.
Matviyenko explained that the entry of these countries into NATO “will negatively affect” the political state of Europe and will not add “stability” to it, since Sweden and Finland are countries that have shown historical “neutrality”, a consensus shared by all European countries.
03.17: President of Ukraine Volodimir Zelensky assured that Russia has already fired more than 2,000 missiles in the attack on his countrywhich he says is a big part of his arsenal.
He noted that most of the missiles hit civilian infrastructure and had no strategic military advantage. Over the past day, Russian missiles have struck the cities of Mikolaiv and Dnipro, Zelenskyy said Wednesday evening in his daily address to the nation.
02.27: Ukraine has acknowledged that resuming peace talks with Russia is something “impossible” today.
In an interview for the Radio NV station collected by the UNIAN agency, Mykhailo Podoliak, who also led the rapprochement and the meetings with the Russian side, indicated that the position of President Volodimir Zelensky is important for the process of rapprochement, but that it is currently “impossible”.
01.02: The war in Ukraine is putting the brakes on the fragile economic recovery that the world had started after the COVID-19 crisis, as the UN said on Wednesday, which lowered its global growth forecast for this year from 4% to 3.1% and warned that the deterioration could end up being even greater.
The UN expects major economies to grow in 2022, but at a significantly slower pace than it calculated in January, when it presented its latest projections.
12:24 a.m.: Russian Deputy Prime Minister Marat Jusnulin today called the Ukrainian city of Melitopol, located in the Zaporizhzhia regionin the south of the country, to join the “Russian family”, during a visit to areas controlled by Russian forces.
“The future of this city is to work as part of the Russian family. That’s why I came here, to offer the maximum support, the possibility of integration”, he said, quoted in the Telegram of the Krim 24 television channel.
The Russian politician visited the city, the second largest in the Zaporizhzhia region with a population of around 160,000 people, which was taken two days after the start of the Russian military campaign in Ukraine.
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