1. The GUR states that information is being spread in the Russian army that hostilities in Ukraine may continue until September this year. Meanwhile, according to Ukrainian intelligence, the Russian Federation is preparing to rule in the occupied Ukrainian lands. Oleg Kryuchkov, the adviser to the “head of Crimea” on information policy, announced the development of a corresponding plan with a deadline of at least 2030 until May 1. A number of private enterprises in the Rostov region of the Russian Federation received orders to make seals and stamps for the occupation administrations of Mariupol. The list of institutions that will receive the new “attributes” includes educational institutions, hospitals, police, registry offices and administrative institutions – although most of them were destroyed by Russian troops. The ordered stamps and seals contain the inscription: “Russia, the Republic of Donbass, Mariupol, military-civil administration”. The Russians announced that similar stamps and seals would be made for occupied Kherson in June. Today in Mariupol the occupiers are carrying out a “big cleaning”, searching for and destroying the bodies of the dead. Three mobile crematoria have been operating in the city since April 15. (Source: UP).
2. In Motyzhyn, Kyiv region, a 70-year-old woman “aimed” Russian artillery at Russian equipment. She reported the location of enemy targets to Ukrainian soldiers. The pensioner helped the Armed Forces to destroy several dozen units of enemy equipment. “She had an extreme house in the village and she saw equipment moving. She went out on foot to enemies, counted equipment, came, explained to her son on the phone what she saw. There were cases when she walked, got lost, came back and counted.” – says the fighter. The pensioner helped the Ukrainian military for more than 2 weeks. During this time, she recorded, in particular, anti-aircraft missile systems “Buk” – 2 units of this equipment were destroyed. The woman also helped the artillery destroy a radar station that was jamming communications. “Unfortunately, the situation was such that the orcs realized who was doing it and razed this house to the ground. She (a woman – ed.) Died. When they bombed her, they moved this house completely with tanks,” the military said. According to him, the information of an elderly resident of Kyiv region helped the military. “Thanks to her, they did not move on, to be honest. There was Yasnogorodka, where they went, their reconnaissance got on their teeth and left. Then the villages were not occupied,” the man added. (Source: UP).
1. the Russians are trying to break into the territory of Azovstal. Before the assault, the plant was bombed by aircraft. This was stated by Deputy Commander of the Azov Regiment Svyatoslav Palamar. “We were bombed all night, two civilian women were killed, and now Azovstal is being stormed,” Palamar said. (Source: SPRAVDI).
Economy, Social life, and Culture
1. Two more crossings were opened in the Chernihiv region. These are the crossings on the roads Chernihiv-Mena (H-27) and Kyiv-Chernihiv (R-29). In total, traffic on 8 bridges and overpasses was resumed in the Chernihiv region. (Source: SPRAVDI).
2. The Verkhovna Rada passed a number of important laws on Tuesday. From now on, TRO fighters can perform tasks in combat areas. People affected by the war are now entitled to free legal aid. Deputies voted in the first reading on the bill, which provides for the admission of the International Criminal Court to work in Ukraine. From now on, the activities of pro-Russian parties in Ukraine are banned. The Council approved an appeal to the House of Representatives and the Senate of the US Congress to recognize Russia as a sponsor of terrorism. The parliament also approved the inadmissibility of the Russian Federation’s monopolization of the victory over Nazism in World War II. (Source: SPRAVDI).
1. The German federal government has decided to deliver 7 Panzerhaubitzen 2000 howitzers from the Bundeswehr to Ukraine. The political decision of the Chancellery and the Ministry of Defense was taken against the advice of the leading military in the Bundeswehr. They have previously stated that only about 40 of the 119 Panzerhaubitzen 2000s in the Bundeswehr’s armament are combat-ready and indispensable for Germany’s own needs. The use of weapons with a sophisticated digital fire control system for Ukraine has also been questioned by the German military. However, the government ignored these concerns, although it had long feared that the transfer of heavy weapons to Ukraine could weaken the Bundeswehr. Panzerhaubitzen 2000 is a heavy artillery installation capable of firing at a distance of up to 40 kilometers. The Netherlands has previously promised Kyiv the supply of five such howitzers. The training of the Ukrainian army in the armament system will take place entirely in Germany. Last week, the federal government approved for the first time the export of heavy weapons directly from Germany: 50 Gepard anti-aircraft self-propelled guns. Delivery of major Western-style battle tanks, such as Leopard, from Germany to Ukraine is not yet planned. (Source: Die Welt).
1. Another burial of civilians was found in the Kyiv region: there are traces of torture on the bodies. “Torn nails. Hands tied. Another burial of two civilians was found in the village of Kalynivka, Kyiv region. How many such crimes are taking place right now in the occupied territories? Russia has chosen the path of terror of the civilian population and should be recognized as a state – a sponsor of terrorism, “wrote the adviser to the chairman of the OPU Mikhail Podolyak. (Source: SPRAVDI).