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Russia Withdraws Forces From Posts In Syria's Lattakia And Homs
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-Lurid Crime Tales-
The great aviation graveyard: New aerial images show thousands of military planes neatly left to die or be cannibalized across Arizona desert
[Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News]
  • Haunting aerials photographs from Arizona's aircraft boneyard show thousands of defunct airplanes laid out

  • Photographer Bernhard Lang captured them at the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group

  • 4,000 aircraft are housed on the Davis–Monthan Air Force Base across 2,600 acres in Tucson, Arizona

  • It's the largest storage and preservation facility for aircraft in the world, with cargo planes and giant bombers
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/20/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10797 views] Top|| File under: Tin Hat Dictators, Presidents for Life,

#1  I live 2 blocks away. 'Awesome' is a word I rarely use: but this air park deserves such a description.
Posted by: borgboy || 05/20/2022 0:19 Comments || Top||

#2  What a waste
Posted by: bman || 05/20/2022 11:40 Comments || Top||

#3  #2 What a waste
Posted by: bman 2022-05-20 11:40

...Far from it. AMARC has been a priceless resource for parts, foreign sales, and the occasional resurrection for US service.

Posted by: MikeKozlowski || 05/20/2022 11:58 Comments || Top||

#4  Marana Air Center down the street is a civilian boneyard. Formerly a Christian’s in Action base where Tibetan rebels were trained
Posted by: Cloluck Bourbon1058 || 05/20/2022 12:17 Comments || Top||

#5  Awesome pics! Flew over that area 2012 in the back of an F-15D Eagle which is now living there. The fractured B-52's were actually set up there so the Soviet's could identify our compliance with nuclear arms limitations. IIRC some of the ex Afghan helicopters now serving Ukraine were briefly stored there.
Rumor has it that you will not see any F 14s there, because of concerns that spare parts could have been sent to Iran.
Posted by: Omavilet Bourbon7511 || 05/20/2022 12:30 Comments || Top||

#6  Used to be a nice row of stored Titan boosters there, they are all gone now.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/20/2022 12:38 Comments || Top||

#7  Heard that the M&R group there actually generates a profit, as in parts sold for more that it costs to operate.
Posted by: ed in texas || 05/20/2022 15:52 Comments || Top||

#8  The way the headline is written is why I cast a jaundiced eye at every piece of news I hear and see. Makes it sound like a great evil is being committed. Almost click bait.
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 05/20/2022 16:00 Comments || Top||

#9  ^
Posted by: Too Old To Work || 05/20/2022 20:35 Comments || Top||

#10  Also, breaking news from 1945.
Posted by: Too Old To Work || 05/20/2022 20:36 Comments || Top||

#11  why I cast a jaundiced eye at every piece of news I hear and see.

Evaluating rather than believing is the whole point, guys. :-)
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/20/2022 20:55 Comments || Top||

#12  That second pic seems to be from the Pima Air and Space Museum, that's across the street.
Posted by: Slappy || 05/20/2022 21:02 Comments || Top||

[Florida] road rage knifeman, 50, pulls blade on knuckleduster-wearing biker and slashes him before victim pulls a GUN from coat
[Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News]
  • Rafael Vincent Rivera, 50, was driving his Toyota Tacoma pick-up truck through Palm Coast, 80 miles north of Orlando, on Tuesday

  • He crossed paths with a 50-year-old motorcyclist known only as G.P., who had his wife on the back of the bike

  • The biker said Rivera cut him up, and threw something at him, so they begun following him

  • At an intersection, Rivera pulled over and got out of his truck brandishing a knife, and lunged at the biker - whose wife filmed the encounter

  • The biker then pulled out a gun, forcing Rivera to back up

  • Sheriffs arrived and Rivera was arrested and charged with assault, and the biker praised for his restraint

Related: Florida sheriff applauds motorcyclist for pulling a gun on a knife-wielding driver to end a road rage incident
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/20/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10798 views] Top|| File under:

-Great Cultural Revolution
University of Illinois Chicago wants to cancel the word 'obesity' because it's 'racist'
[NYPOST] The woke police are coming for the term "obesity."

The University of Illinois reliably Democrat Chicago, aka The Windy City or Mobtown
...home of Al Capone, the Chicago Black Sox, a succession of Daleys, Barak Obama, and Rahm Emmanuel...
’s school of public health published an article by a dietitian claiming the medical term is "racist" and should be replaced with the wordy term "people with larger bodies."

Author Amanda Montgomery, RN, argued that race scientists used "fatness and differing body characteristics" to classify black people as "less civilized" and "as a way to justify slavery, racism and classism, and control women," according to her health brief, entitled "Addressing weight stigma and fatphobia in public health."

Montgomery also contends that losing weight "has detrimental effects on our physiology" and many people can’t become thinner because of "uncontrollable genetic or environmental factors."

Obesity is defined by the World Health Organization as having a body mass index over 30. The organization says the condition is "preventable" by eating healthy food and engaging in regular exercise.

A person’s BMI is calculated by dividing their body weight in kilograms by their height in meters squared. The medical community considers a "healthy" BMI to be between 20 and 25.

Montgomery argues that the BMI is a flawed measurement that is "not representative of the entire human population," because it does not consider health behaviors or body composition.
This keeps up, I'll soon be considered skinny. Of course I’ll be black, too.

Courtesy of Skidmark:
Sizeism is one of the 'last bastions of discrimination'
[Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News] Well, after ageism.
Posted by: Fred || 05/20/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10797 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Since I'm not black, will this make my old jeans fit again?
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 05/20/2022 12:18 Comments || Top||

#3  Obesity might be racist, but is fat slob OK? Asking for a friend.
Posted by: Super Hose || 05/20/2022 13:04 Comments || Top||

#4  My moment of liberation is nigh...
Posted by: ed in texas || 05/20/2022 13:36 Comments || Top||

#5  "See: Cullors, Patrisse"
Posted by: Frank G || 05/20/2022 13:42 Comments || Top||

#6  The BMI is in fact a lousy way to measure obesity. For example, Arnold Schwarzenegger is 6'2"". When he was competing for Mr Olympia, he was 235 lbs, which makes his BMI at 30.2 - obese. Check Wikipedia to see what he looked like in 1974 while competing.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 05/20/2022 14:03 Comments || Top||

#7  Ok then, steatopygic
Posted by: Unager Flereque8687 || 05/20/2022 14:51 Comments || Top||

#9  I was going to be nice and walk away, but then I remembered how much I hate Tiktokers and self described influencers, the modern lifeless take on door to door salesmen. I mean, say what you will about the D2D Way, those practitioners have to have style, and they have to have guts, and even out here in G*Ds country the scripture readers come across the heckler. So, in the tradition of the porch heckler....

*clears throat*

Didn't know Pam had an SPF rating.

Calls herself Brooklyn, because that crown makes her look like The Statue of Liberty.

From Iowa huh. Leave any for the rest of us?

Sorry; read that as fatphobia is rampart.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/20/2022 16:31 Comments || Top||

#10  #7 steatopygic

Shade and a surface to place your beer on, all in one.
Certain evolutionary advantages too. In the Savannah at least.

"Steatopygia is believed to be an adaptive physiological feature for female humans living in hot environments, as it maximizes their bodies' surface-area/volume ratio but keeps enough fat to produce hormones needed for menstruation.

"With fat deposited heavily in only certain areas in the middle on the trunk of the body, the limbs are left slim enough to expel heat more efficiently.

"But more likely, being able to store large fat amounts is important in very seasonal environments like those in African savanna, where during the dry season, a food shortage installs, and live largely off of their stored fat."
Posted by: Sputch Brown3630 || 05/20/2022 16:41 Comments || Top||

#11  Peterson weighs in.

Good luck with that. What a hornet's nest.
Posted by: KBK || 05/20/2022 17:00 Comments || Top||

#12  Rambler, the loudest voices screeching about how bad the BMI is aren't weight-lifters.

Except when they stand up.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 05/20/2022 18:03 Comments || Top||

Oklahoma passes near-total ban on abortions after 'fertilization' that goes even further than Texas' law
[INSIDER] Oklahoma is one step closer to having one of the most anti-abortion laws in the nation. The state's legislature passed a bill banning almost all abortions from the point of "fertilization." Gov. Kevin Stitt, a Republican, is expected to sign the latest legislation into law.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/20/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under:

-Short Attention Span Theater-
Pastors in Politics during American Revolution: Hugh Williamson & other preachers - American Minute with Bill Federer
[The American Moment] "The most important thing is to bring people to Christ, --and the second most important thing is to preserve the freedom to do the most important thing!"--W.J. Federer. This was the attitude of many pastors and seminary-trained founders who served in America's early government.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/20/2022 01:36 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10796 views] Top|| File under:

Inside the Hunt for Russia's ‘Fourth Man' Within the CIA
[SpyTalk] In the 1950s, the British intelligence community and the British press were riveted on the subject of espionage. Two diplomats, Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean, had defected to Moscow and it was clear that they had spied for the Soviets from within the heart of Britain’s national security establishment. But was there a "Third Man?" Suspicion soon centered on Kim Philby, the former MI6 liaison officer to the CIA and confidant of the agency’s top mole hunter, James Angleton. For years, however, nothing could be firmly pinned on him.

According to former CIA officer Robert Baer, author of the forthcoming The Fourth Man: The Hunt for a KGB Spy at the Top of the CIA and the Rise of Putin's Russia, the CIA and the U.S. intelligence community are in a similar liminal period. Since the mid-1980s, there have been lingering suspicions that Moscow had a major spy within the CIA, a spy who is yet to be caught. Baer refers to this person as "the Fourth Man," counting the CIA’s Edward Lee Howard and Aldrich Ames and the FBI’s Robert Hanssen as the first three traitors. He tells us that since the mid-1990s there has been a candidate for the Fourth Man, a prominent figure in the CIA, but that nothing can be pinned definitively on this officer who is now retired but still alive.

Baer previously authored a memoir of his time at the agency, See No Evil: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the War on Terrorism, with former New York Times reporter Seymour Hersh, as well as several other non-fiction books and a novel. At one point in his career, while head of the branch in charge of the Caucasus and Central Asia in the Directorate of Operations’ Central Eurasia (CE) Division, he worked with a woman named Laine Bannerman. She was a counterintelligence officer who had been a key player in the hunt for the Fourth Man. When she came to Baer’s branch, however, she was a refugee from that work. At the time, she never breathed a word about it, but when Baer, in retirement, became aware of the Fourth Man controversy, she and a significant number of other former officers were willing to tell him at least portions of what they know about the subject. Drawing on these bits and pieces as well as two key books, Circle of Treason, by retired CIA mole hunters Sandy Grimes and Jeanne Vertefeuille, and The Main Enemy, by Milt Bearden and journalist James Risen, Baer has produced a compelling account of the ongoing search for the Fourth Man.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/20/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10803 views] Top|| File under:

#1  so the guy got away with it?
Posted by: i forgot it || 05/20/2022 0:20 Comments || Top||

#2  #1 so the guy got away with it?
Posted by: i forgot it 2022-05-20 00:20

...That's a definite 'maybe'. Angleton's paranoia got to the point where the Agency was chasing its own tail and starting to enter paralysis. If there was a Fourth Man, it's possible he was able to cover himself with the general disdain everybody had for Angleton by the end of his career, and went on his merry way knowing that nobody would ever bear down on him again unless he made a world-class error.

On the other hand, nobody knows for sure if there was a Fourth Man - Howard, Ames and Hanson did enough damage by themselves to account for a half dozen moles.


Posted by: MikeKozlowski || 05/20/2022 11:51 Comments || Top||

#3  Pelton and Walker also come to mind for that era for the magnitude of damage they did.

My father was an Angleton peer over at State in the early 60's and once said he was a wrecking ball to work with.

As an aside, the link below has a long list of spies and hypertext links to each story.

Posted by: NoMoreBS || 05/20/2022 12:15 Comments || Top||

#4  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_American_spies#Spied_for_USSR
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 05/20/2022 12:15 Comments || Top||

#5  Well, I know Harry Lime is the Third Man.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 05/20/2022 12:31 Comments || Top||

#6  "Zithers! Why is it always zithers?"
Posted by: SteveS || 05/20/2022 12:58 Comments || Top||

#7  "B-r-e-n-n-a-n"
Posted by: Frank G || 05/20/2022 13:51 Comments || Top||

#8  @#2 - I've seen reports that Ames and Hanssen revealed more than 15 all of whom were executed. I ordered Baer's book n will gladly send to an interested Rantburger after my perusal.
Posted by: Bangkok Billy || 05/20/2022 18:20 Comments || Top||

#9  /\ Thanks Billy, we'll be watching for your assessment. Are you down under yet?

I sent you an email about an author fellow you might want to look up. Don't know if you caught it or not. His name is Dave George. Hereis his link.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/20/2022 18:23 Comments || Top||

#10  ^ Yes - looking at the Opera House and Harbor Bridge right now. 3 weeks in and still getting settled.

I vaguely remember something about your guy. Boer War history if recall?? Rule 303 comes to mind...
Posted by: Bangkok Billy || 05/20/2022 19:13 Comments || Top||

#11  ^ Very nice, BB
Posted by: Frank G || 05/20/2022 20:00 Comments || Top||

-Land of the Free
High ranking Russian politician, 31, is caught trying to illegally cross into the US at Mexico border after criticizing Putin's disastrous invasion of Ukraine
[Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News] Possibly bearing intel too sensitive for transmission?
  • Russian politician Viktor Kamenshchikov was apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol for illegally crossing the United States-Mexico border

  • A source told Russian state news agency RIA-Novosti that the 31-year-old had been detained recently

  • Kamenshchikov submitted his resignation to the Communist Party on February 27, three days after Russian troops invaded Ukraine

  • He was a deputy at the Vladivostok Duma parliament in the eastern Russia region of Primorsky, until February this year

  • He said to be the father of a child who has United States citizenship by birthright
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/20/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under: Migrants/Illegal Immigrants

#1  All but the blind seem to make their way across. He needs a better coyote...
Posted by: borgboy || 05/20/2022 0:32 Comments || Top||

#2  Pick one:
- stupidly got caught
- someone ratted him out
- 'apprehended' and is now safe and out of reach

Posted by: SteveS || 05/20/2022 11:05 Comments || Top||

#3  He didn't look like the usual crossers. I'm pretty sure a Russian would stick out at the border.
Posted by: Chris || 05/20/2022 11:42 Comments || Top||

#4  C
Posted by: Frank G || 05/20/2022 11:49 Comments || Top||

#5  If anyone has reason to ask for asylum...
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 05/20/2022 12:39 Comments || Top||

#6  Never wear a MAGA hat when sneaking across Biden’s border.
Posted by: Super Hose || 05/20/2022 13:08 Comments || Top||

-War on Police-
'He's been vilified while he is laying skinless and fighting for his life': Father of man, 26, 'cooked alive' after cops tasered him next to gas pump prays over him in hospital
[Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News]
  • While pumping gas in Osceola County, Florida, Jean Barreto, 26, was 'cooked alive' after a deputy from the sheriff's office tasered him, causing an explosive fire

  • The family of 26-year-old Fed Ex worker Jean Barreto are demanding that the state or federal government intervene in police's investigation of the incident

  • Lawyer for Barreto say he 'sustained third-degree burns on approximately 75% of his body... [and] is wrapped and unwrapped in gauze daily'

  • A State Fire Marshal report confirmed that the taser caused the gas station fire

  • Police refused to turn over bodycam footage of the incident, and have yet to identify the deputies involved, pending an internal investigation

  • The force has also refused to provide incident reports detailing the incident
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/20/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10798 views] Top|| File under:


Stupidity wears many uniforms.

Posted by: NN2N1 || 05/20/2022 19:39 Comments || Top||

#3  A taser is usually non-fatal. Do not plan on it, criminal
Posted by: Frank G || 05/20/2022 20:03 Comments || Top||

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Ukraine: Russia Suspends 2 Generals Over Failure To Capture Kharkiv And Sinking Of Warship
Posted by: Fred || 05/20/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under: Tin Hat Dictators, Presidents for Life, & Kleptocrats

#1  "...Comrade President Putin wishes you to know that this is nothing personal and that these things happen. In the meantime, please enjoy this tea he has sent."

"Hmm. Interesting aroma. What is it?"

"Citrus Polonium. Drink up."

Posted by: MikeKozlowski || 05/20/2022 11:34 Comments || Top||

Putin describes Europe’s oil sanctions as ‘economic suicide’
Posted by: Fred || 05/20/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10796 views] Top|| File under: Tin Hat Dictators, Presidents for Life, & Kleptocrats

#2  There's a lot of that going around these days, Vladimir.
Posted by: ed in texas || 05/20/2022 13:34 Comments || Top||

#3  After the Battle of Waterloo in 1812 the many thousands of French soldiers’ bones buried in mass graves were exhumed and delivered to Britain. The bones were ground down to make bone meal fertiliser that was spread on the English East coast farms.

Britain will be needing fertiliser and Ukie bones could keep British farms productive :)
Posted by: Boerboel || 05/20/2022 14:58 Comments || Top||

#4  /\ Ha! Dis 'n groot hond.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/20/2022 15:16 Comments || Top||

#5  Which is why British food gives you the runs.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/20/2022 16:43 Comments || Top||

Ukrainian Perspective: Invasion of Ukraine: May 19th, 2022
Direct Translation via Google Translate. Edited.
[Korrespondent] 23:57 Zelensky on the evacuation of the defenders of Mariupol from Azovstal: "I am doing everything so that the most influential international forces are informed and, as far as possible, involved in the rescue of our military."

23:33 Biden approved the allocation of $ 100 million in additional military assistance to Ukraine , Blinken said: "On behalf of the President, I am authorizing the tenth withdrawal of additional weapons and equipment for the defense of Ukraine from the stocks of the US Department of Defense in the amount of up to $ 100 million. Thus, the total amount U.S. military aid to Ukraine has reached approximately $3.9 billion in arms and equipment since Russia launched its brutal and unprovoked full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24.

22:51 Zelensky, in an address to Ukrainian students, said that the last phase of the war is the most difficult and lengthy, so he cannot yet recommend returning home: "The final stage is the most difficult, the bloodiest, it exists. We cannot dissociate ourselves and say - everything I will tell you frankly that in Kiev after the de-occupation of the Kiev region there is such a feeling that everything, there is no war ... Today I cannot shout "come back home" to everyone who is abroad, because the war has not ended. It's still the choice of each person."

22:48 Biden announced an additional aid package for Ukraine. The U.S. will provide artillery, radar and other equipment, he said: "These weapons and equipment will go straight to the front lines of freedom in Ukraine and reaffirm our strong support for the courageous people of Ukraine defending their country from Russian aggression."

22:46 G7 finance ministers agreed to allocate $18.4 billion to help Ukraine pay its bills in the coming months and said they were ready to support Kiev throughout the war with Russia. More details - in the material How to save the economy of Ukraine .

22:27 Zelensky welcomed the approval of the US Senate bill on additional appropriations for Ukraine for 2022: "$40 billion is a significant contribution of the United States to the restoration of peace and security in Ukraine, Europe and the world as a whole."

21:58 The new package of US military assistance to Ukraine includes 36 counter-battery radars and 18 howitzers, the shipment of these weapons will begin immediately, the Pentagon said.

21:51 Podolyak said on the air of the telethon that negotiations with Russia have not ended - they are suspended, since any war ends with negotiations. The adviser to the head of the Presidential Office added that Zelensky’s negotiations with Putin would take place when the Ukrainian president needs them.

Podolyak also stressed that Russia "must understand that it will not win this war": "They must understand that as a result of this war they will lose everything, so they must stop it."

21:47 The length of the line of contact between Russia and NATO will immediately more than double due to Finland alone, whose foreign policy in Moscow was considered "the most reasonable" among Europeans. Neutral Switzerland also decided to move closer to NATO, while the Baltic countries are asking for more troops. For more details, see NATO Expansion - Who Else Can Join the Alliance .

21:22 The Russian Foreign Ministry told RIA Novosti that Russia does not interfere with the export of Ukrainian grain - "logistic problems arose through the fault of Kiev: its troops themselves mined their ports."

21:01 Germany will help Ukraine restore the healthcare system, promised the head of the German Ministry of Health, Karl Lauterbach. In particular, German specialists will help with the development of trauma and burn centers for patients with severe injuries.

20:55 Deputy commander of the Azov regiment, Captain Svyatoslav Palamar, recorded a short video message in which he said that he, along with the command, was on the territory of Azovstal: "A certain operation is ongoing, the details of which I will not disclose."

20:22 Washington is working on organizing the supply of long-range anti-ship missiles to Ukraine to lift the blockade of the Black Sea, Reuters reports citing US officials.

20:21 The US Congress approved the allocation of military assistance to Ukraine in the amount of $40 billion. The final stage remains - the President's signature.

20:13 Germany will allocate about 1 billion euros of budget support for Ukraine, said Finance Minister Christian Lindner. According to her, we are talking about grants that should be paid from the budget for 2022, without creating additional debt. The funds will be used to ensure the viability of Ukraine.

20:04 France does not rule out that the war in Ukraine may spread to neighboring countries, Macron said, receiving Moldovan President Maia Sandu at the Elysee Palace: "The recent incidents in Transnistria show that it is impossible to exclude the spread of the conflict to neighboring countries." France, he said, "intends to pay special attention to the situation with regional security and any possible encroachment on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Moldova."

19:57 The Russians have formed two detachments of warships to fortify on Zmeiny Island, but due to stormy weather they are hiding in the Crimea, reports the Operational Command Pivden. According to OK, there are two other Russian ships with cruise missiles in the Black Sea.

19:48 British Armed Forces Minister James Hippie believes that the heroic defense of Mariupol on the territory of Azovstal will be included in military history textbooks as a key factor in Ukrainian success in the war with Russia.

19:46 The G7 countries intend to provide Ukraine with $18.4 billion in financial support, Reuters reports.

19:38 The European Parliament supported a resolution calling on the EU to create a special tribunal for Russian war criminals, Kuleba said.

19:22 In the Kiev region, the Russians destroyed more than 4,000 residential buildings in 46 out of 69 communities, said Kirill Tymoshenko, deputy head of the OP.

19:19 Currently, 36% of the sanctions Plan of the McFaul-Yermak group has been completed. Work on the rest continues. In particular, Ukraine expects sanctions from its allies against the energy sector and the banking system of Russia, Yermak said.

19:17 Foreign Policy correspondent Jack Detch reports, citing Pentagon officials, that in the last 24 hours the Russian Federation has carried out only 140 airstrikes, which is about 100-150 less than the daily count in recent weeks. Including the Russians have sharply reduced the number of strikes on Mariupol.

According to the Pentagon, Russia still has 106 battalion tactical groups in Ukraine, and the US does not see any hints of mass mobilization from the Russian side. At the same time, Russia still has a numerical advantage on the battlefield, and its combat capability remains "significant."

At the same time, Ukraine continues to retake territory east of Kharkiv from Russia - earlier this week, Ukrainian troops pushed the Russians back within three kilometers of the border with the Russian Federation. In the Donbas, Russia is still making slow progress due to serious logistical problems, despite focusing on a smaller geographic area. Also, Russia brought into the battle in the Donbas some units that were not 100% restored after they suffered losses during the unsuccessful assault on Kyiv. The US sees signs that Russian commanders are being fired for poor performance in Ukraine.

18:58 Biden said that Finland and Sweden meet all NATO criteria.

18:47 As a result of Russian shelling of Severodonetsk today, at least 12 people were killed and more than 40 were injured , said the head of the Lugansk OVA Serhiy Gaidai. According to him, the Russians began chaotically shelling the regional center with heavy weapons from the very morning, shelling continues now. Basically, these are targeted hits on residential buildings. Gaidai noted that the data on the dead and injured are still being specified, since it is impossible to examine the territory under shelling.

18:42 NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that Russia's offensive in the Donbass has stalled, but this does not mean that the Russian Federation has abandoned its strategic goals.

18:39 In Vasilyevka, Zaporozhye region, there are more than a thousand cars in front of the checkpoint of the occupiers, which the Russian military does not allow to enter the territory controlled by Ukraine, or in the opposite direction, the OVA reported.

18:38 Speaker of the Estonian Parliament Jüri Ratas sent a letter to his colleagues from the national parliaments of the European Union, in which he called on them to support granting Ukraine the status of a candidate country for EU membership.

18:36 The European Parliament called on the EU Council to start negotiations on joining the European Union with Albania and North Macedonia, especially in the context of the war in Ukraine.

18:30 On May 18, 127 Mariupol residents, including 12 children, were brought from Mariupol to the occupants' filtration camp in the village of Bezymennoye, Novoazovsky district, said Petr Andryushchenko, adviser to the mayor of Mariupol.

18:09 The European Union will completely abandon Russian oil and gas by 2027, said the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen. The plan for energy independence from oil and gas from the Russian Federation, presented today, will cost more than 200 billion euros and will ensure energy independence for the EU until 2027.

18:04 On May 19, 37 people managed to be taken out of Severodonetsk under shelling, said the head of the Luhansk OVA Serhiy Gaidai.

17:49 WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that he had asked Lavrov for safe access to Mariupol, Kherson, Yuzhne, Zaporozhye and other occupied areas for the delivery of medical assistance. "Civilians must be protected," he stressed.

17:44 Johnson announced that Ukraine will receive an additional £1.3 billion military aid package from the UK. It will include long-range artillery, anti-ship missiles and drones.

17:30 The National Council of Ukraine on Television and Radio Broadcasting announced that Russian Radio will now sound like Radio Bayraktar on the air.

17:18 In the Kharkiv region, from the towns and villages liberated by the Armed Forces of Ukraine over the past week, yesterday, in just one hour, ten people turned for support after experiencing sexual violence. Of these, eight were raped minors, including two boys of ten years and one-year-old babies, said Lyudmila Denisova, Commissioner for Human Rights of the Verkhovna Rada.

17:02 The Minister of Digital Transformation, Mikhail Fedorov, entered the Politico Tech 28 European digital leader rating. He was shortlisted and took first place in the Rulebreakers category. Fedorov especially showed himself during the war unleashed by Russia.

16:56 Ukraine and the United States signed a memorandum on transport cooperation. According to Infrastructure Minister Alexander Kubrakov, the document provides for the renewal of the entire fleet of locomotives and wagons by 2030, the creation of a fast rail system between large cities and the improvement of railway infrastructure, especially in large cities. Also in the sphere of priorities is the modernization of existing roads.

16:43 In the Luhansk region, the enemy is throwing all his forces into seizing Severodonetsk and the Lisichansk-Bakhmut highway, said the head of the OVA Serhiy Gaidai. According to him, the situation in the region is difficult. If enemy troops capture the Bakhmut-Lysichansk highway, this may cut off the entire region from communication with other regions of Ukraine.

16:28 The prosecutor's office demands a life sentence for the Russian military Vadim Shishimarin, who is accused of killing a civilian, representatives of the prosecution said during the trial. The wife of the deceased, Yekaterina Shelipova, also asked for a life sentence for the accused, but noted that she would not mind exchanging him for the military with Azovstal.

16:15 There will be less blocking of content from Ukraine related to the war and Azov on Facebook and Instagram, Mikhail Fedorov, head of the Ministry of Digital Development, promised after a meeting with Meta President for Global Affairs Nick Clegg.

16:08 The UK intends to transfer long-range artillery, anti-ship missiles and drones to Ukraine, Johnson's office said.

15:56 The Pechersk District Court of Kiev has given permission for the arrest of Yanukovych, the Office of the Prosecutor General said. The ex-president who fled to Russia is suspected of organizing the illegal transfer of people across the state border. So, on February 23, 2014, Yanukovych illegally transported at least 20 people from the village of Urzuf, Donetsk region, to the city of Anapa, Krasnodar region of the Russian Federation.

15:47 In the Kharkiv region, the Armed Forces of Ukraine have liberated 23 settlements since the beginning of the counteroffensive on May 5, said Brigadier General, Deputy Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the General Staff Alexei Gromov. He also said that Russian troops have intensified shelling of Ukrainian positions in order to contain their advance to the border.

15:31 Kuleba spoke with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri and thanked him for refusing a Russian ship with grain stolen in Ukraine. The parties also agreed to coordinate efforts so that Russia unblocks the export of food products from Ukraine.

15:24 The European Parliament voted to impose sanctions against ex-German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, as he continues to act in the interests of Russian energy companies such as Rosneft. The text of the EP resolution also calls on the EU countries to expand the list of persons subject to restrictions at the expense of European board members of large holdings and politicians who continue to receive money from the Russian Federation.

14:48 In Zaporozhye, from May 20, the duration of the curfew will be reduced by an hour - it will last from 22:00 to 5:00, OVA reports.

14:47 Zelensky received a letter from the President of North Macedonia, Stevo Pendarovsky, who expressed support and solidarity with Ukraine and the Ukrainian people and stated that the process of EU enlargement should not stop in the Western Balkans. He supported granting Ukraine the status of a candidate country already during the EU meeting in June this year.

"Such support from a country that received the status of a candidate country back in 2005, but is still fighting for the right to start accession negotiations, is very important for Ukraine," Yermak wrote.

14:42 The US is considering a number of measures to deprive Russia of oil profits, writes NYT. Among them, in particular, the introduction of a price ceiling, blocking Russia's access to payments for oil exports, forcing banks to transfer money for Russian oil imports to escrow accounts so that the Russian Federation can spend them only on essential goods, as well as the imposition of secondary sanctions against countries that do not comply with US sanctions.

14:41 Peskov said that the future of the "liberated" Ukrainian territories cannot be decided "without expressing the will of their inhabitants."

14:40 Italy has proposed a four-stage plan for resolving the situation in Ukraine, writes La Repubblica. According to the publication, the document would have been drawn up by the country's Foreign Ministry with the participation of the Chigi government palace and has already been submitted to the UN Secretary General:

  • ceasefire and liquidation of the line of combat clashes under the supervision of the UN;

  • Ukraine's accession to the EU in a short time and its neutral status without joining NATO;

  • an agreement between Ukraine and Russia on the "disputed territories" of Donbass and Crimea to resolve conflicts over internationally recognized borders;

  • a new multilateral treaty for peace and security in Europe, which should ensure arms control and conflict prevention.

14:36 ​​The letters Z and V are not official military symbols, Moscow City Duma deputy Stupin said, citing the response of the Russian Defense Ministry to his request. At the same time, the letter says, these signs are "recognizable and positively accepted by the military and citizens of Russia, the DPR and LPR, and many others."

14:33 Great Britain has included three Russian airlines in the sanctions list - Aeroflot, Russia and Ural Airlines. The sanctions include freezing the assets of companies, according to the website of the British government.

14:32 Ukrzaliznytsia asks the Russians to take the bodies of their military. The company said that for the third month they have been storing hundreds of bodies of Russian soldiers in refrigerated wagons in order to return them to their mothers and wives: "We appeal to the Russians: we know that you are reading this. Your cargo of 200 is waiting."

14:31 In Mariupol, the invaders continue to sort out the rubble of the Drama Theatre. According to the mayor's adviser Petr Andryushchenko, yesterday and today the bodies of the dead were taken out several times by trucks in the direction of Stary Krym. The clearing area is guarded and not given access to the locals. The operation to cover up the consequences of war crimes continues.

14:25 The SBU detained Oleg Tsarev's brother while trying to organize sabotage in the eastern regions. After a full-scale invasion, he was confident in the imminent victory of Russia, he was waiting for the occupation of the region and the promised post of head of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional State Administration. When the hopes for the arrival of the Russians did not materialize, he began to receive instructions from his curators. In particular, his task was to destabilize the situation in the region through a series of explosions at transport and critical infrastructure facilities, the SBU said.

14:19 Arestovich denied the information about the train being blown up by partisans in Melitopol: “I have to disappoint you a little. The rails were blown up, but in front of the train. According to my information, not a single occupier died, and the train was not injured. that the rails were mined near the railway station, and the explosion damaged the track. This indicates that our heroes are acting decisively and boldly. This is the first such case, but not the last."

14:16 The US Department of Defense cannot confirm the information about the use of laser weapons by Russian troops in Ukraine, as Moscow has stated. "I haven't seen anything to support reports of lasers being used. Yes, we've seen some open press reports about it, but we haven't seen anything to support it," a Pentagon spokesman said.

14:07 NSDC Secretary Alexei Danilov said in an interview with NV that Russia "is not as weak as we would like": "And those people who say that the war will end in May or in a week are frivolous. It is very difficult and multicomponent process, and the help of our partners with weapons is the key moment in determining the situation today.Depending on what and in what time frame will be delivered, the scales will fluctuate one way or the other."

14:03 The European Parliament supported the abolition of EU import duties on all Ukrainian goods for one year.

13:59 The Swiss Embassy resumes work in Kiev.

13:57 Australia will send 14 M113 tracked armored personnel carriers and 20 Bushmaster armored personnel carriers to Ukraine, Defense Minister Peter Dutton said.

13:54 Russian deputies have submitted a bill to the State Duma that will allow Putin to create "interim administrations" outside of Russia.

13:38 The Russian Foreign Ministry said that in order to open access to seaports in Ukraine, "it is necessary to consider, among other things, the possibility of lifting sanctions against Russia."

13:22 The delivery of heavy weapons to the defending country is not an escalation, Scholz said: "To help in the defense of a country that has been severely attacked, there is no escalation. It is a contribution to repelling an attack and thereby ending violence as soon as possible."

13:13 The International Committee of the Red Cross has started registering prisoners of war who left the Azovstal plant. The Red Cross records information about each captured Mariupol defender in order to track their fate. The operation started on Tuesday and will continue further. At the same time, the committee does not participate in the transportation of the Ukrainian military.

12:54 Lukashenka said that he expects to develop an Iskander-type missile in the country with the assistance of Russia by the end of the year.

12:52 Zelensky said that he had spoken with Ursula von der Leyen: "Thanked for 9 billion euros and 0.6 billion euros of financial assistance. We discussed the Platform for the restoration of Ukraine proposed by the European Commission. It should become a common success story. Agreed on the advisability of introducing joint border control Ukraine and Poland".

12:50 The Center for Counteracting Disinformation under the National Security and Defense Council called manipulation the information that the United States is afraid to transfer weapons to Ukraine because of the likelihood of using it against targets on the territory of the Russian Federation. According to the JRC, this was reported by "Russian propaganda media".

12:44 The NBU received from the UK 5 million pounds (or more than 182 million hryvnias in equivalent) to a special account opened to support the Armed Forces of Ukraine. This is the largest amount received in support of the Ukrainian army in one payment in foreign currency from foreign philanthropists since the beginning of the war with Russia, the regulator said.

12:40 Finland does not plan to deploy nuclear weapons or military bases of the alliance in the event of joining NATO, Prime Minister Sanna Marin said. According to her, these issues are not in the negotiation process. At the same time, she noted the importance of negotiations with Turkey, which objects to the membership of Finland and Sweden in NATO.

12:36 Pushilin gave the command to radically reduce the police corps in Mariupol and return it to Donetsk. According to the mayor's adviser Petr Andryushchenko, there are several reasons for this, one of them is the growing riots of the relatives of the mobilized and dissatisfied residents of Donetsk, where there has been no water for more than a month. The second is purely political, as part of the internal struggle of political clans - conditional Donetsk and Mariupol. "An interesting trend. Little by little it becomes clear who exactly is lobbying the idea of ​​Kadyrov's control over Mariupol from the inside and why," Andryushchenko wrote.

12:29 Poland is ready to build permanent NATO bases to accommodate light units, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said.

12:28 Scholz promised Ukraine further assistance in defending itself against a Russian attack and said that Putin would not be able to dictate peace terms: "Putin still believes that he can bomb and dictate peace. But he is wrong. Just as he was wrong about the determination of Ukrainians and the unity of our unions. Because Ukrainians do not accept this, and neither do we."

12:26 In Ukraine, since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of Russia, 88 DRGs have been exposed, about 800 people involved in sabotage activities have been detained, First Deputy Interior Minister Yevgeny Enin said. Almost all of them were transferred to the SBU, he specified.

12:23 Finnish Ambassador to Ukraine Päivi Laine has returned to Kiev, the country's Foreign Ministry said.

12:20 In Nikolaev, the curfew will begin an hour later - at 22:00 and end as usual, at 6:00, said the head of the OVA Vitaly Kim. He also said that the region will soon allow the sale of low-alcohol drinks in cafes. Since the end of March, the sale of alcohol in Nikolaev is allowed only on weekends.

12:14 The Polish state oil and gas company PGNiG has filed a new lawsuit against Gazprom and is demanding interest for an overpayment of $ 1.5 billion for gas supplies in 2014-2020.

12:06 The Russians are shelling the border areas of Ukraine, including in order to divert the attention of Ukrainian troops from the counteroffensive, said Rostislav Smirnov, adviser to the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs: “We must understand the nature of these shellings, why they began to occur in Sumy, in particular, in the direction. This due to the fact that at the strategic level we are starting to launch a certain counteroffensive. Perhaps not quickly, but if you look at the last few days, we have liberated several settlements in the Kharkiv and Lugansk directions."

12:03 The Russians launched another air strike on Bakhmut in the Donetsk region, shells hit a five-story building, a private house and an office building, said the head of the OVA, Pavel Kirilenko. According to him, in a private house, rescuers got six people out of the rubble, their condition is satisfactory. In the five-story building, an entire entrance was destroyed, but, according to preliminary information, there were no victims.

Kirilenko once again asks everyone who has the opportunity to leave the Donbass, since there are no safe places left in the region.

11:59 In Kharkov, early this morning, the Russians fired at the Kiev region. The projectile hit the boiler room of the Institute of Endocrine Pathology Problems, according to preliminary data, there were no casualties, Oleg Sinegubov, head of the OVA, said.

11:56 The SBU liquidated a large-scale scheme for the theft of humanitarian aid intended for Ukrainian defenders. The attackers tried to illegally sell more than a thousand body armor for a total amount of more than 12 million hryvnia. They were made in Ukraine by one of the public organizations, and through the Cherkasy military administration were supposed to be transferred to the needs of defense, but instead they appeared in a supermarket chain.

11:48 Today, on the day of the 100th anniversary of the creation of a pioneer organization in the USSR, a bill was submitted to the State Duma of the Russian Federation on the creation of a similar children's movement called Big Change. Its goal is "preparing children for a full life in society, shaping their worldview based on traditional values, traditions of the peoples of Russia, the achievements of Russian and world culture, developing socially significant and creative activity, high moral qualities, love and respect for the Fatherland, hard work , legal culture".

11:45 Kuleba again criticized Europe for trying to offer Kiev "surrogates for the status of an EU candidate": "The strategic uncertainty regarding the European perspective of Ukraine, practiced by some EU capitals in recent years, has failed and must stop. This only encouraged Putin. We do not need surrogates for EU candidate status who demonstrate second-rate attitude towards Ukraine and hurt the feelings of Ukrainians."

11:18 The European Commission will assess Ukraine's request to join the European Union "presumably at the end of June," Scholz said.

"Ukraine has requested membership in the European Union. The Commission before the European Council will give its assessment to the request,"

11:14 Minister of Culture and Information Policy Oleksandr Tkachenko warned foreign journalists against participating in press tours organized by Russia in the occupied Ukrainian territories: "Fakes and disinformation of Russia have taken on some incredible forms. Now the occupiers are trying to hold a press tour for foreign journalists on the territory of the occupied Mariupol. The primary goal of the enemy is to discredit the role of Ukraine in the war. Now special "decorations" for foreign media have already been brought in: fragments of Ukrainian ammunition collected from the occupied regions, extras have been assembled, which will be passed off as local eyewitnesses."

10:48 The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation stated that 771 servicemen of Azov surrendered from Azovstal during the day, since May 16, a total of 1,730 soldiers, including 80 wounded, have surrendered.

10:34 The presidential representative in the Constitutional Court, Fyodor Venislavsky, explained that martial law would be extended immediately for three months, since the counteroffensive takes more time than defense.

10:32 In Kharkov, on Saltovka, a monument to the Russian prince Alexander Nevsky was thrown from the pedestal. The bronze figure was hooked with a rope and knocked down with the help of a truck.

10:29 For Vyshyvanka Day, the world's first military vyshyvanka was created in Cherkasy. The initiator was a fighter of the 118th separate brigade of the territorial defense from Cherkasy - a specialist in art criticism.

10:27 Lavrov urged the WHO to "pacify Kiev's attempts to hinder the special operation." The head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, in particular, turned to WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and asked to influence the Ukrainian authorities so that it "does not interfere with the implementation of Russia's measures to protect Donbass."

10:23 A ceasefire is impossible until the complete withdrawal of Russian troops and the liberation of the occupied Ukrainian territories, Podoliak said: "Do not offer us a ceasefire - this is impossible without the total withdrawal of the Russian troops. Ukrainian society is not interested in the new "Minsk" and the return of the war in a few years. Until Russia is ready to fully liberate our lands, our negotiating platform is weapons, sanctions and money."

10:07 The leader of the "DPR" Pushilin said that more than half of the Ukrainian military left Azovstal. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation put the commanders of the national battalion Azov Velichko and Nemichev on the wanted list. They are accused of "involvement in the encroachment on life" of at least eight military men in the Kharkiv region.

09:36 British intelligence reports that top commanders are being fired from the Russian army who did not complete their tasks at the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine. So, due to failures in Kharkov, Lieutenant General Sergei Kisel was removed - he commanded the elite 1st Guards Tank Army.

Vice Admiral Igor Osipov, who commanded the Black Sea Fleet, was also likely removed after the sinking of the cruiser Moskva. Russian Chief of Staff Valery Gerasimov is likely to remain in office, but it is unclear if he has Putin's confidence.

British intelligence notes that the system of concealment of information and "scapegoats" is still being cultivated in the Russian army. Many officials involved in the invasion of Ukraine are likely to become increasingly distracted by attempts to avoid personal responsibility for the failures of the Russian army in Ukraine. This will put additional strain on Russia's centralized command and control model as officers increasingly seek to shift key decisions to their superiors.

09:33 Ukraine's presence in NATO would reduce the threat of nuclear war, Ukrainian ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk believes: "Then Putin would know that if he attacks Ukraine with nuclear weapons, he should expect a retaliatory nuclear strike. And this would deter him from attack ".

At the same time, the ambassador admits that the process of Ukraine's accession to NATO is unlikely to be as fast as in the case of Finland and Sweden. Melnyk added that only a political decision is needed to integrate Ukraine into the alliance.

09:30 Russian media report that representatives of Kiev and the Red Cross visited the Ukrainian military, who left Azovstal, and made sure that they were kept "in normal conditions."

09:28 The Pentagon notes that Russia has recently reduced the scale of its actions, which demonstrates a decrease in ambitions. According to the Washington Post, citing a US Department of Defense spokesman, Russian troops are working in smaller groups with significantly "smaller" tasks - instead of formations of several hundred people, actions are carried out in groups of several dozen to hundreds of military personnel.

Also, if earlier it was about big cities and entire regions, now efforts are focused on villages or crossroads.

09:24 The Economic Security Bureau secured the seizure in Ukraine of Russian and Belarusian assets totaling over 30 billion hryvnias. Half of the seized assets are almost 18,000 railcars, including those with inventory worth UAH 3 billion.

09:23 Energoatom reported that the Zaporozhye NPP continues to operate in the energy system of Ukraine and provides industrial facilities with energy.

08:57 The General Staff announced the approximate losses of the enemy on the morning of May 19. The enemy suffered the greatest losses over the past day in the Slavyansk, Krivoy Rog and Zaporozhye directions.

  • personnel - about 28,500 (+200) people liquidated,

  • tanks - 1254 (+3),

  • armored combat vehicles - 3063 (+20),

  • artillery systems - 595 (+9),

  • MLRS - 199 (+0),

  • air defense systems - 93 (+2),

  • aircraft - 203 (+1),

  • helicopters - 167 (+0),

  • UAV operational-tactical level - 455 (+14),

  • cruise missiles - 103 (+1),

  • ships/boats - 13 (+0),

  • automotive equipment and tankers - 2157 (+20),

  • special equipment - 43 (+0).

08:51 Finance ministers and heads of central banks of the G7 countries will hold talks on Ukraine today, Reuters reports. Financial assistance to Kyiv and food security issues will be discussed, as well as non-Ukraine topics of inflation, public debt and healthcare costs.

08:42 The Government of Japan will provide Ukraine with an additional loan in the amount of $300 million.

08:41 The US Senate will vote today on the next package of military, economic and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine in the amount of $40 billion.

08:34 Even those who are usually called Moscow's allies are in no hurry to support Russia in the war against Ukraine. Read more in the material Complete isolation .

08:30 Russian military continue to fire at Luhansk region, including from aircraft, the area is de-energized. Severodonetsk received the greatest damage - there are four dead, as well as settlements of the Popasnyanskaya community, said the head of the OVA, Sergei Gaidai.

08:19 Troops of the Russian Federation five times fired at the Zelenodolsk community in Dnepropetrovsk region. They beat from Gradov and Hurricanes along Velikaya Kostroma, said the head of the OVA, Valentin Reznichenko. People were not hurt, houses were damaged and destroyed, the village was partially without electricity and gas.

07:55 Poland will transfer 25,000 tons of gasoline from its reserves to Ukraine, Deputy Prime Minister Yulia Sviridenko said following a meeting with Polish Climate Minister Anna Moscow. Deliveries will begin next week and will help "balance the fuel market."

07:48 Ukraine is disappointed that the United States does not send American multiple launch rocket systems to it, writes Politico. According to the publication, the Ukrainian leadership has been asking the United States for several months to send long-range MLRS, but the White House fears that such weapons could be used to strike at Russian territory, thereby expanding the conflict.

07:37 Over the past day in the Donetsk and Luhansk directions, Ukrainian defenders repelled 16 enemy attacks, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reports in the morning summary .

05:01 The US Senate unanimously approved the candidacy of Bridget Brink for the post of US Ambassador to Ukraine.

02:15 The US does not see that Russia needs negotiations, US State Department spokesman Andrea Kalan said: "In order to negotiate with Russia, the US must see that it wants to de-escalate the situation and withdraw its troops from Ukraine, but now Russia is only showing aggression ".

01:27 The Russian military leadership decided to mobilize the servicemen in Crimea, who betrayed Ukraine in 2014. In total there were about 14 thousand of them, in eight years many of them were demobilized and left the service. Now they are forcibly mobilized and replenish broken brigades that are on regrouping in the Crimea, said Viktor Andrusiv, adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs.

"The peculiarity of this news is that traitors are not subject to exchange. They are subject to article 111 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (treason)," he clarifies.

01:12 The Parliament of Canada recognized the deportation of the Crimean Tatars in 1944 as genocide, Ukrainian Ambassador Yulia Kovaliv said. From now on, in Canada, May 18 every year will be celebrated as the Day of Remembrance of the Deportation of the Crimean Tatars (Crimean Tatar Deportation (Sürgünlik) Memorial Day).

00:43 US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken announced that Washington will provide Ukraine with an additional $215 million in new emergency food aid.

00:27 Volunteer of the morgue in Bucha, editor-in-chief of the publication Babel Evgeny Spirin told Present Time that the headquarters of the Russian army was located on the territory of the pioneer camp Radiant, in which the occupiers equipped a torture room, where they brought veterans of the 2014 war. The bodies of the tortured and executed inhabitants of Bucha were found in it. One of them had no skin on his back, he was tortured for several days, after which he died.
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Five die in Russian airstrike in Donetsk, - Kirilenko
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The Russians killed five more civilians in Donetsk, - Kirilenko

[LB] Today, May 19, the Russians killed five civilians in Donetsk region. This was announced by the head of the Donetsk regional military administration Pavlo Kyrylenko. Two civilians killed in Bakhmut…

The Russians launched another air strike on Bakhmut in Donetsk region.

The shells hit a five-story building, a private house and an office building.

In a private house, rescuers pulled six people out of the rubble, their condition is satisfactory. An entire entrance to the five-story building was destroyed, but according to preliminary information, no one was injured.

"The Russians continue to shoot at civilians, but timely evacuation allows us to save hundreds of lives. Of the 73,000 inhabitants of Bakhmut, just over 20,000 remain in the city - thanks to which we can avoid the number of casualties expected by the enemy, " Kirilenko said.

The head of the OVA once again asked everyone who has the opportunity to leave the Donetsk region, because now there are no absolutely safe places in the Donetsk region.

We will remind, on May 17 Russia struck an air strike on Bakhmut, one of shells hit the apartment house, building constructions on 5 floors were destroyed. The first victims to be rescued were two men, aged 43 and 44, and a 75-year-old woman. Four others, including three children aged 9, 12 and 17, suffered injuries of varying severity.

The next day, rescuers found the bodies of a 35-year-old woman and a 2-year-old child .

As of the evening of May 18, the total number of dead is five, wounded - four.

The enemy prepares provocations in Donetsk region according to the "Bucha scenario", - the National Security and Defense Council
The Ukrainian military will allegedly disguise themselves in the uniform of the Russian army with white armbands "and shoot the residents of Kostiantynivka on camera.

The enemy prepares provocations in Donetsk region according to the "Bucha scenario", - the National Security and Defense Council

[LB] To discredit Ukraine in the international arena, the Russian Defense Ministry reports provocations under the "Bucha scenario," which is allegedly "prepared by the Ukrainian government with the support of Western curators."

The Center for Combating Disinformation at the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine warns about this .

According to the JRS, the Kremlin media misinforms that in order to implement the plan, the Ukrainian military will "change into the uniform of the Russian army with white armbands" and "shoot" Kostiantynivka residents on camera.

The purpose of the "warning" messages of the Kremlin media is to try to provide an "information alibi" and "prepare" the population of Russia and the international community to commit terrible crimes planned by the occupiers.

"Propaganda continues to work according to the template and is again trying to shift responsibility for the mass killings of civilians in our country to Ukraine," the JRS at the National Security and Defense Council said.

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24 Ukrainian paratroopers surrender
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[RIA Novosti] Over the past day, 20 servicemen from the 95th Airborne Assault Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine surrendered, the People's Militia of the DPR reported.

"Twenty servicemen of the 95th Airborne Assault Brigade voluntarily laid down their arms, thereby saving their lives," the ministry said on its Telegram channel.

In addition, fighters of the People's Militia, together with Russian troops, destroyed more than 30 Ukrainian soldiers, one tank, two infantry fighting vehicles and eight firing points. Three infantry fighting vehicles, two armored personnel carriers and one tank were captured.

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From the Russian Perspective: Operation on Denazification of Ukraine: operational summary May 19th (updated)
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[NewsFrontInfo] 23:38 Ukrainian Nazis shelled the Kursk region, the villages of Alekseevka and Dronovka were hit, Governor Roman Starovoit said.

23:01 The Russian Federation delivered 245 tons of humanitarian aid to the Donetsk People's Republic and Kharkiv region.

22:29 Over the past day, without the participation of the Ukrainian authorities, 17,693 people, including 2,371 children, have been evacuated from dangerous areas of the republics of Donbass and Ukraine to the territory of the Russian Federation.

21:37 WHO did not give an adequate assessment of the use of medical institutions by Ukrainian nationalists as strongholds and firing points.

21:37 The military of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the defense battalions equipped firing positions in preschool and educational institutions in Kramatorsk, Slavyansk and Druzhovka.

21:37 The Kyiv regime is preparing a provocation in the Sumy region to accuse the RF Armed Forces of indiscriminate strikes against civilians.

21:37 The militants are planning to fire at the border area of ​​the Russian Federation from areas of private households to call back fire on residential buildings.

21:36 Head of the Kherson Provisional State Administration Volodymyr Saldospentthe first meeting with the heads of districts of the region. The balance announced that the Kherson region would return to Russia. The new budget of the region has already been approved in rubles. Salaries and pensions in the Kherson region will also be paid in rubles from May.

21:34 The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation reports that the Kyiv regime is preparing another provocation using the so-called "wandering mortars" - the militants plan to fire at the border territory of the Russian Federation from areas of private houses in the Sumy region in order to cause return fire on residential buildings.

Also, Ukrainian troops equipped strongholds, placed heavy weapons in schools and kindergartens in Kramatorsk, Slavyansk and Druzhkovka in the DPR. Firing positions and sniper points are equipped by militants on the upper floors of apartment buildings in Bakhmut in the DPR, the approaches to the houses are mined, but the local population is deliberately not notified about this. All such facts are still cynically ignored by the world community and the "civilized" West, as well as "human rights activists" and politicians,

20:36 Reuters: The United States is working on organizing the supply of long-range anti-ship missiles to Ukraine to lift the blockade of the Black Sea.

20:36 APU blew up another bridge - Shestovitsky bridge across the Desna River on the way to Chernigov.

20:30 Ukrainian sources report that the leaders of Azov do not want to go out with their hands up until they receive guarantees from Zelensky’s office that they will definitely be included in the exchange list.

19:43 As a result of shelling today in Chernobaevka, a man was killed and a woman was wounded. They worked in the garden. Dill shell Chernobaevka every day at the same time.

18:54 Failed attemptsUkrainian infantry destroy a Russian tank from an RPG. During the battle, Russian tankers correctly determined the direction of arrivals and returned shots. In the end, the Russian infantry occupied the Ukrainian trenches and the tank covered them with fire.

18:53 Belarus bought a sufficient number of Iskander missile systems and S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems from Russia, Lukashenka said.

18:52 The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation showed footage of a fortified position left by units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Kharkiv region. On the personnel it can be seen that the infantry battalion could be in abandoned positions, there are also trenches for heavy military equipment, where a tank or lightly armored vehicles can be placed.

“These fortifications have been prepared very well and quite a long time ago, because the boards have already begun to rot, and everything has already begun to overgrow. The length is about 10 kilometers of all passages, ceilings, trenches. Lots of concrete shelters. Prepared for year-round service, ”said Roman, a serviceman of the RF Armed Forces.

17:44 At the Ministry of Defense declared that the letters Z and V are not official military symbols.

17:43 “The special operation is unlikely to end by autumn,” Arestovich. He considers Zelensky's proposal to extend martial law for 90 days fair. According to him, “every time” to continue martial law for 30 days is to give false hopes to Ukrainians.

17:43 The Sverdlovsk region of the Russian Federation took patronage over Makeevka. The city will be restored by joint efforts. The head of the administration of Makeevka said that there is a program designed for 2022-2025.

17:43 The situation in the north of the Kharkiv region by 1600 hrs on May 19, 2022.

▪️At the moment, the Armed Forces of Ukraine are strengthening the front line near Stary Saltov and Zolochev. Additional command posts were deployed in Chernoglazovka and Peschanoe.

▪️In the vicinity of the Thorn fight. At night, units of the RF Armed Forces reached the northwestern outskirts of the settlement, blocking the exits to the state border. According to unconfirmed reports, at the moment the settlement is again in the "gray zone".

▪️To the west of Kazachya Lopan, Ukrainian units are expanding their zone of control, digging in villages in the "gray zone". Units of the Ternopil 105 Territorial Defense Brigade entered Guryev Kazachok and Baranovka.

▪️American M777 howitzers were supposedly transferred to Zolochiv and Shestakovo. Artillery units of 14 Ombr and 10 Ogshbr were transferred to Tsirkuny. Artillery of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation continues to fire at Zolochev.

▪️On the eastern bank of the Seversky Donets, DRGs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine continue to operate. Khotomlya is under the conditional control of the Armed Forces of Ukraine: Ukrainian units are operating in the vicinity.

▪️The offensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine against the positions of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation has not yet begun: the primary task of the Ukrainian side is to stabilize the front near Ternova and Rubizhne, as well as to suppress firing positions in Kazachya Lopan and Tsupovka.

16:48 Kherson region will return to Russia. The new budget of the region has already been approved in rubles. Salaries and pensions in the Kherson region since May have already been in rubles - the head of the military-civilian administration of the Kherson region Vladimir Saldo.

15:41 Scholz trampled Ukraine's hopes for a quick entry into the EU: Europe will not go to such expenses.

“Restoring the destroyed infrastructure and revitalizing the Ukrainian economy will cost billions. The EU must start laying the groundwork for a solidarity fund funded by contributions from its members and partners,” said the German Chancellor.

The verdict was the final phrase: "there are no short cuts on the way to the EU."

15:39 The supply of the Nazi group in Severodonetsk has been interrupted, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine asks for permission to withdraw troops. Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Zaluzhny reported to Zelensky about the beginning of street fighting in the next few days in Severodonetsk and asked the president to give the green light to the withdrawal of troops from the city so as not to repeat the fate of Azovstal.

14:31 Peskov on the future of the territories liberated in Ukraine: nothing can be done without the expression of the will of their inhabitants.

14:30 The deputy commander of one of the units of the Ukrainian nationalist battalion "Aidar" Denis Muryga tried to enter the Rostov region under the guise of a refugee and was detained, a source in the region's law enforcement agencies told RIA Novosti.

13:18 Rodion Miroshnik: The situation in the "triangle" is inexorably moving towards a denouement! Active street fighting is going on in Severodonetsk. A number of microdistricts of the city are controlled by allied forces. Accurate information is delayed due to lack of communication. Several transmitters of mobile operators are still working only on the outskirts of Lisichansk.

The Lisichansk-Artyomovsk road is being shot through by our troops. All attempts to break in or out of the "triangle" are stopped. There are many burnt military vehicles along the road. On the approaches to Lisichansk, a new pot was formed - Gorskoe and Zolote - there, according to observers, up to 2-2,500 Ukrainian militants were closed. They have options, either lay down their arms and survive, or continue to resist and die. Most of the settlements on the way are controlled by allied forces. Shchedrishchev allied troops have already passed, there is a cleansing of the Nazis who have huddled in the cracks. This is a second tier business. All over the "triangle" are offensive battles. There is panic in the ranks of the terbats. Many eyes are fixed on Azovstal.

13:17 It is reported that the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation recaptured the village of Ternovoe near the border with the Russian Federation in the Kharkiv direction from the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which was occupied by the Armed Forces of Ukraine last week.

13:16 Russia is ready to return to negotiations with Ukraine when Kyiv expresses readiness for this - Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Rudenko.

12:09 Russian artillery strikes at the enemy. Destruction of the trenches of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the forest.

12:06 Explosions in Kharkiv! A pillar rises above the city smoke.

11:10 Russian Aerospace Forces destroyed the Ukrainian division of the S-300 in the Nikolaev region and the division of the Buk-M1 complex in the DPR with high-precision missiles.

11:10 Russian aviation struck 58 areas of concentration of manpower and Ukrainian military equipment, destroyed more than 340 nationalists.

11:10 Russian air defense systems destroyed 15 Ukrainian drones in a day, including one Bayraktar-Tb2.

10:52 Today in Rostov-on-Donwill take place the first trial of a Ukrainian war criminal - a militant from "Aidar" Denis Nuryga. He is accused of war crimes committed in 2019 on the territory of the Lugansk People's Republic. Nuryga stated that he voluntarily surrendered to the Russian military and went over to the Russian side because of his desire to speak Russian.

10:46 In Kharkov on Saltovk demolished a monument to Alexander Nevsky. The only war in which the Ukrainian authorities are still winning is the war with monuments.

10:44 Russian military delivered humanitarian aid to the village of Velikaya Belozerka. Food parcels were distributed to the villagers.

10:44 Russian military doctors helped a four-year-old boy and his mother to get from the territory of the Kherson region to the Republic of Crimea, where the child will undergo an emergency operation. The boy was diagnosed with a serious illness, for the treatment of which surgical intervention and qualified medical assistance from specialized specialists are vital. Due to the fact that there are not enough specialists in the medical institutions of the Kherson region, the family of little Mark turned to the military doctors of the medical service of the Russian Armed Forces for help.

09:40 Tinkoff Bank banned transfers with comments related to Ukraine. The bank did not officially announce the changes. At least Zelensky, Glory to Ukraine, Ukraina and APU were banned.

09:14 Ukraine will receive emergency food assistance in the amount of $215 million, and more assistance is expected in the future, - US Secretary of State Blinken.

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Perspective from the Breakaway Republics: Invasion of Ukraine: May 19th, 2022
Direct Translation via Google Translate. Edited.
[NewsFrontInfo] 23:39 The occupying forces of Ukraine once again opened fire from heavy weapons on civilians in the DPR. The Nikitovsky district of the front-line city of Gorlovka was under fire from Ukrainian punishers.

23:15 The village of Troitskoye was taken south of Popasnaya. This is actually part of the Svetlodar arc. In 2015, during the battle for Debaltseve, they were unable to break through the defenses of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

22:51 It is reported that the allied troops entered Viktorovka, which means the complete collapse of the Ukrainian group near Popasna.

22:31 Another arrival from the Ukrainian Nazis in Gorlovka. Getting into the plant management building on the street. Curtain, 2

21:57 The offensive of the allied forces near Popasna: the situation as of 21.00 on May 19, 2022:

Ten days after the fall of one of the most powerful fortified areas of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Donbass in Popasnaya, the allied forces broke through the enemy defenses in several directions at once. The Ukrainian front began to crumble.

The network has already aptly dubbed what happened the “opened flower of Popasna”: and if you look at the map, this is true. While near Zaporozhye, Liman and Izyum, successes at the front stopped, in the west of the Lugansk People's Republic, the enemy's lines are being formed one after another.

After the cleansing of Popasnaya, the Wagner PMC assault groups continued their offensive in the direction of Soledar to the west. Having connected the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the defense units in Tripoli, the “musicians” opened the way to Vladimirovka for the allies along the front.

Russian units of the Airborne Forces managed to go around Tripoli and take Vladimirovka by the morning of May 19. By evening, Tripoli fell: the advanced groups of the “orchestra” entered there.

The highway Bakhmut (Artemovsk) - Lisichansk is blocked by the fire of the allied forces. Soledar is three kilometers away.

In order to establish full control over the main supply route for the AFU grouping in the Lisichansk-Severodonetsk-Rubizhnoye agglomeration, the allied forces will have to take fortified positions on the commanding heights north of Vladimirovka and Tripoli.

After that, the only way to supply the Armed Forces of Ukraine will be the Lisichansk-Seversk road, shot through from the eastern bank of the Seversky Donets.

Another direction of the Wagner PMC offensive is south, towards Troitsky. If in 2015 this fortified area could not be taken during the battles for Debaltseve, then on May 19, 2022, the settlement fell.

Units of the RF Armed Forces are advancing north of Popasnaya. Fierce fighting began in the south of Kamyshevakhi. Having rounded the fortified area of ​​the Armed Forces of Ukraine from the west, Russian units took the small village of Viktorovka, occupied the railway station of Kamyshevakh and continued their offensive to the north. Kamyshevakha was taken into a semicircle, and the RF Armed Forces were able to move north and enter Vrubovka, where a sweep is now underway.

By the end of May 19, the road to Soledar was cut by the RF Armed Forces from the side of Popasnaya, the road to Lisichansk was cut by the People's Militia of the LPR in Toshkovka. "Lugansk" attack enemy positions in Gorsky and Zolote from Toshkovka and Orekhovo, and the RF Armed Forces grinds the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the south of Kamyshevakhi.

The Armed Forces of Ukraine can still break out of the encirclement along the country roads from Gorskoye and move across the fields in the direction of Lisichansk. Now, in the crucible of battle, the last reserves at the disposal of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are being ground: territorial defense detachments from western Ukraine, units deployed from under Izyum, and the remnants of the 24th Ombre that had previously retreated from Popasna.

In the event of a full-fledged closure of the Popasnensky Cauldron, from five to eight thousand Ukrainian servicemen will be surrounded.

21:56 On the outskirts of Severodonetsk, battles unfolded for this strategically important city of the LPR. According to various sources, there are from 8,000 to 15,000 militants from the formations of the Kyiv regime in the Severodonetsk-Lisichansk agglomeration.

21:55 Today at 20:40, as a result of the shelling of the village of Golmovsky from the side of the VFU along Voroshilovgradskaya Street, 4 (a section of water supply and a subscriber service of the Gorlovsky PUVKH “Company “Water of Donbass”), the glazing of the window opening was damaged. The security guard, who was at the workplace during the shelling, was not injured. The property will be further inspected.

21:43 Nationalists have placed firing positions on the roofs of high-rise buildings in Bakhmut in the DPR, the approaches to the buildings are mined.

21:43 Demining teams of the Armed Forces and the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Russian Federation checked 35 buildings, one bridge and 7.6 km of roads in the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics.

21:42 A total of 7,386 explosive items were found and defused during the demining of the Armed Forces and the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Russian Federation in the territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics.

20:45 The Kaluga region of Russia will take part in the restoration of Pervomaisk, which suffered from the aggression of the Kyiv security forces. This was announced by the head of the city administration Sergei Kolyagin.

19:50 VFU attacked Gorlovka, a civilian was wounded.

As a result of the shelling on the street. Dzhankoyskaya was wounded one man.

18:20 VFU shelling the Gorlovka village of Panteleymonovka. Shell explosions are reported in the area of ​​the track, the stadium, the road behind the plant. Locals report that the whistle is very audible. A convincing request to all citizens living in this settlement - to leave the streets and go to shelters - Prikhodko RIC.

17:25 Attack on Lisichansk: there is an assault on the city of Zolote in the LPR.

The liberation of this city in the Pervomaisky district of the LPR will allow access to Lisichansk, where a large group of Ukrainian militants is concentrated, reports corr. iz.ru Denis Kulaga.

15:56 VFU attacked the Nikitovsky district of Horlivka. Damage was received by a number of residential buildings on the street. Uglegorskaya. The militants continue to use 122mm artillery against civilians.

15:37 According to the operational line of the DPR JCCC, information was received about the wounding of two civilians as a result of shelling of the AFU of the cities of the Republic:

n.p. Mineral:
- man born in 1996

Donetsk (Kuibyshevsky district):
- man born in 1952

In addition, additional information was received about damage as a result of the shelling of the VFU housing estate "Komsomolets" n.p. Gorlovka at the following addresses:

- st. Uglegorskaya, 19/1, 17/1, 17/2, 21/2 - private residential buildings;
- st. Mussorgsky, 11/1, 22/2, 25/2, 23/4, 27/1 - private residential buildings.

15:35 Departments of penitentiary inspections of Volnovakha district and Pershotravnevoy district began work in Volnovakha and Mangush

The department of the penitentiary inspection of the Volnovakhsky district of the State Penitentiary Service of the Ministry of Justice of the DPR is located at:

Volnovakha, st. Kostya Babina, 16.
Department of Criminal Executive Inspection

Pershotravnevoy district of the State Penitentiary Service of the Ministry of Justice of the DPR is located at:

town Mangush, Mira Avenue, 64.

15:23 Information was received through the operational line of the DPR JCCC about the wounding of a civilian born in 1967. as a result of the shelling of the VFU of the Nikitovsky district of the settlement. Gorlovka at the address: st. Mussorgsky, 11/1.

A victim with traumatic amputation of the foot as a result of MVT was hospitalized in City Hospital No. 2 of Gorlovka.

In addition, information was received about damage as a result of shelling by the VFU in the settlement. Gorlovka at the following addresses:

housing estate "Komsomolets":
- st. Mussorgsky, 18 - School of Arts No. 1, Gorlovka.

mine village V. I. Lenin:
- st. Heroes of Stalingrad, 22/1, 24/1, 25, 25/2, 29 - private residential buildings;
- st. Tsimlyanskaya, 14 - the car was damaged.

14:47 AFU attacked Gorlovka, civilian wounded

As a result of the shelling on the street. Mussorgsky, a man was injured.

In addition, the building of art school No. 1 was damaged.

13:48 The operational line of the DPR JCCC received refined information about injured civilians as a result of shelling VFU in Kuibyshevsky district of Donetsk.

Two women born in 1989 were wounded. and born in 1956

A man born in 1963 was killed during the shelling of the Kuibyshevsky district of Donetsk.

In addition, there were reports of damage as a result ofshellingVFU of the mine village named after V.I. Lenin n.p. Gorlovka at the following addresses:

- st. Heroes of Stalingrad, 22, 24, 26, 28 - private residential buildings;

- st. Geroev Stalingrada, 22 - low-pressure gas pipeline ⌀219 mm damaged;

- st. Tsimlyanskaya, 18 - a private residential building.

13:10 Ukrainian fighters fired at the Central city district of Gorlovka. Damage was received by housing construction in the 88th quarter on the street. Heroes of Stalingrad. The pipeline was also damaged.

12:11 Right now, the AFU shelled the village of Ozeryanovka, in the Central City district of Gorlovka. It is reported about the explosions of Ukrainian shells in the area of ​​the knitting factory. Residents of this settlement are urged to leave the streets and go to shelters.

11:37 AFU is equipping firing positions in residential buildings in Chapaev and in office buildings in Shevchenko - Ivan Filiponenko, official representative of the NM LPR.

11:36 The National Guard discovered mines and detained an accomplice of nationalists in the Luhansk region - department.

11:32 AFU launched an artillery strike on Yasinovataya. Destroyed residential building on the street. Chestnut.

11:31 Ukrainian militants attacked the Kuibyshevsky district of Donetsk, at the intersection of the Krasnoarmeyskoye highway and Shvedova Avenue, a local resident was killed. On st. Tumanyan woundedtwo civilians.

11:18 Over the past day, at the blocked metallurgical plant "Azovstal" in Mariupol, 771 militants of the nationalist division "Azov" surrendered. In total, since May 16, 1,730 militants have surrendered, including 80 wounded.

All those in need of inpatient treatment receive assistance in medical institutions of the Donetsk People's Republic in Novoazovsk and Donetsk.

11:02 As of May 19, 2022, on the territory of the Donetsk People's Republic, a group of DPR troops, with fire support from the RF Armed Forces, liberated and established full control over 186 settlements, including Novogrigorovka (Volnovakha district).

11:01 AFU attacked the Nikitovsky district of Horlivka. The destruction of residential buildings along Kirovogradskaya Street was recorded.

11:00 On the morning of May 19, 1,727 Ukrainian militants surrendered from Azovstal in Mariupol.

In total, 1,727 Ukrainian militants surrendered from the territory of the Azovstal metallurgical plant in Mariupol.

10:59 AFU attacked the village. Mineral in the Yasinovatsky district. On st. The feldsher-obstetric station and the building of the village council were damaged in the world.

10:33 More than half of the Ukrainian military, blocked on the territory of the Azovstal plant in Mariupol, came out and surrendered, the head of the Donetsk People's Republic Denis Pushilin said on the air of the Soloviev live TV channel.

09:24 A total of 231 people evacuated from Mariupol.

Over the past day, from 08:00 on May 18 to 08:00 on May 19, 231 people, including 12 children, were evacuated from Mariupol to Bezymennoye, Novoazovsky district.

Currently, they are at the point of assistance to the evacuated population, which is deployed by the forces of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the DPR.

In total, for the period from March 5 to 08:00 on May 19, 33,952 people were evacuated to the Bezymennoye PPN.

08:50 Ukrainian militants attacked the Nikitovsky district of Gorlovka. Damage was received to housing construction on the street. Kobylyanska.

08:49 Mineralny settlement de-energized due to VFU shelling

As a result of the shelling of the VFU, two transformer substations and 167 household subscribers in Mineralny were de-energized.

Repair and restoration work will begin as soon as the situation allows, the Ministry of Coal and Energy of the DPR reported.

08:42 AFU attacked Yasinovataya from positions in Avdiivka. War criminals continue to use BM-21 Grad MLRS against civilians.

Take care of yourself and your family, try not to leave the house unnecessarily. During the shelling, do not leave the shelter.

08:28 According to the operational line of the DPR JCCC, information was received about damage as a result of shelling VFU settlement Panteleymonovka in Gorlovka at the addresses:

- st. Grape, 24 - apartment building;

- st. Grape, 26 - kindergarten number 26 "Golden Key".

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Silence from Kyiv as Russia claims more than 1,700 surrender in Mariupol
[Irish Times] Moscow said on Thursday that 1,730 Ukrainian fighters had surrendered in Mariupol over three days, including 771 in the past 24 hours, claiming a surrender on a far bigger scale than Kyiv has acknowledged since ordering its garrison to stand down.

The ultimate outcome of Europe’s bloodiest battle for decades remained publicly unresolved, with no confirmation of the fate of the hundreds of Ukrainian troops who had held out in a vast steelworks at the end of a near three-month siege.

Ukraine, which says it aims to secure a prisoner swap, has declined to say how many were inside the plant or comment on the fate of the rest, since confirming that just over 250 had surrendered in the initial hours after it ordered them to yield.

The leader of Russian-backed separatists in control of the area said nearly half of the fighters remained inside the steelworks, where underground bunkers and tunnels had protected them from weeks of Russian bombardment.

"More than a half have already left — more than half have laid down their arms," Denis Pushilin told the Solovyov Live internet television channel.

"Let them surrender, let them live, let them honestly face the charges for all their crimes."

The wounded had been given medical treatment while those who were fit had been taken to a penal colony and were being treated well, he said.

Ukrainian officials say they cannot comment publicly on the fate of the fighters, as negotiations are under way behind the scenes to rescue them.
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#1  Time to come back to the negotiating table. This is a game changer.

If Biden had any brains he'd push for the best deal he can get now. Hunter's friends can keep their loot, Lockheed and the others can book their sales. But Russia has achieved what it set out to achieve, and now's the time to strike a deal.
Posted by: Billy Budd || 05/20/2022 19:33 Comments || Top||

#2  Translation: Russia realizes it's not going to get any further, and wants to take its winnings to the bank instead of wait for Ukrainian counterattacks. Good luck with that.
Posted by: Nero || 05/20/2022 19:38 Comments || Top||

#3  Wrong. The Russians are already advancing in the east. Mariupol's fall, additional troops freed up to move north plus redoubled shelling and missile attacks are enabling them to push back the Ukrainians. Zelensky admitted this in his address tonight.

In the last 24 hours the Russians have broken through the Ukrainian defenses in Luhansk and are now encircling the Ukrainians in Severodonetsk. They're advancing and bombing the hell out of the Ukrainian positions..
Posted by: Billy Budd || 05/20/2022 20:21 Comments || Top||

#4  The longer we wait, the stronger Russia's negotiating position will be. They're advancing now, they're rolling in money, the Euros have caved on the issue of buying Russian gas on Russia's terms, and the Russian population is solidly behind the war.

Then again, perhaps Biden's actual plan is to let Ukraine's position become so desperate that he then orders a US intervention to attack Russia. There are already rumors about the USN attacking the Russian Black Sea Fleet. Anything is possible with this madman.
Posted by: Billy Budd || 05/20/2022 20:28 Comments || Top||

#5  Luhansk's governor just said that Russians now "control 90 percent" of the province. NBC, MSN, all the major outlets are reporting Russia's breakthroughs today -- except The NY Times. We are hearing so much bullshit from the Times now -- it's like living in the USSR.
Posted by: Patrocles || 05/20/2022 20:54 Comments || Top||

Posted by: Rantburg is British propaganda || 05/20/2022 21:32 Comments || Top||

#7  perhaps Biden's actual plan is to let Ukraine's position become so desperate that he then orders a US intervention to attack Russia.

Scary thought. This crew is crazy enough, they just might do it. Probably in the Black Sea.
Posted by: Patrocles || 05/20/2022 22:10 Comments || Top||

'76' Gas-Station Chain Repograms Washington State Pumps For $10 A Gallon
[ZeroHedge] Gas station pumps in Washington state are being reprogrammed to accommodate $10 a gallon and even higher as the summer driving season begins amid tight fuel supplies, according to a report.

The Post Millennial has learned gas station chain "76" has reprogrammed its pumps to include double-digit numbers in "price per gallon" at Washington state gas stations.

A 76 spokesperson confirmed to The Post Millennial they added an extra digit to pumps, noting the change doesn't necessarily imply the company was anticipating prices above $10 a gallon.

The 76 gas station in Auburn, Washington, located at 1725 Auburn Way North, is one of the stations that has had reprogrammed pumps. It also sells high-octane race fuel, which tends to be more expensive, though the special fuel is sold at separate pumps than regular, plus, premium, and diesel.
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#1  The word 'frightening' comes to mind.
Posted by: borgboy || 05/20/2022 0:25 Comments || Top||

#2  a lot of stations have pumps that use LED for digits but the large overhead signs frequently don't and will need to replaced
Posted by: Lord Garth || 05/20/2022 11:37 Comments || Top||

#3  That is totally unnecessary. Just change the unit of measure to pint or cup.
Posted by: Super Hose || 05/20/2022 13:03 Comments || Top||

#4  $4.40 this morning here.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 05/20/2022 13:27 Comments || Top||

#5  If they're going to go through the exercise of replacing pump displays, and other signs, they may as well add another digit at the same time.
That way, they'll be prepared until gas reaches 999.99 9/10.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 05/20/2022 13:56 Comments || Top||

#6  This is being discussed in my area of Maryland. $10 Dollars a gallon mid summer. This is realistic as we are in stagflation now. So as prices go up with no limit in sight, people are reducing purchasing.
Posted by: Dale || 05/20/2022 14:34 Comments || Top||

#7  /\ I know one family that is for certain.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/20/2022 15:04 Comments || Top||

#8  a lot of stations have pumps that use LED for digits but the large overhead signs frequently don't and will need to replaced

Better get on it. I saw that at least one caught fire trying to keep up with price changes.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/20/2022 15:18 Comments || Top||

#9  Looks like we Americans can't do Communism better than anyone else after all. Still, the Left will persist.
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 05/20/2022 16:35 Comments || Top||

#10  Left Can't Meme, #whatever

There was a meme going around, and it has been a few months, and sure AF hasn't popped up recently, going something like we should have a better appreciation and perhaps learn some sophistication now that our gasoline prices are the same as what the British have always been paying.

I'm not sure "Close your eyes and think of England" at the pump was the intention, but it was the message.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/20/2022 17:26 Comments || Top||

US announces additional funding to respond to global food insecurity
[Garowe] At the UN Security Council’s Ministerial on Food Security today in New York, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced nearly $215 million in additional humanitarian assistance to address the global food security crisis, which has been exacerbated by Russia’s war on Ukraine and its corresponding impact on global markets.

Even before the war began, approximately 768 million people were chronically hungry. This new crisis has only made an already dire situation significantly worse, with as many as 40 million people projected to be pushed into poverty and food insecurity through the end of the year.

This additional support, provided through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will expand emergency food security operations in several countries already facing food insecurity as a result of conflict, drought, and other natural disasters, including Burkina Faso
...The country in west Africa that they put where Upper Volta used to be. Its capital is Oogadooga, or something like that. Its president is currently Blaise Compaoré, who took office in 1987 and will leave office feet first, one way or the other...
, Cameroon
...a long, narrow country that fills the space between Nigeria and Chad on the northeast, CAR to the southeast. Prior to incursions by Boko Haram nothing ever happened there...
, Kenya, Nigeria, Zim-bob-we, and Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of...
In addition to announcing new humanitarian food assistance funding, the United States will issue a Roadmap for the Global Food Security Call to Action to reflect the outcomes of the ministerial-level meeting, outlining the commitments that countries have made to address these challenges.

With today’s announcement, the United States has provided nearly $2.6 billion in emergency food assistance since Russia’s further invasion of Ukraine began on February 24. This includes nearly $1.7 billion in humanitarian assistance to respond to worsening food insecurity around the world.

It also includes USAID and the U.S. Department of Agriculture taking the extraordinary step to program the full balance of the Bill Emerson Humanitarian Trust as part of an effort to provide $670 million in food assistance to six countries facing severe food insecurity: Æthiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, and Yemen.

The United States is continuing to scale up assistance to respond to this crisis by increasing emergency food assistance in countries that have high levels of food insecurity and are vulnerable to price shocks.

"We are also continuing to call on other donors to increase funding to prevent this global food security crisis from getting even worse and use data analysis to project the potential impacts of the crisis on countries with existing humanitarian emergencies," said USAID.
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#1  Printing presses are more reliable when they run continuously
Posted by: Super Hose || 05/20/2022 13:01 Comments || Top||

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