Russia-Ukraine War: List of key events, day 817 | Russia-Ukraine War News

As the war enters its 817th day, here are the main developments.

Here is the situation on Wednesday, May 22, 2024.

Struggle

  • Ukrainian President Volodymy Zelenskyy said his country’s troops are achieving “tangible” results against Russian forces in the northeastern Kharkiv region, but the situation on the eastern front near the cities of Pokrovsk, Kramatorsk and Kurakhove was “extremely difficult”.
  • A Russian official said Moscow’s forces controlled “about 40 percent” of Vovchansk, a city near the Russian border and at the epicenter of the fighting.
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) said more than 14,000 people had been displaced from the Kharkiv region since Russia launched a ground offensive there on May 10. The WHO said some 189,000 people still lived within 25 kilometers (15 miles) of the border with Russia and faced “significant risks” as a result of the fighting.
  • The Ukrainian military said it destroyed the Russian navy’s Tsiklon, a cruise missile carrier, in Sevastopol, in Russian-occupied Crimea, on the night of May 19.
  • Ukrainian Deputy Justice Minister Olena Vysotska said more than 3,000 prisoners had applied to join the military since the law was amended to allow certain convicts to serve in the armed forces.
  • Moscow began nuclear weapons exercises near Ukraine in exercises that the Defense Ministry said were aimed at testing the “readiness” of its “non-strategic nuclear weapons… to ensure the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the Russian state.”

Politics and diplomacy

  • The European Union formally adopted a plan to use windfall profits from Russian central bank assets frozen in the EU for the defense of Ukraine, the Belgian government said. Under the agreement, 90 percent of the proceeds will go to an EU-administered fund for military aid to Ukraine against the Russian invasion, and the rest will provide kyiv with other forms of support.
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock made her eighth visit to kyiv since Russia launched its full-scale invasion in February 2022 (Evgeniy Maloletka/AP)
  • A Moscow court ruled that investigators acted legally when they refused to investigate two alleged attempts on the life of Kremlin critic Vladimir Kara-Murza in 2015 and 2017. Kara-Murza, a dual citizen of Russia and the United Kingdom, serves a conviction Sentenced to 25 years in prison for treason for his criticism of the war in Ukraine. A media investigation into the 2015 and 2017 incidents suggested he had been poisoned by the Russian FSB intelligence service.
  • Russian General Ivan Popov, who was fired last July after criticizing army leaders and expressing concern about the high casualty rate in Ukraine, was arrested on suspicion of “large-scale fraud.” State news agencies said a military court put the 49-year-old in custody for two months.

Weapons

  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba urged his country’s allies to consider shooting down Russian missiles over Ukrainian territory to better protect their cities from Russian airstrikes. Kuleba, speaking alongside German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, said Western supporters of Ukraine should not see such a move as an “escalation.”
  • Baerbock, on his eighth visit to kyiv since Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, acknowledged that the situation on the front had “deteriorated dramatically” and that Ukraine needed air defense as an “absolute priority.” amid ongoing Russian drone attacks. , rocket and missile attacks.

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