Moscow parades its army on Monday to celebrate victory over Nazi Germany in 1945, a show of force to galvanize its struggling troops in Ukraine, where the conflict entered its 75th day today.
Emmanuel Macron and Olaf Scholz declared their “full support” for Ukraine on Monday evening by going together under the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, a symbol of the Cold War and illuminated for the occasion in the colors of the country invaded by Russia, found AFP.
“Full support for Ukraine,” said the French head of state as he approached on foot alongside the German chancellor of around 200 people massed nearby behind cords, some of whom were draped in the colors of the Ukraine and shouted “Marioupol”, the city in the East of this country largely destroyed by the Russian army.
United States President Joe Biden on Monday signed a law in front of journalists to speed up the shipment of military equipment to Ukraine, reactivating a device dating from the Second World War. “Ukrainians are fighting for their lives every day,” he said in the Oval Office, adding, “This fight is expensive, but giving in to aggression would be even more expensive.”
The “Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act of 2022” is “based on a World War II program intended to help Europe resist Hitler” and “was supported by almost every member of the American Congress”, except the exception of 10 elected House of Representatives who voted against, noted the White House. The US executive also reports that the text was enacted as Russia marks Monday the anniversary of the 1945 victory over Nazi Germany.
Ukrainians have been “sent against their will to Russia,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said on Monday, confirming reports from Ukrainian authorities.
“We don’t have numbers but we have seen signs of Ukrainians being taken from Ukraine to Russia,” Kirby said when asked during a press briefing about the Ukrainian government’s claims that 1.2 million people were reportedly deported to Russia and placed in camps.
Greece reopened its embassy in kyiv on Monday, “in a highly symbolic gesture” to support “Ukrainians and the Greek community” living in this country, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias announced. The minister underlined that Athens “does everything to contribute to the resolution of the crisis in Ukraine and the humanitarian crisis”, and “commits to actively participate in the reconstruction of the country”.
“In a highly symbolic gesture, the Greek flag is flying again today in kyiv”, “the Greek embassy having reopened its doors in the capital of Ukraine”, added the minister, at the end of talks with his Kenyan counterpart Raychelle Awour Omamo, who was on a visit to Athens on Monday. At the head of the Greek diplomatic mission in kyiv is appointed Manolis Androulakis, the former Greek consul general of Mariupol, who had been trapped in this Ukrainian port on the Black Sea during Russian bombardments before being evacuated and returning in Greece.
The effect of international sanctions is beginning to be felt on the Russian arms industry, which is struggling to replace guided missiles used by the Russian army in Ukraine due to the embargo on electronic components hitting Russia , a senior Pentagon official said on Monday. Russia has launched so many missiles at Ukraine that “they have run out of precision-guided weaponry and are having trouble replacing them,” the senior official told reporters on condition of anonymity.
“We believe that the sanctions and export restrictions, especially on electronic components, have an effect on the Russian defense industry sector,” he added during a press briefing. That is why big cities like Mariupol or Kharkiv are hit by unguided bombs that cannot tell the difference between a military target and an apartment building, he explained.
The UN Human Rights Council will organize Thursday at the request of kyiv, supported by dozens of countries, an extraordinary session on “the deterioration of the human rights situation in Ukraine” invaded by Russia. This is the first meeting devoted to this subject since the UN General Assembly suspended Russia in early April from the highest body of the international organization in the field of human rights.
However, Moscow having anticipated its suspension by renouncing its status as a member of the Human Rights Council, Russia will be able to participate in the work of the Council on Thursday if it wishes as an observer country. She will have a right of reply. But Ukraine is still continuing its diplomatic fight in Geneva to isolate the invader with the help of its main Western allies.
Ukraine, supported by dozens of countries, called on Monday for an extraordinary session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in response to “the war crimes committed by Russia” in the country.
“This initiative is supported by almost 60 states from all regions of the world. (…) Together, we send another strong message to Putin and his clique of war criminals: you are isolated like never before”, a Ukrainian Ambassador to the UN Yevheniia Filipenko said in a video posted on Twitter.
On a surprise visit to Odessa, a major city in southern Ukraine, European Council President Charles Michel was forced to take shelter due to missile strikes, an EU official has reported. According to this source, during a meeting between Mr. Michel and Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Chmygal, “the participants had to interrupt the meeting to take shelter because missiles again hit the Odessa region”.
And where today the Ukrainian people shield their monuments from bullets and rockets and their freedom from Russian aggression.
You are not alone.
The EU stands with you. pic.twitter.com/kneuEOvepb
— Charles Michel (@eucopresident) May 9, 2022
The European Commission intends to give its opinion in June on Ukraine obtaining EU candidate status, which would pave the way for a long process of negotiations which will have to be approved by all 27, announces Ursula von der Leyen.
The Russian air parade is canceled due to weather reasons, the Kremlin announced.
According to Vladimir Putin, everything must be done to prevent “the horror of a global war”.
Russia faced an “absolutely unacceptable threat” in Ukraine, Vladimir Putin said at the May 9 Russian military parade in Moscow.
The Russian army defends “the fatherland” in Ukraine, assured Vladimir Putin in his speech held this morning in Moscow as part of the Russian commemorations of the Second World War.
Ukraine will not let Russia “own the victory over Nazism” in 1945, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Monday, the day Russia celebrates victory in World War II with great fanfare.
“We are proud of our predecessors who, together with other peoples within the framework of the anti-Hitler coalition, defeated Nazism. We will not let anyone annex this victory, appropriate it,” he said in a video message, which shows him walking down kyiv’s central avenue. “We won then, we will win now,” he added, referring to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine since February 24.
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