Recent News on the War in Russia and Ukraine

Russian Navy ship Admiral Makarov set ablaze in the Black Sea

The Russian warship “Admiral Makarov” passes through Phosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey on August 13, 2021.

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Ukrainian media have reported that Admiral Makarov, a Russian naval vessel, caught fire in the Black Sea.

Ukrainian parliamentarian Oleksi Honsarenko telegraphed that the warship was in danger and suggested that Russia’s primary missile ship might head towards the same destiny as Moscow – which sank on April 14 after being hit by two Ukrainian anti – Neptune anti-missiles.

CNBC could not verify the claims independently.

– Sam Meredith

Germany sends seven self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine

German Defense Minister Kristin Lambrecht said on Friday that Germany would supply seven self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine in addition to the five such artillery units the Dutch government had already promised.

Following domestic and foreign pressure to help Ukraine prevent Russian attacks, Germany last week changed its long-standing policy of not sending heavy weapons to war zones.

Lambrecht and his defense chief, General Eberhard Zorn, told reporters in the Slovak city of Sliac that heavy weapons would come out of Bundeswehr cargo and be delivered as soon as they came out of maintenance in the coming weeks.

– Reuters

Ukraine says another attempt is underway to evacuate civilians from the Mariupol steel plant

The United Kingdom says Russia continues to attack Mariupol’s Azovstal steel plant

On May 3, 2022, people held banners and chanted slogans during a demonstration in support of the Mariupol guards in Kiev, Ukraine.

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The British Defense Ministry says Russian forces have continued their ground offensive on the Azovstal steel plant for a second day in the besieged coastal city of Mariupol.

The UK has said that the renewed effort to protect Azovstal and capture Mariupol may have been linked to Russia’s annual “Victory Day” commemoration, and President Vladimir Putin’s desire for “symbolic victory” in Ukraine.

The UK Ministry said in a recent intelligence update that the ongoing effort “comes at the cost of personnel, equipment and ammunition for Russia.”

– Sam Meredith

George W.. Bush and Zhelensky almost meet

Former President George W. Bush. Bush will deliver a speech on September 11, 2021. Bush almost met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky via online video conference, where he invited Bush to come to Ukraine at his convenience.

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Former U.S. President George W. Bush. Bush and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky met via online video conference. Zhelensky invited Bush to come to Ukraine.

In turn, Bush expressed his support for the president and the people of Ukraine.

“Your courage is very important for further success. If you continue to do what you do, our support will always be with you if you continue to fight as you do now,” the Office of the President of Ukraine said.

George W.. According to a report by the Bush Presidential Center, Bush also called Zhelensky “Winston Churchill of our time.”

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Zhelensky praised the support of the United States and Americans.

“Americans are honest, open-minded, I feel it. We have common values. I feel it came from the heart,” Zhelensky said, according to the presidency.

– Chelsea Ong

He told UN President Putin and Zhelensky that Russia’s war must end

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who returned from a visit to Ukraine earlier this week, tweeted: “I am impressed by the courage and bravery of the Ukrainian people. My message to them is simple: we will not give up.” He visited the suburbs of Kiev, Porodianka, Pucha and Irbin.

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called on both Ukrainian President Volodymyr Gelensky and Russian President Vladimir Putin to end the Kremlin’s invasion of the world.

Following separate trips to the capitals of Russia and Ukraine, Guterres told the United Nations Security Council that “throughout my travels, I have not reduced my words.”

“I have said in Moscow what I did in Kiev, and this is what I have repeatedly stated in New York. That is, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine violates its regional integrity and the Charter of the United Nations. It must end. For the benefit of Ukraine, Russia and the people of the world as a whole,” he said.

Guterres said one of the goals of his trip was to provide a safe haven for Ukrainians stranded at a steel plant in Mariupol. He said about 500 civilians living under relentless shelling and food and water shortages had been evacuated so far.

Guterres said a third exit was underway, but declined to elaborate, “to avoid underestimating the potential success.”

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– Amanda Macias

Officials say US Intel helped Ukraine sink Russian-dominated Moscow

The Russian missile ship Moscow was set on fire and expelled after a Ukrainian attack on the ship. Here in 2015 Moscow was shown on the coast of Syria.

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The intelligence shared by the US helped Ukraine U.S. officials confirmed to NBC News that Vladimir Putin’s role in the tense invasion of Ukraine was the most embarrassing blow to the sinking of the Russian ship Moscow.

The guided missile carrier, carrying a crew of 510, is the flagship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Moscow. It sank on April 14 after being attacked by two Ukrainian Neptunes Anti-ship missiles, U.S. officials said. Moscow says the ship sank after a fire.

U.S. officials told NBC News that the attack came after Ukrainian forces asked Americans about a ship sailing in the Black Sea south of Odessa. The United States has identified it as Moskva, officials said, and helped confirm its location, after which the Ukrainians targeted the ship.

The United States did not know in advance that Ukraine was going to target Moscow, and said it was not involved in the decision to strike. Officials added that maritime intelligence is being shared with Ukraine to assist Ukraine in the attack by Russian ships.

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– Ken Dilanion, Courtney Cube and Carol E. Lee, NBC News

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