Daily: 11/05/2022

Ukraine Cuts Off Russian Natural Gas Pipeline Supplying Europe

The fight for Ukraine played out beyond the battlefields on Wednesday, with Kyiv cutting off one Russian natural gas pipeline that supplies European homes and industry, while a Moscow-installed official in southern Ukraine said the Kremlin should annex Kherson after Russian troops took control.  

Ukraine’s natural gas pipeline operator said it was stopping Russian shipments through a hub in eastern Ukraine controlled by Moscow-backed separatists because of interference from enemy forces, including the apparent siphoning of gas.  

About one-third of Russian gas headed to western Europe passes through Ukraine, although one analyst said the immediate effect might be limited since much of it can be redirected through another pipeline. Russia’s giant state-owned Gazprom said gas flowing to Europe through Ukraine was down 25% from the day before.  

The European Union, as part of its announced effort to punish Russia for its 11-week invasion of Ukraine, is looking to end its considerable reliance on Russian energy to heat homes and fuel industries. 

It has, however, encountered some opposition from within its 27-member bloc of nations, especially from Hungary, which says its economy would sustain a major hit if its supply of Russian energy were cut off.  

In Brussels, negotiations with Hungary over a ban on Russian energy purchases ended Wednesday for the moment. If not resolved, it would constitute a major split among NATO allies in unified Western sanctions against Russian President Vladimir Putin to sanction him for his invasion of Ukraine.  

Meanwhile, Kirill Stremousov, deputy head of the Kherson regional administration installed by Moscow, told Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency, “The city of Kherson is Russia.” 

He asked that Putin declare Kherson a “proper region” of Russia, much as Moscow did in 2014 in seizing Ukraine’s Crimea Peninsula and declaring Luhansk and Donetsk as independent entities shortly before invading Ukraine on February 24. 

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that it would be “up to the residents of the Kherson region” to make such a request, and to make sure there is an “absolutely clear” legal basis for the action.  

Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak derided the notion of its annexation, tweeting: “The invaders may ask to join even Mars or Jupiter. The Ukrainian army will liberate Kherson, no matter what games with words they play.” 

Kherson is a Black Sea port with a population of about 300,000 and provides access to fresh water for neighboring Crimea. Russian forces captured it early in the war. 

On the war front, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in his Tuesday night address that Ukraine’s military is gradually pushing Russian troops away from Kharkiv, the country’s second-largest city and a key battleground in the Donbas, the eastern industrial region that the Kremlin is trying to capture against stiff opposition from Kyiv’s forces. 

Ukraine is also targeting Russian air defenses and resupply vessels on Snake Island in the Black Sea, according to the British Ministry of Defense.  

The ministry said Russian resupply vessels have minimum protection since the Russian Navy retreated to Crimea following the sinking of the flagship of its Black Sea fleet. Separately, Ukraine said it shot down a cruise missile targeting the Black Sea port city of Odesa on Wednesday. 

Some information for this story came from The Associated Press, Agence France-Press and Reuters. 

 

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«Цей травень в українській історії матиме особливе значення» – Зеленський про безпекові гарантії

Українська влада «дуже предметно і постійно» обговорює з провідними державами безпекові гарантії для України.

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«Не виходить на зв’язок» – Пєсков про виключення агенції УНІАН із пулу для спілкування з речником Кремля

Наскільки суттєво скоротився пул журналістів і хто іще з нього виключений наразі невідомо

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Росія вимагає вибачень від Польщі через облитого фарбою посла у Варшаві

РФ звинувачує Польщу у порушенні положень Віденської конвенції про дипломатичні відносити

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Підтримувані Росією бойовики на Донбасі заблокували Facebook та Instagram на окупованих територіях

Підконтрольні Росії угруповання в ОРДЛО заявили 11 травня, що заблокували доступ до соцмереж тому, що там буцімто розміщуються заклики до насильства щодо російськомовних

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Армія РФ здійснила в Україні понад 200 екологічних злочинів – Міндовкілля

Найбільше випадків екоциду виявлено на Київщині – 34, Донеччині – 27 та Дніпропетровщині – 22

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 Experts Weigh On Fate Of Russian Ruble

In any country, the currency exchange rate is an indicator of stability and the economy’s strength. With unprecedented sanctions being imposed on Russia, many economists are closely watching the ruble. Anna Rice narrates the story of the Russian ruble, and the effect economic sanctions are having.

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У Португалії розслідують збір даних українських біженців росіянами у центрі підтримки

Правоохоронці вилучили документи у рамках розслідування можливого зловживання даними і несанкціонованого доступу

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Влада Німеччини затримала супер’яхту за 400 млн євро, яку пов’язують з російським мільярдером Ахмедовим

Яхта завдовжки 115 метрів, із дев’ятьма палубами і басейном до 2014 року належала мільярдеру Роману Абрамовичу

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«Якщо ви ще здатні відчувати біль інших»: морпіх «Волина» просить врятувати українських військових з «Азовсталі»

Українські підрозділи чинять опір російським військам у приазовському місті вже третій місяць

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Британська розвідка: РФ хоче зміцнити позиції на Зміїному, тривають бої

«Судна постачання Росії мають мінімальний захист у західній частині Чорного моря після відступу російського флоту до Криму після втрати «Москви»

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US House Passes $40 Billion Bill to Bolster Ukraine Against Russian Invasion

The U.S. House of Representatives approved more than $40 billion more aid for Ukraine on Tuesday, as Congress races to keep military aid flowing and boost the government in Kyiv as it grapples with the Russian invasion.

The House passed the Ukraine spending bill by 368 to 57, with every ‘no’ vote coming from Republicans. The measure now heads to the Senate, which is expected to act quickly.

President Joe Biden had asked Congress to approve an additional $33 billion in aid for Ukraine two weeks ago, but lawmakers decided to increase the military and humanitarian funding.

“This bill will protect democracy, limit Russian aggression, and strengthen our own national security, while, most importantly, supporting Ukraine,” Democratic Representative Rosa DeLauro, who chairs the House Appropriations Committee, said as she urged support for the spending package.

 

Biden had called on Congress to move quickly so he could sign the bill into law before existing defense aid for Ukraine runs out later in May.

Some Republicans opposed the bill, criticizing Democrats for moving too quickly to send too many U.S. taxpayer dollars abroad. Biden’s fellow Democrats narrowly control Congress, but the bill will need Republican votes to get through the Senate.

Oksana Markarova, Ukraine’s ambassador to the United States, appealed for assistance to both Democratic and Republican senators at their weekly party lunches on Tuesday.

“It was a very heartfelt and easy to understand message: Their people are dying; they’re running out of supplies and ammunition. They need our help quickly. Thank you for all our help. Please. Speed it up,” Democratic Senator Dick Durbin said after Markarova spoke.

Republican Senator Rob Portman, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and leader of the Senate Ukraine caucus, said he expected enough Republican backing for the bill to get it through the Senate.

“I think it will pass. There will be significant Republican support,” he said.

Billions for weapons

The package includes $6 billion for security assistance, including training, equipment, weapons and support; $8.7 billion to replenish stocks of U.S. equipment sent to Ukraine, and $3.9 billion for European Command operations.

In addition, the legislation authorizes a further $11 billion in Presidential Drawdown Authority, which allows the president to authorize the transfer of articles and services from U.S. stocks without congressional approval in response to an emergency. Biden had asked for $5 billion.

It also authorizes $4 billion in Foreign Military Financing to provide support for Ukraine and other countries affected by the crisis.

The United States has rushed more than $3.5 billion worth of armaments to Ukraine since Russia invaded, including howitzers, anti-aircraft Stinger systems, anti-tank Javelin missiles, ammunition and recently disclosed “Ghost” drones.

Funds give humanitarian aid

The new aid package also includes humanitarian assistance – $5 billion to address food insecurity globally due to the conflict and nearly $9 billion for an economic support fund for Ukraine.

It provides hundreds of millions of dollars to help refugees and fund efforts to seize the assets of oligarchs linked to Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose government has called the invasion of Ukraine a “special military operation.”

The war has killed thousands of civilians, forced millions of Ukrainians from their homes and reduced cities to rubble. Moscow has little to show for it beyond a strip of territory in the south and marginal gains in the east.

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Latest Developments in Ukraine: May 11

For full coverage of the crisis in Ukraine, visit Flashpoint Ukraine.

The latest developments in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. All times EDT:

3:30 a.m. – Since Russia invaded Ukraine, more than 100 women have given birth in the basement delivery room of a maternity hospital in Lviv, Ukraine, The Associated Press reports. About 200 pregnant women displaced by Russia’s invasion have come to the hospital since the war began. They come from some of the communities the world now knows by name: Mariupol, Kharkiv, Donetsk, Kyiv. The AP has the story.

 

2:30 a.m.: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanked the U.S. House of Representatives for approving more than $40 billion in military and humanitarian aid for Ukraine.

 

1:30 a.m.: Reuters reported that nominations for Russian gas transit via Ukraine at the Sokhranovka entry point for May 11 declined to zero, data from Ukraine’s gas pipeline operator showed on Wednesday, following Kyiv’s warning of shutting down supplies through the route.

Ukraine said on Tuesday it would suspend the flow of gas through the transit point that it said delivers almost a third of the fuel piped from Russia to Europe through Ukraine, blaming Moscow for the move and saying it would move the flows elsewhere.

The data also showed that requests for Russian gas transit to Europe via Ukraine at the Sudzha entry point stood at almost 72 million cubic meters for Wednesday.

1:00 a.m.: An overnight strike destroyed a large shopping mall in the strategic port city of Odesa, Ukraine. For VOA, Yan Boechat visited the site of a Russian missile attack in Odesa.

 

12:40 a.m.: In its daily battleground intelligence report, the U.K. defense mnistry said Wednesday that Ukraine has successfully struck Russian air defenses and resupply vessels with Bayraktar drones.

 

12:10 a.m.: The war in Ukraine has taken a toll on civilians as families are separated. In this video released on Facebook, a Ukrainian mother was reunited with her police officer son after 74 days apart.

The video was posted by police in Kharkiv, Ukraine, on May 9, 2022, Reuters reported.

 

 

12:01 a.m.: The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a bill authorizing nearly $40 billion in new military and humanitarian aid for Ukraine, $7 billion more than President Joe Biden asked for last week. The measure must still be approved by the Senate.

Biden has said his administration has “nearly exhausted” his existing authority to send weapons and other military equipment from Pentagon stockpiles. VOA’s White House Bureau Chief Patsy Widakuswara filed this report.

 

Some information in this report came from The Associated Press, Reuters and Agence France-Presse.

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США: сенатори Грем і Блюменталь закличуть Блінкена визнати Росію спонсором тероризму – Арахамія

«Таке рішення означатиме повну дискваліфікацію Росії з цивілізованого світу»

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US House Sets Vote on $40 Billion Ukraine Aid Package Tuesday

The U.S. House of Representatives will vote on an aid package worth more than $40 billion for Ukraine on Tuesday night, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, as Congress races to avoid an interruption in defense assistance and boost the government in Kyiv. 

The legislation is expected to pass the House and head to the Senate within the coming days, as Washington increases its support for Ukraine without sending troops to help fend off Russian troops who invaded on Feb. 24. 

Biden asked Congress to approve an additional $33 billion in aid for Ukraine late last month, but lawmakers decided to add more military and humanitarian aid. 

“Time is of the essence – and we cannot afford to wait,” Pelosi said in a letter to House members. “This package, which builds on the robust support already secured by Congress, will be pivotal in helping Ukraine defend not only its nation but democracy for the world.” 

After sending the letter, Pelosi met with President Joe Biden at the White House to discuss her recent visit to Ukraine. The president had demanded that Congress get the bill to him quickly. 

Many lawmakers – Biden’s fellow Democrats as well as opposition Republicans – have said they back the Ukraine aid. Democrats narrowly control Congress, but the bill will need Republican votes to get through the Senate. 

Oksana Markarova, Ukraine’s ambassador to the United States, met with both Democratic and Republican senators at their weekly party lunches on Tuesday. 

“It was a very heartfelt and easy to understand message: Their people are dying, they’re running out of supplies and ammunition. They need our help quickly. Thank you for all our help. Please. Speed it up,” Democratic Senator Dick Durbin said. 

The package includes $6 billion for security assistance, including training, equipment, weapons and support; $8.7 billion to replenish stocks of U.S. equipment sent to Ukraine, and $3.9 billion for European Command operations. 

In addition to that spending, the legislation authorizes an additional $11 billion in Presidential Drawdown Authority, in which the president can authorize the transfer of articles and services from U.S. stocks without congressional approval in response to an emergency. Biden had asked for $5 billion. 

And it authorizes $4 billion in Foreign Military Financing to provide support for Ukraine and other countries affected by the crisis. 

The United States has already rushed billions of dollars’ worth of armaments to Ukraine since Russia invaded, including howitzers, anti-aircraft Stinger systems, anti-tank Javelin missiles, ammunition and recently disclosed “Ghost” drones. Read full story 

The new aid package also includes humanitarian aid – $5 billion to address food insecurity globally due to the Ukraine crisis and nearly $9 billion for an economic support fund to provide budget support for Ukraine.

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Bill Gates Says He Has COVID-19, Experiencing Mild Symptoms 

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said Tuesday he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing mild symptoms. 

Via Twitter, the billionaire philanthropist said he will isolate until he is again healthy. 

“I’m fortunate to be vaccinated and boosted and have access to testing and great medical care,” Gates wrote. 

The Seattle-based Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is the most influential private foundation in the world, with an endowment of about $65 billion. 

Bill Gates has been a vocal proponent for pandemic mitigation measures, specifically access to vaccines and medication for poorer countries. The Gates Foundation in October said it will spend $120 million to boost access to generic versions of drugmaker Merck’s antiviral COVID-19 pill for lower-income countries. 

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У розвідці США припускають, що Путін готується до затяжної війни в Україні

Водночас Евріл Гейнс вказує на велику ймовірність оголошення в Росії воєнного стану.

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У Києві працюють 36 іноземних дипломатичних представництв – Зеленський

За оцінкою президента, відновлення дипломатичної роботи в Києві «підтверджує впевненість Європи в майбутньому України»

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Пентагон не розуміє, для чого Росія обстрілює Одесу ракетами

При цьому у Пентагоні підкреслюють, що місто – під надійним українським контролем

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