Accused of war crime and premeditated murder, the soldier, originally from Irkutsk in Siberia, is liable to life imprisonment. (Reuters)
While Russia seeks refuge in cryptocurrencies to overcome the economic limitations imposed by sanctions, Ukraine and its allies are looking for alternatives to export grain produced in the country that are blocked at ports by Kremlin troops.
The international community continues to show its support for kyiv with the reopening of new embassies that were evicted after the start of the Russian attacks.
For its part, the Kremlin retaliated and announced that it will expel 34 French diplomats, in retaliation for the April expulsions of 41 Russians.
The change in policy after 70 years of Nordic non-alignment came as Ukraine opened the first war crimes trial of a Russian soldier since the invasion began.
Vadim Shishimarin, 21, from Irkutsk in Siberia, pleaded guilty to killing an unarmed 62-year-old man in Ukraine’s Sumy region on February 28, four days after the invasion.
The Kremlin also stepped up a round of diplomatic expulsions against European countries, ordering the departure of dozens of people from France, Italy and Spain.
Here is the minute-by-minute of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine (Ukrainian time, GMT+3):
Thursday May 19:
03.17: The President of Ukraine, Volodimir Zelensky, assured that Russia has already fired more than 2,000 missiles during the attack on his country, which he claimed represents a large part of its arsenal.
He noted that most of the missiles hit civilian infrastructure and had no strategic military benefit. In the last day, Russian missiles hit the cities of Mikolaiv and Dnipro, Zelenskyy declared Wednesday night in his daily address to the nation.
02.27: Ukraine recognized that resuming peace talks with Russia is something “impossible” today.
In an interview for the Radio NV station collected by the UNIAN agency, Mykhailo Podoliak, who also led the rapprochement and meetings with the Russian side, indicated that the position of President Volodimir Zelensky is important for the rapprochement process, but that it is currently “impossible”.
01.02: The war in Ukraine is slowing down the fragile economic recovery that the world had begun after the COVID-19 crisis, the UN said on Wednesday, lowering its global growth forecast for this from 4% to 3.1%. year and warned that the deterioration may end up being even greater.
The United Nations expects the main economies to grow in 2022, but at a clearly lower rate than it calculated in January, when it had presented its most recent projections.
Buses carrying Ukrainian soldiers who surrendered after spending weeks at the Azovstal steel mill drive away escorted by pro-Russian army in Mariupol
00.24: Russian Deputy Prime Minister Marat Jusnulin today called on the Ukrainian city of Melitopol, located in the Zaporizhzhia region, in the south of the country, to join “the Russian family”, during a visit to the areas controlled by the forces russians
“The future of this city is to work within the framework of the Russian family. That is why I have come here, to offer the maximum support, the possibility of integration”, he stated, quoted in the Telegram of the television channel Krim 24.
The Russian politician visited the city, second in importance in the Zaporizhzhia region, with a population of about 160,000 people, and which was taken two days after the start of the Russian military campaign in Ukraine.
News in development…
Russian film director Kirill Serebrennikov condemned the war in Ukraine at Cannes Amnesty International called on Russia to respect the rights of prisoners of war in Mariupol Human Rights Watch denounced several cases of executions and torture during the Russian occupation of Ukraine Confusion in Mariupol: despite the evacuation, Russia continues to bomb the steelworks and there are fears for the fate of the Ukrainians who surrendered