Cross-border raid in Belgorod, Lula snubs Zelensky, Solovyov has secret US family

23 May, 02:10 PM

Your slice of the headlines in Ukraine. Daily. Tuesday, May 23, 2023.

●      Freedom of Russia Legion declares ‘liberation’ of a settlement in Belgorod Oblast
The Freedom of Russia Legion, in conjunction with the Russian Volunteer Corps or RVC, has reportedly “completely liberated” the settlement of Kozinka in Belgorod Oblast, Russia, a post on the Legion’s Telegram channel claimed on May 22.

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●      Lukashenko pardons Belarusian journalist sentenced to eight years in prison
Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko has pardoned the former editor-in-chief of independent Belarusian news outlet Nexta, Roman Protasevich, who was sentenced on May 3 to eight years in prison, the state news agency BelTA reported on Telegram on May 22.

●      F-16s won’t fundamentally change the war’s course in Ukraine, Pentagon says
The United States and its allies transferring F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine will not "fundamentally alter the balance" in the war in Ukraine, U.S. Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall said in an interview with Voice of America on May 22.

●      Brazilian President da Silva avoided meeting with Zelenskyy at G7 summit in Japan
Brazilian President Lula da Silva apparently went to some lengths to avoid meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy during the recent G7 summit in Hiroshima, Japan, Spanish newspaper La Razon reported on May 21.

●      German journalists investigate ‘new Ukrainian connections’ to Nord Stream explosions
A man from Ukraine was among those who rented a yacht which could have been used to sabotage the Nord Stream 1 and 2 undersea gas pipelines, journalists from Germany Tagesschau TV on May 21 have claimed.

●      Government revises up its forecast for Ukrainian economic growth
The Cabinet of Ministers has improved its forecast for Ukraine's GDP growth in 2023 to 3.2%, Ukrainian Finance Minister Serhiy Marchenko wrote in an article about the adaptivity of Ukrainian business, which was published online on May 19.

●      Researchers uncover plans of Putin’s personal palace in Gelendzhik, with its own church and casino
The $1.3 billion palace in Gelendzhik built for Russian dictator Vladimir Putin boasts its own church, ice rink, casino, hookah lounge, and underground tunnels, and surpasses the grandeur of London’s Buckingham Palace, journalists have revealed.

●      EU refuses to lift sanctions on Russian banks amid grain agreement
The European Union will not lift sanctions on Russia’s banks, including Rosselkhozbank, until Russian aggression against Ukraine ends, said Peter Stano, the official representative of the EU’s External Action Service, as reported by the pro-Kremlin newspaper Kommersant on May 22.

●      Russian propagandist Solovyov has a "secret family" with US-born children
Russia’s top propagandist Vladimir Solovyov has a "secret family" with two children born in the United States, according to an investigation by Alexei Navalny's associates published on May 22.

●      Germany investigating possible poisoning of Putin’s critics in Berlin
Germany is investigating the possible poisoning in Berlin of two of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin’s critics, German newspaper Welt am Sonntag reported on May 22.

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