Russia passes 200,000 KIA, Russia extends grain deal, China’s diplomat in Europe

18 May, 02:45 PM

Your slice of the headlines in Ukraine. Daily. Thursday, May 18, 2023.

●      Russia’s losses in full-scale war against Ukraine exceed 200,000
Russia has lost around 200,590 of its troops since the beginning of the full-scale invasion in Ukraine, including 610 of them in the past day alone, Ukraine’s General Staff reported in their daily update on Facebook as of May 17.

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●      Ukraine’s post-war reconstruction cost estimates raised to $411 billion, says UN
It will take $411 billion to cover Ukraine’s reconstruction costs after the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, the UN revealed in a report titled “World Economic Situation and Prospects as of mid-2023”, published on May 16.

●      UK honors Ukrainian artists during Eurovision 2023
An estimated 170+ million people around the world tuned in to see Great Britain celebrate Ukrainian music. The UK was chosen to host Eurovision in 2023 instead of 2022’s winner, Ukraine, due to Russia’s full-scale invasion of the country.

●      Black Sea grain deal extended by two months
Just as it was about to expire, the Black Sea Grain Agreement has been extended for a further two months, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a Telegram post on May 17.

●      Ukraine to receive 90% of major global investments only after war’s conclusion — Fiala
Major global investors will provide 90% of their funding only after the end of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Tomas Fiala, CEO of Dragon Capital, said in an interview with Radio NV on May 17.

●      Poland has handed over nearly all of its MiG-29s, but can’t provide F-16s, says Duda
Poland has too few F-16 fighter jets to donate to Ukraine, but has handed over nearly all of its MiG-29s, Polish President Andrzej Duda said at a Council of Europe Summit in Reykjavik, Iceland, on May 17.

●      South African president wants to visit Ukraine with “peace initiative”
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is hoping to visit Kyiv as part of a mission composed of several African countries, Sergii Nykyforov, press secretary for Ukrainian President Voplodymyr Zelenskyy, told the Ukrainska Pravda online newspaper on May 17.

●      Ukraine's NATO membership to be decided after the war, UK defense secretary says
The question of Ukraine's membership in NATO is not currently being addressed as the country remains in a state of war, and will be settled after the conflict with Russia concludes, UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said at a press conference on May 17.

●      Li Hui’s visit to Zelenskyy: Beijing aims to show “de-escalation” dependence on China, says Klimkin
Top Chinese diplomat Li Hui has been dispatched to Europe to show that China is a real player in international relations, former Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pavlo Klimkin, told Radio NV on May 17.

●      Jewish tombstones used for paving being moved to cemetery in Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast
About 300 matzevot, or Jewish tombstones, that had historically been used as paving slabs in the town of Sniatyn, will be returned to a Jewish cemetery in Ivano-Frankivsk thanks to the efforts of Ukraine's Jewish community activists, the head of United Jewish Community of Ukraine, Vitaliy Kamozin, wrote on Facebook on May 16.

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