Ukraine at Eurovision, Russia loses four aircraft, possible deal over Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant
Your slice of the headlines in Ukraine. Daily. Monday, May 15, 2023.
● Ukraine’s Tvorchi gains one of the best results among Eurovision 2023 acts
Ukrainian electronic pop duo Tvorchi couldn’t make it two wins in a row for Ukraine at this year’s Eurovision song contest, but came in a creditable sixth place at the final of the event in Liverpool, in the UK.
● Black Sea grain initiative talks end in Istanbul, no decision on extension reached
Negotiations on extending the Black Sea grain initiative, which allows for limited food exports from Ukraine despite an ongoing Russian blockade, have ended with no decision reached, Ukraine’s Reconstruction and Development Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov wrote on Facebook on May 11.
● No significant arms smuggling from Ukraine during war, EU says
The European Union has not observed any significant arms smuggling from Ukraine into Europe during the war with Russia, EU Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson said in an interview with Reuters on May 11.
● Ukraine’s Eurovision Wartime Playlist
You know all their Eurovision tunes — but have you heard what Ukraine’s Eurovision acts have been up to since Russia’s full-scale invasion in February 2022? Check out NV’s definitive Eurovision Wartime Playlist to find out!
● Zelenskyy meets with Scholz and Steinmeier in Berlin
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy continued his visit to Europe with a visit to Germany on May 14, where he met with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and the Chancellor Olaf Scholz.
● Russian military helicopters and planes crash almost simultaneously in Bryansk Oblast, crews killed
Residents of Bryansk Oblast were witnesses to incredible incidents in the sky for a few minutes on May 13. Russian military helicopters and planes began to explode in the air and fall, and videos indicate that they were shot down.
● Russian cruise missiles target Ternopil in overnight attacks
Russian troops attacked Ternopil Oblast with cruise missiles twice overnight on May 14, the head of the Ternopil Oblast Military Administration Volodymyr Trush reported on Telegram.
● Nighttime attack in Khmelnytskyi Oblast leaves at least 11 injured, air defense covers Kyiv and Lviv oblasts
Russia launched a new air raid on Ukraine on the night of May 13, hitting critical infrastructure in Khmelnytskyi Oblast, while the air defense systems were activated in Kyiv and Lviv oblasts. Details of the attack have emerged, including the consequences of the air raid.
● State-owned PrivatBank reports net profit for 2022, pays out dividends
PrivatBank, one of Ukraine’s largest banks, posted a net profit of UAH 30.2 billion ($817 million) for 2022 — during the first year of Russia’s full-scale invasion, the bank said in a report on May 12.
● Ukrainian military prepares several options for upcoming counter-offensive, says Danilov
The Ukrainian military has prepared several options for an upcoming counteroffensive, National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) secretary Oleksiy Danilov said in an interview with Azerbaijani news agency Report on May 12.
● U.S. to deliver Abrams tanks to Ukrainian Armed Forces in early autumn, says Pentagon
The United States intends to deliver Abrams tanks to the Ukrainian Armed Forces in early autumn of 2023, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said during congressional hearings on the 2024 U.S. defense budget on May 11.
● Zelenskyy says Ukraine is working to create ‘fighter jet coalition’
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's working trips to European capitals are partly aimed at creating a "fighter jet coalition" to provide modern jet fighters to Ukraine, he said at a press conference in Berlin on May 14.
● Scholz gives reasons for delay in Germany's provision of aid to Ukraine
Germany was weighing its decisions to provide aid or sometimes delayed them because of a "slightly different system” in the country, Chancellor Olaf Scholz said at a briefing in Berlin on May 14.
● Ukraine, Russia ‘approaching a deal’ on Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant, Reuters reports
Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Grossi, is expected to present a "deal between Ukraine and Russia" on ensuring the security of Russia-occupied Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP), Reuters reported on May 12, citing four unnamed diplomats.
● Ukrainian troops halt Russian advance, regain control in certain areas — Zelenskyy
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy chaired a military staff meeting on May 12 to discuss recent developments on the frontline of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, he reported on Telegram.
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