Ukraine marks Europe Day, paltry Red Square parade, Russia blocking grain corridor

10 May, 02:45 PM

Your slice of the headlines in Ukraine. Daily. Wednesday, May 10, 2023.

●      Ukraine marks Europe Day on May 9 for the first time, European Commission chief visits Kyiv
Ukraine celebrated Europe Day instead of Victory Day for the first time on May 9, a day after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced he had signed a decree scrapping the Soviet-era holiday still marked in Russia.

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●      EU Parliament renews trade-liberalization measures for Ukraine
The European Parliament has given the green light to suspending EU import duties on Ukrainian exports of agricultural products for another year to support the country’s economy, the agency said in a press release on May 9.

●      Kremlin wants Russians to think big attacks on Ukraine are a ‘victory,’ says Zelenskyy
The Kremlin wants to convince the Russian public that the growing number of Russian overnight attacks on Ukrainian cities in May represents a victory in Russia’s ongoing war on Ukraine, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said.

●      Moscow parade showcases lowest number of soldiers in 15 years, one ancient tank, and no fly-by
The military parade that took place on May 9, on Moscow’s Red Square was shorter than in previous years, and featured only one tank – an 80-year-old T-34 – and no fly-past by warplanes and helicopters, Russian news outlet Agentstvo reported on Telegram.

●      Zelenskyy hosts summit on special tribunal for Russia
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy spoke at an online summit of the international coalition (Core Group) of 37 countries that support establishing a special tribunal to investigate apparent Russian war crimes in Ukraine, Zelenskyy’s office said in a message on its website on May 9.

●      Russia seeks to erase Ukrainian identity in occupied territories, report says
Moscow is systematically attempting to erase Ukrainian cultural identity among the residents of temporarily occupied territories, hoping to make it impossible for Ukraine to reintegrate the regions in the future, Bloomberg reported on May 9, citing sources in Western intelligence.

●      AFP videographer Arman Seldin killed near Bakhmut
A French citizen and videographer working for French news agency AFP, Arman Seldin, was killed while reporting from the front line near Bakhmut, Donetsk Oblast, AFP said in a Twitter post on May 9.

●      Why Russia is blocking the grain corridor – Ukraine’s Agriculture Ministry comments
The work of the grain initiative to export food from Ukraine has been almost paralyzed by Russia's actions, the Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, Mykola Solskyi, said on national television on May 9.

●      Wagner chief claims Russian soldiers deserting positions, fleeing Bakhmut
Some Russian soldiers have fled their positions in Bakhmut and left a gap in the front line at the ruined but still partially Ukrainian-held city, the leader of Russia’s Wagner mercenary company, Yevgeny Prigozhin, said in an address on May 9.

●      French parliament calls on government and EU to designate Wagner Group a terrorist organization
The National Assembly of France has adopted a resolution calling on the French government and the European Union to recognize Russia’s Wagner Group private military company (PMC) as a terrorist organization, the assembly said in a message on its website on May 9.

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