Update from Pavlohrad, Ukraine’s hopes for NATO Summit, Kuleba on Diplomacy of Victory

2 May, 03:10 PM

Your slice of the headlines in Ukraine. Daily. Tuesday, May 2, 2023

●      Two people killed in Russian strike on Pavlohrad, Zelenskyy says
Two people have died and 40 have been injured by a Russian missile attack on Pavlohrad, Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in his May 1 evening address.

●      Poland's priority during EU Council presidency will be Ukraine's membership – Duda
Ukrainian membership in the EU will be a priority for Poland during its presidency of the European Council, Polish President Andrzej Duda said on May 1, as reported by Polish new outlet RMF24.

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●      Poverty in Ukraine skyrocketed in 2022, from 5.5% pre-war to 24.2 %
Poverty in Ukraine skyrocketed in 2022, jumping from 5.5% to 24.2%, said a World Bank report quoted in The Guardian on April 30.

●      Ukraine’s central bank proposes capping consumer loan rates
The National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) has developed a proposal to limit marginal interest rates for consumer loans, which would require amending existing regulations on consumer lending, the regulator said in a message on its website on May 1.

●      Ukraine wants security guarantees, accession timeline at NATO Summit in Vilnius, Zelenskyy advisor
Ukraine wants concrete promises from NATO to counter the Russian threat – even before joining the Alliance or the end of the war, said Ihor Zhovkva, the Deputy Head of the President's Office, in an interview with NV on May 1.

●      Ukraine demands that Russia open humanitarian corridors for Ukrainians to leave occupied territories
Ukraine demands that Russia open humanitarian corridors for Ukrainians to leave the temporarily occupied territories (TOT), Ukraine’s Reintegration Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said in a Telegram post on May 1.

●      ‘More difficult than Afghanistan’ – UA intelligence on rescue operation in war-torn Sudan
Ukraine’s Main Intelligence Directorate (HUR) recently conducted the “Trojan Camel” special operation to evacuate Ukrainians from Sudan’s war-torn capital of Khartoum, Ukraine’s TSN reported in a story posted on YouTube on April 30.

●      Vice-chair of Moldova’s pro-Russian party detained at Chisinau Airport in possible attempt to escape justice
Marina Tauber, the vice-chair of Moldova’s pro-Russian party Shor, was detained on May 1 at Chisinau International Airport on her way to Tel Aviv, local news outlet Poind.md reports.

●      Defense Minister names three factors for the success of Ukraine’s counteroffensive
Preparations for Ukraine’s counteroffensive are in the final stretch, “when we can say that everything we need is ready”, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said during an interview on national television on May 1.

●      The Diplomacy of Victory - opinion
We all live in the present day and for our immediate needs. But acting on future prospects and playing the long game is no less critical. This is what Ukraine has always lacked. – FM Kuleba

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