US expects counteroffensive within weeks, Russian fuel train derailed, prices expected to fall

3 May, 03:00 PM

Your slice of the headlines in Ukraine. Daily. Wednesday, May 3, 2023.

●      US aware of Ukraine's counteroffensive coming within weeks, Blinken says
The United States is aware that Ukraine is preparing a major counteroffensive in the coming weeks, U.S. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in an interview with Fox News on May 2.

●      Military base on fire in occupied Crimea, photos show
A major fire has broken out at a military facility near Simferopol in Russian-occupied Crimea, as seen in the photos published by Radio Liberty on May 2.

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●      While panic grips Russians in Crimea, Ukrainian supporters show increasing confidence – video from Yalta
Despite the best efforts of Russian propagandists and unprecedented support from the Kremlin to try to prop up morale in Crimea, the panic and alarm gripping the Russian population on the peninsula ahead of Ukraine’s widely anticipated counteroffensive is breaking through the censorship.

●      Blast in Russia’s Bryansk Oblast destroys locomotive, causes massive fuel leak
A blast in Russia’s Bryansk Oblast on May 1 caused a diesel locomotive and four railway cars to burn, leading to the leak of 12 tons of diesel fuel, Russia’s independent news outlet Baza reported on Telegram on May 2.

●      US, Germany not willing to make specific commitments on Ukraine’s NATO membership at July summit, reports
The United States and Germany have recently made it clear “behind closed doors” that they do not yet want to take on any commitments regarding specific steps for Ukraine’s membership in NATO, German newspaper Welt reported on May 2, citing news agency dpa.

●      Business community applauds NBU decision to issue licenses to non-banking financial institutions
Ukraine’s business community is applauding the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) for the timely issuing of licenses to non-banking financing institutions to allow the transfer of national currency and for the transparency in including them in the Payment Infrastructure Register, the European Business Association (EBA) said in a statement on May 1.

●      Former MP claims Odesa military commissar is a crook after Spanish villa purchase
Evidence regarding luxury real estate purchased in Spain during martial law in Ukraine by Odesa Military Commissar Yevhen Borysov has been handed over to the National Anti-Corruption Bureau, former MP Ihor Mosiychuk told Radio NV on April 29.

●      Russia prepares for illegal mobilization in occupied Mariupol
Russian occupation “authorities” have established so-called “draft committees,” which are to facilitate coerced mobilization in Mariupol, Donetsk Oblast, Mariupol City Council reported via Telegram on Мay 1.

●      Consumer prices expected to drop, says Central Bank governor
Ukraine has entered a stable disinflationary trend, suggesting further price declines are in the cards, National Bank Governor Andriy Pyshnyy told the We Are Ukraine TV channel on May 2, reported Ukrinform.

●      Commissioner questions minister’s approach to safety of Ukrainians in occupied lands
Ukrainians in the occupied territories should not refuse Russian passports for the sake of their own survival, Ombudsman Dmytro Lubinets told Ukraine’s Suspilne on May 2.

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