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This Week in Ukraine - (May 1st thru May 3rd)

(Ukrainian Defense Forces shooting at a kamikaze drone)

by Tony Nastas (Reporting from Ukraine)

May 4th 2024

May 1, 2024

  • Ukrainian Drone Strikes on Russian Refineries: Ukrainian drones targeted oil refineries in the Russian regions of Ryazan and Voronezh, causing significant damage.

  • Norwegian Support for Ukraine: Norway has committed over $630 million to support Ukrainian air defenses and provide ammunition.

  • Casualty Update from Odesa: The death toll from Russia's April 29 airstrike on Odesa has increased to six.

  • Latvian Foreign Policy on Arms: The Latvian Foreign Minister noted that some countries have supplied Ukraine with weapons without imposing restrictions on their use for strikes within Russia.

  • Fatal Attack in Donetsk Oblast: A Russian attack on Hirnyk, Donetsk Oblast resulted in two deaths and at least six injuries.

May 2, 2024

  • Russian Military Movements: Russia is attempting to penetrate the front lines in three different directions.

  • Casualty in Kharkiv Oblast: A Russian attack on a town in Kharkiv Oblast has left seven children and an elderly man injured.

  • Switzerland Peace Talks: A peace summit is scheduled in Switzerland for June 15-16, with Russia currently not invited to participate.

  • Aerial Bombardments in Ukraine: President Zelensky reported that Russia deployed over 3,200 guided aerial bombs across Ukraine in April.

  • Human Rights Concerns: Human Rights Watch has reported that Russian forces may have committed possible war crimes by executing Ukrainian soldiers who were attempting to surrender.

May 3, 2024

  • British Weapons and Ukraine: Cameron mentioned that Ukraine might utilize British weapons to target sites within Russia.

  • Chasiv Yar's Strategic Outlook: A military intelligence general expressed that the fall of Chasiv Yar is likely imminent.

  • Cyber Operations: Ukrainian military intelligence has conducted a cyberattack in Russia's Tatarstan region.

  • Russian Territorial Ambitions: A military commander stated that Russia plans to fully occupy three Ukrainian oblasts (an Oblast is a Province/Region) by the end of 2024.

  • Italian Military Aid: Media reports indicate that Italy will supply Ukraine with a SAMP/T air defense system as part of a new aid package.

Prayer Request: Please, pray for Ukraine and this awful war to stop.

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