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UPDATED: This Week in Ukraine (May 4th - 10th)

Updated: May 11

by Tony Nastas (Reporting from Ukraine)

May 11th 2024

May 4-5, 2024

  • POW Exchange Proposal: President Zelensky has stated that Ukraine is open to a comprehensive prisoner of war exchange with Russia.

  • Casualty Report from Paris: According to Paris, 150,000 Russian soldiers have been killed since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

  • US Aid and Ukrainian Strategy: The Financial Times reports that according to Sullivan, U.S. aid to Ukraine is aimed at supporting a Ukrainian counteroffensive planned for 2025.

  • Attack in Kharkiv: A Russian glide bomb attack has injured 15 people in downtown Kharkiv.

  • Russia's Recruitment Strategy in Cuba: Russia is reportedly attracting Cubans to join its army by offering high salaries and Russian citizenship.

May 6, 2024

  • Naval Conflict in Crimea: Ukrainian forces have destroyed a Russian fast attack craft in occupied Crimea.

  • Russian Military Advances: General Syrskyi reports that Russia is attempting to penetrate defenses to advance towards Kurakhove and Pokrovsk.

  • Russia's Threat to UK: Following comments by Cameron, Russia has issued threats against UK military installations and equipment, both in Ukraine and internationally.

  • Dutch Aircraft Support: The Netherlands plans to start delivering F-16 aircraft to Ukraine this autumn.

  • Ukrainian Arms Production: A Ukrainian minister has stated that Ukraine could increase its weapons production to a value of $10 billion, provided it receives the necessary funding.

May 7, 2024

  • Assassination Plot Thwarted: The SBU has disrupted a Russian plot to assassinate President Zelensky, resulting in the detention of two Ukrainian colonels.

  • New Military Branch Proposal: The government has supported a proposal to establish a new branch of the armed forces dedicated to unmanned systems.

  • Naval Tactics Against Russia: Ukrainian military intelligence reports ongoing innovation in tactics to sink Russian ships.

  • Airstrikes on Nikopol: Russian airstrikes have injured at least six people in Nikopol, located in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast.

  • Ukraine-Spain Security Pact: President Zelensky announced that Ukraine and Spain have finalized the text of a new security agreement.

May 8, 2024

  • Due to damage from attacks on May 8, two Ukrainian hydroelectric power plants have been shut down.

(Workers stand among debris in a damaged  thermal power plant after a Russian attack)

May 9, 2024

  • Drone Strikes on Russian Oil Facilities: Ukrainian drones have targeted and struck multiple oil facilities in Russia.

  • Germany's Military Aid to Ukraine: Germany has agreed to purchase three HIMARS artillery systems for Ukraine.

  • Leadership Changes in Ukraine: President Zelensky has dismissed General Zaluzhnyi from military service.

  • Fatal Attack on Nikopol: A Russian attack on Nikopol has resulted in two deaths and eight injuries.

  • Ukrainian Legal Measures: President Zelensky has signed new laws regarding the mobilization of forces and the extension of martial law in Ukraine.

May 10, 2024

  • New Offensive in Kharkiv Oblast: President Zelensky reports that Russia has initiated a new offensive in Kharkiv Oblast.

  • Continued Clashes Near Kharkiv: Media sources indicate ongoing fighting near several villages in Kharkiv Oblast, with Russian forces attempting to take control of Pletenivka.

  • Failed Russian Breakthroughs: The military reports that Russian attempts to breach defenses in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts have been unsuccessful.

  • Impending Critical Phase: A military commander has stated that a 'critical phase' in the war with Russia is expected within the next two months.

  • U.S. Defense Aid to Ukraine: President Biden has authorized a $400 million defense aid package to support Ukraine.

  • Drone Strike on Russian Refinery: Sources report that military intelligence-operated drones have targeted and struck an oil refinery in Russia's Kaluga Oblast.

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