Russia-Ukraine war: list of major events, day 797 | Russia-Ukraine war news

As the war enters its 797th day, key developments include:

This is the situation as of Wednesday, May 1, 2024.

finding

  • A Russian missile struck the Ukrainian port city of Odesa early Wednesday morning, killing at least three people and injuring three others.
  • In the latest attack on Ukraine’s second-largest city, at least one person was killed and nine others were injured in the northeastern city of Kharkiv after Russia attacked railway tracks with guided bombs, damaging nearby homes. The Ukrainian railway company said the victim, 24, was one of its employees.
  • One woman was killed and three others injured in shelling by Ukrainian forces along the border in Russia’s Kursk region, the region’s governor said.
  • The Russian government announced that Ukraine attacked Crimea, which Russia invaded and annexed from Ukraine in 2014, with its Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS). The Russian Ministry of Defense announced that six missiles, 10 drones and two guided bombs were shot down. He did not say where the weapon landed or whether there was any damage. Ukraine had no comment.
  • A spokesperson for Ukraine’s border service told the Ukrinform news agency that since Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, around 30 Ukrainians have tried to cross the border illegally in an attempt to avoid war. He said a man had died. , Men between the ages of 18 and 60 are prohibited from leaving the country because they may be mobilized for combat.
  • Lidia Stepanovna, a 97-year-old Ukrainian woman discovered by the Ukrainian military, escaped from Ocheretine, now Russian-occupied Donetsk region, and traveled 10 kilometers (6 miles) under shellfire to reach Kiev-controlled territory. ) He said he walked. Stepanovna is currently in a shelter for evacuees.

politics and diplomacy

  • Poland’s Deputy Foreign Minister Andrzej Szejna said that Poland would not “protect” Ukrainian men in the country who evaded conscription. According to United Nations statistics, tens of thousands of Ukrainian men of military age live in the country.
  • The OVD-Info rights group said that Stanislav Netesov, the man who was attacked at a bus stop and went to a Moscow police station, was accused of “discrediting” the Russian military because he had dyed his hair blue and yellow. . Flag of Ukraine. According to OVD-Info, Netesov, who dyes his hair blue, yellow and green, was also given a notice to the recruitment center.
After Russian troops entered the front-line town, Lidia Stepanovna walked 10 kilometers (6 miles) with the help of a cane to escape from Oceletine amid continued shelling. [Ukrainian National Police of Donetsk region via AP]

weapons

  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has said that arms deliveries from partner countries, especially the United States, need to be “significantly accelerated” to enable the Ukrainian army to confront advancing Russian forces in several sectors of the front. He said that there is. Ukraine’s top commander, Oleksandr Shirsky, said the Russians intend to capture the town of Chasiv Yar in time for May 9, the commemoration of the Soviet Union’s victory in World War II.
  • Norway announced it would increase aid to Ukraine by 7 billion Norwegian crowns ($633 million) this year. About 6 billion crowns ($540 million) will be spent on air defense and ammunition. “This is a matter of life and death for the people of Ukraine,” Prime Minister Jonas Gare Stor told a news conference.
  • U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said the U.S. government is encouraging countries with Patriot missile systems to donate them to Ukraine. Austin did not name the countries, but Spain, Greece, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland and Sweden are among the European countries with patriots.

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