Russians dropped an aerial bomb on a five-story building in Donetsk Oblast

Russians drop aerial bomb on five-storey building in Donetsk Oblast, killing one civilian – photo

According to the Donetsk Oblast Military Administration on Telegram, on Sunday afternoon, Russian forces dropped an aerial bomb on the town of Ocheretyne in Donetsk Oblast, targeting a five-story building. Tragically, the body of a 67-year-old woman was recovered from the rubble as a result of the attack.

In addition to the deceased, two other individuals sustained injuries and were promptly transported to the hospital for necessary medical treatment.


Russians are preparing false flag provocation at Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant

According to Ukrainian intelligence information, Russian forces are reportedly planning another false flag provocation at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP).

Ukraine’s General Staff shared this information on Facebook, citing intelligence sources, although specific details about the planned provocation were not disclosed.

The General Staff emphasized the gravity of the situation, highlighting Russia's unique position as the only terrorist group in the world known to hold a nuclear power plant hostage for the purposes of blackmailing Ukraine and the international community. They condemned Russia's actions, which they believe pose a significant risk of deliberate radiation disaster.

The statement also mentioned recent attempts by Russia to shift blame for drone attacks targeting the ZNPP onto Ukraine, characterizing these actions as part of Russia's ongoing pattern of blackmail and manipulation.

The General Staff's warning underscores the urgent need for vigilance and proactive measures to prevent any potential threats to the safety and security of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant and surrounding areas.

Ukraine needs air defense to cover its defense industry

According to the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), the development of a robust defense industrial base could enable Ukraine to effectively defend itself against Russia in the long term while reducing its reliance on foreign military assistance. However, this goal currently hinges on acquiring Western air defense capabilities.

Ukrainian officials have expressed intentions to bolster Ukraine's defense industry domestically and internationally since the onset of Russia's full-scale invasion. Matthew Miller, spokesman for the US Department of State, emphasized the importance of providing Ukraine with Western air defense equipment as a critical component of Ukraine's defense strategy. This, in turn, would diminish Ukraine's dependency on Western aid, particularly from the United States, over time.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has highlighted the urgent need for Western air defense systems, such as Patriot systems, to effectively counter an escalation in Russian aggression. ISW underscores the significance of providing air defense systems and missiles to Ukraine, stressing their crucial role in safeguarding Ukraine's energy infrastructure and defense industry against Russian attacks.

ISW's assessment suggests that if Ukraine can expand its defense industrial capabilities adequately, the United States may not need to provide large-scale security assistance packages indefinitely. However, ensuring Ukraine's access to advanced air defense systems remains pivotal to defending against potential Russian threats.

Russians seize Bohdanivka in Donetsk Oblast

Russians seize Bohdanivka in Donetsk Oblast – DeepState

According to reports from DeepState, Russian troops have seized control of Bohdanivka, a village within the Chasiv Yar hromada in the Bakhmut district of Donetsk Oblast. Additionally, Russian forces have made advances in the vicinity of Chasiv Yar, Novokalynove, and Tonenke in Donetsk Oblast.

Trump ally says bill with aid to Ukraine may be considered next week

Marjorie Taylor Greene, a pro-Trump congresswoman, has announced via Twitter, as reported by European Pravda, that a bill containing aid to Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan may be considered next week. However, Greene, who opposes aid to Kyiv, expressed concerns about the potential tying of aid to Israel with financial support for Ukraine.

She suggested that Speaker Mike Johnson might bring a separate aid package for Israel for consideration this week, following the threat of an Iranian attack on Israel. However, she believes that Johnson is likely to tie Israel's aid to the $60 billion proposed for Ukraine next week, potentially pressuring members of Congress to fund Ukraine in order to support Israel.

Greene encouraged Congress not to link aid to Israel with financial support for Ukraine, highlighting her opposition to aid for Kyiv. This development comes amid discussions between Speaker Johnson and White House officials regarding a security package that would differ from the Senate's proposed $95 billion package and include several Republican demands.

After meeting with Speaker Johnson, former President Donald Trump hinted at supporting assistance to Ukraine in the form of a loan. Trump's skepticism towards further US assistance to Ukraine, influenced by his belief that it is not crucial to vital US interests and that Europe should bear primary responsibility, has impacted Republicans in Congress, making it difficult to pass additional funding for Ukraine.

While Democrats have indicated a willingness to discuss loan assistance to Ukraine as a potential solution, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has expressed openness to receiving aid as a loan from the US if other options are unavailable.

Russians seek to capture Chasiv Yar by 9 May

Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Oleksandr Syrskyi, has stated that Russia is intensifying efforts to breach Ukrainian defenses west of Bakhmut, with the aim of capturing the settlement of Chasiv Yar and creating conditions for further advancement towards the Kramatorsk agglomeration.

Speaking during a visit to one of the sectors of the combat zone, Syrskyi emphasized that the enemy's plans are being countered by the heroic defense of Ukrainian brigades, which have steadfastly repelled daily attacks. Despite facing numerical superiority and various motivating factors such as executions, Ukrainian forces have successfully thwarted enemy incursions, utilizing FPV kamikaze strikes and artillery fire to destroy enemy infantry groups that attempted to enter the Novyi micro district.

However, Syrskyi cautioned that the threat remains significant, as the highest Russian military leadership has set the task for its troops to capture Chasiv Yar by May 9th.

Following a two-day visit to the combat zone, Syrskyi concluded that there is a pressing need to enhance the quality of training, including the psychological component, and to increase the deployment of multi-purpose high-tech unmanned systems with trained operators. Additionally, efforts must be made to improve the quality of asymmetric actions and diminish the combat potential of the Russian forces.

Poll: Half of French youth willing to fight in Ukraine to defend France

According to a poll cited by Le Parisien, over half of young French citizens would be willing to fight in Ukraine to defend France. Conducted by the Institute for Strategic Studies of the Military School (IRSEM) and the General Directorate for International Relations and Strategy (DGRIS), both part of France’s Defense Ministry, the survey involved 2,300 individuals aged between 18 and 25.

Respondents were asked if they would be prepared to defend their country if the protection of France necessitated engagement in the war in Ukraine. Approximately 51% answered affirmatively, with 17% expressing absolute agreement and 34% responding "maybe yes."

Interestingly, the younger generation also showed greater support for deploying French troops to Ukraine compared to older demographics. Among the surveyed youth, 31% favored the idea, while only 17% of those aged over 50 concurred.

Furthermore, the survey revealed widespread concerns about the specter of nuclear war, with 69% of participants expressing fears of such an eventuality. Nearly half of the respondents deemed it acceptable to use nuclear weapons against a country during a major conflict.

Against the backdrop of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, French President Emmanuel Macron has characterized the situation as "existential" for France and Europe. While not ruling out the possibility of sending Western troops to Ukraine, Macron emphasized the importance of bolstering Ukrainian forces through military aid.

Despite calls from some European countries, including Estonia and the Czech Republic, to consider deploying troops for non-combat tasks, Ukraine has not formally requested Western troop deployment. Instead, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has emphasized the need for further military assistance to support Ukrainian soldiers in their defense efforts. Zelensky reassured that as long as Ukraine holds its ground, the presence of the French army in French territory remains unnecessary.