Russia-Ukraine War: Nancy Pelosi Visits Kiev; Volodymyr Zelenskiy promises Ukraine will be free | Ukraine

There are clear signs Russia plans to “exert strong political and economic influence in Kherson in the long run”has said the latest briefing from the British Ministry of Defense.

Since Russia captured the southern city of Kherson in early March, it has tried to legitimize its control over the city and surrounding areas by installing a pro-Russian government.

Recent statements by this government include declaring a return to Ukrainian control “impossible” and announcing a four-month currency transition from the Ukrainian hryvnia to the Russian ruble. The Russian ruble is used in Kherson from today.

These statements likely indicate Russia’s long-term intention to exert strong political and economic influence in Kherson.

Continued control of Kherson and its transport links will enhance Russia’s ability to support its advance north and west and improve the security of Russia’s control of Crimea.

Nancy Pelosi visits Kiev

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has visited President Zelenskiy in Kiev.

In video just published by the Ukrainian president, Pelosi arrived with a delegation of US representatives.

In the short video, Pelosi tells him: “We believe we are visiting you to thank you for your struggle for freedom… Your struggle is a struggle for all. So our commitment is to be here for you until the fight is over.”

Alongside the video, Zelenskiy posted: Meeting with Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi in Kiev. The United States is a leader in Ukraine’s strong support in the fight against Russian aggression. Thank you for helping to protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of our state!

Ukrainian President Zelenskiy has just published a video of Nancy Pelosi in Kiev.
“We believe we are visiting you to thank you for your fight for freedom,” she said. “Your fight is a fight for everyone. Our commitment here is to bet for you until the fight is over.”

— Helen Davidson (@heldavidson) May 1, 2022

Yesterday, Chinese state media published two interviews, with the foreign ministers of both Russia and Ukraine. It’s an interesting decision, and one that they didn’t really bring out on social media like they usually would with stories. China’s role in the conflict as an important ‘no borders’ friend of Russia has been the subject of heated debate and debate. It has put itself forward as a peacemaker, but at the same time refused to label the Russian act as an invasion, instead blaming the US and NATO for creating and escalating tensions.

Kuleba asked China to give security guarantees to Kievas well as other permanent members of the UN Security Council, Xinhua reported.

“We propose that China become one of the guarantors of the security of Ukraine, this is a sign of our respect and confidence in the People’s Republic of China.”

China pledged in 2013 to give Ukraine “security guarantees” if it is ever invaded or threatened with a nuclear attack, but appeared evasive on the same issue in the wake of Russia’s attack, according to the AFP report, which also noted:

In response to a question about the guarantee last month, a spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry suggested that such “security guarantees have clear limitations on content and are activated under specific conditions,” citing a similar UN security resolution on non-nuclear nuclear weapons. states .

Since the invasion, Chinese state media has bolstered Russian propaganda, refusing to condemn the attack or calling it an invasion, and avoiding ascribing Ukrainian civilian casualties to Russian troops. Interestingly, then, when publishing the interview, it didn’t censor strong criticism of Kuleba.

“European countries are panicking because they cannot guarantee that Russia will not invade them tomorrow,” he said, according to a translation by Politico reporter Stuart Lau. “If Russia is not stopped now, it will lead to more crises a few years later.”

Very interesting written interview with the Ukrainian FM Kuleba about the Chinese state news agency Xinhua.

Of course, Xinhua asked questions in accordance with the government’s wording, but to publish Kuleba’s words verbatim – with much criticism of Russia – is fascinating.


— Stuart Lau (@StuartKLau) Apr 30, 2022

AFP notes that Kuleba also accused Russia of “compromising” Beijing’s signature Belt and Road infrastructure initiative, warning that the fallout from the global food security crisis would threaten China’s economy.

“We also believe that this war is not in China’s interest,” he said.

“The situation is not escalating because of Ukraine, we are exercising our right to defend ourselves,” he said, clearly rejecting Chinese warnings against other states supplying arms to Kiev.

Summary of recent developments

  • Ukraine president Zelenskiy says Ukrainian forces destroyed about 1,000 Russian tanks, 2,500 armored vehicles and nearly 200 aircraft.
  • The British Foreign Office said on Sunday that Russia is using a troll factory to spread disinformation about the war in Ukraine and attack foreign politicians on social media.
  • Moscow accuses Ukraine of shelling civilians Kherson.
  • Twenty wounded civilians were able to evacuate from the besieged Azovstal steel factory in Mariupoland are probably on their way to Zaporizhzhya† This is because satellite images released today showed that almost all of the steel mill buildings had been destroyed.
  • Ukraine conducted a prisoner exchange with Russia, with seven soldiers and seven civilians coming home. One of the soldiers was a woman who is five months pregnant.
  • a Russian missile attack On Odessa airport damaged the runway, rendering it useless, but there were no casualties in the attack.
  • Currently, Lymana city of about 20,000 inhabitants in the Donetsk regionis on fire from a Russian attack.
  • Angelina Jolie visited Lviv today to meet children and others affected by the war.
  • The Russian army killed twice as many Mariupol residents in these two months of war as Nazi-Germany did in the two years he occupied the city during WWII
  • Boris Johnson has pledged to provide additional military assistance.

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