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At least 21 civilians were killed and 48wounded in Russian strikes on Kherson, as per Ukrainian officials. 12 people were killed in the regional capital, while three workers were killed in a Russian fire between the villages of Stepanivka and Muzikyvk. The attack comes on a day when Ukraine allegedly attacked the Kremlin on May 3. Meanwhile, the Ukrainian President has suggested the purported drone attack on Kremlin was staged as Putin has “no victories” to show to Russians. He also said Ukraine was not behind the attack. Watch the video to find out the latest update in the Kremlin attack.
Russia has accused Ukraine of an assassination attempt on Russian President Vladimir Putin using drones targeted at the Kremlin, which Ukrainian officials have denied and decried as pretext for a “large-scale terrorist attack” from Russian forces. The claims come as Russia reportedly looks to be preparing for a potential Ukrainian counteroffensive in the southern Russian-occupied regions, and as the West watches Russia for any actions around Victory Day on May 9. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said: “We don’t attack Putin, or Moscow, we fight on our territory.” The Russian president was not in the building at the time, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said. Was Ukraine trying to target Putin? Watch this video to know more.
Russia’s neighbour Finland and the US are reportedly holding talks on a Defence Cooperation Agreement (DCA). The agreement would allow the US troops to freely deploy to the newly-admitted NATO member, reports say. The fresh discussions to construct significant military infrastructure on Finnish soil reportedly took place in Helsinki last week. Meanwhile, Russia has warned against NATO use of Finland. Watch the video to find out what is DCA?
The US might not be signatories of the Oslo convention, but they now follow their own “Cohen Policy”. Named after the secretary of defense William Cohen who issued a policy memorandum stating that all submunitions reaching a Milestone 3 production decision in FY 2005 and beyond would have a dud rate of less than 1 percent. A lot of munitions, including ATACMS that carried a lot of submunition warheads, ended up being decommissioned because they found a lot of unnecessary threat to civilian life during the Iraq war.
Recently, Ukraine’s defence minister said that “preparations for a counteroffensive were coming to an end”. A New York Times report says Ukraine’s 43rd Separate Artillery Brigade has just about everything for the counteroffensive. They are well rested, have plenty of ammunition and now possess several advanced German-made self-propelled howitzers. However, Ukraine’s much-anticipated counteroffensive against the Russians is reportedly ‘stuck in the mud’. Watch the video to find out, won’t there be any counteroffensive until the weather improves?
A former adviser to Zelensky claims that Ukraine will target the strategically vital Kerch Strait Bridge yet again. The former adviser said the move will pave the way for Ukraine to recapture the Black Sea peninsula that was illegally annexed in 2014. Russia launched a third nightly round of attacks on Kyiv in six days, city authorities said early on May 3. Ukraine’s Air Force said its air defence units destroyed 21 out of 26 Shahed drones launched by Russia on May 3. Ukraine’s General Staff said its forces killed over 520 Russian troops over the past day. Kyiv said Russian troops launched three missile strikes, 39 air strikes and 69 MLRS attacks over the past day. A fuel storage facility in Russia’s southwestern Krasnodar region caught fire early on May 3, the local governor said. Wagner group chief Yevgeny Prigozhin claims that his forces gained some 160 metres of land in Bakhmut along several directions. Russia said its forces reported a total of 75 Ukrainian shelling attacks in the Donetsk region on May 2. An explosion derailed a freight train for the second day in a row in a Russian region bordering Ukraine. The explosion sent both the locomotive and some cars off the tracks, Russian authorities said. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the White House did not notify him about the leak of highly classified US intelligence documents. Zelensky refused to confirm or deny whether the documents were real but described the leaks as a “TV show” that helped Russia. At least six Russian regions have scrapped the May 9 Victory Day parades that mark the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany. Watch this video to know what’s going on in the Ukraine-Russia conflict.
Russia said Ukraine shelled the border Bryansk region, causing fire in a household. Ukraine alleged Russian shelling on the town of Seredyna-Buda in Sumy region, destroying an educational institution and houses. Meanwhile, Russia’s Defence Minister, Sergei Shoigu, says Moscow has taken measures to increase the pace of production of weapons and military equipment. Finally Russian President also vowed to bring normalcy in the occupied region soon. Watch the video to find out more about the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
Ukrainian Su-25 jets designed to support ground forces were spotted using American Zuni air-to-ground rockets. The photo of the rockets installed on Ukraine’s Su-25 jet was published by Ukraine’s Air Force Commander Mykola Oleshchuk. Inscriptions on the rocket read “Revenge for children in Uman” and “Russians, burn in hell for your crimes”. Zuni aircraft rockets are designed to hit ground targets, fortifications, other objects and columns of Russian equipment on the march. Watch the video to find out how will the Zuni rockets help Ukraine?