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US President Joe Biden said on Friday said he approved additional security assistance for Ukraine that will include artillery munitions, radar, and other equipment. Since the start of the special operation, Washington has committed over $3.4 billion in security aid to Ukraine.
Last week, Biden asked Congress for another $33 billion in aid for Kiev, $20 billion of which would be allocated to security assistance.
Russia has said that the US and NATO should stop pumping Kiev regime with weapons if they actually seek to bring the conflict to an end. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has previously warned that the arms could also fall into the wrong hands.
On Sunday, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said a hangar with weapons and ammunition delivered to Ukraine from the United States and Europe was destroyed at a military airfield near the Ukrainian city of Odessa by Russian high-precision Oniks missiles.
Russia launched a special military operation in Ukraine in February, amid intensifying attacks of Kiev's troops against the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR). President Putin stressed that the op was started to stop the eight-year-long war in Donbass, noting that Russia's goal is "demilitarization and denazification".
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18:52 GMT 07.05.2022
Ukrainians Mine Dam in Donetsk People’s Republic – Russia’s MoD
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17:10 GMT 07.05.2022
UK, Belarusian Citizens Detained Near Launch Pad in Baikonur
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A UK national and a Belarusian national have been detained near a launch pad in the Baikonur spaceport, Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin said on Saturday.
"At 18:10 Moscow time [15:10 GMT], the Yuzhny Space Center (Baikonur) reported the detention of UK citizen Rich Benjamin and Belarusian citizen Zelupa Alina near the 112 launch pad (the Buran complex that belongs to the Kazakhs)," Rogozin said on Telegram, adding that the two are currently in custody and an investigation is underway.
16:14 GMT 07.05.2022
Russia's Chief Investigator Orders Probe into Attack on Russian Journalists’ House in Berlin
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16:13 GMT 07.05.2022
Blinken Accuses Russia of Misinterpreting History to Justify Special Operation in Ukraine
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Saturday that Russian President Vladimir Putin is allegedly trying to use history to make a case for Russia's special military operation in Ukraine.
"As war again rages in Europe, we must increase our resolve to resist those who now seek to manipulate historical memory in order to advance their own ambitions," Blinken said in a statement for the 77th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany.
"President Putin tries to twist history to attempt to justify his unprovoked and brutal war against Ukraine," Blinken said.
The revision of history, and specifically of World War 2, has typically been an accusation addressed by Russia against the United States and its allies.
16:07 GMT 07.05.2022
Croatia Confirms Detention of National by Russian Forces in Mariupol - Media
BELGRADE (Sputnik) - The Croatian Foreign Ministry has confirmed that a Croatian citizen has been detained by Russian forces in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, Croatian public broadcaster HRT reported on Saturday.

In April, Croatian media reported that at least four Croatian volunteers were among the militants of the Ukrainian right-wing extremist Azov battalion trapped in the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol.

The Croatian foreign ministry has confirmed the detention of one Croatian national who was reported to have tried to leave the city with several other militants, but it refrained from disclosing any further details due to the delicate nature of the situation, the broadcaster said.

The ministry was cited as saying that it will work with the Ukrainian authorities to try resolve the issue.

Mariupol went under the control of Russian forces in April, with the remainder of Azov militants holed up in a local steel plant. After Ukrainian claims that there were civilians at the Azovstal plant as well, the Russian military said it would guarantee safe evacuation to civilians, if any, and all those ready to surrender during regular UN-facilitated humanitarian pauses.
15:51 GMT 07.05.2022
Ukrainian Ambassador Slams Ban on Ukrainian Flags at WW2 Remembrance Events in Berlin
BERLIN (Sputnik) - Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andrij Melnyk criticized on Saturday the police's decision to ban the Ukrainian flag at upcoming World War 2 commemoration events in Berlin, calling the move a "slap in the face" to Ukrainians.
On Friday, the Berlin police announced the prohibition on showing Russian and Ukrainian flags at the memorial sites on May 8 and 9. The police also banned St. George ribbons, images of "V" and "Z" letters, military uniforms and songs. An exception will be made for diplomatic delegations and veterans.
"We are shocked that the Berlin police have banned carrying Ukraine-related flags on May 8 and 9. This is a slap in the face to Ukraine and the Ukrainian people," Melnyk told German news agency RND.
Meanwhile, the German capital's authorities said that the rules apply to 15 memorial sites and that the Ukrainian flag will still be allowed in the city.

The authorities also confirmed that the Berlin police will make sure there is no "public approval of the offensive war against Ukraine" at pro-Russian events outside of the memorial sites.
14:34 GMT 07.05.2022
Ukraine Receives 12 Turkish Drones, Orders Another 24 - Reports
NKARA (Sputnik) - Ukraine has received 12 Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 drones and placed an order for another 24, Turkish news website Haberler reported on Saturday.
According to the report, more than 300, or potentially over 400, Bayraktar TB2 and Siha drones have been produced in Turkey over the past eight years, with 96 of them shipped to foreign clients.
The news outlet listed among potential buyers the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Albania, Salvador, Serbia, Slovakia, Uruguay, and Ecuador.

In January, the CEO of the Baykar technology company, Haluk Bayraktar, announced concluding contracts to sell its Bayraktar TB2 unmanned combat aerial vehicles to 16 countries. Last September, the Ukrainian Defenсe Ministry and the Turkish company signed a memorandum on the construction of a joint center for drone maintenance and modernization near Kiev.
14:32 GMT 07.05.2022
NATO Chief Says Russia's Nuclear Forces Show No Sign of Enhanced Readiness
BERLIN (Sputnik) - There are no indications that Russia put its nuclear forces on high alert despite "reckless" rhetoric, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told German media on Saturday.
"No, we have no indication of it," Stoltenberg told Die Welt newspaper when asked if Russian nuclear forces seem switched to a higher level of readiness.
The Secretary General noted that NATO has not seen any changes in Russia's nuclear strategy since the beginning of the military operation in Ukraine, nevertheless blaming Moscow for adopting abrasive discourse on nuclear weapons.

"We hear the threatening nuclear rhetoric of the Russian leadership. This is irresponsible and reckless. A nuclear war cannot be won, and it should never be fought; the same applies to Russia," Stoltenberg said.

11:37 GMT 07.05.2022
US Authorities Should be Held Accountable for Kiev Regime's Atrocities in Ukraine - Russian Duma Speaker

"For the crimes committed in Ukraine by the Kyiv Nazi regime, the leadership of the United States should also be held accountable, joining the list of war criminals", the speaker of the Russian State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin said.

He noted that Washington has confessed that the US is coordinating the Ukrainian military, and therefore de-facto participating in the conflict, fighting against Russia.
11:24 GMT 07.05.2022
Kiev's Forces Shell Settlements of Gorlovka and Dokuchaevsk in DPR, Authorities Say
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Russian MoD: Large Amount of US, European Military Equipment Destroyed in Kharkov Region
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07:45 GMT 07.05.2022
Transnistria Says Drone Has Dropped Explosive Devices Causing Blast Near Ukrainian Border
A Ukrainian drone loaded with explosives was intercepted by pro-independence militia, a militia representative from the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) said Sunday - Sputnik International, 1920, 07.05.2022
Transnistria Says Drone Has Dropped Explosive Devices Causing Blast Near Ukrainian Border
05:04 GMT 07.05.2022
DPR Official: Senior Officers From US, France and Britain Could be Stranded Among Ukrainian Radicals at Azovstal
According to Yan Gagin, advisor to the head of the DPR, foreign instructors are stuck with the neo-Nazi militants in Mariupol, encircled by Russian and Donbass forces.

"In any case, I can confirm the presence of senior officers of foreign states, primarily European states. Azov fighters stated it themselves, as well as those who were taken prisoner, those who surrendered and and civilians, who came out of there. Meaning, we can figure this out from their words. In addition, this is indirectly proved by attempts to release the radicals at Azovstal, and by attempts to reach an agreement - in particular, frequent calls and requests from [French] president Macron", he noted.

04:46 GMT 07.05.2022
Ukrainian Troops Shell Settlement in LPR With 100 Grad Rockets, Killing Local Woman
00:07 GMT 07.05.2022
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Biden to Meet Virtually With G7 Leaders, Zelenskyy on Sunday - White House
The G7 leaders will discuss the latest developments in Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine, the operation's global impact and the efforts to support Ukraine by imposing severe costs on Russia, the release added.
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