Latest news on Russia and the war in Ukraine

Ukrainian counteroffensive around Kharkiv enters decisive phase, think tank says

Ukrainian forces have made further gains north and east of the city of Kharkiv in the past 24 hours, according to the US Institute for the Study of War.

The respected think tank says the counter-offensive could soon see Ukrainian forces pushing Russian forces out of Kharkiv’s artillery range.

“This Ukrainian operation is evolving into a successful and broader counter-offensive, as opposed to the more localized counter-attacks that Ukrainian forces conducted throughout the war to secure key terrain and disrupt Russian offensive operations,” he said. said the Institute for the Study of War in an update. .

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Russia claims to have destroyed US and European military equipment in Ukraine’s Kharkiv region

A man rides a bicycle next to a destroyed bridge in Ukraine’s Kharkiv region on May 5, 2022.

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The Russian Defense Ministry claims to have destroyed a large stockpile of military equipment from the United States and European countries in the Kharkiv region of northeastern Ukraine, according to Reuters.

The ministry reportedly said 18 military installations were hit overnight, including three ammunition depots.

CNBC has not been able to independently verify these claims.

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Ukraine conflict ‘takes toll’ on Russia’s most capable units, UK MoD says

The Ukraine conflict is heavily affecting some of Russia’s most successful units, Britain’s Ministry of Defense said in its daily intelligence update.

“The conflict in Ukraine weighs heavily on some of Russia’s most capable units and most advanced capabilities,” the ministry said in its update, posted on Twitter.

“It will take a lot of time and money for Russia to rebuild its armed forces after this conflict,” he added.

At least one T-90M, Russia’s most advanced tank, was destroyed in the fighting, the update said.

“It will be particularly difficult to replace upgraded and advanced equipment due to sanctions limiting Russia’s access to critical microelectronic components,” the ministry added.

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Russia must return forces to pre-invasion position before peace deal can be reached, says Zelenskyy

A woman holds a child next to Russian soldiers on a street in Mariupol on April 12, 2022, as Russian troops step up their campaign to take the strategic port city, in a planned massive attack in eastern Russia. Ukraine, as the Russian President defiantly pleads for war against Russia’s neighbour. – *EDITORS NOTE: This photo was taken during a trip organized by the Russian army.*

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told London-based Chatham House think tank that any peace deal with Moscow would depend on the withdrawal of Russian forces to their pre-war positions, the BBC reported.

Zelenskyy said that was the minimum Ukraine could accept, according to the report. He added that there could be no question of Russia retaining the territory it has taken since the start of the invasion.

“I was elected by the Ukrainian people as the president of Ukraine, not as the president of some kind of mini-Ukraine. This is a very important point,” he said, according to the BBC report.

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