A tattered Ukraine flag flies amid Russia’s destruction of Mariupol in southeast of country, April 2022 (Reuters)


Sunday’s Coverage: Zelenskiy Appeals for Air Defenses After Russia Kills 10, Including 3 Children, In Odesa


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UPDATE 1104 GMT:

As expected, Russia’s Supreme Court has upheld the ban on opposition politician Boris Nadezhdin from standing in the managed Presidential election in mid-March.

Nadezhdin unsettled the Kremlin by quickly gathering more than 200,000 signatures for his candidacy, more than double the minimum needed. The Central Election Commission declared irregularities, including names of dead people, in the list.

Authorities have also blocked prospective candidates, such as Nadezhdin and journalist Yekaterina Duntsova, who have criticized Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

Nadezhdin said will file a further complaint to the Presidium of the Supreme court and then to the Constitutional Court: “I’m not going to stop, I’ll fight until the end.”


UPDATE 1013 GMT:

One civilian was killed and 21 injured by Russian attacks across Ukraine on Sunday.

The fatality was in the Kherson region in southern Ukraine, where 16 houses, nine apartment buildings, and administrative buildings were damaged.

Sixteen people, including a 15-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl, were injured in Kurakhove in the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine. Russian forces dropped a 500-kg (1,100-pound) guided missile on the roof of a residential building.

Fifteen apartment buildings were damaged in the assault.

In the city of Pokrovsk an Iskander-M missile, injured three people and damaged four multi-apartment buildings, 12 cars, and roads.


UPDATE 1008 GMT:

Ukraine military intelligence says it has carried out a cyber-attack against the servers of the Russian Defense Ministry, obtaining “a bulk of classified service documents” as well as information protection and encryption software.

The agency said it has orders, reports, and other documents that circulated between more than 2,000 structural units of the Russian military: “The information obtained allows us to establish the complete structure of the system of the Russian Ministry of Defence and its units.”.


UPDATE 0754 GMT:

Ukraine military intelligence says a railway bridge across the Chapayevka River in Russia’s Samara region, 600 miles southeast of Moscow, has been blown up.

The intelligence service did not claim responsibility for the explosion.

The bridge and the adjacent railway connection were used by Russia to transport military cargo, especially engineering explosives produced by the JSC Polimer in the city of Chapayevsk, the agency said.


UPDATE 0517 GMT:

Germany’s Defense Minister Boris Pistorius has spoken of Russia’s “information war” seeking divisions among Germans, following Moscow’s release of a 38-meeting audio of a meeting of senior German military officials.

The officials were discussing whether Berlin should provide weapons such as Taurus cruise missiles for Ukraine, referring to a potential strike by Kyiv on a bridge in Russian-occupied Crimea, prompting officials in Moscow to demand an explanation.

“The incident is much more than just the interception and publication of a conversation … It is part of an information war that Putin is waging,” Pistorius said on Sunday. “It is a hybrid disinformation attack. It is about division. It is about undermining our unity.”

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On Saturday, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz — who opposed the provision of the Taurus missiles to Ukraine — said the leak was “very serious” and is “now being clarified very carefully, very intensively, and very quickly”.


UPDATE 0512 GMT:

The death toll has risen to 12, including five children, from Russia’s drone strike on an apartment block in Odesa on Saturday.

The latest bodies recovered from rubble were thoose of 8-year-old Zlata and her 10-year-old brother Serhiy.

Twenty people were injured.


ORIGINAL ENTRY: Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has issued a powerful appeal for international support amid Russia’s latest deadly assaults from the air and on the ground.

In his nightly address to the nation, Zelenskiy called on partners to find the political will to maintain resistance to Vladimir Putin’s two-year invasion.

Since the beginning of this week alone, Russian terrorists have already used nearly 400 guided aerial bombs, more than 50 Shahed drones and more than 40 missiles.

No country in Europe could have withstood such pressure and evil alone. And that is why it is important that we all stand together now – everyone who values life and who does not want this terror to reach other nations.

At a critical point in the US, where Kyiv’s supporters are hoping to break a four-month aid blockade by Trumpists and hard-right Republicans this week, Zelenskiy assured:

Putin does not want any peace – he only wants war and death. He does not care whom he kills. The main goal is to destroy. First, Ukraine and Ukrainians. And then you, dear partners.

That is why it is a matter of survival, and not only for Ukraine, that the world reacts to Russian evil and exerts pressure, and hits back.

He said that if the world did not provide “the level of supply that will help…it will become one of the most disgraceful pages in history – if America or Europe are defeated by Iranian Shahed drones or Russian fighter jets”.