According to the Russian Defense Ministry, “large amounts of military equipment from the United States and European countries” were destroyed near a train station in Bogodukhov, northwest of Kharkiv. He writes CNN.
The Russians also claimed to have attacked an ammunition depot at Bakhmut, a military base to the east.
Neither NRK nor CNN could verify the allegations from the Russian side.
No one from Ukraine said anything about the alleged attack.
The Russian Defense Ministry also claims that its air defense shot down 13 Ukrainian drones, as well as three Tochka-U missiles, which were allegedly shot down in the Izyum region.
Putin’s yacht reportedly seized
The Italian Ecocrime announced on Friday that it had acquired a Russian luxury yacht for 6.6 billion crowns.
The yacht, named Scheherazade, has been moored in Marina di Carrara, Italy, since March while under investigation.
The New York Times writes that US officials said they had indications that the yacht belonged to Putin.
Activists linked to jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny have also claimed that Putin was the owner of the 459ft yacht.
The Italian authorities announced that the investigation had revealed “the existence of important economic and commercial relations” between the owner of the ship and “prominent elements of the Russian government”, writes NTB.
Built in 2020, the mega yacht includes a cinema, helipad, beauty salon and spa.
– stay inside
Ukraine and several Western officials have warned that Russian President Vladimir Putin could use the country Liberation Day, May 9declare war on Ukraine or intensify hostilities.
Thus, the mayor of the Ukrainian capital of kyiv, Vitali Klitschko, urges the inhabitants of the city to stay at home from Sunday to Monday.
He said there will be an increase in street patrols, according to CNN.
– I also ask you not to ignore the air defense whistles, but to resort immediately. In the coming days, Klitschko said, there is a high probability of missile attacks in all parts of the country.
– Do not walk in the woods
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has urged the country’s people to respect curfew rules wherever they are introduced.
The port city of Odessa announced a curfew in the city and surrounding areas from 10 p.m. Sunday until 5 a.m. Tuesday. It coincides with the celebration of Russia on May 9.
– I ask all our citizens, especially these days, not to ignore aircraft warnings. it’s your life. He talked about the lives of your children in his Friday speech.
Residents are also prohibited from walking in the woods of the formerly occupied territories. This is because there is a danger of mines left by Russian soldiers.
“Make sure you respect this ban,” Zelensky said.
In his speech, he also said they were working on diplomatic alternatives to evacuate the remaining Ukrainian soldiers from Azovstal, according to CNN.
CNN: The Russians have started searching Mariupol
Russia has begun full-scale excavations of a bombed-out theater building in the Russian-controlled Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, according to CNN.
The Mariupol theater building was bombed on March 16. Ukrainian authorities believe that at least 300 civilians who had taken refuge there were killed in the attack.
Several satellite images, taken by the private US company Maxar Technologies from April 29 to May 6, showed increased activity in the theater, according to a review. CNN does.
CNN has asked the Russian Defense Ministry, the Ukrainian government and the United Nations for comment. The Red Cross states that they have no one in town and are not part of any excavation team.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky hopes that Ukrainian soldiers holed up at the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol will be rescued. He says there will be no more talks with Russia if the remaining soldiers and civilians who sought refuge in Azovstal are killed, writes NTB.
Increase arms support for Ukraine
On Friday, US President Joe Biden announced a new aid package for Ukraine. It would be artillery ammunition, radar and other equipment worth about $150 million, according to a US official.
Biden also urged the US Congress to pass a proposal to fund a $33 billion aid package for Ukraine, according to Reuters.