Kyiv leader announced he would win, Russia occupied more cities in eastern Ukraine

On the European anniversary of Nazi Germany’s surrender to the Allies in World War II, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi announced that the country too was in danger again.

In an emotional video message on the Day of Remembrance and Atonement (May 8), Zelenskyy said that Ukraine and its allies will win the war against the Russian army.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Photo: Reuters

Moscow is calling military action across the border beginning February 24 a “special operation” aimed at disarming and “defascizing” Ukraine. However, Kyiv and the West accuse Russia of inventing a pretext for an attack on the neighboring country.

So far, the war in Ukraine has left thousands of dead, almost 10 million homeless and about 5 million displaced.

According to the Ukrainian prosecutor’s office, the war also claimed the lives of 225 children and injured 413. According to them, the real number of casualties is expected to be much higher, since the authorities have not yet received data from the areas where the fighting is taking place and which are currently under the control of the Moscow Armed Forces.

Russia is also subject to multiple rounds of harsh sanctions from the US and its allies in Europe and Asia. The tense situation has fueled fears of a broader confrontation between Russia and the West.

The President of the German Bundestag visits Kyiv

German Bundestag Speaker Bärbel Bas arrived in Kyiv on May 8 to commemorate the victims of World War II and hold talks with Ukrainian officials.

In photos posted on Twitter by the head of the Bundestag reception, Ms Bas arrived in Kyiv by train and had a meeting with Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal.

The trip comes just ahead of Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s expected participation in a video conference to be held the same day with other G7 leaders with the participation of Ukrainian President Zelenskyy.

Germany recently agreed to move heavy weapons, including self-propelled howitzers, to Kyiv to fight the Russians. The move marks a reversal of Berlin’s longstanding policy of not sending heavy weapons to war zones.

Russian troops capture the eastern town of Popasna

Serhiy Gaidai, the prime minister of the Luhansk region in eastern Ukraine, said on state television on May 8 that the country’s troops had to withdraw from Popasna, confirming reports that the city had fallen into the hands of Moscow forces.

The independent Hromadske news agency quoted Mr Gaidai as saying: “Ukrainian soldiers retreated somewhat from Popasna because the city has been under shelling for more than two months. Everything here has been destroyed. That’s why. Why did the Ukrainian troops retreat more from positions prepared in advance?”

Ramzan Kadyrov, leader of the Russian Republic of Chechnya. Photo: Reuters

Earlier, Ramzan Kadyrov, the leader of Russia’s Chechen Republic, announced that his troops had taken control of most of Popasna.

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