Night of Russian bombing of the country and the capital: 25 missiles launched from Moscow, 23 shot down. Putin celebrates Victory Day
New night of Russian bombing of Kiev, with defense systems in action and the alarm going off in most of the country: 25 missiles launched from Moscow, 23 shot down. This morning the president of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen has arrived in the Ukrainian capital on the train. “It’s nice to be back in Kiev – she writes – the values we hold dear are defended every day. It’s such a suitable place to celebrate Europe day. I welcome President Volodymyr Zelensky’s decision to celebrate Europe Day on 9 May here in Ukraine as well”.
On the reporting front, in Kiev the Ukrainian air defenses destroyed approx 15 cruise missiles launched by Russia in the early hours of Tuesday. This was reported in a post on Telegram by Serhiy Popko, head of the military administration of the city, adding that at the moment there are no victims. It’s about the Fifth Russian air assault against Kiev since the beginning of May. Popko said the attack was “carried out by four Tu-95MS strategic bombers from the Caspian Sea region”.
And while today Ukraine celebrates Europe Day, Russia attends the victory parade. Putin, who built his political speech on the May 9 holiday, will be ‘accompanied’ by the president of Kazakhstan, Kassym Jomart Tokayev, by the president of Kyrgyzstan, Sadyr Japarov, and by the premier of Armenia, Nikol Pashynian. Putin also tried to co-opt the president of Turkmenistan, Serdar Berdimuhamedow with a phone call yesterday morning. But the official Ashgabat newspaper “Neutral Turkmenistan” which reported the news of the talks between the two presidents did not specify whether the invitation was accepted or not. The same goes for the President of Tajikistan, Emomali Rahmon, also invited by Putin. There should be Aleksandar Lukashenko, president of Belarus, announced in Moscow for a ‘working visit’.