Ukraine live blog: ++ Almost six million internally displaced persons ++

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Status: 05/11/2023 08:29 am

Almost six million people have fled inside Ukraine as a result of Russia’s war of aggression. Ukrainian President Zelenskyy has announced that he wants to completely liberate his country. The developments in the live blog.

8:29 a.m

London: Russia is probably also recruiting prisoners

According to British intelligence services, the Russian Ministry of Defense is now recruiting prisoners for the war of aggression against Ukraine itself. The British Ministry of Defense said it is likely that up to 10,000 prisoners joined the military in April 2023 alone. The initiative has been running since the beginning of the year. The campaign is part of an attempt to increase the number of soldiers while avoiding a new mobilization, which would be very unpopular with the Russian public, sources in London said.

7:41 a.m

Almost six million internally displaced people in Ukraine

There were around 5.9 million internally displaced people in Ukraine at the end of 2022 because of the Russian war of aggression. This is reported by the Observatory for Internally Displaced Persons (IDMC) in Geneva. Several million people also fled abroad. According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), around five million people received protection in Europe alone. However, the Observatory’s report only deals with displaced persons who remained in the country in which they previously lived.

7:41 a.m

Selenskyj wants to expel Russian occupiers from the country

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy promised his compatriots that he would drive the Russian occupiers completely out of the country with foreign support. “We will not surrender a single piece of our country to the enemy – tyranny will not rule anywhere,” said Zelenskyy in his nightly video address. “Let’s not forget that every day the occupier is on our land is a temptation for him to believe that he will succeed,” said Zelenskyy. “He will not succeed! We must bring freedom, security and Europe back to the entire Ukrainian land.”

The reconstruction of the war-torn country is already being prepared with foreign aid, said Zelenskyj – from business and industry to armaments, energy, infrastructure and education to social and health care.

5:19 a.m

Kyiv: Russian troops pushed back at Bakhmut

According to its own statements, the Ukrainian army pushed back the Russian troops in some places near Bakhmut. “We are conducting effective counterattacks there,” Ukrainian army commander Olexander Syrskyj said on Telegram. On some front sections of the city in eastern Ukraine, which has been heavily fought over for months, Russian troops have retreated by up to two kilometers.

According to Syrskyj’s account, the Wagner combat units deployed at Bachmut were replaced in some sections by regular Russian army units. These less well-trained units have now been defeated, said Syrskyj.

conflicting parties as a source

Information on the course of the war, shelling and casualties provided by official bodies of the Russian and Ukrainian conflict parties cannot be directly checked by an independent body in the current situation.

5:19 a.m

Trump: Europe should give more money in the war

Former US President Donald Trump has made a rare appearance on a CNN program, making evasive comments about Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine. When asked whether he would continue to provide money and arms to Ukraine if he won the 2024 presidential election, the Republican said, among other things: “I want Europe to provide more money because they are laughing at us. They think we’re a bunch of idiots.”

Trump claimed that the US government is giving away so much equipment that there is no ammunition left for its own troops. During his time in the White House, he had already accused Germany and other NATO countries of spending too little money on their own armed forces and hiding behind the protective shield of the well-armed US military.

Trump reiterated his claim that he could end the war between Russia and Ukraine, which has been going on for more than 14 months, in 24 hours.

5:19 a.m

Brazil is trying to calm the waves after Lula’s statements

A special adviser to Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. This was preceded by statements made by Lula on the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine, which caused unease in Kiev, the USA and Europe and were firmly rejected.

Advisor Celso Amorim, a former foreign minister, told the Brazilian newspaper O Globo after the meeting that Zelenskyy understood that Lula was working for peace. The newspaper “Folha de S.Paulo” quoted Amorim as saying that his talks with representatives of Ukraine had been positive and had built trust. It was conducive to explaining the Brazilian goals for peace.

Lula had called for a ceasefire in the conflict and proposed a group of countries, including his own, to mediate peace. At the same time, he refused to supply arms to Ukraine, accused Kiev of complicity in the Russian invasion and declared that the US and Europe were sponsoring the fighting.

5:19 a.m

G7: Yellen wants to reaffirm US commitment

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen will reaffirm US support for Ukraine at the G7 summit in Japan. “From day one, our countries have together supported the Ukrainian people who put up fierce resistance,” she said in her speech today at a meeting with her G7 counterparts, according to an excerpt released by the US Treasury Department. “As I said before, we will stand by Ukraine for as long as it takes.”

5:19 a.m

Tuesday’s live blog to read

After the death of a journalist at Bachmut, France initiates investigations into war crimes. The Ukrainian military reports having routed a whole brigade of Russian invasion troops near Bakhmut.

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