Ukraine war briefing: Kyiv was 9 May terror target, says SBU | Ukraine

  • The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) prevented a terrorist attack that Russia planned to carry out in Kiev on May 9, according to Ukrainian media reports. “The security services of Ukraine acted proactively, the perpetrators of the terrorist attack were caught at the scene of the crime and arrested,” SBU spokesman Artem Dekhtyarenko said, as quoted by Ukrainian justice and on Kyiv postas well as BBC Russian service. “We have also collected evidence that unequivocally confirms Russian interference. The SBU said it would provide further details later.

  • The Ukrainian Defense Forces said they were the 110th Separate Mechanized Brigade shot down a Russian SU-25 military aircraft near Avdiivka. It is a jet aircraft that provides close air support to ground forces, similar to the American A10.

  • Ferocious fighting on the outskirts of the Kharkiv region continues in northeastern Ukraine. Russia’s Defense Ministry said its forces had captured the villages of Pletenovka, Ohirtsevo, Borisovka, Pulna and Strilecha. However, Kharkiv Governor Oleg Sinegubov said this on Saturday active fighting continued in all five border villages located 3 km to 5 km from the border.

  • Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk visited border with Belarus and stressed that Poland will do more to strengthen security along its entire eastern border. This is also the EU’s external border with the autocratic state. Tusk accused Russia’s ally Belarus of stepping up a “hybrid war” against the west by encouraging migrants to try to cross into the EU. “I know that every day there are more and more illegal crossings,” Tusk said, also citing “the growing threat as a result of the Russian-Ukrainian war, Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and the uncertain geopolitical situation.”

  • Five people were killed and nine injured in three separate incidents Ukrainian drones and artillery strikes on the Russian-bordering provinces of Belgorod and Kurskand Ukrainian city of Donetsk, which Russia claims to have annexed, local authorities said on Saturday. Denis Pushilin, the convicted Ukrainian traitor appointed by Russia to head the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine, said in a statement posted on the Telegram messaging app that three civilians were killed and eight others wounded when a Ukrainian missile hit a restaurant in Donetsk city.

  • The governor of Russia’s Belgorod region, Vyacheslav Gladkov, said one person was killed and another wounded after Ukrainian drone hit a parked truck in the border village of Novostroevka-Pervaya. His counterpart in neighboring Kursk Oblast, Roman Starovoit, said a civilian died in hospital after being wounded in drone strike of the border town of Suja.

  • A Moscow-based official in Ukraine’s Luhansk region said the death toll in a A Ukrainian missile strike that caused a large fire with extensive damage at a fuel depot in the town of Rovenki rose to four, with 11 injured.

  • In the Sumy region of Ukraine, bordering Russia, officials said The Russians carried out 21 attacks with mortars, artillery, drones and rockets of communities including Sumi, Khotin, Yunakov, Miropol, Bilopol, Krasnopil, Velikopisariv, Esman, Shaligin and Seredino-Bud. In Sumy, a woman was killed by a rocket attack. At least 93 explosions were reported.

  • Vladimir Putin on Saturday gave additional duties to two key government officials who oversee defense and energy. The Russian president proposed additional powers for Denis Manturov, 55, the only first deputy prime minister in Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin’s new government. Putin’s energy czar, Alexander NovakThe 52-year-old will remain deputy prime minister in charge of energy, but will be given additional duties to manage the economy, according to the government.

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