The Russian invasion of Ukraine has been going on for 429 days. Vladimir Putin signed a decree that provides that residents of the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Luhansk, as well as the Kherson and Zaporizhia regions, who do not have Russian citizenship, will be considered “foreigners” if they do not obtain a Russian passport by July 1, 2024, and may be deported. Here are the highlights of the last hours.
> Early Friday morning throughout Ukraine an air alert was issued. Interfax reported that explosions were reported after midnight in Dnieper, Kremenchuk and Poltava in central Ukraine, and in Mykolaiv in the south, while another Internet source reported an explosion in the Kiev region. A woman and a three-year-old child were killed in an attack on the city of Dnieper, the mayor of the city reported.
> Partisans of the Ukrainian-Tatar resistance movement Atesh liquidated a few days ago, a subdivision of the Russian Rosgvardiya reported the portal of the Center for National Opposition run by one of the forces of the Ukrainian army. The guerrillas attacked an enemy post in the occupied areas of the Kherson region using an explosive device of their own production, it was reported.
> Vladimir Putin signed a decree that provides that residents of the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Luhansk, as well as the Kherson and Zaporizhia regions, who do not have Russian citizenship, will be considered “foreigners” if they do not obtain a Russian passport by July 1, 2024, and may be deported .
> The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted a resolution calling for Russia to stop the illegal deportations of Ukrainian children and their repatriation to their homeland, the press service of the Council of Europe announced on Twitter. In April, the Ukrainian government reported that at least 19,384 children had been deported to Russia.
> Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal met at the Vatican with Pope Francis. Since the Russian invasion, he has been the most important representative of the authorities in Kiev, whom the pope received in audience.
> “We will protect the freedom of Ukrainians and help them rebuild the country,” South Korean President Jun Suk Jeol said in a speech to the US Congress.
> “The West should supply Ukraine with F-16 multi-role aircraft. Otherwise, Russian fighter jets will gain control of Ukrainian airspace, because Russia has nearly five times as many combat machines as Ukrainian forces at the beginning of the war.
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