Ukraine’s Military intelligence directorate HQ in Kyiv after strike
- President Vladimir Putin stated that Kyiv’s attack on civilian targets in Moscow (in the morning on May 30) confirmed what method Kiev uses and called May 30th incident as Ukrainian terrorist activity. He later confirmed that Russian forces struck Ukraine’s Military Intelligence Directorate HQ in Kyiv several days ago.
- "Using NATO weapons, the Kyiv authorities continue to strike at social facilities, carry out terrorist attacks against peaceful Russian citizens. Our Armed Forces react as harshly as possible to the actions of Ukrainian militants," Sergey Shoigu, Russian Defence Minister said.
- Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman, argued that the Kyiv attack once again confirmed the need to continue the Special Military Operation in Ukraine until its goals are achieved. The spokesman also said the authorities and military personnel in Moscow and Moscow Region had carried out their duties properly and that the air defense systems also “worked well.”
- Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev who currently serves as Deputy Chair of Russia’s Security Council has described the UK as waging an “undeclared war” against Russia. The comment came after Britain’s Foreign Secretary James Cleverly condoned a large-scale drone attack on Moscow on May 30. Medvedev accused London of being Moscow’s “eternal enemy.” He claimed that based on international law, “including the Hague and Geneva Conventions with their additional protocols,” Britain “can also be qualified as being at war.” The former Russian president argued that by providing Ukraine with weapons and training, the UK “de facto is leading an undeclared war against Russia.”
- Ukraine’s "puppeteers" in London and Washington start begin to concern themselves with mental stability of top officials in Kyiv and Russia hopes that sanctions against the Ukrainian leadership will follow over the threats against Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview. “I have no doubts that the puppeteers in Washington and London begin to concern themselves with how mentally stable these people are," the Minister said. "I hope that sanctions will follow against these so-called officials. All statements that it is necessary to kill all Russians, wherever they are – that was said both by [Ukrainian Presidential Office Head Advisor Mikhail] Podolyak and [National Defense and Security Council Secretary Alexey] Danilov – and now personal [threats] against a leader of a sovereign state, the Russian Federation – is the most serious thing." Lavrov also stated that Ukraine is a terrorist state, with its authorities "driving themselves into this quality."
Commenting on the threats against the Russian leadership, Lavrov underscored that a word has been uttered, and the West must bear responsibility for these words."
- The Ukraine conflict could be settled if Kyiv were to re-commit to its neutral status, recognize “new territorial realities,” and declare Russian as a state language, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Galuzin said in an interview. He is convinced that a peace settlement will be possible only if the Ukrainian Armed Forces cease aggression against Russia, and Western weapons shipments to Kiev are stopped completely.
Galuzin added that to achieve a durable peace, Kyiv must return to a non-aligned status and refuse to join NATO, recognize the “new territorial realities” that emerged after people in Ukraine exercised their right to self-determination in 2014 and 2022. The diplomat was referring to Crimea and four former Ukrainian regions that overwhelmingly voted to join Russia in public referenda, respectively, in 2014 and 2022.
- On May 29 Russian Armed Forces destroyed the last warship of the Ukrainian Navy Yuri Olefirenko, at the port of Odessa. So, there is no Ukrainian Navy in the Azov and the Black Seas any more. This was a landing craft built in the 1960s-1970s in Poland for the Soviet Navy. The ship was commissioned in 1971.
- Ukraine is plotting a provocation at the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) to put the blame on Russia and cut short the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) mission, Vladimir Rogov, leader of the We Are Together With Russia movement, told TASS. "Ukraine is announcing this strike in order to accuse us – and this is obvious, so that IAEA inspectors are not present [at the station] any longer," he said, commenting of allegation by the Ukrainian defense ministry’s main intelligence directorate that Russia was hatching a provocation at the nuclear facility.
He noted that tensions around the Zaporozhye NPP have been growing in recent time. "Moreover, the rotation of the IAEA experts [at the ZNPP] has been postponed again. Vasilyevka is under shelling all the time: they are using artillery, HIMARS [multiple rocket launchers], and so on. Plus, an attempted terror attack on a journalist from federal mass media in Enerhodar to demonstrate that the situation in the city is too bad to visit it," Rogov said.
Kyiv is drawing attention to this topic, which means that it "is really plotting something," he said. "Bearing in mind that they have both Grom-2 and Storm Shadow, and other weapons they can use, if the announce that, it is highly likely that they already have a scenario, he added.
Despite all massive Kiev’s military provocations and artillery shelling of the ZNPP, the IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi since February 2022 has not made any critical remarks on continuous Ukrainian nuclear blackmail involving ZNPP, prohibited by the international law.
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