Russia-Ukraine War: List of Major Events, Day 812 - Latest Global News

Russia-Ukraine War: List of Major Events, Day 812

As we enter the 812th day of the war, these are the most important developments.

Here is the situation as of Thursday, May 16, 2024.

Battle

  • Heavy fighting raged in Vovchansk in the northeastern Kharkiv region, about 5 km from the border with Russia. Oleksiy Kharkivskyi, the city’s police chief, said the situation was “extremely difficult,” while Ukraine’s General Staff said Ukrainian troops had managed to “partially” push back some Russian infantry groups but were on the northern and northwestern edges of the city “Defense measures” underway.
  • The Russian Defense Ministry claimed that Russian forces had taken control of the settlements of Hlyboke and Lukyantsi in the northeastern Kharkiv region and Robotyne in the southern Zaporizhzhia region.
  • Regional Governor Serhiy Lysak said two people were killed and several others injured in a Russian airstrike on the Ukrainian city of Dnipro.

  • At least 25 people were injured, three of them seriously, after Russian rockets and guided bombs hit the southern Ukrainian cities of Kherson and Mykolaiv. The attack also damaged apartment blocks, houses, schools and a medical facility, local officials said.

  • At least two people were injured in a Russian shelling of a central district of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city. Regional Governor Oleh Syniehubov said the injured were being treated in hospital.
  • The Russian Defense Ministry said its air force destroyed 10 Ukrainian long-range missiles fired at Sevastopol in Crimea, where Moscow invaded and annexed from Ukraine in 2014. It did not say whether any damage was caused.

  • Sri Lanka said at least 16 of its citizens were killed as mercenaries in the war in Ukraine, most of them on the Russian side.
A Russian attack on Kherson left more than a dozen people injured and residential buildings badly damaged [Kherson Regional Military Administration via AP Photo]

Politics and diplomacy

  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has canceled visits to Spain and Portugal planned for this week.
  • Swiss President Viola Amherd said delegations from more than 50 countries, including South America, Africa and the Middle East, have so far signed up for next month’s peace summit in Ukraine. Switzerland is trying to persuade other countries to join, including China.
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in China on Thursday for a two-day visit where he will hold talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping. In an interview with China’s state news agency Xinhua ahead of the visit, he supported China’s peace proposals for Ukraine.
  • European Union ambassadors agreed to extend sanctions against Russian media to four more outlets, accusing them of publishing propaganda. EU Commissioner for Values ​​and Transparency Vera Jourova said Voice of Europe, RIA Novosti, Izvestija and Rossiyskaya Gazeta would be added to the list, which already includes Sputnik and RT. Jourova said Russian funding of EU media, non-governmental organizations and political parties would also be banned.

  • Nadezhda Buyanova, a 68-year-old Moscow pediatrician, was put on trial for spreading “false” information about the army after the ex-wife of a soldier killed in Ukraine filed a complaint about an alleged comment Buyanova made during a consultation had made.
Pediatrician Nadezhda Buyanova in court.  She sits in a glass-walled dock and talks to her lawyer.  She has thick white hair and wears a pink checked shirt.
Pediatrician Nadezhda Buyanova is on trial for allegedly making a remark about the war to a patient during a consultation [AFP]

weapons

  • US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced $2 billion in additional military aid to Ukraine and said Washington would provide the country with ammunition, armored vehicles, missiles and air defense systems to ensure rapid delivery to the front lines.
  • Putin said that Russia’s total defense and security spending could reach just over 8.7 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2024
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