What follows is NewsGuard’s summary and translation of the top stories about the Russia-Ukraine war from Russia’s state TV Channel One. NewsGuard presents these stories in the order that they appear on the program.
Top news stories about the Russia-Ukraine war on Russia's Channel One on Tuesday, May 10, 2022.
Now, Donbas. The city of Popasnaya has completely come under the control of the people’s militia of the Lugansk People’s Republic. This was reported by the republic’s defense department. Local units, with the support of the Russian army, liberated the territory and drove the enemy out. Yesterday, representatives of the people’s militia hung a replica of the Banner of Victory at the entrance to the administration of Popasna. Now they are already trying to establish a peaceful life in the village. At the same time, according to reports in the Lugansk People’s Republic, the Armed Forces of Ukraine continue to hit the outskirts, trying to destroy the infrastructure at least from afar.
Donetsk was also subjected to a new attack by the Kiev security forces. And this time the enemy intensified the shelling. Nine civilians, including a teenager, were injured.
A Major of the Guards, Yaroslav Fadeev, adjusted artillery fire with the help of drones. His subordinates destroyed more than seventy radicals and several ammunition depots.
Corporal Vadim Sandu came under fire and was wounded while he was driving an infantry combat vehicle, but he was able to save his comrades from an attack. Vadim rammed the enemy’s car and got to the positions of the troops.
And senior sergeant Yaroslav Stepanov, who was in a tank, destroyed an enemy checkpoint during the liberation of the town. Even when a shell hit his car, he continued to accurately hit targets and skillfully maneuver on the battlefield.
There are simply no matches to this weapon in the world. It takes just minutes to march and prepare to strike. Evgeny Lyamin has more details.
Lyamin said: “The crew can act at any moment. And it doesn’t matter where, in that moment, the military vehicles are located, in the woods, in the field or on the march. “Iskander” is always ready to strike.
A commander of the launcher said: “[The missile] destroyed a pontoon crossing toward Izyum [a city in Ukraine] where the Armed Forces of Ukraine transfer weapons.”
This was announced by a spokesperson for the Pentagon. According to John Kirby, Kiev has already almost received an entire batch of guns, which is 90 pieces. The Americans have also finished training the Ukrainian military to use their attack drones. More than 120 such drones were included in the latest package of military assistance to Ukraine.
Meanwhile, President Biden signed a so-called “Lend-Lease” law, which means that the States can now supply Kiev with any weapons and in any quantity. The help, of course, is not free. And Ukraine will have to pay for it for decades.
This was announced by Volodymyr Zelensky, who noted that he looks forward to receiving a positive response from the EU as early as June. However, it was also made clear that, in any case, Ukraine should not bank on a quick entry into the bloc. French President Emmanuel Macron recalled that the member countries of the EU have certain standards and criteria for candidates, so considering this, Kiev’s may not come true very soon: “Even if we grant Ukraine candidate status tomorrow, and I hope that the decision will be made quickly, the very process of its entry into the European Union, and we all know perfectly well, will take years. And frankly, maybe even a few decades,” Macron said.
Here is another example of how the West tries in every possible way not to notice or to ignore explicit displays of Nazi sentiment in Ukraine. The host of the British TV channel Sky News tried several times to interrupt the interview with Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the United Nations Dmitry Polyansky, and then he abruptly ended it. The diplomat had been drawing attention to a social media post by the Ukrainian president.
The day before Victory Day, Vladimir Zelensky published online a photo of a militant group “Right Sector,” which is banned in Russia, with the emblem of the SS division “Dead Head,” known for its brutal crimes during the [Second World] war.
Dmitry Polyansky, First Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations said: “This is the emblem of the German SS division in the Second World War. Zelensky published on Victory Day an emblem of the fighter of the “Right Sector” with this emblem, saying that this is a symbol, please don’t interrupt me, that this is a symbol of the fight against Nazism. Did you know that this Dead Head division was responsible for killing 100 Britons in France at the beginning of the Second World War? It means that Britain is now covering up for the Ukrainian authorities, which display Nazi symbols on Victory Day. And these Nazi symbols were used by the same regiments that killed British people. Isn’t that a bit strange?”
The Sky news host said: “That’s it, I have to interrupt you, we’re out of time.”
On Victory day, a new multimedia section was launched on the Ministry’s website. It is called “In the power of criminal unconsciousness.” The section contains archives about the battles of the Red Army for cities in Western Ukraine, including Lvov and Stanislav, and about the feats of Soviet soldiers during the Great Patriotic war. The archives are also about how Kiev is trying to erase these memories by destroying war memorials. Most recently, neo-Nazis destroyed the monument to the famous Marshal of the Soviet Union, Zhukov, in Kharkov.