Top news stories about the Russia-Ukraine war on Russia's Channel One on Tuesday, May 17, 2022.

By Madeline Roache

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.

Wounded Ukrainian soldiers were evacuated from Azovstal

As previously reported by the Russian Defense Ministry, an agreement was reached with representatives of the Ukrainian military personnel who are blocked at the plant.

A regime of silence was introduced and a humanitarian corridor was opened, through which the wounded were taken to Novoazovsk, in the Donetsk People’s Republic, where they are provided with essential medical care. The fact of the evacuation was confirmed by the Ukrainian side. According to the data, 264 people were evacuated.

Soldiers of the Lugansk People’s Republic came close to Lisichansk

Lugansk People’s Republic soldiers are on the outskirts of an important strategic point. Lisichansk is one of the largest cities in Donbas and the last stronghold of Ukrainian nationalists in the Luhansk Republic. A railway junction, Severodonets, is located across the river. The military of the Lugansk People’s Republic has already taken control of the village of Nizhnee. A direct road to Lisichansk has opened. Hussein Huseynov reports on what was discovered in the liberated territory. 

Huseynov said: “This is what the village Nizhnee now looks like. You can see the traces of the fierce battles, many buildings have been damaged. But the main thing is that it is now under the full control of the People’s militia. With the support of the Russian army, right after the neighboring settlement Svetlichnoe was liberated, it managed to get control of this town.… There are no civilians in the settlement, only abandoned pets. Judging by everything, the abandoned houses were readily used by the Ukrainian troops. They lived in the same houses; from others they set up firing points.”

He continued: “In the past week, troops managed to fully liberate the area and push the Ukrainian army out of Nizhnee, but nationalists continue to launch massive artillery attacks on the settlement.”

The defenders of Donbas show courage and heroism

Captain Alexander Fedas, the commander of the communications unit restored the damaged line and managed to repair the broken satellite dish while under heavy fire. His efforts ensured stable communication with the headquarters, which allowed the command to quickly coordinate actions during the battle.

Lieutenant Timur Kalimullin, moving as part of a convoy, noticed a sabotage group, which was much more superior in strength. He organized a defense and entered into battle with the enemy. As a result, the nationalists retreated, and our military continued to move without loss.

The tank unit of Captain Rail Gabdrakhmanov broke through the defensive line of the radicals and destroyed three tanks to liberate a settlement. And when the enemy tried to go on the counterattack, the unit eliminated two more of its combat vehicles.

There are many examples of heroism. Here are some more fighters who showed courage and bravery while performing the tasks of a special military operation to protect Donbas. They received state awards. Among them are military personnel of the air defense forces, artillerymen, and motorized riflemen. Commander of the Central Military District, Alexander Lapin, thanked the fighters for their service and good results.

Thanks to modern technology, the Russian army delivers accurate strikes on military targets

The professionalism of our fighters is important, but so is modern technology. Thanks to this, the Russian army is delivering accurate strikes against military targets without endangering civilians. Here, for example, is the Orlan-10 drone. With its help our fighters accurately adjust the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. It works in any conditions, even in the dark.

In the Donetsk People’s Republic, mines were found in parcels with the note ‘Ukrainian embassy in the Czech Republic”

Diplomatic channels are being used to incite war. NATO countries don’t only supply weapons to Ukraine, they’re probably sending these via diplomatic mail. Footage of this was presented by journalists from the Chinese TV channel China Global Television Network.

The recipient of a box containing 82-caliber mines appears to be the Ukrainian embassy in the Czech Republic. The box is in the Donetsk People’s Republic, an area that has been fortified and abandoned by militants.  

The box also contains information about the Czech defense factory, as well as dates and numbers of contracts. The radicals left a lot of other Western-made weapons, including German and American anti-tank grenade launchers during their retreat. 

Young figure skaters from the Donetsk Republic started training in Astrakhan [in Russia]

Young figure skaters from the Donetsk Republic have started training in Astrakhan. It was impossible for classes to be held at home, under the shelling of militants. At the request of the head of the Donetsk Figure Skating Federation, the girls were evacuated to Astrakhan.

The move was organized by the regional branch of United Russia [the ruling political party]. Now the athletes are safe and can train again. Training takes place on the ice of the Winter Sports Center under the guidance of local trainers. Young figure skaters will represent the Astrakhan region in competitions.

Tons of humanitarian aid is being sent from Russia to Donbas, and specialists are coming to restore peaceful life

The whole of Russia is providing aid to refugees from Donbas. Everyone who can is bringing clothes and food, as well as toys for children, many of whom have already forgotten about these simple joys. People no longer need to hide from the bombings in the basements, and be afraid for their lives and loved ones. But remembering what happened at home is hard.

There is great support for the people who stayed there. Tons of humanitarian aid are being sent from Russia to the Donbas, and specialists are coming to restore peaceful life. Alena Evtyakova has the details in her report.

Evtyakova said: “A seventh convoy of humanitarian aid is being sent from Bashkiria [in Russia] to Donbas. The most essential building materials and technology for restoring infrastructure is being sent to the Lugansk People’s Republic…. And most importantly, specialists, not only builders but also medics, are coming.”