Top news stories about the Russia-Ukraine war on Russia's Channel One on Wednesday, May 18, 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.

Ukraine Armed Forces units laid mines on a road bridge over railway tracks in Sumy [in Ukraine]

Ukrainian troops are preparing the new sabotage. Units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine laid mines on a road bridge over the railway tracks in Sumy. They plan to blow it up and then blame it all on the Russian military. The National Defense Management Center reported this. 

It also said that radicals are again deploying weapons nearby and inside civilian facilities. In Slavyansk, a stronghold was set up in a residential building and civilians were not evacuated. The same tactics are used by militants in other areas: Heavy equipment is brought to schools, kindergartens, hospitals, churches.

Ukrainian troops continue to shell Donbas. This morning, they opened fire on Donetsk again. Ten missiles from Gradov were fired at Yasinovataya. There were also several shellings in the Lugansk People’s Republic. A residential building was damaged in Pervomaisk.

Russian investigators will interrogate all surrendered militants from Azovstal

The attention is still on Mariupol and Azovstal. The militants left the territory of the plant, having laid down their weapons. There were 265 people who surrendered, 51 of them seriously wounded. Our Ministry of Defense revealed these figures yesterday.

Everyone who needed help was sent to Novoazovsk hospital. Russian investigators are preparing for work. Militants will be interrogated and checked for involvement in crimes against the civilian population of Donbas.

The Russian military was constantly offering nationalists blocked at Azovstal a chance to stop their senseless resistance. A regime of silence was declared. According to some reports, several hundred more wounded remain in underground bunkers.

Vladimir Zelensky called the surrender of militants from Azovstal an “evacuation”

Militants from Azovstal laid down their arms and surrendered. It would seem that this was all obvious, in front of TV cameras and in the presence of witnesses. But the Western media yet again managed to distort the information. Instead of “captivity,”  they say “evacuation.” This is just another substitution of concepts. 

The simple explanation is that the Kiev authorities, and the West, don’t benefit from talking about a mass surrender. Therefore, claims about an evacuation are replicated like a blueprint. Here, for example, is the headline in the British Guardian: “Questions over future of evacuated Azovstal fighters,” or a report from the German Deutsche Welle, where the same word is used. This is a segment of the Estonian Russian-language channel, where everything is also turned upside down: “Ukraine is completing the evacuation of the last remaining soldiers from the Azovstal plant in Mariupol.”

Volodymyr Zelensky attempts to present everything as if it were another achievement of Ukraine. For example, in a conversation with Emmanuel Macron, he called the surrender “an operation to save the military.” He also noted the efforts of the International Red Cross and the United Nations. Stephane Dujarric, the representative of the United Nations Secretary-General said: “the UN is not involved in the operation, but only maintains contact with Moscow and Kiev.”

U.S. Congresswoman walked around Kiev with neo-Nazis

Here is another example of Washington’s double standards and a reminder of who it really supports. Footage appeared on the Internet showing Ukrainian-born American congresswoman Victoria Spartz with neo-Nazi Dmitry Kukharchuk. Apparently, the photos were taken back in April. Spartz came to Kiev as part of a delegation supposedly to support the morale of the Ukrainians.

This is who they entrusted to accompany the distinguished guests: an experienced sadist, a militant of Azov, which is banned in Russia. Kukharchuk has repeatedly posted photos and videos of his atrocities online. He took part in the abuse of captured Russian tankers. However, Spartz did not seem to be embarrassed at all.

Russian howitzers strike at armored vehicles and command posts of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

Our howitzers MSTA-S and “Acacia” are fast, maneuverable, reliable, battle-tested. Working in tandem with drones that identify enemy positions, they are powerful weapons for our army. They hit armored vehicles and positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine as accurately as possible. 

The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation showed the combat work of Tor-M2-U anti-aircraft missile systems. They reliably protect our units from air attacks. Monitors are installed in the cockpit of the machine, after the radar is launched, the system monitors aviation day and night, within a radius of 32 kilometers and at an altitude of 10 to 10,000 meters. It sees everything, from a bomber to a drone.

Gas prices in the U.S. set a new historical record

Gas prices in the U.S. are breaking records every day. In the new reality of American life, owning a car is a luxury. In California, for example, the cost of a gallon (about 4.5 liters) has already broken the $6 mark, and other states are not far behind.

But five months ago, the average cost of a gallon was about $3. The measures that Joe Biden announced to support the industry have not worked. The U.S. president, out of habit, tried to absolve himself of responsibility, blaming everything on the situation in Ukraine.

Opponents of the president do not agree — prices began to rise long before that and not just for gasoline. Inflation has already risen to a 40-year high and it continues to grow. Analysts warn that the risks of the economy entering into a recession are increasing.

More than one million Britons are predicted to be on the brink of poverty next year

The situation is similar in Britain. Rigid savings on everything are a sign of the new times. Prices are soaring. Utility bills are sky high and everyday products are now far from affordable for everyone. Ordinary people are paying for the effects of the anti-Russian policy. Forecasts are concerning. In a year, more than a million citizens may fall below the poverty line. Timur Siraziev reports on the new habits and recipes for survival.

A shopkeeper in Britain said: “Some customers can’t afford things they used to buy. Prices have gone up for everything, chicken, beef, lamb. Customers ask me – why are your prices so high? Well, we don’t have a choice, otherwise we’ll have to close down.”

Siraziev said: “The resort city of Blackpool is one of the cities that is feeling the effects of the crisis the most. This canteen [soup kitchen] used to feed 40 people a day, now, more than 200 people. For many people, it’s their only chance to have a full meal.”