Top news stories about the Russia-Ukraine war on Russia's Channel One on Thursday, May 19, 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.

The Kiev regime prepares a new Bucha-like provocation under the West’s leadership

According to the testimonies of captured servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, in Konstantinovka [in the Donetsk People’s Republic], militants dressed in the uniform of Russian fighters with white armbands must shoot civilians on camera.

The photos and videos will be used by the Western media to blame our country, according to the Russian National Defense Control Center. Meanwhile, the Armed Forces of Ukraine continue to set up strongholds in civilian facilities, such as in a hospital in the Odessa region. There are a large number of armored vehicles and artillery in the adjacent territory. In the Khmelnitskyi region, firing positions have been set up at a children’s hospital and nursing home. At the same time, the staff and residents of nearby houses are being used as human shields.


In the city of Kremennaya, the Ukrainian military turned а nursing home into a death trap

This tactic has once again led to a great tragedy. A nursing home in the city of Kremennaya in the Lugansk People’s Republic has become a death trap for those who needed protection the most. The Armed Forces of Ukraine equipped firing points in the nursing home, taking helpless old people and the disabled hostage, and dooming them to painful deaths. They didn’t even try to save anyone from the attack. Alexei Kruchini reports on the shocking details and new evidence of the tragedy.

Vitaly Kishnikov, an employee of the Lugansk People’s Republic Ministry of Internal Affairs, said: “We see here not only destruction from artillery. There’s also a machine-gun socket, burnt machine-bun cartridges, and based on their markings we will determine what kind of troops were here.”

Kruchini said: “In the hall on the third floor, nationalists set up an anti-tank missile system. They hid behind old people and disabled people — why not, if the nursing home is a convenient location?”

He continued: “Knowing how it would all end, the staff begged the Kiev administration in Kremennaya to evacuate them.”

Yesterday, almost 700 more militants laid down their weapons in the territory of Azovstal

The militants who are still there are expected to continue to surrender today. Almost 700 more people laid down their arms yesterday. A total of 959 people have left the plant since the beginning of the week, 80 of whom are wounded. Those who need medical attention are treated at the hospital in Novoazovsk by qualified doctors. There is no shortage of medicines or equipment. The rest of the prisoners are placed in correctional colony No. 120 on the outskirts of the village of Yelenovka, not far from Donetsk. 

They are all treated absolutely humanely and international conventions are being observed. 

Russia is doing everything that it has said it would. Those who lay down their arms are guaranteed to be safe. Our country has repeatedly declared a regime of silence, opened humanitarian corridors, and did not conduct hostilities on the territory of Azovstal. All in all, it has done everything to save people’s lives.

Ukrainian troops from the 3rd battalion of the 115th brigade recorded an appeal to Volodymyr Zelensky

Ukrainian soldiers from a platoon of the 3rd battalion of the 115th brigade refused to carry out their assigned tasks in the area of ​​Severodonetsk. They wrote an appeal to Zelensky and the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, complaining about their conditions. 

They said: “We refuse to carry out combat missions because we have no reinforcements and no heavy equipment. We have been waiting for reinforcements for two weeks, but there is none. We are being sent to our certain death. The command is missing. There is no technology, no respect for people.”

Su-35 fighters fulfill all the tasks set during the special operation

Our powerful Su-35 fighters are fast, super-maneuverable, and reliable. They can find and destroy targets, both in the air and on the ground. The pilots are real aces, they flawlessly perform their tasks even when they experience huge overloads.

A new attack on the Kursk region from the Ukrainian side was reported

Early this morning the village of Tetkino, which is located on the border, was shelled. The governor of the region, Roman Starovoit, said that one person died. According to preliminary data, it was a truck driver, who brought raw materials to the distillery. The building was struck several times. The director said that at least seven shells hit the area. People were wounded. The fires in the village are now being extinguished. Several houses were damaged.

The President of Croatia opposed the accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO 

Zoran Milanovic, following the Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said that he would use the veto to prevent the Scandinavian countries from joining the bloc. He said there will be no approval until the electoral legislation is reformed in neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina, which would mean that Bosnian Croats are more likely to occupy high positions in the country’s leadership.

Turkey has also opposed the accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO for reasons that include Stockholm and Helsinki’s support for the Kurds. Negotiations are currently underway with the Turkish side. Secretary of State Blinken held a meeting with Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in New York. The U.S. said that the problem will be solved but the question is, how, if Washington’s main tactics are ultimatums and blackmail?

The U.S. is shaking more and more from the economic crisis

While the American authorities try to dictate the terms to others on the world stage, the U.S. itself is shaking more and more from the economic crisis. It’s seeing record inflation and rising fuel prices. The new White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre has picked up her predecessor Jen Psaki’s favorite tune. The questions at the briefing are quite straightforward, who is to blame? What can be done? And what does Moscow have to do with it? After all, inflation has been rising for over a year. The share of Russian oil in the American market is not more than three percent. But logic can’t knock Jean-Pierre off her course.

A reporter at the briefing asked: “Back on March 31, the president announced that he was taking steps to reduce gas prices. Is Putin still to blame, seven weeks later?”

Jean-Pierre said: “Since the war, since Putin’s aggression against Ukraine began in February, we did see a spike in prices. But before that, the price per gallon had dropped by about 10 cents or more. And then Putin began his aggression on Ukraine, his violent aggression on Ukraine, on its democracy, on its sovereignty. And we are faced with approximately, I mean, the facts indicate that the price of gas has risen by approximately 60 to 70 percent. So this is Putin’s tax hike, this is what we’re speaking about.”

Germany is also ignoring common sense. There, the star of today’s headline is Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock. She is, yet again, accusing Russia of allegedly using the blockade of grain exports from Ukraine as a weapon and to provoke a global food crisis.

But shocks in the global market began much earlier. And the main reason is obvious – COVID-19. The most vulnerable groups, including pensioners, are under attack in Germany and other countries. The German newspaper Bild reports: Because of inflation, they have nothing to live on, an urgent increase in the retirement age to 70 can solve the issue. They currently work until the age of 67.

The European Parliament is going to vote for ex-Chancellor of Germany Gerhard Schroeder to be put on the EU sanctions lists


He was also under attack in his homeland. It plans on depriving him of his state privileges, which are required by law, and closing his office in the Bundestag. This is all because of his principles: Gerhard Schroeder has repeatedly advocated cooperation with Moscow, including supporting the Nord Stream project, and he argued that the prosperity of Germany and the whole of Europe will always depend on the supply of Russian raw materials.