Top news stories about the Russia-Ukraine war on Russia's Channel One on Friday, May 20, 2022.

By Madeline Roache

What follows is NewsGuard’s summary and translation of top news stories from Russia’s state TV Channel One. NewsGuard presents these stories in the order that they appear on the program. NewsGuard shares this summary as part of our mission to monitor and report all categories of misinformation, including Russian disinformation. Please note that these summaries of Russian state TV broadcasts may well contain falsehoods or propaganda, and NewsGuard does not vet them for accuracy or balance.

Ukraine launches huge attacks on cities in the Donetsk People’s Republic

Last night, Ukrainian radicals launched the “Tochka-U” rocket on the city of Debaltseve in the Donetsk People’s Republic. The anti-aircraft defense clearly worked in the Lugansk republic as a missile was shot down. As a result windows of some houses were smashed, but no one was hurt. 

Nationalists continue to shoot at civilians in other areas of Donbas. Aleksandrovka and Yasinovataya were under attack and they were hit with Grad missiles. A civilian was injured. 

In the meantime, the militants are preparing a new provocation, according to the Russian National Defense Control Center.

Said Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev, head of the National Defense Control Center: “According to the available reliable operational information, the Kiev regime is preparing another sophisticated provocation using the so-called roving mortars in the city of Seredina-Buda of the Sumy Region. The militants of the nationalist battalions are planning to shell the border territory of the Russian Federation from the areas of standalone houses in order to provoke return fire on residential dwellings where local residents are being held. In the near future, the Kiev authorities plan to use this cynical action to accuse Russian servicemen of allegedly indiscriminate strikes against civilians.”

Militants are expected to continue to leave Azovstal and lay down their arms

Since the start of the week, 1,730 people have already surrendered. Yesterday, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced that another group, almost 800 nationalists, surrendered. This is the only chance for salvation for those who have stationed themselves in the catacombs of Azovstal. 

The Russian Ministry of Defense showed the work of the army aviation of the Western Military District

The crews deliver precise strikes on military infrastructure belonging to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. They fly at extremely low altitudes and work in groups. They have destroyed strongholds, arsenals with ammunition and Ukrainian equipment, which covered them.

The video shows Grad multiple launch rocket systems in action. Units of the Eastern Military District destroy armored vehicles belonging to Ukrainian nationalists. Strikes are launched on batteries, command posts and shelters of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

The S-300 air defense system is capable of destroying air targets that are four times faster than the speed of sound

Another favorite of ours is the S-300 air defense system. The mission of the S-300 is to find and neutralize air targets. It’s a barrier for both fighters and civilians. Among its targets is the “Tochka-U” missile, which the Ukrainian army uses against civilians. 

A new convoy with humanitarian aid arrived in Mariupol

The Russian Federal Agency for Nationalities is among the organizers of the initiative. They brought generators for areas where the supply of electricity is still being restored. Humanitarian aid is given to representatives of the Donetsk Republic public movement. We also delivered goods for soup kitchens and much more.

Said Igor Barinov, head of the Federal Agency for Ethnic Affairs: “More than 200 tons of humanitarian aid have been collected. In early April, we already had two convoys with humanitarian aid…. We believed that it was necessary to deliver food, medicine, clothes to places where food, medicine, and clothing were needed in the first place.”

Refugees from Mariupol have been welcomed in various Russian regions.

United Russia volunteers brought clothes and shoes to the temporary accommodation center in Chuvashia. Particular attention of course, has been paid to children. They also brought toys, books and stationery. The little ones are entertained by volunteers, who read fairy tales and play. Anything to distract them from what they’ve been through.

The “train of health” arrived at Donbas

The cars contain all the items that are needed for giving primary medical care — experienced doctors from different regions of our country and modern equipment.  

This is an important project for United Russia. Specialists from various fields, dentists, cardiologists, pediatricians provide assistance to everyone who needs it, including those in remote areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republic. 

Ruslan Akhmadullin, head of the Health Train, said: “This is not a one-time initiative, we have been arriving for quite a long time, in fact, the units will stay for three months, and the specialists will come on a rotational basis, that is, they will replace each other. We do not abandon our own people, you are now part of us… we’ll be here for a while.”

Russian specialists are helping to rebuild the railway, highways, schools, and hospitals in the Lugansk People’s Republic

Russian specialists are providing assistance to the republics in various ways. They are restoring destroyed buildings, highways, and railways. While the territories were under the control of Ukraine, a lot fell into disrepair. Kiev destroyed some things on purpose. The main task now is to help the republics return to normal life.

The food crisis was discussed at a UN meeting

The conversation quickly led to accusations against Russia. But Russia is the only country that has concrete proposals about how to prevent a global food crisis. Georgy Olisashvili reports from New York.

Olisashvili said: “At the very start of the meeting about the food crisis, UN experts tried to stop a discussion about the threat of hunger in terms of the Russia-Ukraine War.”

Sara Menker, founder of Gro Intelligence [a New York-based company that forecasts models in food, climate and agriculture] said during the meeting: “I want to note that the war between Russia and Ukraine did not cause the start of the food crisis. It simply added fuel to our fire, which has been burning for a while. If the war were to stop tomorrow, the problem of food security would not go away anytime soon.”

Olisashvili said: “But the U.S. delegation had a different opinion.”

Anthony Blinken, The U.S. Secretary of State said: “The decision to start a war was made by the Kremlin. It could stop the fighting tomorrow and the war would end. If Ukraine stops fighting it will cease to exist as a country. The Russian authorities think that using the food supply as a weapon can achieve what the fighting has not.”

Britain has promised Kiev long-range artillery, anti-ship missiles and drones


Britain has promised Kiev long-range artillery, anti-ship missiles, and drones as part of a reported billion pounds in support.

According to media reports, the U.S. might also transfer anti-ship missiles to Ukraine, and is saying that the issue is already being considered. Several types of shells are being named, which are also part of the record $40 billion batch of military aid that the Senate has already approved. The Pentagon strongly denies any information about anti-ship missiles, at least for now.