Top news stories about the Russia-Ukraine war on Russia's Channel One on Monday, May 23, 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.

Two people were killed, including a teenager, as a result of shelling by the Ukrainian army in Kherson

Ukrainian nationalists shelled the village of Belozerka in the Kherson region, killing two civilians, including a 14-year-old teenager. Another 10 people were injured.

During their attack, the Kiev security forces used cluster munitions from the Uragan multiple rocket launcher system. A total of eight missiles were fired. Houses and courtyards were destroyed. Military police and engineers are now on site, checking the area for unexploded shells. 

This morning, the Armed Forces of Ukraine attacked Pervomaisk in the Lugansk People’s Republic. Ten rockets were fired. Donetsk is also under a huge attack. 

Gleb Lyubichev, a member of the People’s Militia of Lugansk said: “Ukrainian troops with their artillery attacks are trying to send the population of Donbas into a stupor, to scare them. They’re trying to raise fear and panic among the civilians.”

The Russian Ministry of Defense showed footage of the work of aviation and air defense, which perform combat missions in the zone of the special operation

The crews of Su-35S fighters strike at military infrastructure and military equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. They use guided high-precision missiles of various classes, “air-to-air” and “air-to-surface”.

Combat vehicles rise from base airfields at any time of the day, day or night, and under any weather conditions. The crews also work in tandem with Su-34 bombers, covering their partner in the air. Before departure, engineers carry out a comprehensive preparation of all aviation equipment.

This is how air defense units work. The footage was also distributed by the Ministry of Defense. Combat crews are on duty around the clock. They detect, track, and destroy air targets. For example, a Ukrainian Tochka-U and an attack drone were spotted. They reacted instantly. The aircraft was destroyed from a portable anti-aircraft missile system, and the missile was hit from the Buk-M3 complex.

In Mariupol, the Russian military are clearing the area around the Azovstal plant

For several months, the militants of the banned Azov gang and Ukrainian military personnel used this large industrial zone as their fortified area. But three days ago, the last units surrendered and now the territory is completely under the control of our army and the people’s police. There are explosive shells literally at every turn. Oleg Shishkin watched the delicate work of the mine clearance experts. 

Shishkin said: “The territory of Azovstal is 11 meters square. Mine clearance experts have started demining areas around the plant to ensure a safe passage to the center of the plant, then they will proceed to demine shops and underground utilities.… Huge amounts of territory are dotted with mines and unexploded ammunition. The scale of the destruction is shocking. There is not a single whole building standing.”

A soldier from an engineer unit said, “Over the last two days, more than one hundred explosive devices were destroyed. The enemy planted minefields. We also laid mines when we were blocking the enemy. At least two weeks of work lies ahead.”

New examples of courage and heroism among the Russian military who are participating in the special operation to protect Donbas

A group led by Sergeant Andrey Butolin discovered saboteurs and quickly attacked the enemy. They destroyed as many as 15 nationalists and military equipment. Two more radicals laid down their arms and, during interrogation, gave the location of the artillery units.

Private Igor Krasnyuk saved two wounded motorized riflemen from a damaged car. Under heavy fire, he carried them to a shelter, provided first aid, and fired back until reinforcements arrived. Covering his comrades, Igor destroyed three nationalists who were trying to capture our guys.

The subordinates of Captain Alexei Alexandrov, commander of an anti-aircraft missile battery, defended the positions of our group of troops from air raids. They shot down seven “Bayraktars” [combat aerial vehicles], three attack aircraft, and four front-line bombers. And they did not allow losses among equipment and personnel.

Russian self-propelled guns “Hyacinth-S” destroyed Ukrainian howitzers

The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation showed how the crews of Russian self-propelled guns “Hyacinth-S” destroyed a unit of howitzers. The Armed Forces of Ukraine were armed with American-made equipment with a caliber of 155 mm, according to the defense department.

The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, acknowledged that pumping Ukraine with weapons has depleted the EU’s military supply

In his article, the official particularly noted that the EU countries reacted to the events in Ukraine quickly and decisively, but the resources were not enough. And this was clearly a miscalculation in the EU’s policy, according to Borrell.

The Europeans, according to the diplomat, should be more responsible and allocate more funds for the defense budget, and this is in their security interests.

Not so long ago, France promised to increase the supply of weapons to Ukraine, and the German press reported that Berlin is going to transfer Gepard anti-aircraft guns to Kiev, in addition to tanks and howitzers.