Top news stories about the Russia-Ukraine war on Russia's Channel One on Wednesday, May 25, 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.

Russian troops and Lugansk People’s Republic militia liberate new territories on the way to Severodonetsk 


A large Ukrainian army group has settled in a strategically important area, which is on the way to Severodonetsk. Yesterday, Russian troops and Lugansk People’s Republic militia completely cleared the city of Svitlodarsk of nationalists. Footage has appeared showing them raising a replica of the Victory banner on the city administration building. 

They also managed to take control of an important part of the Lisichansk-Artemovsk highway, allowing them to cut off supplies to Severodonetsk and Lisichansk, which are controlled by the Ukrainian army, a representative of the republic reported. The supply of ammunition and the rotation of enemy manpower is now impossible.


“Grads” and “MSTA-B” howitzers break through the Ukrainian army’s fortified areas


The Russian army and the people’s militia units are supported by artillery during their advance. They’re using a variety of weapons, which are on alert around the clock. And it takes a matter of minutes to hit the target of the enemy. Hussein Huseynov saw how our divisions perform combat missions.

Huseynov said: “In a minute, the [Giatsint self-propelled gun] can launch six to eight shells. And it can hit a target from a distance of 28 kilometers.”

Pavel Sbitnev, a senior officer at the Lugansk People’s Republic militia, said: “In normal circumstances, the [MSTA-B] can just about hit the target with the first missile. The target can be observed. Every missile is on target.”

During the military operation in Ukraine, the Russian military proves themselves to be real heroes


From the first days on the front line, Corporal Tatyana Paramonova has saved the lives of soldiers, as part of the medical unit of the airborne division. During the liberation of a settlement, despite being under heavy fire, she carried six wounded soldiers from the battlefield to the doctors.

Captain Sergei Sopliakov led an artillery unit and adjusted firing positions. He continued to perform combat missions even when he received a concussion. His group destroyed as many as 50 nationalists, as well as enemy mortar positions and armored vehicles.

During a battle, junior sergeant Kamran Gasimov, together with his subordinates, repaired the communication line. Despite sustaining a severe shrapnel wound to his hand, he was able to quickly adjust the equipment and transfer the coordinates of enemy units for the artillery crews. The enemy units were destroyed.

The Russian military opened a humanitarian corridor for the safe exit of foreign ships from the Mariupol port


Yesterday Russian engineers finished demining the Black Sea. Now, the infrastructure is being restored. Also, our Defense Ministry reported that the humanitarian situation in the regions controlled by Kiev is becoming critical.

The West is looking to export grain from Ukraine as soon as possible, which will lead to a shortage of products. According to information received from captured Ukrainian servicemen, the SBU [Security Service of Ukraine] officers have prepared another provocation at the granaries under the direction of their Western supervisors.

Said Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev, head of Russia’s National Defense Control Center: “In the settlement of Prosyanaya in the Dnepropetrovsk region, militants of nationalist units have planted explosives at the Prosyansky Grain Elevator, planning to blow it up soon. Multiple-launch rocket systems of the Ukrainian armed forces were deployed at grain processing works in the settlement of Vrubovo of the Lugansk People’s Republic. In the meantime, nationalists systematically shell positions of the Russian armed forces, provoking them to return fire. The Ukrainian nationalists are copying the ‘scorched earth’ tactics, used by the Nazis during the Great Patriotic War and contradict all generally accepted norms of morality and the principles of international humanitarian law.”

The Russian military delivered a new batch of humanitarian aid to the Kharkiv region


They brought bags of flour and sugar, as well as cereals, canned food and sunflower oil. Essential items. The batch was about 70 tons worth, which should be enough for more than a week.

A makeshift warehouse was set up inside a mini-football stadium. The locals came to unload the cars, passing heavy boxes along the chain so that they could distribute aid to people as quickly as possible. 

Hungary announces a state of emergency amid events in Ukraine


[Hungarian Prime Minister] Viktor Orban’s address was published on social networks. According to the politician, the situation in the neighboring country and Brussell’s  anti-Russian sanctions, threaten the energy and financial security of Hungarian citizens. Prices in European markets are rising, including for fuel.

At the same time, some EU states are in serious discussions about imposing an embargo on imports of our oil. Orban has previously said that banning Russian energy resources will be a catastrophe for Europeans. Budapest is expected to announce its first decisions related to the state of emergency today.


Vladimir Putin will hold State Council Presidium meeting


According to the Kremlin press service, the discussion will particularly focus on social benefits and salaries of state employees, as well as assistance to families with children.

Under the conditions of external sanctions, the incomes of many citizens have changed. During a meeting in March, Vladimir Putin announced that in the near future the minimum wage, the cost of living, benefits and pensions will be increased. To that end, assignments were given to the government.

The expansion of measures to support people who have lost their jobs was also discussed. Now, at Vladimir Putin’s suggestion, a new payment for children from the age of 8 to 17 is in effect.