Top news stories about the Russia-Ukraine war on Russia's Channel One on Thursday, May 26, 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.

Thanks to a Channel One report, relatives found a grandmother who barely survived the shelling


Thanks to a Channel One report, relatives found a grandmother who barely survived a shelling. Here is a touching story from a film crew at Channel One, who have been working in Donbas. Recently, a report went on the air, featuring an elderly woman as one of its heroines, who survived the horrors of shelling by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. This whole time while she sat in a basement, she dreamed of only one thing, to find her family, with whom she had lost contact. Thanks to our broadcast, relatives saw Baba Galya and called the editorial office. And then Hussein Huseynov, together with the Russian military, saved the woman from the threat of more attacks. It was a long-awaited moment. 

Huseynov said: “The grandmother didn’t believe it, but we really hoped that her relatives would see her and respond. That’s exactly what happened…The 78-year-old Alla Dubovik has been living in a basement since her home was practically shot at point blank by Ukrainian artillery. The woman was, at that very moment, at home and miraculously survived… On her way out of the basement, Alla says goodbye to a fellow villager, who has been living there for the past week. This woman, after all, is also looking for her relatives and doesn’t know how to find them.”

The International Committee of the Red Cross stopped delivering life-saving medicines to Donbas


The International Committee of the Red Cross, under the pretext of the allegedly unstable situation in the Donbas, has stopped delivering vital medicines and diagnostic equipment to hospitals in the people’s republics. This was reported by our Headquarters for Humanitarian Response. As a result, more than 12,000 patients will be left without the necessary aid in the coming months. Our Ministry of Defense called on the World Health Organization and the International Red Cross, whose task includes providing medical assistance to the population in emergency zones, to resume the medicine supply. In addition, the headquarters spoke about new evidence of the Ukrainian security forces treating civilians inhumanely. 

Said Mikhail Mizintsev, Head of the National Center for Defense Control of the Russian Federation: “In Kramatorsk, Donetsk People’s Republic, in polyclinic No. 3 (Vasily Stus St.), on the adjacent territory, there are a large number of armored vehicles and artillery; in Lisichansk, on the territory of the city hospital No. 1 (Sosyura St.), there is a unit of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and armored vehicles and artillery firing positions are located on the adjacent territory; in Slavyansk, Donetsk People’s Republic, on the territories of the TB dispensary (Yaroslav Mudryi St.) and the central city hospital (Taras Shevchenko St.), militants of Ukrainian armed formations have set up firing positions, deployed artillery and MLRS [multiple launch rocket systems]; in Odessa, in the oncological clinic building (Nezhdanova St.), units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine set up a firing point. At the same time, all patients, including those who are seriously ill, were forced to leave the medical institution.”

Lisichansk near Severodonetsk is encircled


The allied forces of the Lugansk People’s Republic and Russia have blocked the strategically important city from three sides, according to the People’s Militia of the LPR. All movements of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are under control, intelligence is monitoring this. If necessary, it transmits the coordinates needed for launching an attack, including with high-precision means of the Russian Aerospace Forces.

During the special operation, Iskander missile systems carry out strikes on the most important objects of the Armed Forces of Ukraine


The Ministry of Defense showed the Iskander’s work, from leaving its starting position to releasing ammunition. The installations are covered with a camouflage net, which is not just a camouflage, it also neutralizes radio waves and makes these multi-ton vehicles practically invisible to enemy reconnaissance. It is also impossible to intercept cruise missiles fired from the Iskander.

In the US, a shortage of baby food could become a social catastrophe


Now in the U.S., where billions in arms supplies are being sent to Ukraine, a catastrophic situation with baby food is unfolding. There is literally nothing left to feed the kids. As a result, some children are ending up in the hospital. The fact that the U.S. is having to get baby formula sent from Europe as a matter of emergency, is, as Americans are saying, nothing other than a disgrace. Meanwhile, Congress is trying to figure out who is responsible for the crisis. Yuliya Olkhovskaya reports.

Olkhovskaya said: “Jars of baby food have disappeared from store shelves across the country. No one, apart from desperate parents, cared about this until hungry children started being hospitalized…. While participants in the Senate hearing put blame on each other,  television discussed how the U.S. got itself into a third-world-like crisis.”  

[The story features a clip from Next News, a U.S.-based conservative-leaning news channel on YouTube quoting the presenter as saying:] “Biden has not done anything to address this for a long time. He’s sent billions of dollars of help to Ukraine but he’s not working to help the most precious commodity at home — our children.”

Olkhovskaya said: “Eight out of ten Americans think the White House doesn’t care about the worries of ordinary people. Biden’s approval rating has hit an all time low. Only 39 percent of  U.S. voters approve of Biden’s performance as president, according to the poll from The Associated Press. The majority of respondents think that the U.S. President is only making problems worse.… America’s Western allies, which have obediently implemented restrictions on Russia, causing a spiral of crises, are now looking for a way out like their older brother. In Britain for example, where inflation levels have broken a 40-year record, tabloids are telling people how to earn extra money. In France, food tokens for €30 are given to vulnerable members of the population. Of course, the West blames all of this on Russia… It would hardly surprise anyone if the baby food crisis in America was written off as being Russia’s fault.”