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.
Top news stories about the Russia-Ukraine war on Russia's Channel One on Friday, May 27, 2022.
Humanitarian corridors that allow foreign ships to leave the ports of Ukraine have been adjusted and expanded. The map was published by our Defense Ministry. From today, the ships leave the harbors of Odessa, Nikolaev, Chernomorsk, Kherson, Ochakov, and Yuzhny to the Black Sea along a route that is almost 140 nautical miles long and three miles wide.
At the same time, our military men noted that the Ukrainian side is responsible for ensuring the safety of ships that leave the ports for the collection area. Ukraine has been regularly shelling the area, preventing ships from leaving for the sea. That is why the Kherson port is now closed.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine are blocking work at the ports and making it impossible to deliver foodstuffs. There is another route to the Sea of Azovand, and vessels that are now in the port of Mariupol will go there. The exit to the collection area will take place during daylight hours, accompanied by tugboats. The disbandment of the columns is planned in the Kerch region. The Mariupol port is being gradually restored. In the near future, according to the Donetsk People’s Republic, the port will be open for the imports and exports of goods, including building materials that will be used to restore the republic’s affected settlements.
Their shells weigh more than a hundred kilograms and they have a shooting range of almost 50 kilometers. There are practically no rivals to these guns. These weapons allow the Russian military to attack the Armed Forces of Ukraine and gangs even in their most remote positions.
The Ministry of Defense also spoke about the work of our Nebo-T radar stations. They detect enemy air targets and transmit the coordinates for strikes. The antennas, which are the height of a high-rise building, monitor the situation around the clock. The station operators are constantly taking turns. After all, they need to be as focused as possible in order not to miss the launch of an enemy missile or the take-off of a drone.
Lieutenant Colonel Dmitry Zharkikh, Deputy Commander of the Artillery Brigade, from the first days on the front line when intelligence discovered the armed nationalists, attacked the enemy and corrected the firing positions. Three dozen radicals were destroyed, as well as howitzers, vehicles with mortars, and armored personnel carriers.
Sergeant Viktor Pykhtin discovered a group of militants at night and, despite being outnumbered, he was one of the first to join the battle. He immediately destroyed the machine gun crew. In total, more than 10 neo-Nazis were liquidated, while the rest fled.
A Guards Sergeant Nikolai Romanenko led a unit of marines during the liberation of the settlement. He competently built a firing system and deprived the enemy of retreat routes. He delivered an accurate strike to an enemy truck and did not allow the militants to receive reinforcements. He was awarded the Order of Courage.
State award ceremonies are now taking place right on the front lines during a rare lull in fighting. This time, the commander of the Central Military District, Colonel General Alexander Lapin, came to the air defense fighters, artillerymen, and motorized riflemen to present them with orders and medals. Among those awarded are officers and sergeants, who successfully carry out their assigned tasks. Lapin congratulated the military on their awards and thanked them for their service.
Thanks to the courageous and heroic actions of the Russian military personnel, a peaceful life is coming to the settlements in Donbas. The city of Svetlodarsk, which the Russian army and people’s militia forces liberated from Ukrainian nationalists earlier this week, has begun to recover. Oleg Shishkin found out what the civilian population had to endure and how the residents are feeling now.
A resident, Valentina Artyemova, said: “Thank you for coming to us. I thank you with all of my heart. I have a lot of emotions. We really waited for you, we waited eight years, we were waiting until the end. We’re all really glad, we’re all smiling and congratulating each other.”
Shishkin said: “After the Maidan coup in 2014, practically all residents voted in a referendum for independence from the Kiev regime. Even when the Ukrainian troops came to Svetlodarsk, the souls and sentiments of the townspeople were with the Donetsk People’s Republic. They always considered themselves as part of the Russian world. The residents remember how Ukrainian troops shot at residential areas, taking out their anger about their defeats on the public.”
It will probably be announced as early as next week, according to CNN, which cited several sources in the Joe Biden administration. CNN said that Washington may provide Kiev multiple launch rocket systems among other weapons. Ukraine has been asking the Americans for these for a while. The Kiev authorities have turned to Berlin for heavy weapons, including the same MLRS [multiple launch rocket systems].
Moscow once again warned that the endless supply of weapons and equipment to the Kiev regime is a direct way to worsen the situation, especially when it comes to weapons with a long range. The head of our Foreign Ministry, Sergei Lavrov, spoke about this in an interview with the Arabic edition of the RT television channel. The Minister recalled that, from the very beginning, we were open to negotiations with the Ukrainian side. But Ukraine is delaying the process in every possible way and is playing into the hands of Western countries.
Lavrov said: “The West has called for defeating Russia on the battlefield, and in order to do this, it must continue the war, pumping Ukrainian nationalists, the Ukrainian regime with weapons, including weapons that can reach the Russian Federation. These are the weapons that [Ukrainian President Volodymyr] Zelensky publicly demands. We warned the West in the most serious way that they are already, in fact, waging a proxy war with the Russian Federation with the hands, bodies, brains of Ukrainian neo-Nazis, but this will be a serious step towards an unacceptable escalation. I hope that sane minds in the West, and there are still a few of these left, understand this.”