Top news stories about the Russia-Ukraine war on Russia's Channel One on Wednesday, May 4, 2022.

By Madeline Roache

What follows is NewsGuard’s summary and translation of the top stories about the Russia-Ukraine war from a morning program on Russia’s state TV Channel One. NewsGuard presents these stories in the order that they appear on the program.

Ukrainian security forces conduct raids to identify people expressing pro-Russian views

A new series of attacks in Donetsk. Several regions are under the fire of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. 

In Petrovsky, people were left without electricity, and substations were left without power. In the meantime, new information is coming in about what the radicals are doing in the territories that they occupy. They continue to hide behind civilians, using them as a human shield. Our Defense Control Center reported the latest cases. In Nikolaev, armored vehicles and multiple launch rocket systems were placed on the territory of schools. In the village of Rai-gorodok (Kramatorsky district), nationalists set up firing points on the upper floors of houses. People are not allowed out of their apartments. Somewhere, they’re organizing a hunt for those who disagree with the Kiev regime. 

Said the head of the National Defense Control Center of the Russian Federation, Colonel General Mikhail Mizintsev: “In Kharkiv, militants of the territorial defense battalions, together with SBU [The Security Service of Ukraine] officers, are conducting raids to identify local residents who express pro-Russian views or condemn the current Ukrainian government. Citizens whose phones contain correspondence about similar content, as well as calls to Russian numbers, are detained and taken away in an unknown direction. Dozens of detainees have not yet returned home. According to reliable data, these large-scale raids were previously carried out in Nikolaev, Sumy, Chernigov and a number of other settlements.”

Russian artillerymen hit firing positions, strongholds, and areas containing the Ukrainian army equipment

The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation has published new footage of the work of Russian artillerymen. They hit firing positions, strongholds, and areas that contain the equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. This is how the calculations of self-propelled installations “Malka” work. They are controlled by drones from the air. Their actions are clear, coordinated, they hit right on target. The fighters destroyed the Pion installation and howitzer batteries of the Ukrainian army.

Troops of the Russian Federation and Lugansk People’s Republic liberate Popasna from nationalists

Popasna is a small town of great strategic importance. Now the military — ours and the Lugansk People’s Republic — are knocking out the remaining nationalists from there. 

Popasna is located on a hill, which allows you to view a huge area in all directions. Plus, this is an exit to an important transport hub: its capture will disrupt the supply of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and open the way for the Russian troops and the forces of the Luhansk Republic, the way for a further offensive.

Russian servicemen heroically liberate the territory of Ukraine from nationalists

Major Alexander Stepanov successfully carried out engineering intelligence of the road, our logistics convoys delivered ammunition to the front line on time. Stepanov, together with his subordinates, evacuated the wounded from an attack. 

Junior Sergeant Anton Mikhailov discovered radicals, who were preparing an attack on Russian units. He immediately reported the ambush and joined the battle, and he was wounded. The extremists were liquidated. Lieutenant Colonel Yevgeny Kapustin repelled the attacks, preventing any losses on our side. Thanks to his actions, it was possible to obtain valuable intelligence.

The special military operation to protect Donbas became the topic of a telephone conversation between Vladimir Putin and [Belarusian President] Alexander Lukashenko

The presidents also discussed the bilateral agenda and the promotion of union building in the continued negotiations between Moscow and Minsk, which took place in April. They touched upon the topic of interaction in the Eurasian space, including in connection with the preparation of the upcoming meeting of the leaders of the CSTO member states. The presidents reaffirmed their intention to further strengthen their partnership and alliance relations.

A Chinese Foreign Ministry representative published two NATO maps on social media — from 1990 and 2019

The value of the West’s promises are as clear as possible. Lijian Zhao, a representative of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, published two NATO maps, from 1990 and 2019, on his social media page. He quoted former US Secretary of State James Baker, who more than 30 years ago in a conversation with Mikhail Gorbachev, assured that the alliance would not move an inch eastward. What do we see now? NATO is right on our borders, and with the prospect of even greater expansion. Finland and Sweden recently announced plans to join the military bloc.

In the Kherson region, in the village of Zelenovka, liberated from nationalists, a torture chamber was found

A terrible discovery in the Kherson region is another torture chamber, which was found by our law enforcement officers in the liberated village of Zelenovka, just seven kilometers from Kherson. In the basement of a roadside cafe, the mined body of a tortured man in a Russian military uniform was discovered. Near to him is an anti-tank shell and TNT.  Also evident are syringes scattered all over the cafe and cases from the Javelin complexes that the Americans supply to Ukraine. The Russian Investigative Committee has launched an investigation.

American director Oliver Stone did not rule out the United States carrying out a nuclear provocation

A completely logical question for the United States is, do they realize whose hands the same “Javelins” fall in? And in general, does the White House care about this issue? As it turns out, Washington is ready for any sacrifice as it pursues its goals on another continent. However, all this, of course, is an unspoken political principle. But different statements are made to the public. And, again, they’re not without embarrassment. Should you cry or laugh after Joe Biden’s speeches?  

Oliver Stone said: “I wonder if the US is setting the stage for a low-yield nuclear explosion somewhere in the Donbas region, which would kill thousands of Ukrainians? If that happened, God forbid, all the countries, like a trained Pavlov dog, will blame Russia. That guilt has been set up already in advance, regardless of who launched the device. It would probably take a few days to find out the truth, but the truth isn’t important.”