Top news stories about the Russia-Ukraine war on Russia's Channel One on Thursday, May 5, 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.

In the Kharkiv region, Ukrainian nationalists shot a convoy of cars carrying refugees

They were heading from Volchansk to Kharkov. According to eyewitnesses, some people died, including children and women. Many have been injured. It all happened when the group entered the territory controlled by Kiev and ended up near the village of Stary Saltov. They opened fire on refugees from the Ukrainian checkpoint, from a distance of about 100 meters. Someone managed to turn back. But the people who were in the cars at the front of the convoy were under continuous fire. Here is what one of the drivers told RIA Novosti.

“They started to shoot at the first four cars, my car, which is behind three more. We basically had no men there, the only men were drivers. We had women, children, they got hurt, my grandmother died before my eyes, my girlfriend died, she was directly hit head through the glass, I checked her pulse, on her neck, on her wrist. We crawled out under shelling, they targeted us, fired at us.”

The first four cars were completely burned. Ukrainian militants are now located in Stary Saltov, according to RIA Novosti, citing a source. They take away residents, who are against the Kiev authorities.

And in Kharkiv, the Armed Forces of Ukraine deployed multiple launch rocket systems and howitzers on the territory of two factories next to tanks with toxic chemicals. Nearby are residential areas. The head of the Russian Defense Control Center, Mikhail Mizintsev, noted that the Armed Forces of Ukraine are provoking our military to return fire, in order to later blame them for the deaths of civilians.

The Russian military reopens humanitarian corridor in Mariupol

Civilians can leave the territory of Azovstal today, tomorrow, and Saturday from 8 am to 6 pm. The Kiev authorities have yet again declared that civilians are located in the basements of the plant. During this period, our fighters and the forces of the Donetsk People’s Republic are unilaterally ceasing any hostilities. According to the Russian headquarters for humanitarian response, those who leave Azovstal will then be able to go to Russia or areas controlled by Kiev. Our Ministry of Defense regularly opens humanitarian corridors. And the nationalists who have settled in Azovstal are constantly being asked to lay down their arms and surrender. In this case, they are guaranteed safety and, if necessary, medical assistance.

In Konotop, the activities of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate were banned

In Konotop, which is in the Sumy region, under the official control of Kiev, the activities of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate were banned by Mayor Artem Semenikhin. He declared a fight against “Russia’s agent network.”

The persecution of believers and clergy has long become a typical political tool for the Kiev authorities. Temples are regularly attacked, parishioners are beaten. A draft law on the banning of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, the seizure of its real estate and property has been submitted to the Rada [the Ukrainian parliament].

Pathfinders control the safe passage of supply convoys on the front line

Delivering military ammunition on time and everything else that is needed is a special mission on the front line. The task is to ensure the safety of supply convoys. Spotting an ambush and reacting instantly in the event of an attack requires exceptional skill. The movement of the convoys to a given point — what is most important?

Ivan, a Russian soldier, said: “The leader will monitor the road, the situation. The wingman will monitor the convoy — is it over stretched? What’s the situation as a whole?”

Humanitarian convoys regularly bring everything necessary to the residents of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics

It’s not only convoys with equipment on the roads, but also humanitarian convoys, which regularly bring everything the residents need in the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics. The next batch of cargo, about 10 tons-worth, was delivered to the residents of the Lugansk Republic, including food, water, and hygiene products. People asked for many things themselves, made lists. The military tries to help everyone.

In the Kherson region, Russian engineers began to demine beaches

Emergency work is underway in the Kherson region. The retreating Armed Forces of Ukraine left deadly traps on the Black Sea coast. Our engineers work both on land and in water, at the risk of their lives, all in order to ensure safety.

Not only do people need help, but also the inhabitants of the local dolphinarium, who are being saved by the National Guard. 

A troop with the National Guard said: “The mines that were laid had a TNT charge.They were disguised well and installed seven meters below ground.”

In Slovakia, the symbol “Z” appeared on banners displaying Ukrainian flags

The policy of the West, which unconditionally and thoughtlessly supports Ukraine in everything, is increasingly splitting apart European society. It’s leading to fights. In Sofia, activists tried to cover the monument to the Soviet army with Bulgarian and Ukrainian flags. But the people who protested against the military support of Kiev did not allow this to be done, a scuffle broke out. 

All of this happened during discussions in parliament about the Ukrainian issue, they decided not to supply weapons, but to help with repairing military equipment.

And in Slovakia, residents expressed their view by putting up along a busy road several banners displaying Ukrainian flags that were painted with the letter Z, a symbol of a Russian special operation.

“Immortal Regiment:” Hundreds of thousands of Russians will take to the streets with their heroes

The most touching moment of the holiday is “The Immortal Regiment” — the day when hundreds of thousands of Russians will take to the streets with portraits of their heroes. Photos, as well as unique relics, letters from the front. But the main thing is our memory. The achievements of our soldiers, partisans, and military leaders in the overall records of the war. The whole country is now preparing for the procession. Family stories are remembered with pride and tears.

Alexander Oleshko, Honored Artist of Russia, said: “This year I wanted to add to the photograph of my grandfather this phrase: ‘my grandfather fought for a world without Nazism,’ so that the next generation can again and again hear, see and understand why and for what Russian soldiers fight.”