(Reuters) – Russia’s Vagner has threatened to leave the eastern city of Bakhmut, but Ukraine says mercenaries will be sent to other parts of the front before Moscow celebrates Victory Day in World War II next week. It said it was trying to strengthen its position and seize it.
* Yevgeny Prigozhin, the boss of Russia’s Wagner Group, posted an abusive video of him standing over a pile of dead bodies and personally accusing the top defense minister of being responsible for the losses suffered by his fighter Did.
* He said his troops would withdraw from Bakhmut on May 10 due to heavy losses and insufficient supplies – ending their participation in the longest and bloodiest battle of the war.
* Grain deliveries from Ukraine under a U.N.-backed initiative are slowing amid fears the ship will stall if the contract is not renewed later this month, according to sources and data.
* Ukraine, Russia, Turkey and the United Nations have failed to authorize new ships under the agreement.
* A drone struck the Ilsky oil refinery in southern Russia, the second attack in as many days, sparking a fire, TASS news agency reported.
* A senior Russian official told TASS news agency that technicians had reduced the risk of a dam breaking and damaging the Russian-owned Zaporozhye nuclear power plant.
* “Our losses are multiplying every day due to lack of ammunition,” said Yevgeny Prigozhin, the mercenary leader of the Wagner Group.
In a park in Kiev, where barbed wire and anti-tank barriers contrasted with pink cherry blossoms, Olena Yukhimchuk, 37, said: “I don’t like colors because it’s harder to deal with when everything is gray. “It makes everyday life easier,” he said.
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