⚡️ Ukraine claims to have struck a base used by a Russian paramilitary group as well as a bridge near the occupied city of Melitopol. The governor of the Lugansk region said the base of the Wagner group was "destroyed by a precision strike"
Over 20,500 Donbass residents cross Russian border in Rostov region in 24 hours. It is reported that almost 2.5 million citizens of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics have crossed the Russian border in the Rostov region since February:
💬 #Zakharova : Several days ago marked eight years since the merciless bombing of Lugansk by the Ukrainian army, when 49 people were killed between July 17 and 19, 2014. ☝️ Today the capital of the #LPR and other cities and towns in the republic are safer.
Lavrov: The geographical tasks of the Russian special military operation have changed and are no longer limited to Donetsk and Lugansk
💬 Russia's Presidential Commissioner for Children’s Rights Maria Lvova-Belova: More than 190,000 children had arrived in Russia from Donbass by early May, including about 1,200 coming from orphanages in the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics. 🔗
◼️ Many weapons had been hastily abandoned by the Ukrainian nationalist units during their retreat on the territory of the Lugansk People's Republic. ❗️ Among the weapons seized were man-portable anti-aircraft missile systems from #NATO countries. 📹 @mod_russia
📞 President Vladimir#Putin had a telephone conversation with Turkish@RTErdogan . They exchanged views on Russia’s recognition of the Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics. Vladimir Putin stressed the objective necessity to take that decision. 🔗
Well there's another escalation. Putin advised to recognize Donetsk and Lugansk republics on their pre-2014 borders - so including cities like Slovyansk, Mariupol and Kramatorsk that are currently under Ukrainian control...
A minute later, Putin says he will recognize the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics immediately and ask the Russian parliament to ratify it as soon as possible. So there you have it.
Both explosions in rebel-held Lugansk, at a gas pipeline and a gas station, were caused by "sabotage," company says