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Moldova’s President Maia Sandu warned against the dangers of Russian propaganda and disinformation in the country and proposed the creation of a new governmental body to counter this threat. The envisioned “Patriot Center” would coordinate and implement the state's strategy on combatting disinformation, Sandu said during a press conference on May 29.
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Ukraine launched an attack on Russian positions in Russian-occupied Berdiansk in the southeastern Zaporizhzhia Oblast, the exiled local authorities reported on May 29. At least five strikes were allegedly conducted on the evening of May 28, the authorities said, while local Telegram channels reported explosions near the airport.
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According to the report, Russia has also lost 3,801 tanks, 7,467 armored fighting vehicles, 6,207 vehicles and fuel tanks, 3,435 artillery systems, 575 multiple launch rocket systems, 331 air defense systems, 313 airplanes, 298 helicopters, 3,054 drones, and 18 boats.
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Russian forces shelled nine communities in Sumy Oblast on May 28, firing close to 50 rounds from various types of weapons, the Sumy Oblast Military Administration reported on Telegram.
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The Russian military heavily shelled the Kupiansk district of Kharkiv Oblast on May 28, the State Emergency Service reported. As a result of the attack, a 74-year old woman suffered shrapnel wounds in the village of Kucherivka.
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“The Air Defense Forces of Ukraine. You heard the air raid alarm differently than most people,” President Volodymyr Zelensky said in the aftermath of Russia's overnight attack on Kyiv on May 28. “You look up to destroy enemy missiles, aircraft, helicopters, and drones. Every time you shoot down enemy drones and missiles, lives are saved.”
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The bill includes a complete ban on trade with Iran, investments, and transferring technologies, as well as stopping Iranian transit across the Ukrainian territory, and preventing the withdrawal of Iranian assets from Ukraine.

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Switzerland has no plans to join REPO task force on basis of neutrality

by The Kyiv Independent news desk April 20, 2023 1:00 AM 1 min read
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Switzerland refused a request from the G7 countries to join the Russian Elites, Proxies, and Oligarchs (REPO) multilateral task force on April 19.

The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs of Switzerland (SECO) responded to recent criticisms from the G7 countries, saying that there is “no need to formally join the Task Force at present.”

SECO also reiterated that Switzerland has already frozen $8.35 billion of Russian assets.

Switzerland has been criticized by other Western countries since the full-scale invasion started, with several EU nations pressing Switzerland to increase its response both in Ukraine and toward sanctioned Russian entities.

The Swiss authorities have argued that they are constitutionally bound to neutrality, preventing them from sending weapons to active war zones. The Swiss government also said on Feb. 15 that confiscating Russian assets could “violate Switzerland’s international obligations.”

The Swiss government did not completely rule out the possibility of joining the REPO taskforce, but only if future participation was deemed to be in Switzerland’s self-interest.

UK sanctions Medvedchuk’s wife, those with financial links to Russian oligarchs
The U.K. government has announced a new sanctions package targeting Oksana Marchenko, the wife of key Putin ally Victor Medvedchuk, as well as relatives and financial fixers of major Russian oligarchs, including Roman Abramovich and Alisher Usmanov.

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