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"Yesterday, Russian border guards celebrated their professional holiday. The fighters of the Russian Volunteer Corps congratulated them by successfully crossing the 'holey' state border once again," one of the Russian militia groups fighting on Ukraine's side said on May 29.
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Russian troops hit the villages of Kozatske and Zolota Balka in Ukraine's southern Kherson Oblast on May 29, the regional administration reported. A 61-year-old man was killed in his house as a result of the Kozatske shelling, according to the report.
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Russia shelled two villages in the Kupiansk district of Kharkiv Oblast on May 29, injuring at least seven people, including the elderly, children, and a pregnant woman, Governor Oleh Syniehubov reported.
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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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According to updated information by the General Staff of Ukraine's Armed Forces, Russia launched 40 cruise missiles and 38 attack drones in the overnight attack. Ukraine’s air defense successfully intercepted 30 Shahed kamikaze drones and 36 Kh-101/Kh-555 cruise missiles, the General Staff wrote.

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Washington Post: NATO allies consider Israeli-style security agreement for Ukraine

by The Kyiv Independent news desk May 22, 2023 7:57 PM 2 min read
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NATO countries are considering an Israeli-style security agreement for Ukraine while its membership in the military alliance remains years away, the Washington Post reported on May 22.

Israel is not a member of NATO, and the U.S. is not bound by a treaty to come to its aid militarily. However, Israel "has enjoyed a special relationship with the U.S. as Washington’s most stalwart partner in the Middle East," the Washington Post wrote.

The U.S. has committed to providing Israel with $38 billion in military aid between 2019 and 2028.

A similar agreement could potentially deter Russian dictator Vladimir Putin from committing to a long-term war with Ukraine. In an interview with the Washington Post, Polish President Andrzej Duda said the idea has been gaining traction among Ukraine's Western allies.

On May 15, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that Ukraine's victory against Russia would be the starting point to moving forward with NATO membership.

"It is only if Ukraine prevails as a sovereign independent nation in Europe that there is any meaning in discussing when and how Ukraine can become a member of the (NATO military) alliance," Stoltenberg added.

During the upcoming NATO summit in Vilnius this July, which President Volodymyr Zelensky is expected to attend, allies are set to launch the Ukraine NATO Council, which "would serve as a gateway to future membership," the Washington Post wrote, citing several European and NATO officials.

The agreement "would give (Ukraine) priority to arms transfers and advanced technology."

Furthermore, it would allow Ukraine "the power to summon a meeting of the council and seek assistance" and the U.S. "would serve as the prime guarantor of the security arrangements" alongside European NATO members.

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