- 30 May 2023 - 19:30(19:30 GMT)
IAEA chief asks Russia, Ukraine to protect Zaporizhzhia power plant
UN International Atomic Energy Agency chief Rafael Grossi has asked Ukraine and Russia to respect five core principles to safeguard the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine, suggesting that he had not yet secured their agreement on protecting the facility.
He said the nuclear safety and security situation at the Zaporizhzhia power plant “continues to be extremely fragile and dangerous”.
Among the principles was that the power plant not be used as a base for heavy weapons, such as multiple rocket launchers, artillery systems and munitions and tanks, or for military personnel that could be used for an attack from the plant.
“There have been seven occasions when the site lost all of site power, and had to rely on emergency diesel generators, which is, as you know, the last line of defence against nuclear accidents,” he said.
- 30 May 2023 - 19:13(19:13 GMT)
One dead in Russia after Ukrainian attack on displacement centre: Governor
One person was killed and two others injured in a Ukrainian bombardment on a centre for displaced people in the border region of Belgorod, the regional governor has said.
“Ukrainian armed forces fired artillery at a centre for displaced people housing elderly civilians and children … a security guard was killed and two people were injured,” Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said on Telegram.
- 30 May 2023 - 18:14(18:14 GMT)
A month of nightly air raids has shaken Kyiv
Since the beginning of May, Russia has targeted Kyiv with nearly nightly missile and drone attacks.
In the morning, the damage can be seen in shattered windows and lives.
People say it’s exhausting and frightening, and city officials have said Russia does not just aim to damage infrastructure, but Ukrainian morale, as well.
- 30 May 2023 - 17:45(17:45 GMT)
Ukrainians can’t sleep as Russia hits Kyiv, but morale stays high
- 30 May 2023 - 17:15(17:15 GMT)
Russia aims to sap Kyiv’s defences before counteroffensive: Experts
Russia has focused near-daily attacks on the Ukrainian capital recently, sending missiles and drones overhead in the early hours and even in broad daylight.
Officials and analysts pointed to broad goals of hindering Ukraine’s planned offensive and depleting its air defences.
“This is their reaction to the preparations for a Ukrainian counteroffensive,” a high-ranking Ukrainian official told the AFP news agency on condition of anonymity.
“The Ukrainian advance is expected, they are getting nervous.”
“They are trying to limit our possibilities: exhaust air defence missiles and divert forces,” the official said, stressing the low relative cost of Shahed drones used by Russia compared with the missiles fired by Ukraine’s air defences.
The US-based Institute for the Study of War said it “previously assessed that Russian forces began a new limited air campaign in recent months to degrade Ukrainian counteroffensive capabilities.”
“The Russian prioritization of targeting Kyiv is likely further limiting the campaign’s ability to meaningfully constrain potential Ukrainian counteroffensive actions,” it added.
- 30 May 2023 - 16:50(16:50 GMT)
Russia’s UN envoy holds meeting with IAEA chief
Russia’s UN ambassador Vassily Nebenzia has held a meeting with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) head Rafael Grossi, the TASS news agency said, citing a source.
- 30 May 2023 - 16:40(16:40 GMT)
Photos: Russia launches air raid on Kyiv
A predawn air raid on Kyiv killed at least one person and sent residents again scrambling into shelters.
At least 20 Shahed explosive drones were destroyed by air defence forces in Kyiv’s airspace in Russia’s third attack on the capital in the past 24 hours, according to early information from the Kyiv Military Administration.
- 30 May 2023 - 16:21(16:21 GMT)
‘Suddenly, it came to us’: Muscovites react to drone attack
Muscovites living in areas affected by Tuesday’s drone attack said they were surprised and concerned at the irruption of the Ukraine conflict into their daily lives.
Tatiana Kalinina, a pensioner who lives near one of the affected buildings in a leafy corner of Moscow, said the attack was “completely unexpected” for her and a “bad surprise”.
“I somehow thought [the conflict] was far away, that it would not affect us,” she told the AFP news agency, standing in the bright green grass outside a cordoned-off building. “And then, suddenly, it came to us.”
While Moscow has praised its air defence after the attack, some residents had questions for the authorities.
Maxim, a 40-year-old customs officer, said he was woken up by two explosions at 4:00am (01:00 GMT) and all the car alarms going off.
“Why didn’t the air defence work? Why did the air raid sirens not go off?” he asked.
- 30 May 2023 - 15:57(15:57 GMT)
Top Ukrainian military generals placed on Russian wanted list
Russia’s interior ministry has put Ukraine’s top general, Valeriy Zaluzhnyi, on a “wanted list”, the Russian RIA news agency reported.
Colonel General Oleksandr Syrskyi, the commander of Ukraine’s ground forces, was also added to the list.
Ria said the ministry did not explain why the two Ukrainian officials were wanted.
US Senator Lindsey Graham was added to Russia’s wanted list on Monday.
- 30 May 2023 - 15:41(15:41 GMT)
US gathering information on Moscow drone attack
The US is still gathering information on a drone raid on Moscow early Tuesday morning, the White House said and reiterated that Washington does not support attacks inside Russia.
“We saw the news and are still gathering information about what happened. As general matter, we do not support attacks inside of Russia,” a White House spokesperson said.
The spokesperson added that Washington was “focused on providing Ukraine with the equipment and training they need to retake their own sovereign territory”, and referred to Russian attacks on Kyiv.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday’s attack was an attempt to scare and provoke Moscow and that air defences around the capital would be strengthened.
- 30 May 2023 - 15:25(15:25 GMT)
IMF review paves the way for a $900m payout for Ukraine
Ukraine has passed an International Monetary Fund (IMF) review of a $15bn loan program, paving the way for a payout of about $900m, the IMF said.
“IMF staff and the Ukrainian authorities have reached staff-level agreement on the first review of the Extended Fund Facility (EFF). The agreement is subject to approval by the IMF Executive Board, with Board consideration expected in the coming weeks,” the IMF said in its statement.
“All quantitative performance criteria for end-April and structural benchmarks through end-May were met.”
The EFF is part of a $115bn global package to support Ukraine’s economy as it battles Russia’s invasion.
To ensure continued IMF support, Ukraine must meet various conditions, including steps to boost tax revenue, maintain exchange rate stability, preserve central bank independence, and strengthen anti-corruption efforts.
- 30 May 2023 - 14:59(14:59 GMT)
Ukraine seeks guarantees for future of Black Sea grain deal
A Ukrainian official said Kyiv is looking for a guarantee from Moscow and the United Nations that the Black Sea grain deal will work normally if it allows Russian ammonia to transit through the country.
Russia agreed to a two-month extension of the Black Sea grain deal earlier this month, but has said the initiative will cease unless an agreement to overcome obstacles, including ammonia, is fulfilled.
“If it [ammonia] is a key issue, then they, the UN, must clearly say that if the ammonia pipeline resumes working, then Ukraine will have such opportunities [to export grain in a normal way], and then our top political leadership will decide whether it is in our interests or not,” Yuriy Vaskov, Ukraine’s deputy renovation minister, told a grain conference.
Transit of ammonia, an essential part of nitrogen-based fertilisers, was halted via the pipeline after Russia’s invasion.
- 30 May 2023 - 14:39(14:39 GMT)
Zelenskyy thanks German counterpart for three billion euro defence package
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanked German Chancellor Olaf Scholz for a three billion euro ($3,217bn) defence package during a phone call between the two leaders.
On Twitter, Zelenskyy wrote, “I had a substantive phone call with Chancellor Olaf Scholz. I thanked him for implementing a powerful €3 billion defence package. We discussed the implementation of the agreements reached during my recent visit to Germany and further strengthening of Ukraine’s defence capabilities, in particular, our air defence. We coordinated our positions on the eve of upcoming international events.”
I had a substantive phone call with Chancellor @Bundeskanzler. I thanked him for implementing a powerful €3 billion defense package. We discussed the implementation of the agreements reached during my recent visit to Germany and further strengthening of Ukraine's defense…
— Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) May 30, 2023
- 30 May 2023 - 14:25(14:25 GMT)
About 1.5 million people given Russian passports: Official
Russian Prime Minister, Mikhail Mishustin, says about 1.5 million people living in the annexed areas have been given Russian passports.
Last September, Russia annexed the Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhia and Kherson regions in a sham election that Ukraine and the West referred to as “illegal”.
Mishustin told a government meeting, “Since last October, almost 1.5 million people from the new regions have received a Russian passport.”
The prime minister added that about 1.6 million people in the regions were receiving pensions, and about 1.5 million were receiving social benefits.
“This support must be provided, I repeat, in a timely manner,” he said.
Last month, Putin signed a decree giving those living in the annexed parts of Ukraine a path to Russian citizenship, but those who decline or do not legalise their status face deportation.
- 30 May 2023 - 14:09(14:09 GMT)
‘We are prepared’ for whatever Russia does next, says UK minister
United Kingdom Foreign Secretary James Cleverly says that whatever Russia tries to do next in Ukraine, “we are prepared”.
Cleverly said during a speech with his Estonian counterpart, Margus Tsahkna, “Today, Margus and I discussed the NATO summit in Vilnius in July.
“We agreed that we must bolster support for Ukraine and ensure that NATO adapts to an increasingly contested and volatile security environment. And I know that we both feel it’s important that Sweden joins us at the table in Vilnius, too, as a fully-fledged member of NATO, and as an important ally to us all. Swedish accession will make us all safer and stronger,” he said.
Cleverly said the UK is “very proud” to lead NATO’s enhanced forward presence in Estonia, adding, “Whatever Russia decides to do next in Ukraine, or indeed anywhere else, we are prepared.”
- 30 May 2023 - 13:59(13:59 GMT)
Attack on Moscow was aimed at ‘civilian targets’: Putin
Putin says the drone attack on Moscow was aimed at “civilian targets” and that the capital’s air defences would be boosted, Russian news agencies reported.
He also said Ukraine has unleashed “terror” against its civilian population.
“Citizens of Ukraine, of course, do not have a word now since total terror has been unleashed against the civilian population in Ukraine,” he said.
While the Russian president praised Moscow’s air defence systems, he said, “There is something to work on”.
“In general, it is clear what needs to be done to seal the air defence of the capital […] and we will do it,” Putin pledged.
- 30 May 2023 - 13:29(13:29 GMT)
Russia says it reserves the right to take ‘severe measures’
Russia’s foreign ministry says it reserves the right to take the most “severe measures” after a drone attack on Moscow.
“Assurances by NATO officials that the Kyiv regime will not launch strikes deep into Russian territory prove to be completely hypocritical,” the ministry said in a statement.
“Russia reserves the right to take the harshest possible measures in response to the terrorist attacks by the Kyiv regime,” it added.
- 30 May 2023 - 12:57(12:57 GMT)
Ukraine war will not affect US-India relations: Ambassador
The United States ambassador to New Delhi said disagreements over Russia’s invasion would not hinder US relations with India.
Eric Garcetti’s comments to CNN-News 18 come before Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US from June 21 to 24.
Ambassador Garcetti added that India had helped to keep a price cap on Russian oil that was imposed last year by Group of Seven (G7) countries, the European Union, and Australia to target Moscow’s ability to fund the war.
However, India has refused to condemn Russia for its aggression and has instead increased its trade with Moscow to record levels.
- 30 May 2023 - 12:37(12:37 GMT)
The West ‘supports genocide’ in Ukraine, says Lavrov
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says the West is “supporting genocide” in Ukraine by supporting President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s peace plan, which he said would “destroy everything Russian” in east Ukraine and Crimea.
“The conclusion is very simple – the West directly supports genocide,” Lavrov said during a press conference with his Burundian counterpart.
Lavrov, who has been on an Africa tour, did not offer evidence to support his claim.
Russia has previously accused the West of ignoring what it says is Ukraine’s persecution of Russian-language speakers in the eastern Donbas region and elsewhere.
- 30 May 2023 - 12:18(12:18 GMT)
UK says no British equipment used in Moscow attack
The United Kingdom says it is confident that no British-supplied equipment was used in the drone attack on Moscow on Tuesday morning.
The information was confirmed by a spokesman for Prime Minister Rishi Sunak who also said, “I can’t speculate on the origin of the attacks [and] I’m not going to do so.”
“Obviously, what we have seen are significant attacks on Kyiv in recent days, including on civilians,” he said.
The spokesman added that Russia “has the power to immediately end this war and we continue to ask them to do so”.
The UK has previously said it will supply “long-range attack drones” to the Kyiv government to help resist Russian troops.
- 30 May 2023 - 12:00(12:00 GMT)
Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 461
Click here for a roundup of key events on day 461 of the war.
- 30 May 2023 - 11:39(11:39 GMT)
Russia to attend BRICS summit despite ICC arrest warrant for Putin
The Kremlin says Russia will, at the “proper level”, take part in a planned BRICS summit in South Africa, in response to a question on whether President Vladimir Putin would attend the gathering.
“Russia will be duly represented,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, adding Moscow expected its BRICS partners “not be guided” by “illegitimate decisions” such as the International Criminal Court (ICC) arrest warrant.
The BRICS grouping of emerging economies, which comprises Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, is set to meet on August 22-24 for a summit in Pretoria.
South Africa’s leading opposition party said it had taken legal action to force the government to arrest Putin in compliance with the ICC arrest warrant should the Russian president attend the summit.
- 30 May 2023 - 11:08(11:08 GMT)
Supply routes will be targeted, says Russian defence minister
Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu says Western countries are stepping up supplies of equipment and weapons to Ukraine ahead of what he said would be a “large-scale offensive” by Kyiv, Russian news agencies reported.
Shoigu added that Russia was monitoring the routes of said supplies and would strike them if detected.
The defence minister also spoke about the attack on Moscow on Tuesday morning and said, “This morning, the Kyiv regime carried out a terrorist attack in the Moscow region. On civilian targets, I note”.
- 30 May 2023 - 10:42(10:42 GMT)
Moscow ‘buzzing as usual’: Journalist
Journalist Yulia Shapovalova, reporting from Moscow, says about 25 drones attacked the capital and the Moscow region, but most of the drones were shot down.
“In the Moscow region, three unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) crashed into residential buildings. One of the drones had been carrying explosive devices that did not detonate. According to Moscow’s Mayor Sergey Sobyanin, two people asked for medical help after the fall of one of the UAVs in Moscow,” she said.
Shapovalova explained, however, that despite the attack, Moscow is “buzzing as usual”.
“People are going to work, [using] public transport, and the metro is functioning normally; it seems like nothing happened. People on the street are very calm, but I should tell you many people in Russia sincerely believe the information they regularly hear on TV, that the conflicts between Russia and Ukraine have been inevitable and that President Putin, as a great strategist, began it first on foreign soil. Therefore, Russia is protected,” she said.
- 30 May 2023 - 10:19(10:19 GMT)
Kremlin spokesman says Putin briefed on Moscow drone attack
Kremlin spokesman said Putin is working in the Kremlin and has been briefed about drone attacks on Moscow.
Dmitry Peskov added Russian air defences and the defence ministry had done well in dealing with the assault and there were currently no plans for Putin to comment on the attack on the capital.
Russia has blamed Ukraine for the attack while Kyiv has denied its involvement.
- 30 May 2023 - 09:58(09:58 GMT)
‘Let your houses burn’: Prigozhin to Russian elites
Wagner Group founder, Yevgeny Prigozhin, blamed the drone attack on Moscow on senior military officials living in Moscow’s exclusive Rublyovka suburb.
On Telegram, Prigozhin said, “Why the f*** are you allowing these drones to fly to Moscow? Who gives a s*** that they are flying to your homes on Rublyovka! Let your houses burn.”
The leader of the mercenary group has repeatedly cast the suburb’s residents as out-of-touch elites that are insufficiently committed to the war.
The Rublyovka suburb is home to Russia’s political, business and cultural elite and where President Vladimir Putin has an official residence nearby.
- 30 May 2023 - 09:37(09:37 GMT)
‘Difficult’ morning in Kyiv: AJ correspondent
Al Jazeera’s Natacha Butler, reporting from Kyiv, says it has been a very difficult morning in the Ukrainian capital after authorities said air defence shot down “nearly 30 drones across the city”.
“A terrifying night again for people in Kyiv with another huge Russian drone attack. Ukrainian air defence saying it shot down nearly 30 drones across the city … We know now that a 30-year old woman was killed in that attack and a number of others injured,” she said.
“These attacks have been going on night after night now. This is the third consecutive attack now, [and] people are not sleeping.”
Butler said Ukrainian officials have “promised” a swift response to the attacks, and Ukrainians are watching the reports from Moscow.
- 30 May 2023 - 09:18(09:18 GMT)
Moscow residents begin return: Mayor
The mayor of Moscow says residents are beginning to return home after a drone attack early Tuesday morning.
Sergey Sobyanin said on the Russian social network VK, “Emergency services have taken all the necessary measures to study the circumstances of buildings damaged by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Evacuated for the purpose of unhindered work of special services, residents are beginning to return to their homes. Residents of the building on Leninsky Prospekt will be the first to return to their apartments. Specialists have been instructed to eliminate minor damages in buildings as soon as possible.”
The drone attacks hit some of Moscow’s most prestigious areas, including the grand avenue Leninsky Prospekt and the area of western Moscow where the Russian elite, including Putin, own houses.
- 30 May 2023 - 08:53(08:53 GMT)
One killed, four injured in Kyiv drone strikes: Mayor
According to the mayor of Kyiv, at least one person has been killed and four people injured due to falling debris following a Russian strike early Tuesday morning.
Vitali Klitschko said on Telegram, “As a result of falling debris, a fire broke out in a high-rise building. Another residential building was damaged. So far, rescuers have evacuated 20 people. One person died. In total, four victims were hospitalised in [the] Holosiivskyi district.”
- 30 May 2023 - 08:24(08:24 GMT)
Ukrainian official denies Kyiv’s involvement in Moscow drone attack
A Ukrainian presidential aide denied Kyiv was responsible for a drone attack on Moscow but said that Ukraine enjoyed watching it unfold.
“Of course, we are pleased to watch and predict an increase in the number of attacks. But of course we have nothing directly to do with this,” Mykhailo Podolyak told the YouTube channel Breakfast Show.
While air defences destroyed all eight drones, the attack is the most significant one on Moscow since the war began, according to Russian officials.
- 30 May 2023 - 07:48(07:48 GMT)
Podcast: Bakhmut is in ruins. What’s next for Ukraine?
Will the war in Ukraine hinge on Bakhmut? Almost a year has passed since the fight for the town began.
Russian state media is finally claiming victory in Bakhmut, but Ukrainian military officials say the tide may soon turn.
Having received new supplies from NATO countries, Ukraine is preparing for a counteroffensive that might target the heart of Russia’s interests.
- 30 May 2023 - 07:30(07:30 GMT)
Most serious attack since WWII: Russian politician
Russian lawmaker Maxim Ivanov said the attack on Moscow this morning was the most serious attack on the Russian capital since World War II, saying no citizen could now avoid what he said was “the new reality”.
“You will either defeat the enemy as a single fist with our Motherland, or the indelible shame of cowardice, collaboration and betrayal will engulf your family,” he said.
- 30 May 2023 - 07:25(07:25 GMT)
Photos: Moscow drone attacks
- 30 May 2023 - 07:07(07:07 GMT)
More than a dozen drones downed: Ukraine
Ukraine says it has downed 29 out of 31 drones, mainly over Kyiv and the Kyiv region in the latest Russian barrage — the third on the capital in 24 hours.
“Between 11:30pm and 4:30am, Russian occupation troops attacked Ukraine” with 31 Shahed-136/131 drones, of which 29 were downed. Almost all 29 drones were downed “near the capital and in the Kyiv skies,” the Ukrainian air force said on social media.
- 30 May 2023 - 06:50(06:50 GMT)
Zelenskyy urges S Korea to provide defence systems: Media
Ukraine “desperately hopes” South Korea would provide defensive military equipment such as anti-aircraft systems to fend off Russian attacks, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has reportedly said in an interview with a South Korean newspaper.
Zelenskyy expressed gratitude at South Korea’s pledge to send de-mining vehicles and humanitarian aid totalling about $230m, but said Ukraine wanted anti-aircraft and early warning systems, The Chosun Ilbo daily reported on Tuesday.
“I know there are many limitations regarding weapons support, but those principles should not be applied to defence systems and equipment for protecting our assets,” Zelenskyy told the newspaper through an interpreter.
“An anti-aircraft system is not a weapon but purely defensive equipment. We have to have a sky shield to rebuild Ukraine, and I desperately hope that South Korea will support us in this area.”
- 30 May 2023 - 06:20(06:20 GMT)
Russia launches pre-dawn attack on Kyiv
Russia conducted a pre-dawn attack on Ukraine killing at least one person and sending Kyiv’s residents again into shelters to escape a relentless wave of daytime and nighttime bombardments.
At least 20 Shahed drones were destroyed by air defence forces over Kyiv in Russia’s third attack on the capital in the past 24 hours, according to the Kyiv Regional Military Administration.
- 30 May 2023 - 06:15(06:15 GMT)
Drone attacks target Moscow: Russian officials
Drones hit several buildings in Moscow causing “minor” damage and no serious injuries, with air defence systems destroying several drones on approach, Russian officials said early on Tuesday.
“All emergency services of the city are at the scene of incidents,” Moscow’s Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said on the messaging app Telegram.
Meanwhile, Russia’s defence ministry said Ukraine targeted Moscow with eight drones, but all drones involved in the incident were downed.
Source: Al Jazeera and news agencies