War Ending? May 9th May Bring Peace Agreement Plans or ‘Peacekeepers’

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Ukrainian forces pursue counteroffensive around Kharkiv; Russia rehearses ‘Victory Day’ parade – CNBC

Each day of this brutal, unprovoked war creates new hopes for an end and further misery when it fails to.  Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said he would accept a peace deal with Russia only if Moscow pulled back its forces to their positions before the war started.

It appears that soon Russia may have no choice but to withdraw.  The Ukraine conflict is heavily affecting some of Russia’s most capable units. The U.K.’s Defense Ministry said it would take considerable time and expense to reconstitute its armed forces following this invasion.

Ukraine’s president said influential states were involved in a diplomatic effort to save defenders barricaded inside the steelworks. The defenders have vowed not to surrender.

On Saturday, pro-Russian forces evacuated 50 more civilians from the besieged Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol, bringing the number of civilians evacuated to 176.

Ukrainian forces are pursuing a counteroffensive near the northeast Kharkiv region; the Institute for the Study of War says Ukrainian forces are advancing north and east of Kharkiv. It tells the counterattack could soon push Russian troops out of the city. Russian forces have destroyed a large stockpile of military equipment.

Meanwhile, Russian soldiers prepare for Victory Day commemorations on May 9, which marks the 77th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II.  Russia’s Defense Ministry claimed to have struck 18 military facilities in Ukraine’s northeast Kharkiv region as a claim to ‘progress’ on their ‘special operation to free Ukraine.’

Only time will tell if Russia quietly pulls back forces and claims an artificial victory or commits to further atrocities and war crimes.  We hope to have some clarification after May 9th.

Read more on the latest Ukraine War Updates at the following additional news sources:

  1. Ukrainian forces pursue counteroffensive around Kharkiv; Russia rehearses ‘Victory Day’ parade  CNBC
  2. Ukraine live updates: Officials warn of offensive, Biden to meet G7  USA TODAY
  3. “Massive bombardments” in Ukraine as Russia blows up bridges to slow counter-offensive, officials say  CBS News
  4. Ukraine-Russia War Updates: Latest News  The New York Times
  5. Ukraine Braces for Escalated Attacks Ahead of Russia’s V-Day  U.S. News & World Report
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