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Graphic shows situation report following day 436 of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.


Russische invasie: Situatie dag 436

By Phil Bainbridge

May 5, 2023 - Former U.S. President Bill Clinton says he knew in 2011 it was a matter of time before President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine after a conversation with the Russian leader.

Clinton oversaw a U.S.-brokered deal with Russian president Boris Yeltsin to respect Ukrainian territory in exchange for Kyiv relinquishing its Soviet-era nuclear arsenal. Putin allegedly explained that “I don’t agree with it. And I do not support it. And I am not bound by it”.

Moscow’s claim that the U.S was behind the drone attacks on the Kremlin in an attempt to assassinate Putin has been dismissed as ludicrous by the White House. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said “Decisions about such terrorist attacks are taken in Washington” ...Kyiv “just implements these decisions”.

Moscow may use the drone attack as an excuse to cancel May 9 Victory Day parades which could reveal extent of military losses. The parades typically showcase the most advanced Russian military equipment, most of which is either critical to operations in Ukraine or has been destroyed in the conflict. Celebrations honouring deceased servicemen could also become a focal point for domestic dissent due to the high but unreleased casualty figures.

PUBLISHED: 05/05/2023; STORY: Graphic News