Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 813

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As nan warfare enters its 813th day, these are nan main developments.

Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelenskyy greeting an injured worker successful infirmary successful Kharkiv. Zelenskyy is wearing a yellowish aesculapian gown. The worker is sitting up successful furniture and shaking hands.

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, left, visited wounded soldiers astatine a infirmary successful Kharkiv connected Thursday [Ukrainian Presidential Press Service via AFP]

Published On 17 May 2024

Here is nan business connected Friday, May 17, 2024.


  • Visiting Kharkiv, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said nan business successful nan northeast was “extremely difficult” but “under control” aft nan subject partially halted a Russian advance, astir notably thwarting an penetration of Vovchansk, 5km (3 miles) from nan separator pinch Russia.
  • Sergiy Bolvinov, nan caput of constabulary investigations successful Ukraine’s northeastern Kharkiv region, accused Russia of taking “30 to 40” civilians captive successful Vovchansk to usage arsenic “human shields” adjacent their bid centre.
  • General Christopher Cavoli, NATO’s ultimate allied commandant successful Europe, said he did not judge Russia’s subject had nan unit numbers to make a strategical breakthrough successful nan Kharkiv region and he was assured Ukrainian forces would clasp their lines there.
  • Ukraine’s General Staff said Russia was directing its astir aggravated assaults connected nan beforehand statement adjacent nan cities of Pokrovsk and Kramatorsk successful nan eastbound Donetsk region, wherever Russia’s violative has been unrelenting for months.
  • An aerial ambush alert successful nan northeastern Kharkiv region remained successful spot for much than 16 and a half hours amid Russian drone and rocket attacks. Officials said 5 drones deed parts of nan metropolis of Kharkiv, starting a fire. There were nary reports of casualties. The alert was lifted successful nan early hours of Friday.
  • Vyacheslav Gladkov, nan location politician of Russia’s Belgorod region, said a female and her four-year-old boy were killed erstwhile their car was deed by a Ukrainian drone. Two different group successful nan conveyance were injured.

Politics and diplomacy

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin met Chinese President Xi Jinping successful Beijing. The 2 held talks, walked successful a parkland and drank tea. Xi said nan 2 countries’ deepening narration was a “stabilising force” successful nan world and that he hoped nan warfare successful Ukraine could beryllium resolved peacefully. China has not condemned Moscow’s full-scale invasion. Putin said he was grateful for China’s efforts to resoluteness nan crisis.
  • Russia expelled Adrian Coghill, nan United Kingdom’s defence attache, from Moscow a week aft Britain ordered Russia’s defence attache to time off London for being an “undeclared subject intelligence officer”. UK Defence Secretary Grant Shapps said Moscow’s move was because Coghill “personified nan UK’s unwavering support for Ukraine“.
  • Sri Lanka said it would nonstop a high-level delegation to Russia to analyse nan destiny of hundreds of nationals reportedly fighting successful nan warfare successful Ukraine. The Defence Ministry said societal media campaigns via WhatsApp person targeted ex-military unit pinch promises of lucrative salaries and citizenship successful Russia, informing its nationals not to beryllium duped.


  • The United States announced sanctions connected 2 Russian nationals and 3 Russian companies for facilitating arms transfers betwixt Russia and North Korea, including ballistic missiles for usage in Ukraine. US State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said Russia had already utilized astatine slightest 40 North Korean-produced ballistic missiles against Ukraine.
  • Kim Yo Jong, nan powerful sister of leader Kim Jong Un, denied Pyongyang was trading weapons to Russia, saying it was a “most absurd theory”, according to authorities media. UN monitors person recovered debris from North Korean missiles successful Ukraine.
  • Denmark said it would nonstop Ukraine a caller subject assistance package, mostly of aerial defence and artillery, worthy astir 5.6 cardinal Danish crowns ($815.47m).



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