Dispatches from Ukraine, provided by Forbes Ukraine’s editorial team.
As Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues and the war rages on, reliable sources of information are critical. Forbes Ukraine’s reporters gather information and provide updates on the situation.
Sunday, May 29. Day 95. By Daryna Antoniuk
The number of civilians killed as a result of Russia’s war in Ukraine is ten times higher than that of Ukraine’s military, according to Ukraine’s Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal.
About 35% of Ukraine’s economy is shut down due to the war in Ukraine, according to Shmyhal. He estimated that Ukraine’s $200 billion gross domestic product (GDP) will drop by 30-50%.
The country’s budget deficit skyrocketed to $5 billion a month during the war, while the direct damage inflicted on Ukraine’s infrastructure and economy by the Russian war reached about $600 billion.
Russia may start blackmailing Europe over natural gas supplies with the beginning of the heating season, according to the head of the President’s Office Andriy Yermak. To confront the Kremlin, Europe has to stay strong and united, Yermak said.
He asked European leaders for financial support for Ukraine, tariffs, and embargoes on Russian oil, sanctions against the Russian banking system, and the delivery of weapons to Ukraine.
Russian troops shelled border areas in Chernihiv and Sumy Region 10 times on May 29. No casualties have been reported.
One civilian was killed and two injured in Russia’s shelling of Mykolaiv on Sunday. On May 28, nearly 32 civilians were injured in Russia’s shelling of the Mykolaiv region.
The city of Kramatorsk, in Donetsk Oblast, is cut off from electricity after its high-voltage power line was damaged by a Russian attack. According to Kramatorsk’s mayor Oleksandr Honcharenko, it is very difficult to restore the electricity supply amid ongoing shelling.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky visited Kharkiv’s front line in northeast Ukraine. During the trip he met soldiers and visited destroyed administrative and residential buildings in the city.
Earlier this week, Russians destroyed the largest solar power plant in the Kharkiv region. “It will take a large amount of money to rebuild it,” according to the plant’s executives.
In the evening of May 29, Russian forces shelled Kharkiv again.
Russia has intensified its attacks on Sievierodonetsk, the largest city they still do not hold in the eastern Donbas region. The shelling on Sunday was so heavy that it was impossible to assess casualties and damage, according to the governor of the Luhansk region Serhiy Haidai. Zelensky said that all critical infrastructure in Sievierodonetsk has been destroyed.
The situation in Lysychansk, a city in the Luhansk oblast in eastern Ukraine, has also become “significantly worse,” according to Haidai. He said that Russians attacked a residential building, killing a girl and injuring four people.
Almost 3,000 Mariupol residents were forced to go to filtration camps. Some of them were forcibly relocated to different parts of Russia, while at least 10% of those not selected are considered “dangerous to the Russian regime” and may be subjected to arrest and torture.
Russia lost 2 high-ranking officers in Ukraine, according to the Ukrainian military: Volodymyr Ivanov, a member of Russia’s Defense Ministry’s press service, and Oleksandr Vyhulyar, the commander of the 106th Parachute Division.
Ukraine lifted visa restrictions for foreign journalists. To enter the country and stay there for more than 90 days, they need permission from the Ministry of Defense instead of a visa or temporary residency permit. The new rules will help foreign journalists covering the war in Ukraine avoid bureaucracy, according to the Ukrainian government.