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825th Day of the Russia-Ukraine War: Critical Events Timeline

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The war in Ukraine continues to escalate, as the conflict enters its 825th day. On May 30, 2024, Russia’s defense ministry reported neutralizing 13 Ukrainian aerial drones in the southern Krasnodar region, while Ukraine’s air force claimed to have destroyed seven Russia-launched missiles and 32 drones overnight. The mayor of Kharkiv, Ihor Terekhov, stated that critical infrastructure in the city was shelled, injuring four people. In total, nine people were reported killed in Russian attacks across the country, including two in Nikopol, located near the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.

Ukraine’s Interior Minister, Ihor Klymenko, confirmed the end of search and recovery efforts at a hardware superstore in Kharkiv that was bombed by Russia, raising the death toll to 19. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken emphasized the role of US-provided weapons in stabilizing the front line against intensifying Russian attacks and pledged to adjust military support in response to developments on the battlefield. Meanwhile, Deputy Secretary of State Kurt Campbell accused China of supporting Russia’s military efforts in Ukraine, calling for collective action by European and NATO countries to address Chinese actions that are perceived as destabilizing.

In a diplomatic response to the conflict, Wally Adeyemo, deputy secretary of the US Treasury, met with Ukrainian officials in Kyiv to discuss financial support, sanctions enforcement on Russia, and the use of frozen Russian assets for Ukraine’s benefit. Russian researcher Dmitry Suslov suggested the possibility of a “demonstrative” nuclear explosion as a means to influence Western decision-making regarding Ukraine’s use of arms against Russian targets. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken reiterated unwavering support for Moldova during a visit to the country, characterized by concerns over Russian aggression and bullying tactics in the region.

Amidst these developments, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko joined Russia in suspending the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE), which limits military equipment deployment in Europe. In Poland, security services arrested individuals suspected of espionage activities related to military movements near the Ukrainian border, highlighting the complex regional dynamics at play. Additionally, former Russian militia commander Igor Girkin lost his appeal against a jail term for criticizing the conduct of the war in Ukraine, underscoring the internal divisions and repercussions faced by dissenting voices within Russia.

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