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President Zelensky: “Russia Has Not Lost This Many Planes In Any War In Decades”

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President Zelensky: “Russia has not lost this many planes in any war in decades”. Image: Ukraine Gov

IN his nightly address, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced that his country’s armed forces had downed 200 of Russia’s planes and destroyed more than Russian 3,000 tanks.

Speaking to the nation on Friday, May 13, Mr Zelensky, who is set to join the World Economic Forum’s ‘Davos’ meeting towards the end of May, revealed the damage Russia had suffered at the hands of the Ukrainian army – which includes the loss of 200 planes.

“Today (May 13) we can report on the 200th downed Russian military aircraft,” he said.


“Russia has not lost so many aircraft in any war in decades. And Russia has lost almost 27,000 soldiers, many of them young conscripts. Russia has lost more than three thousand tanks, armoured combat vehicles, a large number of conventional military vehicles, helicopters, drones and all its prospects as a state.”

He added: “No one today can predict how long this war will last. But we are doing everything we can to liberate our land quickly. This is our priority – to work every day to make the war shorter.

“However, this depends, unfortunately, not only on our people, who are already doing the maximum. It also depends on our partners. On European countries, on the countries of the whole free world.”


The 44-year-old also said that Ukraine is continuing to restore de-occupied territories.

“As of today, 1015 settlements have been de-occupied, which is plus six in the past 24 hours. We return electricity, water supply, communications, transport, and social services there. It is important.”

“Of course, we remember every city and every community that is still under occupation. Kherson, Melitopol, Berdyansk, Enerhodar, Mariupol and all cities and towns of Donbas… The gradual liberation of the Kharkiv region proves that we will not leave anyone to the enemy,” he said.


As noted by the president, Russia continues to launch attacks on the Kharkiv region.

In fact, Ukrainian intelligence has revealed that Russian troops have been destroying bridges in the Kharkiv region – and could launch similar attacks in the Kherson region – to ‘complicate the counteroffensive of the Ukrainian Armed Forces’.

Vadim Skibitsky, a representative of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence’s Main Intelligence Directorate, said on Friday, May 13: “Our assessment is very simple: in general, the Kherson region is a very important region for the Russian Federation, we understand this.

“First of all, it is a land bridge that connects the Russian Federation with the occupied Crimea, and secondly, it is an element of ensuring the life of Crimea – this is water, this is electricity.”

He added: “Our nuclear power plant was seized for a reason, and, accordingly, Russia will do everything possible to hold on to this territory.”


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Queues, Queues, Queues, Schiphol Warns Delays Will Continue Throughout Summer

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Queues, queues, queues, Schiphol the latest to warn staff shortages mean delays throughout summer Image Twitter @mariana_d_s

Schiphol has warned that delays and queues will continue throughout the summer due to ongoing staff shortages.

According to news site NH Nhieuws, the airport management have said they are struggling to gear up to cope with the increase in passengers as the number of flights returns to normal.

The shortage of staff that is affecting the airport, and others across Europe including the likes of Heathrow and Manchester, has led to long queues at check-in desks and airport security. Baggage handling is also said to be affected.

A spokesperson told nu.nl: “Up to and including the summer it will be a similar situation to during the May holidays,” referring to the delays over the weekend of the 22 May and Wednesday, May 25..

In a familiar story at other airports, queues were said to be out of the building, with dozens of flights either cancelled or moved to other airports.

Erik Maas, a spokesperson for Trade union CNV, told local broadcaster NH Nieuws the situation is so serious that extra help is needed to make sure no-one gets hurt. He said: “We are getting worrying signals.’

The union would like to see extra border police brought in at peak periods to “de-escalate” the situation as and when necessary.

A security official, NH Nieuws spoke to said: “Passengers have been waiting in the queue for hours and then just as they get to the front, we close the lane.

“Then people start shouting, whistling and hitting against the windows.”

Another commented that sometimes large groups of people force their way forward. “There is no way of controlling these groups.”

Junior Defence Minister Christophe van der Maat, responding to calls to bring the army in to help, said that soldiers will not be deployed to diffuse problems at Schiphol. “It is not up to the army to come and sort out the mess.”

“Particularly not if the private sector should be doing it.”

Staff shortages in the airline industry remain acute with little sign of any improvement, and that could mean queues are a feature of summer travel in 2022.


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BREAKING NEWS: Major General Of The Russian Police Accused Of War Crimes

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BREAKING NEWS: Major General of the Russian Police accused of war crimes Credit: Prosecutor General of Ukraine

Major General of the Russian Police Oleh Yakushev reportedly commanded the looting at the captured Chornobyl nuclear power plant according to the Prosecutor General of Ukraine.

The full statement on the Major General of the Russian Police was published on the Prosecutor General of Ukraine’s website stating:

“The head of the Vyshgorod district prosecutor’s office in Kyiv region was informed in absentia on suspicion of encroaching on Ukraine’s territorial integrity and non-transcendence.”

“The alleged war crimes and violations of the law and customs of war were committed by a major-general of the militia, who was acting as a senior operative of the Russian Federal National Guard Troops (article 110, part 3, and part 2, article 110, part 2, of the Criminal Code). Article 110(3), Article 437(2), Article 438(1) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine).”

“According to the investigation, after the Russian troops occupied the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, the suspect was in charge of the operation of its illegal seizure.”

“To execute his malicious orders from the warehouses, workshops, administrative buildings, offices and industrial workstations of the enterprise about 2000 items of property worth over 26 million UAH were stolen.”

“The occupants equipped and completely dismantled the Central Analytical Laboratory, which analysed the radioactive waste at various stages of its management. This made it impossible for the staff to control the radioactive waste.”

“The investigation is being carried out by the Vishgorod District Department of the National Police Headquarters in Kyiv region, operational supervision is being carried out by the SBU Headquarters in Kyiv and Kyiv region. Kyiv and Kyiv region.”


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Stephen Clinch, Star Of Love/Hate Passes Away Suddenly Aged 52

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Stephen Clinch, star of Love/Hate passes away suddenly aged 52.

Stephen Clinch, the popular Irish actor who starred in the crime drama Love/Hate has died suddenly at the age of 52.

Stephen Clinch, probably best remembered for playing Noely, the criminal in the popular RTE Irish crime drama Love/Hate, has passed away suddenly at the age of 52. He was reportedly found dead in Dublin this Tuesday, May 24. His funeral will take place on May 28, according to dailystar.co.uk.

“One of the funniest and most decent people I’ve ever known. As loyal as a friend you could ever want. Love you Clinchy. Will miss you always. Rip”, John Connors, his fellow Love/Hate star wrote on his Instagram story.

Clinch, from Kilbarrack, North Dublin, had a successful television acting career, with roles in Stalker, King of the Travellers, Cardboard Gangsters, and Darklands. Mark O’Connor, the director of Darklands paid tribute to the late actor, posting: “You made mistakes but you came through them. An incredible actor, the only one to star in all my films & Darklands”.

“I’m the worst eejit for doing what I done, I had no reason to do it”, said the father of three in 2016, after serving time for armed robbery.

He added: “I was quite content in my life, I was getting a good bit of work. I was getting a good bit of film work, I was doing all good things, everything was great for me, and then I just drifted back into that madness, you know?”.

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