Ukraine war: US imposes visa restrictions on Russian military officers| 5 points
With the Ukraine war continuously on since the past 74 days, there is no sign of peace. Day before it marks the victory of Soviet Union over the Nazi Germany in the Second World War, Russia has intensified its attack in the neighbouring country. Moscow's defence ministry on Sunday said its high-precision missiles destroyed weapons and military equipment supplied to the Ukrainian forces from the United States and other western countries at a railway station near Soledar.
Here are the top developments unfolding in warzone Ukraine on the 74th day.
1. US First Lady Jill Biden's unannounced visit to Ukraine was the highlight of the day. After spending Mother's Day with displaced Ukrainian mothers in Slovakia, Biden surprised everyone when she secretly travelled to the town of Uzhhorod, about a ten-minute drive from a Slovakian border village. She was welcomed by her Ukrainian counterpart Olena Zelenska. Zelenska thanked Biden for her “courageous act” and said, “We understand what it takes for the U.S. first lady to come here during a war when military actions are taking place every day, where the air sirens are happening every day -- even today.”
2. After Jill Biden, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau made an announced visit to the Ukrainian town of Irpin, AFP reported. Irpin Mayor Oleksandr Markushyn posted pictures on an official social media channel with pictures of Trudeau writing that the Canadian prime minister "came to Irpin to see with his own eyes all the horror that the Russian occupiers had done to our city."
3. The United States will impose fresh sanctions against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, Ukrainian foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba said after his discussions with his American counterpart Antony Blinken.
4. The Group of Seven or G-7 leaders have said that the group will reinforce Russia's economic isolation and ‘elevate' a campaign against the Russian elites who are supporting Vladimir Putin. After meeting virtually with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, the leaders said they would cut off key services on which Russia depends, reinforcing the isolation of Russia "across all sectors of its economy."
5. The US State Department on Sunday announced a raft of visa bans and a new policy of visa restrictions on more than 2,500 Russian military officials and Russian-backed forces in Ukraine, according to a department fact sheet, Reuters reported. The State Department also said it designated eight Russian maritime-related companies and added 69 vessels to a US Treasury Department sanctions list.
In a move that may have an impact on the terms of the growing Russia-India energy partnership - India has enhanced import of Russian energy since the war in Ukraine began as energy prices spiral - the G7 countries are considering imposing “price caps” on Russia's oil to dilute revenue inflows to Moscow. The West has alleged that these inflows are helping Russian President Vladimir Putin finance the war in Ukraine.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said at a summit of the Group of Seven rich democracies on Monday there would be no return to the times before Russia's attack on Ukraine, which had ushered in long-term changes in international relations. "It is good, important and necessary that we talk to each other. Listening to each other creates mutual understanding and makes our work easier," he said.
Leonardo Del Vecchio, the Italian entrepreneur who transformed the tiny optics workshop he started in the Dolomite mountains into the undisputed world leader in eyewear and amassed one of the biggest fortunes in his country along the way, has died. The rise brought Del Vecchio the second-largest fortune is Italy -- after the chocolate-making Ferrero family -- with a net worth was $25.7 billion as of June 1, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
Russian shelling of the city of Kharkiv in northeast Ukraine killed four people and wounded 19 on Monday, the regional governor said. There was no immediate comment from Russia, which denies targeting civilians. Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24. "Doctors are providing all the necessary assistance. Information on the number of victims is being updated," Oleh Synehubov, governor of the Kharkiv region, said on the Telegram messaging app.
The Public Security Directorate said a gas tank sprung a leak while being transported. It did not identify the contents of the tanker. The directorate said authorities sealed off the area after evacuating the injured to hospitals and sent specialists in to deal with the leak. The directorate said 10 people were killed and 251 injured. A local health official, Dr. Jamal Obeidat, urged people to stay inside and close windows and doors.