Russia-Ukraine war live: at least one person dead

At least one dead, 15 injured in attack on Dnipro medical facility – Zelenskiy

Volodymyr Zelenskiy has announced that one person has been killed and 15 injured in a Russian attack this morning on a medical facility in the city of Dnipro.

In his message, Ukraine’s president said:

Russian terrorists once again confirm their status of fighters against everything humane and honest.

A rocket attack on a clinic in the city of Dnipro. As of now, one person was killed and 15 were wounded. The shelling aftermath is being eliminated and the victims are being rescued. All necessary services are involved.

My condolences to the family of the deceased.

We must defeat these inhumans irrevocably and as soon as possible. Because our time is our people. And our people are the most precious thing in Ukraine.

Dnipro had been subjected to overnight attacks. Ukrainian forces claimed to have shot down 10 missiles and 25 drones sent into their territory by Russia.

Unverified footage from the scene at the clinic is being circulated on social media, which shows injured people among the rubble.

Key events

A German court has ruled that raids conducted last year at the Bavarian villa of Russian-Uzbek oligarch Alisher Usmanov and other locations were unlawful, Reuters reports.

The firm, hired by the Uzbek embassy, said any basis for suspected money laundering by Usmanov “does not exist, has never existed, and all search measures of the public prosecutor’s office in Frankfurt based on this suspicion were, without exception, unlawful”.

In September, more than 250 police officers searched an apparently abandoned lakeside villa in the upmarket Bavarian holiday town of Rottach-Egern as part of the investigation against Usmanov, who is thought to be a close ally to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The law firm hired by the Uzbek embassy said the court’s decision confirmed that the case against Usmanov was “not factually justified, but politically motivated to the exclusion of all else”.

Usmanov’s own defence team also commented, saying in a statement the decision “reaffirmed our client’s trust in Germany as a functioning constitutional state” and that it “should offer food for thought … to everyone who contributed to creating a prejudiced view towards our client throughout Germany”.

Canada will donate 43 AIM-9 missiles to Ukraine to help the country “secure its skies”,the national defence has said.

Canada’s defence minister, Anita Anand, said:

Canada’s support for Ukraine is unwavering. When I travel across Canada, I see Ukrainian flags on homes, small businesses, and cars – because Canadians understand that Ukraine’s fight to defend itself is also a fight for sovereignty, freedom, and independence.

At today’s productive meeting, we discussed Ukraine’s most pressing defence priorities, and I reaffirmed that Canada will be there to support Ukraine in the short and the long-term.

She concluded that Canada remained committed to working closely with allies to provide Ukraine with the support it needs as it continues “its brave fight against Russia’s illegal and unjustifiable war”.

Moscow’s city court will hold a preliminary hearing on 31 May in a new criminal case against the jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny on charges including incitement to extremism, Reuters reports.

Navalny, who rose to prominence by lampooning President Vladimir Putin’s elite and alleging vast corruption, said last month that an “absurd” terrorism case had been opened against him that could see him sentenced to a further 30 years in jail.

Navalny is already serving combined sentences of more than 11 years for fraud and contempt of court in a maximum-security penal colony, on charges that he says were trumped up to silence him.

The court record said the charges against Navalny related to six articles of the Russian criminal code including those on “rehabilitation of nazism”, “organisation of an extremist community”, making “public appeals to commit extremist activity” and inducing citizens to break the law.

Last month, investigators formally linked Navalny supporters to the murder of Vladlen Tatarsky, a popular military blogger and supporter of Russia’s military campaign in Ukraine who was killed by a bomb in St Petersburg. Navalny allies have denied any connection to the killing.

A blast that damaged a residential and office building in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar, east of Crimea, on Friday was caused by two drones, Reuters reports.

Krasnodar’s governor, Veniamin Kondratyev, wrote on Telegram:

There is some damage to buildings, but critical infrastructure was not damaged. And most importantly, there were no casualties.”

More information to come.

On Twitter, Ukraine’s foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba said he was grateful to Mozambique’s president, Filipe Nyusi, for his support during a visit.

He also said Ukraine would establish an embassy in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique.

Kuleba began a tour of African countries this week, visiting Rwandaʼs president, Paul Kagame, on 25 May.

The trip was an attempt to foster better relations with African countries and persuade some to abandon their stances of neutrality towards the war.

Honoured to be received by Mozambique’s President @Filipe_Nyusi. Grateful for his solidarity with the Ukrainian people. We agreed to work on boosting bilateral relations on the basis of mutual respect and interests. As a first step, Ukraine will establish an embassy in Maputo.

— Dmytro Kuleba (@DmytroKuleba) May 26, 2023

Russia’s southern Belgorod region that borders Ukraine has come under attack from Ukrainian artillery fire in the past 24 hours, AFP reports.

The Belgorod town of Graivoron, about 7km (4.5 miles) from the Ukrainian border, was under fire for several hours, with four houses, a store, a car, a gas pipeline and a power line damaged, Belgorod governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said on social media.

Five districts were repeatedly attacked by drones, mortars and artillery and the village of Kozinka had been struck more than 130 times, according to Gladkov.

The attacks on the border region came as Kyiv said it was preparing for a major counteroffensive against Moscow’s forces.

Gladkov did not report casualties in the attacks.

Summary of the day so far …

  • Volodymyr Zelenskiy announced that one person has been killed and 15 injured in a Russian attack Friday on a medical facility in the city of Dnipro. In his message, Ukraine’s president said: “Russian terrorists once again confirm their status of fighters against everything humane and honest.” The injured included two children aged three and six who have been hospitalised. Ukraine’s ombudsmen says another four people are considered missing.

  • Ukraine claims to have shot down 10 missiles and 25 drones launched by Russia in overnight attacks on the capital Kyiv, the city of Dnipro and eastern regions, Ukrainian officials said on Friday. The Ukrainian air force said it had shot down 10 missiles fired from the Caspian Sea, and 23 Iranian-made Shahed drones and two reconnaissance drones. It said a total of 17 missiles and 31 drones had been launched during the attacks, which started at about 10pm local time on Thursday and continued until 5am on Friday. Several drones and several missiles hit targets in the Kharkiv and Dnipropetrovsk regions, officials said. There was no immediate word of any deaths.

  • Denis Pushilin, the Russian-imposed leader of the occupied Donetsk region, has said the city of Donetsk has come under fire from Ukrainian forces. As a result, he said, a young woman died and another was injured.

  • Ukraine struck two regions in southern Russia with a rocket and a drone, though the missile was shot down by air defences, according to Russian officials and media reports. In the southern Russian city of Krasnodar, a blast damaged a residential and office building, officials said. In the neighbouring Rostov region, the local governor said a Ukrainian missile had been shot down by air defences on Thursday near Morozovsk, where there is a Russian airbase.

  • Russia’s deputy security council chair, Dmitry Medvedev, said on Friday that negotiations with Ukraine were “impossible” as long as Zelenskiy was in power. Ukraine has previously ruled out negotiating with Russia while Vladimir Putin remained in power.

  • China hopes the Black Sea grain initiative deal can be implemented in a balanced and comprehensive manner, and wants to cooperate on global food security, foreign ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said on Friday.

  • Japan will place additional sanctions on Russia after the Group of Seven (G7) summit the country hosted last week agreed to step up measures to punish Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, the chief cabinet secretary, Hirokazu Matsuno, said on Friday.

Oleh Synyehubov, governor of Kharkiv, has posted to Telegram a video of himself at the location of a Russian overnight strike. Accompanying the video he writes:

Today we are working in Izium, where last night the enemy inflicted the most massive blow in the entire time of a full-scale invasion with kamikaze drones of the Shahed type.

Industrial enterprises, civil infrastructure were damaged, and a school was destroyed. Private residential buildings were also damaged. Now all services are working in intensified mode to eliminate the consequences of these strikes.

The terror against the civilian population, which the enemy resorts to, is the result of their defeats on the frontline. The Russians constantly try to attack our positions, but suffer losses and retreat. Our soldiers do not concede a single centimetre of Ukrainian territory. Attacks on civilians are another manifestation of the actual powerlessness of the occupiers. We will win. Let’s hold on. Glory to Ukraine!

Suspilne, Ukraine’s state broadcaster, reports that four people are considered missing after the attack on the medical facility in Dnipro, citing human rights ombudsman Dmytro Lubinets.

Ukraine’s first lady, Olena Zelenska, has posted to social media about the Dnipro strike, writing:

Ukrainian medical facilities and civilian objects are again under attack. A terrible level of cynicism to hit a psychological dispensary in the Dnipropetrovsk region with missiles. There are killed and wounded. My condolences to all those who suffered from this terrorist attack.

Ukrainian medical facilities and civilian objects are again under attack. A terrible level of cynicism to hit a psychological dispensary in the Dnipropetrovs’k region with missiles. There are killed and wounded. My condolences to all those who suffered from this terrorist attack.

— Олена Зеленська (@ZelenskaUA) May 26, 2023

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