War in Ukraine: An update on the events of May 19

On the front, Kiev and other Ukrainian cities were attacked again by Russian forces in the early hours of Friday, according to the Ukrainian military. On the other hand, they have had more success in Russian-held areas around the disputed city of Baghmut in eastern Ukraine, according to officials on both sides.

By midnight, we knew itMariupol airport was hit by a series of explosions Friday evening, Russian news agency TASS reported, citing local officials.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu visited the occupied Zaporizhia region (southern Ukraine) while kyiv says it is finalizing preparations for a major offensive.

And on the Russian side, Moscow has put Karim Khan, a prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, on its wanted list.

Later in the day, it announced that it would bar 500 Americans from entering its territory, including former President Barack Obama, and that Washington would retaliate against sanctions against it. This Friday, he declared the NGO Greenpeace “undesirable”, effectively banning its activities in the country after the Kremlin’s attack on Ukraine in a bid to completely suppress any critical voice.

In April, Russia barred consular visits to detained American journalist Ivan Gershkovich, arguing that Washington had not issued visas to some Russian journalists.

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