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The latest developments in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. All times EDT:
5:13 a.m.: Ukraine says Russian forces are blowing up bridges to prevent counter-attacks in the northeast, CNN reports.
4:05 a.m.: The latest intelligence update from the U.K.’s defense ministry says at least one of Russia’s most advanced tanks, the T-90M, has been destroyed. It includes improved armor, an upgraded gun and enhanced sateliite navigation systems.
“The conflict in Ukraine is taking a heavy toll on some of Russia’s most capable units and most advanced capabilities,” the update says. “It will take considerable time and expense for Russia to reconstitute its armed forces following this conflict. It will be particularly challenging to replace modernised and advanced equipment due to sanctions restricting Russia’s access to critical microelectronic components.”
3:04 a.m.: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned his people to pay attention to air raid sirens and local curfews ahead of the Russian holiday of Victory Day, The Washington Post reported. The May 9 holiday marks the Soviet Union’s 1945 defeat of Nazi Germany, and Ukraine fears it’ll face more and stronger attacks as the holiday draws nearer.
2:09 a.m.: In his nightly video address, Ukraine’s president said diplomatic efforts were under way to save the Ukrainian soldiers defending the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, Al Jazeera reports.
1:01 a.m.: The Institute for the Study of War, a U.S. think tank, says that “likely widespread civilian resistance” may disrupt Russian plans for a Victory Day event in Mariupol.
12:02 a.m.: The Institute for the Study of War, a U.S. think tank, says that “likely widespread civilian resistance” may disrupt Russian plans for a Victory Day event in Mariupol.
Some information in this report came from The Associated Press, Reuters and Agence France-Presse.