Abolition of customs duties between Ukraine and the United Kingdom
Ukraine and the United Kingdom have legally enshrined the abolition of import duties and tariff quotas in bilateral trade by signing an agreement. It will be valid for 12 months, but may be extended by agreement between the parties for a new term.
Due to the abolition of import duties and tariff quotas, Ukrainian business will be able to increase exports of high value-added goods in the future. This will not only promote the development of Ukrainian production, but also increase foreign exchange earnings and strengthen Ukraine's economy.
Death of journalist turned soldier Oleksandr Makhov
The death of journalist and serviceman of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Oleksandr Makhov, who worked for Dom and UA TV channels, has been reported.
Oleksiy Matsuka, the editor-in-chief of the Dom TV channel, told us that Oleksandr had been fighting on the Kharkiv axis since the first day of the war. The details of the fighter's death are currently being clarified, and the Ministry of Defense promises to announce them later. In an evening video address, President Volodymyr Zelensky paid tribute to Oleksandr Makhov.
US intelligence is helping to kill Russian generals
The New York Times writes that U.S. intelligence is helping the Armed Forces to kill Russian generals. According to high-ranking U.S. officials, the United States provided intelligence to Ukraine to help the Ukrainian Armed Forces target and eliminate Russian generals.
According to Ukrainian officials, about 12 Russian generals were killed on the front lines during Russia's war against Ukraine. U.S. officials declined to say how many of those generals were killed directly as a result of U.S. intelligence aid.
344 people were evacuated from Mariupol
On May 4, 344 people were evacuated via the Mariupol humanitarian corridor. These include women, children and the elderly from Mariupol, Manhush, Berdyansk, Tokmak and Vasylivka.
A new safe passage operation has been successfully conducted today.— OCHA Ukraine (@OCHA_Ukraine) May 4, 2022
The @UN & @ICRC worked together to accompany civilians from conflict-affected areas, including Mariupol.
People evacuated will now receive assistance from humanitarian partners. pic.twitter.com/JYOh0l8rIL
The occupiers are changing tactics in the south
The Zaporizhzhia regional authorities reported that the Russian occupation forces were changing their tactics compared to the first days of the war: now the Russians are playing by ear, studying and analyzing the tactics of the Armed Forces, looking for weaknesses. The occupiers have become more cautious, instead of just throwing troops in heaps, the regional military administration noted.
Disabling social networks in the Kherson Oblast
The Russian "administration" of the temporarily occupied Kherson Oblast said it planned to block local residents from accessing Instagram, Facebook and "other groups that discredit the region even by their names and act as extremist organizations."
631 missiles from Belarus
At least 631 missiles have been launched from the territory of Belarus on Ukraine since the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion. These strikes continue to this day — they were recorded, in particular, on May 3.
Up until the beginning of April, the number of launches increased daily, and Ukraine suffered the most bombings from Belarus on April 1. According to the monitoring group, missiles were fired every 10 minutes that day, with a total of at least 56 warheads covering the retreat of the Russian Federation from northern Ukraine.
Enemy air strikes did not affect supply of weapons
The Pentagon said that Russian air strikes on important infrastructure facilities were aimed at impeding the supply of military aid to Ukraine from the West. However, Russia's plans have failed: the United States still has the ability to supply Ukraine with military assistance, including weapons systems, a DoD spokesman said.
Russia wants to control access to the Black Sea
According to British intelligence, Russia is focusing on key cities such as Odesa, Kherson and Mariupol to fully control access to the Black Sea. This will allow it to control Ukraine's sea lines of communication, which will negatively affect the Ukrainian economy.
Finland suspects Russia of violating airspace
Finland suspects that a Russian Mi-17 helicopter violated the country's airspace. The Finnish Border Guard Service has launched a preliminary investigation into the incident, Yle reports, citing the Finnish Ministry of Defense.
According to the ministry, a Russian ship violated the country's airspace along the eastern border at about 10:40 a.m. on May 4. The helicopter flew 4-4.5 kilometers deep into Finland.
This is the second violation of airspace committed by a Russian plane this year. The previous case was recorded on April 8, when the airspace was violated by a Russian state passenger plane.
New sanctions for tech companies
The AliExpress online store has stopped accepting sanctioned bank cards to pay for orders, and the Russian version of Downdetector is no longer available. SE Ranking program has ceased operations in Russia, Accountor has initiated withdrawal from the Russian market, while Wolters Kluwer has ceased operations in Russia and Belarus.