Russia's military invasion of Ukraine continues.

Russian and Ukrainian forces are fighting in various parts of Ukraine, and many civilians have fled the country. We will update the situation in Ukraine from time to time on the situation in Ukraine (Japan hours), including the status of the battle and the diplomacy of the countries concerned.

(There is a 1-hour time difference between Japan and Ukraine and Moscow, Russia)

Germany requests the closure of four Russian consulates in the country

The German government was forced to close its consulates general because Russia limited the number of diplomats and other German civil servants that could be stationed there, and in response it called for the closure of four Russian consulates in Germany.

Germany imports a large amount of natural gas from Russia and has placed importance on cooperation with Russia, but since the military invasion of Ukraine, diplomats have been repeatedly expelled between the two countries, and relations are expected to deteriorate further in response to this exchange.

Drone attack on fuel storage facility in southern Russia

In Russia, a fire broke out at a fuel storage facility in the southern Krasnodar Krai on the 31st, and the local governor said on social media that it was believed to have been attacked by a drone.

In addition, the governor of the Belgorod province in the western part of the country, which borders Ukraine, posted on social media that children would be evacuated to the neighboring province, saying that the damage was spreading due to a series of attacks by the Ukrainian army, including casualties.

Peskov, a spokesman for the Russian president's office, told reporters: "The situation on the ground is extremely alarming, but measures are being taken."

President Zelensky visits Odessa Oblast for operational talks?

Ukrainian President Zelensky is believed to have visited Odessa Oblast, south-central Ukraine, where he intends to launch a reversal offensive soon, and discussed future operations.

On the other hand, a series of attacks have taken place in Russia, and the Putin administration seems to be nervous.

The Office of the President of Ukraine announced on May 5 that President Zelensky visited the southern Odessa Oblast to meet with representatives of local authorities and military commands.

In it, President Zelensky said that he received a report from the local commander on the status of preparations for the operation and mission, and it is believed that he discussed future operations in the south while indicating that he would soon launch a reverse offensive to retake the territory.