Day 68 of the Invasion of Ukraine: Kyiv recaptures Settlements, Russia prepares to Confiscate Assets

Here are the highlights of events related to the war in Ukraine over the past 24 hours:

The head of the military administration in Kharkiv confirmed that four settlements were recaptured by Kyiv from the Russians: Kutuzivka, Verkhina Rohanka, Slobidske and Prelensne.

Scholz defended his policy for Ukraine

NATO launches Military Exercises in 9 countries

NATO has launched major military exercises on its eastern flank.

From 1 to 27 May, Defender Europe 2022 and Swift Response 2022 will be held in nine NATO countries with 18,000 troops from more than 20 countries. This was announced on May 1 on the website of the Armed Forces of Poland, one of the host countries, quoted by the Ukrainian site "Gordonua".

Poland, Bulgaria, Defiant After Russia Cuts off Gas Supply

Poland and Bulgaria said Russian energy giant Gazprom's decision to halt natural gas supplies to them won't cause unbearable problems as they either have enough gas stored, or have alternatives to draw on.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki called Gazprom's move "a direct attack on Poland, revenge for the sanctions we imposed", in relation to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Festival brings film soleil, rediscovered horror film

Ljubljana – This year’s Festival of Genre Film, dedicated to film soleil, an offshoot of film noir, will get under way tonight with a screening of John Sturges’s Bad Day at Black Rock at Kinodvor cinema in Ljubljana. Another highlight will be a screening of The Amusement Park, a rediscovered film by the horror visionary George A. Romero.

MP: Ukrainians say they received Bulgarian Weapons but our Government says otherwise

Atanas Atanasov, co-chairman of "Democratic Bulgaria" (DB), described as "hypocrisy" the fact that Bulgaria declares that it does not export weapons to Ukraine, and at the same time "according to publications in authoritative Ukrainian publications, Bulgarian products from the military-industrial complex are on the 4th place of supply for the country invaded by Russia."