Four regional governors of Russia resign

Four regional governors of Russia resign

 The heads of the Tomsk, Kirov and Mari El regions announced their immediate resignation. The head of the Ryazan region said he would not run for another term. Elections are scheduled to take place in five counties in September. Although Russia's regional governors are elected, they are politically subordinate to the Kremlin. Several governors will leave, representing the region where the ruling political party, United Russia, received weak votes in last year's parliamentary elections. Unpopular governors are regularly removed from office, often submitting their resignations in batches in the spring months. 

Ilya Grashchenkov, head of the Moscow Regional Center for Political Development think tank, said the Kremlin removed a weak governor amid deteriorating economic prospects due to Western sanctions. "There is a need to restructure the economy, especially in areas where Western economic influence has been significant." "These governors need to be replaced with younger alternatives," he said. 

Russia's economy will contract by 8.8% in 2022, the economy ministry said. Reported by The Guardian, here are some of the latest developments in the Russian invasion of Ukraine on the 77th day: 

• Avril Haines, director of US national intelligence, said Russian President Vladimir Putin would "turn to more drastic means" to achieve his goals in Ukraine. 
• Ukraine's vital Black Sea port of Odesa has come under repeated missile attacks, including from several hypersonic missiles. One person was killed and five injured after seven Russian missiles hit a shopping mall and depot on Monday, the military said. 
• Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in his evening address that Ukrainian troops have retaken villages in the Kharkiv region, which could signal a new phase in the war. 
• Belarus will deploy special operations forces in three areas near its southern border with Ukraine in response to "escalating threats" by the US and its allies, the armed forces said. 
• The number of civilians killed in Ukraine since the start of the war is "thousands higher" than the official figure, the head of the UN's human rights monitoring mission in the country said.
• At least 100 civilians remain at the Azovstal steel plant under heavy Russian attack in the southern Ukrainian city of Mariupol, an aide to the mayor said. 
• British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will visit Finland and Sweden this Wednesday. The visit comes as the two Nordic countries are considering applying for NATO membership. 
• Ukrainian officials say they have found the bodies of 44 civilians in the rubble of a building in the northeastern region that was demolished several weeks ago.

• US lawmakers in the House of Representatives voted Tuesday night on a $40 billion aid package for Ukraine. 
• Chinese President Xi Jinping and his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, spoke by telephone on Tuesday (10/5/2022) to discuss Ukraine. 
• Russia has been blamed for a massive cyber attack on satellite internet networks, an hour before Putin ordered his troops to attack Ukraine.

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