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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed that if the UK attacks Finland, it will receive Finnish support, including military assistance.

The Prime Minister was speaking at a press conference after signing a new military alliance with Finnish President Sauli Ninisto to deter and prevent further Russian aggression in neighboring countries.

When asked at a press conference, “Will there be British military boots on Finnish territory in the context of a possible conflict with Russia?”, he said, “I think the solemn declaration itself is clear.

“And what that means is that if there is a disaster or an attack on one of us, yes. We will support each other, including military assistance.”

Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Wednesday that his troops had helped drive Russian troops out of four villages near Kharkiv.

A Ukrainian counterattack near a northeastern city could herald a new phase in the conflict, potentially weakening supply lines to Russia and making the Kremlin attack more ineffective.

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Zelensky Talks with Germany to Strengthen Aid and Sanctions

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he had spoken to German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on the phone to discuss support for defense against Russia, cooperation in the energy sector and tightening sanctions.

“We appreciate the high-level dialogue with Germany and support for our struggle!” He said in a tweet.

Tom AmbroseMay 11, 2022 19:15

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Johnson: NATO is a defensive ally

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday that NATO, which Sweden and Finland are considering joining NATO after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, is a defensive ally and does not pose a threat to other countries.

“NATO is a defensive ally. NATO poses no threat to anyone. It exists for mutual defense,” Johnson said at a joint press conference with Finnish President Sauli Ninisto in Helsinki.

This comes after Finnish President Sauli Ninisto and Russian President Vladimir Putin said Finland should look in the mirror if it decides to join NATO to bolster its security.

The Finnish leader was expected to confirm on Friday that Helsinki would apply to join the US-led Western military alliance in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Tom AmbroseMay 11, 2022 18:16

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The Anglo-Finnish security agreement reflects the ‘extreme difficulties of our time’.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said ahead of a joint press conference on Wednesday that “the solemn declaration between Britain and Finland” reflects “the extreme difficulties of our time”.

After signing a parallel agreement with Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson in Hapsund, Prime Minister Johnson said it would help Britain defend the country from any military attack.

Prime Minister Johnson sat across the table with Finnish President Sauli Ninisto ahead of the bilateral meeting. The times in which we find ourselves and the consequences of the aggression we have seen”.

Tom AmbroseMay 11, 2022 18:14

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Britain will come to Finland’s support if Russia attacks

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would support Finland, including military support, if Britain attacks Finland.

“I think the solemn declaration itself is clear,” he said at a press conference with Finnish President Sauli Ninisto when asked if there would be “British boots” on Finnish territory during “possible clashes with Russia”.

“And what that means is that in the event of a disaster or an attack on one of us, yes. We will support each other, including military assistance.

“But the nature of that support will, of course, depend on the request of the other party.

“But it is also to lay the groundwork for strengthening our security and defense relations in other ways.”

Tom AmbroseMay 11, 2022 18:02

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UK and Finland deal ‘help each other’

Britain’s deal with Finland “will always help each other” the prime minister said.

Finnish President Boris Johnson, along with Finnish President Sauli Ninisto, at a press conference in Helsinki, said: “The solemn security declaration we signed today strengthens the partnership between our two countries and represents an unprecedented level in latitude and metaphorical terms. We ensure that we can develop,” he said. .

“From the High North to the Baltic Regions, our armed forces together will formulate a commitment to combine our defense and security capabilities through training, operations and training, and always helping each other.

“Because this is not a short-term stop gap, Sauli.

“This is not a short-term stopgap given NATO membership, but a lasting guarantee between the two countries, a guarantee that brings us closer as we face today’s challenges and tomorrow’s threats side by side.”

Tom AmbroseMay 11, 2022 18:00

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‘Don’t let them die’: the wives of the last remaining Azovstal warriors plead with Pope Francis for help

The wives of the two last remaining Ukrainian fighters hiding at a steel mill in Mariupol asked Pope Francis on Wednesday to help evacuate soldiers from the factory.

After a general audience in St. Peter’s Square, Katerina Prokopenko, 27, and Julia Pedosouuk, 29, spoke with the Pope for about five minutes. It’s not an option.”

Mariupol, a port on the Sea of ​​Azov, suffered one of the most devastating battles of the Ukrainian War. Kyiv said tens of thousands of people have likely died there since the start of the Russian invasion, and the Azovstal steel plant is still the last part of the city to be held by Ukrainian fighters.

Read the full story below.

Thomas KingsleyMay 11, 2022 17:20

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Shipwrecked Russian fighter jet found with rudimentary GPS receiver ‘tape to dashboard’

British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said the charges of Russian failures, including lack of combat readiness and lack of equipment needed to invade Ukraine, should be put at the feet of the Russian army chief of staff in Moscow.

Wallace’s comments came after a GPS receiver was found taped to the dashboard of a shot down Russian SU-34.

Calling Russia’s invasion of Ukraine an “illegal war,” Wallace said on Monday that Russia’s top officers have let their troops down on the ground because their vehicles do not include situational awareness and the necessary digital combat management.

Read our reporter’s full article. Arpan RaiUnder:

Thomas KingsleyMay 11, 2022 17:00

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Ukraine battles Russia for strategic Snake Island in Black Sea

A remote Ukrainian island occupied by Russia on the first day of the invasion became the focus of the battle for control of the western Black Sea coast, which some defense officials believe as Kyiv stepped up efforts to retake it.

Both countries reported fighting again around Snake Island. Snake Island gained worldwide fame in the first hours of the clash when the Ukrainian border guards stationed there rejected the Russian warship’s demands for surrender.

“Russian warships, go and fuck them.” It was recorded as a soldier speaking.

The British Defense Ministry said in a Wednesday update on the war that the fighting continued, saying Russia was “repeatedly trying to strengthen its exposed garrison”.

A Ukrainian counterattack on the island, located near the sea border with Romania and measuring just 0.17 sq km (0.06 sq mi), could determine whether Russia can establish a defensive base there and exercise control over the northwestern Black Sea. There is. , said the Ministry of Defense.

Border guard Roman Hrybov’s declaration of challenge to the Russian cruiser Moskva symbolized Ukraine’s resistance to the invasion worldwide, which Russia calls a “special military operation”.

(Planet Labs PBC)

Thomas KingsleyMay 11, 2022 16:40

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‘Generous British public’ helps Ukrainian appeal set new fundraising record

The British public helped set a new fundraising record through the Ukrainian Appeal of the Disaster and Emergency Committee.

DEC’s Ukrainian Humanitarian Appeal raised £61,997,547 from 3-10 March, confirmed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest amount raised through an online campaign in a week.

Simon Beresford, DEC’s Director of Fundraising and Marketing, said:

Thomas KingsleyMay 11, 2022 16:20

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Finland ‘99% chance of joining NATO’ – former prime minister said

Finland has a 99.9% chance of joining NATO, the former prime minister told the BBC.

Alexander Stubb, who served as Prime Minister from 2014 to 2015, said the Finnish president will announce Finland’s intention to join tomorrow, the government will announce it over the weekend and a joint statement between Finland and Sweden early next week.

He said there was “overwhelming support” for joining the alliance in Finland. An opinion poll conducted on Tuesday showed 76% in favor and 12% against, a significant difference from the numbers before the invasion.

“The only person we can thank for is Putin. He is the reason we joined,” he says. He said Finland is “not at all concerned” about the threat of a “military and technical response” if Russia becomes a member.

“They have always been,” he added. When Iceland, Denmark and Norway joined in 1949, “the investigation was similar,” he added.

(AFP/Getty)

Thomas KingsleyMay 11, 2022 16:00

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