From Neutral to NATO: Finland Announces Proposal to Join Alliance
Ukrainian forces allegedly burned a Russian naval warship in the Black Sea.
The reported airstrike took place near Snake Island, which became famous at the beginning of the war when Ukrainian soldiers stationed there told a Russian warship “Damn yourself”.
The allegations against Vsevolod Bobrov were made by Serhiy Braatchuk, spokesman for the Odesa Regional Military Administration. independent The report cannot be independently verified.
The development comes as the Kremlin threatens to take “retaliatory action” if Finland joins NATO.
“As a NATO member, Finland will strengthen the entire defense alliance,” President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin said in a joint statement.
“Finland should apply for NATO membership without delay. We hope that the national action still necessary to make this decision will be taken expeditiously in the next few days,” he added.
Russian forces have opened fire on civilians in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s minister said.
Ukraine’s Deputy Interior Minister Yeben Jenin said Russian troops opened fire on civilians from a tank in a village in Kharkiv province.
“In a village in the Kharkiv region, police have confirmed that Russian soldiers have opened fire on civilians from tanks,” he said via Telegram’s messaging app.
“So we don’t have to talk about the moral framework of the Russian army,” he said. Ukrainian Pravda.
Alisha Rahama SakarMay 13, 2022 05:33
G7 to discuss food security and Moldova on Friday
The G7 foreign ministers will meet in Germany on Friday to discuss food security issues and the situation in Moldova following Russia’s war in Ukraine.
The annual meeting, which runs through Saturday, brings together top diplomats from the UK, Canada, Germany, Italy, France, Japan, the US and the European Union at the Baltic resort of Weissenhaus.
The foreign ministers of Ukraine and Moldova are expected to attend talks on Friday, and Western countries have reaffirmed their support for the two countries.
Alisha Rahama SakarMay 13, 2022 05:16
50% increase in Russian oil imports despite sanctions
According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), Russia’s oil imports rose by 50% in 2022, despite full-blown Western sanctions after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The Paris-based agency said in its report that Moscow sold about 8 million barrels of crude oil and products combined per day, generating revenues of around $20 billion (£16.2 billion) per month in 2022.
According to the report, the European Union remains the largest market for Russian exports in April, accounting for 43% of Russian exports, the report said.
Alisha Rahama SakarMay 13, 2022 05:01
Russians forced to use household appliances on military equipment
The Biden administration claims that sanctions imposed on Moscow are forcing the Russian military to use computer chips from dishwashers and refrigerators in some military equipment.
Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said at a Senate hearing this week that the ban on technology exports to Russia is disrupting ground forces as a legitimate attack on Ukraine proceeds.
At the hearing, Raimondo said: “When Ukrainians found Russian military equipment on the ground, they got reports that it was full of semiconductors from dishwashers and refrigerators.
After President Vladimir Putin declared war on February 24, US technology exports to Russia fell by 70%.
Alisha Rahama SakarMay 13, 2022 04:44
Ukraine calls for evacuation of injured Mariupol fighter jets
In the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, the wives and relatives of a Ukrainian fighter who were hiding in the Azovstal steel mill in the besieged port of Mariupol marched for rescue.
After a two-month siege, Russian forces bombed an ironworks, the last fortress of the Ukrainian garrison, in a city that was almost completely under Russian control.
“I want all the defenders there to go home and live a normal life with their children and relatives,” Maria Zimareva, a brother who works in the factory, told Reuters.
“They got it. Why can’t others walk the streets with their loved ones but they can’t? Why is no one helping them?”
Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said the start of new negotiations revolved around a roadmap for rescue operations. “We will start with those who are seriously injured,” she said.
Alisha Rahama SakarMay 13, 2022 04:32
Footage taken at the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol
A rare video has appeared online that claims to show the battle for the Azovstal steel mill in Mariupol.
The following is courtesy of Ukrainian journalist Illia Ponomarenko.
Rory SullivanMay 13, 2022 03:00
Germany welcomes Finland’s hopes of joining NATO
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz supported Finland’s desire to join NATO, saying Helsinki has full support.
Finland announced on Thursday that it wants to join NATO “without delay”.
Rory SullivanMay 13, 2022 02:00
Russian helicopter claims to be shot down over Luhansk, Ukraine
The Ukrainian Air Force claimed to have shot down a Russian Mi-24 helicopter over Luhansk on Thursday.
The Ukrainian military commander wrote on Facebook that “Ukraine detected four enemy helicopters and shot down a second pair of leaders.”
The claim has not been independently confirmed.
Rory SullivanMay 13, 2022 01:00
Truss urges G7 to impose more sanctions on Putin
Liz Truss has urged other G7 foreign ministers to impose more sanctions to deter Vladimir Putin’s aggression.
“President Putin is humiliating himself on the world stage,” British foreign secretary said at a meeting in Germany on Thursday. We have to make sure he loses in Ukraine, which doesn’t benefit him and ultimately limits further attacks.”
“The best long-term security for Ukraine will come from being able to defend itself. This means giving Ukraine a clear path to NATO standard equipment,” she added.
Rory SullivanMay 12, 2022 23:59
Canada sends generals and staff to new NATO units in Latvia
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada would send more senior military staff to a new NATO unit in Latvia.
Trudeau said the general and six chiefs of staff will work to support local military operations.
“It will continue to be used as an important part of our advances in NATO’s defense and deterrence capabilities,” he added.
Latvian Prime Minister Krizanis Karins called the move “a step in the right direction”.
“This is mainly to send a message to Moscow and[President Vladimir]Putin that we are serious about defending ourselves,” he said.
Rory SullivanMay 12, 2022 23:00