Kyiv, UKRAINE – Ukrainian forces continue to clean up villages north of Kharkiv and as Russian President Vladimir Putin warns Finland’s president that he will join NATO, Ukraine has threatened to block the eastern city of Izum to disrupt Russian supply lines to the Donbass region. A counterattack has begun, officials said. There is a risk of harming relations with Moscow.
According to the Kremlin, Putin to the Finnish president Sauli Ninisto In a phone call on Saturday, he said it would be a mistake for Helsinki to end decades of non-aligned defense policies by joining the NATO. The Finnish leader called Putin to explain how his invasion of Ukraine had changed the security landscape, which prompted Finland to seek NATO membership in the future.