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News from Ukraine – live: Putin likely lost a third of his invasion force, says MoD

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Senate GOP delegation meets Zelenskyy in Ukraine

According to British military intelligence, Vladimir Putin may have lost a third of his troops invading Ukraine.

In its latest assessment, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said Russia’s campaign in the separatist-controlled Donbass region in eastern Ukraine had “lost momentum” and was now “significantly behind schedule”.

It said: “Russian armed forces are increasingly constrained by diminished capabilities, persistently low morale and reduced combat effectiveness.

“Many of these capabilities cannot be quickly replaced or restored and will likely continue to hamper Russian operations in Ukraine.”

At a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Berlin, Foreign Minister Liz Truss said it was imperative for Western allies to maintain support for Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s government in order to help “push Russia out of Ukraine.”

NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoana said the Ukrainians are now poised – with military and financial support from the West – to defeat the Russians and win the war.

“The brutal invasion of Russia is losing momentum,” he told reporters.

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NATO says Moscow is losing momentum

Almost three months after Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, the war was “not going as Moscow had planned,” NATO said on Sunday after its meeting in Berlin.

“Ukraine can win this war,” said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, adding that the alliance must continue to provide military support to Kyiv.

While Moscow was losing ground on the diplomatic front, Vladimir Putin’s forces also failed to make territorial gains in eastern Ukraine.

Mr Stoltenberg’s statement comes after two Nordic nations – Sweden and Finland – announced their intention to join the military alliance, despite Russia’s objections.

Alisha Rahaman SarkarMay 16, 2022 4:35 am

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In case you missed it, Sweden is applying to join NATO

Sweden will follow Finland’s bid to join NATO after the country’s ruling Social Democrats announced on Sunday that they would end their opposition to membership in the bloc.

Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said a formal application to join the military alliance could be made within days given the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine.

At a press conference, she said Sweden would be in a “very vulnerable” position if it did not join, adding: “We believe Sweden needs the formal security guarantees that come with NATO membership.”

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Lamiat SabinMay 16, 2022 03:00

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Rapes by Russian soldiers are “widespread” in Ukraine, says MP

Ukrainian MP Kira Rudik said that ‘rape crime is indeed widespread in Ukraine amid the Russian invasion’.

She told Sky News there were reports of Russian soldiers sexually abusing women in “almost every liberated city” in Ukraine.

Ms Rudik said: “The stories are really, really disturbing.”

A report said a woman was raped in front of her nine-year-old son, she said.

Lamiat SabinMay 16, 2022 02:00

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Monday papers: Ukraine on British front pages

The Independent: ‘End protocol dispute by using flexibility shown to Ukraine, UK tells EU’

Metro: “Kyiv will host Eurovision… and one day it will be in Mariupol”

The mirror: Eurovision star – “Now I’m fighting for Ukraine”

The Express: “Russia loses a third of its troops”

The times: “Thirds of Russian invaders destroyed”

The Scot: Zelenskyy – “Mariupol will hold Eurovision”

The sun: ‘herovision’

Lamiat SabinMay 16, 2022 01:00

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Russia “lost about 27,400 troops” during the invasion, Ukraine says

The Defense Ministry of Ukraine has estimated that Russia has lost about 27,400 soldiers, 200 planes, 1,220 tanks and 164 helicopters to date.

The number has been in effect since the start of the Russian invasion on February 24, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense said.

Lamiat SabinMay 16, 2022 00:01

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Zelensky says he will help ‘focus the world’s attention on Ukraine’

Volodymyr Zelenskyy said his plan to keep the war in Ukraine in the headlines and boost the country’s bid for European Union membership includes addressing universities and parliaments around the world.

The President of Ukraine said in his nightly address to Ukrainians: “[A] The task, which becomes all the more important the longer the war goes on, is to do everything possible to draw the world’s attention to us, to Ukraine.

“Information about our needs should be constantly and daily in the news of all countries that are important to us.

“Especially for this purpose – for more information and political support of Ukraine – I will communicate with students of leading American universities on Monday.

“These are 63 US universities and two Canadian universities that unite hundreds of thousands of students and are a large professional and research community. Your voice will definitely strengthen our skills.

“A separate address to Stanford University students is also planned for the end of May.”

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Mr. Zelensky continued: “I am also preparing to communicate with Ukrainian students from the leading universities of our country… I will definitely continue to address the parliaments of Ukraine’s European partner states.

“Our task is the status of a candidate for EU membership of Ukraine, and later – accession to the European Union under the accelerated procedure. Every state counts. Every vote counts… That is why I will be addressing the Luxembourg Parliament shortly.

“By the way, we are also working to expand the geography of such special speeches in the parliaments of Africa and Asia.

“A speech to the participants of the Davos Forum is planned for May 23rd. This year the conference will be of particular importance for our country. Post-war reconstruction is being discussed.”

Lamiat SabinMay 15, 2022 11:00 p.m

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Russia “hacked into Lviv city IT system and released files”

Russia hacked into the IT system of the western Ukrainian city of Lviv before releasing the files online, a local official said.

Andriy Moskalenko, the first deputy head of Lviv, said that on Friday (May 13) the hackers accessed the city council’s administrative system and published “part of the working files” on the “Telegram channels of the Russians”.

The main goal of the attack was to disable the city management system, he said.

Smoke billows over the western Ukrainian city of Lviv after an airstrike on May 3

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Mr. Moscalenko said: “Thanks to the coordinated work of all services, the May 13 attack did not affect the basic aspects of the city administration. Some of the services have been temporarily restricted.

“In two nights and two days we managed to restore some of the services. The rest will gradually be restored.”

Lamiat SabinMay 15, 2022 10:30 p.m

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Ukraine ‘repels 17 attacks and shoots down two helicopters in Donbass’

Ukrainian troops today repelled 17 Russian attacks and destroyed 18 units of military equipment, including two helicopters, in the separatist-controlled Donbass region, Ukraine said.

The destroyed Russian military equipment also includes three tanks, an artillery system, six armored fighting vehicles and a car, according to Joint Forces Operation.

Lamiat SabinMay 15, 2022 10:00 p.m

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Finnish President’s NATO talks with Putin were ‘calm and cool’

Finnish President Sauli Niinisto said his recent conversation with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin about Finland’s intention to bid for NATO membership was calm and without threats.

“He has confirmed that he thinks it’s a mistake. We don’t threaten you. Overall the discussion was very, I might say, calm and cool,” Mr Niinisto said in an interview with CNN’s State of the Union.

File photo of Sauli Niinisto and Vladimir Putin – October 2021

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Lamiat SabinMay 15, 2022 9:30 p.m

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The US Senate expects to approve $40 billion in aid to Ukraine

The U.S. Senate is expected to approve about $40 billion in planned aid on Wednesday to help Ukraine amid the ongoing Russian invasion, Republican Senate Chairman Mitch McConnell said.

He told reporters on a conference call from Stockholm after visiting Kyiv on Saturday: “We expect to invoke the continuation motion on Monday – hopefully by a significant margin – which would lead us to submit the amendment on Wednesday authorize. ”

Mitch McConnell with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy

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Mr McConnell was referring to a procedural ‘cloture’ vote, which limits further debate on an issue to 30 hours.

It comes after US President Joe Biden requested $33 billion in aid to Ukraine on April 28, including over $20 billion in military aid.

The US House of Representatives increased the total to around $40 billion and added more military and humanitarian aid.

Lamiat SabinMay 15, 2022 9:00 p.m

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