From neutral to NATO: Finland announces application for membership
Ukrainian forces have set fire to a Russian Navy logistics ship in the Black Sea, sources say.
The reported strike is said to have occurred near Snake Island, which became famous early in the war when a Ukrainian soldier stationed there told a Russian warship to fuck itself.
The allegation about Vsevolod Bobrov was made by Serhiy Bratchuk, a spokesman for the Odessa Regional Military Administration. The Independent was unable to independently verify the report.
The development comes as the Kremlin threatened to take “retaliatory steps” if Finland joins NATO after Helsinki announced on Thursday that it wants to join the alliance.
“As a member of NATO, Finland would strengthen the entire defense alliance,” President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin said in a joint statement.
“Finland must immediately apply for NATO membership. We hope that the national steps still needed to make this decision will be taken quickly within the next few days,” they added.
Russian forces opened fire on civilians in Kharkiv, the Ukrainian minister said
Russian troops opened fire on civilians from a tank in a village in Kharkiv Oblast, Ukraine’s first deputy interior minister Yevhen Yenin said.
“In one of the villages in the Kharkiv region, the police established the fact that Russian soldiers, think about it, opened fire on civilians from a tank,” he said via the messaging app Telegram.
“Therefore, we don’t need to talk about any moral framework of the Russian military,” he said loudly Ukrainska Pravda.
Alisha Rahaman SarkarMay 13, 2022 05:33
G7 to discuss food security and Moldova on Friday
Foreign ministers of the G7 countries are expected to meet in Germany on Friday to hold talks on food security and the situation in Moldova amid the Russian war in Ukraine.
The annual meeting, which runs until Saturday, brings together top diplomats from Britain, Canada, Germany, Italy, France, Japan, the United States and the European Union in the Baltic Sea resort of Weißenhaus.
Ukraine’s and Moldova’s foreign ministers are expected to attend Friday’s talks, with Western nations reaffirming their support for the two countries.
Alisha Rahaman SarkarMay 13, 2022 5:16 am
Russia’s oil revenues are up 50% despite sanctions
Russia’s oil revenues have soared 50 percent in 2022 despite sweeping sanctions imposed by the West after Moscow’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, the International Energy Agency said.
The Paris-based agency said in its report that in 2022 Moscow was earning about $20 billion (£16.2 billion) each month from the combined sale of crude oil and products at about 8 million barrels a day.
The European Union remained the largest market for Russian exports in April, accounting for 43 percent of the country’s exports, the report said.
Alisha Rahaman SarkarMay 13, 2022 05:01
Russians forced to use household appliances in military equipment
Russian troops are being forced to use computer chips from dishwashers and refrigerators in some of their military equipment because of sanctions imposed on Moscow, the Biden administration has claimed.
Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo told a Senate hearing this week that a ban on technology exports to Russia is now hampering its military on the ground as its unprovoked assault on Ukraine continues.
“We have reports from Ukrainians that when they find Russian military equipment on the ground, it’s filled with semiconductors that they took out of dishwashers and refrigerators,” Ms Raimondo said at the hearing.
Since Vladimir Putin declared war on February 24, US technology exports to Russia have plummeted by 70 percent.
Alisha Rahaman SarkarMay 13, 2022 4:44 am
Ukrainians demand evacuation of injured Mariupol militants
In the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, wives and relatives of Ukrainian militants holed up at the Azovstal Steelworks in the besieged port of Mariupol marched to demand their rescue.
Russian forces bombard the steelworks, the last bastion of Ukrainian defenders in a city almost completely controlled by Russia after a two-month siege.
“I want all the defenders who are there to go home so they can have a normal life with their children and relatives,” Maria Zimareva, whose brother works at the plant, told Reuters.
“You have earned it. Why can the others take to the streets with their loved ones and they can’t? Why isn’t anyone helping them?”
Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said they had started a new round of negotiations on a roadmap for a bailout. “We will start with the seriously injured,” she said.
Alisha Rahaman SarkarMay 13, 2022 4:32 am
Photographs from the Azovstal Steelworks in Mariupol
Rare footage has surfaced on the Internet purporting to show the battle for the Azovstal Steel Plant in Mariupol.
Here it is, courtesy of Ukrainian journalist Illia Ponomarenko:
Rory SullivanMay 13, 2022 03:00
Germany welcomes Finland’s desire to join NATO
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has backed Finland’s desire to join NATO, saying he fully supports Helsinki.
Finland announced on Thursday that it intends to apply for NATO membership “immediately”.
Rory SullivanMay 13, 2022 02:00
Russian helicopter shot down over Luhansk, Ukraine claims
The Ukrainian Air Force has claimed to have shot down a Russian Mi-24 helicopter over Luhansk on Thursday.
“Ukraine spotted a group of four enemy helicopters and shot down the leader of the second pair,” a Ukrainian commander wrote on Facebook.
The claim has not been independently verified.
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 stem Vladimir Putin’s aggression.
At a meeting in Germany on Thursday, the British Foreign Secretary said: “Putin is humbling himself on the world stage. We need to make sure he faces a defeat in Ukraine that will deny him any advantage and ultimately limit further aggression.”
“The best long-term security for Ukraine comes from being able to defend itself. That means providing Ukraine with a clear path to standard NATO equipment,” she added.
Rory SullivanMay 12, 2022 23:59
Canada sends general and staff to new NATO unit in Latvia
Canada will send more senior military personnel to a new NATO unit in Latvia, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.
The general and six staff officers will work to support regional military activities, Mr Trudeau said.
“It will continue to be an important part of our expansion of NATO’s defense and deterrence capabilities,” he added.
Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins called the move a “step in the right direction”.
“It’s a message to Moscow and to (President Vladimir) Putin first and foremost that we’re dead serious about defense,” he said.
Rory SullivanMay 12, 2022 11:00 p.m
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