Finnish leaders back NATO bid

Zelenskyy applauds Finland’s NATO push

In Berlin, Ukrainian Kuleba welcomes positive changes in Germany’s position

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba hailed Germany’s response to the war with Russia during his visit to Berlin on Thursday, saying the country had now taken a leading role following strained relations Berlin-kyiv.

In an interview with German broadcaster ARD, Kuleba said there have been positive changes, after Germany decided to deliver heavy weapons to Ukraine and support an EU embargo project on Russian oil following pressure from its allies.

During the top Ukrainian diplomat’s visit, which will also include an appearance at the G7 foreign ministers’ meeting on Germany’s Baltic Sea coast, Kuleba said he planned to push for EU membership. Ukraine to the EU, as well as new sanctions against Russia and a response to food scarcity threatened by the conflict.

Once hockey buddies, the Finnish and Russian presidents are now far apart

They shared an ice rink and a cordial relationship once, but as Finland on Thursday announced its intention to join NATO “without delay”, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Finnish President Sauli Niinisto couldn’t be further apart. each other.

Finland’s decision in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is sure to redraw Europe’s security map and upset Putin, who cited NATO’s expansion to the gates of the Russia as one of the existential threats to her nation before launching the war.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) a
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Finnish President Sauli Niinisto take part in a friendly ice hockey match in the resort town of Igora near Saint Petersburg, June 22, 2012. Alexei Nikolsky/AFP via Getty Images File

Now the Nordic nation, which shares an 810-mile border with Russia, is expected to gain early membership to join the alliance.

There was no immediate reaction from the Kremlin.

Huge explosion shakes Azovstal steelworks as Russian shelling continues

Ukrainian fighter trapped in Mariupol steelworks asks Elon Musk for help

One of the fighters locked in a steel mill besieged by Russian forces in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol has enlisted SpaceX billionaire Elon Musk to help evacuate them.

Scores of civilians were rescued from the sprawling Azovstal factory last week under a deal with Russia, but no deal has been reached with Moscow on allowing hundreds of fighters out, including some are injured, after weeks of shelling.

“@elonmusk people say you come from another planet to teach people to believe in the impossible. Our planets are side by side, because I live where it is almost impossible to survive, ”wrote the Navy Commander Serhiy Volina on Twitter.

“Help us get out of Azovstal to a mediating country. If not you, then who? Give me a clue.”

Musk, the world’s richest man, owns rocket company SpaceX and electric car maker Tesla, and plans to buy Twitter. It wasn’t immediately clear if Musk had seen Volina’s tweet.

How Ukrainian Volodymyr Zelenskyy Became a Global Phenomenon

He has been described as heroic, inspirational and a “champion” of the democratic world.

Three months ago, Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelenskyy was an increasingly unpopular leader of one of Europe’s poorest countries. Today he has become a symbol of the battle between democracy and authoritarianism – one that continues to push the world to keep its attention on a war that has already killed thousands and has no end. easy in sight.

Experts say one of the defining moments of Zekenskyy's wartime leadership was his decision to stay in kyiv.
Experts say one of the defining moments of Zekenskyy’s wartime leadership was his decision to stay in kyiv.Max Butterworth/NBC News

At the start of the war, when it became clear that Ukrainians were resisting Russian military power against all odds, Zelensky became a hero not only to Ukrainians, but also to many Westerners, who saw him as a fighter for freedom and the besieged. liberal order.

“A lot of people in the West see that Ukrainians are not only defending their country, but also democratic values ​​and ideals,” said Volodymyr Fesenko, political analyst and head of Ukrainian think tank Penta. “Zelenskyy has become a symbol of this fight.

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Estonian PM offers ‘full support’ for neighboring Finland’s NATO bid

Ukrainian flags wave during a national football match

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Ukrainian flags wave during a charity soccer match between the Ukrainian national team and Borussia Moenchengladbach in Germany on May 11, 2022. Ying Tang/Associated Press

Finland must make offer to join NATO ‘without delay’, leaders say

Finland’s leaders on Thursday announced their intention for the country to join NATO “without delay”, a move that would bolster the strength of the Western military alliance in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and redraw the map of the country. European security.

British Prime Minister visits Sweden and Finland
Finnish President Sauli Niinisto speaking to the media from the presidential palace on May 11, 2022 in Helsinki.Frank Augstein/WPA Pool via Getty Images

The Nordic nation, which shares an 810-mile border with Russia, is expected to gain early membership to join the alliance and neighboring Sweden is expected to follow with its own bid in the coming days.

“NATO membership would strengthen Finland’s security. As a member of NATO, Finland would strengthen the entire defense alliance,” President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Sanna Marin said in a joint statement on Thursday.

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Ukraine retakes areas near Kharkiv as Russian forces retreat east, UK says

Ukrainian forces have recaptured some areas north of Kharkiv, where they are continuing their counterattacks as Russian forces retreat to the east, according to the UK Ministry of Defense.

“Despite Russia’s success in encircling Kharkiv early in the conflict, it reportedly withdrew its forces from the area to reorganize and rebuild its forces after heavy casualties,” the ministry wrote. The Russian forces would have been pushed back east of the Silverskyi Donets River.

Residents of some areas of the Kharkiv region that remain under occupation have been cut off from electricity, water and cell service, Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said.

Zelenskyy: Joining NATO could have saved Ukraine

Cyberattack destroyed one of Russia’s biggest video platforms for days

One of Russia’s largest video streaming websites has been rendered unusable for three days after being the target of a cyberattack.

RuTube, designed as a Kremlin-friendly counterpart to YouTube, returned online Wednesday afternoon after dark Monday. RuTube said in posts on its official Telegram channel that it had been the target of the “biggest cyberattack” it had ever seen.

The site is still loading slowly and it is unclear when full service will be restored.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has caused a near-constant stream of low-level cyberattacks on both countries’ websites. The Ukrainian government has even given the “IT Army,” a group of so-called hacktivists, permission to launch almost daily attacks against targets it wants to overwhelm with web traffic.

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