- Russian President Vladimir Putin warns Finland becoming a member of NATO could be ‘a mistake’ as Moscow halted electrical provides to the Nordic nation.
- Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says “very advanced negotiations” with Russia are below approach to get fighters out of the besieged Azovstal plant in Mariupol.
- Mitch McConnell, the highest Republican within the US Senate, makes a shock go to to Kyiv, assures Ukraine of sustained assist.
- A convoy of tons of of vehicles that left Mariupol reaches security in Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia.
- Ukraine’s Kalusch Orchestra wins Eurovision with the folks hip hop tune, “Stefania”.
Listed below are all the most recent updates:
Turkey gives sea evacuation for wounded Mariupol fighters: Erdogan aide
A spokesman for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Ankara has proposed finishing up a sea evacuation of wounded fighters holed up in a metal plant within the southern Ukrainian metropolis of Mariupol.
Ibrahim Kalin advised the Reuters information company that he had personally mentioned the proposal with Ukraine’s Zelenskyy in Kyiv two weeks in the past and that it stays “on the desk” though Moscow has not agreed to it.
Underneath the plan, folks evacuated from the huge Azovstal metal plant could be taken by land to the port of Berdyansk, which like Mariupol is on the Sea of Azov, and a Turkish vessel would take them throughout the Black Sea to Istanbul, he mentioned.
“If it may be performed that approach, we’re completely satisfied to do it. We’re prepared. In reality our ship is able to go and convey the injured troopers and different civilians to Turkey,” mentioned Kalin, who can be Erdogan’s high international coverage adviser.
In #Mariupol, the Russian military continues storming #Azovstal plant. Russian troops drop bombs, use heavy artillery, tanks and huge numbers of infantry to aim to storm #Ukrainian positions, — #Azov particular unit mentioned.
There are Ukrainian troopers in “Azovstal” on the photographs pic.twitter.com/ucNuK97dSD
— SUSPILNE NEWS 📰 (@suspilne_news) May 14, 2022
Zelenskyy hails Ukraine’s Eurovision win, pledges to host contest in Mariupol in the future
Ukraine’s president has praised the Kalush Orchestra’s win within the Eurovision tune contest.
“Our braveness impresses the world, our music conquers Europe!” Zelenskyy mentioned in a Telegram put up.
As winners of this yr’s Eurovision, Ukraine will host subsequent yr’s contest. Zelenskyy mentioned he hoped to in the future host the contributors and company of Eurovision in a “free, peaceable and rebuilt” Mariupol.
Blinken arrives in Germany for NATO assembly
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has arrived in Germany forward of an off-the-cuff assembly of NATO international ministers in Berlin.
The gathering will take into account strikes by Finland and Sweden to hitch the navy alliance, in addition to methods during which NATO can assist Ukraine with out being drawn into the battle with Russia.
I’ve arrived in Berlin the place I will informally meet with @NATO international ministers to debate our alliance and sustained motion to deal with Russia’s unprovoked aggression in opposition to Ukraine.
— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) May 14, 2022
Mitch McConnell assures Ukraine of ‘sustained assist’
The Republican chief of the US Senate has reaffirmed Washington’s assist for Ukraine throughout a shock go to to Kyiv.
In an announcement, Mitch McConnel mentioned he reassured Zelenskyy that US “stands squarely behind Ukraine and can maintain our assist till Ukraine wins this battle”.
A delegation of Senate Republicans simply left Ukraine after visiting Kyiv and assembly with President Zelenskyy. We noticed firsthand the braveness, unity, and resolve of the Ukrainian folks. My full assertion: pic.twitter.com/bsgCMLiZ6M
— Chief McConnell (@LeaderMcConnell) May 14, 2022
Ukraine wins Eurovision Track Contest
Ukraine has received the Eurovision Track Contest, driving a wave of public assist throughout Europe for the embattled nation and buoyed by an infectious people hip hop melody.
Kalush Orchestra’s tune “Stefania” beat out 24 opponents within the finale of the world’s greatest reside music occasion on Saturday. Sung in Ukrainian, the successful tune fused rap with conventional people music and was a tribute to band frontman Oleh Psiuk’s mom.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy despatched good luck needs earlier within the evening, saying that if Kalush Orchestra had been to win it will have an enormous symbolic that means.
“For us at the moment, any victory is essential,” he mentioned in his nightly tackle.
Russia had been excluded from the competitors in Turin due to its invasion of Ukraine.
Mariupol convoy reaches security, refugees recount ‘devastating’ escape
A big convoy of vehicles and vans carrying refugees from the ruins of Mariupol has arrived within the Ukrainian-controlled metropolis of Zaporizhzhia after ready days for Russian troops to permit them to depart.
The refugees that arrived on Saturday first needed to get out of Mariupol after which by some means make their approach to Berdyansk – some 80 km additional west alongside the coast – and different settlements earlier than the 200 km drive northwest to Zaporizhzhia.
Nikolai Pavlov, 74, mentioned he had lived in a basement for a month after his condo was destroyed. A relative utilizing “secret detours” managed to get him out of Mariupol to Berdyansk.
“We barely made it, there have been numerous aged folks amongst us … the journey was devastating. But it surely was value it,” he mentioned after the convoy arrived at midnight.
An aide to Mariupol’s mayor mentioned earlier that the convoy numbered between 500 to 1,000 vehicles and was the most important single evacuation from town since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
A convoy of vehicles with #Mariupol residents (from 500 to 1,000 vehicles), which had been ready for greater than three days to move, was allowed to enter Zaporizhzhia, mentioned Mariupol Mayor’s Adviser Petro Andryushchenko. #UkraineRussiaWar #Ukraine️ pic.twitter.com/5JE0y3Nnz1
— SUSPILNE NEWS 📰 (@suspilne_news) May 14, 2022
Envoy says Russian diplomats in US threatened, enticed by FBI, CIA
Russia’s envoy to the US says Russian diplomats in Washington are being threatened with violence and US intelligence companies are attempting to make contact with them, in response to the TASS information company.
“It’s like a besieged fortress. Principally, our embassy is working in a hostile setting … Embassy workers are receiving threats, together with threats of bodily violence,” TASS quoted Ambassador Anatoly Antonov saying on Saturday.
“Brokers from US safety companies are hanging round outdoors the Russian embassy, handing out CIA and FBI cellphone numbers, which may be known as to ascertain contact,” the ambassador advised TASS.
Russia and the US have been locked in a dispute over the dimensions and functioning of their respective diplomatic missions since earlier than Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
US’s Mitch McConnell meets Zelenskyy in Kyiv
Mitch McConnell, the highest Republican within the US Senate, paid an unannounced go to to Kyiv with different Republican senators and met the Ukrainian president for talks.
McConnell was accompanied by fellow Senators Susan Collins, John Barrasso and John Cornyn.
Zelenskyy hailed the go to as a robust sign of US bipartisan assist for Ukraine and the energy of relations between the 2 nations.
“We mentioned many areas of assist for our state, together with in defence and finance, in addition to strengthening sanctions in opposition to Russia,” Zelenskyy mentioned in a video tackle, including that he harassed to the senators the necessity for Russia to be designated a terrorist state.
McConnell is urgent Republican Senator Rand Paul to finish his opposition to a $40 billion help bundle for Ukraine, which has overwhelming assist from each main events within the US.
Ukraine band makes plea for Mariupol at Eurovision
Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra made a plea for town of Mariupol and fighters holding out on the Azovstal metal plant on the finish of their look within the Eurovision Track Contest.
“Please assist Ukraine, Mariupol. Assist Azovstal proper now,” lead singer Oleh Psiuk shouted from the entrance of the stage within the Italian metropolis of Turin after the band carried out its tune “Stefania”.
Russian forces have bombarding the steelworks within the southern port of Mariupol, the final bastion of tons of of Ukrainian defenders in a metropolis which is nearly utterly managed by Russia after greater than two months of a siege.
Putin tells Finnish president: Becoming a member of NATO could be ‘mistake’
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has advised his Finnish counterpart that becoming a member of NATO could be “a mistake”, as Moscow reduce off its electrical energy provide to the Nordic nation earlier.
“Putin harassed that the tip of the standard coverage of navy neutrality could be a mistake since there isn’t a risk to Finland’s safety,” the Kremlin mentioned in an announcement on Saturday.
“Such a change within the nation’s political orientation can have a adverse affect on Russian-Finnish relations developed over years in a spirit of fine neighbourliness and cooperation between companions,” it mentioned.
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