Russia-Ukraine live news: Putin warns Finland over NATO move | Russia-Ukraine war News

  • 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”.
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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.


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.


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”.


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.

Kalush Orchestra from Ukraine appear on stage after winning the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest in Turin, Italy on May 15, 2022 [Yara Nardi/Reuters]
Kalush Orchestra from Ukraine seem on stage after successful the 2022 Eurovision Track Contest in Turin, Italy on Could 15, 2022 [Yara Nardi/Reuters]
Ukrainian service members watch the performance of Kalush Orchestra during the final of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest on May 14, 2022 [Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters]
Ukrainian service members watch the efficiency of Kalush Orchestra through the closing of the 2022 Eurovision Track Contest [Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters]

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.


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.

The Russian Embassy in Washington DC in March 2022 [File photo: Susan Walsh/AP]
The Russian Embassy in Washington DC in March 2022 [File photo: Susan Walsh/AP] (AP Picture)

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.

In this handout photo provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, left, shakes hands with Senator Mitch McConnell in Kyiv, Ukraine on Saturday, May 14, 2022 [Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP]
On this handout picture offered by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Workplace, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, left, shakes arms with Senator Mitch McConnell in Kyiv, Ukraine on Saturday, Could 14, 2022 [Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP]

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.

Kalush Orchestra from Ukraine perform during the final of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest in Turin, Italy, May 14, 2022 [Yara Nardi/Reuters]
Kalush Orchestra from Ukraine carry out through the closing of the 2022 Eurovision Track Contest in Turin, Italy, Could 14, 2022 [Yara Nardi/Reuters]

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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Finland must apply to join NATO ‘without delay’: Finnish leaders | NATO News

Finnish leaders announce a big coverage shift triggered by Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

Finnish President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin have introduced that Finland should apply to hitch the NATO army alliance “directly”.

The coverage shift triggered by Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine was introduced on Thursday, three days earlier than neighbouring Sweden is predicted to comply with go well with.

Finland, which shares a 1,300km (810 mile) border and a tough previous with Russia, has steadily stepped up its cooperation with NATO as a companion since Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula in 2014.

However till Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February, the Nordic nation had kept away from becoming a member of with the intention to keep pleasant relations with its japanese neighbour.

“Finland should apply for NATO membership directly,” Niinisto and Marin mentioned in a joint assertion.

“We hope that the nationwide steps nonetheless wanted to make this determination might be taken quickly throughout the subsequent few days.”

Finland's Prime Minister Sanna Marin speaks
Finland’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin speaks throughout a press convention [File: Franck Robichon/Pool/AFP]

The view amongst Finns on NATO has modified quickly after Russia initiated what it calls a “particular operation” in Ukraine.

Public assist

Finnish public assist for becoming a member of NATO has risen to document numbers over latest months.

The most recent ballot by public broadcaster YLE confirmed 76 p.c of Finns in favour and simply 12 p.c towards it, whereas assist for membership used to linger at solely about 25 p.c for years previous to the all-out battle in Ukraine.

Whereas army non-alignment has lengthy happy many Finns as a manner of staying out of conflicts, Russia’s invasion of sovereign Ukraine has led an rising variety of Finns to view pleasant relations with Russia as an empty phrase.

Ukraine’s destiny has been significantly disturbing for Finland to observe because it fought two wars with Russia between 1939 and 1944, repelling an tried invasion however dropping roughly 10 p.c of its territory within the subsequent peace settlement.

Finland’s fast shift in the direction of NATO is more likely to pull alongside neighbouring Sweden, which is because of announce its determination on the membership utility on Might 15.

Finland, Sweden to drop players from Russian hockey league teams | Russia-Ukraine war News

Finnish, Swedish hockey gamers enjoying in Russia-based league is not going to be chosen for nationwide groups, associations say.

Finnish and Swedish ice hockey gamers enjoying within the Russia-based Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) and different leagues in Russia is not going to be chosen for his or her nationwide groups, the 2 nations’ ice hockey associations have stated.

The transfer adopted Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow describes as a “particular army operation”.

“The place of the Finnish Hockey Affiliation is that gamers enjoying in Russia subsequent season won’t be able to play for the nationwide workforce,” the Finnish Ice Hockey Affiliation stated in a press release on Monday.

Finnish membership Jokerit withdrew from the KHL in late February, days after the invasion.

The Swedish Ice Hockey Affiliation (SIF) stated it was leaning in direction of not choosing Swedish gamers plying their commerce within the KHL, however will make a proper choice after the season ends.

“However what we will now state is that not one of the gamers who participated in the course of the playoffs within the KHL are eligible for the World Cup event in Finland,” the SIF stated in a press release.

Finland is internet hosting the 2022 males’s World Championship from Could 13-29.

As many as 31 Finnish and 30 Swedish gamers have been on KHL rosters, in accordance with the league’s web site, however solely a handful stay following Jokerit’s withdrawal and a number of other gamers selecting to go away their golf equipment following the invasion.

Finland’s males’s ice hockey workforce received Olympic gold in Beijing in February, beating the Russian Olympic Committee workforce within the remaining. Sweden completed fourth.