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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Kim Jong Un warns of ‘great turmoil’; 21 new ‘fever’ deaths | Coronavirus pandemic News

Restricted testing capabilities counsel the numbers launched are prone to characterize solely a tiny fraction of whole circumstances.

North Korea on Saturday reported 21 deaths and tens of 1000’s extra folks with fever signs as chief Kim Jong Un mentioned the outbreak of COVID-19 had put the nation in “nice turmoil”.

The remoted nation made an unprecedented admission of its first COVID outbreak earlier this week, after claiming no infections because the begin of the pandemic greater than two years in the past.

State media introduced the primary suspected deaths from the virus on Friday.

The brand new deaths and circumstances elevated the entire numbers to 27 deaths and 524,440 sicknesses amid a speedy unfold of fever since late April. North Korea mentioned 243,630 folks had recovered and 280,810 remained in quarantine.

State media didn’t elaborate on how most of the fever circumstances and deaths have been confirmed as COVID-19.

North Korea, considered one of solely two international locations on this planet to not have had a COVID vaccination marketing campaign, has restricted testing capabilities suggesting the numbers launched most likely characterize solely a small fraction of whole infections.

Amid the outbreak, the nation’s ruling Employees’ Occasion met for an emergency assembly on the scenario, in response to KCNA.

“The unfold of the malignant epidemic is a superb turmoil to fall on our nation because the founding,” the state information company quoted Kim as telling the assembly.

He expressed optimism, nevertheless, that officers would be capable of carry the outbreak beneath management, saying most transmissions have been occurring inside communities that had been remoted from each other and never spreading from area to area.

The nation has imposed stronger preventive measures aimed toward proscribing the motion of individuals and provides between cities and counties since Thursday, however state media’s descriptions of the steps counsel individuals are not being confined to their houses.

Consultants say a failure to regulate the unfold of COVID-19 may have devastating penalties in North Korea, given the state of its healthcare system and that its 26 million individuals are largely unvaccinated.

North Korea has been testing about 1,400 folks per week, Harvard Medical College’s Kee Park who has labored on healthcare initiatives within the nation, advised Reuters information company.

Since late April, 524,440 folks have proven indicators of fever, KCNA mentioned.

Epidemic management officers advised the Employees’ Occasion assembly that “most often, human casualties have been attributable to negligence together with drug overdose resulting from lack of information of remedy strategies”, state media mentioned.

North Korea beforehand rejected affords of COVID-19 vaccinations, and whereas South Korea, China and the WHO have all supplied help to assist take care of the outbreak, Pyongyang has but to point whether or not it should settle for their help.