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Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky poses for a picture with U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), and Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) before a meeting, as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, in Kyiv, Ukraine May 14, 2022. (Reuters Photo)

Russia Ukraine War Live: Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and a delegation of GOP senators met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv during an unannounced visit Saturday, delivering the latest show of American solidarity with the country at war with Russia. “Our delegation reaffirmed to President Zelenskyy that the United States stands squarely behind Ukraine and will sustain our support until Ukraine wins this war,” McConnell said, according to news agency Reuters.

Ukrainian forces have launched a counteroffensive near the Russian-held town of Izium in eastern Ukraine, Reuters reported on Saturday. This could prove a serious setback for Moscow’s plans to capture the entire Donbas region. Russian forces have focused much of their firepower on the Donbas in a “second phase” of their invasion that was announced on April 19, after they failed to reach the capital Kyiv from the north in the early weeks of the war.

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Meanwhile, Group of Seven foreign ministers vowed on Saturday to reinforce Russia’s economic and political isolation, continue supplying weapons to Ukraine and tackle what Germany’s foreign minister described as a “wheat war” being waged by Moscow.

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NATO expects Turkey not to hold up Finland, Sweden’s membership

NATO and the United States said on Sunday they were confident Turkey would not hold up membership of Finland and Sweden in the Western military alliance, as the two Nordic states took firm steps to join in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Finnish President Sauli Niinisto confirmed on Sunday that his country would apply to join NATO, while Sweden’s ruling Social Democrats announced an official policy change that would pave the way for their country to apply within days.

“Today the Swedish Social Democratic Party took a historic decision to say yes to apply for a membership in the NATO defense alliance,” tweeted Sweden’s foreign minister, Ann Linde. “The Russian invasion of Ukraine has deteriorated the security situation for Sweden and Europe as a whole.”

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Turkey, which had surprised its allies in recent days by saying it had reservations about Finnish and Swedish membership, laid out its demands on Sunday on the sidelines of a meeting of foreign ministers in Berlin. Ankara said it wanted the Nordic countries to halt support for Kurdish militant groups present on their territory, and lift bans on some sales of arms to Turkey. 

Sweden’s ruling party backs joining NATO, paving the way to forbid

Sweden’s ruling Social Democrats said on Sunday they backed the country joining NATO, abandoning decades of opposition in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and creating a large parliamentary majority in favor of membership.

With neighboring Finland already set to hand in its application, Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson is now all but certain to launch a formal application within days. “The party board has at its meeting on May 15, 2022, decided that the party will work toward Sweden applying for membership in NATO,” the Social Democrats said in a statement.

Joining NATO was a distant prospect just months ago, but Russia’s attack on Ukraine has prompted both Sweden and Finland to rethink their security needs and seek safety in an alliance they stood apart from during the long Cold War. 

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Turkey lays out demands as Finland, and Sweden seek NATO membership

Turkey’s foreign minister said on Sunday that Sweden and Finland must stop supporting terrorist groups in their countries, provide clear security guarantees and lift export bans on Turkey as they seek membership in NATO.

Speaking after a NATO foreign ministers meeting in Berlin, Mevlut Cavusoglu said he met his Swedish and Finnish counterparts and all were seeking to address Turkey’s concerns. He added that Turkey was not threatening anybody or seeking leverage but speaking out, especially about Sweden’s support for the PKK Kurdish militant group, deemed a terrorist group by Turkey, the European Union, and the United States.

Finland confirmed on Sunday that it would apply for NATO membership and Sweden is expected to follow suit, in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. However, Turkey’s concerns may pose an obstacle, as any decision on NATO enlargement requires unanimous approval by all 30 member states. 

NATO’s Stoltenberg says Russia’s Ukraine offensive not going to plan

Russia’s offensive in Ukraine is failing and its operation in the Donbas region has stalled, NATO’s secretary-general said on Sunday.

“Russia’s war in Ukraine is not going as Moscow had planned. They failed to take Kyiv,” Jens Stoltenberg told reporters by video link. “They are pulling back from Kharkiv and their major offensive in Donbas has stalled.” 

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Russia says it strikes Ukraine positions in battle for Donbas

Russia said on Sunday it had pummelled Ukrainian positions in the east with missiles, targeting command centers and arsenals as its forces seek to encircle Ukrainian army units in the battle for Donbas.

Nearly three months since the Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine, Russian and Russian-backed forces are still in control of an area of Ukraine about the size of Greece along the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea and in Ukraine’s east bordering Russia. Russian forces have been driven out of the area around the city of Kharkiv in the northeast in the past two weeks, their most rapid losses since being expelled from areas around Kyiv and the north of Ukraine at the start of April.

Russia, which annexed Crimea in 2014, is trying to capture two eastern provinces known as the Donbas. Its forces have been pushing down from the city of Izium south of Kharkiv in an attempt to surround Ukrainian forces between Izium and Russian-controlled territory around the city of Donetsk. 

NATO deputy chief ‘confident’ of finding consensus on Finland, Sweden membership

NATO is confident that it can overcome objections by Turkey and quickly admit Finland and Sweden, its deputy chief said on Sunday, as the alliance prepares for a historic enlargement in the Nordic region prompted by Russia’s war on Ukraine.

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Foreign ministers from NATO’s 30 member states are holding two days of talks this weekend in Berlin that are focused on the two Nordic countries’ membership bids. Their formal application to join NATO is expected within days.

However, on Saturday, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu unexpectedly raised objections, saying it was “unacceptable and outrageous” that the prospective new NATO members gave support to the outlawed Kurdish militant group PKK. It was not immediately clear whether discussions between Cavusoglu and several NATO foreign ministers as well as their Finnish and Swedish counterparts later in the evening had yielded any progress in resolving the dispute. 

Finnish president confirms his country will apply to join NATO

Finland’s President Sauli Niinisto confirmed on Sunday that his country would apply for membership in the NATO military alliance.

The announcement came after Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin said on Thursday they both favored NATO membership, in a major policy shift prompted by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Russia, which shares a long land border with Finland, has said it would be a mistake for Helsinki to join the transatlantic alliance and that it would harm bilateral ties. 

Ukraine’s top diplomat meets US Secretary of State, touts more weapon supplies

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Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Sunday he had met US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Berlin and that ‘more weapons and other aid is on the way to Ukraine’.

‘We agreed to work closely together to ensure that Ukrainian food exports reach consumers in Africa and Asia. Grateful to Secretary Blinken and the US for their leadership and unwavering support,’ Kuleba tweeted. Kuleba was due to brief NATO foreign ministers meeting in Berlin on Sunday on the situation on the ground in Ukraine and on how the alliance can further help the country as it battles invading Russian forces for the 12th week. 

Saudi oil giant Aramco’s first-quarter profits surge by 80%

Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine leading to soaring oil prices, Saudi Aramco said on Sunday that its profits soared more than 80 percent in the first three months of the year. The bumper first-quarter earnings by the firm formally known as the Saudi Arabian Oil Co show a record net income of $39.5 billion, up from $21.7 billion during the same period last year

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The figure marks the oil group’s highest quarterly profit since 2019, when the Saudi government, which owns 98% of the company, listed a sliver of its worth on Riyadh’s Tadawul stock exchange. In a statement, Aramco’s chief executive appeared to suggest that the disruption from the war in Ukraine had underscored the vital role of oil and gas companies like Aramco. 

Russian village bordering Ukraine shelled, one wounded: Governor

One person was wounded when forces in Ukraine fired at a Russian village close to the border, Vyacheslav Gladkov, the governor of the Belgorod region, said in a post on the Telegram messaging app early on Sunday. G7 warns of Ukraine grain crisis, asks China not to aid Russia

The Group of Seven leading economies warned Saturday that the war in Ukraine is stoking a global food and energy crisis that threatens poor countries, and urgent measures are needed to unblock stores of grain that Russia is preventing from leaving Ukraine.

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, who hosted a meeting of top G-7 diplomats, said the war had become a “global crisis.”

The G-7 nations also called on China not to help Russia, including by undermining international sanctions or justifying Moscow’s actions in Ukraine.

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Beijing should support the sovereignty and independence of Ukraine, and not “assist Russia in its war of aggression,” they said. 

Early Sunday strike hits Ukraine’s military infrastructure in Lviv

A strike hit Ukraine’s military infrastructure in the Lviv region early Sunday. There is no information on casualties yet, the region’s governor said. (Reuters)

Russians withdraw from around Kharkiv, batter east

Russian troops were withdrawing from around Ukraine’s second-largest city after bombarding it for weeks, the Ukrainian military said Saturday, as Kyiv and Moscow’s forces engaged in a grinding battle for the country’s eastern industrial heartland.

Ukraine’s military said the Russian forces were pulling back from the northeastern city of Kharkiv and focusing on guarding supply routes while launching mortar, artillery, and airstrikes in the eastern province of Donetsk to “deplete Ukrainian forces and destroy fortifications.” 

Top US Senate Republican meets Zelensky

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky welcomes U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), and Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) before a meeting, as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, in Kyiv, Ukraine May 14, 2022. (Reuters)

Russia-Ukraine war highlights: NATO vows to provide military aid to Ukraine as long as necessary

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and a delegation of GOP senators met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv during an unannounced visit Saturday, delivering the latest show of American solidarity with the country at war with Russia. “Our delegation reaffirmed to President Zelenskyy that the United States stands squarely behind Ukraine and will sustain our support until Ukraine wins this war,” McConnell said, according to news agency Reuters.

After meeting in the Baltic Sea resort of Weissenhaus, senior diplomats from Britain, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, the United States, and the European Union pledged to continue their military and defense assistance to Ukraine for “as long as necessary”.

They would also tackle what they described as Russian misinformation aimed at blaming the West for food supply issues around the world due to economic sanctions on Moscow. They urged China not to assist Moscow or justify Russia’s war, according to a joint statement.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, Greece’s foreign minister said that the country fully supports Sweden’s and Finland’s plans to join NATO.

“Greece has excellent relations with these two countries, which are also members of the European Union,” Nikos Dendias said in Berlin where he will attend an informal meeting of NATO ministers. “The Greek side has a very clear stance (on the matter), we are ready to welcome Sweden and Finland to the NATO family, we believe they have much to offer,” he added.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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