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Finland will apply to join NATO; Russian invasion ‘losing momentum’: Live Ukraine updates

Finland will apply to join NATO; Russian invasion ‘losing momentum’: Live Ukraine updates


A senior NATO official stated Sunday that Russia’s navy advance in Ukraine seems to be faltering and he expressed hope that Kyiv can win the warfare, as Russia’s neighbor Finland introduced it desires to hitch the Western navy alliance.

Prime NATO diplomats are assembly Sunday in Berlin to debate offering additional assist to Ukraine and strikes by Finland, Sweden and others to hitch NATO within the face of threats from Russia.

“The brutal invasion (by) Russia is dropping momentum,” NATO Deputy-Secretary Common Mircea Geoana instructed reporters. “We all know that with the bravery of the Ukrainian folks and armed forces, and with our assist, Ukraine can win this warfare.”

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba met with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Berlin on Sunday. He famous on Twitter that extra American help and weapons are on the best way, and that the international locations would work collectively to get Ukrainian meals exports overseas to Asia and Africa.

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and a small group of Republican senators met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv on Saturday.

►The U.S. is once more accusing Russia of utilizing the U.N. Safety Council to spout disinformation and conspiracy theories about organic weapons in Ukraine to distract from its warfare in Ukraine. U.S. deputy ambassador Richard Mills referred to as the Russian claims “categorically false and ludicrous.”

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The president and authorities of Finland introduced Sunday that the beforehand impartial Nordic nation that shares an extended border with Russia intends apply for membership in NATO, paving the best way for the 30-member Western navy alliance to broaden.

President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin made the announcement at a joint information convention on the Presidential Palace in Helsinki.

“This can be a historic day. A brand new period begins,” Niinisto stated.

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From almost the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin has teased the usage of a nuclear weapon. 

However most political scientists, nuclear arms consultants, Western officers and seasoned Kremlin watchers say it is extremely unlikely he would detonate a nuclear weapon to interrupt an deadlock over Russia’s stalled offensive in Ukraine, now into its third month. 

“If the battle in Ukraine primarily stays an overt one between Russian and Ukrainian forces, with the West enjoying extra of a proxy function, if we keep the place we’re at the moment when it comes to Western involvement within the battle, I see no chance in any respect,” stated Dmitri Trenin, till lately director of the Carnegie Moscow Heart suppose tank. 

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Ukraine celebrated a morale-boosting victory within the Eurovision Tune Contest on Saturday.

The people-rap ensemble Kalush Orchestra received the glitzy, televised Eurovision contest with its tune “Stefania,” which has change into a preferred anthem amongst Ukrainians in the course of the warfare. Votes from residence viewers throughout Europe cemented the victory.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy vowed his nation would declare the customary honor of internet hosting the subsequent annual competitors.

“Step-by-step, we’re forcing the occupiers to go away the Ukrainian land,” Zelenskyy stated.

Senate Minority Chief Mitch McConnell, together with Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, John Cornyn of Texas and John Barrasso of Wyoming, visited Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Saturday.

The go to marks “a robust sign of bipartisan assist for Ukraine from the US Congress, in addition to from the American folks,” Zelenskyy wrote on Telegram.

McConnell instructed Senate colleagues this week that he helps the newest spherical of help lately handed by the U.S. Home.

“Serving to Ukraine will not be an occasion of mere philanthropy. It bears immediately on America’s nationwide safety and important pursuits that Russia’s bare aggression not succeed and carries vital prices,” McConnell stated Thursday, in keeping with a press launch revealed on the senator’s website. 

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