Russia-Ukraine War LIVE: Finland, Sweden to jointly submit NATO applications Wednesday

Russia-Ukraine War Updates: Russia continued strikes on Lugansk, killing two people and wounding nine during shelling of a Severodonetsk hospital, the Ukrainian presidency said Monday.
A view shows a residential building burnt during Ukraine-Russia conflict in the southern port city of Mariupol on Sunday.
A view shows a residential building burnt during Ukraine-Russia conflict in the southern port city of Mariupol on Sunday.(REUTERS)
Updated on May 17, 2022 11:50 PM IST
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Russia-Ukraine War highlights: As the Russia Ukraine war continues for its 83rd day, A series of explosions struck the western Ukrainian city of Lviv. Some reports said about 10 blasts occurred in quick succession.

In Mariupol, Ukraine's military said it was working to evacuate all remaining troops from their last stronghold in the besieged port of Mariupol, ceding control of the city to Russia after months of bombardment.

Ukraine said troops defending its second-largest city, Kharkiv, had repelled Russian forces and advanced as far as the border with Russia. In eastern Ukraine's Donetsk region, Nine civilians were killed by Russian attacks, the governor said.

Six million refugees have fled Ukraine since the war began on Feb 24, and another eight million have been internally displaced, according to UN agencies.

Russia calls its action a special military operation to demilitarise Ukraine and eradicate what it calls “dangerous nationalists”. The West and Kyiv accuse Russian President Vladimir Putin of unprovoked aggression.

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  • May 17, 2022 11:29 PM IST

    Finland, Sweden to submit applications for NATO membership together on Wednesday

    Following their dramatic decisions to seek NATO membership over Sunday and Monday, Sweden and Finland will submit their applications for becoming a member of the US-led military alliance on Wednesday. During a joint press briefing with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said that she is “happy” that their countries have taken the “same path” and can do it “together”, according to AFP. Read more.

  • May 17, 2022 09:57 PM IST

    Zelensky talks to Macron over phone, discusses Ukraine's EU membership

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Tuesday that he had a “long and meaningful" telephonic conversation with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron about the ongoing war in the east-European nation. “Told about the course of hostilities, the operation to rescue the military from Azovstal and the vision of the prospects of the negotiation process. Raised the issue of fuel supply to Ukraine,” Zelensky wrote on Twitter.

    The Ukrainian President added that the two leaders also spoke about Ukraine's application status for EU membership.

  • May 17, 2022 09:10 PM IST

    ‘If reports are true…’: EU top diplomat on ‘impressive losses’ faced by Russian army

    The European Union's (EU) foreign policy chief Josep Borrel said on Tuesday that if reports and numbers are true, Russia has lost 15 per cent of its soldiers since the beginning of the war in Ukraine. “This is a world record of the losses of an army invading a country,” he told reporters in Brussels after a meeting of the bloc's defence ministers, according to Reuters.

  • May 17, 2022 08:14 PM IST

    Russian prosecutor asks court to declare Ukraine's Azov Regiment "terrorist organization" -Ifax

    The office of Russia's Prosecutor General has asked the Supreme Court to recognise Ukraine's Azov Regiment as a "terrorist organisation", Interfax news agency reported on Tuesday citing the Ministry of Justice website, Reuters reported.

  • May 17, 2022 06:49 PM IST

    Eight dead in Russian strike on Ukraine village housing military facility: local official

    Eight dead in Russian strike on Ukraine village housing military facility, AFP reported.

  • May 17, 2022 06:21 PM IST

    Biden to host leaders of Sweden, Finland amid NATO bids

    President Joe Biden Biden will host Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson of Sweden and President Sauli Niinistö of Finland at the White House for a meeting Thursday amid their push to join NATO in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, AP reported.

  • May 17, 2022 05:42 PM IST

    Russia withdraws from Council of Baltic Sea States: Foreign ministry

    Russia has decided to withdraw from the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS), the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

  • May 17, 2022 04:17 PM IST

    Russian negotiator says Ukraine's Azov fighters 'don't deserve to live'

    A Russian lawmaker taking part in peace talks with Kyiv said on Tuesday that Russia should consider the death penalty for what he called nationalist fighters from Ukraine's Azov regiment, Reuters reported.

  • May 17, 2022 03:31 PM IST

    Russia to expel two Finnish diplomats in tit-for-tat move

    Russia's foreign ministry said on Tuesday that it was expelling two diplomats from the Finnish embassy in Moscow in retaliation against Helsinki's decision to expel two of its diplomats, Reuters reported. 

  • May 17, 2022 02:35 PM IST

    265 Ukrainian soldiers surrendered at Azovstal: Russian ministry

    Russia's defence ministry said Tuesday that 265 Ukrainian soldiers, including several dozen wounded, surrendered at the besieged Azovstal steel plant in Ukraine's port city of Mariupol, AFP reported. 

  • May 17, 2022 02:11 PM IST

    Czech volunteer found shot dead in Ukraine

    The Czech Republic said on Tuesday one of its citizens had died in Ukraine. Local media identified him as a volunteer shot dead and found in a roadside grave. The 49-year-old truck driver had gone to the war-torn country to help drive people to safety soon after Russia invaded, his wife told Czech media.

  • May 17, 2022 01:39 PM IST

    UK ‘strongly supports’ Sweden, Finland joining NATO, reports PTI

    The UK government has said it “strongly supports” the expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) as Sweden and Finland confirmed their intention to apply for membership of the military alliance, in a historic shift of foreign policy stance in the wake of the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

    UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said on Monday evening that the two Nordic countries should be integrated into NATO, which operates on a collective defence basis under which an attack against any one ally is considered as an attack against all allies.

  • May 17, 2022 11:25 AM IST

    Russian governor says border village draws Ukrainian fire; no injuries

    A village in Russia's western province of Kursk bordering Ukraine came under Ukrainian fire on Tuesday, regional governor Roman Starovoit said as per news agency Reuters, but there were no injuries, although three houses and a school were hit.

    Russian border guards returned fire to quell the shooting from large-calibre weapons on the border village of Alekseyevka, Starovoit wrote on messaging app Telegram.

  • May 17, 2022 10:25 AM IST

    Ukraine says over 1,000 schools destroyed by Russia

    The Ukrainian government says Russia has shelled more than 1,000 schools, destroying 95, news agency AFP reported. On May 8, a bomb flattened a school in Zaporizhzhia which, like School No. 21 in Chernihiv, was being used a shelter. As many as 60 people were feared dead.

  • May 17, 2022 09:17 AM IST

    Putin warns Finland, Sweden over NATO

    President Vladimir Putin said on Monday Sweden and Finland joining NATO would be no threat to Russia but warned the Western alliance that moving troops or weapons into the Nordic neighbours would provoke a "response."

  • May 17, 2022 08:22 AM IST

    Turkey objects as Sweden, Finland seek NATO membership

    Turkey´s president on Monday complicated Sweden and Finland´s historic bid to join NATO, saying he cannot allow them to become members of the alliance because of their perceived inaction against exiled Kurdish militants.

  • May 17, 2022 07:43 AM IST

    US may send more aid to Ukraine soon

    The U.S. Senate voted to advance $40 billion more aid for Ukraine in its war against Russia, setting the stage for a vote on the bill possibly later this week.

  • May 17, 2022 07:19 AM IST

    Ukrainian soldiers evacuated from Mariupol steelworks

    Hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers have been evacuated from the besieged Azovstal steelworks -- the last holdout of troops defending the southern port city of Mariupol -- Kyiv said on Monday.

    The plant had become a symbol of resistance, with around 600 soldiers holed up in underground tunnels and bunkers fighting a rear-guard battle to prevent Russian troops taking full control of the strategically located city.

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‘Will have to drag him kicking and screaming': UK's Boris Johnson on the brink

A growing number of lawmakers in his ruling Conservative Party have said the game is up for Johnson.
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, foreground and Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak take part in a cabinet meeting.(AP)
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, foreground and Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak take part in a cabinet meeting.(AP)
Published on Jul 06, 2022 07:01 AM IST
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‘Cannot continue like this’: What Rishi Sunak said as he quit Johnson cabinet

  • UK PM Boris Johnson has been embroiled in various scandals, including the so-called "Partygate" affair, which saw him receive a police fine for breaking his own coronavirus lockdown restrictions in Downing Street.
Rishi Sunak reacts as Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a Cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street, in London.(AFP / File)
Rishi Sunak reacts as Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a Cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street, in London.(AFP / File)
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US July 4 parade shooting suspect charged with seven murder counts

Lake County State's Attorney Eric Rinehart said Robert Crimo of Highwood, Illinois, would eventually face "dozens of more charges."
Robert E Crimo was arrested hours after Illinois was gripped by shock and horror. (Twitter )
Robert E Crimo was arrested hours after Illinois was gripped by shock and horror. (Twitter )
Updated on Jul 06, 2022 04:48 AM IST
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UN, US urge probe into deadly Uzbekistan unrest

The unrest, pitting protesters against security forces, represented the most significant challenge yet to the rule of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev since he rose to power from the post of prime minister in 2016.
UN, US urge probe into deadly Uzbekistan unrest(Reuters)
UN, US urge probe into deadly Uzbekistan unrest(Reuters)
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UK PM names Nadhim Zahawi as new finance minister after Rishi Sunak resigns

Downing Street said Queen Elizabeth II had approved the appointment of Zahawi.
UK PM names Nadhim Zahawi as new finance minister after Rishi Sunak resigns
UK PM names Nadhim Zahawi as new finance minister after Rishi Sunak resigns
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In July 4 US parade shooting, gunman fired over 70 rounds, says police

Investigators who have interrogated the suspect and reviewed his social media posts have not determined a motive for the attack or found any indication that he targeted anyone by race, religion or other protected status, Covelli said.
In July 4 US parade shooting, gunman fired over 70 rounds, says police(REUTERS)
In July 4 US parade shooting, gunman fired over 70 rounds, says police(REUTERS)
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Scandinavian Airlines files for bankruptcy in US as 1,000 pilots walk-out

  • SAS said that its operations and flight schedule will be unaffected by the announcement.
Scandinavian airline SAS filed for Chapter 11 to tackle its debt burden.(Bloomberg)
Scandinavian airline SAS filed for Chapter 11 to tackle its debt burden.(Bloomberg)
Published on Jul 06, 2022 12:01 AM IST
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UK FM Rishi Sunak, health secy Sajid Javid quit in protest against PM Johnson

Treasury chief Rishi Sunak and Health Secretary Sajid Javid resigned within minutes of each other
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak walk out of Downing Street.(REUTERS)
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak walk out of Downing Street.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 05, 2022 10:55 PM IST
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US' Antony Blinken to meet Chinese foreign minister at G-20, silent on Russia

Blinken will see China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the G-20 gathering in Bali, the department said in a statement that made no mention of any possible meeting between Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who will also be attending the G-20 event.
File photo of Secretary of State Antony Blinken. (AFP)
File photo of Secretary of State Antony Blinken. (AFP)
Published on Jul 05, 2022 10:32 PM IST
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City to be locked down after first cases of Omicron subvariant BA.5 reported in China

The city of Xian in northwest China’s Shaanxi province will be locked down from Wednesday, following a community outbreak of the highly transmissible Omicron BA.5
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A healthcare worker in protective gear collects a sample from a resident at a Covid-19 testing booth in Beijing, China, on Tuesday. (Bloomberg)
Published on Jul 05, 2022 10:20 PM IST
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Dutch House approves to make work from home a legal right

The legislation was approved by the lower house of the bicameral parliament of the Netherlands on Tuesday. It still needs a nod from the Dutch senate before its final adoption.
The pandemic has fueled a shift in attitudes about work, with many workers seeking to maintain some of the flexibility they’ve experienced over the last two years.(Bloomberg file photo)
The pandemic has fueled a shift in attitudes about work, with many workers seeking to maintain some of the flexibility they’ve experienced over the last two years.(Bloomberg file photo)
Published on Jul 05, 2022 10:13 PM IST
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Ukrainian city of Sloviansk hit by 'massive shelling' by Russia: Mayor

Mayor Vadim Lyakh said in a Facebook that “massive shelling” pummeled Sloviansk, which had a population of about 107,000 before Russian invaded Ukraine more than four months ago.
Bystanders look on as smoke rises from the central market of Sloviansk, north of Kramatosk.(AFP)
Bystanders look on as smoke rises from the central market of Sloviansk, north of Kramatosk.(AFP)
Updated on Jul 05, 2022 08:49 PM IST
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Mississippi judge to hear challenge to abortion law by state's only clinic

  • The law — which state lawmakers passed before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the 1973 ruling that allowed abortions nationwide — is set to take effect Thursday.
Abortion rights protesters chant during a Pro Choice rally at the Tucson Federal Courthouse in Tucson, Arizona.(AFP)
Abortion rights protesters chant during a Pro Choice rally at the Tucson Federal Courthouse in Tucson, Arizona.(AFP)
Published on Jul 05, 2022 08:25 PM IST
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China resumes in'tl flights after 2 years, services to India still in limbo

China is also processing the list of hundreds of Indian students wanting to return to the country to re-join their colleges.
There have been no regular routes between China and India since November 2020 and no flights have been notified yet between the two countries, it said.(AFP)
There have been no regular routes between China and India since November 2020 and no flights have been notified yet between the two countries, it said.(AFP)
Published on Jul 05, 2022 07:41 PM IST
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China says talks with US Treasury chief Yellen constructive, pragmatic

According to the readout from Chinese side, both sides agreed that the ‘world economy is facing severe challenges’ and that it is of great significance that the two countries strengthen coordination on issues
Cargo containers stacked at a port in Lianyungang in China’s eastern Jiangsu province. (AFP)
Cargo containers stacked at a port in Lianyungang in China’s eastern Jiangsu province. (AFP)
Updated on Jul 05, 2022 05:27 PM IST
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