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According to the local governor, a rocket attack hit military infrastructure in Ukraine’s western region of Lviv on Sunday morning. The strike came hours after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky greeted hip-hop group Kalush Orchestra’s victory in the Eurovision Song Contest, as the Russian attack in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region appeared to be losing momentum. Follow FRANCE 24’s live blog for the latest developments. All times are Paris time (GMT+2).
8:07 am: Sweden’s ruling party stands ready to back NATO bid
Sweden’s ruling Social Democrats are ready for Sunday to vote in favor of the country’s accession to NATO, paving the way for an application shortly after giving up decades of military non-alignment in the aftermath of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson’s Social Democrats, the largest party in all elections over the past century, have held internal debates for the past week about dropping a long-standing opposition to NATO membership.
With the party leadership saying it will make a decision on Sunday, and is widely expected to drop its opposition, support for joining the alliance would secure a broad majority in Sweden’s Riksdag, with much of the opposition already ahead of the curve. is. A formal application from Andersson’s minority government is very likely to follow.
7:43 am: Russia’s Donbas offensive ‘has lost momentum’: British military intelligence
The Russian offensive in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region “has lost momentum and is significantly behind schedule,” British military intelligence said early Sunday.
“Under the current circumstances, it is unlikely that Russia will drastically accelerate its advance in the next 30 days,” the British military said in a regular Twitter bulletin.
“Despite initial small-scale advances, Russia has failed to make substantial territorial gains in the past month while maintaining consistently high levels of depletion,” the post said, adding that “Russia is now likely to have suffered losses of a third of its armed forces.” on the ground. it committed in February.”
The Russian Donbas Offensive has lost momentum and is significantly behind schedule. Despite initial small-scale progress, Russia has failed to make substantial gains in the last month while maintaining consistently high levels of depletion.
— Ministry of Defense 🇬🇧 (@DefenceHQ) May 15, 2022
7:08 am: Missile hits military infrastructure in Lviv region: Governor
A missile strike hit some military infrastructure in Ukraine’s western Lviv region early on Sunday, the region’s governor Maxim Kozitsky said in a post on his Telegram messaging app.
“There is no information about deaths or injuries at this hour,” Kozitsky said. “The extent of the destruction is being clarified.”
01:35 ‘Our music is conquering Europe’: Zelensky applauds Ukrainian Eurovision victory
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky congratulates hip-hop group Kalush Orchestra on its Eurovision Song Contest victory in Italy late on Saturday
“Our courage impresses the world, our music conquers Europe!” Zelensky wrote on Facebook early Sunday, praising the Kalush Orchestra after beating 24 other competitors.
The group’s “Stefania” entry, sung in Ukrainian, mixed rap with traditional folk music and paid tribute to band frontman Oleh Psiuk’s mother.
“I thank the Kalush Orchestra for this victory and everyone who voted for us! I am sure that the sound of victory in the battle with the enemy is not far away,” he added.
Ukraine claimed victory by a commanding lead in viewers’ voting. Briton Sam Ryder finished second, while Chanel from Spain finished third.
It is the third time that Ukraine has won the annual competition.
(FRANCE 24 with AP, AFP and REUTERS)