War news between Russia and Ukraine live: Russian naval ship ‘on fire’ in Black Sea

From neutral to NATO: Finland announces offer to form alliance

Ukrainian troops set fire to a Russian Navy logistics ship in the Black Sea.

The reported attack is said to have taken place near Snake Island, which rose to fame earlier in the war when a Ukrainian soldier stationed there told a Russian warship, “Go fooled.”

The claim about the Vsevolod Bobrov was made by Serhiy Bratchuk, a spokesman for Odessa’s regional military administration. the independent has not been able to independently verify the report.

The development comes as the Kremlin threatened “retaliation” if Finland joins NATO, following Helsinki’s announcement on Thursday that it wants to join the alliance.

“As a member of NATO, Finland would strengthen the entire defense alliance,” President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin said in a joint statement.

“Finland must apply for NATO membership without delay. We hope that the national steps still needed to make this decision will be taken quickly in the coming days,” she added.

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Images of the steel factory in Azovstal in Mariupol

Rare images purporting to show the battle over the Azovstal steel mill in Mariupol have surfaced online.

Here it is, courtesy of Ukrainian journalist Illia Ponomarenko:

Rory Sullivan13 May 2022 03:00

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Germany welcomes Finland’s desire to join NATO

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz supports Finland’s desire to join NATO and says Helsinki has its full support.

Finland announced on Thursday that it wanted to apply for NATO membership “immediately”.

Rory SullivanMay 13, 2022 02:00

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Russian helicopter shot down over Luhansk, claims Ukraine

The Ukrainian Air Force claims to have shot down a Russian Mi-24 helicopter over Luhansk on Thursday.

“Ukraine detected a group of four enemy helicopters and shot down the leader of the second pair,” a Ukrainian commander wrote on Facebook.

The claim has not been independently verified.

Rory SullivanMay 13, 2022 01:00

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Truss calls on G7 to introduce more sanctions against Putin

Liz Truss has urged other G7 foreign ministers to step up sanctions in a bid to curb Vladimir Putin’s aggression.

At a meeting in Germany on Thursday, the British Foreign Secretary said: “Putin is humiliating himself on the world stage. We must ensure that he faces a defeat in Ukraine that denies him any advantage and ultimately limits further aggression.”

“The best long-term security for Ukraine will come from being able to defend itself. That means Ukraine needs to get a clear path to NATO standard equipment,” she added.

Rory SullivanMay 12, 2022 23:59

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Canada sends general and staff to new NATO unit in Latvia

Canada will send more senior military personnel to a new NATO unit in Latvia, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said.

The general and six staff officers will work to support regional military activities, Trudeau said.

“It will continue to be an important part of our improvements to NATO’s defense and deterrence capabilities,” he added.

Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins called the move a “step in the right direction”.

“It is primarily a message to Moscow and (President Vladimir) Putin that we are dead serious about defending ourselves,” he said.

Rory SullivanMay 12, 2022 23:00

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Ukraine welcomes UN investigation into alleged Russian war crimes

Ukraine welcomes the decision of the UN Human Rights Council to open an investigation into possible war crimes committed by Russian forces.

Dmytro Kuleba, the country’s foreign minister, said guilty people “will be brought to justice”.

Rory SullivanMay 12, 2022 22:05

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UN votes to launch investigation into Russian war crimes

Following on from my previous post on the subject, here’s the breakdown of today’s successful vote to launch a UN investigation into alleged Russian war crimes in Ukraine:

Rory SullivanMay 12, 2022 21:40

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Ukraine thanks Slovakia for its support

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has thanked his Slovakian counterpart Zuzana Caputova for the support her country has given Ukraine.

Here’s his tweet with more details on what the couple discussed:

Rory SullivanMay 12, 2022 21:15

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Nearly 100 children killed in Ukraine last month, UNICEF . says

Nearly 100 children were murdered in Ukraine in April alone, UNICEF said.

However, the actual number is likely much higher.

Omar Abdi, deputy executive director of UNICEF, said this at a meeting of the UN Security Council:

“It has been exactly one month since UNICEP last informed this Council about the situation in Ukraine – every day more Ukrainian children are being exposed to the horrors of this war.

“In the past month, the UN has verified that nearly 100 children have been murdered, and we believe the actual numbers are significantly higher.

“More children have been injured and have suffered serious violations of their rights, and millions more have been displaced. Schools continue to be attacked and used for military purposes, and water and sanitation infrastructure is compromised. The war in Ukraine, like all wars, is a child protection and children’s rights crisis.”

Rory SullivanMay 12, 2022 20:50

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Russian naval ship damaged in Black Sea, Ukraine claims

Ukrainian troops set fire to a Russian Navy logistics ship in the Black Sea, the Odessa Regional Military Administration said.

Serhiy Bratchuk claimed that the Vsevolod Bobrov had been attacked near Snake Island, but did not provide further details.

the independent has not been able to independently verify the claim.

Rory SullivanMay 12, 2022 20:22

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