Russia-Ukraine war live: Putin’s forces ‘pushed back’ in key Kharkiv town

Putin sends message to West as he takes oath for fifth term as Russian President

ukraine Russian forces were “partially pushed back” in the key border town of Vovchansk, just a few miles from the border, the army said.

The city has become the primary defensive line of Ukraine. Russiaarmies are advancing Kharkiv The Kremlin launched the attack last Friday, opening a second front after more than two years of war.

In its latest update, Ukraine’s General Staff claimed on Facebook that its forces had fought against Kremlin troops who had recently entered the north and north-west areas of the city. The claim came as a local police officer in Vovchansk said Russia was “taking positions on the streets” of the city.

This came as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s press secretary announced that the leader had canceled all his trips abroad to focus on the developing situation on the front line.

“Volodymyr Zelensky has instructed that all international events scheduled for the coming days be postponed and new dates be coordinated,” Mr. Zelensky’s press secretary, Sergiy Nykiforov, said on Facebook.

Mr Zelensky was due to visit Spain and Portugal later this week to discuss bilateral agreements.

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Switzerland says dozens of countries are signing up for Ukraine peace summit

President Viola Emhard said on Wednesday that Switzerland has registered more than 50 of the more than 160 delegations the neutral country has invited to a summit next month and Bern hopes this will pave the way for a peace process in Ukraine. will be.

Speaking at a press conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz after talks between the two in Berlin, Emhardt said his government was seeking broad-based participation for the summit, but China had not yet said so. That he will participate in it.

Countries in South America, Africa and the Middle East were among those that confirmed they would come, according to Emherd, who agreed in January to host a peace summit on the orders of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Russia has not been invited, and diplomats and foreign policy experts say the talks near the Swiss city of Lucerne are likely to focus on building consensus on how to reduce the risks posed by Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

Emhardt said that of the countries that said they would attend, about half were non-Europeans, and the list of attendees was likely to change until the last minute.

He said Switzerland is pushing to persuade more countries in the so-called Global South and China to sign up.

“This work continues at full speed,” Emhardt said.

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US to send artillery, rockets and ammunition to Ukraine in $1 billion arms package

The US government has unveiled a $1 billion arms package for Ukraine that includes additional 155 mm artillery pieces and 36,000 rounds of ammunition as well as more high mobility artillery rocket systems and Harpoon anti-ship missiles for coastal defense purposes. A pair of systems will be involved. ,

Deputy Assistant to the Defense Secretary J. Todd Breseele announced the security assistance package in a statement released by the Defense Department on Wednesday.

Tom Watling15 May 2024 16:34

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At least 17 people injured in Russian attacks in Ukraine’s south

At least 17 people were injured in Russian air strikes on the southern Ukrainian cities of Mykolaiv and Kherson, local officials said on Wednesday.

Eleven people, including at least one teenager, were injured when Russia attacked Kherson using aviation, the regional governor said on Telegram. Residential buildings and an educational facility were damaged, he said. Separately, a Russian missile attack caused a massive fire at a car repair service in Mykolaiv, emergency services said on Telegram. At least six people were injured.

Russia denies targeting civilians but its attacks have killed and injured thousands during its 27-month-old full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

Tom Watling15 May 2024 15:30

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Estonian parliament supports using frozen Russian assets to compensate Ukraine

The Estonian Parliament has approved a motion allowing the use of frozen Russian assets to pay compensation for war damage in Ukraine.

Last week, EU ambassadors agreed to use windfall profits from Russian central bank assets frozen in the EU to defend Ukraine. This decision can be formally adopted next week.

Estonian Foreign Minister Margus Tsahkana said, “We have taken a big step towards setting an example that Europe can follow.”

The Group of Seven (G7) seized approximately $300 billion of Russian financial assets shortly after Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine in 2022. Since then, the EU and other G7 countries have debated how and whether to use the funds to help Ukraine.

Two-thirds of the 101-member Estonian parliament supported the law, it said in a statement.

The parliament said Estonian law would allow the frozen assets of individuals and companies contributing to Russian illegal actions to be used as “advance payment for damages caused by Russia to Ukraine.”

To do this, Estonia would need to receive requests to access the assets, with their owner’s connection to illegal acts adequately proven. The owner of the assets can challenge their access to Ukraine in Estonian courts.

Tom Watling15th May 2024 at 15:00

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Ukrainian band say ‘disappointed’ they’ll play with Neil Young after Antony Blinken walks out

A Ukrainian guitarist has said he was “disappointed” when he was told he would play Rockin’ in the Free World with Neil Young – Before the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken Came on stage.

just hours after announcing it ukraine “Not Alone” On Tuesday, the Secretary of State picked up the guitar presented to the live audience on the political stage.

Tom Watling15 May 2024 14:30

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Ukraine’s military says it ‘partially pushed back’ Russian forces from Vovchansk

Ukrainian forces “partially pushed back” Russian forces from the town of Vovchansk in the Kharkiv region on Wednesday, the Ukrainian military said.

An update on the battlefield situation said active combat continued in the north and north-western parts of the city and a total of 18 Russian attacks were repulsed.

Tom Watling15 May 2024 14:00

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Blinken says Biden may meet with Ukraine’s Zelensky in coming weeks

US President Joe Biden may meet with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky in the coming weeks, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said during a news conference in Kiev.

Mr Blinken said Washington strongly supports the Ukrainian peace summit planned in Switzerland next month and will be “strongly represented” there.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba held a joint press conference in Kiev. ,reuters,

Tom Watling15 May 2024 at 13:30

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Russian oil is still reaching Britain despite sanctions, MPs told

Russian oil is still reaching Britain despite sanctions, a committee heard.

The import, acquisition and supply of Russian oil and oil products to the UK was banned in December 2022.

The G7 countries also agreed to limit the price of Russian oil and petroleum products, in order to reduce Vladimir Putin’s ability to finance his war. ukraine,

Tom Watling15 May 2024 at 13:00

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Zakharova says Russia will treat any foreign mercenaries sent to Ukraine as targets

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Moscow would consider any foreign mercenaries and foreign weapons sent to Ukraine as legitimate military targets.

Ms Zakharova was commenting on reports this week that NATO member Estonia was considering whether to send troops to Ukraine. Similar proposals have also been issued by other European countries including France.

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov holds annual press conference in Moscow ,reuters,

Tom Watling15 May 2024 12:30

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Russia has arrested another senior defense ministry official on bribery charges amid widespread turmoil

Russian Authorities have arrested another senior Defense Ministry official on bribery charges, days after the President said Tuesday that Vladimir Putin took the place of Defense Minister in wardrobe Amid expectations of more purges in the ministry.

The head of the ministry’s Main Personnel Directorate, Lieutenant General Yuri Kuznetsov, was arrested on bribery charges and detained pending investigation and trial, the Investigative Committee, Russia’s top law enforcement body, wrote in a statement.

Tom WatlingMay 15, 2024 at 12:00