Ukraine – Russia war news live: Kalush Orchestra wins Eurovision as Russia threatens UK

Senate GOP delegation meets Zelensky in Ukraine

US Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell made a surprise visit to Kyiv to meet Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky.

President Zelensky said the visit “is a strong signal of bipartisan support for Ukraine from the United States Congress and the American people,” according to a post on his Instagram account.

“Thank you for your leadership in helping us in our struggle not only for our country, but also for democratic values ​​and freedoms. We really appreciate it,” Mr Zelensky said. Mr McConnell was joined by three Republican senators.

Earlier, a Russian defense chief warned Britain and the US again of Moscow’s new arsenal of intercontinental ballistic missiles.

The RS-28 Sarmat, or Satan-2, hypersonic nuclear missile could strike Britain in just “200 seconds”, said Russia’s defense committee deputy chair Aleksey Zhurvlyov.

Mr Zhurvlyov blamed the US and UK for provoking Finland to join Nato – a move considered in Moscow to be a risk to Russian security.


Russia missile hits military infrastructure in Lviv

Military structure in western Ukraine’s Lviv came under attack from a Russia missile strike on early Sunday, officials said.

The attack was confirmed by Lviv governor Maxim Kozitsky.

He added that there is no information about the dead or injured people in the attack.

“The extent of the destruction is being clarified,” the governor said.

Harpan Rai15 May 2022 06:51


Locals fear returning to scarred villages of Kharkiv despite Russian retreat

Even as Russian forces have been forced out of Kharkiv, families who left the villages in the key Ukrainian city are finding it difficult to return amid threats of rape and death.

Like Denis Kozmenko who had left within hours with his young family after he witnessed a young mother being dragged off to be raped by a Russian soldier. She had taken shelter in a school as air strikes pounded the region.

Mr Kozmenko realized the worst could come for his family. So he decided to move his wife and daughter out of the village.

The Independent‘s defense and security editor Kim Sengupta has the full report here:

Harpan Rai15 May 2022 06:51


A Ukraine photographer’s battle against Russian propaganda

She decided she had to stay back and fight with what she had.

Alina is now documenting the crisis, herself in great danger but she hopes that photographing the war will tell the world what is happening in Ukraine and she said she wants her work to “win against Russian propaganda”.

Her world was different before Russia sent its troops on the night of 24 February. Earlier, her work focused on politics, sport and social justice. Her work has taken her to many areas of Ukraine including the disputed Russian-occupied territories of Crimea, Luhansk and the Donetsk.

Now, in the shoes of a war photographer, she spends her days recording stories of innocent people who have been hit by bombardments, fleeing refugees and charity workers attempting to provide aid.

Read the full story here:

Harpan Rai15 May 2022 06:09


Eurovision: Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra wins song contest

Ukrainian band Kaulsh Orchestra won the Eurovision song championship for their song “Stefania” on Sunday in a popular vote for the country reeling under Russia-led invasion.

The band members, in their speech, urged millions of audiences to help the country’s battle-hit regions.

“Help Azovstal, right now,? the band’s front man, Oleg Psiuk said as he implored people to free hundreds of Ukrainian fighters trapped in the the steel mill.

He also thanked the Ukrainian diaspora and “and everyone around the world who voted for Ukraine. … The victory is very important to Ukraine. Especially this year.”

Lauding the band’s victory, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky said the country “we will do our best” to host next year’s contest in a battle-hit Mariupol.

“Ukrainian Mariupol,” he said, adding: “free, peaceful, rebuilt!”

“I am sure our victorious chord in the battle with the enemy is not far off,” Mr Zelenskyy said.

Harpan Rai15 May 2022 05:37


Indian embassy to resume in Kyiv after two months

“The Indian Embassy in Ukraine, which was temporarily operating out of Warsaw (Poland), would be resuming its operation in Kyiv wef 17 May 202,” the ministry said in a statement. India shut down its embassy in Kyiv as the Russian assault on Kyiv increased after invasion. India had temporarily relocated to Warsaw on 13 March.

Harpan Rai15 May 2022 05:17


Russian troops leave from around Kharkiv, pound Donetsk in east

Russian troops are exiting from around Kharkiv after bombarding the key and second-largest Ukrainian city for weeks, officials from the Ukraine military said on Saturday.

However, the assault has intensified in the eastern part of the country as Russia rearranges its military in the besieged country.

The forces are pulling back from the northeastern Kharkiv and instead are guarding supply routes, officials said.

Alongside, mortar, artillery and airstrikes continued in the eastern province of Donetsk in order to “deplete Ukrainian forces and destroy fortifications”.

Ukraine was “entering a new, long-term phase of the war”, warned defense minister Oleksii Reznikov.

Harpan Rai15 May 2022 05:04


Antony Blinken reaches Berlin to meet Nato partners

US secretary of state Antony Blinken reached Berlin on early Sunday ahead of his meeting with Nato partners over the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

“I have arrived in Berlin where I will informally meet with @NATO foreign ministers to discuss our alliance and sustained action to address Russia’s unprovoked aggression against Ukraine,” the top US official said on Twitter.

Harpan Rai15 May 2022 04:42


Zelensky calls for Russia’s recognition as ‘terrorist state’ with Mitchell McConnell

Volodymyr Zelensky said he has asked for the official recognition of Russia as a terrorist state, as Ukraine crossed 80th day of invasion by the Kremlin, in a meeting with US senators on Saturday.

“We discussed various areas of support for our state, including defensive and financial. As well as tightening sanctions on Russia. I expressed gratitude for the historic decision to renew the Lend Lease program. I called for the official recognition of Russia as a terrorist state,” Mr Zelensky said.

Among the topics in the talks was food security as wheat supply from Europe remains jeopardized due to the conflict.

“More and more countries around the world are realizing that Russia, by blocking the Black Sea for us and continuing this war, puts dozens of other countries at risk of a price crisis in the food market and even famine. This is another incentive for our anti-war coalition to act more decisively together,” the Ukrainian leader said.

He also sought more support for the besieged country “especially with weapons – means working to prevent global famine.”

The sooner we liberate our land and guarantee Ukraine’s security, the sooner the normal state of the food market can be restored, he said.

Harpan Rai15 May 2022 04:33


Marjorie Taylor Greene mocked for saying GOP visit to Kyiv proves Ukraine isn’t dangerous

Marjorie Taylor Greene is being slammed online for claiming that a video showing US lawmakers visiting Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky proves the country is safe, because a Republican delegation wasn’t wearing bulletproof vests as they toured Kyiv.

“Notice US elected politicians like [House Speaker Nancy Pelosi] and [Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell] can go visit Zelensky in Ukraine without bullet proof vests/helmets or any fear from dangers of war, while they eagerly give billions to fund their proxy war w/ Russia,” the Georgia Republican wrote on Twitter on Saturday.

“If the conditions in Ukraine were so serious to warrant the US sending $54 billion, then our highest ranking leaders would not be able to go,” she added.

The comments quickly came in for scrutiny and jokes on social media.

joe middleton15 May 2022 04:00


‘Things are still not safe’: Locals fear returning to scarred villages of Kharkiv despite Russian retreat

Though Russian forces have been pushed back from Kharkiv, families who fled their villages under threat of rape and death are yet to return, finds Kim Sengupta.

joe middleton15 May 2022 03:30

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