What is needed for Hungary to ban Russian oil? – POLITICIAN

Press play to listen to this article For two weeks, diplomats and officials in Brussels have been fighting unsuccessfully to reach an agreement among the 27 EU countries to stop buying oil from Vladimir Putin. For two weeks, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has stood in the way. And while some diplomats are still hoping … Read more

Donetsk separatists say nearly 1,000 have surrendered at Azovstal plant

The self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic said on May 18 that a total of 962 Ukrainian fighters had surrendered at the Azovstal steel plant since the beginning of the week. A video recently released by the Russian Defense Ministry’s Zvezda channel showed fighters, some on stretchers and crutches, leaving the plant. Some of the people wear … Read more

Ukraine hopes to exchange steel mill fighters for Russian prisoners of war

KYIV, Ukraine — Ukrainian fighters drawn from the last resistance stronghold in Mariupol were taken to a former penal colony in enemy-held territory, and a senior military official hoped they could be exchanged for Russian prisoners of war. But a Moscow lawmaker said they should be brought to “justice”. The Russian parliament planned to adopt … Read more

Russia prepares ‘Colony No 97 in Makiivka’ for ‘Azov Nazis’, Ukrainian official says

A member of the Ukrainian delegation to the former Minsk Trilateral Contact Group said that the Ukrainian soldiers evacuated from Azovstal are being held captive in the Russian-occupied Donetsk People’s Republic. Sergey Garmash, who is also a journalist and a native of Donbas, told Current Time TV that seriously injured defenders from Mariupol have been … Read more

Ukraine hopes to exchange steel mill fighters for Russian prisoners of war

A Russian military helicopter flies over buses containing Ukrainian soldiers evacuated from the besieged Mariupol Azovstal steel plant on their way to a prison in Olyonivka, territory under the rule of the Donetsk People’s Republic, in eastern Ukraine, on Tuesday, May 17, 2019. 2022. More than 260 fighters, some seriously wounded, were taken Monday from … Read more

Finland and Sweden officially apply to join NATO despite Russian warnings

Brussels — NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday that Finland and Sweden have formally requested join the world’s largest military alliancea move fueled by security concerns about Russia’s war in Ukraine. “I warmly welcome the applications from Finland and Sweden to join NATO. You are our closest partners,” Stoltenberg told reporters after receiving their … Read more

Russia: Ukraine will get worse because of isolated Russia, says analyst on state TV

LONDON: A military analyst had a brutally blunt message for viewers of Russian state television: The war in Ukraine will make it much worse for Russia, which is facing a US-backed mass mobilization while Russia is almost totally isolated. Since President Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion of Ukraine on February 24, Russian state media, and … Read more

Finland and Sweden on the verge of becoming NATO members

HELSINKI/BRUSSELS — Against the backdrop of Russia’s war in Ukraine, Sweden and Finland are setting a joint course for NATO membership. On Wednesday, the Nordic countries plan to submit their applications to the intergovernmental military alliance. Russia downplayed the fallout from the two countries’ possible NATO membership on Tuesday. “Finland, Sweden and other neutral countries … Read more

NATO chief hails ‘historic moment’ as Finland and Sweden bid

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says Finland and Sweden have applied to join amid concerns about Russia’s war against Ukraine. For LORNE COOKAssociated Press May 18, 2022, 7:07 • 4 minutes of reading Share on FacebookShare on TwitterEmail this article BRUSSELS – NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday that the military alliance is ready … Read more

Finland and Sweden submit applications to join NATO

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Monday that NATO expansion may trigger a response from Moscow. But the main obstacle to Finnish and Swedish membership comes from the alliance, despite Stoltenberg repeatedly insisting the two countries would be welcomed “with open arms”. Turkey has accused Sweden and Finland of acting as a hotbed for terrorist … Read more