Ukraine newest updates: Moscow says Azovstal now ‘liberated’ – Al Jazeera English

By | June 11, 2022

Ukraine information from Might 20: Azovstal steelworks plant was final stronghold of Ukrainian resistance in Mariupol and had been below weeks-long siege.
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These had been the updates on Friday, Might 20:
20 Might 2022 – 20:57 GMT
Moody’s has reduce Ukraine’s debt ranking for the second time in three months and lowered the outlook to destructive as a result of rising threat the Russian invasion will have an effect on the nation’s debt sustainability.
The rankings company reduce the grade a notch to Caa3, after reducing it in early March, and mentioned the nation might face “a extra protracted army battle than Moody’s initially anticipated”.
20 Might 2022 – 19:06 GMT
Bosnian Serb nationalist chief Milorad Dodik has informed European Council President Charles Michel that Bosnia wants to take care of neutrality and never be a part of EU sanctions in opposition to Russia over its invasion of Ukraine.
“I believe it’s of utmost significance for Bosnia to stay impartial,” Dodik mentioned at a joint information convention with Michel and presidency Bosniak Chairman Sefik Dzaferovic. “In situations during which we exist, it might be an issue for us to impose any type of sanctions and be a part of the EU or international sanctions.”
20 Might 2022 – 19:02 GMT
Russia’s defence ministry has mentioned the final group of Ukrainian forces holed up in Mariupol’s smashed Azovstal steelworks had surrendered, marking an finish to a weeks-long siege.
“The territory of the Azovstal metallurgical plant … has been fully liberated,” the ministry mentioned in an announcement. It mentioned the group that had given up comprised 531 folks.
20 Might 2022 – 18:26 GMT
Turkey’s method to the NATO accession technique of Sweden and Finland shouldn’t be a bilateral subject between Washington and Ankara, the Division of State spokesperson has mentioned, including that the Biden administration remained assured that there shall be consensus on the problem.
20 Might 2022 – 18:12 GMT
The G7 main economies have agreed to offer $19.8bn in financial support to Ukraine to make sure its funds don’t hinder its means to defend itself from Russia’s invasion.
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20 Might 2022 – 17:44 GMT
A lady stripped off her garments on the Cannes Movie Competition to disclose a message in opposition to rape and the conflict in Ukraine that was written on her physique.
The unidentified girl tore off her garments on the crimson carpet to disclose the message “Cease raping us” written throughout her torso subsequent to the blue and yellow colors of the Ukraine flag.
The lady shouted, “Don’t rape us!” as safety shortly encircled her and eliminated her from the crimson carpet.
The Cannes pageant has barred Russians with ties to the Kremlin from attending and Zelenskyy delivered a shock deal with to open the movie pageant on Tuesday.
20 Might 2022 – 17:15 GMT
Canada has introduced a ban on commerce in luxurious items with Russia, and added 14 extra Russian oligarchs and different associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin to its sanctions listing.
The commerce ban covers Canadian exports of alcoholic drinks, tobacco, some textile merchandise and sportswear, footwear, luxurious clothes and accessories, jewelry, kitchenware, and artwork, in addition to imports from Russia of alcoholic drinks, seafood, fish and diamonds.
The commerce in such items represented $59m value of products in 2021, in keeping with commerce figures.
The Canadian authorities has sanctioned greater than 1,000 people and entities from Russia, Belarus and Ukraine since Moscow’s invasion on February 24.
20 Might 2022 – 17:00 GMT
The wives of Ukrainian defenders of the Azovstal metal plant in Mariupol have appealed to Turkey to assist safe the security of their husbands.
The ladies expressed hope on Friday that Turkey will grow to be a guarantor of the safety of the Ukrainian troopers and return them house from captivity in Russia.
“We hope in God and Turkey that our defenders will come out alive,” Olga Kerod, the spouse of a Ukrainian border guard, informed media in Istanbul.
Greater than 1,900 Ukrainian troopers within the now-flattened port metropolis of Mariupol have surrendered in current days, in keeping with the newest determine from Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu.
20 Might 2022 – 16:47 GMT
The Ukrainian president has met with lawmakers from the Irish parliament in Kyiv.
Zelenskyy met Mark Daly, the chairperson of the higher home of the Irish parliament, and Sean O Fearghail, the chairperson of the decrease home of the Irish parliament, in his workplace in Kyiv. The Irish delegation mentioned the post-war reconstruction of Ukraine and sanctions in opposition to Russia with the Ukrainian chief.
Zelenskyy famous the significance of accelerating coordinated, unified stress on Russia and the introduction of a sixth bundle of EU sanctions in opposition to Moscow.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with the Mark Daly, Higher Home Speaker & Sean O’Farrell, Decrease Home Speaker of the Irish Parliament.
“Eire has been serving to Ukraine because the 1st days of the conflict. It is very important keep united & proceed to battle tyranny collectively.”
— Euromaidan Press (@EuromaidanPress) Might 20, 2022

20 Might 2022 – 16:03 GMT
Poland’s prime minister has hailed the prospect of Finland and Sweden becoming a member of NATO, the United States-led transatlantic army alliance.
“We consider these are sovereign choices by the nations and we shall be very glad if Finland and Sweden be a part of NATO swiftly,” Mateusz Morawiecki mentioned at a information convention alongside his Portuguese counterpart, Antonio Costa, who was visiting Warsaw for talks.
20 Might 2022 – 15:56 GMT
Turkey views the Kurdistan Staff’ Celebration (PKK) and all its associates as safety threats, complicating its relationship with NATO aspirants Sweden and Finland, which it accuses of harbouring people with ties to the teams.
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20 Might 2022 – 15:49 GMT
Italy’s overseas minister says Rome has submitted a peace plan for Ukraine to UN Secretary-Basic Antonio Guterres.
Luigi Di Maio mentioned throughout a Council of Europe assembly in Turin, Italy, that the proposal submitted on Thursday requires native ceasefires to evacuate civilians alongside humanitarian corridors and creating the situations for a extra basic ceasefire main “to a long-lasting peace”.
In Brussels, EU overseas coverage chief Josep Borrell mentioned he was conscious of the plan, including the European Union is “placing all our efforts into making an attempt to deliver this battle to an finish.”
Borrell added that it was as much as Kyiv to determine the phrases of any negotiations over ending the battle. He mentioned that he hopes that “when the time comes for negotiations to happen, Ukraine will be capable of negotiate from a place of energy.”
20 Might 2022 – 15:43 GMT
Shut historic ties with Russia and deep inside divisions are undermining the formation of a unified nationwide stance in Montenegro over the battle.
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20 Might 2022 – 15:40 GMT
Gazprom Export, the exporting arm of Russian gasoline big Gazprom, has confirmed it would droop gasoline gross sales for Finnish state-owned gasoline wholesaler Gasum ranging from Saturday.
Gazprom Export mentioned this was as a result of Gasum had not settled up for gasoline delivered in April below new Russian guidelines requiring consumers to make their funds in roubles.
Gazprom additionally mentioned it might defend its pursuits in arbitration proceedings initiated by the Finnish firm.
20 Might 2022 – 15:33 GMT
Russian President Vladimir Putin claims his nation has confronted a barrage of cyberattacks from the West amid Moscow’s offensive in Ukraine however has efficiently fended them off.
Talking to members of Russia’s Safety Council, Putin mentioned that “the challenges on this space have grow to be much more urgent, critical and intensive.”
He charged that “an outright aggression has been unleashed in opposition to Russia, a conflict has been waged within the data area.”
Putin added that “the cyber-aggression in opposition to us, the identical because the assault on Russia by sanctions normally, has failed.”
20 Might 2022 – 15:03 GMT
Russia will reduce flows of pure gasoline to Finland on Saturday, Finnish state-owned vitality wholesaler Gasum has mentioned.
Gasum mentioned on Friday that it had been knowledgeable by Russia’s state-owned vitality company Gazprom that flows can be halted.
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20 Might 2022 – 14:14 GMT
No less than seven folks have been wounded after Russian forces struck a constructing within the city of Lozova in Ukraine’s northeastern Kharkiv area, in keeping with Viktor Zabashta, a neighborhood physician.
The regional emergency service mentioned on the messaging app Telegram that its staff members had been engaged on placing out a hearth and eradicating particles following the assault.
Lozova lies near the neighbouring area of Donetsk in jap Ukraine, the place Russia has centered its offensive.
20 Might 2022 – 14:09 GMT
Germany will ship the primary 15 Gepard tanks to Ukraine in July, a German defence ministry spokesperson has mentioned.
20 Might 2022 – 13:56 GMT
A petition to rebrand dozens of Ukrainian streets named after iconic Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, to the identify of American creator Stephen King, has been posted on Zelenskyy’s web site.
King has come out in assist of Ukraine on Twitter earlier this month.
Putin assumed the was coping with a lapdog.
What he bought was a wolverine.
Slava Ukraini!
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) Might 14, 2022
The petition has already acquired greater than 1,500 signatures. Zelenskyy’s administration must take into account it, if it will get 25,000 signatures inside a month.
Alexander Pushkin, an aristocrat of Ethiopian origin, visited the southeastern Ukrainian metropolis of Mariupol in 1820 after being banished from St Petersburg by Czar Nicholas I. Regardless of Pushkin’s criticism of Russian autocracy, some Ukrainians wish to take away his identify from their nation’s topography.
20 Might 2022 – 13:51 GMT
Czech utility CEZ has made its due cost for Russian gasoline in euros, a spokesman has mentioned, declining to offer any additional particulars.
“We’ve made the cost in euros, according to the advice of the European Fee. We is not going to touch upon particulars,” CEZ mentioned, declining to specify whether or not the corporate, which takes a small fraction of gasoline from Gazprom, used a scheme demanded by Russia that features changing overseas foreign money funds to roubles by way of accounts at Gazprombank.
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20 Might 2022 – 13:49 GMT
Canada has mentioned it’s imposing extra sanctions on Russian oligarchs and banning the import and export of focused luxurious items from Russia.
The brand new measures would put restrictions on 14 people together with Russian oligarchs, their members of the family, and shut associates of Putin, in keeping with an official assertion.
The import ban would goal Russian items together with alcoholic drinks, seafood, and non-industrial diamonds, whereas the export ban would goal luxurious items equivalent to footwear, luxurious clothes and jewelry.
20 Might 2022 – 13:41 GMT
Qatar will play a central function in Germany’s technique to diversify away from Russian gasoline, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has mentioned.
“The vitality safety subject performs an vital function for us. Germany will develop its infrastructure to be ready to import liquefied gasoline by ship,” Scholz informed journalists at a joint information convention with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani in Berlin. “It’s a giant step and Qatar performs an vital function in our technique,” Scholz added.
Sheikh Tamim confirmed that Qatar plans to start out supplying liquefied pure gasoline (LNG) to Germany in 2024.
20 Might 2022 – 12:50 GMT
Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu says Moscow is near taking full management of Ukraine’s southeastern area of Luhansk.
Professional-Russian separatists have managed a few third of the area since 2014, and Russia recognised their “independence” days earlier than invading Ukraine on February 24.
The Kremlin mentioned it might “liberate” the Kyiv-controlled a part of the area that has been closely fortified amid a smouldering trench conflict with separatists.
“The liberation of the Luhansk Folks’s Republic is nearing completion,” Shoigu mentioned at a televised ministry assembly.
20 Might 2022 – 12:40 GMT
Finance ministers and central financial institution governors of the G7 rich democracies have mentioned they’re mobilising $19.8bn for Ukraine and pledged to provide extra monetary assist if wanted.
The monetary leaders of the US, Canada, Japan, Germany, France, Italy and the UK – the G7 – held talks in Germany to finance Kyiv because it struggles to fend off Russia’s invasion and is operating out of money.
“In 2022, we’ve got mobilised $19.8bn of price range assist, together with $9.5bn of current commitments … to assist Ukraine shut its financing hole and proceed making certain the supply of fundamental companies to the Ukrainian folks,” the G7 mentioned of their communique.
20 Might 2022 – 12:10 GMT
Russia’s Gazprom has knowledgeable Finland that it’s going to halt flows of pure gasoline from Saturday morning, in keeping with Finnish state-owned gasoline wholesaler Gasum.
Gasum has refused to pay Gazprom Export in roubles as Russia has requested European nations to do.
“It’s extremely regrettable that pure gasoline provides below our provide contract will now be halted,” Gasum CEO Mika Wiljanen mentioned in an announcement.
20 Might 2022 – 11:48 GMT
Russian authorities have forcibly herded public faculty academics within the occupied metropolis of Mariupol to launch a brand new curriculum based mostly on Russian, in keeping with a Ukrainian official.
Earlier than the tip of Might, they plan to open 4 faculties in every of the ruined and depopulated metropolis’s districts, that, in September, will change to “Russian requirements”, fugitive metropolis official Petro Andriyushchenko mentioned on Telegram.
He mentioned solely historical past, arithmetic, and Russian literature shall be taught. Tens of 1000’s of civilians stay within the metropolis that largely lacks energy, water and gasoline provides.
Reporting by Mansur Mirovalev in Kyiv.
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20 Might 2022 – 11:15 GMT
Russian forces have beat up Ukrainian firefighters protesting the kidnapping of their boss within the Russia-occupied city of Enerhodar, in keeping with a Ukrainian official.
The southern city accommodates the Zaporizhzhia nuclear energy plant, Europe’s largest, producing a few quarter of Ukraine’s electrical energy. Russians seized it in early March to safe energy provide to energy-starved Crimea.
Chief firefighter Vitaly Troian was forcibly taken from his workplace on Thursday after refusing to collaborate with Russians.
Russian troops “used pressure” to disperse Friday’s rally in opposition to his abduction and broken firefighting tools, fugitive Enerhodar mayor Dmytro Orlov mentioned on Telegram.
Reporting by Mansur Mirovalev in Kyiv.
20 Might 2022 – 10:25 GMT
Russian shelling wounded 5 civilians within the southern Mykolaiv area that borders Russia-occupied Kherson, in keeping with an official.
“Fortunately, there have been no kids among the many victims,” regional legislator Galina Zamazeyeva mentioned on Telegram.
20 Might 2022 – 09:41 GMT
Ukrainian forces have efficiently prevented an tried Russian river crossing within the Donbas, in keeping with a daily British defence ministry Twitter bulletin.
Pictures recommend that Russia has misplaced armoured manoeuvre components of at the least one battalion tactical group and the deployed pontoon bridging tools whereas crossing the Siverskyi Donets river west of Severodonetsk, the UK mentioned in its intelligence replace.
20 Might 2022 – 09:15 GMT
Russian forces have attacked the cities of Lysychansk and Severodonetsk in Ukraine’s jap area of Luhansk, in keeping with the area’s governor.
Serhiy Haidai mentioned in a Telegram submit that 12 folks had been killed in Severodonetsk because of the assault, and greater than 60 homes had been destroyed throughout the area.
He added that the assault on Severodonetsk “was unsuccessful – the Russians suffered personnel losses and retreated”. His remarks couldn’t be independently verified.
In Hirske, a city 30km south of Severodonetsk, one different individual has been reported lifeless because of Russian assaults.
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20 Might 2022 – 08:51 GMT
As much as 15,000 civilians who couldn’t depart the besieged jap city of Severodonetsk are attempting to outlive intense shelling by Russian forces, an official says.
“These folks reside in bomb shelters, within the basements of residence buildings, the place it’s attainable to hid, to search out shelter from the shelling,” district administration head Alexander Stryuk mentioned in televised remarks.
He mentioned that the shelling destroyed “as much as 70 p.c” of homes and residence buildings within the city that lies solely 100km northwest of rebel-held Luhansk and has been a spotlight of Russia’s offensive in current weeks.
20 Might 2022 – 08:37 GMT
Slovak state gasoline importer SPP has paid a invoice for Russian pure gasoline in euros and conversion of the funds to roubles is outdoors its management, CEO Richard Prokypcak has mentioned in a reside interview on Slovak public tv RTVS.
“The overseas change conversion is outdoors any management of SPP, for us actually the vital second of fulfilling our dedication is the euro cost,” he mentioned.
20 Might 2022 – 08:13 GMT
Russian shelling wounded three folks within the metropolis of Kharkiv as Russian floor forces preserve retreating from across the Ukraine’s second-largest metropolis, in keeping with the regional governor.
The Russians used multiple-rocket launchers to pummel a number of Kharkiv districts and suburbs, Oleh Sinehubov mentioned on Telegram.
He mentioned that Ukrainian forces battled the Russians close to the villages Ternova and Vesele which lie simply kilometres south of the Russian border.
Reporting by Mansur Mirovalev in Kyiv.
20 Might 2022 – 07:59 GMT
Ukraine has acquired roughly $530m in US and British grants from a fund arrange by the World Financial institution for donations to the Kyiv authorities within the wake of Russia’s invasion, in keeping with the finance ministry.
The US donated round $50m and the UK 24 million kilos ($30m) and the cash had now arrived within the state price range, the finance ministry assertion mentioned.
“These funds shall be directed to offering pressing social, humanitarian and well being spending, in addition to supporting internally displaced folks,” the assertion mentioned.
20 Might 2022 – 07:41 GMT
Qatar hopes to start out sending liquefied pure gasoline to Germany in 2024, in keeping with the Gulf state’s deputy prime minister who spoke to the German every day Handelsblatt.
“We wish to have our US Golden Move liquefied pure gasoline plant in Texas, during which Qatar Vitality holds a 70 p.c stake, able to ship to Germany as early as 2024,” Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, who can also be the Qatari overseas minister, was quoted as saying.
Later Friday, Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani is scheduled to carry talks with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin.
20 Might 2022 – 06:37 GMT
Ukraine’s human rights ombudsman says that 232 kids have died and 427 have been injured since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24.
The numbers come from a register of pre-trial investigations and “different sources that want affirmation,” Lyudmyla Denisova mentioned on Telegram.
20 Might 2022 – 05:51 GMT
Russian forces are prone to shift focus to reinforcing their operations within the Donbas as soon as they’ve secured Mariupol, the UK’s defence ministry has mentioned.
“Staunch Ukrainian resistance in Mariupol because the begin of the conflict means Russian forces within the space should be re-equipped and refurbished earlier than they are often redeployed successfully,” the ministry mentioned in its newest intelligence briefing.
“This is usually a prolonged course of when completed completely,” it added.
It added that as a result of Russian commanders are below stress to show effectiveness, their forces will doubtless redistribute with out sufficient preparation, which “dangers additional pressure attrition”.
Newest Defence Intelligence replace on the state of affairs in Ukraine – 20 Might 2022
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— Ministry of Defence 🇬🇧 (@DefenceHQ) Might 20, 2022

20 Might 2022 – 05:09 GMT
The governor of the Luhansk area says 12 folks died in Severodonetsk previously day, and one other within the Girske settlement, as Russian forces superior in the direction of the regional centre and Lysychansk, the governor has mentioned.
“Throughout the Luhansk area greater than 60 destroyed homes,” Serhiy Haidai mentioned on Telegram including these had been in Zolote, Vrubivka and Rubizhne.
“It’s unimaginable to rely the injury in Toshkivka, the place the hostilities proceed,” Haidai mentioned.
The final employees of Ukraine’s armed forces has reported that Russia’s newest assault on Severodonetsk was unsuccessful and the Russians misplaced personnel, after which retreated.
20 Might 2022 – 04:32 GMT
Zelenskyy has thanked the US for its approval of a $40bn support invoice for Ukraine.
“It is a demonstration of sturdy management and a mandatory contribution to our widespread defence of freedom,” he mentioned in his nightly video deal with to the nation.
I reward the 🇺🇸 Senate’s approval of the Further Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2022. $ 40 billion is a major 🇺🇸 contribution to the restoration of peace and safety in Ukraine, Europe and the world. We stay up for the signing of the legislation by @POTUS
— Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) Might 19, 2022

20 Might 2022 – 04:06 GMT
Ukraine’s grain exports are down 64 p.c to this point in Might in contrast with the identical timeframe final yr, the nation’s agriculture ministry has mentioned, in accordance to Interfax.
20 Might 2022 – 04:01 GMT
Russian-backed actors have launched quite a few disinformation campaigns in search of to, amongst different goals, “demoralise” Ukrainians, incite inside unrest and divide Ukraine from its allies, a report by cybersecurity agency Mandiant has discovered.
In one of many campaigns, known as “Secondary Infektion,” the actors falsely claimed that Zelenskyy had died by suicide in a army bunker in Kyiv due to his failure to maintain his nation protected.
One other marketing campaign unfold falsehoods saying that Ukraine’s Azov regiment was in search of vengeance in opposition to Zelenskyy for abandoning his troops in Mariupol.
One operation disseminated a synthetic intelligence-generated “deep faux” video of Zelenskyy stating that Ukraine had surrendered to Russia. The Ukraine 24 web site and a information ticker in one of many channel’s broadcasts confirmed equivalent messages or screenshots from the deep-fake video.
1/ At present, we at @mandiant are publishing a abstract of notable data operations (IO) exercise we’ve seen surrounding the Warfare in Ukraine. My gratitude to the numerous groups at Mandiant who contributed. A thread on a few of our findings:
— Sam Riddell (@RiddellSam) Might 19, 2022

20 Might 2022 – 03:29 GMT
Russian-backed proxy authorities in now occupied Mariupol usually are not collaborating with one another, which is probably going exacerbated by the evacuation of Ukrainian fighters from Azovstal, the Institute for the Research of Warfare has mentioned.
In its newest marketing campaign evaluation, the institute mentioned there had been complaints on pro-Russian Telegram channels that Moscow’s forces had been eradicating its personal servicemen from Donetsk hospitals to deal with lately evacuated Azovstal troopers.
The institute additionally famous that the adviser to Mariupol’s mayor had reported proxy authorities in Mariupol, who collaborate with the Russian occupiers, don’t report back to the management of the so-called Donetsk Folks’s Republic. As a substitute, they’re guided by the Russian Federal Safety Service (FSB), the institute mentioned.
“If confirmed, these experiences point out a continued lack of consistency in the way in which Russian and proxy authorities are dealing with the evacuation of Ukrainian forces from Azovstal and the general seize of Mariupol,” the institute added.
#Mariupol Replace:#Russian and proxy occupation authorities in #Mariupol reportedly struggled to determine coherent administrative management of town on Might 19.
— ISW (@TheStudyofWar) Might 19, 2022

20 Might 2022 – 01:58 GMT
The Russian-appointed head of the Kherson area has mentioned it would “quickly grow to be half” of the Russian Federation.
“We’re wanting on the Russian Federation as our personal nation as a result of it’s below the management of the [Russian] Armed Forces and later shall be reworked right into a federal topic,” Volodymyr Saldo, who was put in by Russian forces because the area’s “governor”, mentioned on Telegram.
“We are going to grow to be the Kherson area of the Russian Federation,” he added.
Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov mentioned earlier this month that whether or not or not Russia annexes the area depends upon “the desire” of the native folks.
20 Might 2022 – 01:47 GMT
A fourth tranche of support left the UK for Ukraine during the last week carrying medicines equivalent to painkillers and antibiotics in addition to private protecting tools and respirators.
In response to a authorities assertion, the tranche incorporates “4.2 million doses of medicines – together with painkillers and antibiotics which can be essential for treating infections brought on by battlefield trauma and restricted hygiene services – and 1.5 million objects of different provides.
“As one of many largest humanitarian donors, Britain will proceed to assist look after these bravely resisting Putin’s vile aggression till Ukraine succeeds,” the assertion quotes overseas secretary Liz Truss as saying.
20 Might 2022 – 01:21 GMT
The Worldwide Financial Fund’s deputy managing director has mentioned the COVID-19 pandemic, the conflict in Ukraine and tighter international monetary situations would make this yr “difficult” for Asia.
Kenji Okamura mentioned the conflict was affecting Asia via greater commodity costs and slower progress in Europe.
He mentioned Asian economies confronted a selection between supporting progress with extra stimulus insurance policies or withdrawing it to stabilise debt and inflation.
20 Might 2022 – 01:07 GMT
Russia will battle makes an attempt to steal its property overseas, the Kremlin’s spokesperson has mentioned.
“This may very well be a continuation of the very line that has grow to be fashionable lately in a lot of nations – stealing different folks’s property. We take this negatively, we’ll battle it, we’ll defend our property,” Dmitry Peskov informed reporters.
European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen mentioned on Thursday the EU was wanting into methods of utilizing the frozen property of Russian oligarchs to fund the reconstruction of Ukraine after the conflict.
US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen mentioned on Wednesday that the US didn’t have the authorized authority to take action.
20 Might 2022 – 00:58 GMT
Chinese language President Xi Jinping has mentioned that BRICS nations – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – ought to assist to stabilise worldwide relations at a time of turbulence, Russia’s TASS state information company experiences.
“BRICS nations must … take actual motion to advertise peace and growth, uphold equity and justice, and advocate democracy and freedom, in order to inject stability and optimistic vitality into worldwide relations in a interval of turbulence and transformation,” Xi was quoted as saying by China’s overseas ministry at a session of BRICS overseas ministers on Thursday, in keeping with TASS.
Xi additionally warned in opposition to makes an attempt to hunt one’s personal safety on the expense of others, saying this may solely create new tensions and dangers, as each historical past and actuality have proved, China’s English-language channel CGTN experiences.
20 Might 2022 – 00:15 GMT
Zelenskyy says he has instructed his training minister to introduce a “simplified mechanism” for younger folks dwelling in briefly occupied territories to realize admission to Ukraine’s universities, and never need to pay contract charges.
The federal government had already launched such a mechanism in 2020 for college students from the occupied territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk areas, in addition to Crimea.
Zelenskyy has mentioned it ought to prolong to different briefly occupied areas equivalent to Kherson and Zaporizhzhia.
The president referred to as on Ukrainian college students to proceed their research regardless of hostilities “as a result of Ukraine wants sensible, educated, skilled folks,” an announcement from his workplace mentioned.
20 Might 2022 – 00:03 GMT
A Ukrainian authorities adviser has mentioned that the US is planning to destroy Russia’s Black Sea Fleet.
In a submit on Twitter, Anton Herashchenko mentioned that the “efficient” means Ukrainians dealt with Russian warships “satisfied the US to organize a plan to unblock the ports”.
“Deliveries of highly effective anti-ship weapons (Harpoon and Naval Strike Missile with a spread of 250-300 km) are being mentioned,” Herashchenko added.
Al Jazeera was not in a position to independently confirm Herashchenko’s claims. The Reuters information company had earlier reported that, in keeping with officers, the White Home was working to place superior anti-ship missiles within the arms of Ukrainian fighters to assist defeat Russia’s naval blockade.
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Результативная работа украинцев по 🇷🇺 военным кораблям убедила 🇺🇲 готовить план по разблокировке портов 🇺🇦. Обсуждаются поставки мощного противокорабельного оружия (Harpoon и Naval Strike Missile с дальностью 250-300 км).
— Антон Геращенко (@Gerashchenko7) Might 19, 2022

19 Might 2022 – 23:46 GMT
The deputy commander of the Azov Regiment, which led the defence of the Azovstal metal mill in Mariupol, has mentioned that he and different fighters are nonetheless contained in the plant.
“An operation is below means, the main points of which I cannot announce,” Svyatoslav Palamar mentioned in a quick video message.
It’s unclear what number of Ukrainian fighters stay within the warren of bunkers and tunnels within the sprawling plant. Russia says greater than 1,700 have now surrendered.
19 Might 2022 – 23:32 GMT
An investigation by the New York Occasions, together with beforehand unreleased movies, confirms witness accounts that Russian forces in Bucha took captive and executed a number of males.
In one of many movies, a few of the Ukrainian captives are hunched over, holding the belts of these in entrance of them. Others have their arms over their heads. “Stroll to the correct, bitch,” one of many troopers orders them. The boys are then compelled to the bottom, with one carrying a vibrant blue shirt.
Witnesses then report troopers took the boys behind a close-by workplace constructing that the Russians had taken over and was a makeshift base. There have been gunshots. The captives didn’t return.
A drone video taken later that day reveals our bodies mendacity on the bottom by the aspect of the workplace constructing at 144 Yablunska Road as two Russian troopers stood guard beside them. A flash of vibrant blue is seen among the many lifeless our bodies.
New proof — together with three movies obtained by The New York Occasions — reveals how Russian paratroopers rounded up and executed at the least eight Ukrainian males in Bucha on March 4, a possible conflict crime.
— The New York Occasions (@nytimes) Might 19, 2022

19 Might 2022 – 22:54 GMT
Eleven out of 100 US Senators voted in opposition to the $40bn support bundle to Ukraine. All of the “no” votes got here from Republican senators.
The senators had been: Rand Paul, Josh Hawley, Marsha Blackburn, John Boozman, Mike Braun, Mike Crapo, Invoice Hagerty, Mike Lee, Cynthia Lummis, Roger Marshall and Tommy Tuberville.
19 Might 2022 – 22:29 GMT
A veteran Russian rock musician is going through expenses over anti-war remarks made at a live performance.
Yuri Shevchuk, singer for the band DDT, might face a positive of as much as 50,000 roubles ($800).
After the conflict started, Russia handed a extra extreme legislation making the unfold of so-called “faux information” in regards to the battle punishable by as much as 15 years in jail.
“Outdated folks, ladies and kids are dying,” Shevchuk mentioned throughout a live performance. “The motherland, my pals, shouldn’t be the ass of a president that it’s a must to lick and kiss on a regular basis. The motherland is a poor grandmother promoting potatoes on the practice station.”
19 Might 2022 – 22:10 GMT
The UN meals chief has warned that the conflict in Ukraine has created “an unprecedented disaster” of escalating meals costs that has sparked protests.
World Meals Programme Government Director David Beasley mentioned rising starvation will add at the least 47 million folks to the 276 million “marching to hunger” earlier than Russia’s invasion of its smaller neighbour.
Beasley informed a UN Safety Council assembly that 49 million folks in 43 nations are already “knocking on famine’s door”.
19 Might 2022 – 21:37 GMT
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has mentioned Russian forces had “fully destroyed” the jap Donbas area and accused Moscow of finishing up mindless bombardments because it intensified its offensive.
“Within the Donbas, the occupiers are attempting to exert much more stress. It’s hell there – and that isn’t an exaggeration,” he mentioned in a late-night video deal with.
“It is a deliberate and felony try to kill as many Ukrainians as attainable, to destroy as many homes, social services and enterprises as attainable.”
19 Might 2022 – 21:21 GMT
Russian opposition chief Alexey Navalny’s staff has urged a brand new spherical of US sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine that strikes past rich oligarchs to unfold the monetary ache to Russian authorities officers, mid-level politicians and public figures.
The group, which visited Capitol Hill, is discussing with senators an inventory of 6,000 folks for attainable sanctions, together with Russian defence and safety officers, administrative staff, governors, members of parliament, and even editors and managers at state-aligned media operations.
Vladimir Ashurkov, the chief director of Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Basis, mentioned the “avalanche of sanctions” so removed from the West is having an impact in Russia.
“Let’s deliver on, or at the least announce, the following wave,” Ashurkov mentioned.
19 Might 2022 – 20:52 GMT
Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has mentioned the West shouldn’t anticipate Russia to proceed meals provides if it slaps Moscow with devastating sanctions over the conflict.
“Our nation is able to fulfil its obligations in full. Nevertheless it additionally expects help from buying and selling companions, together with on worldwide platforms,” Medvedev, who now serves as deputy chairman of Russia’s Safety Council, mentioned on messaging app Telegram.
“In any other case, there’s no logic: on the one hand, insane sanctions are being imposed in opposition to us, then again, they’re demanding meals provides. Issues don’t work like that, we’re not idiots,” he mentioned.
His feedback come as world leaders, together with UN Secretary-Basic Antonio Guterres, have raised critical considerations over international meals provides, warning that curbs on grain exports from Ukraine ports might result in shortages and even famine.
19 Might 2022 – 19:34 GMT
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has accused Russia on the United Nations Safety Council of utilizing meals as a weapon in Ukraine by holding “hostage” the meals provide for thousands and thousands worldwide who depend on Ukrainian exports.
“The Russian authorities appears to suppose that utilizing meals as a weapon will assist accomplish what its invasion has not – to interrupt the spirit of the Ukrainian folks,” he mentioned.
“The meals provide for thousands and thousands of Ukrainians and thousands and thousands extra all over the world has fairly actually been held hostage by the Russian army.”
19 Might 2022 – 20:27 GMT
The Biden administration has introduced an extra $100m in weapons and different army tools for Ukraine.
Biden mentioned in an announcement that the help contains extra artillery, radars, and different tools.
“This brings whole US army help to Ukraine to roughly $3.9 billion in arms and tools since Russia launched its brutal and unprovoked full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken additionally mentioned.
19 Might 2022 – 20:20 GMT
NATO’s collective safety shall be strengthened by the membership of Sweden and Finland, Biden has mentioned, after assembly with the leaders of the 2 Nordic nations on the White Home.
In an announcement after the discussions, the White Home mentioned the US president “warmly welcomed [Sweden and Finland’s] purposes for NATO membership, which is able to strengthen our collective safety”.
“At this historic second for each Finland and Sweden, the President underscored his dedication to assist each nations as they search formal NATO accession, together with by working with NATO Allies and Congress to welcome them into the Alliance as shortly as attainable,” the assertion learn.
19 Might 2022 – 20:12 GMT
US President Joe Biden has applauded Congress for passing an almost $40bn army and humanitarian help bundle for Kyiv, saying it sends “a transparent bipartisan message to the world that the US stands with Ukraine”.
The invoice, beforehand handed by the Home of Representatives, handed within the Senate by an amazing 86-to-11 vote.
“This bundle will permit us to ship much more weapons and ammunition to Ukraine as they defend their democracy and freedom.”
I applaud Congress for passing the safety bundle I requested and for sending a transparent bipartisan message to the world that the U.S. stands with Ukraine. This bundle will permit us to ship much more weapons and ammunition to Ukraine as they defend their democracy and freedom.
— President Biden (@POTUS) Might 19, 2022

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