Russia-Ukraine War News Live: Mitch McConnell meets Zelensky in Kyiv as Russia threatens UK

Senate Republican delegation meets Zelensky in Ukraine

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell made a surprise visit to Kyiv to meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

In a post on his Instagram account, President Zelensky called the visit “a strong signal of bipartisan support for Ukraine in the U.S. Congress and the American people.”

“Thank you for your leadership in our struggle, not just for our country, but also for democratic values ​​and freedom. We really appreciate it,” Mr. Zelensky said. Three Republican senators joined Mr McConnell.

Earlier, a Russian defense minister again warned Britain and the United States about Moscow’s new ICBM arsenal.

Aleksey Zhurvlyov, deputy chairman of the Russian Defence Council, said the RS-28 Sarmat or Satan-2 hypersonic nuclear missile could hit the UK in “200 seconds”.

Mr. Zhulvlev accused the United States and Britain of provoking Finland to join NATO – a move Moscow sees as a threat to Russian security.

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Indian embassy returns to Kyiv after two months

Indian foreign ministry officials said they would resume operations at the country’s embassy in Kyiv in more than two months.

“The Indian Embassy in Ukraine, temporarily operating out of Warsaw (Poland), will resume operations in Kyiv on May 17, 202,” the ministry said in a statement. “As Russian attacks on Kyiv increase after invasion , India closed its embassy in Kyiv. India temporarily moved to Warsaw on March 13.

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Russian troops withdraw from Kharkov and attack Donetsk eastward

Russian troops are withdrawing from around Kharkiv after weeks of bombing Ukraine’s second-largest city, Ukrainian military officials said on Saturday.

However, attacks in the east of the country intensified as Russia rearranged its troops in the besieged country.

Troops were withdrawing from northeast Kharkiv to guard supply routes instead, officials said.

Meanwhile, mortars, artillery and airstrikes continued in the eastern province of Donetsk to “deplete Ukrainian troops and destroy fortifications”.

Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov warned that Ukraine “is entering a new, protracted phase of war”.

Appanle15 May 2022 05:04

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Anthony Blinken arrives in Berlin to meet NATO partners

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken arrives in Berlin ahead of a meeting with NATO partners over the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

“I have arrived in Berlin where I will meet informally with the @NATO Foreign Minister to discuss our alliance and ongoing actions to address Russia’s unprovoked aggression against Ukraine,” the senior US official tweeted.

Appanle15 May 2022 04:42

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Zelensky joins Mitchell McConnell in calling for recognition of Russia as ‘terrorist state’

Volodymyr Zelensky said he had asked for the official recognition of Russia as a terrorist state during Ukraine’s meeting with U.S. senators on Saturday, as Ukraine passed its 80th day of the Kremlin invasion.

“We discussed supporting our state in all areas, including defense and finance. And strengthening sanctions against Russia. I am grateful for the historic decision to renew the Lend-Lease program. I call for official recognition of Russia as a terrorist state,” Zelens Mr Key said.

He added that the U.S.-U.S. talks, led by Republican Minority Leader Mitchell McConnell in Kyiv, showed “the strength of bipartisan support for our country and the strength of the relationship between Ukraine and the United States.”

One of the topics of the talks was food security, as wheat supplies from Europe are still threatened by the conflict.

“More and more countries around the world are realizing that Russia is blocking the Black Sea for us and continuing this war, putting dozens of other countries at risk of food market price crises and even famine. This is our anti-war coalition taking more decisive action another impetus,” the Ukrainian leader said.

He also sought more support for the beleaguered country, “especially in terms of weapons — meaning working to prevent global famine.”

The sooner we liberate our land and secure Ukraine, the sooner normality can be restored in the food market, he said.

Appanle15 May 2022 04:33

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Marjorie Taylor Greene mocks that GOP visit to Kyiv proves Ukraine is not dangerous

Marjorie Taylor Greene has been slammed online for claiming a video showing US lawmakers visiting Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky proves the country is safe, Because the Republican delegation did not wear bulletproof vests when visiting Kyiv.

“Notice US elected politicians like [House Speaker Nancy Pelosi] and [Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell] Georgia Republicans tweeted Saturday that they could visit Zelensky in Ukraine without a bulletproof vest/helmet or any fear of the dangers of war, while they eagerly offered billions to fund Their proxy war with Russia.

She added: “If the situation in Ukraine is so dire that it requires $54 billion from the United States, our top leaders will not be able to leave.”

The comments were quickly censored and joked on social media.

Joe Middleton15 May 2022 04:00

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‘Things are still not safe’: Despite Russian retreat, locals fear returning to scarred Kharkiv village

Families who fled villages under rape and death threats have yet to return, despite Russian troops having retreated from Kharkiv, finds Ginseng Gupta.

Joe Middleton15 May 2022 03:30

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Senate Republican delegation meets Zelensky in Ukraine

Senate Republican delegation meets Zelensky in Ukraine

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ICYMI: Russian military leader ‘fired and arrested’ amid heavy battlefield losses

Russian Chief of General Staff Valery Gerasimov has been suspended amid a faltering Kremlin invasion, a senior Ukrainian official has claimed.

Oleksi Arestovich, a military adviser to the Ukrainian president, said “preliminary information” indicated that General Gerasimov had been removed while Vladimir Putin and his inner circle were evaluating whether he should be allowed to Continue to lead the country’s armed forces.

Reports of the dismissal have not been officially confirmed, although speculation of a purge of top military commanders has grown after General Gerasimov was absent from Russia’s annual Victory Day military parade on Monday.

Joe Middleton15 May 2022 02:30

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ICYMI: Relatives of Mariupol Steel Works fighters plead for help: “They are abandoning our soldiers”

Relatives of Ukrainian fighters at the Azovstal steel plant staged a demonstration on Thursday, seeking renewed efforts to rescue people trapped inside the plant.

Demonstrators marched through central Kyiv, holding banners and chanting “Save the defenders of Mariupol, save Azov Starr”, “Glory to the heroes of Mariupol” and “Save Azov Starr” the army” and other slogans.

Mariupol is a port in the Sea of ​​Azov that has endured the most devastating battle of the Ukrainian War. Kyiv said tens of thousands of people may have been killed there since the Russian invasion began, and the Azov Starr steel plant was the last part of the city still occupied by Ukrainian militants.

Srivastidas Gupta Report.

Joe Middleton15 May 2022 02:00

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How likely is a Russian nuclear attack?

During the first weekend of war with Ukraine, Vladimir Putin put Russia’s strategic nuclear weapons force on high alert, sparking worldwide fears about what might come next.

The Russian president blamed “unfriendly behavior in the economic sphere,” referring to punitive economic sanctions imposed on his country by Western allies, and claimed that key NATO members made “aggressive remarks” that forced him to act.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov duly blamed the heightened tensions on remarks by British Foreign Secretary Liz Strass, who in turn hit back and denied what she said in a series of interviews on Sunday morning. Anything said “guarantees this upgrade”.

Joe Middleton15 May 2022 01:30

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