On the 81st day of the Russia-Ukraine War, let’s take a look at the key developments.
Here are the key events from Sunday 15th May so far.
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- “Russia is now likely to have suffered casualties of a third of the ground combat troops it deployed in February,” Britain’s MoD said.
- British military intelligence said Russia’s offensive in Donbass “has lost momentum and is well behind schedule” with a dramatic acceleration unlikely over the next 30 days.
- Four rocket attacks hit military infrastructure in Yavoriv in western Ukraine near the Polish border, Lviv region governor Maxim Kozitsky said.
- Russia dismissed Ukraine’s claims of setting fire to a modern naval logistics ship in the Black Sea and showed photos of what it described as the Vsevolod Bobrov with no signs of damage.
- Refugees from bombed-out Mariupol spoke of devastation as they reached Ukrainian-controlled Zaporizhia in a large convoy of vehicles after waiting days for Russian troops to let them leave.
- Russia’s Defense Ministry said its forces had attacked Ukrainian command posts, ammunition depots and other military equipment in several regions, including Donbass, killing at least 100 Ukrainian “nationalists”.
- Senior NATO diplomats meet in Berlin to discuss continued support for Ukraine.
- G7 foreign ministers pledged to deepen Russia’s economic and political isolation, continue to supply arms to Ukraine and work to alleviate global food shortages caused by the war.
- Russia’s ambassador to the US, Anatoly Antonov, said the country’s diplomats in Washington were being threatened with violence.
- Germany has made all preparations for a rapid ratification process should Finland and Sweden apply for NATO membership, said Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock.
- US Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and a delegation of GOP senators met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv and expressed their solidarity with Ukraine.
- NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoana expressed confidence that Turkey’s concerns over Finland and Sweden joining NATO could be allayed after Ankara said it had not closed the door on their accession.
- Croatian Foreign Minister said talks between Turkey, Finland and Sweden are on track.
- Sweden’s ruling Social Democrats were poised to support NATO membership, paving the way for a proposal to follow soon after, and abandoning decades of military non-alignment.
- Geoana said Russia’s military advance in Ukraine appeared to be faltering and expressed hope that Kyiv could win the war.
- Ukraine’s victory in the Eurovision Song Contest shows immense public support for the country in its fight against Russia, Geoana said.