Putin told his Finnish counterpart that NATO membership would have a “negative impact on Russian-Finnish relations”.
- The Ukrainian General Staff said Russian troops were withdrawing from the city of Kharkiv in the northeast of the country.
- Russian President Vladimir Putin has said Finland joining NATO would be “a mistake”.
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said “very complex negotiations” with Russia were underway to get the fighters out of the beleaguered Azovstal plant in Mariupol.
- Ukrainian forces are on a counter-offensive near the Russian town of Izium, striking a key axis of the Russian assault to the east.
- Russia will suspend electricity supplies to Finland from Saturday, a supplier said, amid tensions over the European nation’s expected NATO bid.
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Putin tells Finnish president: Joining NATO would be a ‘mistake’
Russian President Vladimir Putin has told his Finnish counterpart that joining NATO would be “a mistake” because Moscow cut off the Nordic country’s electricity supply earlier.
“Putin stressed that ending the traditional policy of military neutrality would be a mistake because there is no threat to Finland’s security,” the Kremlin said in a statement on Saturday.
“Such a change in the political orientation of the country may have a negative impact on Russian-Finnish relations developed over the years in the spirit of good neighborliness and cooperation between partners,” he said.
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Russia denies Ukrainian forces damaged Navy vessel in Black Sea
Russia has dismissed Ukraine’s claim that it damaged a modern navy logistics vessel in the Black Sea and showed photos of what it said was the vessel with no signs of damage.
In an online post, the Russian Defense Ministry released photos it said were taken of the ship in the Crimean Black Sea port of Sevastopol.
“It is now clear from the photographs that the ship is not damaged at all,” he said.
Military authorities in the southern Odessa region said Ukrainian naval forces struck the Vsevolod Bobrov, setting it on fire.
Medvedev rejects G7 support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity
Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has rejected a statement by the Group of Seven to “never” recognize border changes prompted by Moscow’s war on Ukraine.
“To say the least, our country does not care about the non-recognition of the new borders by the G7,” he said on his Telegram channel.
Arguing that the will of a region’s inhabitants was all that mattered, Medvedev described the G7’s promise to continue supplying arms to Ukraine as a continuation of his “secret war against Russia”.
Situation in Donbas region remains very difficult: Zelenskyy
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the situation in the Donbass region remained very difficult, adding that Russian forces were still trying to demonstrate some kind of victory.
“On the 80th day of a full-scale invasion, it seems particularly crazy, but they’re not stopping their efforts,” he said in a late-night video address.
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