Russia says Battle of Mariupol over as Ukrainian defenders surrender

US President Joe Biden backs Finland and Sweden in NATO bid Russia has declared victory in its months-long operation to capture the strategic port of Mariupol after Ukraine ordered the last of its soldiers holed up in Azovstal steelworks to lay down their arms. Moscow’s crushing of Mariupol prompted multiple war crimes charges, including a … Read more

Ukraine orders end to Mariupol defense

Ukraine on Friday ordered its last troops holed up in Mariupol’s beleaguered Azovstal steelworks to lay down their arms after nearly three months of desperate resistance against a fierce Russian onslaught. Russia’s flattening of the strategic port city has prompted multiple war crimes charges, including a deadly attack on a maternity hospital, and Ukraine has … Read more

G7 mulls seizures of Russian assets to help rebuild Ukraine: German minister

BERLIN (Reuters) – Seizing Russian state assets to help fund the reconstruction of war-torn Ukraine remains a possibility, German Finance Minister Christian Lindner said on Friday, but he added that no decision on this had been taken at a meeting with his G7 counterparts. “We talked about the continuation of sanctions in relation to Ukraine … Read more

G7 countries pledge $18.4 billion to Ukraine

Earlier, the US Congress on Thursday approved a new $40 billion aid package for Ukraine. Knigswinter, Germany: The industrialized countries of the Group of Seven (G7) have committed $18.4 billion in transfers and loans to help Ukraine meet its immediate financing needs, according to a draft statement seen by Reuters on Thursday. “We have mobilized … Read more

Ukrainian steel troops surrender as Russian soldier apologizes

US President Joe Biden receives Finnish President Sauli Niinisto and Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson at the White House Russia said on Thursday that 1,730 Ukrainian troops surrendered to the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol this week, showing some emerging on crutches after a desperate battle that has become emblematic of the nearly three-month-old war. … Read more

Money for Ukraine tops G7 agenda; inflation, food a concern

KOENIGSWINTER, Germany: Group of Seven financial leaders are expected to agree on Thursday May 19 and Friday to help Ukraine pay its bills in the coming months, but soaring inflation, climate change, chain d Supply and the impending food crisis are also on the agenda. Finance ministers and central bank governors from the United States, … Read more

Finland seeks to reassure Russia over NATO bid

Finland sought to assuage Moscow’s fears over its NATO bid on Saturday as heavy fighting raged in eastern Ukraine, slowing the Russian advance. – Phone call – Finland and Sweden are set to abandon decades of military non-alignment to join NATO as a defense against feared new aggression from Russia. Originally published as Finland seeks … Read more

Finland seeks to reassure Russia over NATO bid

Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra is the favorite to win the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday night Finland sought to assuage Moscow’s fears over its NATO bid on Saturday as heavy fighting raged in eastern Ukraine, slowing a hoped Russian advance. – Phone call – Finland and Sweden are set to abandon decades of military non-alignment to … Read more

Finland seeks to reassure Russia over NATO bid

Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra is the favorite to win the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday night Finland sought to assuage Moscow’s fears over its NATO bid on Saturday as heavy fighting raged in eastern Ukraine, slowing a hoped Russian advance. – Phone call – Finland and Sweden are set to abandon decades of military non-alignment to … Read more