NATO promised unlimited military assistance to Ukraine on Sunday, welcoming the “historic” bid for Finland to join the alliance and saying that the Swedish ruling party supported the joint application.
This promise came after Finland abandoned decades of military nonalignment, rebuilt the European balance of power, and offended the Kremlin.
On the ground in Ukraine, Russia has announced air strikes in Lviv in the east and west. Western intelligence predicted that the campaign in eastern Ukraine would stall in the face of great losses and fierce resistance.
At the NATO Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Berlin, Germany’s Annalena Baerbock said she would provide military assistance “as long as Ukraine needs this assistance for its own self-defense.”
“Ukraine can win this war. Ukrainians are bravely defending their hometown,” added NATO chief Jason Stoltenberg.
The Swedish ruling party said it was in favor of joining NATO just hours after Finland’s announcement, with a remarkable political and public turnaround after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“The best thing for Sweden’s security is to apply now and apply in Finland,” said Social Democratic Prime Minister Magdalena Anderson.
Mr Stortemberg said the alliance aims to provide interim security guarantees to both while the application is being processed, perhaps including increasing the number of troops in the region.
In Berlin, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he had heard “almost full and very strong support” for the bid, despite concerns from Turkey.
Ankara accused both Sweden and Finland of containing Kurdish militants, but said Stoltemberg was not interfering with their membership and was confident in finding something in common. rice field.
The Kremlin claims that the Nordic countries are not afraid of anything. Obviously in retaliation, it is pulling a plug of electricity supply to Finland and shares a border of 1,300 kilometers (800 miles) with it.
Apart from the conflict, Ukraine was in the morale of a landslide victory for entry at the Eurovision Song Contest, the world’s largest live music event.
On the battlefield, the Russian Defense Ministry claimed to have attacked four artillery bases in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine.
The airstrikes also destroyed two missile launch systems and radar, adding that 15 Ukrainian drones were shot down around Donetsk and Luhansk.
In Lviv near the Polish border, regional governor Maksym Kozytsky said four Russian missiles attacked military infrastructure near the Polish border.
No casualties were reported, and Ukrainian troops said they had destroyed two cruise missiles in the area.
Lviv was last attacked by a Russian missile on May 3.
The British Secretary of Defense said Russia’s attack on the eastern region of Donbus “has lost momentum.”
Depressed Russian troops were unable to make substantial profits, and Moscow’s combat plan was “significantly behind schedule,” the British Defense Intelligence Officer said.
Russia may have lost one-third of its committed ground combat forces in February, adding that it is “less likely to dramatically accelerate” its progress in the next 30 days.
Reliable casualties were difficult to determine, as Ukraine and Russia regularly publish their allegations of enemy casualties.
Kieu states that the army killed about 20,000 Russian troops. Moscow said on March 25 that his army had killed at least 14,000 Ukrainian soldiers.
However, both numbers are widely suspected of being swollen and have not been validated by AFP or an independent competition monitor.
The Kremlin said in late March that about 1,351 people in its army had been killed.
At the same time, NATO officials estimated that 7,000 to 15,000 Russian soldiers could have been killed in the fighting up to that point.
Russia began to pay more and more attention to eastern Ukraine after failing to occupy the capital, Kieu.
Western leaders predict that the war of attrition will continue over the next year.
However, the Ukrainian commander is brighter and expects a turning point by August.
According to Luhansk Oblast Governor Sergiy Guyday, Russia is trying to cross the river and surround the city of Severodonetsk, but it has been severely lost and repulsed.
Gaiday added that two civilians in Severodonetsk were killed overnight in the bombing.
Local officials in Kharkov’s second city in northern Ukraine said Russian troops were withdrawing from the surrounding area in a Ukrainian counterattack.
Interior ministry adviser Vadim Denisenko told Ukrainian television that Kyiv’s troops in the Kharkov region had almost reached the border with Russia.
Ukrainian troops have fought rearguards from underground tunnels and bunkers under the ironworks of the devastated southern port city of Mariupol.
An estimated 600 army families still trapped in the vast Azofustari factory have appealed to China to intervene to ensure the release of the dead and injured.
The United Nations and the Red Cross helped evacuate women, children and the elderly from factories that had been evacuated earlier this month.
Petro Andrew Sichenko, an adviser to the mayor of Mariupol, told Telegram that a “huge convoy” of 500 to 1,000 cars had arrived in Zaporizhia.
In war-torn Kieu, the news of the success of Ukraine’s runaway Eurovision encountered an overflow of joy and relief, bringing some rest from the daily barrage of severe reports of conflict.
“It’s a little light of happiness, which is now very important to us,” said Iryna Vorobey, a 35-year-old businessman, adding that the show of support from all over Europe was “incredible.”
Rap’s lullaby, “Stephania,” a rap lullaby that combines folk and modern hip-hop rhythms, won the audience’s popularity vote and pushed Britain to second place.
President Volodymyr Zelensky praised the group. The lyrics about this group’s homes were even more touching to the more than 6 million Ukrainians currently evacuating abroad.
But some were lukewarm.
“Now, that’s not the most important thing,” said Vadym Zaplatnikov, 61, who claimed that “regaining the Crimean crisis” was a much more welcome announcement.
https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2022/05/16/nato-assures-ukraine-open-ended-military-support-against-russia-a77683 NATO guarantees Ukraine unlimited military aid to Russia