Ukraine – Russia War News Live: Kalush Orchestra Wins Eurovision As Russia Threatens UK

Senate GOP Delegation Meets Zelensky in Ukraine

US Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell made a surprise visit to Kiev to meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

President Zelensky said the visit “is a strong signal of bipartisan support for Ukraine on the part of the United States Congress and the American people,” according to a post on his Instagram account.

“Thank you for your leadership in helping us in our fight not only for our country, but also for democratic values ​​and freedoms. We really appreciate it,” Zelensky said. McConnell was joined by three Republican senators.

Earlier, a Russian defense chief warned Britain and the US again about Moscow’s new arsenal of intercontinental ballistic missiles.

The RS-28 Sarmat hypersonic nuclear missile, or Satan-2, can hit Britain in just “200 seconds”, said Russian defense committee vice chairman Aleksey Zhurvlyov.

Zhurvlyov blamed the US and UK for provoking Finland’s membership of NATO – a move considered in Moscow to pose a risk to Russian security.

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A Ukrainian photographer’s battle against Russian propaganda

For photographers like Alina Smutko, the difficult choice of fleeing Ukraine or staying behind was not the scenario they imagined would become a reality. But when it came time to make a decision, it wasn’t that difficult.

She decided she had to stay behind and fight with what she had.

Alina is now documenting the crisis, herself in great danger, but hopes that photographing the war will tell the world what is happening in Ukraine and has said she wants her work to “win against Russian propaganda”.

Their world was different before Russia sent its troops on the night of February 24th. Previously, his work focused on politics, sport and social justice. Her work has taken her to many areas of Ukraine, including the disputed Russian-occupied territories of Crimea, Luhansk and Donetsk.

Now, as a war photographer, she spends her days capturing stories of innocent people being hit by bombings, refugees fleeing and charity workers trying to provide aid.

Read the full story here:

Arpan RaiMay 15, 2022 06:09

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Eurovision: Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra wins music contest

Ukrainian band Kaulsh Orchestra won the Eurovision music championship for their song “Stefania” on Sunday in a popular vote for the country reeling from the Russian-led invasion.

The band members, in their speech, urged millions of viewers to help battle-hit regions of the country.

“Help Azovstal, right now? Band leader Oleg Psiuk said while imploring people to free hundreds of Ukrainian fighters trapped in the steel mill.

He also thanked the Ukrainian diaspora and “and everyone around the world who voted for Ukraine. … The victory is very important for Ukraine. Especially this year.”

Praising the band’s victory, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the country “will do our best” to host next year’s contest in Mariupol.

“Ukrainian Mariupol,” he said, adding: “free, peaceful, rebuilt!”

“I am sure that our victorious chord in the battle with the enemy is not far off,” Zelenskyy said.

Arpan RaiMay 15, 2022 5:37 am

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Indian Embassy to resume in Kiev after two months

Indian Foreign Ministry officials said they are resuming operations at the country’s embassy in Kiev after more than two months.

“The Embassy of India in Ukraine, which was temporarily operating out of Warsaw (Poland), would resume its operations in Kiev on May 17, 2020,” the ministry said in a statement. India closed its embassy in Kiev as the Russian attack on Kiev escalated after the invasion. India temporarily moved to Warsaw on 13 March.

Arpan RaiMay 15, 2022 5:17 am

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Russian troops leave Kharkiv and attack Donetsk in the east

Russian troops are leaving the outskirts of Kharkiv after shelling Ukraine’s main and second-largest city for weeks, Ukrainian army officials said on Saturday.

However, the attack has intensified in the eastern part of the country as Russia reorganizes its armed forces in the besieged country.

Forces are retreating from northeast Kharkiv and are instead guarding supply routes, officials said.

At the same time, mortar, artillery and air strikes continued in the eastern province of Donetsk in order to “exhaust Ukrainian forces and destroy fortifications”.

Ukraine was “entering a new phase of long-term warfare”, warned Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov.

Arpan RaiMay 15, 2022 5:04 am

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Antony Blinken arrives in Berlin to meet with NATO partners

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Berlin early Sunday ahead of his meeting with NATO partners on the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

“I arrived in Berlin, where I will informally meet with NATO foreign ministers to discuss our alliance and sustained action to address Russia’s unprovoked aggression against Ukraine,” the senior US official said on Twitter.

Arpan RaiMay 15, 2022 4:42 am

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Zelensky calls for recognition of Russia as ‘terrorist state’ with Mitchell McConnell

Volodymyr Zelensky said he called for official recognition of Russia as a terrorist state as Ukraine crossed the 80th day of the Kremlin invasion, in a meeting with US senators on Saturday.

“We discussed several areas of support for our state, including defensive and financial. In addition to tightening sanctions against Russia. I expressed gratitude for the historic decision to renew the Lend Lease program. I asked for official recognition of Russia as a terrorist state,” Zelensky said.

He added that Ukraine-US talks led by Republican minority leader Mitchell McConnell in Kiev demonstrated “the strength of bipartisan support for our state, the strength of ties between Ukrainian and American nations.”

Among the topics of conversation was food security, as Europe’s wheat supply remains compromised due to the conflict.

“More and more countries around the world are realizing that Russia, by blocking off the Black Sea for us and continuing this war, puts dozens of other countries at risk of a food price crisis and even famine. This is another incentive for our anti-war coalition to act more decisively together,” said the Ukrainian leader.

He also sought more support for the beleaguered country “especially with weapons – it means working to prevent global hunger”.

The sooner we free up our land and ensure Ukraine’s security, the sooner the normal state of the food market can be restored, he said.

Arpan RaiMay 15, 2022 04:33

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Marjorie Taylor Greene mocked for saying GOP visit to Kiev proves Ukraine is not dangerous

Marjorie Taylor Greene is under fire online for claiming that a video showing US lawmakers visiting Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky proves the country is safe because a Republican delegation was not wearing bulletproof vests while visiting Kiev.

“Look at elected US politicians as [House Speaker Nancy Pelosi] and [Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell] can visit Zelensky in Ukraine without bulletproof vests/helmets or any fear of war dangers as they eagerly give billions to fund their proxy war with Russia,” the Georgia Republican wrote on Twitter Saturday.

“If conditions in Ukraine were so severe as to ensure the US sent $54 billion, our highest leaders could not go,” he added.

The comments quickly came to scrutiny and jokes on social media.

Joe MiddletonMay 15, 2022 4:00 am

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‘Things are still not safe’: Residents fear returning to marked Kharkiv villages despite Russian withdrawal

Although Russian forces have been driven back from Kharkiv, families who fled their villages under threat of rape and death have yet to return. Kim Sengupta.

Joe MiddletonMay 15, 2022 3:30 am

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Senate GOP Delegation Meets Zelensky in Ukraine

Senate GOP Delegation Meets Zelensky in Ukraine

Joe MiddletonMay 15, 2022 3:00 am

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

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

Oleksiy Arestovych, a military adviser to Ukraine’s president, said “preliminary information” suggested General Gerasimov was removed from his post while Vladimir Putin and his inner circle considered whether he should continue to lead the country’s armed forces.

There has been no official confirmation of the reported dismissal, although speculation about a purge of military commanders has increased after General Gerasimov was absent from the annual Victory Day parade on Monday.

Joe MiddletonMay 15, 2022 2:30 am

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