War Ukraine – Russia, live
A self-styled “informal alliance of anarchist activists” has occupied a mansion on the shores of Austria’s Lake Attersee that they say belongs to oligarch and former Russian deputy prime minister Igor Shuvalov.
“Putin’s billionaire ally had already left the palace, as he is on the sanctioned list in Austria,” the activists announced in a statement showing their opposition to both the Russian president and NATO.
Some 40 people participate in the occupation, according to the daily
The president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has highlighted his veto Sweden’s entry into NATO, during a telephone conversation with his prime minister, Magdalena Andersson.
The Turkish president has demanded that Sweden end what he believes is financial and political support for the Kurdish guerrilla active in Turkey, the PKK, and the Syrian YPG militia, the President’s Directorate of Communications has reported.
After the Russian Defense Ministry announced late on Friday that its forces had pulled the last of the Ukrainian fighters out of the plant’s miles of underground tunnels, concern grew for Ukrainian defenders who are now prisoners in Russian hands.
Denis Pushilin, head of an area of eastern Ukraine controlled by Moscow-backed separatists, has said that Ukrainians regarded as heroes by their fellow citizens will surely face a court for their war actions.
Any alternative to Ukraine’s bid to join the European Union would be a “compromise” with Russia, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said, in response to the “European political community” project proposed by his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron.
“We don’t need alternatives to Ukraine’s candidacy for the European Union (EU), we don’t need those commitments,” Zelensky said during a press conference in kyiv with Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa.
“Because, believe us, it will not be compromises with Ukraine in Europe, it will be another compromise between Europe and Russia. I am absolutely sure of it. It is the political and diplomatic influence and pressure of Russian officials and lobbyists on the decision of a European country to support Ukraine or not,” he concluded.
Next Tuesday, May 24, marks three months since the invasion of Ukraine and one month after the start of the “second phase” of what Moscow calls a “special military operation.”
Few changes have been seen in this last period, although they are still significant, since the cities of Kyiv and Kharkiv seem to have been free of bombing.
Reports Felix Flores.
Portugal will welcome Ukraine’s request to join the European Union with “open arms,” Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa assured from Kyiv at a joint press conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Costa has indicated that he awaits “with great expectation” the report that the European Commission will present in June on the integration of Ukraine into the bloc and described the speed with which they have presented the documentation as “admirable”.
In addition, he has offered the Ukrainian president “all the technical support” and “the exchange of experiences” on the accession process and hopes that the visit in June of Zelenski’s deputy chief of staff to Portugal “will be the beginning of that joint work” to support this “ambition” of Ukraine.
The Ukrainian Deputy Minister of the Interior, Meri Akopyan, has assured that Ukraine will need between five and seven years, according to the most optimistic forecasts, to clear its entire territory of mines and unexploded ordnance.
“Now we estimate that some 300,000 square kilometers of territory are contaminated. This is tens of times more than international experience. If we base ourselves on the fact that one day of active combat is equivalent to 30 days of demining, according to the most optimistic forecasts, we need between 5 and 7 years for total demining,” he said in televised statements.
Akopyan explained that since the beginning of the Russian invasion almost 114,000 explosive devices have been deactivated, including some two thousand aerial bombs.
Ukraine’s Ombudsman Lyudmila Denisova has denounced the forced and planned deportation of 1,377,925 Ukrainian citizens by Russia.
In a statement, Denisova specified that “until the morning of May 21, Russia has deported 1,377,925 people, including 232,480 children” and that on the last day there have been 17,306, including 2,213 minors.
“Russia’s statements about the alleged voluntary transfer of Ukrainians are not true. We have irrefutable evidence of forced and pre-planned deportation,” he stressed.
Russia has announced sanctions against Sophie Trudeau, the wife of Canada’s prime minister, and 25 other Canadian citizens, permanently barring them from entering the country.
The wife of the head of the Government of Canada heads the list of sanctioned, followed by Graham Bowley, spouse of the deputy prime minister.
The Russian Foreign Ministry has stressed that the measure is a response to the “anti-Russian sanctions” adopted by Canada, which affect not only senior government officials, military personnel and businessmen, but also, in a number of cases, relatives of direct of some of them.
In fact, this Friday, the North American country imposed a new round of economic sanctions on Moscow with measures against 14 individuals, including businessman Dmitri Mazepin and his son Nikita Mazepin, until this year a Formula One driver.
Russia has announced that it is permanently barring US President Joe Biden and 962 other US citizens from entering the country.
This decision comes as a response to Washington’s sanctions on Moscow for the so-called “special military operation” in Ukraine.
The Ukrainian president, Volodimir Zelenski, has affirmed that, without registering unnecessary human losses, returning to the borders that existed before February 24, the day the Russian invasion of Ukraine began, would already be a victory for the country.
“I consider today a victory for our state to reach this line, which was until February 24, without unnecessary losses,” Zelensky said in an interview.
The president has recognized that not all the territories have been returned to Ukraine and that “not everything is so simple” and has added that it is necessary to take into account “the price of this war and the price of each unemployment”.
However, he has been convinced that “everything will be recovered, absolutely.” “We have broken the largest or one of the strongest armies in the world. We have already done that, for sure. And we have done it on a psychological level. They will not recover in the next few years,” he said.
The sociologist and former Minister of Universities of Spain, Manuel Castells, reflects on the war in Ukraine and where it is headed after the definitive fall of Mariúpol.