Ukraine news — live: Russian navy ship ‘on fire’ in Black Sea

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Ukrainian forces have set a Russian navy logistics ship on fire in the Black Sea, it has been claimed.

The reported strike is said to have occurred near Snake Island, which was made famous earlier in the war when a Ukrainian soldier stationed there told a Russian warship to “go f*** yourself”.

The claim about the Vsevolod Bobrov was made by Serhiy Bratchuk, a spokesperson for the Odesa regional military administration. The Independent has been unable to independently verify the report.

The development comes as the Kremlin threatened to take “retaliatory steps” if Finland joins Nato, following Helsinki’s announcement on Thursday that it wants to join the alliance.

“As a member of Nato, Finland would strengthen the entire defence alliance,” president Sauli Niinisto and prime minister Sanna Marin said in a joint statement.

“Finland must apply for Nato membership without delay. We hope that the national steps still needed to make this decision will be taken rapidly within the next few days,” they added.

Key Points

  • Russian navy ship damaged in Black Sea, Ukraine claims

  • Finland joining NATO would ‘definitely’ represent threat to Russia

  • Helsinki in favor of applying for NATO membership

  • Finnish president says Russia to blame for Finland’s Nato application

  • Sweden to take Finland Nato stance into account when making decision, foreign minister says

  • ‘Whatever happens we are prepared,’ Finnish MP says on Russia

Russian soldier to go on trial today for war crime in Ukraine

07:55 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

A Russian soldier is scheduled to go on trial today in the killing of an unarmed Ukrainian civilian, marking the first time since the start of the invasion that a member of the Russian military will be prosecuted for a war crime.

Sgt. Vadim Shyshimarin stands accused of shooting the 62-year-old man in the head through an open car window in the northeastern village of Chupakhivka.

He faces up to life in prison under the penalties spelled out in the section of the Ukrainian criminal code that addresses the laws and customs of war.

Shyshimarin’s attorney, Victor Ovsyanikov, acknowledged that the case against him is strong, but said the final decision over what evidence to allow will be made by the court in Kyiv.

Ovsyanikov said Thursday that he and his client had not yet decided how he will plead.

Ukraine’s Armed Forces shoot down 7 Russian aerial targets

07:45 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

According to Ukraine’s General Staff, Russia lost five Orlan-10 UAVs, one Ka-52 attack helicopter, and a missile on May 12 as reported by The Kyiv Independent.

ICYMI: Russians forced to use household appliances in military gear because of sanctions, US says

07:35 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

US sanctions against Russia are working so well that Vladimir Putin’s troops are being forced to use computer chips from dishwashers and refrigerators in some of its military equipment, the Biden administration has claimed.

Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, told a Senate hearing this week that a ban on technology exports to Russia was now hampering its military on the ground as its unprovoked attack on Ukraine draws on.

“We have reports from Ukrainians that when they find Russian military equipment on the ground, it’s filled with semiconductors that they took out of dishwashers and refrigerators,” Ms Raimondo told the hearing.

My colleague Abe Asher reports:

US says sanctions forcing Russians to use household appliances in military gear

Liz Truss tells G7 to keep sanctions until Russia withdraws from Ukraine

07:23 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

The foreign secretary has urged a meeting of G7 foreign ministers to maintain sanctions against Russia until it has fully withdrawn from Ukraine.

Liz Truss used the meeting in Germany to urge for rolling sanctions until all troops have left the country.

Ms Truss implored for more help to be provided militarily, saying: “(Vladimir) Putin is humiliating himself on the world stage. We must ensure he faces a defeat in Ukraine that denies him any benefit and ultimately constrains further aggression.”

“The best long-term security for Ukraine will come from it being able to defend itself. That means providing Ukraine with a clear pathway to Nato-standard equipment.”

It comes after Finland’s leaders announced they support the country joining Nato, less than 24 hours after signing a new security pact with Britain.

Ukraine thwarted Russian attempt to cross river in Donbas, UK says

07:00 , Alisha Rahaman Sarkar

Ukrainian forces have “successfully prevented” an attempted Russian river crossing in Donbas, the British defence ministry said.

“Images indicate that during the crossing of the Siverskyi Donets river west of Severodonetsk, Russia lost significant armoured manoeuvre elements of at least one Battalion Tactical Group as well as the deployed pontoon bridging equipment,” the ministry said in its regular bulletin on Friday.

The Independent had earlier reported that the Russian army suffered heavy losses, including the destruction of around three dozen tanks, after the Ukrainian army blew up a pontoon bridge over the Siverskyi Donets river in the Luhansk region.

Shweta Sharma has more.

Russian army ‘lose entire battalion’ trying to cross Ukraine bridge

Ukraine diverts $8.3bn to military spending due to war

06:45 , Alisha Rahaman Sarkar

Ukraine has been forced to spend $8.3bn (£6.7bn) on its war with Russia instead of development, finance minister Serhiy Marchenko said on Thursday.

The spending has been drawn from funds that were budgeted for development. However, it was used for everything from buying and repairing weapons to emergency support for internally displaced people.

The Ukrainian government only collected 60 per cent of its planned tax revenue for April, Mr Marchenko told Reuters.

He said that the war-torn country has received nearly $2bn (£1.6bn) in external funding in April, of which $719m (£588m) were from grants.

Russia begins transfer of troops from Syria to Ukraine

06:32 , Alisha Rahaman Sarkar

Russian president Vladimir Putin has begun moving troops from Syria to Ukraine to help in the battle for Donbas.

These troops are being stationed at three airports in Ukraine before being transferred to the frontline to increase Russia’s presence as fighting in the southeast increases, The Moscow Times reported.

Troops are being moved from Syria where the Kremlin had thousands of its men stationed since 2015 when Mr Putin ordered his fighters to support president Bashar al-Assad.

Moscow claims it had deployed more than 63,000 Russian military personnel in Syria between 2015 and 2018.

Thomas Kingsley has more.

Russia begins transfer of troops from Syria to Ukraine

Ukraine war is 'child rights crisis’, says UN

06:05 , Alisha Rahaman Sarkar

The war in Ukraine is a “child rights crisis” which has killed hundreds of youngsters and forced millions to flee, the UN children’s agency said on Thursday.

Omar Abdi, deputy executive director of Unicef, told the UN Security Council that children are paying “an unconscionably high price” in the war, with 239 confirmed killed and 355 wounded since the invasion in February.

“These attacks must stop. Ultimately, children need an end to this war, with their futures hanging in the balance,” he said.

“Hundreds of schools across the country are reported to have been hit by heavy artillery, airstrikes and other explosive weapons in populated areas, while other schools are being used as information centres, shelters, supply hubs, or for military purposes — with long-term impact on children’s return to education,” Mr Abdi said.

Russian forces opened fire on civilians in Kharkiv, says Ukrainian minister

05:33 , Alisha Rahaman Sarkar

Russian troops opened fire on civilians from a tank in a village in Kharkiv Oblast, Ukraine’s first deputy minister of internal affairs Yevhen Yenin has said.

“In one of the villages of Kharkiv region, the police established the fact that Russian servicemen, think about it, opened fire on civilians from a tank,” he said via the Telegram messaging app.

“That’s why we don’t have to talk about any moral framework of the Russian military,” he said, according to Ukrayinska Pravda.

G7 to discuss food security and Moldova on Friday

05:16 , Alisha Rahaman Sarkar

Foreign ministers of the G7 nations are expected to meet on Friday in Germany to hold talks on food security concerns and the situation in Moldova in light of Russia’s war in Ukraine.

The annual meeting running until Saturday brings together top diplomats from Britain, Canada, Germany, Italy, France, Japan the United States and the European Union, to the Baltic Sea resort of Weissenhaus.

The Ukrainian and Moldovan foreign ministers are likely to be part of the Friday talks, with the western nations reaffirming their support for the two countries.

Russia’s oil revenue up by 50% despite sanctions

05:01 , Alisha Rahaman Sarkar

Russia’s oil revenues have shot up 50 per cent in 2022 despite the sweeping sanctions imposed by the west following Moscow’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, the International Energy Agency said.

The Paris-based agency in its report said that Moscow earned roughly $20bn (£16.2bn) each month in 2022 from combined sales of crude and products amounting to about 8 million barrels a day.

The Europen Union remained the largest market for Russian exports in April, which amounts to 43 per cent of the country’s export, the report said.

Russians forced to use household appliances in military gear

04:44 , Alisha Rahaman Sarkar

Russian troops are being forced to use computer chips from dishwashers and refrigerators in some of its military equipment due to sanctions imposed on Moscow, the Biden administration has claimed.

Secretary of commerce Gina Raimondo told a senate hearing this week that a ban on technology exports to Russia was now hampering its military on the ground as its unprovoked attack on Ukraine draws on.

“We have reports from Ukrainians that when they find Russian military equipment on the ground, it’s filled with semiconductors that they took out of dishwashers and refrigerators,” Ms Raimondo told the hearing.

Since Vladimir Putin’s declaration of war on 24 February, US technology exports to Russia have fallen by 70 per cent.

Abe Asher reports.

US says sanctions forcing Russians to use household appliances in military gear

Ukrainians demand evacuation of injured Mariupol fighters

04:32 , Alisha Rahaman Sarkar

In Ukraine’s capital city of Kyiv, wives and relatives of Ukrainian fighters holed up in the Azovstal steel plant in the besieged port of Mariupol took out a march demanding their rescue.

Russian forces have been bombarding the steelworks, the last bastion of Ukrainian defenders in a city almost completely controlled by Russia following a two-month-long siege.

“I want all the defenders who are there to return home so that they can live a normal life with their children and relatives,” Maria Zimareva, whose brother works at the plant, told Reuters.

“They have earned it. Why the others can walk in the streets with their loved ones and they cannot? Why nobody helps them?”

Deputy prime minister Iryna Vereshchuk said they have started a new round of negotiations around a road map for a rescue operation.“We will start with those who are badly wounded,” she said.

Footage from Mariupol’s Azovstal steel plant

03:00 , Rory Sullivan

Rare footage claiming to show the battle for the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol has appeared online.

Here it is, courtesy of the Ukrainian journalist Illia Ponomarenko:

Germany welcomes Finland’s desire to join Nato

02:00 , Rory Sullivan

German chancellor Olaf Scholz has backed Finland’s desire to join Nato, saying Helsinki has his full support.

Finland announced on Thursday that it wanted to apply for Nato membership “without delay”.

Russian helicopter shot down over Luhansk, Ukraine claims

01:00 , Rory Sullivan

The Ukrainian air force has claimed to have shot down a Russian Mi-24 helicopter over Luhansk on Thursday.

“Ukraine detected a group of four enemy helicopters and shot down the leader of the second pair,” a Ukrainian commander wrote on Facebook.

The claim has not been independently verified.

Truss calls on G7 to bring more sanctions against Putin

Thursday 12 May 2022 23:59 , Rory Sullivan

Liz Truss has urged other G7 foreign ministers to implement more sanctions in an attempt to curb Vladimir Putin’s aggression.

At a meeting in Germany on Thursday, the British foreign minister said: “Putin is humiliating himself on the world stage. We must ensure he faces a defeat in Ukraine that denies him any benefit and ultimately constrains further aggression.”

“The best long-term security for Ukraine will come from it being able to defend itself. That means providing Ukraine with a clear pathway to Nato-standard equipment,” she added.

Canada to send general and staff to new Nato unit in Latvia

Thursday 12 May 2022 23:00 , Rory Sullivan

Canada will send more high-ranking military staff to a new Nato unit in Latvia, prime minister Justin Trudeau has said.

The general and six staff officers will work to support regional military activities, Mr Trudeau said.

“It’ll serve as a continued important part of our enhancements to Nato’s defense and deterrence capabilities,” he added.

Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins called the move a “step in the right direction”.

“It’s primarily a message to Moscow and to (President Vladimir) Putin that we are dead serious about defending ourselves,” he said.

Ukraine welcomes UN probe into alleged Russian war crimes

Thursday 12 May 2022 22:05 , Rory Sullivan

Ukraine has welcome the UN Human Rights Council’s decision to launch an inquiry into potential war crimes committed by Russian troops.

Dmytro Kuleba, the country’s foreign minister, said guilty people “will be brought to justice”.

UN votes to start Russian war crimes probe

Thursday 12 May 2022 21:40 , Rory Sullivan

Following my earlier post on the subject, here’s the breakdown of today’s successful vote to launch a UN inquiry into alleged Russian war crimes in Ukraine:

Ukraine thanks Slovakia for its support

Thursday 12 May 2022 21:15 , Rory Sullivan

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky has thanked his Slovak counterpart Zuzana Caputova for the support her country has given Ukraine.

Here’s his tweet with more details about what the pair discussed:

Almost 100 children killed in Ukraine last month, says Unicef

Thursday 12 May 2022 20:50 , Rory Sullivan

Nearly 100 children were killed in Ukraine in April alone, Unicef has said.

However, the true number is likely to be much higher.

Omar Abdi, Unicef’s deputy executive director, had this to say at a meeting of the UN Security Council:

“It has been just one month since Unicep last briefed this Council on the situation in Ukraine – as each day passes, more Ukrainian children are exposed to the horrors of this war.

“In just this past month, the UN verified that nearly 100 children were killed, and we believe the actual figures to be considerably higher.

“More children have been injured and faced grave violations of their rights, millions more have been displaced. Schools continue to be attacked and used for military purposes and water and sanitation infrastructure impacted. The war in Ukraine, like all wars, is a child protection and child rights crisis.”

Russian navy ship damaged in Black Sea, Ukraine claims

Thursday 12 May 2022 20:22 , Rory Sullivan

Ukrainian forces have set a Russian navy logistics ship on fire in the Black Sea, according to the Odesa regional military administration.

Serhiy Bratchuk claimed the Vsevolod Bobrov had been struck near Snake Island but did not give more details.

The Independent has been unable to independently verify the claim.

EU to discuss Ukraine application

Thursday 12 May 2022 20:00 , Rory Sullivan

The EU will consider Ukraine’s wish to join the bloc in discussions next month, France has said.

Kyiv’s membership application is currently being looked at by the European Commission, according to the French foreign ministry.

Voices: Whatever happens next, Putin’s epitaph is already written – a murderer, a monster, a maniac

Thursday 12 May 2022 19:35 , Rory Sullivan

Vladimir Putin is an accident of history, writes Natalia L. Yakovenko, a professor at the Institute of International Relations, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.

Read her full piece here:

Opinion: Murderer, monster, maniac: Whatever happens, this is Putin’s epitaph

US politicians call on social media giants to archive evidence of Russian war crimes

Thursday 12 May 2022 19:12 , Rory Sullivan

Four Democratic politicians have urged social media giants to archive content that could be used as evidence of Russian war crimes in Ukraine.

Carolyn Maloney and Gregory Meeks, the chairs of the House Oversight and Foreign Affairs committees, were among the group of lawmakers who wrote to the chief executives of YouTube, TikTok, Twitter and Meta, the lawmakers, according to NBC.

Zelensky stamps sell out in Poland ‘within an hour'

Thursday 12 May 2022 18:50 , Rory Sullivan

A limited range of stamps bearing a portrait of Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky has sold out in Poland in less than an hour, according to Ukraine’s postal service.

Each pack of nine stamps sold for $1,200 each (£985), it added.

EU plans to help Ukraine export wheat by rail and road

Thursday 12 May 2022 18:24 , Rory Sullivan

The EU has offered to help Ukraine export its wheat overland amid a Russian blockade of its main port Odesa.

The Kremlin’s invasion has threatened global food supplies, as Russia and Ukraine are two of the largest exporters of goods including wheat and barley.The bloc has admitted the scale of the challenge is large. “Twenty million tons of grains have to leave Ukraine in less than three months using the EU infrastructure,” said Adina Valean, the bloc’s commissioner for transport.

“This is a gigantesque challenge, so it is essential to coordinate and optimize the logistic chains, put in place new routes, and avoid, as much as possible, the bottlenecks.”

Ukraine’s Eurovision entry seeks to ‘lift spirits’ of country

Thursday 12 May 2022 18:00 , Rory Sullivan

Ukraine’s Eurovision entry hopes to “lift the spirits” of their country in the Italian city of Turin this Saturday.

Kalush Orchestra, who will perform a song called “Stefania”, a fusion of rap and traditional Ukrainian folk, are the favourites to win the competition.

Oleh Psiuk, the group’s lead singer, said: “Any victory in any aspect is very important for Ukraine these days, so winning the Eurovision Song Contest of course would lift the spirits of so many Ukrainians while we don’t have much good news these days.”

“We are here to showcase Ukrainian culture because attempts are being made these days to kill Ukrainian culture, and we want to show that Ukrainian culture is alive, it’s unique, and it has its own beautiful signature,” he added.

Ukraine war in pictures

Thursday 12 May 2022 17:37 , Rory Sullivan

In some of the latest pictures from Ukraine, an old woman grieves after missiles struck a settlement in the Zaporizhzhia region:

A woman grieves at her husband’s funeral in Lviv region, Ukraine, on 12 May 2022 (REUTERS)
A woman grieves at her husband’s funeral in Lviv region, Ukraine, on 12 May 2022 (REUTERS)
Another Ukrainian woman cries at home after missiles hit the settlement of Komyshuvakha, Zaporizhzhia Oblast (Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Another Ukrainian woman cries at home after missiles hit the settlement of Komyshuvakha, Zaporizhzhia Oblast (Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
A destroyed house in Pylypchatyne, eastern Ukraine (AFP via Getty Images)
A destroyed house in Pylypchatyne, eastern Ukraine (AFP via Getty Images)

France ‘fully supports’ Finland’s bid to join Nato

Thursday 12 May 2022 17:17 , Rory Sullivan

France fully supports Finland’s ambition to become part of Nato, its president Emmanuel Macron has told his Finnish counterpart.

This comes after Finland’s leaders said on Thursday that the country wanted to join the alliance “without delay”.

German president and chancellor to visit Kyiv, says Ukraine

Thursday 12 May 2022 16:59 , Rory Sullivan

The German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier and chancellor Olaf Scholz are expected to visit Kyiv soon, Ukraine has said.

The announcement by the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky’s office comes after tensions between Kyiv and Berlin.

Ukraine has accused Germany of being slow to deliver weapons to help it fight off Russian troops.

UN sets up investigation into Russian war crimes

Thursday 12 May 2022 16:40 , Rory Sullivan

The UN will investigate alleged rights violations by Russian troops in Ukraine, after the body’s Human Rights Council voted in favour of an inquiry.

A total of 33 countries supported the resolution, while 12 others abstained and two (China and Eritrea) voted against it.

Russia was recently suspended from the council. Although it could have watched today’s session, it chose not to.

Ukraine negotiating for release of wounded soldiers in Mariupol

Thursday 12 May 2022 17:58 , Rory Sullivan

Ukraine is negotiating with Russia to secure the release of 38 severely wounded soldiers holed up in the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol.

The last remaining Ukrainian stronghold in the city is under Russian bombardment.

Iryna Vereshchuk, Ukraine’s deputy prime minister, said on Thursday: “To be clear: we are currently negotiating only about 38 severely wounded (bedridden) fighters. We work step by step. We will exchange 38, then we will move on.

“There are currently no talks on the exchange of 500 or 600 people, which is being reported by some media outlets.”

Number of refugees fleeing Ukraine war exceeds 6 million

Thursday 12 May 2022 16:15 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

The number of people who have fled Ukraine to escape Russia’s invasion has passed 6 million in Europe’s worst refugee crisis since the end of World War Two, according to the UN Refugee Agency.

Russia’s invasion, which started on Feb. 24, has triggered a massive displacement of people, including more than 8 million Ukrainians within the country.

UN data showed that 6.03 million had fled Ukraine as of Wednesday.

Most have crossed to the European Union through border points in Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania.

Russia could cut gas supply to Finland ‘on Friday’ following decision to join Nato

Thursday 12 May 2022 16:05 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Finnish politicians have been warned they could be cut off from Russian gas as early as Friday just hours after the country said it wanted to join Nato, reports have claimed.

The warning came just hours after Russia said it would be forced to take “retaliatory measures” after Helsinki signalled it would seek to become a Nato member.

Russia’s foreign ministry said Finland’s application, announced on Thursday, is a “radical change” in the country’s foreign policy.

My colleague Thomas Kingsley reports:

Russia could cut gas supply to Finland ‘on Friday’ following decision to join Nato

Russia begins transfer of troops from Syria to Ukraine as Finland signals Nato membership

Thursday 12 May 2022 15:50 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Russian president Vladimir Putin has begun moving troops from Syria to Ukraine to help in the Battle for Donbas, reports have claimed.

Military forces are being moved from Syria where the Kremlin had thousands of troops based since 2015 when Vladimir Putin ordered his fighters to support president Bashar al-Assad.

The Moscow Times reported that these troops are being stationed at three airports in Ukraine before being transferred to the frontline to increase Russia’s presence as fighting in the southeast increases, writes Thomas Kingsley.

Russia begins transfer of troops from Syria to Ukraine

Exclusive - To circumvent Ukraine and bottlenecks, a controversial new trade route emerges: Iran

Thursday 12 May 2022 15:40 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Despite US sanctions. transportation industry insiders see the Islamic Republic as key land route for moving goods across Eurasia.

With eastern Europe and the Black Sea region in turmoil because of Russia’s invasion and ongoing attack on Ukraine, Iran is also emerging as a tempting bridge between landlocked countries of Central Asia and the rest of the world.

Our international correspondent, Borzou Daragahi, reports:

To circumvent Ukraine and bottlenecks, a controversial new trade route emerges: Iran

German regulator does not expect immediate fallout from Russia's Yamal move

Thursday 12 May 2022 15:25 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Germany’s energy regulator on Thursday said a stop of Russian gas flows through the Yamal pipeline to Europe via Poland was not expected to endanger German supply security.

“Hardly any gas to Germany has been going through this pipeline for weeks,” a spokesman for the regulatory authority said in a written statement.

“Most volumes went to Poland,” he added.

Russia to respond to Finnish decision on Nato

Thursday 12 May 2022 15:12 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Russia has warned that it will have to take unspecified “military-technical” steps in response to Finland’s decision to join Nato.The Russian Foreign Ministry said that Finland’s accession to Nato will “inflict serious damage on Russian-Finnish relations, as well as stability and security in Northern Europe.”

It said in a statement that “Russia will be forced to take retaliatory steps of military-technical and other characteristics in order to counter the emerging threats to its national security.”

The statement noted that while it’s up to Finland to decide on ways to ensure its security, “Helsinki must be aware of its responsibility and the consequences of such a move.” The ministry charged that Finland’s move also violated past agreements with Russia.“History will determine why Finland needed to turn its territory into a bulwark of military face-off with Russia while losing independence in making its own decisions,” it added.

North Macedonia: US leads exercise in Nato’s newest member

Thursday 12 May 2022 15:00 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

U.S. troops joined forces from Britain, France, Italy and allied countries in the region Thursday in a military exercise held in Nato’s newest member, North Macedonia, aimed at displaying deployment readiness along the alliance’s eastern borders.

Nearly 10,000 soldiers from 19 nations are taking part in Nato’s planned “Swift Response” exercises as Russia‘s war in Ukraine continues for a 12th week.

The exercises are being held in five separate locations, spanning from Norway to North Macedonia, military officials said.

“I think it’s a fantastic demonstration of what we can do as an alliance and our ability to project combat power if asked to do so and how quickly we can do it,” Maj. Gen. Peter B. Andrysiak, U.S. army deputy commanding general for Europe and Africa, told reporters after an hourlong display in North Macedonia.

Over the past 10 days, about 4,600 soldiers from Albania, France, Greece, Italy, North Macedonia, Montenegro, the U.K., and the U.S. have taken part in the exercises, which have included parachute jumps at several locations around the country.

North Macedonia formally joined Nato in March 2020. The small Balkan country of 1.8 million people has an active military of about 8,000 personnel.

Russia could cut gas supply to Finland on Friday

Thursday 12 May 2022 14:45 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Key Finnish politicians have been warned that Russia could halt its gas supplies to neighbouring Finland on Friday, local newspaper Iltalehti reported on Thursday, citing unnamed sources.

The paper did not specify where the warning would have come from and Reuters was not able to verify the information.

Finland’s president Sauli Niinisto and prime minister Sanna Marin said Finland would apply to join the Western defence alliance Nato “without delay”, prompting Russia to vow a response.

On May 5, the Finnish government said it was prepared for the possibility of its eastern neighbour cutting off gas delivery in response to Finland’s refusal to abide by Russian demands for gas payments to be made in roubles.

Ursula von der Leyen says Russia is threatening food security globally

Thursday 12 May 2022 14:31 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

President of the EU Commission Ursula von der Leyen has announced that the EU is taking action to “ease transport of cereals from Ukraine and tackle urgent bottlenecks.”

Ms von der Leyen said Russia is “threatening food security worldwide” by “hampering vital exports” from Ukraine which she describes as the “world’s granary”.

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