On Sunday, a senior NATO official noted that Russia’s military advance in Ukraine “is running out of steam,” adding that with NATO help, Kyiv could emerge victorious.
“Russia’s brutal aggression is losing momentum,” NATO Deputy Secretary-General Mircea Giana told reporters in Berlin. “We know that with the bravery of the Ukrainian people and army, and with our help, Ukraine can win this war.”
Top NATO diplomats, including U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, met in Berlin on Sunday to discuss increased aid to Ukraine. Also on the agenda is an expansion of the alliance to include Finland and possibly Sweden.
Meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kouleba Sunday with Blinken. He noted on Twitter that more American aid and weapons are on the way.
Blinken and Kulba “also discussed the impact of Russia’s brutal war, including on global food security, and worked to find solutions to export Ukraine’s grain to international markets,” State Department spokesman Ned Price Say.
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► The Ukrainian prosecutor’s office said on Sunday that 227 children had been killed and more than 400 injured since the invasion began.
►Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and a small group of Republican senators He met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv on Saturday.
► The United States has again accused Russia of using the UN Security Council to spread disinformation and conspiracy theories about Ukraine’s biological weapons to divert attention from the war in Ukraine. Deputy U.S. Ambassador Richard Mills called the Russian claims “absolutely false and absurd.”
Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Olga Stefanichna said on ABC News’ “This Week” that Finland and Sweden’s acceptance of NATO would show that the alliance has learned lessons from the way it handled Ukraine’s 2008 membership application .
“NATO has learned from the mistakes it made when Ukraine asked to join in 2008”, “By making commitments on membership without making a decision, this essentially led to three wars, two of which are now in Ukraine happened on the territory.”
Stefanishyna noted that Russian troops are now withdrawing from key areas of western Ukraine, but her country is not “overly optimistic.”
“We’ve seen Putin recalibrate his strategy,” she said, adding, “The only possible winning scenario for him is a long war, which is not the case for us or the democratic world.”
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Finnish President Sauli Niinsto said Russian President Vladimir Putin was “pretty calm and calm” when Niinsto told him that Finland would apply to join NATO.
Niinstow said on CNN Sunday that Putin did not repeat earlier threats about what would happen if the neutral Nordic country bordering Russia tried to join the alliance.
He said he was surprised Putin “accepted it so calmly.”
Niinstow said he did not believe Russia would attack Finland for trying to join NATO, although Putin did call the move “wrong”.
The Finnish leader pointed out that the security situation has changed and Finland has no choice but to ally with other Western countries in NATO.
“Europe, the world, is more divided. There is not much room for non-alignment between the two,” he said.
The Finnish government announced on Sunday that it would apply to join NATO.
President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin announced their intentions at a press conference at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki.
“This is a historic day. A new era has begun,” Niinisto said.
Support for Finland to join NATO has jumped 25% since Russia started its invasion of Ukraine in February, polls show French report 24.
Since independence in 1917, Finland has remained neutral since the 1948 treaty with the Soviet Union. The Nordic country shares an 830-mile border with Russia.
Almost since the invasion of Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin has mocked the use of nuclear weapons.
But most political scientists, nuclear weapons experts, Western officials and seasoned Kremlin watchers say he is highly unlikely to detonate nuclear weapons to break the deadlock in Russia’s offensive in Ukraine, now in its third month.
“If the conflict in Ukraine remains essentially an open conflict between the Russian and Ukrainian forces, with the West playing more of a proxy role, and if we maintain the level of Western participation in the conflict today, I don’t think it’s possible at all,” Demeter Until recently, said Ritrenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Center think tank.
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Ukraine celebrated a morale-boosting victory at the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday.
Folk rap group Kalush Orchestra won a glitzy televised Eurovision contest with their song “Stefania,” which became a popular Ukrainian national anthem during the war. Voting from home audiences across Europe cemented the victory.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has vowed that his country will receive the usual honour of hosting the next annual competition.
“Step by step, we are forcing the occupiers out of Ukrainian soil,” Zelensky said.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senators Susan Collins of Maine, John Cornyn of Texas and John Barrasso of Wyoming, Visited Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Saturday.
The visit marks a “strong signal of bipartisan support for Ukraine in the U.S. Congress and the American people” Zelensky wrote on Telegram.
McConnell told Senate colleagues this week that he supports the latest round of aid that the U.S. House of Representatives recently passed.
“Helping Ukraine is not just about charity. According to a press release posted on the Senator’s website, McConnell said Thursday that Russia’s blatant aggression will not succeed and come at great cost, which is directly related to U.S. national security. and major interests.
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