Here are the main events so far on Friday, May 13th.
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- Families and supporters of Ukrainian fighters hiding at the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol are pleading for more help to rescue them.
- The Institute for War Research said it is likely that Russian troops have taken control of all of Lubizhny and Novo-Vodivka in the Luhansk region.
- The region’s governor said the shelling in Luhansk had killed two people and destroyed more than 50 homes.
- The Ukrainian military claims that Russian forces have attacked villages in the east near Donetsk, Leman, Bakhmut and Kurashiv.
- One of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s closest allies has declared that increased Western military support for Ukraine risks triggering a war between Russia and NATO.
- Rocket attacks in central Ukraine’s Poltava region have intensified and are “probably the most intense during the war,” the region’s governor said.
- Ukraine said troops damaged a Russian navy ship in the Black Sea, with satellite images suggesting a possible attack.
- More than 6 million refugees have fled Ukraine since Russia started its invasion on February 24, UNHCR data show.
Diplomacy and Aid
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he was ready to talk with Putin to reach a mutual agreement, but said Ukraine would never recognize Crimea as part of Russia.
- At the G7 meeting, British Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss said pressure on Russia must be maintained by supplying Ukraine with more weapons.
- U.S. Republican Senator Rand Paul single-handedly delayed passage of a $40 billion aid bill to The U.S. House of Representatives approved it Wednesday.
- The head of Zelensky’s office said Ukraine must “become part of a unified Europe as soon as possible. This is a matter of mutual security”.
- European Commission President Von der Leyen says Russia The ‘most immediate threat’ to the international order He called it a “barbaric war”.
- A Russian diplomat warned Finland and Sweden they could be ‘targeted’ after Finnish officials announced the country Must join NATO military alliance ‘without delay’.
- Ukraine has spent 245.1 billion hryvnia ($8.3 billion) on war rather than development since Russia’s invasion began on February 24, the finance minister said.
- Putin Blame the West for triggering the global economic crisis Inflation due to tough sanctions on Russia.
- Europe is Facing natural gas supply disruptions and pressure for alternatives Ukraine halted gas supplies after Russia imposed sanctions on the European unit of Russian state-owned energy giant Gazprom, causing prices to rise.
- The European Commission said it would help Ukraine export millions of tons of grain blocked by the Russian navy in Ukrainian ports.