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QUICK READ 15-5: Russia withdraws from Kharkov, attacks more on Donetsk

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Vera Kosolopenko is heartbroken after her house was destroyed by Russian bombing in the village of Bezruky, Kharkov region, Ukraine on May 14. According to Reuters news agency, this house is also home to all the precious memorabilia related to her late husband. “I have lost everything that connects me to him,” cried Vera Kosolopenko as she stood outside her destroyed house – Photo: REUTERS

* According to the AP news agency, on May 14, the Ukrainian military said the Russian troops are withdrawing from Kharkov (Ukraine’s second largest city and located in the northeastern part of the country) after bombarding the city for several weeks.

The General Staff of the Ukrainian Army says that Russian forces are now focused on guarding supply routes, while also launching mortar and artillery attacks and air strikes on the Donetsk region (east of Ukraine). Ukraine) to “weak Ukrainian forces and destroy fortifications”.

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said that Ukraine is “entering a new phase of the war – a long one”. Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the Ukrainians were making “maximum” efforts to push back the Russians and that the outcome of the war would depend on support from Europe and other allies.

* According to Tass news agency, speaking at a press conference on May 14, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said the foreign ministers G7 will never admit changes to Ukraine border. “We will never admit the changes in parts of the border that Russia wants to make by force,” she said.

* According to Tass news agency, on May 14, Dmitry Medvedev, the current vice chairman of Russia’s National Security Council and once held the positions of prime minister and president of Russia, announced Russia does not care that the G7 does not recognize the changes to the Ukrainian border. “What matters is the will of the people living in those places. Don’t forget the precedent of Kosovo, our Western friends!” – said Mr. Medvedev.

* AP news agency reported Republican leader in the US Senate Mitch McConnell and a delegation of Republican senators met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kiev for an unannounced visit on May 14. This is the latest move to show the US support for Ukraine in the current conflict.

In an Instagram post, Zelensky called the visit a “strong signal of the bipartisan (Republican and Democrat) support in the US Congress and of the American people for Ukraine”.

Earlier, Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi visited Kiev.

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Kharkov city on the morning of May 14. The row of ping pong tables on the school’s yard has now been blown away by bombs – Photo: REUTERS

* According to Al Jazeera Radio, on Telegram, Spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova says that the current high food prices are due to Western sanctions. She also denied accusations that Russia is triggering a global food crisis.

According to AP news agency, on May 14, the group of leading economies in the world G7 warned: The war in Ukraine is causing a food crisis and a global energy crisis, threatening poor countries. They say urgent measures are needed to open up grain stocks that are being prevented by Russia from leaving Ukraine.

G7 also urges China not to support Russia’s military operation in Ukraine. They also called on China not to “engage in information manipulation, disseminating information and using other means to legitimize” Russia’s military campaign in Ukraine.

* According to Reuters news agency, Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavesto said: Top Finnish and Turkish diplomats meet in Berlin (Germany) on May 14 to try to resolve disagreements over Finland and Sweden’s plans to join NATO, amid the ongoing hostilities in Ukraine.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said he could not support Finland and Sweden’s plans to join NATO because the Nordic countries are “home to many terrorist organisations”. Meanwhile, Slovakia expects all 30 NATO member countries to support Finland and Sweden’s plan to join the military alliance.

The war in Ukraine and the new situation in Northern Europe The war in Ukraine and the new situation in Northern Europe

TTO – If there is no last-minute surprise change, on May 16, Finland and Sweden are expected to officially submit their applications to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), despite the international agreements. Warning from Russia.

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