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Zelensky dismissed the commander, the Ukrainian army approached the Russian border

According to Ukrainian media, the dismissal of Commander of the Territorial Self-Defense Forces Yurii Halushkin was announced by President Volodymyr Zelensky on the night of May 15 (local time).

President Volodymyr Zelensky issued a decree appointing Ihor Tansiura to replace Halushkin as Commander of the Territorial Defense Forces of the Armed Forces. Ukraine. The appointment decree will take effect when it is published on the state website,” Ukrinform newspaper quoted a statement published by the Ukrainian government as saying.

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Commander of the Ukrainian Territorial Defense Forces Yurii Halushkin. Photo: Ukrinform

It is not clear why Ukrainian President Zelensky dismissed Halushkin from his post.

According to Al Jazeera news agency, Halushkin has held the position of Commander of the Ukrainian Territorial Defense Forces since January 1 until now.

Governor Kharkiv announced that Ukrainian troops were approaching the border with Russia

“We are proud of the soldiers of the 227th Battalion of the 127th Brigade of the Ukrainian Territorial Defense Forces, who restored the landmark in the border region,” Al Jazeera news site quoted a Telegram post. of Kharkiv Governor Oleh Sinegubov.

According to the British news agency The Guardian, Governor Sinegubov had previously posted a video showing some Ukrainian soldiers standing next to a landmark believed to be located in the northern Kharkiv province.

Video: Twitter

Currently, The Guardian, Al Jazeera and many other news agencies have not been able to verify the statements and images shared by Oleh Sinegubov.

Sweden sends a delegation to Turkey to discuss joining NATO

“We will send a diplomatic mission to hold discussions and dialogues with the Turkish authorities, so that we can see how we can solve this problem,” said Swedish Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist. told The Guardian newspaper today (May 16).

Earlier, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on May 13 that the country did not consider Sweden and Finland’s accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) as “positive”. “Because the two Nordic countries are hosting the Kurdish terrorist organizations PKK and DHKP-C,” Erdogan said at the time.

According to The Guardian, the admission of Sweden and Finland will need ratification from the 30 member countries of the NATO military bloc. However, Turkish President Erdogan may have to make concessions on this issue because of pressure from many other countries in NATO, as well as Finland and Sweden, after joining, will further strengthen the bloc’s power. military in the Baltic Sea.

EU needs more time for new sanctions package targeting Russia

“The European Union (EU) will impose a sixth package of sanctions on Russia, but the bloc will need more time to find a consensus. There is really no reason not to finalize this package of sanctions,” the Guardian news agency quoted Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn as saying this morning (May 16).

Earlier, European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen on May 4 announced several proposals for the sixth EU sanctions package imposed on Russia, including removing three Russian banks from the payment system. global finance (SWIFT), sanctions officials military and individuals accused of committing war crimes in Bucha, as well as banning oil imports from Russia.

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