Ukraine news live: Russia 'loses battle for Kharkiv'; Moscow cuts power to Finland; Ukraine claims to have downed 200 Russian aircraft

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'I don't think we're likely to see a coup in the near future' says Gordon B. Davis Jr - adding that given how much Putin has invested in solidifying his control he 'doesn't put a lot of credence into the rumours'. Latest: 📺 Sky 501 and YouTube

'I don't think we're likely to see a coup in the near future' says Gordon B. Davis Jr - adding that given how much Putin has invested in solidifying his control he 'doesn't put a lot of credence into the rumours'. Latest: 📺 Sky 501 and YouTube

Ukraine latest as a 21-year-old Russian soldier's war crimes trial begins; FSB agents believe Vladimir Putin is terminally ill after receiving a top-secret memo, reports claim; leader's wife hit with new sanctions; G7 foreign ministers meet in Germany.

The region has been subjected to weeks of heavy bombardments by the invading forces.Canada hopes Finland and Sweden get rapid NATO approval09:54:58The ISW adds that it is"likely" Russia’s military will withdraw from the region as Vladimir Putin focuses his efforts further south.

09:41:0609:20:5009:00:10And in eastern Ukraine, Seva makes a resupply of medical aid to soldiers waiting to be sent to the frontline. Here, he finds a band of brothers in buoyant mood, despite the possibility some may never return.Finland cut off from Russian power grid

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Numpty! Talking rubbish doesn't make it true. We seem to struggle with that in woketopia.

Russia-Ukraine latest news: Breakaway Georgian region South Ossetia to hold referendum on joining RussiaThe leader of the breakaway Georgian region of South Ossetia has announced that a referendum will be held on joining Russia Follow the latest updates in our live blog ⬇️ It would make sense for them even few months ago, but after the horrors in Ukraine it might not be the best idea to join the most barbaric country in the world I honestly don’t know why you give these cretinous ******** the time of day.

Russia-Ukraine war: what we know on day 79 of the invasionKyiv court set to hear first war crimes trial of Russian soldier; Moscow threatens retaliation after Finland announces Nato plans Amazing what can be achieved against an overwhelming hostile enemy when not being hindered by gender or diversity quotas. You became a very cheap newspaper

Ukraine war: Russia would bolster border defences if Finland joins NATO, says Moscow's ambassador to EUVladimir Chizhov tells Sky News he is 'deeply disappointed and saddened' by Finland and Sweden's ambitions to join NATO and that Russia would have to respond if they become members. Remember Cuba? Yeah, well that's how Russia feels about Finland and Sweden. I hope it’s just sanctions, because it would be a bad idea to attack a NATO Member. NATO is not about the power as Russia puts it. It's about protecting the freedom and rights of NATO countries from countries that use war to annex land .It gives a country a chance to peacefully negotiate terms without threat of violence .

Russia hits east Ukraine as war pushes Finland closer to NatoRussian forces pounded areas in Ukraine’s east as a war that is redrawing Europe’s security map pushed Russia’s neighbour Finland closer to joining Nato.

Russia threatens 'full-fledged nuclear war' if West keeps arming UkraineOne of Vladimir Putin’s closest allies has warned Western leaders to stop arming Ukraine - or else risk turning the conflict into a ‘full-fledged nuclear war’. 3 words - British nuclear deterrent. If Russia were going to use nukes in response to the West simply arming Ukraine, then they would have already used nukes by now.

“The war is grinding towards a stalemate”—Russia inches ahead, Ukraine battles back“What you’re not seeing is very large movement on either side.” chrislockwd tells “The Intelligence” how the battle for Donbas in Ukraine is reaching a stalemate chrislockwd The ways in which Ukraine stopped Russia and then has been counterattacking is not a stalemate chrislockwd By the way, I noticed that photographs about the events in ukraine are constantly used those that show permits from the shelling of the ukrainian army. This photo in the article is the shelling of the market of the ukrainian army. Your are so humble🫤 chrislockwd

Updates from Sky News correspondent Dominic Waghorn in Kyiv.Volodymyr Zelensky said on Friday night that although Ukrainians are doing everything they can to drive out the Russians, 'no one today can predict how long this war will last.Fri 13 May 2022 01.The country's army is 200,000 strong - almost three times the size of the British Army.

Live reporting by Tim Baker 10:48:41 Russian troops withdrawing from Kharkiv - Ukrainian military Ukraine's military says Russian troops are withdrawing from Kharkiv, Ukraine's second city. The region has been subjected to weeks of heavy bombardments by the invading forces. 'This will depend on our partners, on European countries, on the entire free world. Ukraine's general staff said the Russians were pulling back and focusing on guarding supply routes, as mortar, artillery and air strikes were launched against the Donetsk region further south. Vadim Shysimarin, 21, a commander in Russia’s Kantemirovskaya tank division, is accused of shooting dead an unarmed man, 62, who was on a bicycle and talking on his phone in the village of Chupakhivka, Sumy. Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov said Ukraine is"entering a new - long-term - phase of the war". 'This is the only recipe for protecting freedom in the face of the Russian invasion.  10:22:23 Canada hopes Finland and Sweden get rapid NATO approval Melanie Joly, Canada's foreign minister, says she is hoping for Finland and Sweden to be granted quick accession to NATO. However, analysts - including from the Pentagon - say it's still making slow progress with things almost at a stalemate; while Ukraine has won back some territory, such as near Kharkiv in the northeast.

She did however state it was"important we have a consensus", after Turkey indicated it may block the two northern European states from joining the organisation. This is not about accounting, it\u0027s about the future. Sweden is expected to follow within days. Speaking outside the G7 meeting in Germany, Ms Joy said:"We wish that there not only be an accession of Finland and Sweden, but a quick accession, which is fundamental in the circumstances as Finland and Sweden are looking for security guarantees." 09:54:58 Russia has 'lost' the battle for Kharkiv Russia has lost the battle for Kharkiv, according to an American think tank.. The Institute for the Study of War (ISW), which produces daily reports about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, says Moscow’s forces have been pushed back from the city in northeastern Ukraine. Paul demanded changes including an inspector general to oversee how it is spent. The ISW adds that it is"likely" Russia’s military will withdraw from the region as Vladimir Putin focuses his efforts further south.

Yesterday’s ISW report said:"The Russian military has likely decided to withdraw fully from its positions around Kharkiv City in the face of Ukrainian counter offensives and the limited availability of reinforcements.  "Russian units have generally not attempted to hold ground against counter attacking Ukrainian forces over the past several days, with a few exceptions. Carpenter said that one survivor said “everyone was afraid to be taken to Donetsk”, where they could be the victim of “further investigation or murder”." It went on to say that a Ukrainian offensive eastwards to the border is unlikely due to the difficulty of a military operation amid large water features. 09:41:06 The Eurovision final is set to take place in Italy this evening. Ukraine's Kalush Orchestra are odds-on favourites with their song Stefania. Ukraine said it had damaged and set on fire a Russian navy logistics ship in the Black Sea.

The UK's entry, Space Man by Sam Ryder, is also slated to do well. 09:20:50 Zelenskyy on Russian losses President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has given a summary of Russia's losses, at least according to Ukraine's intelligence. He says that Vlaidmir Putin's military has lost 200 airplanes, 27,000 soldiers and 3,000 tanks, armoured vehicle and drones. Ukraine’s deputy prime minister, Iryna Vereshchuk, said “very difficult negotiations” were ongoing to evacuate 38 seriously wounded fighters from the besieged Azovstal steel plant in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, in exchange for Russian prisoners of war. 09:00:10 Ukraine War Diaries: Week 8 Omnibus - Lost boys, birthdays & Eurovision banter In Lviv, Ilyas is reunited with his wife and sons for the first time since they fled to Poland. In Kyiv, Oksana reflects on how war has wiped birthdays from her social calendar.

  And in eastern Ukraine, Seva makes a resupply of medical aid to soldiers waiting to be sent to the frontline.” The number of people who have fled Ukraine to escape Russia’s invasion has exceeded six million, the UN’s refugee agency has said. Here, he finds a band of brothers in buoyant mood, despite the possibility some may never return. Ukraine War Diaries uses first-person audio, recorded on the ground in Ukraine, to give an intimate day-to-day perspective of life in a war zone. From the producers of Sky News StoryCast 08:47:01 Finland cut off from Russian power grid Fingrid, the operator of Finland's national grid, has confirmed to Sky News that there is no more electricity coming into the nation from Russia. Unicef’s deputy executive director, Omar Abdi, demanded an end to the bombing of Ukrainian schools, adding that one in six Unicef-supported schools in eastern Ukraine had been “damaged or destroyed” as of last week. Reima Paivinen, a senior vice president at Fingrid, said they were"confident there will be no major problems", with sufficient power expected to be provided by Sweden.

Electricity from Russia accounts for some 10% of Finland's total consumption. The cut supposedly happened because payments were unable to be processed. The resolution passed by a strong majority, with 33 members voting in favour and two – China and Eritrea – against. It came after Finland confirmed it will be applying to join NATO. 08:28:35 Aftermath of destruction near Kyiv These pictures show the aftermath of the Russian offensive towards Kyiv. Vladimir Putin's forces invaded from Belarus and headed towards the Ukrainian capital, but later withdrew after encountering stiff resistance. Many of the violations it is verifying since the Russian invasion may amount to war crimes, she said.

Borodyanka, which is around 20 miles from Kyiv, was one area which suffered in the conflict. 07:41:47 Russia's response to Finland and Sweden joining NATO will depend on what alliance deploys to the countries - RIA Russia has warned its response to Finland and Sweden joining NATO would depend on what infrastructure the alliance would deploy to the two countries, RIA has reported.  The Russian state news agency cited the country's deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov in its report.  Interfax, an independent Russian news agency, reported Mr Ryabkov as saying Russia has no"hostile intentions" towards the two countries.  Sweden and Finland have sought NATO membership following the war in Ukraine.

An expansion of NATO would be a blow to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who undertook the war in what he said was a bid to thwart the alliance's easterly advance.  07:18:14 US seeking to 'clarify' Turkey's opposition to Sweden and Finland joining NATO The United States is seeking to clarify Turkey's opposition to Sweden and Finland joining NATO at a meeting this weekend.  On Friday, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country is"not favourable" towards the Nordic nations joining the alliance.  His comments indicated that turkey could use its membership to veto moves to admit the two countries. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Washington is"working to clarify Turkey's position" and believes there is"broad support" among NATO members for the two countries to join.

Both countries were prompted to reconsider their traditions of military non-alignment due to the war in Ukraine.  The US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, is also scheduled to meet his counterparts in the alliance, including the Turkish foreign minister, this weekend.  Due to your consent preferences, you’re not able to view this. .