Highlights: Ukraine begins first war crimes trial of Russian soldier

Russia-Ukraine war: The war between the two neighbours continues with no end in sight. Russian troops entered Ukraine on February 24 on the orders of President Vladimir Putin.
A man walks past a sign during a demonstration outside the United Nations during a special session on Ukraine of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland on Thursday.
A man walks past a sign during a demonstration outside the United Nations during a special session on Ukraine of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland on Thursday.
Updated on May 13, 2022 10:39 PM IST
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Russia-Ukraine war highlights: The Russia-Ukraine war, which began on February 24 with Russian troops arriving on Ukrainian soil on the orders of President Vladimir Putin, entered day 79 on Friday with no end in sight to the crisis. On May 9, on the occasion of ‘Victory Day’, President Putin was expected to make a major announcement, possibly calling off the war; however, no such announcement was made.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, Finland, which was contemplating joining NATO in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, announced it is in favour of applying for membership, ‘as soon as possible’. This prompted a warning from Moscow, which said it will be ‘forced to take retaliatory steps of military-technical and other characteristics in order to counter the emerging threats to its national security’.

Finland's neighbour, Sweden, is also likely to announce soon that it is in favour of being a member of the intergovernmental military alliance.

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  • May 13, 2022 10:39 PM IST

    EU promises 500 million Euros in military aid to Ukraine

    European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell promised Ukraine an extra 500 million euros ($520 million), bringing the bloc's total military aid to two billion euros. "The recipe is clear -- more of the same," Borrell said at a gathering of leading democracies as the war entered its 12th week.

  • May 13, 2022 10:24 PM IST

    Russian air forces hit arms depot in Ukraine's Kharkiv region

    Russian air forces have attacked an arms depot in Ukraine's Kharkiv region, state news agency RIA quoted the Russian Defence Ministry as saying on Friday.

  • May 13, 2022 10:08 PM IST

    Discussing sixth package of sanctions against Russia: EU ambassador to India

    European Union ambassador to India, Ugo Astuto, said the bloc is discussing imposing the sixth package of sanctions against Russia and want the withdrawal of troops from Ukraine, ANI reported. "We have launched five packages of sanctions. We are discussing the sixth one. These sanctions are unprecedented. it's extremely significant that they cover a wide range of topics and that there are financial sanctions, there is a listing of personalities responsible for aggression. We have a ban on aircraft from Russia on shipping, and we are exploring other options," Astuto told ANI adding that the "purpose is clear to stop the war hostilities and Russia to withdraw its troops."

  • May 13, 2022 09:13 PM IST

    Ukraine begins first war crimes trial of Russian soldier

    A Ukrainian court held a preliminary hearing on Friday in the first war crimes trial arising from Russia's Feb. 24 invasion, after charging a captured Russian soldier with the murder of a 62-year-old civilian. The case is of huge symbolic importance for Ukraine. The Kyiv government has accused Russia of atrocities and brutality against civilians during the invasion and said it has identified more than 10,000 possible war crimes.

  • May 13, 2022 08:49 PM IST

    Pentagon chief urges 'immediate' Ukraine ceasefire in call with Russian counterpart

    US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin urged Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on Friday to move immediately to implement a ceasefire in Ukraine, in their first conversation since before the war began, the Pentagon said.

    "Secretary Austin urged an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine and emphasized the importance of maintaining lines of communication," the Pentagon said in a statement.

  • May 13, 2022 08:12 PM IST

    Ukrainian forces thwart Russians at river as fight shifts to Donbas

    Ukrainian forces destroyed parts of a Russian armoured column as it tried to cross a river in the Donbas region, video from Ukraine's military showed on Friday, as Moscow appeared to be refocusing its assault in the east after a new pushback by Kyiv, Reuters reported.

  • May 13, 2022 08:03 PM IST

    UK sanctions Putin circle including alleged girlfriend

    Britain on Friday sanctioned 12 members of Russian President Vladimir Putin's "inner circle" including his reputed girlfriend, accusing them of hiding tens of billions of dollars on his behalf, AFP reported. The list included Putin's ex-wife Lyudmila Ocheretnaya and Alina Kabaeva, a former Olympic gymnast whom UK officials described as his "current partner", as well as Kabaeva's grandmother Anna Zatseplina.

  • May 13, 2022 07:00 PM IST

    Indian embassy in Ukraine to resume operation out of Kyiv from May 17

    India on Friday announced that its embassy in Ukraine would resume its operation from the Ukrainian capital Kyiv from May 17, PTI reported. Full report

  • May 13, 2022 05:19 PM IST

    Ukraine asks G7 to seize Russian assets to rebuild country

    Ukraine asked the G7 group of rich nations on Friday to seize Russian assets and hand them over to help it rebuild after months of war, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said, Reuters reported.

  • May 13, 2022 04:08 PM IST

    Kremlin dismisses Polish PM's criticism of Putin as 'shocking'

    The Kremlin hit back on Friday at calls by Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki to "root out" Russia's "monstrous ideology".

    "This is the quintessence of that hatred towards Russians that has regrettably, like a metastasis, infected the entire Polish leadership and, in many ways, Polish society," Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters in briefing, Reuters reported.

  • May 13, 2022 02:06 PM IST

    EU announces additional 500 million euros for Ukraine

    Josep Borrell, the European Union's foreign policy chief, announces the bloc would provide a further 500 millions euros worth of military support to Ukraine and that he was confident a deal could be reached in the coming days to agree an embargo on Russian oil.

  • May 13, 2022 12:54 PM IST

    G7 ‘strongly united’ in backing Ukraine, says France

    G7 countries ‘very strongly united’ in our will to 'continue in the long term to support Ukraine's fight for its sovereignty until Ukraine's victory': Jean-Yves Le Drian, French foreign minister, at G7 meet

  • May 13, 2022 12:20 PM IST

    ‘To pressurise Russia, UK and allies need to supply more weapons to Ukraine’

    "It is very important at this time that the UK and our allies keep up the pressure on Vladimir Putin by supplying more weapons to Ukraine and by increasing the sanctions," said Liz Truss, foreign secretary, UK.

  • May 13, 2022 11:05 AM IST

    Ukraine forces prevented Russia from crossing river in Donbas: UK

    Ukrainian forces successfully prevented an attempted Russian river crossing in the Donbas, says the UK's defence ministry on latest situation in the east European nation.

  • May 13, 2022 10:18 AM IST

    Russian soldier to face trial in first ‘war crimes’ case

    Sergeant Vadim Shyshimarin, who is accused of shooting a 62-year-old man in the head through an open car window in the northeastern village of Chupakhivka, faces seven years in jail, under the Ukrainian criminal code.

  • May 13, 2022 09:42 AM IST

    Ukrainian foreign minister to attend G7 meet in Germany today

    Amid the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, foreign ministers of the G7 nations--Britain, Canada, Germany, Italy, France, Japan, United States and the European Union--will, on Friday, convene for their annual meeting, being held this year in Germany's Baltic Sea resort of Weissenhaus. Ukrainian and Moldovan foreign ministers to attend as well.

  • May 13, 2022 08:08 AM IST

    Nearly 100 youngsters killed in Ukraine in last month

    "The war in Ukraine is a child rights crisis where education is under attack, nearly 100 youngsters have been killed in just the last month," said Omar Abdi, deputy executive director of the UNICEF, in an address to the Security Council.

  • May 13, 2022 07:24 AM IST

    Ukraine claims it has damaged a Russian naval logistics shop

    Thanks to the actions of our naval seamen, the support vessel Vsevolod Bobrov caught fire - it is one of the newest in the Russian fleet: Serhiy Bratchuk, spokesman, Odesa regional military administration

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Most deaths in the United States happened in urban areas, but rural places — where opposition to masks and vaccinations tends to run high — paid a heavy price at times.(Reuters)
Most deaths in the United States happened in urban areas, but rural places — where opposition to masks and vaccinations tends to run high — paid a heavy price at times.(Reuters)
Published on May 16, 2022 07:34 PM IST
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Sweden to apply for NATO membership

  • "The government has decided to inform NATO that Sweden wants to become a member of the alliance," Andersson told reporters a day after neighbouring Finland made a similar announcement.
Sweden's Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson, right, and the Moderate Party's leader Ulf Kristersson give a news conference in Stockholm, Sweden, Monday, May 16, 2022. (AP)
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Updated on May 16, 2022 07:35 PM IST
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Sri Lanka out of petrol, economy in a precarious condition: PM Wickremesinghe

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Updated on May 16, 2022 07:10 PM IST
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‘Won’t simply put up with…': Russia’s warning amid NATO’s Nordic expansion

  • Earlier, member of Russian Parliament's lower house ‘Duma’ and an ally of President Vladimir Putin, Aleksey Zhuravlyov, launched a nuclear attack warning on Finland and the UK, saying it can turn the two countries into ashes in seconds.
Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov. (Photo by MAXIM SHEMETOV/POOL/AFP)
Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov. (Photo by MAXIM SHEMETOV/POOL/AFP)
Published on May 16, 2022 05:29 PM IST
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China's Uyghur county has highest prison rate in the world

A list obtained and partially verified by the AP cites the names of more than 10,000 Uyghurs sent to prison in just Konasheher county alone, one of dozens in southern Xinjiang.
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Published on May 16, 2022 05:19 PM IST
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China: Shanghai likely to reopen on June 1 with Covid-19 spread curbed

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Published on May 16, 2022 05:03 PM IST
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How intentional flooding saved Ukrainian village from Russian occupation

Ukrainian forces opened a dam early in the war in Demydiv, causing the Irpin River to flood the village and thousands of acres around. The move has since been credited with stopping Russian soldiers and tanks from breaking through Ukraine's lines.
Local residents walk along a flooded area after Ukrainian military forces opened a dam to flood a residential area in order to stop the advance of Russian forces to arrive to the capital city of Kyiv, in Demydiv, Ukraine, May, 15, 2022. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria)
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Updated on May 16, 2022 04:57 PM IST
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Sri Lanka imposes nine-hour nationwide curfew amid protests: Report

  • The island nation has been witnessing protests over the ongoing economic crisis in the country, said to be the worst in decades. 
Anti-government demonstrators shout slogans near the Presidential secretariat in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (File image)(REUTERS)
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Updated on May 16, 2022 04:22 PM IST
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Wheat prices hit record high after India export ban: Report

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Updated on May 16, 2022 04:13 PM IST
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Xi Jinping's old speech on China front pages shows urgency to fix economy

A six-month-old speech by President Xi Jinping on the need to preserve jobs and shore up growth was splashed across China’s main financial newspapers on Monday, signaling greater urgency to bolster the economy after lockdowns brought Shanghai and other major cities to a halt.
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Xi Jinping's old speech on China front pages shows urgency to fix economy(File Photo / REUTERS)
Published on May 16, 2022 01:53 PM IST
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Most of Shanghai ends Covid-19 spread, 1 million left in lockdown

Supermarkets, malls and restaurants were allowed to reopen Monday with limits on the numbers of people and mandated “no contact" transactions. But restrictions on movement remain in place and the subway train system remains closed for now.
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Published on May 16, 2022 01:12 PM IST
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Russian war effort runs into diplomatic, military hurdles

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, meeting with top diplomats from the alliance in Berlin, said the war “is not going as Moscow had planned."
Russian President Vladimir Putin.(via REUTERS)
Russian President Vladimir Putin.(via REUTERS)
Published on May 16, 2022 12:55 PM IST
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New Sri Lanka PM likely to provide ‘full explanation’ of financial crisis today

Ranil Wickremesinghe, 73, was sworn-in last Thursday for a record sixth term, three days after the resignation of his predecessor, Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Sri Lanka PM Ranil Wickremesinghe. (REUTERS FILE PHOTO)
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Published on May 16, 2022 10:49 AM IST
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Omicron infection turbo-charges vaccinated people’s immunity: Report

The data comes as omicron continue to fuel outbreaks around the world, most notably in China, where residents of Shanghai have endured almost six weeks of lockdown.
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Published on May 16, 2022 10:46 AM IST
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Shanghai aims to return to normal life from June 1

The city plans to gradually increase domestic flights and rail services, and from Monday will begin reopening supermarkets, convenience stores and pharmacies.
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A resident takes part in a round of Covid-19 testing during a lockdown in Shanghai, China(Bloomberg)
Published on May 16, 2022 08:44 AM IST
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