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Ukraine war highlights: Turkey President Erdogan says ‘won’t say yes' to Finland, Sweden's NATO entry

Russia-Ukraine war highlights May 16, 2022: The war between the two countries have entered its 82nd day. Ukrainian military has reportedly said that Russian troops have destroyed and damaged 23 settlements in Donbas region.
Ukrainian firefighters putting out a fire after Russian missiles hit a school in eastern Ukraine's Lugansk region.
Ukrainian firefighters putting out a fire after Russian missiles hit a school in eastern Ukraine's Lugansk region.

Russia-Ukraine war updates: As the Russia Ukraine war continues for its 82nd day, NATO secretary general said that Russia's war in Ukraine is “not going to plan” and that its attempt to capture the eastern Donbas region has "stalled". Meanwhile, Ukrainian military has said that Russian troops have destroyed and damaged 23 settlements in Donbas, as reported by the Kyiv Independent. ...Read More

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on Sunday on the sidelines of NATO Foreign Ministerial meet in Berlin. The two leaders discussed security and economic assistance for Kyiv.

The fighting between the two countries has led several people to flee the war-torn country. Thousands of people have been killed in the war and several others have been injured.

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May 16, 2022 11:20 PM IST

‘Won't approve': Turkish Prez on Finland, Sweden's NATO bid

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that the country will not approve Sweden and Finland's bid to join the US-led military alliance NATO. In a news conference, Erdogan said Turkey would not approve their bids to join NATO, calling Sweden a "hatchery" for terrorist organisations, and adding they had terrorists in their parliament, Reuters reported.

May 16, 2022 10:36 PM IST

Putin says ‘no problem’ if Finland, Sweden join NATO; but launches a warning

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday that Russia “does not have a problem” if Finland and Sweden join the US-led NATO, adding that it is not a “threat” to his nation. He, however, warned that if the NATO bolsters its “military infrastructure” in the new Nordic members' territories then it would invite a “military response” from Russia.

May 16, 2022 9:33 PM IST

Russian shelling kills at least 10 civilians in Ukraine's Sievierodonetsk

At least 10 civilians were killed by Russian shelling in eastern Ukraine's Sievierodonetsk on Monday, regional governor Serhiy Gaidai said as per Reuters. Gaidai, the governor of the Luhansk region, had said earlier in the day that heavy shelling had caused fires in residential areas.

May 16, 2022 8:05 PM IST

McDonalds to exit Russian market after 30 years of ops, will sell business to local buyers amid Ukraine war

In a statement on Monday, American fast-food giant McDonald's said that it will will exit the Russian market and sell its business to local buyers in wake of its invasion of Ukraine. McDonald's in March closed all of its 850 restaurants in the country, where it says it employs 62,000 people. “The humanitarian crisis caused by the war in Ukraine, and the precipitating unpredictable operating environment, have led McDonald's to conclude that continued ownership of the business in Russia is no longer tenable, nor is it consistent with McDonald's values,” the company's statement added. Read more.

May 16, 2022 6:55 PM IST

Sweden will apply for NATO membership: PM Andersson announces

Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson announced on Monday that her country will officially submit an application to join the US-led NATO. The move comes after Finland announced the same on Sunday.

May 16, 2022 4:47 PM IST

‘Won’t simply put up": Russia's new warning to the West after Finland and Sweden's announcement to submit applications to join NATO

Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov launches new warning to the West after Nordic nations Finland and Sweden's announcement Sunday about their intent to join the US-led military alliance NATO. According to state RIA news agency, Ryabkov said that “Brussels, Washington and other NATO capitals" should not have any “illusions” that Moscow will “simply put up with” the alliance's Nordic expansions. Read more.

May 16, 2022 2:12 PM IST

Russia launches missile strike on Odesa Oblast

Russia launched a missile strike on Odesa Oblast, hitting an object of tourist infrastructure, destroying some buildings.

May 16, 2022 1:11 PM IST

Russian forces shell residential area in Mykolaiv

Mayor Oleksandr Sienkevych, a local store and a car were caught on fire, and a gas pipeline was damaged as a result of the attack around a residential area in Mykolaiv, reported Ukrainian media.

May 16, 2022 11:54 AM IST

Ukrainian foreign ministers meets US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Berlin

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said he met U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Berlin and that "more weapons and other aid is on the way to Ukraine".

May 16, 2022 10:49 AM IST

Russia loses military, diplomatic ground

With their military being bogged down in a grinding conflict in eastern Ukraine, Russia also lost diplomatic ground over the weekend as two more European nations moved closer to joining NATO.

May 16, 2022 9:57 AM IST

US embassy to resume operations in Kyiv ‘very soon’

US embassy will resume operations ‘very soon’ in Kyiv, said US secretary of state Antony Blinken.

May 16, 2022 8:50 AM IST

Ukraine restarts gas distribution stations in Kharkiv

Ukraine's gas transit system operator said over the weekend that it had resumed operations at two distribution stations in the Kharkiv region and restarted gas supply to more than 3,000 consumers.

May 16, 2022 7:56 AM IST

Russia shells 23 settlements in Donbas

Russian troops destroyed and damaged 23 houses in Donbas, said Ukrainian military, reported the Kyiv Independent.