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.(AFP)
Updated on May 17, 2022 12:47 AM IST
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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. 

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.

Follow all the updates here:

  • 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 09:33 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 08:05 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 06:55 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 04:47 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 02:12 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 01:11 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 09:57 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 08:50 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 07:56 AM IST

    Russia shells 23 settlements in Donbas

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

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United States: 2 teenagers killed, 1 man wounded in Houston-area shooting

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said on Twitter that deputies responded to reports of a shooting in the parking lot of the complex in north Harris County, about 15 miles (24 kilometers) north of downtown Houston, at 10:40 p.m. Friday. They discovered three males had been shot.
Two teenagers were pronounced dead at a hospital and a 20-year-old man who was shot twice is expected to survive, Gonzalez said.(Representative image)
Two teenagers were pronounced dead at a hospital and a 20-year-old man who was shot twice is expected to survive, Gonzalez said.(Representative image)
Published on Jul 02, 2022 10:34 PM IST
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TikTok is not handing over American users' data to China: CEO

In response to earlier inquiries from US authorities, TikTok had indicated in mid-June that all of its data on US-based users were now stored on US-based servers operated by the American company Oracle.
The social media company responded by letter Thursday to questions from nine Republican US senators about its data storage and access policies.(File photo)
The social media company responded by letter Thursday to questions from nine Republican US senators about its data storage and access policies.(File photo)
Published on Jul 02, 2022 09:56 PM IST
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Afghan clerics vow loyalty to Taliban, but no word on girls' schooling

The men-only gathering was called to rubber-stamp the Taliban's rule, and ahead of the meeting officials said criticism would be tolerated and they could also discuss thorny issues such as secondary school education for girls.
The final declaration made no mention of girls' schooling, but called on the government to pay "special attention" to modern education.(AFP file photo)
The final declaration made no mention of girls' schooling, but called on the government to pay "special attention" to modern education.(AFP file photo)
Updated on Jul 02, 2022 09:00 PM IST
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Amruta Fadnavis given this award at UK parliament, hails PM Modi

“It was an honour to speak on ‘Indo-UK relations’ at UK Parliament and also received ‘Indian of the World’ award at UK Parliament,” Amruta Fadnavis tweeted. 
Amruta hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi, stating that due to his efforts the Indo-UK relations have become robust and are expanding at federal, state and local levels.(Twitter/@fadnavis_amruta)
Amruta hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi, stating that due to his efforts the Indo-UK relations have become robust and are expanding at federal, state and local levels.(Twitter/@fadnavis_amruta)
Updated on Jul 02, 2022 11:31 PM IST
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Chinese company to run new bus service in Pakistan's Karachi

The bus service will be on the pattern of 'Peoples Bus Service'. The Chinese company, Shandong Hi Speed, during a meeting of a delegation of the Chinese company with Sindh Transport Minister Sharjeel Inaam Memon in Karachi reached an agreement.
Pakistan Minister Sharjeel Memon has asked the Chinese company to complete the process of procurement of buses, reported Pakistan's local media portal Radio Pakistan.(Reuters file photo)
Pakistan Minister Sharjeel Memon has asked the Chinese company to complete the process of procurement of buses, reported Pakistan's local media portal Radio Pakistan.(Reuters file photo)
Published on Jul 02, 2022 06:24 PM IST
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Uzbekistan protesters tried to seize buildings, arrested: Govt

The Friday demonstration in the Republic of Karakalpakstan brought thousands onto the streets of the regional capital and followed the publication of draft amendments to the Uzbek constitution that weaken the republic's status and should go to referendum in the coming months.
Spontaneous demonstrations are illegal in the authoritarian ex-Soviet republic and police said Friday that "order had been restored" in the area taken over by the demonstration.(Representative image)
Spontaneous demonstrations are illegal in the authoritarian ex-Soviet republic and police said Friday that "order had been restored" in the area taken over by the demonstration.(Representative image)
Published on Jul 02, 2022 06:09 PM IST
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Ukraine war: Zelensky accuses Russia of 'terror' as missiles rain down

Strikes on a southern resort town left 21 dead and dozens wounded after missiles slammed into flats and a recreation centre in Sergiyvka, 80 kilometres (50 miles) south of Black Sea port Odessa.
A war crimes prosecutor and a rescuer and a civil, look at a destroyed building after being hit by a missile strike in the Ukrainian town of Sergiyvka , near Odessa,  on July 1, 2022.(AFP)
A war crimes prosecutor and a rescuer and a civil, look at a destroyed building after being hit by a missile strike in the Ukrainian town of Sergiyvka , near Odessa,  on July 1, 2022.(AFP)
Published on Jul 02, 2022 06:04 PM IST
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Afghanistan: 8 injured after Grenade attack on religious school

The grenade attack on Usman Zonurain seminary in Rodat district took place early Saturday, and all the injured have been taken to a hospital, Xinhua quoted police spokesman Abdul Basir Zabuli as saying.
The attack came amid a three-day gathering of religious scholars and elders in the capital Kabul which will conclude on Saturday.(AP FILE/ Representative Image)
The attack came amid a three-day gathering of religious scholars and elders in the capital Kabul which will conclude on Saturday.(AP FILE/ Representative Image)
Published on Jul 02, 2022 03:24 PM IST
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Dozens missing in shipwreck during South China Sea typhoon

  • An engineering vessel that was 160 nautical miles southwest of Hong Kong "suffered substantial damage and broke into two pieces" and the 30-member crew abandoned ship, according to the Hong Kong Government Flying Service.
An aerial view shows of Itu Aba, which the Taiwanese call Taiping, in the South China Sea.(REUTERS)
An aerial view shows of Itu Aba, which the Taiwanese call Taiping, in the South China Sea.(REUTERS)
Published on Jul 02, 2022 03:20 PM IST
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Over two dozen crew missing as storm Chaba hits Hong Kong

Three crew members were rescued, and search and rescue operations were continuing for others about 300 km (200 miles) southwest of the city, the Hong Kong Government Flying Service said.
Some of the crew had abandoned the vessel and harsh weather conditions were hampering rescue efforts.(AFP)
Some of the crew had abandoned the vessel and harsh weather conditions were hampering rescue efforts.(AFP)
Updated on Jul 02, 2022 03:20 PM IST
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Elon Musk is 'feeling bored' and back on Twitter - with a photo of the Pope

Elon Musk Twitter: Last month Musk said there were 'a few unresolved matters' in the deal to buy Twitter, including spam users and financing the debt portion of the deal.
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Published on Jul 02, 2022 11:49 AM IST
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Startup offers Indian tiffin service in Canada

Tiffin Service was launched in May by Pumpkin Kart, offering lunch or dinner plans to subscribers, covering a variety of cuisine including that from Kerala, Punjab or Gujarat, among others
(L-R) Pumpkin Kart director Vijay Thomas, founder and CEO Philip Correya and Arun Rajkumar, operations manager of Desi Mane, a restaurant in Toronto.
(L-R) Pumpkin Kart director Vijay Thomas, founder and CEO Philip Correya and Arun Rajkumar, operations manager of Desi Mane, a restaurant in Toronto.
Published on Jul 02, 2022 11:42 AM IST
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Israel PM Yair Lapid,  a journalist-turned-politician, & a man of many talents 

Yair Lapid took over as Israel's 14th prime minister this week after the country's parliament dissolved. 
Yair Lapid attends a session at the plenum at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem. (REUTERS)
Yair Lapid attends a session at the plenum at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem. (REUTERS)
Published on Jul 02, 2022 09:02 AM IST
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Samsung Pakistan apologises for ‘blasphemy’: ‘Utmost respect for all beliefs…’

As many as 27 Samsung employees have been detained after alleged blasphemous comments were played inside Karachi's Star City Mall on Friday.
FILE PHOTO: The logo of Samsung Electronics is seen at its headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, April 4, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
FILE PHOTO: The logo of Samsung Electronics is seen at its headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, April 4, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
Published on Jul 02, 2022 07:28 AM IST
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Google to delete user location history on US abortion clinic visits

  • "If our systems identify that someone has visited one of these places, we will delete these entries from Location History soon after they visit," Jen Fitzpatrick, a senior vice president at Google, wrote in a blog post. "This change will take effect in the coming weeks."
Other places from which Google will not store location data include fertility centers, addiction treatment facilities, and weight loss clinics.(REUTERS)
Other places from which Google will not store location data include fertility centers, addiction treatment facilities, and weight loss clinics.(REUTERS)
Published on Jul 02, 2022 06:49 AM IST
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