Russia-Ukraine War LIVE: Finland, Sweden to jointly submit NATO applications Wednesday

Russia-Ukraine War Updates: Russia continued strikes on Lugansk, killing two people and wounding nine during shelling of a Severodonetsk hospital, the Ukrainian presidency said Monday.
A view shows a residential building burnt during Ukraine-Russia conflict in the southern port city of Mariupol on Sunday.
A view shows a residential building burnt during Ukraine-Russia conflict in the southern port city of Mariupol on Sunday.(REUTERS)
Updated on May 17, 2022 11:50 PM IST
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Russia-Ukraine War highlights: As the Russia Ukraine war continues for its 83rd day, A series of explosions struck the western Ukrainian city of Lviv. Some reports said about 10 blasts occurred in quick succession.

In Mariupol, Ukraine's military said it was working to evacuate all remaining troops from their last stronghold in the besieged port of Mariupol, ceding control of the city to Russia after months of bombardment.

Ukraine said troops defending its second-largest city, Kharkiv, had repelled Russian forces and advanced as far as the border with Russia. In eastern Ukraine's Donetsk region, Nine civilians were killed by Russian attacks, the governor said.

Six million refugees have fled Ukraine since the war began on Feb 24, and another eight million have been internally displaced, according to UN agencies.

Russia calls its action a special military operation to demilitarise Ukraine and eradicate what it calls “dangerous nationalists”. The West and Kyiv accuse Russian President Vladimir Putin of unprovoked aggression.

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  • May 17, 2022 11:29 PM IST

    Finland, Sweden to submit applications for NATO membership together on Wednesday

    Following their dramatic decisions to seek NATO membership over Sunday and Monday, Sweden and Finland will submit their applications for becoming a member of the US-led military alliance on Wednesday. During a joint press briefing with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said that she is “happy” that their countries have taken the “same path” and can do it “together”, according to AFP. Read more.

  • May 17, 2022 09:57 PM IST

    Zelensky talks to Macron over phone, discusses Ukraine's EU membership

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Tuesday that he had a “long and meaningful" telephonic conversation with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron about the ongoing war in the east-European nation. “Told about the course of hostilities, the operation to rescue the military from Azovstal and the vision of the prospects of the negotiation process. Raised the issue of fuel supply to Ukraine,” Zelensky wrote on Twitter.

    The Ukrainian President added that the two leaders also spoke about Ukraine's application status for EU membership.

  • May 17, 2022 09:10 PM IST

    ‘If reports are true…’: EU top diplomat on ‘impressive losses’ faced by Russian army

    The European Union's (EU) foreign policy chief Josep Borrel said on Tuesday that if reports and numbers are true, Russia has lost 15 per cent of its soldiers since the beginning of the war in Ukraine. “This is a world record of the losses of an army invading a country,” he told reporters in Brussels after a meeting of the bloc's defence ministers, according to Reuters.

  • May 17, 2022 08:14 PM IST

    Russian prosecutor asks court to declare Ukraine's Azov Regiment "terrorist organization" -Ifax

    The office of Russia's Prosecutor General has asked the Supreme Court to recognise Ukraine's Azov Regiment as a "terrorist organisation", Interfax news agency reported on Tuesday citing the Ministry of Justice website, Reuters reported.

  • May 17, 2022 06:49 PM IST

    Eight dead in Russian strike on Ukraine village housing military facility: local official

    Eight dead in Russian strike on Ukraine village housing military facility, AFP reported.

  • May 17, 2022 06:21 PM IST

    Biden to host leaders of Sweden, Finland amid NATO bids

    President Joe Biden Biden will host Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson of Sweden and President Sauli Niinistö of Finland at the White House for a meeting Thursday amid their push to join NATO in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, AP reported.

  • May 17, 2022 05:42 PM IST

    Russia withdraws from Council of Baltic Sea States: Foreign ministry

    Russia has decided to withdraw from the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS), the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

  • May 17, 2022 04:17 PM IST

    Russian negotiator says Ukraine's Azov fighters 'don't deserve to live'

    A Russian lawmaker taking part in peace talks with Kyiv said on Tuesday that Russia should consider the death penalty for what he called nationalist fighters from Ukraine's Azov regiment, Reuters reported.

  • May 17, 2022 03:31 PM IST

    Russia to expel two Finnish diplomats in tit-for-tat move

    Russia's foreign ministry said on Tuesday that it was expelling two diplomats from the Finnish embassy in Moscow in retaliation against Helsinki's decision to expel two of its diplomats, Reuters reported. 

  • May 17, 2022 02:35 PM IST

    265 Ukrainian soldiers surrendered at Azovstal: Russian ministry

    Russia's defence ministry said Tuesday that 265 Ukrainian soldiers, including several dozen wounded, surrendered at the besieged Azovstal steel plant in Ukraine's port city of Mariupol, AFP reported. 

  • May 17, 2022 02:11 PM IST

    Czech volunteer found shot dead in Ukraine

    The Czech Republic said on Tuesday one of its citizens had died in Ukraine. Local media identified him as a volunteer shot dead and found in a roadside grave. The 49-year-old truck driver had gone to the war-torn country to help drive people to safety soon after Russia invaded, his wife told Czech media.

  • May 17, 2022 01:39 PM IST

    UK ‘strongly supports’ Sweden, Finland joining NATO, reports PTI

    The UK government has said it “strongly supports” the expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) as Sweden and Finland confirmed their intention to apply for membership of the military alliance, in a historic shift of foreign policy stance in the wake of the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

    UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said on Monday evening that the two Nordic countries should be integrated into NATO, which operates on a collective defence basis under which an attack against any one ally is considered as an attack against all allies.

  • May 17, 2022 11:25 AM IST

    Russian governor says border village draws Ukrainian fire; no injuries

    A village in Russia's western province of Kursk bordering Ukraine came under Ukrainian fire on Tuesday, regional governor Roman Starovoit said as per news agency Reuters, but there were no injuries, although three houses and a school were hit.

    Russian border guards returned fire to quell the shooting from large-calibre weapons on the border village of Alekseyevka, Starovoit wrote on messaging app Telegram.

  • May 17, 2022 10:25 AM IST

    Ukraine says over 1,000 schools destroyed by Russia

    The Ukrainian government says Russia has shelled more than 1,000 schools, destroying 95, news agency AFP reported. On May 8, a bomb flattened a school in Zaporizhzhia which, like School No. 21 in Chernihiv, was being used a shelter. As many as 60 people were feared dead.

  • May 17, 2022 09:17 AM IST

    Putin warns Finland, Sweden over NATO

    President Vladimir Putin said on Monday Sweden and Finland joining NATO would be no threat to Russia but warned the Western alliance that moving troops or weapons into the Nordic neighbours would provoke a "response."

  • May 17, 2022 08:22 AM IST

    Turkey objects as Sweden, Finland seek NATO membership

    Turkey´s president on Monday complicated Sweden and Finland´s historic bid to join NATO, saying he cannot allow them to become members of the alliance because of their perceived inaction against exiled Kurdish militants.

  • May 17, 2022 07:43 AM IST

    US may send more aid to Ukraine soon

    The U.S. Senate voted to advance $40 billion more aid for Ukraine in its war against Russia, setting the stage for a vote on the bill possibly later this week.

  • May 17, 2022 07:19 AM IST

    Ukrainian soldiers evacuated from Mariupol steelworks

    Hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers have been evacuated from the besieged Azovstal steelworks -- the last holdout of troops defending the southern port city of Mariupol -- Kyiv said on Monday.

    The plant had become a symbol of resistance, with around 600 soldiers holed up in underground tunnels and bunkers fighting a rear-guard battle to prevent Russian troops taking full control of the strategically located city.

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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.
Elon Musk arrives at the In America: An Anthology of Fashion themed Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. May 2, 2022. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly(REUTERS)
Elon Musk arrives at the In America: An Anthology of Fashion themed Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. May 2, 2022. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly(REUTERS)
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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