Even on the 63rd day of the Ukraine war, the tension between the US and Western countries with Russia did not decrease.
The war between Russia and Ukraine has entered its 64th day. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres arrived in Ukraine on Wednesday to hold talks with President Volodymyr Zelensky. Earlier in Moscow, he met Russian President Vladimir Putin, who gave in-principle approval to involve the United Nations in evacuating civilians from the Azhovstal plant in Mariupol.
Guterres tweeted: "I have arrived in Ukraine after visiting Moscow. We will continue to work to expand humanitarian aid and evacuate people from war zones. The sooner this war ends, the better for Ukraine, Russia and the world." Guterres will meet with Zelensky and Foreign Minister Dimitro Kuleba on Thursday, ie today.
Even on the 63rd day of the Ukraine war, the tension between the US and Western countries with Russia did not decrease. The US and allies have also rejected Russian warnings of nuclear war in exchange for its help, deciding to provide Ukraine with more lethal weapons against Russia. The US has pressured its allies to supply arms to Ukraine amid fears of an extension of the war to other borders.
At a meeting of representatives of 40 countries including the US at Germany's Rammstein Air Base, it has been decided to equip Ukraine with heavy weapons. Here is also the European Headquarters of the US Air Force. US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said, "Countries around the world are united in our resolve to help Ukraine in the fight against Russia." The US and its allies in Europe have announced to provide howitzer guns, drones, anti-aircraft Stinger and anti-tank Javelin missiles to Kiev. Departing from its old stance, Germany has also announced to supply anti-tank and anti-aircraft guns to Ukraine.
Neighboring Moldova shaken by attacks on Ukraine
Russia's attacks on Ukraine for the second day in a row shook the separatist region of Trans-Dniester in neighboring Moldova. Two powerful radio antennae collapsed near the Ukrainian border. No one claimed responsibility for the attacks, but Ukraine blamed Russia.
Russia cuts gas to Poland, Bulgaria
Russia has cut natural gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria from Wednesday. Russia has also confirmed this action taken for the first time in the middle of the war. Poland has been a major route in the war in transporting weapons from NATO countries to Ukraine. While European countries including the US have pledged to send more weapons to Ukraine. Poland said it was ready for such a move after working for years to reduce its reliance on Russian energy. Rystad Energy analyst Emily McClain said Poland has enough gas. On the other hand, Bulgaria gets more than 90 percent of its gas from Russia. Officials said they were trying to find other sources and have signed a deal with Azerbaijan for the same.
Sweden and Finland will join NATO
According to Swedish media reports, Sweden and Finland are preparing to jointly apply for NATO membership. Both countries can apply between 16 and 20 May. At the same time, Finnish President Souli Niinisto will be on an official visit to Sweden.
UN and Putin agree to evacuate people
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Russian President Vladimir Putin met face-to-face for the first time since the Russian attack on Ukraine. The UN said Russia has agreed to arrange for the evacuation of people from the steel plant in the city of Mariupol. Spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the evacuation would be discussed with the United Nations Humanitarian Office and the Russian Defense Ministry. The Putin-Guteras meeting lasted two hours. Guterres condemned the military action in Ukraine, while Putin said Ukraine has made human shields for civilians at the plant.
Russian forces intensify shelling on eastern Ukraine
Russian forces intensify attacks in eastern Ukraine. As a result, in the town of Pokrovsk in Donsk, people were seen queuing to board a train to the far west. Some of the people in the queue were accompanied by their dogs and cats. According to the information, heavy firing has been going on for four days in Remivka village, 70 km from here and everything has been destroyed.
Ukrainian people demolished Soviet monument of 45 years of friendship
The two-month-long Russo-Ukraine war has created so much distance between the two countries that Ukrainian citizens are now breaking even historical things related to Russia. A Soviet monument symbolizing the friendship of Russia and Ukraine in the capital Kyiv has been vandalised. During the Cold War, these two countries faced American diplomacy together for 45 years. But after the break-up of the Soviet Union in 1992, Russia-Ukraine relations soured.
Chernobyl accident risk increased: nuclear plant chief
Nearly 36 years after the world's worst nuclear disaster in Chernobyl, International Atomic Energy Agency Director-General Rafael Mariano Grossi said the danger of a nuclear power plant in Ukraine has increased significantly after Russian troops captured it. The radiation level is normal, but the situation is still not stable, he said. Nuclear plant officials have to be vigilant. Let us tell you, in February, Russian troops entered the exclusion zone of Chernobyl. They left at the end of last month.