Lavrov says the West is waging a ‘hybrid and all-out’ war on Russia

Lavrov says the West is waging a 'hybrid and all-out' war on Russia

The main information at midday

  • Kyrylo Budanov, head of Ukrainian military intelligence, in an interview with Sky News believes that the turning point of the war will take place “in the second half of August”, and that “most of the fighting will be over by the end of end of the year “.
  • The G7 demand promised to expand economic “sanctions” targeting Moscow and urged China “not to undermine” those measures.
  • The G7 also assured that it will “never recognize” the borders that Russia wants to impose by force with its war in Ukraine.
  • More than 1,000 localities have been taken over from Russia by the Ukrainians, said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
  • Particularly intense fighting is still raging in the Donbass region on which Moscow is concentrating without making any significant progress, while “very difficult” negotiations are taking place in Mariupol.
  • Russia has officially cut off electricity to Finland as the country prepares to announce its candidacy for NATO.

3:23 p.m.: G7 criticizes India’s decision to ban wheat exports

G7 agriculture ministers on Saturday slammed India’s decision to ban wheat exports after a recent heat wave, saying it ‘will only worsen the crisis’ in grain supplies already under tension with the war in Ukraine. “We call on India to assume its responsibilities as a member of the G20”, declared the German Minister of Agriculture.

2:51 p.m .: Sergei Lavrov says the West is waging a “hybrid and total” war against Russia

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Saturday that the West was waging a “hybrid and total” war against Russia, denouncing a “wave of Russophobia” led by “civilized countries”, during a press conference .

“We must respond to hostile attacks against us, there is work to do,” he added.

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2:07 p.m .: Putin believes that the end of Finnish military neutrality would be a “mistake”

Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a telephone conversation with his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinistö, underlined that “the end of the traditional policy of military neutrality would be a mistake, since there is no threat to the security of Finland “. The announcement of Helsinki’s candidacy for NATO membership, seen with a very dim view by Moscow, is expected on Sunday.

1:54 p.m .: Relatives of Azovstal fighters call for help from the Chinese president

Relatives of Ukrainian fighters trapped in the Azovstal steelworks, the last pocket of resistance to Russian forces in the strategic port of Mariupol, appealed for help to Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday, asking him to help their evacuation.

“There is one person in the world that Putin would have a hard time saying no to. We are confident that China, strong and noble, can take difficult decisions for a good cause”, launched, during a press conference in kyiv, Natalia Zarytska, the wife of a fighter.

1:05 p.m .: Finland’s president calls Putin on NATO bid

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö telephoned his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Saturday about the Nordic country’s imminent candidacy for NATO, which has aroused hostility from Moscow.

“The conversation was direct and straightforward and went without a hitch. Avoiding tensions was considered important,” the Finnish head of state said in a statement from the presidency.

12:14 p.m .: G7 wants additional sanctions targeting sectors on which Russia is “dependent”

G7 foreign ministers vowed to ‘extend economic sanctions’ targeting Moscow for its invasion of Ukraine to ‘sectors on which Russia is particularly dependent’ while urging China ‘not to undermine’ those measures .

12:11 p.m .: More than 1,000 localities have been taken over from Russia by the Ukrainians

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced Friday evening in his daily message that “the gradual liberation of the Kharkiv region proves that we will not leave anyone to the enemy”, announcing that the recovery of territories that fell into Russian hands was continuing.

“As of today, 1,015 localities have been liberated, six more in the last 24 hours,” said the Ukrainian leader.

12:08 p.m .: The G7 will “never recognize the borders” that Russia is trying to change by force

The foreign ministers of the group of seven major powers said in a joint statement that the G7 will “never recognize” the borders that Russia wants to impose by force with its war in Ukraine.

They again call on Belarus to “stop facilitating Russian intervention and respect its international commitments”.

10:33 a.m .: Russia has officially stopped its electricity deliveries to Finland

Electricity exports from Russia to Finland ceased overnight from Friday to Saturday. The company responsible for Russian electricity sales to Finland, RAO Nordic, announced on Friday its intention to stop deliveries at midnight, citing unpaid bills, as Finland prepares to announce its candidacy for NATO.

8:07 a.m .: Turkey threatens to block NATO membership of Sweden and Finland

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed Friday his hostility to the accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO, at the risk of blocking the whole process which requires the unanimity of the members of the Atlantic Alliance. “We do not have a positive opinion”, declared Mr. Erdogan, saying that he did not want to see “the same error repeated as that committed at the time of the accession of Greece”, a neighbor with whom Turkey has historically maintained complicated relationships. The Turkish head of state notably criticized these two Nordic countries for serving as a “hostel for the terrorists of the PKK”, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, considered a terrorist organization by Ankara, but also by the European Union and United States.

8:05 am: Sweden’s NATO membership “would strengthen national security”

Sweden’s NATO membership would boost national security and help stabilize Nordic and Baltic regions, Sweden’s foreign minister says, a day after Finland said it would seek to join the alliance led by the United States.

7:52 am: Fighting rages in Donbass

Particularly intense fighting is raging in the Donbass region (eastern Ukraine), on which Moscow is concentrating without making a significant advance, while “very difficult” negotiations are taking place over the fate of the last defenders of the strategic city. port of Mariupol. “There is heavy fighting on the border with the Donetsk region, near Popasna”, commented Friday evening on Facebook Serguiï Gaïdaï, Ukrainian governor of the Lugansk region, reporting numerous losses in equipment and personnel on the side. Russian. “It’s a horror but they are still trying to achieve their ends. But according to the interceptions (of telephone communications), we understand that an entire battalion refused to attack because they see what is happening,” he noted.

It’s a horror but they’re still trying to get their way

7 a.m.: First court appearance of a Russian soldier accused of war crimes

A Russian soldier accused of killing a civilian during Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine appeared in court in kyiv on Friday for a preliminary hearing, ahead of a trial set for Wednesday (May 18), the first of its kind since the start. of the war. Vadim Chichimarine, 21, is accused of having fired a Kalashnikov from the window of a car in which he was traveling, killing a 62-year-old civilian who was unarmed. He faces life imprisonment for war crimes and premeditated murder.

6:50 am: Russia suspends electricity deliveries to Finland

Russia suspends its electricity deliveries to Finland from this Saturday due to unpaid bills. This announcement comes against a backdrop of rising tensions between Moscow and Helsinki, which has announced its desire to join NATO “without delay”. An intention seen with a very bad eye by the Kremlin which has already threatened a “military-technical” response.

The Finnish electricity grid operator has assured that it can do without Russian electricity, which represents around 10% of the electricity consumed in the Nordic country.

6:49 am: A Eurovision more political than ever this Saturday

The biggest song contest in the world has its epilogue this Saturday evening in Turin. This musical competition spills over into the geopolitical field, even if it is officially prohibited. This year, Russia has been excluded and Ukraine is, of course, among the favourites.

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6:46 am: The latest highlights on the ground

– Fighting continued in the east between Russian forces and the Ukrainian army, particularly in Mariupolthe great port city in the south-east where a thousand Ukrainian soldiers are still resisting, entrenched in the bowels of the Azovstal steelworks.

– Russian Defense Ministry says Russian military fired sea-to-surface and air-to-surface missiles at oil refinery in the Poltava regionas well as fuel depots.

– The governor of the Sumy region on Friday reported a night strike that targeted it, without causing any casualties, and the Ukrainian army warned earlier that Russia would “intensify” its attacks in the areas of Cherniguiv (north) and Sumy.

– Two journalists from the Russian news channel RT were injured in shots fired by Ukrainian forces in the Donetsk regionin eastern Ukraine.

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What to remember from Friday

  • The European Union pledged on Friday to provide additional aid of half a billion euros to support Ukraine’s fight. The British have called for sending “more weapons” to Ukraine and stepping up sanctions to keep the pressure on Vladimir Putin.
  • At a meeting of G7 members in Germany, Ukraine’s foreign minister calls for the confiscation of Russian assets to help the country’s reconstruction effort, and pleads for a European embargo on Russian oil .
  • 101 hospitals were destroyed and 570 damaged by Russian strikes, according to President Volodymyr Zelensky.
  • 15,913 Ukrainian children are enrolled in schools, colleges and high schools in France.
  • The authorities of the pro-Russian separatist Georgian region of South Ossetia have announced that they will hold a referendum on July 17 on integration into Russia.

6:45 am: Hello everyone, welcome to this live where we will follow the situation around the conflict in Ukraine, this Saturday, May 14, on the 80th day of the Russian invasion.