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#AceBreakingNews – Russia to ‘take steps’ if Finland joins NATO, Putin blames Western sanctions for global economic crisis
Russia has warned that it will have to take unspecified “military-technical” steps in response to Finland’s decision to join NATO, as Moscow continues to face setbacks in its invasion of Ukraine.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that Finland’s accession to NATO would “inflict serious damage on Russian-Finnish relations, as well as stability and security in Northern Europe”.
It said in a statement that “Russia will be forced to take retaliatory steps of military-technical and other characteristics in order to counter the emerging threats to its national security”.
The statement noted that while it was up to Finland to decide on ways to ensure its security, “Helsinki must be aware of its responsibility and the consequences of such a move”.
The ministry charged that Finland’s move also violated past agreements with Russia.
“History will determine why Finland needed to turn its territory into a bulwark of military face-off with Russia while losing independence in making its own decisions,” it added.
The ministry’s statement follows Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov’s comment earlier on Thursday that Finland’s decision would not help stability and security in Europe.
Asked whether Finland’s accession posed a direct threat to Russia, Mr Peskov said: “Definitely. NATO expansion does not make our continent more stable and secure.
“This cannot fail to arouse our regret, and is a reason for corresponding symmetrical responses on our side,” Mr Peskov added.
Russian officials have spoken in the past about potential measures including stationing nuclear-armed missiles on the Baltic Sea.
Asked on Wednesday if Finland would provoke Russia by joining NATO, Finland’s President Sauli Niinisto said: “My response would be that you caused this. Look at the mirror.”
Sanctions against Russia ‘provoking’ global economic crisis
Russian President Vladimir Putin says Western sanctions against Russiaare provoking a global economic crisis.
Speaking during a Thursday meeting on economic issues, Mr Putin said Western nations were “driven by oversized political ambitions and Russophobia” to introduce sanctions that “hurt their own economies and wellbeing of their citizens”.
Mr Putin charged that the “sanctions are provoking a global crisis” and will lead to “grave consequences for the EU and also some of the poorest countries of the world that are already facing the risks of hunger”.
He alleged that the “Western elites are ready to sacrifice the rest of the world to preserve their global domination”.
The Russian leader insisted the Russian economy has successfully withstood the blow from Western sanctions and that Russian companies would fill the niche left by the withdrawal of Western enterprises.
Most civilians evacuated from Azovstal steel plant
After a weeks-long siege and multiple failed evacuation attempts, Ukraine forces reported that almost all civilians trapped in bunkers underneath the Azovstal steelworks had escaped.
Meanwhile, talks are underway between Kyiv and Moscow on the possible evacuation of 38 “severely wounded” Ukrainian fighters who remain inside steelworks, Ukraine’s deputy PM said on Thursday afternoon.
The steel mill is the only remaining stronghold of Ukrainian resistance in the ruined Black Sea port town, and is now surrounded by Russian forces.
“We are working step by step,” Iryna Vereshchuk wrote in a public post on the Telegram messenger app.
She said Kyiv hoped to exchange the soldiers for 38 “significant” Russian prisoners of war, before moving on to the next stage of the negotiations.
She did not specify what this next stage would concern, but said that there were no negotiations “on the exchange of 500 or 600 people”.
Demonstrators, mostly women, marched through central Kyiv on Thursday, holding banners and chanting, “Save defenders of Mariupol, save Azovstal,” “Glory to the heroes of Mariupol” and “Save the military of Azovstal.”
Maria Zimareva, whose relative is an Azov battalion fighter, said tearfully: “I want all the defenders who are there to return home so that they can continue a normal life with their children and relatives.”
Earlier on Thursday, an official at the Ukrainian President’s office said that Kyiv hoped to extract “half a thousand” wounded Ukrainian fighters from Azovstal.
Members of the Azov Regiment holed up inside the plant have repeatedly refused to surrender, citing fears of being killed or tortured.
Reports of prisons detaining up to 3,000 Mariupol civilians
Ukraine’s human rights chief Lyudmyla Denysova claimed 3,000 Mariupol civilians were being detained in prisons controlled by pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine’s industrial east.
Ms Denysova wrote on social media on Thursday that Kyiv was aware of at least two prisons set up in the eastern Donetsk region, one in the regional capital of Donetsk and another in Olenivka, a suburb 20 kilometres south-west of the city centre.
She alleged Kyiv had received reports of people being kept in “inhumane conditions” and “tortured, interrogated, threatened with execution and forced to cooperate”, with others disappearing after interrogations.
Ukraine continues to make gains in taking back territory
On the front lines, Ukraine has mounted a counter-offensive in recent days, ousting Russian forces from villages north and east of Kharkiv they had held since the start of the invasion.
Reuters journalists have confirmed that Ukraine is now in control of territory stretching to the banks of the Siverskiy Donets River, around 40 kilometres east of Kharkiv.
To the north, the Ukrainians have been pushing towards the Russian border. In the latest advance, they announced on Wednesday the recapture of the village of Pytomnyk, halfway to the frontier.
Ukraine’s general staff said the Russians were regrouping to prevent further Ukrainian advances near Kharkiv.
Russia’s retreat has begun to make it possible for some residents to return to recaptured villages around Kharkiv. But areas remain littered with mines and booby traps.
In Ukraine’s south, Ukrainian forces said they had damaged a modern Russian navy logistics ship in the Black Sea by setting it on fire, a spokesman for the Odesa regional military administration in southern Ukraine said on Thursday.
Spokesman Serhiy Bratchuk said in an online post that the Vsevolod Bobrov had been struck near Snake Island, the scene of renewed fighting in recent days, but did not give details.
Russian air strikes target school
Four civilians were reported dead and five more were injured in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region on Thursday, the regional governor said that same day.
“On May 12, the Russians killed four more civilians of the Donbas: two in Novoselivka, one in Avdiivka and one in Lyman. Five more people were injured,” Pavlo Kyrylenko wrote in a Telegram post, referring to a village and two cities in the Donetsk region, one of two that make up the Donbas.
At least three people died following a Russian air strike on a city in Ukraine’s northern Chernihiv region, while 12 more were injured, Ukrainian military officials said on Thursday.
In the early hours of Thursday, Russian troops fired multiple rockets at a school and student accommodation complex in the city of Novhorod-Siversky, the Ukrainian Operational Command “North” said in a Facebook post.
It added that nearby buildings housing local administration offices, college dormitories, and private houses also suffered varying degrees of damage.
The accuracy of these claims could not be immediately verified.
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