War Day at a Glance
Finland aspires to NATO – Ukrainian reports hit Russian logistics ship
May 12, 2022, 9:12 p.m.
The Finnish government has declared its objective to be “immediate” NATO membership. Russia sees this as a threat. According to a report, there is a threat of a gas supply cutoff from Russia to Finland tomorrow, Friday. Meanwhile, Ukraine reports an impact on another Russian ship that was believed to have been en route to the besieged Snake Island. Meanwhile, Russia claims to have killed hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers and destroyed dozens of military vehicles in 24 hours. The 78th day of the war in brief.
Finland wants to join NATO quickly
Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Sanna Marin have called on their country to join NATO “immediately”. In a joint statement, the two endorsed joining the Western military alliance. The decision on the formal application to join the military alliance is expected in the coming days. Sweden will probably follow. NATO has already made it clear that both countries are welcome. After the announcement, Chancellor Olaf Scholz assured Finland of the “full support of the federal government” on its path to NATO membership.
The Russian leadership “definitely” saw Finland’s sought-after membership as a threat to Russia. An expansion of the Western military alliance will not make Europe and the world more stable, Russian presidential office spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters in a conference call.
Will Finland cut off Russian gas?
According to a newspaper, high-ranking Finnish politicians have been told that Russia may cut off natural gas supplies on Friday after the switch to NATO. The Iltalehti newspaper cites anonymous sources. It is true that most of the natural gas consumed in Finland comes from the neighboring country. However, gas represents only 5% of the Finnish energy mix.
Ukraine: “Bobrow” set on fire by a bombardment
According to Ukrainian information, another Russian ship was hit by Ukrainian fire in the war zone. Serhiy Bratchuk, spokesman for the military headquarters in Odessa, said the Vsevolod Bobrov caught fire. There is even talk of the sinking of the ship on social networks. The information has not yet been verified. The “Vsevolod Bobrow” is a logistics ship. It belongs to the Elbrus class, which was first launched in 2015. The “Vsevolod Bobrow” is said to have left the keel in August 2021 after a long construction delay. We said she was on her way to Snake Island. According to unconfirmed information, it would have on board anti-aircraft guns, among other things. The Russians occupy Snake Island shortly after the invasion. However, in recent days there have been numerous drone attacks by Ukraine on the island. Both guns and at least one Russian Armed Forces landing craft and helicopter were destroyed. However, since the island is strategically very important for controlling the northwestern part of the Black Sea, the Russians do not want to give it up.
Russia reports murder of more than 300 Ukrainian soldiers
According to their own statements, the Russian armed forces have killed hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers and destroyed numerous military vehicles with heavy air and missile attacks over the past 24 hours. “More than 320 nationalists were killed and 72 military vehicles were destroyed by air-to-surface missiles,” Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said today. The information was initially not verifiable by an independent party.
During this time, rocket forces and artillery fired at more than 400 troop formations and military convoys, 12 command posts and 26 enemy artillery positions. In the Korotych region, a few kilometers west of the city of Kharkov in eastern Ukraine, an S-300 air defense system was reportedly turned off.
British: Russia’s focus on Donbas weakens its own troops in Kharkiv
According to British intelligence, the Ukrainian counter-offensive north of Kharkiv continues to be successful. Many towns were taken over. This is also due to the fact that Russia is currently focusing on Donbass and the troops in the Kharkiv region are extremely weak. It is understood that the remaining Russian troops will withdraw, be replenished and reorganized, and then stop any further advances by Ukrainian troops east of the Seversky Donets River. This is primarily intended to ensure the supply of Russian troops in the Izyum region. East of the river, for example, there are several railway lines that can be used to transport tanks and soldiers from Russia to Donbass.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister pardons SPD
During a visit to Berlin, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba pardoned the SPD for its Russian policy of the past decades, which many have criticized as too lenient. “The pre-war history of German-Russian relations and the role of the Social Democrats in all of this is now a thing of the past,” Kuleba said after a meeting with SPD leader Lars Klingbeil and SPD faction leader Rolf Mutzenich in Berlin.
Ukraine’s foreign minister pointed out that Chancellor Olaf Scholz, a social democrat, had reversed German arms supplies and energy policy. “I know it’s not easy to make such decisions,” Kuleba said. He sees the fact that the chancellor did this with the support of her party as a sign of strength.
Ukraine wants Western fighter jets
Kuleba also brought with him a request for the supply of Western fighter jets and missile defense systems to defend his country against Russia. “Let’s forget the Soviet systems, it’s over,” he said in an interview with “Welt”. “If this war continues, the last stocks of Soviet weapons will soon be exhausted in the countries willing to give them to us. Some already are.” Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock reacted cautiously and referred to the federal government’s previous positions on the matter.
Millions of tons of Ukrainian grain cannot be exported
The G7 group of major democracies wants to ensure that Ukraine can remain a major grain exporter despite Russia’s war of aggression. Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said today, at the start of consultations with colleagues from other G7 countries at Weißenhäuser Strand on the Baltic Sea, that they were discussing how to break the grain blockade imposed by the Russia and how to bring Ukrainian grain to the world. According to the green politician, 25 million tons of grain are currently blocked in Ukrainian ports, especially in Odessa, because of the war.
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