A destroyed building in the city of Mariupol, Ukraine, May 12 Photo: REUTERS
* May 13 The United Nations (UN) call for an end to airstrikes on schools in Ukraine. “Hundreds of schools across the country have come under shelling, airstrikes and other explosive devices in densely populated areas,” said Omar Abdi, deputy executive director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) at the United Nations Security Council meeting on May 12.
Meanwhile, there are allegations of violence against children in Ukraine, Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia called these claims “absurd” and that the Kiev side had not presented any evidence. “Today we heard again allegations from some colleagues against the Russian military for acts of violence against children,” the radio said. Russia today quotes Mr. Nebenzia.
* said the Kremlin Russia wants to avoid the scenario of a direct clash with NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization), but warned Moscow not to react if any side intervenes in Ukraine and Russia’s special military operation in that country.
At a hearing before the US Congress on May 11, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin also stated that Russia had no intention of opposing NATO militarily.
Regarding the negotiations with Ukraine, the Kremlin said that nothing is progressing and that progress is “slow and ineffective”.
* 12th of May, France’s Foreign Ministry said the European Union (EU) will consider Ukraine’s application for membership next month.
And Russia’s Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations, Dmitry Polyanskiy, said Russia’s position on Ukraine’s accession to the EU has changed and is now similar to Kiev’s NATO entry.
“[Tại cuộc hội đàm ở Istanbul] We were not worried about the situation, but it changed after testimony from [đại diện cấp cao phụ trách chính sách an ninh và đối ngoại của EU] Josep Borrell that this war should be won or lost on the battlefield,” Polyanskiy explained Russia’s change of perspective.
People on the street in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv on May 12 Photo: REUTERS
* International Organization for Migration (IOM) estimates. more than 6 million people left Ukraine since the beginning of Russia’s “military special operation”, of which more than 90% are women and children. In addition, about 8 million people lost their homes in Ukraine.
* Reuters news agency quoted information from the Ukrainian government in Odessa Russian forces have struck a Russian Navy supply ship near Snake Island in the Black Sea. Meanwhile, the Russian side said it destroyed a drone and three Ukrainian missiles in the Snake Island area.
* Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto made the announcement The government of this country will officially propose joining NATO on May 15, and the parliament will vote the next day, according to CNN. European countries like Germany, France and the US support Helsinki’s decision, while the Kremlin says Finland’s NATO entry is certainly a threat to Russia.