On the 80th day of full-scale Russia’s wars against Ukraine – on Saturday, May 14 – Russian troops continued their attempts to capture the settlements of the neighboring country. However, according to the statements of the Ukrainian side, their actions were not crowned with success. Under the conditions of hostilities, the statements of representatives of both sides of the conflict cannot be confirmed from independent sources.
In the Donetsk direction, Russian troops concentrated their main efforts on preparing an offensive in the direction of Severodonetsk, Soledar and Bakhmut. This is stated in the evening summary of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. According to him, two battalion tactical groups have been deployed to the area, a regrouping of forces and replenishment of supplies is underway. The enemy managed to achieve partial success in the Avdiivka area, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. In the Kharkiv direction, the Russian military concentrated its main efforts on holding their positions, controlling supply routes along the roads to the north and east of Kharkov, and also preventing the advance of Ukrainian troops in the direction of the state border.
The Russian Defense Ministry said that during the day, numerous rocket and artillery strikes were carried out on the areas where Ukrainian troops were based. As a result, “six command posts, 178 areas of concentration of manpower and military equipment, and three fortified bunkers were hit,” an official representative of the military department said. According to him, up to 90 Ukrainian soldiers and 18 units of military equipment were destroyed.
Zelensky called on the United States to recognize the Russian Federation as a state sponsor of terrorism
A delegation of the US Senate headed by Republican leader Mitchell McConnell visited Kyiv. During a meeting with US lawmakers, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky thanked the United States for its leadership in supporting Ukraine, noting America’s special role in strengthening sanctions pressure on Russia. “I count on the support of the United States for further strengthening of sanctions. In addition, we believe that Russia should be officially recognized as a state sponsor of terrorism,” the President of Ukraine stressed. According to Zelensky, “Russia is committing genocide against the Ukrainian people. It is committing war crimes that the whole world horrifies – torture, mass executions, rape. Europe has not seen such crimes since World War II.”
Relatives of Mariupol defenders appealed to Chinese President Xi Jinping
Russian troops continue their attempts to storm the plant “Azovstal” in Mariupol. Attacks are accompanied by air strikes, heavy artillery and tanks are used.
At the same time, relatives of the defenders of Mariupol appealed to Chinese President Xi Jinping with a request to help save the fighters who continue to resist on the territory of the enterprise, surrounded by the Russian military. Relatives are asking for help to take the Ukrainian military, wounded soldiers and the bodies of the dead to a third country, where they will stay until the end of the war. Turkey can act as such a country. Turkish Presidential Spokesman and Chief Foreign Policy Adviser Ibrahim Kalin told Reuters that under the proposed plan, people evacuated from “Azovstal”, will be delivered by land to the port of Berdyansk, and from there a Turkish ship will deliver them across the Black Sea to Istanbul. According to Kalin, this proposal was discussed two weeks ago and remains “on the table” of negotiations, although Moscow has not agreed to it. Russia’s position “is changing day by day,” he stressed.
As Lyudmila Denisova, Commissioner of the Verkhovna Rada for Human Rights, warned that almost 170,000 civilians remaining in the city are at risk of an infectious catastrophe, as a result of which more than 10,000 people may die by the end of the year. “The biggest problem in Mariupol – this is clean drinking water, which is not available in the city. In addition, there is a critical situation with drainage and gusts of sewer networks,” she wrote in her Telegram channel.
Putin threatened Finland
Finnish President Sauli Niinistö held telephone conversations with Vladimir Putin about Helsinki’s intention to apply for membership in NATO. As pointed out in the office of the President of Finland, the country “wants to correctly and professionally resolve the practical issues arising from the neighborhood with Russia.”
In turn, the Kremlin press service, confirming the conversation, pointed out that Vladimir Putin called the rejection of the traditional policy of military neutrality erroneous, since there are no threats to Finland’s security. “Such a change in the country’s foreign policy may have a negative impact on Russian-Finnish relations,” the report says.
On the same day, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the “collective West” of unleashing a “total hybrid war” against Russia. “It is difficult to predict how long this will all last, but it is clear that the consequences will be felt by everyone without exception,” he said at a meeting of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy. According to Lavrov, Russia did everything to avoid a direct confrontation, but since the “challenge has been thrown”, the country accepts it.
G7 will never recognize Russia’s change of Ukraine’s borders
We will never recognize the borders that Russia is trying to reshape through military aggression. in a joint statement Foreign Ministers of the Group of Seven (G7) following the meeting in Germany. The document notes that the G7 will continue to provide Ukraine with humanitarian, financial, economic and military assistance for as long as necessary. The foreign ministers dismissed Russian threats to use chemical, biological or nuclear weapons as irresponsible and reminded the Kremlin “that any use of such weapons would have serious consequences.”