LIVE – War in Ukraine: Finland will officially apply to join NATO

Finland will ask to join NATO

Finland has taken the decision to apply for membership of NATO, the President and Prime Minister of the Nordic country announced on Sunday, a direct consequence of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

“It’s a historic day. A new era is dawning,” Finnish President Sauli Niinistö told a news conference.

NATO “on the right track” to agree on the integration of Finland and Sweden

The member countries of NATO are “on the right track” to find a consensus on the integration of Finland and Sweden, judged the head of Croatian diplomacy on Sunday, Berlin even assuring that their accession could intervene “very quickly “. A rapprochement that pushed Russia to cut off electricity at the first.

“I think the discussion is on the right track (…) I hope we will have a fruitful final discussion and a good result to show our solidarity,” said Gordan Grlic Radman on arriving at an informal meeting of ministers of foreign affairs. Foreign Affairs of the Atlantic Alliance in Berlin.

The last-minute opposition displayed by Turkey, a member of the Alliance, to the integration of the two Nordic countries casts uncertainty over the outcome of the process. “I am convinced that the allies that we are will view their membership of this alliance with a constructive and positive eye”, however declared the Deputy Secretary General of NATO, Mircea Geoana, who also said he was confident in the possibility to reach a consensus.

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock even assured that these two memberships could take place “very quickly”. Under the effect of the war in Ukraine, the two Scandinavian countries are about to turn the page on decades of military non-alignment.

A convoy of Mariupol residents received in Zaporizhia on Saturday evening

The evacuation of the civilian population from Mariupol continues, although chaotic.

Our special envoys were in Zaporizhia yesterday when a new convoy of refugees from the martyred city was received.

NATO officially congratulates Ukraine on winning Eurovision

Tributes are raining after Ukraine’s very political victory at Eurovision.

After the celebration of Volodymyr Zelensky, NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoana said on Sunday that the triumph of the Ukrainian group Kalush Orchestra on Saturday evening in Turin (Italy) at Eurovision shows “the immense public support” whose benefits Ukraine attacked by Russia.

Ukrainian governor of Lugansk expects “big Russian offensives”

If the Russian war effort is marking time in the Donbass, the Ukrainian authorities still expect redoubled attacks. “We are preparing for major offensives in Severodonetsk, and around the Lysytchansk-Bakhmut axis,” said Serguiï Gaïdaï, Ukrainian governor of the Lugansk region, on Saturday, describing an increasingly critical humanitarian situation.

“The Lugansk region is constantly under chaotic fire…there is absolutely no gas, water or electricity,” he added.

After the victory of the Ukrainian troops in Kharkiv, the inhabitants find their devastated city

Our special correspondents on the spot were able to shoot poignant scenes in Kharkiv, taken over since Friday from the Russians.

In the wake of the liberation of this large city in the east of the country, the inhabitants wanted to find their homes, but it is often the observation of destruction that must be drawn up.

“Our music is conquering Europe”: Volodymyr Zelensky hailed Ukraine’s victory in Eurovision

The Ukrainian president was quick to hail his country’s victory at Eurovision on Saturday night, via a message posted on his Facebook page. Making the connection with the Russian invasion, he wrote: “Our courage impresses the world, our music conquers Europe”.

The Ukrainian group Kalush Orchestra, whose song Stefania mixes hip-hop and traditional music, collected 631 points, ahead of Briton Sam Ryder and his title spaceman (466 points) and the Spanish singer Chanel with Slo-Mo (459 points), during the evening organized in Turin, Italy.

The Ukrainian head of state also expressed his desire to host the singing competition in the future, according to the tradition of the competition which wants the winner of the previous edition to organize the next one.

Zelensky points to a still “very difficult” situation in the Donbass

“The situation in Donbass remains very difficult. Russian troops are trying to achieve at least one victory there,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky acknowledged on Saturday, adding however: “Little by little, we are forcing the occupiers to leave our lands” .

Moreover, according to the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW), “Ukraine and its Western partners probably have only a small window of opportunity to support a counter-offensive in the occupied territories” by Russia.

Vladimir Putin “probably intends to annex southern and eastern Ukraine to the Russian Federation in the coming months”, according to this institute.

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