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Water shortage is ‘problem number one’ in Mariupol, says mayor’s adviser

Water shortages have become the “number one problem” in the beleaguered port city of Mariupol, an adviser to the city’s mayor has said.

“The Russians are trying to create the illusion that ‘everything is fine’ in the city. But water supply and water shortages are still the number one problem in the city,” Petro Andriushchenko said in an article on Sunday. Telegram translated by NBC News.

“The restoration of centralized water supply has, as expected, turned into a farce,” he said. “The supply of drinking water is insufficient. There are huge queues at the bottling points, but even here there is not enough water for everyone.”

Andriushchenko further warned that “people with low mobility and the elderly” in the city face difficulties in accessing water.

Russia has probably lost a third of its Ukrainian ground forces, according to the British Ministry of Defense

Russia has now probably lost a third of the ground combat forces it committed in February and is “increasingly constrained by degraded enabling capabilities, low morale and reduced combat effectiveness”, the ministry said on Sunday. British Defense during an intelligence briefing.

The briefing, posted on Twitter, added that Russia had failed to make substantial territorial gains over the past month and continued to experience “consistently high levels of attrition”.

“Under current conditions, Russia is unlikely to significantly accelerate its pace of progress over the next 30 days,” he said.

Finland, neighbor of Russia, says it wants to join NATO

Finland announced on Sunday that it intends to apply for NATO membership, paving the way for the expansion of the 30-member Western military alliance amid Russia’s war in Ukraine.

President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin made the announcement during a press conference at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki.

Finland’s parliament is expected to approve the decision in the coming days and the outcome is considered a formality. A formal membership application will likely be submitted to NATO headquarters in Brussels next week.

Russia, which shares an 800-mile border with Finland, said it would be a mistake for its neighbor to join the transatlantic alliance and would damage bilateral relations.

Sweden is also expected to follow suit as public support for membership has grown.

More weapons on the way to Ukraine, says foreign minister after Blinken meeting

More weapons and other aid are on their way to Ukraine, the country’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba tweeted after a meeting with Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Attacks by pro-Russian hackers foiled during Eurovision, Italian police say

Hacker attacks by pro-Russian groups were foiled during the May 10 semi-final and Saturday final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Turin, Italian police said on Sunday.

During voting operations and candidate performances, police said they mitigated several cyberattacks on network infrastructure by hacker group “Killnet” and its affiliate “Legion”.

On May 11, “Killnet” claimed responsibility for an attack on the websites of several Italian institutions, including the Senate, the upper house of the Italian parliament and the National Institute of Health (ISS), the ANSA news agency reported. .

Since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, many Western governments have raised alert levels in anticipation of possible cyberattacks on IT systems and infrastructure.

Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra won the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday with their song “Stefania”, riding a wave of public support to claim an emotional victory that was hailed by the country’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Missiles hit military infrastructure in western Ukraine near Polish border, regional governor says

Four missile strikes hit military infrastructure in the Yavoriv region of western Ukraine near the Polish border early Sunday, said Maxim Kozitsky, the Lviv regional governor.

“The object is completely destroyed,” Kozitsky said in a message on his Telegram channel which was translated by NBC News.

His message came after Ukraine’s regional air command said several missiles had been fired at the Lviv region from the Black Sea in the early hours of the morning.

Ukraine crowned winner of Eurovision Song Contest 2022

Ukraine were crowned winners on Saturday of Eurovision Song Contest.

The competition tweeted the winner.

The Ukrainian group benefited from a last-minute wave of 439 votes from viewers who put it in the lead.

“Stefania” by Ukrainian band winner Kalush Orchestra was written as a tribute to the singer’s mother, but became an anthem for the war-torn country.

“Indeed, some things here were written long before the war, and they were dedicated to my mother,” leader Oleh Psiuk told The Associated Press.

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Ukraine: the Russians withdraw from the vicinity of Kharkiv, beat towards the east

KYIV, Ukraine — Russian troops are withdrawing from Ukraine’s second-largest city after shelling it for weeks, the Ukrainian military announced on Saturday, as forces from Kyiv and Moscow engaged in a fierce battle for the industrial heart of the east of the country.

The Ukrainian General Staff said Russian forces were withdrawing from the northeastern city of Kharkiv and concentrating on protecting supply routes, while launching mortars, artillery and airstrikes in the eastern province of Donetsk in order “to exhaust the Ukrainian forces and destroy the fortifications”.

Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said Ukraine was “entering a new – long-term – phase of the war”.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, meanwhile, said Ukrainians were doing their “maximum” to drive out the invaders and that the outcome of the war would depend on the support of Europe and other allies.

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