Alliance on the Russian threshold, writes the New York Times. The Ukrainian walked 225 kilometers to save himself, the Guardian reports. As many as 220,000 homeless people, according to Ukrinform. China voted against in the UN, reports Rasha Tudej. Vučić talks about blackmail and ultimatums, Politika reports
(illustration, “We will not recognize Kosovo’s independence, but our response must be smart and wise,” Politika reports)
After Finland joins NATO, and it is announced that Sweden could do the same, the Alliance will come close to Russia. The Ukrainian walked from Mariupol through war zones for more than 225 kilometers, in order to get to safety. 220,000 Ukrainians were left homeless, and 38,000 apartment buildings were demolished in the country. China voted in the UN against the investigation of war crimes by Russian troops. Vučić talks about blackmail and ultimatums.
NATO is still expanding
The New York Times, as the central one, publishes a photo of the funeral of a Ukrainian soldier northwest of Kiev in Bucha. The main headline on the front page is “Finland joins NATO, brings the alliance closer to the Russian border”. Russian President Vladimir Putin said that stopping the expansion of NATO encouraged him to attack Ukraine. But Finland announced on Thursday that it would join, thus “not only thwarting Putin’s plan, but a new member is on Russia’s doorstep.” Finland’s announcement, “with expectations that neighboring Sweden will do the same, could now reshape the strategic balance in Europe that has been in place for decades,” the paper said.
In a separate article, the New York Times writes about the case of two children aged 14 and 12 who were previously known to the police for theft and delinquency, and who were wounded in Denton, Florida, when old Nicole pointed a gun at the police. The public calls them minors “Bonnie and Clyde”. The girl is being tried as an adult, while the police chief claims that the social service failed in their case.
He walked 225 kilometers through the war zone
The photo that dominates the first side of the Guardian shows Igor Pedin, a Ukrainian who escaped from Mariupol with his dog Zu-Zu and walked through the war-torn zones to reach safety. The title of the text is “Ukrainian walked to freedom”. Igor (61) says that the idea was to be invisible, and so he covered 140 miles (about 225 kilometers). “It was as if he was going from London to Sheffield, but through a war of unprecedented proportions in Europe since 1945, towards convoys of tanks, armed vehicles and nervous Russian soldiers, light on the trigger. He had to avoid mines and cross collapsed bridges with his dog and luggage, where the wrong step could have led him to certain death, “the text reads.
The separate news states that a delegation of influential American congressmen will fly to London soon, despite growing concerns in the White House due to the increase in tensions over the Protocol on Northern Ireland. The British government will present a law next week that would abolish some parts of the protocol, while several American congressmen plan to fly to a series of meetings in Brussels, Dublin, London and Belfast. With the so-called “Good Friday Agreement” of 1998, which ended the conflict in Northern Ireland, the government in London undertook to keep the border open. With Brexit, the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland became the external border of the EU.
220,000 Ukrainians homeless
Russian troops are sending additional artillery along the border to the Bryansk region in order to increase the provocative shooting of the settlement in Chernihiv, the main command of the Army of Ukraine announced, and the state news agency Ukrinform reports. At the same time, tensions persist in the Transnistrian region of Moldova and Belarus.
In a separate piece of news, the agency reports that more than 220,000 Ukrainians were left homeless after the Russian army demolished almost 38,000 apartment buildings in Ukraine. The representative of the organization for human rights, Ludmila Denisova, said that a memorandum of cooperation was signed with the international organization ATA, in order to provide temporary accommodation for the citizens who lost their homes. Ukrinform reminds that as of May 3, the number of displaced persons in Ukraine exceeded eight million due to the war, while 2.7 million returned home.
Lithuania and Canada will continue to coordinate additional military aid for Ukraine, it was announced after the meeting between Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Lithuanian counterpart Christianis Karins. Earlier allegations showed that Canada planned to allocate $ 500 million from Ukraine’s budget for this year.
China at the UN – against the investigation of Russian war crimes
The US plan to provide nearly $ 40 billion in emergency additional military and economic aid to Ukraine due to the war with Russia was abruptly stopped after Senator Rand Paul blocked the accelerated vote and postponed the adoption for at least a week, the Russian state agency Rasha Tudej reports. Paul said he would agree to an “accelerated procedure” if a special assessment showed how such a large package would be spent, which Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schimmer “refused to do,” noting that Washington has a “moral obligation” to help Ukraine Vladimir Putin’s “immoral war”, RT writes.
Under the title “What does the West really think about the Ukrainian conflict”, RT cites several items that show that the leaders of the countries agree in condemning Russia, while the situation at home is more important to the citizens. One of the items is the results of the Ipsos research, which shows that poverty, unemployment, crime, corruption are the most important for ordinary citizens around the world, while military conflicts come only in 11th place.
The agency also reports that China voted in the UN Human Rights Council against the investigation of potential Russian war crimes in Ukraine, due to concerns that it is politically motivated. China has thus changed its previous neutral position.
Vucic about blackmail
The main headline on the front page of Politika is the statement of the President of Serbia after the request of the so-called Kosovo for accession to the Council of Europe: “There is no withdrawal before blackmail and ultimatums.” , to be firm, strong and persistent in protecting our interest in the desire to reach a solution by compromise and to respect what was signed “, said Aleksandar Vučić.
Another text at the top of the page states that after the capture of Mariupol, Russian forces came up with new data on the activities of biolaboratories which – although there have already been similar reports from Georgia – “sound almost unbelievable”. The Ministry of Defense announced that Mariupol, with two laboratories in which experiments with cholera were experimented with, was a regional center for biological experiments. The head of the Radiation, Chemical and Biological Department of the Russian Army, Igor Kirilov, said that they had evidence of the urgent destruction of documents that confirm the connection with the American military department.
Inauguration in “Golden Hill”
On the occasion of the unofficial announcement that the President of Serbia could hold an inauguration celebration in Smederevo on May 31, the newspaper Danas brings the headline “Vučić celebrates in the favorite villa of Obrenović and Tito”. Villa “Zlatni breg” was most often used for meetings with foreign statesmen after the Second World War. The formal inauguration will take place on May 31, when the President will take office by taking the oath in the Assembly. “I am not going to this inauguration as I did not go to the last one,” says Boris Tadic.
Also at the top of the page, Danas announces that the May session of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church will begin on Sunday in Sremski Karlovci. “Will Porphyry follow the president’s policy?”
The paper also brings information on the first page that “Fiat” offers “either dismissal or abroad” to workers in Kragujevac.
Source: Balkan Magazin – Aktuelnosti by www.balkanmagazin.net.
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