NATO to discuss sending jets, Zelenskyy on Crimean Tatar mem’l day, Beijing envoy in Kyiv

19 May, 02:55 PM

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NATO to discuss supplying Western jets to Ukraine in June

Defense ministers of NATO member states will discuss the potential transfer of Western jet fighters to Ukraine at a meeting in June, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in an interview with Spiegel on May 18.

What is happening around Ukraine’s counteroffensive

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Former Wagner mercenary in Norway now wants to go back to Russia

Andrey Medvedev, a Russian citizen and former member of Russia’s Wagner Group private military company, who fled to Norway and sought political asylum there a few months ago, now wishes to return to Russia, Reuters reported on May 18.

Ukraine already procuring drones capable of flying 1,000 kilometers, says Shchyhol

Ukraine is already in the process of acquiring long-range drones with the ability to fly up to 1,000 kilometers, Yuriy Shchyhol, Head of State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection of Ukraine (SSSCIP), said in an interview with Radio NV on May 18.

Higher Council of Justice signs off on arrest of former Supreme Courtchief Knyazev

The Higher Council of Justice has consented to the arrest of Vsevolod Knyazev, the former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, who is suspected of accepting a bribe of $2.7 million, Ukrainian public broadcaster Suspilne reported on May 18.

Ukraine marks Vyshyvanka Day on May 18. The vyshyvanka, an embroidered shirt, has been an integral part of every Ukrainian’s wardrobe for many years. However, modern vyshyvankas differ from those worn by Ukrainian ancestors.

Chinese diplomatic envoy Li Hui, in Kyiv to pursue peace efforts in ending Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, has received a brief on the security situation in the country from Ukrainian presidential chief-of-staff Andriy Yermak, the presidential press service reported on May 18.

Crimean Tatars faced annihilation 79 years ago, but nation endured and will live freely – Zelenskyy

Crimean Tatars faced annihilation 79 years ago, but the nation persevered and will thrive in freedom, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on May 18, when Ukraine observes the Day of Remembrance for the Victims of the Genocide of the Crimean Tatar People, commemorating the mass deportation organized by the Stalinist regime in spring 1944.

Freight train derailed after huge blast rocks railway in occupied Crimea

A freight train in occupied Crimea derailed near the town of Bakhchisaray early on May 18, pro-Russian Telegram channel Baza has claimed. Reportedly, the derailment was caused by a large explosion.

Crimea — The echoes of Europe’s unspoken genocide are becoming too loud to ignore — opinion

Revisiting the blackest pages of history, 18 May stands as a solemn reminder of a genocide not often discussed — that of the Crimean Tatars, writes Iris Molenaar, in a new opinion for NV.

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