• Ukrainian staff say Russian troops had withdrawn from the northeastern city of Kharkov.
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin said Finland’s accession to NATO was a “mistake”.
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says “very complex negotiations” with Russia are underway to expel fighters from the besieged Azovstal factory in Mariupol.
  • Ukrainian troops are fighting back near the Russian-owned town of Izyum, attacking an important axis of Russia’s attack in the east.
  • According to suppliers, Russia will stop supplying electricity to Finland on Saturday amid tensions over NATO’s bids expected by European countries.

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Ukraine wins Eurovision Song Contest at Kalush Orchestra’s “Stefania”

Ukraine won the Eurovision Song Contest and was backed by an infectious folk-hip-hop melody, riding a wave of public support for embarrassed countries across Europe.

The Calche Orchestra’s song “Stephania” defeated 24 rivals at the finale of the world’s largest live music event on Saturday. Sung in Ukrainian, the song is a fusion of rap and traditional folk music, a homage to the band’s frontman Oleh Psiuk’s mother.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky sent a wish for good luck early in the night, saying that if the Kalush Orchestra wins, it will have great symbolic implications.

“Victory is very important to us today,” he said in his nightly speech.

Russia was excluded from the competition in Turin due to the invasion of Ukraine.

After winning the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest in Turin, Italy on May 15, 2022, the Ukrainian Kalush Orchestra will be on stage. [Yara Nardi/Reuters]
After winning the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest in Turin, Italy on May 15, 2022, the Ukrainian Kalush Orchestra will be on stage. [Yara Nardi/Reuters]
Ukrainian service members will watch the performance of the Karsh Orchestra in the final of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest on May 14, 2022. [Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters]
Ukrainian service members watch Kalush Orchestra’s performance in the final of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest [Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters]

A large convoy from Mariupol reaches safety and refugees talk about a “catastrophic” escape

A large convoy of cars and vans carrying refugees from the ruins of Mariupol arrived in the Ukrainian-controlled city of Zaporizhia after days waiting for Russian troops to leave them.

Refugees arriving on Saturday must first leave Mariupol and then somehow head to Berdyans’k (about 80 km further west along the coast) and other settlements, before 200 km head northwest to Zaporizhia. I had to.

Nikolai Pavlov, 74, said he lived in the basement for a month after the apartment was destroyed. His relatives, using the “secret detour”, managed to take him from Mariupol to Berdyans’k.

“We had little success. There were a lot of older people in us … the trip was devastating, but it was worth it,” the convoy arrived in the dark. Later he said.

Mariupol’s aide said earlier that the number of convoys was 500 to 1,000, the largest single evacuation from the city since Russia invaded Ukraine.


The ambassador says Russian diplomats in the United States have been threatened and seduced by the FBI and CIA: Tass.

Russian diplomats in Washington are under threat of violence, and US intelligence agencies are trying to reach them, Russia’s Tass news agency quoted the US ambassador to Moscow.

“It’s like a besieged fortress. Basically, our embassy operates in a hostile environment … embassy employees are under threat, including the threat of physical violence. “The Tas news agency quoted Ambassador Anatoly Antonov on Saturday.

“A US security service agent is hanging out outside the Russian embassy and is handing out CIA and FBI phone numbers that can be called to establish contact,” the ambassador told Tas.

Russia and the United States have been involved in the debate over the size and function of their diplomatic missions even before Russia invaded Ukraine.

Russian Embassy in Washington, DC in March 2022 [File photo: Susan Walsh/AP]
Russian Embassy in Washington, DC in March 2022 [File photo: Susan Walsh/AP] (AP photo)

U.S. Senate Republican Mitch McConnell meets Zelensky

Mitch McConnell, a top Republican member of the US Senate, visited Kieu without notice with other Republican Senators and met with the President of Ukraine.

McConnell was accompanied by Senator Susan Collins, John Barasso, and John Conin.

Zelenskyy welcomed this visit as a strong signal of US bipartisan support for Ukraine and the strength of relations between the two countries.

“We talked about many areas that support the country, such as defense, finances, and increased sanctions against Russia,” Zelensky said in a video speech, emphasizing the need to designate Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism. rice field. ..

McConnell is pressing Republican Senator Rand Paul to end the opposition to the $ 40 billion aid package to Ukraine, which has received overwhelming support from both major US parties.

In this handout, provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is shaking hands with Senator Mitch McConnell in Kieu, Ukraine, on Saturday, May 14, 2022. [Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP]
In this handout, provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is shaking hands with Senator Mitch McConnell in Kieu, Ukraine, on Saturday, May 14, 2022. [Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP]

Ukrainian band pleads for Mariupol at Eurovision

The Ukrainian Kalush Orchestra has pleaed the fighters working hard in the city of Mariupol and the Azovstal Iron and Steel at the end of their appearance in the Eurovision Song Contest.

“Help Mariupol, Ukraine. After the band played” Stephania, “lead singer Ole Pushuk shouted in front of the stage in Turin, Italy.

After more than two months of siege, Russian troops bombed the ironworks at the South Harbor of Mariupol, the last fort of hundreds of Ukrainian defenders in a city almost completely controlled by Russia.

In a video address released before the performance, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he believed the Karsh Orchestra would win.

“Vote for Kalush Orchestra, Europe. (Song) No 12! Cheer for your fellow compatriots! Cheer for Ukraine!” He said, clenching his fist.

Ukraine's Kalush Orchestra will perform in the final of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest in Turin, Italy, on May 14, 2022. [Yara Nardi/Reuters]
Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra will perform in the final of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest in Turin, Italy, on May 14, 2022. [Yara Nardi/Reuters]

Putin told the Finnish President: Joining NATO would be a “mistake”

Russian President Vladimir Putin told Finnish counterparts that joining NATO was a “mistake” because Moscow cut off power to the Nordic countries early.

“President Putin emphasized that the end of the traditional military-neutral policy is a mistake because there is no threat to Finland’s security,” the Kremlin said in a statement on Saturday.

“Such changes in the political orientation of the country can adversely affect Russia-Finland relations, which have developed over the years in the spirit of good neighbor relations and cooperation between partners.”

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Russia denies Ukrainian troops damaged naval vessels in the Black Sea

Russia dismissed Ukraine’s allegations of damaging a modern Navy logistics vessel in the Black Sea and showed a photo stating that it was a ship with no signs of damage.

In an online post, the Russian Ministry of Defense has published a photo stating that it was taken at the Crimean Black Sea Port in Sevastopol.

“The picture reveals that the ship is not damaged at all,” he said.

Military officials in the southern region of Odesa said the Ukrainian Navy had attacked Vsevolod Bobrov and fired it.


Medvejev dismisses G7 support for Ukrainian territorial integrity

Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has rejected the Group of Seven’s declaration that he “never” admits the border changes brought about by the Ukrainian war in Moscow.

“To say the least, we don’t care that the G7 isn’t aware of the new border,” he said on the Telegram channel.

Medvejev argued that all the will of the people living in a region was important, and called the G7’s promise to continue to supply Ukraine with weapons as the continuation of the “Secret War with Russia.”


The situation in the Donbus area is still very difficult: Zelensky

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the situation in the Donbas region was still very difficult, adding that Russian troops were still trying to prove some victory.

“On the 80th day of the full-scale aggression, this seems particularly crazy, but they haven’t stopped their efforts,” he said in a late-night video address.


Hello and welcome to the ongoing coverage of the Ukrainian War by Al Jazeera. Read all updates from Saturday, May 14th here.

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