Days after claiming full control of the war-ravaged city of Bakhmut, Russia’s Wagner mercenary group has started withdrawing fighters from the eastern Ukrainian city of Bakhmut, leader Yevgeny Prigozhin said. "We are withdrawing the units from Bakhmut. From today at five in the morning, May 25 until June 1, most of the units will rebase to camps in the rear. We are handing our positions to the military," Prigozhin announced.
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Immigration Minister Robert Jenrick says net migration is “far too high” after newly published figures for 2022 showed around 606,000 more people are estimated to have moved to the UK than have left. The Office for National Statistics said factors contributing to relatively high levels of immigration over the past 18 months include people coming to the UK from non-EU countries for work, study, and for humanitarian purposes, including those arriving from Ukraine and Hong Kong. Report by Jonesia. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has addressed MPs in the Commons, giving a statement on the G7 Summit that took place over the weekend in Japan. He speaks about a "historic moment" when Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy attended the summit and the "powerful message" that it sent to the world. Mr Sunak said on Monday: "We will stand with Ukraine for as long as it takes." Report by Rowlandi. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
G7 leaders have united around Ukraine's President Zelenskyy at their summit in Japan. Report by Etemadil. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Speaking before leaving the G7 summit in Japan, Rishi Sunak has praised the 'historic' attendance of President Zelenskyy and reinforced the unity and determination of the G7 allies to stand with Ukraine. Mr Sunak hailed President Biden's provision of F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine and said that the UK will help train Ukrainian pilots starting this summer. Report by Etemadil. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
In a major boost to beef up Ukraine’s air defence capabilities due to the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war, the US has now said it will allow its Western allies to supply Ukraine with advanced fighter jets, including American-made F-16s. National security adviser Jake Sullivan said that President Joe Biden has already "informed his G7 counterparts" of the decision at the bloc's summit in Hiroshima yesterday. US troops will also train Kyiv's pilots to use these advanced jets. Although it seems increasingly likely that Ukraine will eventually receive the advanced jets it so desperately wants, no government has so far confirmed it will send them to Kyiv. Countries can only resell or re-export American military hardware if the US approves it, so this decision actually clears the way for other nations to send their existing stocks of F-16s to Ukraine. The US had been sceptical about providing Ukraine with modern fighter jets…worrying that this decision might be seen as its direct involvement in the war. Its focus has instead been on providing military support on land. Ukraine has long sought advanced jets and President Volodymyr Zelensky hailed the move as a "historic decision".
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A recent increase in the number of migrants from Africa and the Middle East attempting to enter Poland has sparked concerns in neighbouring Germany – causing some to call for a reintroduction of controls along the countries' shared border.
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Russia and China seal economic pacts despite Western disapproval; China will likely be hit by new Covid-19 wave with up to 65 million weekly cases; F-16 training begins for Ukrainian pilots in Poland amid Russian invasion, says EU; Russia claims it defeated insurgents after cross-border incursion in Belgorod.
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EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said that the training of Ukrainian pilots to fly F-16 jets has begun in Poland. The move comes after US President Joe Biden last week gave the go-ahead for Ukrainian pilots to be trained on the American-made jets that Ukraine says it needs to fight off Russia's invasion.
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President Andrzej Duda promised that Poland would keep helping Ukraine fight off Russia's aggression, but he also acknowledged at a joint news conference with Zelesnkyy that the relationship was complicated.
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In a major development, Russia has accused Kyiv of carrying ot cross-border sabotage in the Belgorod region. Kyiv has denied these accusations by saying that the groups responsible for the attacks don’t follow their orders…and they act on their own. Two groups have claimed responsibility for this cross-border raids….The Freedom of Russia Legion…and the Russian Volunteer Corps. Both have said that they had carried out the attacks and liberated a settlement in the region.The Free Russia legion was formed in March 2022. Reportedly, its first members were soldiers who had defected from the Russian military shortly after Moscow launched its massive, unprovoked Ukrainian invasion on February 24 last year. In their manifesto, they describe themselves as free citizens of Russia who take responsibility for themselves and are beginning to fight for a New Russia. The exact number of fighters in the organization is still a secret, but it is speculated that figures are as high as up to 4,000.
A group of anti-Putin Russian nationals – who are aligned with the Ukrainian army – has claimed responsibility for an attack in Russian’s southwestern region of Belgorod…as Moscow said it was fighting a group of saboteurs there. Shelling damaged an administrative building, several residential buildings, and a kindergarten in the area, according to Belgorod’s regional governor who said there were no fatalities. In a Telegram post, groups calling themselves the “Freedom of Russia Legion” and “Russian Volunteer Corps” said they had “liberated” a settlement in the Belgorod region, which borders Ukraine. Ukraine has disavowed connection to the Russian partisan fighters, saying that they act independently and are not subject to military control. The Freedom of Russia Legion, which describes itself as an anti-Kremlin militia seeking to liberate Russia from Vladimir Putin, said it had crossed the border and overrun the settlement of Kozinka, while sending units into the town of Grayvoron in Russia’s Belgorod region. Another anti-Kremlin militia, the Russian Volunteer Corps, which is led by a prominent Russian nationalist, also said it had taken part in the raid.
The Russian government has put the British prosecutor of the international criminal court or the ICC on a wanted list in an act of retribution after the Hague-based court issued an arrest warrant for Vladimir Putin for allegedly overseeing the abduction of Ukrainian children. The arrest order said Russia’s interior ministry was seeking to detain Karim Khan, who has been serving as the ICC prosecutor since 2021. The ministry's listing does not specify which crime Khan has been accused of. As the court’s prosecutor, Khan had played an intimate role in the arrest warrant against Putin. He visited Ukraine four times in the year before the accusations were made public. Kyiv has accused Russia of abducting more than 16,000 children from the country since the full-scale invasion began in February last year.
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After a whirlwind week of diplomatic visits that has taken in the Vatican, Saudi Arabia, Europe's capitals and Japan, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's world tour has left his Russian counterpart looking increasingly isolated.
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Two Baltic NATO members, Estonia and Latvia, are all set to begin negotiations to purchase the medium-range IRIS-T SLM defense system from its German manufacturer very soon. Both countries, which border Russia, have greatly increased their defense budgets since Moscow's full-scale invasion of Ukraine began in February last year. Neither of the nations possess an air force… and both have to heavily rely on NATO to patrol their airspace. Deliveries of the system, manufactured by weapons maker Diehl Defence, could begin next year and possibly become operational in 2025. If the deal goes ahead, it would be the biggest defense cooperation project ever concluded between Tallin and Riga, according to the Estonian Defense Minister. The two nations hope to finalize the contract and make an official announcement by this summer. No details on the number of systems or on the price were revealed, but the Defence Minister have indicated that the purchase would cost hundreds of millions of euros.