Live Updates | German group says US has more support than EU

BERLIN — The United States has mobilized nearly three times as much support for Ukraine as the European Union, according to data compiled by a German think tank.

The Kiel Institute for the World Economy said on Wednesday that a new aid package passed by the US House of Representatives would increase US military, financial and humanitarian aid to Ukraine between January 24 and May 10 by about 43 billion euros (more than $45 billion). takes away.

The institute found that aid from the EU was just under 16 billion euros ($16.8 billion) during the same period. However, some countries in the 27-nation bloc shy away from valuing their Ukraine aid, particularly for arms supplies.

Compared to their GDP, Estonia, Latvia and Poland provided the most aid ahead of the United States, according to the think tank’s calculations.


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Other Developments:

Berlin: The Austrian government says it has no intention of joining Sweden and Finland in NATO.

Austria joined the European Union in 1995 along with the two Nordic nations. Swedish and Finnish applications to join NATO would leave Austria as one of the very few EU countries that are also not members of the Trans-Atlantic Military Alliance. ,

Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schalenberg told Germany’s Deutschlandfunk radio on Wednesday that “we decided on neutrality in 1955 and it is still the case that a very, very large population views it positively.”

That hasn’t stopped Austria from supporting EU sanctions against Russia and non-lethal support to Ukraine, he said.

Schalenberg said he “notes” the Swedish and Finnish decision to make “massive changes” to their security policy – “but here the situation looks a little different: we will do like Ireland and Malta – there are three states in total.” (European) Union – continue to be neutral.”


Copenhagen, Denmark – Denmark’s Defense Intelligence Service on Wednesday raised the threat level for cyber activism against Denmark due to pro-Russian cyber activist attacks on Western European NATO countries.

Denmark’s Center for Cyber ​​Security, which is under the Scandinavian country’s foreign intelligence service, raised the threat level to low to moderate – the third level on a five-step scale.

The National IT Security Authority said cyber-activist attacks mainly targeted Russia, Ukraine and Belarus in the initial phase after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

However, “in recent weeks, cyber activists have also targeted Western European NATO countries.” It said cyber-activist attacks in recent weeks have “targeted countries in the immediate vicinity of Ukraine. Pro-Russian activist groups have attacked companies and authorities in, for example, the Czech Republic, Poland and Estonia”. .


KYIV, Ukraine — The Russian military says about 1,000 Ukrainian soldiers left the last stronghold of Mariupol this week. Ukraine has not confirmed.

Major General Igor Konashenkov, spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry, said on Wednesday that 694 Ukrainian soldiers at the Azovstal steel plant surrendered themselves to Russian troops in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of Ukrainian troops surrendered since Monday to 959.

Konashenkov’s claim could not be independently verified.

Ukrainian officials have refrained from mentioning any numbers for soldiers leaving the plant.


LONDON – British military officials say Russia relied heavily on auxiliary forces, including Chechen fighters, to overcome Ukrainian resistance in Mariupol, underscoring the manpower and command problems hindering Russian operations.

Britain’s defense ministry said in a briefing posted Wednesday morning that “radical” Ukrainian resistance delayed Russia’s ability to take full control of the strategic port city and inflicted “costly personnel losses” on Russian forces.

The ministry says the Kremlin has made significant use of support personnel, including thousands of Chechen fighters concentrated in the Mariupol and Luhansk regions.

These forces consist of individual volunteer and National Guard units generally dedicated to securing the regime of the Chechen Republic’s leader, Ramzan Kadyrov.

“The combat deployment of such individual personnel demonstrates Russia’s significant resource problems in Ukraine and is likely contributing to a disjointed command that hinders Russia’s operations,” the ministry said.


BRUSSELS – NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says Finland and Sweden have applied to join the world’s largest military alliance, fueled by security concerns over Russia’s war in Ukraine.

“I warmly welcome the requests of Finland and Sweden to join NATO. You are our closest allies,” Stoltenberg told reporters on Wednesday after receiving their applications from the ambassadors of the two Nordic countries.

The application must now be weighed by the 30 member states.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has objected to the involvement of Finland and Sweden.

If his objections are addressed, and accession talks go as well as expected, the two could become members within a few months. This process usually takes eight to 12 months, but NATO wants to move quickly, given the threat looming over the Nordic countries from Russia.


KYIV, Ukraine — Ukraine’s Human Rights Ombudsman said Russian forces were capturing more than 3,000 civilians from Mariupol in another former penal colony near Olenivka in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region.

Seven buses carrying an unknown number of Ukrainian soldiers evacuated from the Mariupol Steel Plant arrived at the former penal colony number 120 near Olenivka on Tuesday.

Ombudsman Lyudmila Denisova said on Telegram earlier on Tuesday that citizens were also being held near Olenivka in the former penal colony number 52.

She said most civilians are kept for one month, but those deemed “particularly unreliable”, including ex-servicemen and police, are kept for two months.

Denisova said those captured included about 30 volunteers who provided humanitarian supplies to Mariupol during the Russian siege.


Melitopol, Ukraine – Ukraine’s guerrilla fighters have reportedly killed several high-ranking Russian officials in the southern city of Melitopol, the regional administration said on Telegram.

The city has been occupied by Russian forces since the beginning of the war.

According to the regional administration, the occupiers are trying to hide the situation, but Russian troops were more actively checking private cars in the city on Tuesday, most likely looking for guerrillas.

No details of the killings were given and the report could not be immediately confirmed.

During the war, Ukrainians claimed to have killed several Russian generals and other officers. Some of the deaths have been confirmed by the Russians.


KYIV, Ukraine — The fall of Mariupol appears to be at hand as Ukraine moves to abandon a massive steel plant where its troops bombarded relentlessly for months, which would make it the largest city to fall into Russian hands .

Most of the steel plants are buried under rubble.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Ukraine was working to get its remaining troops out of the Azovstal Steel Plant safely.

In his nightly video address to the nation, Zelensky said the evacuation mission was being monitored by Ukraine’s military and intelligence officials and “contains the most influential international intermediaries.”

However, hundreds of Ukrainian fighters left the Azovstal Steel Plant and handed themselves over to Russian hands.


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