Russia-Ukraine warfare updates from Might 16, 2024

2 Hours In the past

IMF to launch new Ukraine mission to assessment mortgage, newest financial developments

The Worldwide Financial Fund will begin a brand new Ukraine mission in coming weeks to evaluate the war-torn nation’s economic system and efficiency below a $15.6 billion mortgage program, IMF spokesperson Julie Kozack stated on Thursday.

Kozack informed a daily press briefing that the mission on the following mortgage program assessment will assess the most recent financial developments in Ukraine and revise its macroeconomic framework and evaluation of the nation’s debt sustainability.

— Reuters

2 Hours In the past

‘Brothers eternally’: Putin says Russia-China relations are at highest degree in historical past

On this pool {photograph} distributed by the Russian state company Sputnik, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and China’s President Xi Jinping attend a live performance marking the seventy fifth anniversary of the institution of diplomatic relations between Russia and China and opening of China-Russia Years of Tradition on the Nationwide Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing on Might 16, 2024. 

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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday described Russian and Chinese language individuals as “brothers eternally,” in a speech earlier than a live performance in Beijing marking 75 years of diplomatic relations between the international locations.

Putin stated Russia-China relations had been at their “highest degree in historical past” with the “character of real complete partnership and strategic interplay,” in keeping with an English transcript printed by the Russian presidential workplace.

“A well-known track of that point, 75 years in the past, is usually carried out immediately. It has a sentence that has turn out to be a catch phrase – “Russian and Chinese language are brothers eternally.” I am assured that we’ll proceed strengthening harmonious Russia-China partnership in this fraternal spirit,” Putin stated.

The international locations have repeatedly emphasised their pleasant relations and so-called “no limits partnership,” with Beijing embroiled in commerce disputes and Moscow largely alienated by the west.

— Jenni Reid

3 Hours In the past

Denmark to ship Ukraine $815 million assist bundle targeted on air protection

Danish International Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen (2nd L) and Danish Protection Minister Troels Lund Poulsen (2nd R) witness an illustration of Bohdana cannons and are launched to army gear throughout a go to in Lviv, Ukraine, on April 27, 2024.

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Denmark’s International Ministry stated Thursday it could ship a brand new donation bundle to Ukraine price 5.6 billion Danish kroner ($815 million), with just below half put aside for air defenses.

The bundle will assist fund an upcoming donation of F-16 fighter jets, extra air defenses, the upkeep of artillery items and the donation of extra artillery items, shells and anti-tank mines, the ministry stated.

Danish Protection Minister Troels Lund Poulsen stated the nation had earmarked an extra 1 billion kroner for buying protection gear from Ukrainian firms, which might be donated instantly.

“Right here, Denmark leads the best way as the primary nation. It is sensible to supply the weapons the place they are going to be used,” Poulsen stated in a Google-translated submit by way of social media platform X.

— Jenni Reid

5 Hours In the past

Zelenskyy meets army leaders in Kharkiv as Russian offensive advances

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has travelled to Kharkiv in northeast Ukraine, the place he was briefed on the battlefield scenario as Russia’s new offensive makes progress.

Zelenskyy stated on Telegram that he had met with Ukraine’s military chief Oleksandr Syrskyi and with different army officers to debate the “operational scenario, duties and desires of every concerned brigade, every unit, particularly within the Kharkiv Area, within the Vovchansk and Lyptsi districts,” in keeping with a NBC Information translation.

Each areas are seen as hotspots within the warfare, with Russian forces occupying components of Vovchansk and on the point of seizing Lyptsi, in keeping with Russian officers.

Ukraine’s army stated earlier on Thursday that it was slowing Russia’s advance and that its items “proceed to hold out fight missions throughout the Vovchansk city growth within the northern a part of town, maintaining the enemy below fireplace management.”

CNBC was unable to confirm the battlefield assessments.

Ukrainian FPV drone pilots, of the ACHILLES battalion of the 92nd brigade, put together and equip night time kamikaze drones for patrolling and defeating enemy forces within the early hours of Might 14, 2024 within the Kharkiv area of Ukraine, close to the border of Russia. 

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In his newest replace, Zelenskyy conceded that the scenario within the Kharkiv area “stays extraordinarily troublesome,” however that it was “typically below management.” He added that Ukraine was “strengthening our items.”

Ukraine’s present fight scenario, forthcoming threats and “Ukrainian alternatives to counter Russian offensive plans” had been additionally mentioned, Zelenskyy stated.

In a subsequent submit, the Ukrainian chief stated he had additionally visited troopers who had been wounded preventing in Kharkiv.

— Holly Ellyatt

6 Hours In the past

China and Russia’s relationship is just not so one-sided, analyst says

Russia is incessantly seen because the junior associate in the case of its partnership with China and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s newest journey to Beijing was seen as a method for Moscow to attempt to extract extra financial and geopolitical assist from China because it pursues its warfare in Ukraine. Analysts are eager to emphasize that the connection is just not all one-sided, nonetheless.

Anna Rosenberg, head of Geopolitics at Amundi, informed CNBC there would possibly quickly come a time when China wants Russia.

“We’re seeing that the sanctions that the West has imposed on [Russia] will proceed to make the warfare effort harder if we look forward to the longer term, so what Russia actually wants from China is various companions and alternative routes to bypass sanctions, in addition to another associate to say to the World South, ‘Look, we even have pals on the planet, we’re not remoted,'” Rosenberg informed CNBC Thursday.

“However once you see the route of journey — of U.S. sanctions towards China, that are doubtless going to extend with extra commerce friction and export controls below no matter new U.S. administration we have now, China will even want pals — that is why they’re additionally relying on the Russia relationship,” she stated.

— Holly Ellyatt

7 Hours In the past

Kyiv dragging U.S. and Europe into a giant warfare, Putin ally says

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) talks to State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin (R).

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The speaker of Russia’s decrease home of parliament, the Duma, accused Ukraine of dragging the U.S. and Europe right into a wider warfare with Russia as a result of it was “shedding on the battlefield.”

“The Kyiv regime is dragging the USA and European international locations into a giant warfare,” Vyacheslav Volodin claimed on Telegram Thursday.

Ukrainian Rada [parliament] MPs are attempting to persuade Washington to permit U.S.-supplied weapons to hit targets on Russian territory. This path results in a tragedy that would have an effect on all the humankind,” he commented.

There was an ongoing debate between Ukraine and its allies over whether or not long-range missiles can be utilized to assault Russia inside its personal territory.

The U.Okay. has given Ukraine the greenlight to make use of long-range “Storm Shadow” missiles to hit targets inside Russia, however the U.S. has been extra cautious about any comparable use of its ATACMS missiles, fearing a deepening of tensions and retaliation. Throughout U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s journey to Kyiv this week, nonetheless, he signaled a shift in that stance, saying it was as much as Kyiv to determine the best way to use U.S.-made weapons.

Volodin, an in depth ally of President Vladimir Putin, stated “any use of American and European weapons to assault Russian peaceable cities will demand that we use extra highly effective weapons to guard the residents of our nation.”

“Western politicians want to appreciate their duty and do every part to not flip the scenario right into a disaster on a worldwide scale,” he stated.

Ukraine’s Western allies say they’re offering Kyiv with the means to defend its territory and sovereignty towards Russia’s unprovoked aggression and unlawful invasion launched in February 2022.

— Holly Ellyatt

8 Hours In the past

Ukrainian forces making an attempt to gradual Russian advance in northeast

Ukraine’s army stated its forces had been working laborious to gradual Russian troops’ advances in northeast Ukraine as a brand new offensive continues to bear fruit for Russia.

In an operational replace on Fb, Ukraine’s Basic Employees stated its protection forces had been stopping Russian items from “transferring deep into our territory” and had “compelled decisive actions to considerably scale back the exercise of Russian occupiers” since Russia launched a brand new offensive in Kharkiv, northeast Ukraine final Friday.

Ukrainian army preserve protection of town on Might 14, 2024 in Vovchansk, Kharkiv Oblast, Ukraine. Greater than 7,000 civilians have already been evacuated from the northern border settlements of Kharkiv Oblast, the place the Russian military launched an offensive on Might 10 and intensified shelling and bombing on this space. The scenario is worsening each day, preventing is already going down on the outskirts of town of Vovchansk. 

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Russian forces continued their try and seize the border city of Vovchansk, Ukraine stated, including that its items “proceed to hold out fight missions throughout the Vovchansk city growth within the northern a part of town, maintaining the enemy below fireplace management.”

“Actions are ongoing, the scenario is below management,” it added.

The destiny of Vovchansk is unsure; on Tuesday, a Russian official claimed Russian forces had management over the western and northern components of the city. However Ukraine’s army appeared to contradict the abstract, stating that the scenario in Vovchansk was “below management.” On Tuesday, nonetheless, it stated that it had withdrawn troops in some areas round Lukyantsi and Vovchansk so as to keep away from losses.

Vovchansk’s native police chief stated Wednesday that Russian forces had been establishing positions contained in the city, saying “the scenario is extraordinarily troublesome. The enemy is taking positions on the streets of the city of Vovchansk.” CNBC was unable to right away confirm the battlefield stories.

— Holly Ellyatt

9 Hours In the past

Kremlin says even China couldn’t make Swiss peace summit simpler

The Kremlin repeated its stance {that a} peace summit set to be held in Switzerland in June is ineffective with out Russia’s participation, and stated that even when China does take part within the occasion, it will not make it simpler.

“It’s unlikely that this convention itself, from our perspective, might be thought to be some form of critical try to seek out methods to a settlement,” Kremlin Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov informed the Izvestia newspaper Thursday.

Switzerland’s President Viola Amherd stated Wednesday that delegations from greater than 50 international locations might be attending the peace summit it is holding on June 15-16, though she stated Switzerland needs to influence extra international locations from the so-called “World South,” in addition to China, to enroll.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy attends a prayer of peace for Ukraine in Lviv on July 8, 2023.

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Beijing has seemed to be lukewarm concerning the convention, nonetheless, saying it ought to embrace Russia. China has already proposed a 12-point peace plan that received a muted reception within the West and was accused of missing a tangible plan to finish the warfare.

Though Moscow has not been invited to the most recent summit, having repeatedly signaled it could not attend in any case, Switzerland has stated Russia should be concerned within the peace course of.

When requested about Beijing’s potential participation within the convention, Peskov stated “China’s balanced method can solely ennoble any convention, from our perspective, however this is not going to add to the effectiveness of this explicit occasion.”

— Holly Ellyatt

9 Hours In the past

Russia and China’s relationship is extra difficult than meets the attention, analysts say

Russia’s relationship with superpower China is within the highlight as President Vladimir Putin meets his Chinese language counterpart Xi Jinping in Beijing.

Each international locations’ ties with the West have turn out to be more and more tense whereas their very own alliance has appeared to blossom.

Analysts say the connection is difficult, nonetheless, with pursuits and desires that deliver them collectively, corresponding to commerce and funding and a shared animosity towards the West, and others that preserve them additional aside, like Russia’s unpredictability on the worldwide stage and the continuing invasion of Ukraine.

Prefer it or not, Russia and China’s relationship is “inescapable,” Sam Greene, director of the Democratic Resilience Program on the Heart for European Coverage Evaluation (CEPA), informed CNBC.

On this pool {photograph} distributed by the Russian state company Sputnik, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and China’s President Xi Jinping attend an official welcoming ceremony in entrance of the Nice Corridor of the Individuals in Tiananmen Sq. in Beijing on Might 16, 2024. 

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“It will be most likely an excessive amount of to name them strategic companions, however they’re strategically aligned in loads of respects, possibly not fully inside their very own making and possibly not fully to their very own liking, however inevitably because of choices they’ve made and choices that Western governments have made that actually have pushed them collectively,” Greene stated Wednesday.

“Neither Putin nor Xi can obtain what they need to obtain, each domestically and internationally, with out the assist of the opposite. Having stated that, it is not symmetrical and China has many, many extra choices and far, far more flexibility than Russia does,” he added.

Learn extra on the story right here

— Holly Ellyatt

10 Hours In the past

Putin heaps reward on Xi, China at begin of state go to

Russian President Vladimir Putin heaped reward on his Chinese language counterpart Xi Jinping throughout a two-day state go to to China.

After the 2 leaders and their delegations held round 45 minutes of talks, Putin stated at a press convention that discussions had been “heat and comradely” and had proven the significance of the connection, in feedback reported by Reuters.

On this pool {photograph} distributed by the Russian state company Sputnik, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and China’s President Xi Jinping attend an official welcoming ceremony in entrance of the Nice Corridor of the Individuals in Tiananmen Sq. in Beijing on Might 16, 2024. 

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He stated it was “logical” that his first international journey after being re-elected to a fifth time period in workplace was to China, Russia’s most necessary ally globally.

Putin thanked Xi for the nice and cozy welcome in the beginning of the journey. Earlier, the leaders had held talks by which Putin stated that they had mentioned commerce and funding, deepening vitality cooperation and the thorny topic of Ukraine.

Putin stated Russia was grateful to China for making an attempt to unravel what Beijing describes because the Ukraine “disaster,” and stated he would transient Xi on the scenario in Ukraine the place Russian forces have been making each day good points throughout a brand new offensive within the northeast.

The leaders earlier signed a joint assertion on deepening their “strategic partnership of cooperation for a brand new period,” Chinese language state media company Xinhua stated. Different Russian and Chinese language officers are reportedly set to signal 10 different paperwork, although it is unsure what these doubtless bilateral agreements pertain to.

— Holly Ellyatt

10 Hours In the past

Russian forces advancing in all instructions in Ukraine, Shoigu says

Sergei Shoigu, the brand new secretary of Russia’s Safety Council, stated Russian forces are advancing in all instructions in Ukraine.

“Because the Supreme Commander-in-Chief [Vladimir Putin] stated, that is seen and apparent, the offensive is underway in all instructions and goes fairly effectively,” Shoigu stated in an interview with VGTRK journalist Pavel Zarubin, reported by RIA Novosti.

Russia’s Protection Ministry stated Wednesday that its forces had taken management of two extra settlements in Ukraine’s Kharkiv area, constructing on each day good points within the northeast as a brand new offensive builds momentum.

Shoigu spoke to pro-Kremlin journalist Zarubin on Thursday as a part of Russia’s delegation to China, the place Russian President Vladimir Putin is making a two-day state go to. Former Protection Minister Shoigu is a part of the delegation to Beijing that additionally contains International Minister Sergei Lavrov, new Protection Minister Andrei Belousov, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov and Central Financial institution head Elvira Nabiullina.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Chinese language President Xi Jinping (R) discuss throughout a bilateral assembly on Might 16, 2024, in Beijing, China. Russian President Vladimir Putin is in China for a two-day state go to. 

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Shoigu was changed by Belousov following a authorities reshuffle by President Vladimir Putin final week. The transfer to the Safety Council was seen as a demotion. Shoigu stated Thursday that his important focus in his new position stays the “particular army operation.”

“It is troublesome to single out any [one task], however the principle process stays a particular army operation – the manufacturing of ammunition, weapons and army gear. I feel that for all of us that is the principle process,” he commented.

— Holly Ellyatt

Wed, Might 15 2024 10:51 AM EDT

Estonia approves use of frozen Russian belongings for Ukraine reparations

The Estonian parliament on Wednesday handed an act enabling Russian-owned belongings which have been frozen below worldwide sanctions for use to compensate Ukraine for warfare damages.

In a press release, Estonia’s Constitutional Committee stated the nation may take a pioneering position in making a authorized framework for the usage of such belongings for reparations.

Underneath the act, a international state that has sustained injury which has been confirmed by worldwide legislation — corresponding to Ukraine — may submit a compensation declare in Estonia.

Circumstances on the usage of belongings as an “advance fee for compensation for injury” would then be agreed with the state making the declare. The hyperlink between the proprietor of the belongings to the unlawful acts must be confirmed.

TALLINN, ESTONIA – MARCH 22: Estonia’s parliament constructing stands on Toompea hill within the historic metropolis middle at twilight on March 22, 2017 in Tallinn, Estonia.

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“Russia is an aggressor state, and the burden of compensating the warfare injury attributable to it can’t be left to Ukraine and its allies. Russia is accountable for inflicting the damages and should bear that duty,” stated Hendrik Johannes Terras, chair of Estonia’s Constitutional Committee.

“Estonia is proposing a mechanism that gives for the legal responsibility of the individuals and firms immediately concerned in or contributing to the aggression,” Terras added.

It comes after European Union ambassadors final week struck an settlement over utilizing the earnings from frozen Russian belongings to assist Ukraine. Particulars haven’t but been launched and the legislation has not been accredited by EU leaders.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday stated Washington has the facility to grab Russian belongings within the U.S. to make use of them to assist rebuild Ukraine, and that it plans to take action.

— Jenni Reid

Wed, Might 15 2024 9:08 AM EDT

Russian protection spending may attain 8.7% of its GDP, Putin says

Russia’s protection and safety spending may complete as a lot as 8.7% or extra of its gross home product this yr, President Vladimir Putin stated Wednesday in a gathering with army commanders, state media company RIA Novosti reported.

“It is a large useful resource, and we’re obliged to make use of it very effectively and successfully,” Putin stated, in keeping with a Google-translation of quotes printed by the state information company.

Social obligations to residents corresponding to schooling and healthcare should additionally proceed regardless of the added bills, Putin stated.

Russia’s president stated the rising quantity of funds used for protection was a key motive for appointing Andrei Belousov as new protection minister.

Belousov was appointed earlier this week, changing former protection minister Sergei Shoigu, who has in flip been made Secretary of Russia’s safety council.

— Sophie Kiderlin

Wed, Might 15 2024 8:04 AM EDT

U.S. to supply extra army funding price $2 billion to Ukraine, Blinken says

Ukraine’s International Minister Dmytro Kuleba shakes palms with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken previous to their talks in Kyiv, on Might 15, 2024. 

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The U.S. will present Ukraine with an extra $2 billion price of army funding, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated Wednesday, including {that a} safety settlement between the U.S. and Ukraine might not be far off.

“We are going to present an extra $2 billion of international army financing for Ukraine,” Blinken stated in a joint press convention with Ukrainian International Minister Dmytro Kuleba. The funds have been put collectively in a “first of it is form defense-enterprise fund,” which goals to supply weapons imminently, enhance Ukraine’s defense-industrial base and assist the nation purchase army gear from elsewhere, he stated.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks throughout a joint press convention with Ukrainian International Minister Dmytro Kuleba, amid Russia’s assault on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine, Might 15, 2024. 

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“We’re speeding ammunition, armored autos, missiles, air protection, speeding them to get to the entrance strains,” Blinken stated.

A safety settlement between the U.S. and the Ukraine is anticipated to be signed inside weeks because the “heavy lifting” has been finished, he stated.

— Sophie Kiderlin

Wed, Might 15 2024 6:29 AM EDT

Zelenskyy postpones international visits

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Wednesday instructed to postpone all of his scheduled international visits for a number of days, a spokesperson introduced on social media.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky waits to greet US Secretary of State previous to their assembly in Kyiv on Might 14, 2024. 

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“Volodymyr Zelenskyy has instructed that each one worldwide occasions involving him scheduled for the approaching days be postponed and new dates coordinated. We’re grateful to our companions for his or her understanding,” Serhii Nikiforov stated in a submit on Fb.

Nikiforov indicated that this got here as Zelenskyy was up to date on the developments within the Kharkiv area, the place Russia launched a recent offensive in latest days.

Zelenskyy was as a result of journey Spain and Portugal later this week.

— Sophie Kiderlin

Wed, Might 15 2024 7:11 AM EDT

Russia says it has taken management of three additional settlements in Ukraine

The Russian protection ministry on Wednesday stated its military had taken management of three additional settlements in Ukraine.

Two of those settlements,  Lukyantski and Hlyboke are within the Kahrkiv area, and one other is within the Zaporizhzhia space, the ministry stated in a number of Google-translated posts on Telegram.

Within the Kharkiv area, Russian forces “additionally superior into the depths of the enemy’s protection” and resisted a number of counterattacks, in keeping with the ministry.

CNBC couldn’t independently confirm developments on the bottom.

Combating within the Kharkiv area within the north-east of Ukraine has intensified in latest days, after Moscow launched an offensive within the space earlier this month. Russia has made territorial good points and seized a number of settlements within the area since.

— Sophie Kiderlin

12 Hours In the past

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