War in Ukraine: What happened this week?

20 May 2022

Russia this week warned of “far-reaching consequences after Finland and Sweden announced their intention to join NATO.

And the UK threatened fresh sanctions against Russia as its invasion of Ukraine continued.

Here, ChamberlinkDaily provides an update on what has happened in the 12th week of the conflict.

Monday 16 May

Finland and Sweden signal their intent to apply for NATO membership, with Russia saying their decision would have ‘far-reaching consequences’ and that the global situation could change ‘radically’ as a result.

The UK Government welcomes announcements from Finland and Sweden regarding their incoming applications for NATO membership.

Tuesday 17 May

President Zelenskyy confirms that negotiations with Russia continue, as does the evacuation mission taking place at Mariupol’s Azovstal steel plant.

Wednesday 18 May

The Office of the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights confirms over 3,750 civilians have been killed in Ukraine since Russia invaded on 24 February.

The European Commission announces an energy plan to reduce EU countries’ reliance on Russian fossil fuels by 2027.

Thursday 19 May

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss announces that the UK will introduce fresh sanctions to stop state-owned Russian airlines Aeroflot, Ural Airlines and Rossiya Airlines from selling their unused landing slots at British airports.

The G& meets to discuss further financial support for Ukraine.

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