Russo-Ukrainian War: List of Key Events, Day 80

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Here are the key events so far on Saturday, May 14.

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Struggle

  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that although the Ukrainians are doing everything they can to drive out the Russians, “no one today can predict how long this war will last.” “It will unfortunately not only depend on our people, who are already giving their all. It will depend on our partners, on European countries, on everyone free.
  • Zelenskyy said talks with Russia to get injured defenders out of the Azovstal factory in Mariupol were very complex, adding that kyiv was using influential intermediaries.
  • The deputy commander of the Azov regiment, the last unit of the Ukrainian army resisting in the ruined port city, said his troops will resist Russian forces “as long as they can” despite shortages of ammunition, food , water and medicine.
  • The Ukrainian military said Russian forces continued their offensive in the east of the country, attacking new towns and villages.
  • More than six million refugees have fled Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion, according to the UN.
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Diplomacy

  • German Chancellor Olaf Scholz spoke by telephone with Russian President Vladimir Putin for the first time since late March.
  • US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin called for an immediate ceasefire when he spoke by telephone with his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu for the first time since the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, the Pentagon said.
  • Current international security issues were discussed by Austin and Shoigu, including Ukraine, TASS news agency quoted the Russian Defense Ministry as saying.
  • Ukraine’s foreign minister said his country remained willing to engage in diplomatic talks with Russia to unblock grain supplies and reach a political solution to the war.
  • The United States has accused Russia of using the UN Security Council to spread disinformation and conspiracy theories about biological weapons in Ukraine to distract from its war against its smaller neighbor.
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Economy and NATO

  • Foreign ministers from the G7 group of wealthy nations have backed giving more aid and arms to Ukraine in what Germany called a “powerful sign of unity” to deepen the global isolation of Russia.
  • The world will not run out of oil even with a drop in production from sanctions-hit Russia, the International Energy Agency has said. It cut its forecast for supply losses to one million barrels per day (bpd) from 1.5 million bpd forecast last month.
  • The European Union is hoping for a deal to impose a phased embargo on Russian oil this month despite concerns over supplies in Eastern Europe, diplomats have said.
  • Natural gas prices rose after state-owned Russian exporter Gazprom said it would no longer send supplies to Europe through a pipeline in Poland.
  • Sweden’s NATO membership would boost national security and help stabilize Nordic and Baltic regions, Sweden’s foreign minister says, a day after Finland announced it would seek to join the alliance led by the United States.
  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country was “not in favor” of Finland and Sweden joining NATO, indicating that Turkey could use its membership in the Western military alliance to oppose its veto on the admission of the two countries.
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