Azov Sea May Face Extinction Due To Bombings

Fourth EstateThe coast of the Azov Sea at low tide | AlixSaz

Russia’s bombing of the Azovstal steel plant might cause the “complete” extinction of the Sea of Azov. The Mariupol City Council posted on Telegram Wednesday that the bombings in the Azovstal steel plant could damage facilities that contain concentrated hydrogen …

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky Addresses Cannes Film Festival

Fourth EstateUkrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addresses Cannes Film Festival audience

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky delivered a surprise video address at the opening ceremony of the 75th Cannes Film Festival on May 17. “Hundreds of people are dying every day. They won’t get up again after the clapping at the end,” …

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Over 260 Ukrainian Soldiers Evacuated From Besieged Azovstal Steel Plant

Chad NagleAzovstal iron and steel factory, Mariupol, Ukraine - Chad Nagle

Ukraine confirmed on May 16 that it has evacuated over 260 Ukrainian soldiers who were trapped for more than two months in the besieged Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol. The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine announced in …

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Finland, Sweden Confirm Plans to Join NATO

Fourth EstateSweden-Finland Map - Fourth Estate

Finland and Sweden formally announced their plans to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) as a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Finnish President Sauli Niinisto confirmed at a press conference that his country will apply for NATO …

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Russian Operator Cuts Electrical Supply to Finland

Fourth EstateThe Russian electrical generating plant in Balakovo, Saratov Oblast, Russia (file photo) - Alexander Groshev

Russian energy company, RAO Nordic has suspend deliveries of electricity to Finland on Saturday, citing problems with payments. RAO Nordic claims it had not been paid for previous deliveries. “This situation is exceptional and happened for the first time in …

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Video Shows Russian Soldiers Shooting and Killing Unarmed Ukrainian Civilians

Fourth EstateSurveillance footage published by CNN and the BBC shows Russian soldiers shooting two unarmed civilians in the back - Video Screenshot | CNN and/or BBC

Russian soldiers fatally shot two unarmed Ukrainian civilians in the back on the outskirts of Kyiv, surveillance video showed. In the video obtained by CNN and the BBC, two heavily armed Russian soldiers opened fire at an owner of a …

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Germany Gas Importer Breaks Russian Sanctions, Purchases Russian Gas in Rubles

Fourth EstateGazprom building - Ricardo Cabral

At least ten more additional European gas purchasers have opened accounts with Gazprombank JSC, bringing the total number of clients planning to pay for Russian gas in rubles to twenty. According to the source quoted in a report by Bloomberg, …

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Ukraine to Hold First War Crimes Trial of Russian Soldier in Custody

Fourth EstateMariupol - Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine

Ukraine announced on May 11 that it is launching its first war crimes trial in the Russian invasion, in the case of a Russian soldier accused of killing a civilian. Ukrainian Prosecutor-General Iryna Venediktova identified the first Russian service member …

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