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Putin's 'ambitions to make a greater Russia': Truss says Moldova to be 'equipped' to guard against advances

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss stated that Ukraine’s neighbor Moldova should be “equipped according to NATO standard” in order to protect it from potential Russian aggression.

She stated that the UK was discussing the possibility with its allies because Vladimir Putin has been “clear” about his ambitions to create an even greater Russia.

Ms Truss stated that the goal was to make Ukraine “permanently capable of defense itself”, which also applies to other “vulnerable countries” like Moldova, which isn’t a NATO member.

She stated that she would like to see Moldova conform to NATO standards. “This is a conversation we have with our allies.”


When asked if Russia is a security threat to Moldova she answered: “Absolutely.” Putin has made it clear that he wants to build a stronger Russia.

“And just because his attempts at taking Kyiv failed doesn’t mean that he has abandoned these ambitions.”

Image Liz Truss claims that Vladimir Putin is ‘clear’ about his ambitions to build a bigger Russia’

Russia claims that it has taken control of Mariupol in Ukraine, and Moscow is being held financially responsible for the “crimes” committed in Ukraine.

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President Volodymyr Zilenskyy called on allies to sign multilateral agreements to force it to happen. “Evil must be addressed.”

He said that it was an important step, not just in the context this war, but also in the context any other aggressive actions by Russia or any other potential aggressors.

He added, “Evil must answer and know it will be punished.”

Other important developments:

According to the UK Ministry of Defence, Russia may be suffering from a shortage of drones capable of performing reconnaissance strikes on aircraft and artillery.

* The Royal Family of Britain is reportedly offering accommodation for Ukrainian families fleeing their homeland

Three people were reported to have been killed when Russian forces opened fire on a school in Severodonetsk, an eastern Ukrainian city.

* The Cannes Film Festival red carpet was taken from a semi-naked protester, painted in the colors of the Ukrainian flag.

The Kremlin announced that Garry Kasparov, a chess grandmaster and Mikhail Khodorkovsky, an ex-oil tycoon, have been added to Russia’s list of “foreign agents”.

* Wimbledon has been removed from its ranking points after it banned players representing Russia and Belarus from participating in the tournament.

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Russian “liberation”

As Russia claimed that it had taken complete control of Mariupol, convoys of buses carrying Ukrainian fighters departed Azovstal’s steel plant on Friday.

Russian defense minister Sergei Shoigu reported President Putin of the “complete liberation” of Mariupol’s Azovstal steel mill, which was the last stronghold of Ukrainian resistance.

Ukraine did not immediately confirm the news.

Image Mariupol buildings were heavily damaged

Continue reading: This is the site where ‘hundreds of Russians were killed in an attempt to cross the river

According to Mr Konashenkov, 2,439 Ukrainian fighters had surrendered at the steelworks since Monday. This includes more than 500 on Friday.

The Russians took the troops prisoner as they surrendered. At least some were taken into a former penal colony. Some others were taken to a hospital, where Moscow claimed they had been treated.


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