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World News 11.05: Azovstal under siege, USD 40 bln US aid to Ukraine

The situation in the besieged city of Mariupol is worsening, as the Russian troops continue intense attacks on the Azovstal steel plant, where Ukrainian fighters refuse to lay down their arms. The wounded Ukrainian soldiers trapped in the bunkers cannot receive medical treatment. Meanwhile, the US has prepared a USD 40 billion aid package for Ukraine – the bill is now headed to Congress.

Azovstal under siege

The situation of Ukrainian defenders of Mariupol is worsening. The Russian military is conducting dozens of airstrikes on their stronghold every day. A number of wounded soldiers remain in the facility, without access to adequate medical care.

Russian reaction

The Polish ambassador in Moscow has been summoned to the Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry this Wednesday. The reason – an incident that occurred in his home country just two days prior, when a Russian diplomat was doused with red paint by a Ukrainian anti-war protester.

USD 40 bln US aid to Ukraine

The United States House of Representatives passed a USD 40 billion aid package to Ukraine in support of their struggles against the Russian invasion. The bill is now headed to Congress and is expected to be acted on swiftly.

Ukraine at Eurovision

After two turbulent years due to the pandemic, the Eurovision Song Contest returns. One of the focal points of this year’s edition in Italy is the Ukrainian participants, who have already managed to captivate audiences at this year’s edition.

Inflation in Europe

European countries are experiencing some of the highest inflation rates in decades, with no signs of stopping. A number of factors have compounded to cause such an uncertain situation. Central banks and other financial institutions are understandably concerned and have announced they would be using tools at their disposal to not let matters get out of hand.

Al-Jazeera journalist dead

Renowned Al-Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh was shot dead during an operation of the Israeli forces in the West Bank. The journalist’s colleagues who were also wounded during the incident and Palestinian authorities have blamed the Israeli troops for her death, but Israel’s officials have so far denied responsibility.

Support for Sweden and Finland

The United Kingdom has intensified its security cooperation with Sweden and Finland by signing new security deals with the countries. During his visit to the countries, the British Prime Minister Johnson also declared solidarity with the Swedes and Finns in light of their NATO aspirations.

Japan-Finland talks

The Prime Ministers of Finland and Japan have met to discuss current security affairs, as Finland’s NATO membership has become a serious consideration on the world stage. The two leaders have also criticised the United Nations’ actions when it comes to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Visiting European military drills

TVP World Don Arleth reports from the special military facility where Defender Europe 2022 drills are taking place right now with the participation of troops of allied countries. While being in Drawsko Pomorskie, Don conducted an interview with one of the commanders of American troops exercising on site, Lieutenant Colonel Charles Bies (Battalion Commander, 4th Infantry Division, US Army).

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