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  • Russia-Ukraine war: what we know on day 83 of the invasion
    by Martin Belam and Léonie Chao-Fong on May 17, 2022 at 6:05 pm

    Fate of Ukrainian soldiers unclear after evacuation from Mariupol; peace talks stall between Russia and UkraineRussia-Ukraine war: latest updatesThe fate of more than 260 Ukrainian soldiers who have ended weeks of resistance at the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol remains unclear, after the fighters surrendered and were transferred to Russian-controlled territory. Ukraine’s deputy defence minister said they would be swapped in a prisoner exchange, but some Russian officials said they could be tried or even executed.Eight people have died and 12 were wounded after Russia launched a missile strike on the village of Desna in the northern Ukrainian region of Chernihiv, according to Ukraine’s state emergency service. The regional governor, Viacheslav Chaus, said Russia launched four missiles at around 5am local time on Tuesday. Two of the missiles hit buildings in the village, he said.Peace talks between Russia and Ukraine have stalled, according to both sides. Ukrainian negotiator, Mykhailo Podolyak, said negotiations with Russia have been suspended, blaming Moscow’s “stereotypical mindset”. Russia’s deputy foreign minister, Andrei Rudenko, said that virtually no peace talks are going on at the moment and blamed Ukraine for having “practically withdrawn” from the process.France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, promised his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, that French arms deliveries to Kyiv would intensify in the coming days, the Élysée said. Zelenskiy said he had a “long and meaningful” conversation with Macron.The EU’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, said Russian forces may have suffered “impressive losses” since their invasion of Ukraine. He told reporters: “If it is true that Russia has lost 15% of their troops since the beginning of the war, this is a world record of the losses of an army invading a country.” Borrell also said all EU member states will support Finland and Sweden in joining Nato.Finland’s parliament has overwhelmingly approved a government proposal to join Nato, a day after Sweden confirmed its intention to join the alliance. Finnish president, Sauli Niinistö, said he was sure both countries would overcome Turkish opposition to their historic membership bids.Niinistö and Sweden’s prime minister, Magdalena Andersson, will meet the US president, Joe Biden, on Thursday, the White House said. The leaders are expected to discuss Finland and Sweden’s Nato applications, European security and support for Ukraine amid Russia’s invasion, it said.Russia’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, has said that Finland and Sweden joining Nato would probably make “not much difference”. The two Nordic countries “have been participating in Nato military exercises for many years,” Lavrov said.The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has said that by abandoning Russian energy supplies, Europe risked paying the most expensive energy prices in the world. Speaking at a meeting with domestic oil managers and government officials, Putin said it was impossible for some European countries to quickly ditch Russian oil. Continue reading...

  • Wisconsin electors and voter file lawsuit against fraudulent 2020 Trump electors
    by Sam Levine in New York on May 17, 2022 at 6:04 pm

    Suit seeks fines and damages from those casting fake ballots and prohibition from serving the futureTwo of Wisconsin’s presidential electors and a voter in the state filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to punish a group of Republicans who tried to cast fake electoral votes for Donald Trump in 2020, asking a state court to order them to pay up to $2.4m collectively in damages and bar them from ever serving as legitimate electors in a presidential election.Wisconsin was one of seven states Trump lost in 2020 where allies cast an alternative set of electoral votes as part of his effort to overturn the election. The suit, filed by Law Forward and the Georgetown Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection (Icap) on behalf of the legitimate electors, is the first of its kind seeking civil punishments against the electors. Federal prosecutors and the January 6 commission are reportedly also reviewing the fake slates. Continue reading...

  • Biden tells Buffalo shooting mourners: ‘Evil will not win. Hate will not prevail’ – live
    by Richard Luscombe on May 17, 2022 at 6:04 pm

    Americans urged to ‘speak up and reject white supremacy’FDA approves Covid booster for children five to 11Mehmet Oz among contenders on Republican primary daySign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by emailMy colleague Ed Helmore is at the site of Saturday’s mass shooting in Buffalo, and sent this dispatch about the importance to the predominantly Black community of the supermarket where it happened: Tops Friendly on Jefferson Avenue in East Buffalo was more than just a grocery store. It served as community center, a place to hang out, a source of employment – and a spot for healthy sustenance unavailable at bodega stores in an area described as the oasis in a food desert. Continue reading...

  • Russia-Ukraine war: questions over future of evacuated Azovstal fighters; peace talks stall – live
    by Lauren Aratani (now); Léonie Chao-Fong, Martin Belam and Helen Livingstone (earlier) on May 17, 2022 at 6:02 pm

    Duma appears to be trying to keep Azov battalion fighters out of prisoner swap deal; Ukraine blames Russia’s ‘stereotypical mindset’ for stop in talksFate of hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers unclear as Azovstal resistance endsDefenders of Mariupol: battle that gripped the worldLosses in Ukraine test Russians’ faithFinnish parliament approves plan to join NatoWhat we know on day 83 of the invasionThe evacuation of Ukrainian fighters from Mariupol’s Azovstal steel plant, their last remaining redoubt in the city, began on Monday. Here are some images from that evacuation:A village in Russia’s western province of Kursk bordering Ukraine came under Ukrainian fire on Tuesday, regional governor Roman Starovoit said, according to Reuters, but there were no injuries, although three houses and a school were hit. Continue reading...

  • Canada: trial of white men who killed two Indigenous hunters in 2020 begins
    by Leyland Cecco in Toronto on May 17, 2022 at 6:00 pm

    Roger Bilodeau and his son Anthony Bilodeau believed that Jacob Sansom and Maurice Cardinal were thieves, court hearsTwo white Canadian men followed and then shot dead two Indigenous hunters because they believed they were thieves, prosecutors have told a court at the start of a murder trial in Alberta.Roger Bilodeau, 58, and his son Anthony Bilodeau, 33, have both pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder over the deaths of Jacob Sansom and his uncle, Maurice Cardinal in March 2020. Continue reading...

  • Mexican farmers demand redress for illegal mining and violence on their land
    by Haroon Siddique Legal affairs correspondent on May 17, 2022 at 5:56 pm

    Owners of community land bought shares to join annual meeting of Fresnillo, a Mexican FTSE 100 companyMexican farmers have travelled to London to demand that a FTSE 100 company compensates them for illegal mining on their land and explain violence against anti-mining activists.Penmont mining, a subsidiary of Fresnillo, was ordered by an agrarian court in Mexico in 2013 to pay members of El Bajío community, the co-owners of common land in Sonora, north-west Mexico, for the gold extracted and to restore the land to its original state. Continue reading...

  • Alarm as leak reveals Prevent ‘carrying the weight’ for mental health services
    by Jessica Elgot and Jamie Grierson on May 17, 2022 at 5:56 pm

    People ‘who do not necessarily pose terrorism risk’ referred to anti-extremism programme to speed up access to supportMental health campaigners have sounded the alarm over a leaked review of anti-extremism programme Prevent, which suggests those without extremist views are being referred to the programme to access faster mental health services.Draft extracts of the leaked report by William Shawcross, seen by the Guardian, warn of a “serious misallocation of resources” and that the programme is being misused because of the strain on mental health provision. Continue reading...

  • Fate of hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers unclear as Azovstal resistance ends
    by Shaun Walker in Kyiv and Andrew Roth on May 17, 2022 at 5:52 pm

    Ukraine says there will be prisoner swap but some Russian officials have said forces could be tried or executedRussia-Ukraine war: latest updatesThe fate of hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers who have ended weeks of resistance at the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol remains unclear, after the fighters surrendered and were transferred to Russian-controlled territory.Ukraine’s deputy defence minister said they would be swapped in a prisoner exchange, but some Russian officials said on Tuesday they could be tried or even executed. MPs in Russia’s State Duma said they would propose new laws that could derail prisoner exchanges of fighters who Moscow claims are “terrorists”. Continue reading...

  • Ukraine farming group warns of ‘cascade of export bans’ without new grain routes
    by Sarah Butler on May 17, 2022 at 5:42 pm

    Opening up road and rail routes would do little to ease Ukraine’s grain and oilseeds bottleneck, MHP saidOne of Ukraine’s largest farming groups has called for an urgent solution to unblock the country’s Black Sea ports as exports of grain, sunflower and rapeseed are being held up by the Russian naval blockade, driving inflation and shortages around the world.G7 ministers have held urgent talks about trying to open routes through Romanian and Baltic ports, potentially fed with an army of 10,000 trucks making a five-day trip from Ukraine. Continue reading...

  • Woman convicted of murdering baby she wanted to adopt
    by Mark Brown North of England correspondent on May 17, 2022 at 5:40 pm

    Leiland-James Corkill was placed with Laura Castle in Cumbria months before his death from head injuriesA former care worker who used physical force and lost her temper with a baby boy she was in the process of adopting has been found guilty of murder.Laura Castle violently shook the baby to death because he wouldn’t stop crying after his breakfast, a court heard. Continue reading...