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DIRECT. War in Ukraine: Finland to close its border crossing points with Russia

Migrants: Finland to close half of its border crossing points with Russia

Finland will close half of its border crossing points with Russia overnight from Friday to Saturday, accusing Moscow of letting undocumented migrants cross the border, the government announced on Thursday. “The government has taken the decision to close the Vaalimaa, Nuijamaa, Imatra and Niirala crossing points,” Interior Minister Mari Rantanen said at a press conference, with Prime Minister Petteri Orpo accusing Russia of “malice”.

The Russian army increases its pressure on the disputed town of Avdiïvka, according to its mayor

The Russian army has stepped up its assault on the disputed town of Avdiivka in eastern Ukraine in recent days, its mayor, Vitaly Barabach, said on Thursday. The situation there “is very tense”, the official told Ukrainian television about this locality which has become the target of the main Russian offensive on the eastern front. “In recent days, the enemy has become more active, mainly in the direction of (the industrial zone), carrying out offensive actions using armored vehicles,” he continued. The industrial town of Avdiïvka briefly fell in July 2014 into the hands of pro-Russian separatists armed by Moscow.

British Foreign Secretary in Ukraine

The head of British diplomacy, David Cameron, is in Ukraine this Thursday for his first trip abroad after his appointment. He promised President Volodymyr Zelensky continued UK military support for Ukraine. “We will continue to provide you with the moral, diplomatic, economic, but above all military support that you need not only this year, and next year, but also for as long as it takes,” David Cameron said.

Hosted @David_Cameron on his first visit to Ukraine as Foreign Secretary of the UK.

We had a good meeting focused on weapons for the frontline, strengthening air defense, and protecting our people and critical infrastructure.

I am grateful to the UK for its support!

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— Volodymyr Zelenskyy / Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) November 16, 2023

Ukraine’s NATO membership ‘unacceptable’ for Russia

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova says Ukraine’s membership in NATO would be “unacceptable” for Russia, reports the TASS news agency.

Europe presents new package of sanctions against Russia

The European Commission and the head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell presented a 12th phase of sanctions against Russia on Wednesday to the Twenty-Seven. “The High Representative proposes to sanction more than 120 additional individuals and entities for their role in undermining the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine,” the European External Action Service said in a statement. “The proposed measures also target those who organized the last “elections” in the regions of Ukraine temporarily occupied by Russia, those who forced Ukrainian children to undergo “re-education” and those who spread propaganda and false information.”

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