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Zelenskyy accuses Russia of genocide of Ukrainian people; Biden welcomes Finland & Sweden's bid to join NATO Updated: 2022-05-20 17:08:30 KST

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in his nightly video address Thursday that the Donbas region has been "completely destroyed" by Russian forces calling their actions a "deliberate and criminal attempt to kill as many Ukrainians as possible."

"It is hell there. And this is not an exaggeration. The brutal and absolutely senseless bombardment of Severodonetsk There were 12 killed and dozens wounded in just one day. The bombardment and shelling of other cities Air and missile strikes by the Russian army"

Citing an informed source, Russian state-owned news agency Tass reports Moscow's state-of-the-art, Su-57 stealth fighter jets have been deployed in Ukraine since two to three weeks after the invasion began.
The situation in the besieged Azovstal steelworks complex in the demolished southern port city of Mariupol, meanwhile, is yet to come to an end.
CNN says it's likely there are still hundreds inside the steel plant possibly including some senior commanders like Major Bohdan Krotevych, chief of staff of the Azov regiment.
According to Moscow as of Thursday, over 1,700 Ukrainian troops have surrendered from the complex since May 16th.
Russia's aggressions have prompted Finland and Sweden to push to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
Turkey, however, has maintained it will say "no" to their entry but leaders of the two Northern European states on Thursday in Washington met with U.S. President Joe Biden, who voiced his wholehearted support for their NATO membership.

"And today I'm proud to assure them that they have the full, total, complete backing of the United States of America. Today, my administration is submitting to the United States Congress reports on NATO accession for both countries"

This came on the same day the U.S. Senate approved a new 40 billion dollar bill to provide Ukraine with both military and humanitarian aid its biggest emergency aid package for the war-stricken country so far.
It will bring the total amount of aid delivered to Ukraine from the U.S. to more than 50 billion dollars.
Han Seong-woo, Arirang News.
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