NATO predicts 'standstill' in Ukraine for time being as U.S. reopens embassy in Kyiv
Updated: 2022-05-19 17:06:13 KST
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization predicts that neither Ukraine nor Russia will enjoy significant gains on the battlefield in the coming weeks.
That's according to an informed NATO official who did tell CNN on Wednesday, though, there's an ongoing discussion within the alliance that the momentum has shifted considerably in favor of Ukraine.
NATO circles are also allegedly debating whether Kyiv can possibly retake Crimea and the Donbas territories seized by Russia and Russian-backed separatists, respectively.
"And so we see that in the third month of a full-scale war, Russia is trying to find its 'wonder weapon'. Allegedly laser. This all clearly shows the complete failure of the mission."
But the status of the besieged Azovstal steelworks complex in the demolished southern port city of Mariupol, remains unknown with Ukraine tightlipped on the situation and how negotiations to exchange soldiers for Russian prisoners are proceeding.
Moscow now claims that more than 17-hundred Ukrainian troops have surrendered at the steel plant since May sixteenth most of them having been moved to a pre-trial detention center.
In the meantime, the United States has reopened its embassy in Kyiv nearly three months after evacuating American diplomats from there when the war began.
Not long after on Wednesday, the Senate confirmed veteran foreign service officer Bridget Brink as U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, a post that's been vacant since 2019.
This comes as U.S. President Joe Biden gets ready to meet the leaders of Finland and Sweden in Washington on Thursday.
The two European states, in response to Russia's aggressions in Ukraine, formally applied to join NATO just a day earlier a move that's being heavily scrutinized by Turkey but welcomed by the U.S.
"Unanimously, President Biden's national security team emphatically supported the entry of Finland and Sweden into the NATO alliance on the grounds that they have already proven themselves as highly capable security partners."
Russia, meanwhile, reportedly plans on legalizing cryptocurrencies as a means of payment.
It's trade minister Denis Manturov said that day will come "sooner or later" suggesting the government may be edging closer to settling its prior differences with Russia's central bank.
Han Seong-woo, Arirang News.