SEE NEW POSTS Finland’s president urges NATO membership after Russian invasion of Ukraine May 12, 2022 00:57 Share this - Link copied Zelenskyy applauds Finland NATO push Share this - Link copied In Berlin, Ukraine’s Kuleba welcomes positive changes in Germany’s position Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba praised Germany’s response to the war with Russia during his visit to Berlin on Thursday, saying that the country had now taken a leading role following tensions in Berlin-Kyiv relations. In an interview with German broadcaster ARD, Kuleba said there had been positive changes, after Germany decided to deliver heavy weapons to Ukraine and back a proposed E.U. embargo on Russian oil following pressure from its allies. During the top Ukrainian diplomat’s visit, which will also include an appearance at the G7 foreign ministers’ meeting on the German Baltic Sea coast, Kuleba said he plans to lobby for Ukrainian E.U. membership, as well as further sanctions on Russia and a response to food scarcity threatened by the conflict. Share this - Link copied Hockey pals once, Finland and Russian presidents now worlds apart They shared an ice rink and a cordial relationship once, but as Finland announced Thursday its intention to join NATO “without delay,” Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and Finland’s President Sauli Niinisto could not be further apart. Finland’s move in the wake of Russian invasion of Ukraine is bound to redraw Europe’s security map and upset Putin, who cited NATO’s expansion on Russia’s doorstep as one of the existential threats for his nation before he launched the war. Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Finland's President Sauli Niinisto take part in a friendly ice hockey match in Igora resort near St. Petersburg, on June 22, 2012. Alexei Nikolsky / AFP via Getty Images file Now the Nordic nation, which shares an 810-mile border with Russia, is expected to be given rapid accession to join the alliance. There has been no immediate reaction from the Kremlin. Share this - Link copied Ukrainian fighter trapped in Mariupol steel plant asks Elon Musk for help One of the fighters holed up in a steelworks besieged by Russian forces in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol has appealed to SpaceX billionaire Elon Musk to help evacuate them. Many civilians were rescued from the sprawling Azovstal plant last week under an agreement with Russia, but no deal has been reached with Moscow on allowing out hundreds of fighters, some of whom are wounded, after weeks of bombardment. “@elonmusk people say you come from another planet to teach people to believe in the impossible. Our planets are next to each other, as I live where it is nearly impossible to survive,” marine commander Serhiy Volina wrote on Twitter. “Help us get out of Azovstal to a mediating country. If not you, then who? Give me a hint.” Musk, the world’s richest man, owns rocket company SpaceX and electric car maker Tesla, and is planning to buy Twitter. It was not immediately clear whether Musk had seen Volina’s tweet. Share this - Link copied How Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelenskyy became a global phenomenon He’s been described as heroic, inspirational and a “champion” for the democratic world. . . . read the full article here.