Finland Prime Minister visits Ukraine

Finland Prime Minister visits Ukraine

Finland Prime Minister Sanna Marin has become the latest European leader to visit Ukraine.

 

Marin met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv.

 

Finnish public broadcaster YLE says she also visited the towns of Bucha and Irpin where Russian soldiers are alleged to have killed civilians.

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Zelenskyy thanked Marin for Finland’s weapons deliveries and its support for sanctions against Russia.

 

Jolted by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Finland recently broke with its policy of non-alignment and applied for membership in NATO, together with neighboring Sweden.

 

Images show destroyed university in Irpin

 

A view of the destroyed State Tax University, which civilians used as a shelter during Russian attacks in Irpin, Ukraine.

 

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A view of destroyed State Tax University; which was used as shelter by civilians during Russian attacks, in Irpin, Ukraine on May 25, 2022.
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KYIV, UKRAINE - MAY 25: A view of destroyed State Tax University, which was used as shelter by civilians during Russian attacks, in Irpin, Ukraine on May 25, 2022. (Photo by Dogukan Keskinkilic/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
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KYIV, UKRAINE - MAY 25: A view of destroyed State Tax University, which was used as shelter by civilians during Russian attacks, in Irpin, Ukraine on May 25, 2022. (Photo by Dogukan Keskinkilic/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Meanwhile, Russia’s expanding presence on the African continent might pose a “worrying”threat to the southern flank of NATO; Spain’s Defense Minister Margarita Robles and British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace stated at a joint press conference in Madrid on Wednesday. 

African nations such as Libya and Mali see increased activities of both the Russian government and the nation’s private security companies like the Wagner Group; the two defense chiefs claimed, adding that such developments are “very clear” and; Moscow could use it as leverage against Europe or NATO.

 

Robles and Wallace linked Russia’s activities to the rising threat of organized crime and terrorism in the region, saying that; if coupled with growing instability and the risk of hunger in Africa; such developments can pose a serious risk to Europe.

 

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