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COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre wants an additional allocation of 3.5 billion crowns ($400 million) for 2022 to bolster Norway’s armed forces and civilian readiness, a NATO member.
Gahr Støre told the Norwegian parliament that the money will be used to “strengthen our ability to prevent, deter and respond to digital attacks”.
“These are necessary steps because we are facing a more unpredictable and aggressive Russian regime,” said Gahr Støre, adding that Russian President Vladimir Putin “has given his nuclear forces the alert. This contributes to more uncertainty in an already tense situation.
He said Norway “is NATO’s eyes in the north”.
In a speech to the Scandinavian country’s parliament on Ukraine, Gahr Støre said Norway was preparing “to handle an extraordinary situation with up to 100,000 refugees”.
“We don’t know how long the war will last, or how many people will come here. But either way, it will put us to the test of history,” he said.
KEY DEVELOPMENTS IN THE RUSSIAN-UKRAINE WAR:
– Rescuers search for survivors in Mariupol theater hit by Russian airstrike; the victims are unclear
– World leaders have again called for an investigation into Russia’s repeated attacks on civilian targets
– Russian media reported that WNBA star Brittney Griner’s detention has been extended until May 19
– An American was among many killed in a Russian attack on the city of Chernihiv in northern Ukraine
— Go to https://apnews.com/hub/russia-ukraine for more coverage
OTHER DEVELOPMENTS TODAY:
LVIV, Ukraine – Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyi said on Telegram on Friday that multiple missiles hit a facility used to repair military aircraft and damaged a bus repair facility, although no casualties were immediately reported .
The factory had suspended work before the attack, the mayor said.
The missiles that hit Lviv were launched from the Black Sea, but two of the six that were launched were shot down, the Ukrainian Air Force’s Western Command said on Facebook.
NEW DELHI – An Indian official said state-owned Indian Oil Corp. had purchased 3 million barrels of crude oil from Russia earlier this week to secure its energy needs, resisting Western pressure to avoid such purchases.
The official said India would seek to buy more oil from Russia despite pleas not to come from the United States and other countries due to the invasion of Ukraine. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to a reporter, said India had no such sanctions.
Imports account for nearly 85% of India’s oil needs. Its demand is expected to jump 8.2% this year to 5.15 million barrels per day as the economy recovers from the ravages of the pandemic.
Associated Press writer Ashok Sharma in New Delhi contributed to this report.
LVIV, Ukraine – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said he was grateful to US President Joe Biden for the additional military aid, but said he would not say specifically what the new package included because he did not want not warn Russia.
“It’s our defense,” he said in his nightly video address to the nation. “When the enemy doesn’t know what to expect from us. As they did not know what awaited them after February 24, the day Russia invaded. “They didn’t know what we had for defense or how we were preparing for the hit.”
Zelenskyy said Russia expected to find Ukraine as it did in 2014, when it seized Crimea without a fight and backed separatists as they took control of the region eastern Donbass. But Ukraine is now a different country, with much stronger defences, he said.
He added that now was also not the time to reveal Ukraine’s tactics in the ongoing negotiations with Russia. “Working more quietly than on TV, radio or Facebook,” Zelenskyy said. “I consider it the right way.”
UNITED NATIONS — The Russian ambassador to the UN says he will not ask for a vote on Friday on his resolution on the humanitarian situation in Ukraine, strongly criticized by Western countries for not mentioning Russia’s responsibility in the war against his little neighbour.
Vassily Nebenzia told the UN Security Council on Thursday that Russia had decided at this stage not to ask for a vote due to pressure from the United States and Albania on UN members to they oppose it, but he stressed that Moscow is not withdrawing the resolution.
Nebenzia said Russia plans to hold a council meeting on Friday to re-discuss its allegations of US “biological labs” in Ukraine, claiming new documents. His initial accusation was made without any evidence and repeatedly denied by US and Ukrainian officials.
U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield responded to Nebenzia’s announcement by stating that “their grotesque humanitarian resolve…was doomed.”
“We know that if Russia really cared about humanitarian crises, the one it created, it could just stop its attacks on the Ukrainian people,” she said. “But instead, they want to call another meeting of the Security Council to use this council as a place for disinformation and to promote their propaganda.”
During last Friday’s council meeting on Russia’s first allegations of US ‘biological activities’, Thomas-Greenfield accused Russia of using the Security Council to ‘lie and spread disinformation’ as part of of a possible false flag operation by Moscow for the use of chemicals or chemicals. biological agents in Ukraine.
UNITED NATIONS – The UN health chief denounced the devastating consequences of the war on the Ukrainian people who face serious disruptions in services and medicines and underlined that “the life-saving medicine we need at this time is peace”.
World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told the UN Security Council on Thursday that the WHO had verified 43 attacks on hospitals and health facilities, killing 12 and injuring 34. .
During a virtual briefing, Tedros said that “the disruption of services and supplies poses an extreme risk to people with cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, HIV and tuberculosis, which are among the leading causes of mortality in Ukraine”.
The WHO chief said displacement and overcrowding caused by people fleeing fighting is likely to increase the risk of diseases such as COVID-19, measles, pneumonia and polio.
In addition, more than 35,000 mentally ill patients in Ukrainian psychiatric hospitals and long-term care facilities face severe shortages of medicine, food, health care and blankets, he said.
So far, the WHO has sent about 100 metric tons (110 tons) of medical supplies – enough for 4,500 trauma patients and 450,000 primary health care patients for a month – to Ukraine along with other equipment. Tedros said the agency was preparing an additional 108 metric tons (119 tonnes) for delivery.
Tedros urged donors to support the huge and growing humanitarian needs in Ukraine and to fully fund the UN’s $1.1 billion humanitarian appeal.
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