LIVE: 80th day of Russian invasion of Ukraine

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The Russian aggression on Ukraine heads into its 80th day. The Ukrainian army started its counteroffensive near the Kharkiv region while the Russian offensive in Donbas still remains unsuccessful. According to Ukrainian sources, the Russian military already lost approximately 27,000 troops, 1,200 tanks and 200 planes.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Saturday said the situation in the Donbas region remained very difficult, adding that Russian forces were still trying to demonstrate some kind of victory.

"On the 80th day of a full-scale invasion this seems especially crazy, but they are not stopping their efforts," he said in a late-night video address.

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NATO will find a sensible solution to accept Finland and Sweden as new members to the alliance despite Turkish concerns, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgar Rinkevics said on Saturday.

"We have had those discussions in the alliance many times before. I think that we have always found sensible solutions and that we will find one this time also," he told reporters as he arrived for a meeting with his NATO counterparts in Berlin.

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The foreign ministers of Finland and Turkey will meet in Berlin on Saturday to try and solve disagreements over Finland's and Sweden's plan to join NATO, Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavesto said.

"I am sure we will find a solution," he told reporters as he arrived for a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Berlin, adding he had spoken to his "good colleague" Mevlut Cavusoglu by phone on Friday. He said, however, that it was unclear how long it would take to find a solution.

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NATO member Turkey has proposed carrying out a sea evacuation of wounded fighters holed up in a steelworks in the southern Ukrainian city of Mariupol, President Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman said on Saturday.

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Hungary's President Katalin Novak at her inauguration ceremony on Saturday condemned Russia's invasion of Ukraine and said her first trip would take her to Poland, in an apparent gesture to mend relations with Warsaw.

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'Ukraine wins Battle of Kharkiv', say US analysts as Russian troops withdraw

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President of Lithuania, Gitanas Nausėda, told AlJazeera in a recent interview that “Ukraine war opened Europe's eyes to Putin’s intentions”.

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The Defence Ministry of Ukraine has published the updated losses of Russian military troops and assets.

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The Russian-imposed military-civilian administration in Kherson announced they will ask Russia to include Kherson Region in the Russian Federation, the UK Ministry of Defence tweeted on Saturday.

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The key to the world's food security is weapons for Ukraine, says Mykhailo Podolyak, an advisor to the Ukrainian president.

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The situation is still dangerous in eastern Ukraine, even for Western journalists.

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US to rotate 10,500 soldiers stationed across Europe, reports The Kyiv Independent.

Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said on May 13 that US Defense Secretary Austin Lloyd ordered the rotation of several brigades. The number of deployed troops in Europe will not change, remaining at roughly 100,000.

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