According to the latest reports, Ukrainian forces have pushed back the Russian army far beyond Kharkiv’s boundaries. Meanwhile, NATO foreign ministers have met in Berlin for an informal summit. The meeting addressed primarily Sweden and Finland’s possible accession into the alliance and Turkey’s concerns over the move. NATO leaders also spoke about the alliance’s support for Ukraine.
⚡️⚡️Azovstal siege appears to end.— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) May 16, 2022
Denys Prokopenko, the commander of Azov special regiment, said on May 16 that Ukrainian soldiers at Azovstal have "fulfilled their orders" and "were distracting the Russian army for 82 days."
⚡️ Kalush Orchestra returns to Ukraine after Eurovision win.— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) May 16, 2022
The Ukrainian band gave an impromptu performance of the winning song, "Stefania," for the members of Ukraine's State Border Guard Service after crossing the border on their way home.
Video: Eurovision Ukraine/Telegram pic.twitter.com/KkRQEfBxfR
Met with Vice-President @MargSchinas to appreciate the work that @EU_Commission is doing to support Ukrainian refugees in the European Union, including meeting their educational, health and social needs. We also focused on importance of granting Ukraine EU candidate status. pic.twitter.com/azDvAobeQR— Dmytro Kuleba (@DmytroKuleba) May 16, 2022
Explaining to @GillianTriggs , @DACchairOECD and DSG OECD Jeffrey Schlagenhauf the measures taken by Poland to effectively support Ukrainians escaping Russian military invasion during Development Co.Op Labs. pic.twitter.com/t6iLHlLMPp— Permanent Representation of Poland to the OECD (@PLPermRepOECD) May 16, 2022
#Norway, #Denmark, and #Iceland promise help to #Finland and #Sweden in case of an attack on them while they are going through the #NATO accession process, a joint statement of the three #Scandinavian countries. pic.twitter.com/59i27soUJA— NEXTA (@nexta_tv) May 16, 2022
⚡️Russian troops attempt to break through Ukrainian border into Sumy Oblast.— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) May 16, 2022
Russian troops used mortars, grenade launchers, machine guns, and assault rifles while sending a group of saboteurs into the region on the morning of May 16, the State Border Guard said.
Discussed with @SecDef the situation on the battlefield & military needs of ����. Told him how #UAarmy successfully uses M777. We also discussed his call with ���� defmin. Grateful to ���� in general & Lloyd Austin III personally for the unwavering diplomatic & military support of ���� pic.twitter.com/4XaxmBQDYN— Oleksii Reznikov (@oleksiireznikov) May 16, 2022
⚡️Ukraine's military: Russian forces not advancing in Kherson, Mykolaiv oblasts.— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) May 16, 2022
According to a May 16 report, Russians are not conducting active offensive operations in southern Kherson and Mykolaiv oblasts. They continue to strengthen their positions in the occupied areas.
⚡️Mayor of Melitopol: Up to 50% of residents fled the occupied city.— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) May 16, 2022
Ivan Fedorov said on TV that up to 65,000 residents have escaped Russian-occupied Melitopol. According to the official, nearly 70,000 remain in the city.
⚡️Chernihiv starts restoration of critical infrastructure.— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) May 16, 2022
Chernihiv Oblast Governor Viacheslav Chaus said on May 16 that the authorities were starting to restore power grids, water supply facilities, hospitals, and kindergartens damaged by the Russian war.
‼️The #Ukrainian State Border Guard Service reported an attempt to break through the border in #Sumy region.— NEXTA (@nexta_tv) May 16, 2022
The attempted breakthrough failed and the occupiers were repulsed. pic.twitter.com/GZuWOFgOQW
These are the indicative estimates of Russia’s combat losses as of May 16, according to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/NsrOtRZQA7— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) May 16, 2022
In order to stop #Russia's offensive in the direction of #Severodonetsk and #Lysychansk, #Ukrainian forces destroyed railway bridges seized by the enemy in the key link between Rubizhne and Severodonetsk in the #Luhansk region, reports head of the Luhansk regional administration. pic.twitter.com/8TC4z8wsrz— NEXTA (@nexta_tv) May 16, 2022
⚡️Russian forces shell residential area in Mykolaiv.— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) May 16, 2022
Mayor Oleksandr Sienkevych, a local store and a car were caught on fire, and a gas pipeline was damaged as a result of the attack on the morning of May 16. No casualties have been reported.
Photo: State Emergency Service pic.twitter.com/fonG4n7q4U
⚡️UK Intelligence: Lukashenko ‘likely balancing’ support for Russia’s war with desire to avoid direct military participation.— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) May 16, 2022
Belarus’ deployment of “special operations forces along the Ukraine border” will likely fix Ukrainian troops, so they cannot deploy to the Donbas. pic.twitter.com/iCM1w30QAq
Mayor of #Moscow Sobyanin said that the Moscow plant "#Renault" will resume production of cars under the brand "Moskvitch".— NEXTA (@nexta_tv) May 16, 2022
Moskvitch was a Soviet/Russian automobile brand which ceased production in 2002.
⚡️Prosecutor General’s Office: Russia war has killed 227 children, wounded 421 as of May 16.— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) May 16, 2022
The office also said 1,748 educational institutions have been damaged, of which 144 have been completely destroyed.
⚡️Blinken: US embassy will resume operations 'very soon.'— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) May 16, 2022
Speaking in Berlin on May 15 during meetings with NATO, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the U.S. embassy is taking all necessary precautions, but that work is underway to resume operations in Kyiv very soon.