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  • Ukrainian and Russian officials say peace talks have stalled
  • Russian Deputy PM visits Kherson, hints at region’s joining Russia
  • EU to unveil plan to move away from Russian foreign fuels

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Peace talks stagnate — Ukrainian and Russian officials

Ukrainian and Russian officials said negotiations between the two countries had stalled.

Moscow has accused Ukraine of hardening its position. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Rudenko said kyiv had “virtually withdrawn from the negotiation process”.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Western countries want to use Ukraine to their strategic advantage. He argued that no peace deal can be reached if negotiators focus on Western concerns rather than the immediate situation in Ukraine.

“We always say we are ready for negotiations…but we had no other choice,” Lavrov said.

Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said the talks are “on hold” as Russia is unwilling to accept it “will not achieve any goals”.

“Russia is not demonstrating a key understanding of the current processes in the world,” Podolyak said, according to Ukrainian media. “And its extremely negative role.”

Lavrov says NATO membership of Finland and Sweden doesn’t make ‘a big difference’

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Finland and Sweden joining NATO would not make “much difference”.

“Finland and Sweden, as well as other neutral countries, have participated in NATO military exercises for many years,” Lavrov said.

“NATO takes their territory into account when planning military advances to the East. So in that sense there is probably not much difference. Let’s see how their territory is used in practice in the alliance of the North Atlantic.”

Visit of the Russian Deputy Prime Minister to the Kherson region

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin visited the Kherson region in southern Ukraine.

RIA Novosti reported that Khusnullin said the region would take a “worthy place in our Russian family”. Kherson is under Russian occupation.

On May 1, Moscow introduced the Russian ruble as the official currency in the region.

A few days ago, the Russian-installed local government in Kherson announced its intention to appeal to Moscow for the right to be part of the Russian Federation.

EU to unveil plan to end dependence on Russian fossil fuels

The European Commission will unveil a 210 billion euro ($222 billion) plan to end Europe’s reliance on Russian fossil fuels by 2027 and accelerate the shift to green energy.

Russia supplies 40% of the EU’s gas and 27% of its imported oil.

According to draft documents cited by Reuters, Brussels plans to import more non-Russian gas, implement faster deployment of renewable energy and make efforts to save energy.

Summary of the events of Tuesday’s Ukraine-Russia crisis

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy gave a surprise video speech at the opening ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival. The former actor-turned-statesman asked for the film world’s solidarity with his people in the face of the Russian invasion.

The International Criminal Court has sent war crimes investigators to Ukraine in what it called the largest such deployment in ICC history.

Eight people were killed and 12 injured in a Russian airstrike on the village of Desna in the Chernihiv region of northern Ukraine, the regional emergency service said.

Finland’s parliament has overwhelmingly approved a proposal for NATO membership.

The Ukrainian military said it was working to evacuate all remaining troops from the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Turkish concerns about Finland and Sweden’s possible membership in the alliance should be taken into account.

The city of Lviv in western Ukraine was reportedly hit by at least eight explosions.

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si/jsi (AP, AFP, Reuters, dpa)

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