Ukraine war situation report – day 82
May 16, 2022 - NATO’s secretary general Jens Stoltenberg says Russia's war in Ukraine is not going to plan and that its attempt to capture the eastern Donbas region has “stalled”.
Speaking at a meeting of NATO foreign ministers, Stoltenberg also said that Ukraine could win the conflict.
The comments come as Britain's Ministry of Defence (MoD) estimates Russia has lost about a third of its ground combat force since the war began in February.
An Ukrainian counteroffensive continues to push Russian troops north from the city of Kharkiv, with the first Ukrainian battalion reportedly reaching the Russian border.
In a strategic blow for Russia, which has long opposed NATO expansion, Finland confirmed it would apply to join the Atlantic military alliance.
Sweden's ruling Social Democrats also backed NATO membership, paving the way for an application and abandoning decades of military nonalignment.