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BBC Ukraine Update - 17/05/2022

The Ukrainian community in The Netherlands gathered in Amsterdam to demand the extraction of the Ukrainian soldiers trapped in Mariupols Azovstal. Source: Photo by Ana Fernandez / SOPA Images/Sipa USA

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg has said that Ukraine could win the war as Russia's invasion is not going to plan. He added that Russia's offensive in the eastern Donbas region has stalled, an assessment backed up by the UK's military. Meanwhile - Russia says there will be ‘far reaching consequences’ if Finland and Sweden join NATO. It comes as both countries prepare to take part in some of the biggest ever Nato military exercises in the Baltics. And - The American fast food chain McDonalds is shutting down its business in Russia in response to the war in Ukraine. Here's your update from the BBC....

Ukrainian women are seen holding placards expressing their opinion during the demonstration. The Ukrainian community in The Netherlands gathered at the Dam square in Amsterdam to demand the extraction of the Ukrainian soldiers trapped in Mariupols Azovstal steel plant. Ukraines Azov battalion that has led the defense of Mariupol has posted desperate videos from the plant, saying soldiers are dying from their wounds there. (Photo by Ana Fernandez / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)

 

 Ukrainian police inspect the body of a man reportedly killed in the recent shelling of the city of Kharkiv by Russian forces following its exhumation, Kharkiv, Ukraine, 16 May 2022.
Ukrainian police inspect the body of a man reportedly killed in the recent shelling of the city of Kharkiv by Russian forces following its exhumation, Kharkiv,
EPA/VASILIY ZHLOBSKY

 Ukrainian police inspect the body of a man reportedly killed in the recent shelling of the city of Kharkiv by Russian forces following its exhumation, Kharkiv, Ukraine, 16 May 2022. The man was buried in a garden near his home and his body is expected to be laid to rest at a cemetery. The Ministry of Defence of Ukraine announced on 10 May that Ukrainian troops had recaptured Kharkiv and villages north and northeast of the city from Russian forces and pushed them back to the border. The city of Kharkiv, Ukraine's second-largest, has witnessed repeated airstrikes from Russian forces. On 24 February, Russian troops invaded Ukrainian territory starting a conflict that has provoked destruction and a humanitarian crisis. EPA/VASILIY ZHLOBSKY.

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