A missile hits a military target in the Lviv region hours after Ukraine wins Eurovision

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A missile attack early Sunday hit military infrastructure in Ukraine’s western Lviv region, according to the local governor. The strike came hours after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky hailed hip-hop group Kalush Orchestra’s victory in the Eurovision contest, as the Russian onslaught on Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region appeared to be running out of steam. Follow the FRANCE 24 live blog for the latest developments. All times are Paris time (GMT+2).

8:07 am: Sweden’s ruling party ready to back NATO bid

Sweden’s ruling Social Democrats are set to come out on Sunday in favor of the country joining NATO, paving the way for an application shortly after abandoning decades of military non-alignment following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson’s Social Democrats, the largest party in every election in the last century, have held internal debates over the past week about abandoning a long-standing opposition to NATO membership.

With the party leadership saying it will decide on Sunday and is expected to drop its opposition, support for joining the alliance would have a large majority in Sweden’s Riksdag with much of the opposition already in favour. A formal request by Andersson’s minority government is likely to follow.

7:43 am: Russian offensive in Donbas ‘has lost momentum’: UK military intelligence

Russia’s offensive in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region “has lost momentum and has been significantly delayed,” British military intelligence said early on Sunday.

“Under current conditions, Russia is unlikely to drastically accelerate its rate of advance over the next 30 days,” the British military said in a regular Twitter bulletin.

“Despite initial small-scale gains, Russia has failed to make any substantial territorial gains over the past month while maintaining consistently high levels of attrition,” the publication said, adding that “Russia has now likely suffered losses of a third of the force.” ground combat”. It was committed in February.


7:08 am: missile hits military infrastructure in Lviv region: governor

A missile strike hit some military infrastructure in Ukraine’s western Lviv region early on Sunday, the region’s governor Maxim Kozitsky said in a post on his Telegram messaging app.

“There is no information on deaths or injuries at this time,” Kozitsky said. “The extent of the destruction is becoming clear.”

1:35 am ‘Our music conquers Europe’: Zelensky praises Ukraine’s victory in Eurovision

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky congratulated hip-hop group Kalush Orchestra on their victory at the Eurovision Song Contest in Italy on Saturday night.

“Our courage impresses the world, our music conquers Europe!” Zelensky wrote on Facebook early Sunday, praising the Kalush Orchestra after beating 24 other competitors.

The group’s entry, “Stefania”, which was sung in Ukrainian, fused rap with traditional folk music and was a tribute to the mother of the band’s leader, Oleh Psiuk.

“I thank the Kalush Orchestra for this victory and everyone who gave us their votes! I am sure that the sound of victory in the battle against the enemy is not far away,” he added.

Ukraine claimed victory with a commanding lead in the spectator voting. Sam Ryder from Great Britain finished second, while Chanel from Spain finished third.

It is the third time Ukraine has won the annual competition.

(FRANCE 24 with AP, AFP and REUTERS)

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