U.S. Senate advances nearly $40 billion Ukraine aid bill
The U.S. Senate advanced a nearly $40 billion aid package for Ukraine.
The chamber voted to move ahead with the bill by an 88-11 margin. All of the senators who opposed the measure were Republicans.
A final vote on the military and humanitarian assistance could take place as soon as Thursday. Once the Senate passes the bill, it will head to President Joe Biden’s desk for his signature.
Senate leaders wanted to approve the bill quickly last week, but Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., blocked the unanimous consent needed to pass it.
— Jacob Pramuk
WHO wants investigation into Russian attack on Ukrainian health facilities
The World Health Organization called for investigations into Russian attacks on health-care facilities and ambulances in Ukraine.
The global health agency has documented 226 attacks since Russia invaded its neighbor on Feb. 24, according to Dr. Hans Kluge, WHO regional director for Europe. At least 75 people died and 49 were injured in the attacks, he said.
“These attacks are not justified and they are never OK. And they must be investigated,” Kluge said during a press briefing at the Ukraine Media Center in Kyiv.
The WHO will contribute to any investigation that takes place in the future, Kluge added.
— Annika Kim Constantino
Cannes Film Festival opens with Zelenskyy video address
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiyy is seen on a screen as he delivers a video address at the 75th Cannes Film Festival – Opening ceremony, May 17, 2022.
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After a canceled 2020 edition and a scaled back gathering last year, the Cannes Film Festival kicked off with an eye turned to Russia’s war in Ukraine and a video message from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
Formally attired stars including Eva Longoria, Julianne Moore, Bérénice Bejo and “No Time to Die” star Lashana Lynch were among those who streamed down Cannes’ famous red carpet for the opening of the 75th Cannes Film Festival and the premiere of Michel Hazanavicius’ zombie comedy “Final Cut.”
More star-studded premieres — “Top Gun: Maverick!” “Elvis!” — await over the next 12 days, during which 21 films will vie for the festival’s prestigious top award, the Palme d’Or. But the opening and the carefully choreographed red-carpet parade leading up the steps to the Grand Théâtre Lumiére again restored one of the movies’ grandest pageants after two years of pandemic that have challenged the exalted stature Cannes annually showers on cinema.
But the war in Ukraine remained in Cannes’ spotlight. During the festival’s opening ceremony, Zelenskyy spoke at length about the connection between cinema and reality, referencing films like Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now” and Charlie Chaplin’s “The Great Dictator” as inspirations to him.
“The power they’ve taken from the people will be returned to the people,” said Zelenskyy.
— Associated Press
State Department launches new program to track Russian war crimes in Ukraine
Ukrainian police officers document the destruction at one of Europe’s largest clothing market “Barabashovo” (more than 75 hectares) in Kharkiv on May 16, 2022, which was destroed as aresult of…