BEIJING, May 27 (Xinhua) -- The following are the latest developments in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine:
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Thursday he had discussed the supplies of heavy weapons to Ukraine with German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock.
"We need more heavy weapons delivered as soon as possible, especially MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket Systems), to repel Russian attacks," Kuleba tweeted after the talks.
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday met with Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin and discussed Ukraine's European integration and post-conflict recovery, Zelensky's press service reported.
At the talks in Kiev, Zelensky thanked the Finnish government for providing financial, defense and humanitarian aid for Ukraine and imposing sanctions on Russia.
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Russia on Friday expelled five employees of the Croatian embassy here in a retaliatory move.
The Russian Foreign Ministry summoned the Croatian ambassador to Russia and protested against "the groundless attempts of the Croatian authorities to blame Russia for war crimes in Ukraine" and the Croatian military assistance to Ukraine.
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Matteo Salvini, leader of the League party in Italy's government coalition, said Thursday that the country should stop supplying military equipment to Ukraine and use negotiations to help push for an end to the conflict.
"The most powerful weapon will be diplomacy, not missiles or warheads," said Salvini, a senator and former deputy prime minister. "I am counting on no more talk of sending weapons but of sending diplomats." ■