NATO warships arrive at Finnish port for training exercises
Three NATO warships arrived in the southwestern Finnish port of Turku on Monday to train with Finland’s navy as Helsinki considers the possibility of joining the U.S.-led alliance amid increased tensions with Russia over Ukraine.
Latvian minelayer LVNS Virsaitis and minehunters Estonian ENS Sakala and Dutch HNLMS Schiedam will train with two minehunters from Finland’s coastal fleet, the Finnish defence forces said in a statement.
The two-day exercise, set to commence on April 28, will prepare the Finnish ships to take part in NATO response forces in 2022 and focus on “mine countermeasures and working in a multinational framework”, the statement said.
Russia sends strong warning to U.S
Russia on Monday warned the United States of America, U.S., against sending more arms to Ukraine.
The country’s ambassador to Washington warned that large Western deliveries of weapons were inflaming the conflict and would lead to more losses.
Russia’s Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine has killed thousands of people, displaced millions more, and raised fears of a wider confrontation between Russia and the U.S., by far the world’s two biggest nuclear powers.
The U.S. has ruled out sending its own or NATO forces to Ukraine but Washington and its European allies have supplied weapons to Kyiv such as drones, Howitzer heavy artillery, anti-aircraft Stinger, and anti-tank Javelin missiles.
Anatoly Antonov, Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., said such arms deliveries were aimed at weakening Russia but that they were escalating the conflict in Ukraine while undermining efforts to reach some sort of peace agreement.
“What the Americans are doing is pouring oil on the flames.”
Nigeria Needs Detribalised, Firm, Effective President – Amaechi
Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation, stated on Monday that the country needed a detribalized, firm, and effective personality to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2023 general elections.
He stated that the country’s current multifaceted challenges could only be handled by an experienced person with a track record of solving similar challenges in the past.
Amaechi stated this in Akure, the Ondo State capital, when he visited the Palace of Deji of the Akure Kingdom, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlusi, and the All Progressives Congress (APC) Secretariat to solicit their support for his presidential ambition.
Death toll from Imo illegal refinery explosion now 110 – NEMA
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) says the death toll from the explosion that rocked an illegal oil refinery site in Abaeze community Ohaji/Egbema LGA of Imo state has risen to 110.
The incident occurred on Friday night.
Ifeanyi Nnaji, acting head of Imo/Abia operations office of NEMA, said more bodies were recovered in Orashi River, near the scene of the incident on Sunday, and that some died at various hospitals.
Nnaji said emergency workers in Imo have been on the ground since the incident occurred to carry out rescue operations and evacuate the bodies.
The NEMA chief said arrangements are being made to carry out mass burial of the dead.
He added that the cause of the explosion is yet to be ascertained.
“Those who should tell the story and give insight to the incident are all dead, we are still on ground, we will soon come out with a report on the incident,” he said.