Russia faces obstacles

Europe is pushing to toughen its response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, as Sweden and Finland seek to join NATO.

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May 16, 2022 - 3:42 PM

A local resident scavenges pieces of aluminum from a destroyed Russian tank on May 16, 2022, in Biskvitne, Ukraine to the east of Kharkiv. Ukrainian and Western officials say Russia is withdrawing forces around Kharkiv, Ukraine's second-largest city, suggesting it may redirect troops to Ukraine's southeast. (John Moore/Getty Images/TNS)

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Europe pushed to toughen its response Monday to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, with Sweden joining Finland in deciding to seek NATO membership and European Union officials working to rescue proposed sanctions on Russian oil.

Ukrainian troops repulsed Russia’s attempted advances and even rolled back the front lines in places. In recent days, Moscow’s forces pulled back from around the northeastern city of Kharkiv after weeks of bombardment.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Monday thanked his troops who pushed all the way to the Russian border in the Kharkiv region.

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