Putin refuses to waver on east Ukraine; Finland’s leaders endorse NATO bid

  • Workers clean rubbles atop a buidling destroyed by shelling a month ago in Cherkaske, eastern Ukraine on May 11, 2022, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP via Getty Images/TNS)

  • A woman waits with her pet dog to board a train leaving Kyiv's railway station to neighboring Poland, in Kyiv on May 12, 2022. (Sergei Supinsky/AFP via Getty Images/TNS)

  • People queue to board a train leaving Kyiv's railway station to neighbouring Poland, in Kyiv on May 12, 2022. (Sergei Supinsky/AFP via Getty Images/TNS)

LVIV, Ukraine — As Finland’s leaders dealt him a blow by announcing their support for joining NATO, Russian President Vladimir Putin reaffirmed his determination to maintain Moscow’s sway over eastern Ukraine as Russian missiles pounded the area.