Russia has hinted it is seeking to cut off Ukraine from Europe’s largest nuclear plant unless Kyiv pays Moscow for electricity. The Zaporizhzhia plant was captured by Russian troops following President Vladimir Putin’s special military operation in Ukraine launched on February 24. “If the energy system of Ukraine is ready to receive and pay, then […]

KYIV, May 19 (Reuters) – A 21-year-old Russian soldier asked a Ukrainian widow to forgive him for the murder of her husband, as a court in Kyiv met for a second hearing on Thursday in the first war crimes trial arising from Russia’s Feb. 24 invasion. Vadim Shishimarin, a tank commander, pleaded guilty on Wednesday […]

One of the richest monarchs in the world, President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates, died at the age of 73. Sheikh Khalifa was president of the UAE since 2004, but his role had been largely ceremonial since he suffered a stroke in 2014. His half-brother, Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, is […]

Belarus’ authoritarian leader said that he didn’t expect Russia’s “operation” in Ukraine to drag on for so long and claimed he was doing “everything” to stop the war, in a sit-down interview with The Associated Press on Thursday. President Alexander Lukashenko defended Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which began on Feb. 24. However, he said he […]

Russia on Thursday said Western aid to Kyiv had slowed its offensive in Ukraine but would not thwart its victory, as conflicting reports emerged about efforts to rescue civilians from a besieged steel plant in the devastated city of Mariupol. Nearly 10 weeks into a war that has left thousands of people dead, flattened Ukrainian […]

Moscow is preparing to annex vast new swaths of Ukrainian territory in coming days, the United States said on Monday, potentially moving to cement control of much of the country’s east even as Russian forces struggle to capture key areas on the battlefield. A move by the Kremlin to formally claim as part of Russia […]

Two months after warning that Beijing appeared poised to help Russia in its fight against Ukraine, senior U.S. officials say they have not detected overt Chinese military and economic support, a welcome development in the tense U.S.-China relationship. U.S. officials told Reuters in recent days they remain wary about China’s long-standing support for Russia in […]

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi headed to Europe on Monday with New Delhi’s refusal to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine set to be a key talking point in meetings with regional leaders. India, which imports much of its military hardware from Russia, has long walked a diplomatic tightrope between the West and Moscow, and has […]

Israel’s foreign minister has denounced as “unforgivable” remarks by his Russian counterpart that Nazi leader Adolf Hitler “had Jewish blood”. Russian FM Sergei Lavrov made the comments to try to justify Russia’s portrayal of Ukraine as “Nazi” despite the fact that its president is Jewish. Israel’s foreign ministry summoned Russia’s ambassador for “clarification” and demanded […]

Around 100 civilians evacuated from the ruined Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol were due to arrive in a Ukrainian-held city on Monday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said after U.S. Speaker Nancy Pelosi made a surprise visit to Kyiv. The strategic port city on the Azov Sea has endured the most destructive siege of the war with […]

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