Ukrainian servicemen sit in a bus after leaving Mariupol’s besieged Azovstal steel plant, near a penal colony, in Olyonivka, in territory under the government of the Donetsk People’s Republic, eastern Ukraine, Friday, May 20, 2022. (AP Photo)

Russia claims to have taken full control of Mariupol

Russia claimed to have captured Mariupol on Friday in what would be its biggest victory yet in its war with Ukraine, after a nearly three-month siege that reduced much of…

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(L-R) US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin

Top US officials to meet Zelensky on first wartime visit to Kyiv

The United States’ top diplomat and defence chief were Sunday set to make their first wartime visits to Kyiv since Russia invaded Ukraine two months ago, with fierce battles raging in the…

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Putin’s daughters, sanctioned by US, hidden from public eye

Little is known publicly about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s daughters, sanctioned on Wednesday by the US government over Moscow’s “atrocities in Ukraine.” The US Treasury identified the daughters as Katerina…

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An employee checks a pipe at the construction site of a gas metering station, part of the pipeline link between Bulgaria and Greece near the village of the Malko Kadievo, on March 18, 2022. – EU member Bulgaria has been criticised for its almost total dependence on Russia for its annual consumption of about three billion cubic metres of gas. In a bid to secure alternative deliveries, the Balkan country had long planned to link its gas network to those of its neighbours — Greece, Serbia and Romania — but the projects were severely delayed by administrative hurdles. (Photo by Nikolay DOYCHINOV / AFP)

Russian gas flows to Europe despite Putin deadline

IRPIN, Ukraine (Reuters) – Russia allowed gas to keep flowing to Europe on Friday despite a deadline for buyers to pay in roubles or be cut off, and peace talks…

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A ‘No War’ sign stuck on a portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin, on the window of a children’s library in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, March 29, 2022. (AP Photo)

Realities of war threaten to overwhelm rhetoric

Ask Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky what he wants more now, worldwide expression of sympathy or what he deems a fraction of western tanks, warplanes and anti-warship systems that he suggests…

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US-Russia ties reach all time low

When superpowers confront each other through proxies and microphones, things can easily get out of hand. President Joe Biden knows this well, having created global headlines last week during his…

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Russia will only accept rubles for gas deliveries to Europe: Putin

Moscow (AFP) – President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday Russia will only accept payments in rubles for gas deliveries to “unfriendly countries”, which include all EU members, after Moscow was hit by unprecedented…

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People gather in Habima Square in Tel Aviv, Israel, to watch Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in a video address to the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, Sunday, March 20, 2022. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

Zelenskyy evokes Holocaust as he appeals to Israel for aid

JERUSALEM (AP) — Ukraine’s president on Sunday called on Israel to take a stronger stand against Russia, delivering an emotional appeal that compared Russia’s invasion of his country to the…

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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu attends a news conference after talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, Russia March 16, 2022. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/Pool

Turkey says Russia and Ukraine nearing agreement on ‘critical’ issues

ISTANBUL, March 20 (Reuters) – Turkey’s foreign minister said in an interview published on Sunday that Russia and Ukraine were nearing agreement on “critical” issues and he was hopeful for a ceasefire if…

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Rescuers work at the site of the National Academy of State Administration building damaged by shelling in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Friday, March 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrew Marienko)

Putin rallies behind troops while lethal fire rains down

As Russian troops rained lethal fire on Ukrainian cities, Vladimir Putin appeared at a huge flag-waving rally to lavish praise on his Russian forces, while Ukrainian’s president accused the Kremlin…

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US President Joe Biden speaks during an event celebrating the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on March 16, 2022. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP)

Biden calls Putin a war criminal as Russia says mission ‘going to plan’

KYIV/LVIV, Ukraine, March 16 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday called Russian leader Vladimir Putin a war criminal in comments the Kremlin said were “unforgivable” as it insisted…

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Service members of pro-Russian troops in uniforms without insignia drive tanks during Ukraine-Russia conflict on the outskirts of the separatist-controlled city of Donetsk, Ukraine March 5, 2022. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko

Ukraine and Russia: What you need to know right now

March 6 (Reuters) – The number of Ukrainian refugees was expected to reach 1.5 million on Sunday as Russia continued its attack for an 11th day, and President Putin said…

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The app of Facebook showing U.S. President Joe Biden speaking, is viewed on an smartphone in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Feb. 25, 2022. Russia announces ‘partial restriction’ of access to Facebook over platform’s restrictions on Kremlin-backed media. (AP Photo)

Russia cracks down on dissenting media, blocks Facebook

DUSSELDORF, Germany (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday intensified a crackdown on media outlets and individuals who fail to hew to the Kremlin line on Russia’s war in…

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Stanislav, 40, says goodbye to his son David, 2, and his wife Anna, 35, on a train to Lviv at the Kyiv station, Ukraine, Thursday, March 3. 2022. Stanislav is staying to fight while his family is leaving the country to seek refuge in a neighbouring country. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Europe’s largest nuclear power plant on fire after shelling

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces pressed their attack on a crucial energy-producing city by shelling Europe’s largest nuclear plant early Friday, sparking a fire and raising fears that radiation…

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, speaks to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, second left, and Head of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia and First Deputy Defense Minister Valery Gerasimov, left, during their meeting in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Putin puts nuclear forces on high alert, escalating tensions

KYIV (AP) — President Vladimir Putin dramatically escalated East-West tensions by ordering Russian nuclear forces put on high alert Sunday, while Ukraine’s embattled leader agreed to talks with Moscow as…

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President Joe Biden speaks about the Russian invasion of Ukraine in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Biden hits Russia with sanctions, shifts troops to Germany

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden hit back Thursday against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, unleashing robust new sanctions, ordering the deployment of thousands of additional troops to NATO ally Germany and…

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Russia’s consequential quagmire in Ukraine

At first, after weeks of denial, it was hard to believe that Russian President Vladimir Putin had declared war on Ukraine. US President Joe Biden had warned, time and time…

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Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) gestures during a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron in Moscow, on February 7, 2022. – International efforts to defuse the standoff over Ukraine intensified with French President holding talks in Moscow and German Chancellor in Washington to coordinate policies as fears of a Russian invasion mount. (Photo by Thibault Camus / POOL / AFP)

Macron refused Russian COVID test in Putin trip over DNA theft fears

PARIS (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron refused a Kremlin request that he take a Russian COVID-19 test when he arrived to see President Vladimir Putin this week, to prevent…

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Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Chinese President Xi Jinping pose for a photograph during their meeting in Beijing, on February 4, 2022. (Photo by Alexei Druzhinin / Sputnik / AFP)

Putin-Xi summit: strong support for ASEAN centrality

It must be the first time that the leaders of Russia and China have met exclusively and mentioned ASEAN during their discussion. Annually, each of them held bilateral meetings with…

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Putin arrives in Beijing for Winter Olympics with gas supply deal for China

BEIJING, Feb 4 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Beijing on Friday for the 2022 Winter Olympics  and a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, bringing with him…

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A man uses his mobile phone in front of an Olympic installation at the Olympics Community Museum in Beijing on January 28, 2022, ahead of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games. (Photo by NOEL CELIS / AFP)

World leaders attending Beijing Winter Olympics

Beijing (AFP) – The upcoming Winter Olympics are the target of a US-led diplomatic boycott over China’s human rights abuses. But there will still be a gathering of leaders at the…

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This handout image taken and released by the Kazakh presidential press service on January 7, 2021 shows Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev (C) holding a meeting at the counter-terrorism headquarters in Alamaty. – Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said on December 7, 2022 that order had mostly been restored in the country after days of unprecedented unrest. The interior ministry said security forces had taken all the country’s regions “under increased protection” and that 26 “armed criminals” had been killed and 18 wounded in the unrest. (Photo by Handout / Kazakhstan Presidential press office / AFP)

Kazakhstan detains ex-security chief, president consults with Putin

ALMATY, Jan 8 (Reuters) – Kazakhstan’s former intelligence chief has been arrested on suspicion of treason, the state security agency said on Saturday, as the former Soviet republic is roiled…

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President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin, arrive to meet at the ‘Villa la Grange’, in Geneva, Switzerland, June 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Biden-Putin square off as tension grows on Ukraine border

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and Russia’s Vladimir Putin squared off Tuesday over the massive buildup of Russian troops near the Ukrainian border. The U.S. president was eager to…

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U.S. President Joe Biden and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin meet for the U.S.-Russia summit at Villa La Grange in Geneva, Switzerland, June 16, 2021. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/Pool

Biden talks down Russia, spurs allies in bid to back Putin into a corner

WASHINGTON/GENEVA (Reuters) – President Joe Biden on his first foreign foray sought to cast Russia not as a direct competitor to the United States but as a bit player in world where Washington is…

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US President Joe Biden (R) talks to Russian President Vladimir Putin prior to the US-Russia summit at the Villa La Grange, in Geneva on June 16, 2021. (Photo by PETER KLAUNZER / POOL / AFP)

Biden and Putin agree to steps on cybersecurity, arms control

GENEVA (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed on Wednesday to begin cybersecurity and arms control talks at a summit that highlighted their discord on those issues, human rights and Ukraine. In their first meeting since he took…

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U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden walk from Marine One to board Air Force One for return travel to Washington, DC at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Delaware, U.S., June 4, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File Photo

With G7 summit the first stop, Biden embarks on 8-day trip to Europe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden departs for Britain on Wednesday on his first trip abroad since taking office, an eight-day mission to rebuild trans-Atlantic ties strained during the Trump era and to reframe relations with…

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Putin sending medical supplies to help U.S. fight coronavirus

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia is sending the United States medical equipment to help fight the coronavirus outbreak, the Interfax news agency reported on Tuesday, citing the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov….

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This picture taken on April 25, 2019 and released by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 26 shows Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shaking hands as they pose for pictures prior to their talks at the Far Eastern Federal University campus on Russky island in the far-eastern Russian port of Vladivostok. (Photo by KCNA VIA KNS / KCNA VIA KNS / AFP) / South Korea OUT / REPUBLIC OF KOREA OUT —EDITORS NOTE— RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS” – NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS THIS PICTURE WAS MADE AVAILABLE BY A THIRD PARTY. AFP CAN NOT INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, LOCATION, DATE AND CONTENT OF THIS IMAGE. /

North Korea’s Kim says US acted in ‘bad faith’ at Hanoi talks

SEOUL (REUTERS) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has accused the United States of acting in “bad faith” during his Hanoi summit with President Donald Trump, and says peace…

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