Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with members of public patriotic and youth organisations at the Battle of Stalingrad Museum and Panorama in Volgograd on February 2, 2023, during commemorations for the 80th anniversary of the Soviet victory at the Battle of Stalingrad during World War Two. (Photo by Mikhail KLIMENTYEV / SPUTNIK / AFP)

Putin draws parallels between WWII and Ukraine conflict

President Vladimir Putin leveraged a World War II commemoration on Thursday to whip up support for his army’s intervention in Ukraine, comparing the fighting to Nazi Germany’s invasion and hinting…

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TOKYO, JAPAN – JANUARY 31: NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida hold a joint media briefing on January 31, 2023 in Tokyo, Japan. Takashi Aoyama/Pool via REUTERS

NATO, Japan pledge to strengthen ties in face of ‘historic’ security threat

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg and Japanese premier Fumio Kishida pledged on Tuesday to strengthen ties, saying Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and its growing military cooperation with China had created the…

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Russia decries German decision to send tanks to Ukraine, West applauds

Germany will send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine and approve their re-export from partner countries, German government spokesperson Steffen Hebestreit said on Wednesday. Russia has cast deliveries of heavy weapons to Ukraine as proof that the…

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Thailand prepares for Chinese group tours arriving from February 6th

Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has instructed the Transport, Public Health and Tourism and Sport ministries to take appropriate steps to cope with increased arrivals from China, as the…

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Russian oil shipped to Asia in Chinese supertankers amid ship shortage

At least four Chinese-owned supertankers are shipping Russian Urals crude to China, according to trading sources and tracking data, as Moscow seeks vessels for exports after a G7 oil price cap restricted the use of Western cargo services…

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This photograph taken on January 14, 2023 shows a destroyed car and a residential building that were destroyed by a missile strike in Dnipro.(Photo by vitalii matokha / AFP)

Ukraine says key infrastructure hit, 14 killed in Russian strikes

Ukraine said Russia had unleashed a fresh barrage of missiles Saturday, killing at least 14 people, as Britain became the first Western country to offer it the heavy tanks it…

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A satellite view shows a destroyed school and buildings in south Soledar, Ukraine, January 10, 2023. Satellite image 2023 Maxar Technologies./Handout via REUTERS

Russia claims control of Soledar, Ukraine says fighting ongoing

Russia said on Friday that its forces had taken control of Soledar in eastern Ukraine, in what would be a rare success for Moscow after months of battlefield reverses, but Kyiv said its troops were still fighting in…

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US to send Ukraine dozens of Bradleys in $2.85B aid package

The U.S. will send Ukraine nearly $3 billion in military aid, in a massive new package that will for the first time include several dozen Bradley fighting vehicles, U.S. officials…

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Putin says ready for Ukraine talks if Kyiv accepts ‘new territorial realities’

President Vladimir Putin told Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan he was open to dialogue with Ukraine if Kyiv accepts territories occupied by Moscow as Russian, the Kremlin said Thursday.  “Putin again confirmed Russia’s openness to serious dialogue on…

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A man loads luggages on his car in front of a damaged residential building after shelling on Ukrainian city of Kherson on December 25, 2022, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. (Photo by Dimitar DILKOFF / AFP)

Ukrainian drone downed in Russian air base, 3 killed: agencies

(AFP) – Russian air defence troops downed a Ukrainian drone as it approached an air base in southern Russia and three people died after being struck by debris, Russian news…

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U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden welcome Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington, U.S., December 21, 2022. REUTERS/Leah Millis

Ukrainian Americans see Zelenskiy visit as promising sign, urge more U.S. support

Ukrainian Americans in Washington saw President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s U.S. visit as a promising sign that displayed strong relations between the countries but also urged more American assistance to defend against…

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(FILE) Sputnik/Mikhail Metzel/Pool via REUTERS

Putin says no limit on financial support for Russia’s armed forces

Russian President Vladimir Putin promised on Wednesday to give his armed forces anything they asked for to support the military campaign in Ukraine. In a speech to defence chiefs in…

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File Photo (Sputnik/Alexei Danichev/Kremlin via REUTERS)

Putin says situation extremely difficult in Russian-annexed Ukrainian regions

Russian President Vladimir Putin said the situation in four areas of Ukraine that Moscow has unilaterally declared part of Russia was proving “extremely difficult”, one of his clearest public admissions…

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FILE PHOTO: Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via REUTERS

Ukraine’s Zelenskiy asks Western leaders for wide range of weapons systems

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Monday asked Western leaders meeting in Latvia, including British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, to supply a wide range of weapons systems. “I ask you to…

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A flag flies in a square in the course of the Ukraine-Russia conflict in the city of Melitopol in the Zaporizhzhia region, Russian-controlled Ukraine October 13, 2022. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko/File Photo

Ukraine attacks occupied Melitopol, Russian side says two killed

Ukraine attacked occupied Melitopol in the country’s southeast on Saturday evening, the Russian-installed and exiled Ukrainian authorities of the strategically located city said. The pro-Moscow authorities said a missile attack…

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An aerial view shows the Vladimir Arsenyev tanker at the crude oil terminal Kozmino on the shore of Nakhodka Bay near the port city of Nakhodka, Russia August 12, 2022. REUTERS/Tatiana Meel

G7 price cap on Russian oil kicks in, Russia will only sell at market price

The Group of Seven price cap on Russian seaborne oil came into force on Monday as the West tries to limit Moscow’s ability to finance its war in Ukraine, but…

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‘No diplomatic solution’ to Ukraine war: Nobel winner

There is no prospect of a negotiated end to the war in Ukraine, according to Irina Scherbakova, one of the co-founders of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Russian rights organisation Memorial. “I am absolutely convinced that there is…

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Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting with members of the Security Council via a video link from the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia December 2, 2022. Sputnik/Mikhail Metzel/Pool via REUTERS

Putin insincere about peace talks, takes war to new level of ‘barbarism’ – a top U.S. diplomat

Russian President Vladimir Putin is not sincere about peace talks with Ukraine while he is taking the war to a new level of “barbarism” by trying to turn off the…

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Amid economic gloom fuelled by soaring inflation and fears of China’s weaker energy demand, the two global crude benchmarks remain close to their lowest level of the year © JOE KLAMAR / AFP/File

Opec+ likely to maintain oil output levels

Major oil-producing countries led by Saudi Arabia and Russia look set to maintain their current output levels at a meeting Sunday, ahead of fresh sanctions against Moscow coming into force. The 13-member Organization of the Petroleum…

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U.S. Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines (Graeme Jennings/Pool via REUTERS)

U.S. intelligence assessments on Ukraine, Russia, China and N. Korea

The U.S. intelligence community expects the reduced tempo in fighting in Ukraine to continue in coming months, the U.S. Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines said on Saturday (December 03)….

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Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is seen on the screen as he speaks during the 68th Annual Session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Madrid, Spain, November 21, 2022. REUTERS/Juan Medina/File Photo

Ukrainians suffer in cold, darkness as president implores U.N. to punish Russia

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy urged the United Nations Security Council to act against Russia over air strikes on civilian infrastructure that again plunged Ukrainian cities into darkness and cold as…

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UN, Russia grain, fertiliser exports talks end without breakthrough

United Nations chiefs held talks with Russian officials Friday on the Black Sea agreements on exporting grain and fertilisers, eight days before one of the deals is set to expire….

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Putin will not attend the APEC leader’s meeting

The Russian Embassy informed the Thai Foreign Ministry today (Thursday) that President Vladimir Putin will not attend the upcoming APEC leaders meeting on 18th and 19th November 2022. First Deputy…

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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of Federal Medical-Biological Agency, in Moscow, Russia November 9, 2022. Sputnik/Mikhail Metzel/Pool via REUTERS

Russia’s Putin will not attend G20 summit in Bali in person

Russian President Vladimir Putin will not attend a gathering of leaders from the Group of 20 (G20) nations in person next week but may join virtually, officials from Russia and the host country Indonesia said…

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Ukrainian servicemen ride a 2S7 Pion self-propelled gun, as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, near a frontline in Kherson region, Ukraine November 9, 2022. REUTERS/Viacheslav Ratynskyi

Russia says troops leaving strategic Kherson, Ukraine doubts full pullout

Moscow ordered troops to withdraw from near the strategic southern Ukrainian city of Kherson in a major setback as a top U.S. general estimated Russia has suffered more than 100,000 killed or…

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Russia seeks sanctions exemptions for state bank in Ukraine grain deal talks – sources

Russia wants the West to ease restrictions on state agriculture lender Rosselkhozbank to facilitate Russian grain exports, according to four sources familiar with the request, made during talks to extend…

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ainian servicemen fire a self-propelled howitzer toward Russian positions, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, on a frontline in Mykolaiv region, Ukraine November 2, 2022. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko/File Photo

Russia signals retreat in southern Ukraine but Kyiv fears trap

A Russian-installed official in southern Ukraine said Moscow will likely pull its troops from the west bank of the Dnipro River in Kherson and urged civilians to leave, possibly signalling…

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(File) His Excellency Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia

Cambodia offers to host Russia-Ukraine talks during ASEAN summit

Cambodia has offered to use the upcoming ASEAN summit in Phnom Penh next week to host talks between Russia and Ukraine, according to a senior official of the Cambodian Foreign…

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Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko gives a news conference after a meeting at NATO headquarters between Russian ministers and alliance diplomats, at the Russian embassy, in Brussels, Belgium January 12, 2022. REUTERS/Yves Herman

Russia says U.S. lowers ‘nuclear threshold’ by deploying new nuclear bombs in Europe

Russia said on Saturday that the accelerated deployment of modernised U.S. B61 tactical nuclear weapons at NATO bases in Europe would lower the “nuclear threshold” and that Russia would take the move into…

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So far in the war, none of the seven world heritage sites have been damaged Fabrice COFFRINI AFP

UN satellite analysis tracks Ukraine cultural damage

The United Nations is using before-and-after satellite imagery to monitor the cultural destruction inflicted by Russia’s war in Ukraine, announcing Wednesday it will launch its tracking platform publicly within weeks. The UN’s culture agency UNESCO said…

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Thailand’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Don Pramudwinai

Thailand abstained on UN vote to have its voice heard – FM Don

Thailand abstained from the UN resolution to condemn Russia’s annexation of eastern regions of Ukraine last week because it wants its voice on the crisis to be heard, according to…

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Smokes rises on outskirts of the city during a Russian missile attack, as their invasion of Ukraine continues, in Kyiv, Ukraine October 18, 2022. REUTERS/Stringer

Two killed in Kyiv as Russia attacks Ukrainian energy facilities

A Russian missile strike killed two people in Kyiv as Moscow pounded Ukrainian energy facilities on Tuesday, causing explosions, fires and power outages. Thick smoke rose into the sky after several loud…

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Firefighters work after a drone attack on buildings in Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, Oct. 17, 2022. Waves of explosive-laden suicide drones struck Ukraine’s capital as families were preparing to start their week early Monday, the blasts echoing across Kyiv, setting buildings ablaze and sending people scurrying to shelters. (AP Photo/Roman Hrytsyna)

Suicide drones strike fear in Ukraine’s capital, killing 4

Waves of explosives-laden suicide drones struck Ukraine’s capital Monday, setting buildings ablaze, tearing a hole in one of them and sending people scurrying for cover or trying to shoot them…

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An activist Oleg Slabochpitsky, 33-years-old, removing a road sign reading ‘Moskovska Str’ or ‘Moscow Street’, after Kyiv City Hall recently voted to rename 142 streets whose names refer to Russia, in Kyiv. (Photo by Sergei SUPINSKY / AFP)

Thailand’s abstention in UN vote on Russia’s annexation ‘a pointless exercise to please Moscow’

Thailand’s decision to abstain from voting on a United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) resolution that rejected Russia’s annexation of four eastern regions in Ukraine, far from proving its neutrality, is…

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A Russian military truck drives past an unexploded munition during Ukraine-Russia conflict in the Russia-controlled village of Chornobaivka, Ukraine July 26, 2022. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko

Russia, under pressure in southern Ukraine, captures villages in east

Russian-backed forces have made some advances in eastern Ukraine, Britain said on Friday, even as Moscow’s hold weakens in the south, where a Russian-installed official has offered to help residents…

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An armoured truck of pro-Russian troops is parked near Ukraine’s former regional council’s building during Ukraine-Russia conflict in the Russia-controlled city of Kherson, Ukraine July 25, 2022. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko

Ukraine says more than 600 settlements liberated in past month, including 75 in Kherson

Ukraine’s armed forces have liberated more than 600 settlements from the Russian occupation in the past month, including 75 in the highly strategic Kherson region, Ukraine’s Ministry for Reintegration of…

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Thailand believes condemnation will reduce chances of resolving conflict in Ukraine

Thailand abstained during the UN vote to condemn Russia’s annexation of four regions of Ukraine because it believes that such condemnation, when the situation in Ukraine is escalating, will reduce…

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A general view shows voting results during a UN General Assembly emergency meeting to discuss Russian annexations in Ukraine at the UN headquarters in New York City on October 12, 2022. The United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday overwhelmingly voted to condemn Russia’s annexations of parts of Ukraine after Moscow vetoed a similar effort in the Security Council. Ed JONES / AFP

Thailand abstains in UN vote condemning Russia’s “illegal referenda” in Ukraine

Thailand has abstained, as did China and India, in a vote on the UN resolution not to recognise the four regions of Ukraine which Russia has claimed, following referenda held…

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Live video monitors show United Nations Ambassador from Russia, Vasily Nebenzya, addressing the U.N. General Assembly before a vote on a resolution condemning Russia’s illegal referendum in Ukraine, Wednesday Oct. 12, 2022 at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

UN demands Russia reverse ‘illegal’ annexations in Ukraine

The U.N. General Assembly voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to condemn Russia’s “attempted illegal annexation” of four Ukrainian regions and demand its immediate reversal, a sign of strong global opposition to the…

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A satellite image shows a close up view of smoke rising from a fire on the Kerch bridge in the Kerch Strait, Crimea, October 8, 2022. Maxar Technologies/Handout via REUTERS

Russia’s FSB arrests eight for Crimean Bridge bombing

Russia’s Federal Security Service said on Wednesday that it had detained five Russians and three citizens of Ukraine and Armenia in connection with the bombing of a vital bridge to Crimea,…

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Cars are on fire after Russia’s missile attack in Kyiv, Ukraine October 10, 2022. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

Why Russia’s missiles on Ukraine have limited impact

Russia’s biggest air strikes against Ukraine since the start of the war killed at least 19 people, drove thousands of Ukrainians back into air raid shelters and knocked out electricity…

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This infrared satellite image shows damage to the Kerch Bridge, which connects the Crimean Peninsula with Russia crossing a strait between the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, and rail cars on fire on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022. | Maxar Technologies via AP

Putin calls Kerch Bridge attack ‘a terrorist act’ by Kyiv

Russian news reports say President Vladimir Putin is calling the attack on the Kerch Bridge to Crimea a terrorist act carried out by Ukrainian special services. “There’s no doubt it…

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Berit Reiss-Andersen, head of the Nobel Committee, announces the winner of this year’s Peace Prize at the Nobel Institute in Oslo, Norway, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. (Heiko Junge/NTB Scanpix via AP)

Nobel Peace Prize to activists from Belarus, Russia, Ukraine

Human rights activists from Ukraine, Belarus and Russia won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, a strong rebuke to Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose invasion of Ukraine ruptured decades of…

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How real are Putin’s nuclear threats in Ukraine?

Russian President Vladimir Putin warns that he won’t hesitate to use nuclear weapons to ward off Ukraine’s attempt to reclaim control of Moscow-occupied areas that the Kremlin is about to…

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Russian police officers walk during an unsanctioned rally, after opposition activists called for street protests against the mobilisation of reservists ordered by President Vladimir Putin, in Moscow, Russia September 21, 2022. REUTERS/REUTERS PHOTOGRAPHER

More than 1,300 detained in anti-mobilisation protests across Russia – rights group

Security forces detained more than 1,300 people in Russia on Wednesday at protests denouncing mobilisation, a rights group said, hours after President Vladimir Putin ordered Russia‘s first military draft since World War Two. The independent OVD-Info protest monitoring group said that according to information it had…

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Russian President Vladimir Putin / AFP

Putin orders partial Russian mobilisation, warns West over nuclear blackmail

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered Russia’s first mobilisation since World War Two, warning the West that if it continued what he called its “nuclear blackmail” that Moscow would respond with the might…

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, speaks to Chinese President Xi Jinping during the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. (Sergei Bobylev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Putin vows to press attack on Ukraine; courts India, China

SAMARKAND, Uzbekistan (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed Friday to press his attack on Ukraine despite Ukraine’s latest counteroffensive and warned that Moscow could ramp up its strikes on…

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China’s President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin pose with Mongolia’s President during their trilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) leaders’ summit in Samarkand on September 15, 2022. (Photo by Alexandr Demyanchuk / SPUTNIK / AFP)

Putin, Xi hail ‘great power’ ties at talks defying West

(AFP) – Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping met for their first face-to-face talks since the start of the conflict in Ukraine on Thursday, hailing their strategic…

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Russian President Vladimir Putin talks to Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan September 15, 2022. Sputnik/Alexandr Demyanchuk/Pool via REUTERS

Putin says Xi has questions and concerns over Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said he understood that Xi Jinping had questions and concerns about the situation in Ukraine but praised China’s leader for what he said was a “balanced”…

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FILE – Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, and Russian President Vladimir Putin pose for a photo at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit in Qingdao in eastern China’s Shandong Province on June 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

Putin, Xi meet for high-stakes talks in challenge to West

Russia’s Vladimir Putin and China’s Xi Jinping gather with other Asian leaders in the ancient Silk Road city of Samarkand from Thursday for a regional summit touted as a challenge to Western global influence. Xi and Putin will be…

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Russian President Vladimir Putin / AFP

Putin calls for calm amid deadliest Azerbaijan-Armenia clashes since 2020

At least 49 Armenian soldiers and 50 Azeri military personnel were killed on Tuesday in the deadliest fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia since a 2020 war, each side said, spurring Russian President Vladimir…

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A Ukrainian service member stands on a Russian 2S19 Msta-S self-propelled howitzer captured during a counteroffensive operation, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Kharkiv region, Ukraine, in this handout picture released September 12, 2022. Press service of the 25th Airborne Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine/Handout via REUTERS

Ukraine calls for more Western arms after Russia pullback

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is calling on the West to speed up deliveries of weapons systems as Ukrainian troops move to consolidate control over a large swath of northeastern territory…

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In this file photo taken on Aug 30, 2022 facilities to receive and distribute natural gas are pictured on the grounds of gas transport and pipeline network operator Gascade in Lubmin, northeastern Germany. (File photo: AFP/Odd Andersen)

Russia pockets $158 bn in energy exports after war: report

Russia has raked in a whopping 158 billion euros ($158 billion) in energy exports in the six months following its invasion of Ukraine, with the EU accounting for more than half, a think tank said Tuesday. The…

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FILE / Late Mikhail Gorbachev attends the parade marking the World War II anniversary in Moscow. / REUTERS

Last Soviet leader Gorbachev, who ended Cold War and won Nobel prize, dies aged 91

Mikhail Gorbachev, who ended the Cold War without bloodshed but failed to prevent the collapse of the Soviet Union, died on Tuesday at the age of 91, hospital officials in Moscow said. Gorbachev,…

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Overview of Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant and fires, in Enerhodar in Zaporizhzhia region, Ukraine, August 24, 2022. European Union, Copernicus Sentinel-2 imagery/Handout via REUTERS

Ukraine narrowly escapes nuclear catastrophe as plant loses power, Zelenskiy says

KYIV, Aug 26 (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said the world narrowly avoided a radiation disaster as electricity to Ukraine‘s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant was cut for hours due to Russian shelling in the area, allegations that Moscow denied. Zelenskiy said…

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In this handout photo taken from video released by Investigative Committee of Russia on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2022, investigators work on the site of explosion of a car driven by Daria Dugina outside Moscow. Daria Dugina, the daughter of Alexander Dugin, the Russian nationalist ideologist often called “Putin’s brain”, was killed when her car exploded on the outskirts of Moscow, officials said Sunday. The Investigate Committee branch for the Moscow region said the Saturday night blast was caused by a bomb planted in the SUV driven by Daria Dugina.(Investigative Committee of Russia via AP)

Russia blames Ukraine for nationalist’s car bombing death

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s top counterintelligence agency on Monday blamed Ukrainian spy services for organizing the killing of the daughter of a leading Russian nationalist ideologue in a car bombing…

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov holds a news briefing after a session of Foreign Ministers Council of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Tashkent, Uzbekistan July 29, 2022. Russian Foreign Ministry/Handout via REUTERS

Russia’s Lavrov to meet military leader on visit to Myanmar

(Reuters) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will visit Myanmar on Wednesday, TASS news agency reported, marking one of the most high-profile visits to the Southeast Asian country since the military seized power…

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A firefighter works to douse a fire in a building, as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, in Mykolaiv, in this handout picture released on July 31, 2022. State Emergency Service of Ukraine in Mykolaiv Region/Handout via REUTERS

Russian strikes kill Ukrainian grain tycoon; drone hits Russian naval base

KYIV, July 31 (Reuters) – Russian missiles pounded the southern Ukrainian port city of Mykolaiv on Sunday, killing the owner of a major grain exporter, while a drone strike on Russia’s Black Sea naval base in Sevastopol was launched from within the city…

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A combine harvests wheat during Ukraine-Russia conflict in the Russia-controlled village of Muzykivka in the Kherson region, Ukraine July 26, 2022. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko

Ukraine’s Zelenskiy says harvest could be halved by war

ODESA, July 31 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s president said on Sunday that the country’s harvest could be half its usual amount this year due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. “Ukrainian harvest this…

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An interior view shows a classroom of a professional college heavily damaged by a Russian missile strike, as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, in Kharkiv, Ukraine July 30, 2022. REUTERS/Sofiia Gatilova

Russia invites U.N., Red Cross experts to probe Ukraine jail deaths

ODESA, Ukraine, July 31 (Reuters) – Russia on Sunday invited United Nations and Red Cross experts to probe the deaths of dozens of Ukrainian prisoners held by Moscow-backed separatists, while Ukraine’s president…

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Law enforcement officers block a street following a reported combat drone attack on the Russian Black Sea Fleet’s headquarters in Sevastopol, Crimea July 31, 2022. REUTERS/Stringer

Russian official says Ukraine carried out drone attack on Black Sea fleet HQ

July 31 (Reuters) – A senior official in Russian-annexed Crimea accused Ukraine on Sunday of carrying out a drone attack ahead of planned celebrations to mark Navy Day, injuring five and forcing…

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Pipes at the landfall facilities of the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline are pictured in Lubmin, Germany, March 8, 2022. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke/

Russia cuts gas flows further as Europe makes savings plea

Russia delivered less gas to Europe on Wednesday in a further escalation of an energy stand-off between Moscow and the European Union that will make it harder, and costlier, for the bloc to fill up storage ahead of…

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A view shows pipes at the landfall facilities of the ‘Nord Stream 1’ gas pipeline in Lubmin, Germany, July 21, 2022. REUTERS/Annegret Hilse/File Photo

Europe agrees compromise gas curbs as Russia squeezes supply

BRUSSELS, July 26 (Reuters) – European Union countries approved a weakened emergency plan to curb their gas demand on Tuesday, after striking compromise deals to limit the cuts for some countries, as they brace for further Russian…

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Can Europe live without Russian natural gas?

Europe faced an energy crisis even before drama emerged about the Nord Stream 1 pipeline reopening from Russia to Germany. While natural gas started flowing again Thursday after the major…

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From left, Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis, Romania’s Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, Ireland’s Foreign Minister Simon Coveney, Poland’s Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau, Belgium’s Foreign Minister Hadja Lahbib, Luxembourg’s Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn, Hungary’s Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto, Spain’s Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares Bueno and Denmark’s Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod pose during a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels on Monday, July 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

EU ministers insist Russia sanctions working

Brussels (AFP) – European foreign ministers insisted Monday that sanctions imposed on Russia to punish it for invading Ukraine are working — despite the threat to the EU’s own energy supplies….

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Emergency crew work amidst collapsed building site in Chuhuiv Town, Kharkiv, Ukraine, in this handout image obtained by REUTERS on July 16, 2022. State Emergency Service of Ukraine/Handout via REUTERS

Russia preparing for next stage of offensive, Ukraine says

KYIV, July 17 (Reuters) – Russia is preparing for the next stage of its offensive in Ukraine, a Ukrainian military official said, after Moscow said its forces would step up military operations…

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Farmers harvest wheat as Vuhlehirsk’s heat power plant burns in the distance after a shelling, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in the Donbas region, Ukraine July 13, 2022. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Breakthrough at Ukraine grain export talks as heavy shelling continues

ISTANBUL/UNITED NATIONS, New York, July 14 (Reuters) – Ukraine, the United Nations and Turkey hailed progress at talks aiming to resume Black Sea grain exports blocked by Russia and ease the risk…

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U.S. President Joe Biden meets with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, French President Emmanuel Macron, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson alongside the G7 leaders summit at Bavaria’s Schloss Elmau, near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany June 28, 2022. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

G7 agrees to explore cap on Russian oil price

SCHLOSS ELMAU, Germany, June 28 (Reuters) – The Group of Seven economic powers have agreed to explore imposing a ban on transporting Russian oil that has been sold above a certain price, they said on Tuesday, aiming to…

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Rescuers work at a site of a shopping mall hit by a Russian missile strike, as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, in Kremenchuk, in Poltava region, Ukraine June 27, 2022. Picture taken June 27, 2022. REUTERS/Anna Voitenko

Rescuers dig for survivors after Russian missiles pound Ukrainian shopping mall

KREMENCHUK, Ukraine (Reuters) – Firefighters and soldiers searched on Tuesday for survivors in the rubble of a shopping mall in central Ukraine after a Russian missile strike killed at least 16 people in an attack condemned by the United Nations and…

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Deputy Chairman of Russia’s Security Council Dmitry Medvedev attends a military parade on Victory Day, which marks the 77th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two, in Red Square in central Moscow, Russia May 9, 2022. Sputnik/Ekaterina Shtukina/Pool via REUTERS

Russia’s Medvedev says any NATO encroachment on Crimea could lead to World War Three

June 28 (Reuters) – Any encroachment on the Crimea peninsula by a NATO member-state could amount to a declaration of war on Russia which could lead to “World War Three,” Russia’s former president, Dmitry Medvedev, was quoted as saying on Monday. “For us, Crimea is a part of Russia. And that means…

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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a BRICS+ meeting during the BRICS summit via a video link in the Moscow region, Russia June 24, 2022. Sputnik/Mikhail Metzel/Kremlin via REUTERS

Russia’s Putin to make first foreign trips since launching Ukraine war

LONDON, June 26 (Reuters) – Vladimir Putin will visit two small former Soviet states in central Asia this week, Russian state television reported on Sunday, in what would be the…

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President Joe Biden, center, is accompanied by Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Soeder, second right, after arriving at Franz-Josef-Strauss Airport near Munich, Germany Saturday, June 25, 2022, ahead of the G7 summit. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Biden’s mission in Europe: Shore up alliance against Russia

President Joe Biden is out to sustain the global alliance punishing Russia for its invasion of Ukraine as he embarks on a five-day trip to Europe as the 4-month-old war…

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This photograph taken on June 14, 2022, shows wheat grain ears on a field near Izmail, in the Odessa region, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. – In the Ukrainian port of Izmail, on the Danube river that marks the border with Romania, rows of trucks filled with grain stand in line. (Photo by Oleksandr GIMANOV / AFP)

How Russia fuels the global food crisis

During a recent United Nations Security Council meeting, Russia’s ambassador abruptly left the room when the European Council’s president Charles Michel blamed Russia’s invasion of Ukraine for causing increases in…

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NATO’s Stoltenberg says Russia’s war in Ukraine could last for years. (Valeria Mongelli | Afp)

NATO warns of long Ukraine war as Russian assaults follow EU boost for Kyiv

KYIV, June 19 (Reuters) – The war in Ukraine could last for years, the head of NATO said on Sunday, as Russia stepped up its assaults after the European Union recommended that…

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A photo of Yuliia Paievska, known as Taira, looks in a mirror and turns off her camera in Mariupol, Ukraine, on Feb. 27, 2022. (Yuliia Paievska via AP)

Russia frees captive medic who filmed Mariupol’s horror

A celebrated Ukrainian medic whose footage was smuggled out of the besieged city of Mariupol by an Associated Press team was freed by Russian forces on Friday, three months after…

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A satellite image shows a close up view of a damaged bridge, in Rubizhne, Ukraine June 11, 2022. Maxar Technologies/Handout via REUTERS

No way out for Ukrainians in embattled city as Russian forces destroy last bridge

KYIV (Reuters) – Russian forces cut off all routes for evacuating citizens from the eastern Ukrainian city of Sievierodonetsk by destroying the last bridge linking it to a Ukrainian held city on the other side of the river, a Ukrainian official said….

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The Kremlin’s Spasskaya Tower and St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, Russia (REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina)

Wikipedia fights Russian order to remove Ukraine war information

LONDON (Reuters) – The Wikimedia Foundation, which owns Wikipedia, has filed an appeal against a Moscow court decision demanding that it remove information related to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, arguing that people have a right to know the…

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What’s in a name? Rebranded McDonald’s outlets open in Russia

McDonald’s restaurants opened their doors in Moscow once again on Sunday under new Russian ownership and a new name, “Vkusno & tochka”, which translates as “Tasty and that’s it”. Here’s what we know:…

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Ukraine Deputy Foreign Minister Dmytro Senik, US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin, South Korea Defence Minister Lee Jong-sup, Netherlands Defence Minister Kajsa Ollongren, Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen, China’s State Councilor and Defence Minister General Wei Fenghe and Laos’ Major General Chanthong Sonetaath chat before the ministerial working lunch during the 19th Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on Jun 11, 2022. (Photo: Reuters/Caroline Chia)

South Korea says it will boost defence capacity to counter North Korean threat

SINGAPORE, June 12 (Reuters) – South Korean Defence Minister Lee Jong-sup said on Sunday that his country would enhance its defence capabilities and work closely with the United States and Japan to counter North…

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A employee stands next to a facility of the Darnytsia Car Repair Plant damaged by missile strikes, as Russia’s attacks Ukraine in continues, in Kyiv, Ukraine June 5, 2022. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

Russia strikes Kyiv for first time in weeks as battle rages in east

KYIV (Reuters) – Russia struck Ukraine’s capital Kyiv with missiles on Sunday for the first time in more than a month, while Ukrainian officials said a counter-attack on the main battlefield in the east had retaken half of the city of Sievierodonetsk….

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In this image taken from video released by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service on Saturday, May 28, 2022, a new Zircon hypersonic cruise missile is launched by the frigate Admiral Gorshkov of the Russian navy from the Barents Sea. Russia’s Defense Ministry said the Russian navy successfully launched a new hypersonic missile from the Barents Sea. The ministry said the recently developed Zircon hypersonic cruise missile had struck its target about 1,000 kilometers away. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

Russia test-fires its latest hypersonic Zircon missile

The Russian navy on Saturday conducted another test of a prospective hypersonic missile, a demonstration of the military’s long-range strike capability amid the fighting in Ukraine. The Defense Ministry said…

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Russian Sgt. Vadim Shishimarin listens to his translator during a court hearing in Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, May 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Russian soldier gets life for killing Ukrainian civilian

KYIV (AP) — A Ukrainian court sentenced a captured Russian soldier to the maximum penalty of life in prison for killing a civilian, and the Kremlin hinted that it may…

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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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U.S. spends on Ukraine conflicts more than $100 million per day

The US Senate approves roughly $40 billion in new aid to Ukraine. The bill, which was passed by the House of Representatives earlier this month, brings U.S. spending on the…

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US, Russia trade blame on food insecurity

The United States and Russia blamed each other Thursday for the worsening food situation around the world as the war in Ukraine unfolds. Washington called on Russia to allow exports…

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NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg displays documents as Sweden and Finland applied for membership in Brussels, Belgium, Wednesday May 18, 2022. (Johanna Geron, Pool via AP)

NATO chief hails ‘historic moment’ as Finland, Sweden apply

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday that the military alliance stands ready to seize a historic moment and move quickly on allowing Finland and Sweden to join…

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People wearing protective face masks walk amid concerns over the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in front of Pyongyang Station in Pyongyang, North Korea April 27, 2020, in this photo released by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

Russia would consider North Korea request for COVID vaccine supply

May 13 (Reuters) – Russia will promptly consider any request from North Korea for COVID-19 vaccine supplies, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said on Friday. “North Korean comrades are well aware of our various inoculations, they are…

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Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida inspects the honour guard at Government House in Bangkok on May 2, 2022, on his official visit to Thailand. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Japan’s reaffirms middle-of-the-road approach to diplomacy

During his three-nation visit to ASEAN member countries over the past five days, Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida demonstrated his country’s middle-of-the-road approach to diplomacy when it comes to special…

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A view shows gas wells at Bovanenkovo gas field owned by Gazprom on the Arctic Yamal peninsula, Russia May 21, 2019. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Russia halts gas supplies to NATO members Poland and Bulgaria

WARSAW/SOFIA/KYIV (Reuters) – Russia halted gas supplies to Bulgaria and Poland on Wednesday for rejecting its demand for payment in roubles, taking direct aim at European economies in its toughest…

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File photo: What’s happening in Ukraine may be aiding NATO expansion REUTERS/Chingis Kondarov

Putin claims victory in Mariupol; Ukrainian fighters hold on

KYIV, April 21 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed victory on Thursday in the biggest battle of the Ukraine war, declaring the port city of Mariupol “liberated,” although hundreds…

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A cat walks next to a tank of pro-Russian troops in front of an apartment building damaged during Ukraine-Russia conflict in the southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine April 19, 2022. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko

No surrender in Mariupol as Russian deadline expires

April 20 (Reuters) – A Russian ultimatum to Ukrainian troops in Mariupol to surrender or die expired on Wednesday afternoon with no mass capitulation, but the commander of a unit…

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A Ukrainian serviceman stand next to a Javelin anti-tank missile, as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, at a position in Donetsk Region, Ukraine April 18, 2022. REUTERS/Serhii Nuzhnenko/File Photo

Russia launches ‘Battle of Donbas’ on eastern front, Ukraine says

LVIV/KYIV, April 19 (Reuters) – Russian forces tried to push through Ukrainian defences along almost the entire front line in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday, launching what President Volodymyr Zelenskiy called…

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Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting on the country’s agricultural and fish industries via a video link at a residence outside Moscow, Russia April 5, 2022. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via REUTERS

After week of silence, Putin says Russia will achieve ‘noble’ aims in Ukraine

LONDON, April 12 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin defended Russia‘s assault on Ukraine in a rare public appearance on Tuesday, the first time he has addressed the conflict since Moscow withdrew its forces from northern Ukraine after they were halted…

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Natalia Titova, 62, reacts as she shows her house, which was destroyed by Russian shelling, amid Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine in Chernihiv, Ukraine April 9, 2022. Natalia and her family were staying in the basement, “When the rocket hit our house, we ran into the street, it was very scary” she said. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Ukraine calls for more sanctions, weapons to stop Russia’s ‘catastrophe’

KYIV, April 10 (Reuters) – President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said Russia’s aggression was never limited to just Ukraine and the whole of Europe was a target as he urged the West to impose…

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 01, 2022, the United Nations holds its second day of emergency special session General Assembly meetings on the Russia-Ukraine conflict in New York City. – The UN General Assembly will vote on April 7, 2022, on suspending Russia from the UN Human Rights Council following allegations that Russian troops deliberately murdered civilians in Bucha, Ukraine, the assembly presidency said. (Photo by Andrea RENAULT / AFP)

Thailand abstains in vote to suspend Russia from UN Human Rights Council

Thailand, highlighting “inclusivity”, abstained from a vote to suspend Russia from UN Human Rights Council over its aggression against Ukraine during the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday. Thailand was…

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