Exclusive: South Korea’s Yoon warns of unprecedented response to North Korea nuclear test, calls on China to do more

Exclusive: South Korea’s Yoon warns of unprecedented response to North Korea nuclear test, calls on China to do more

SEOUL, Nov 29 (Reuters) – South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol warned of an unprecedented joint response with allies if North Korea goes ahead with a nuclear test, and urged China to help dissuade the North from pursuing banned development of nuclear weapons and missiles. In a wide-ranging interview with Reuters on Monday, Yoon called on … Read more

Exclusive: U.S., Russia have used their military hotline once so far during Ukraine war

Exclusive: U.S., Russia have used their military hotline once so far during Ukraine war

WASHINGTON, Nov 28 (Reuters) – A communications line created between the militaries of the United States and Russia at the start of Moscow’s war against Ukraine has been used only once so far, a U.S. official told Reuters. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the United States initiated a call through … Read more

Exclusive: U.S. weighs sending 100-mile strike weapon to Ukraine

Exclusive: U.S. weighs sending 100-mile strike weapon to Ukraine

WASHINGTON, Nov 28 (Reuters) – The Pentagon is considering a Boeing proposal to supply Ukraine with cheap, small precision bombs fitted onto abundantly available rockets, allowing Kyiv to strike far behind Russian lines as the West struggles to meet demand for more arms. U.S. and allied military inventories are shrinking, and Ukraine faces an increasing … Read more

Ukraine nuclear boss says he sees signs Russia may leave occupied plant

Ukraine nuclear boss says he sees signs Russia may leave occupied plant

KYIV, Nov 27 (Reuters) – The head of Ukraine’s state-run nuclear energy firm said on Sunday there were signs that Russian forces might be preparing to leave the vast Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant which they seized in March soon after their invasion. Such a move would be a major battlefield change in the partially-occupied southeastern … Read more

Canada launches new Indo-Pacific strategy, focus on ‘disruptive’ China

Canada launches new Indo-Pacific strategy, focus on ‘disruptive’ China

OTTAWA, Nov 27 (Reuters) – Canada launched its long-awaited Indo-Pacific strategy on Sunday, vowing more resources to deal with a “disruptive” China while working with the world’s second-biggest economy on climate change and trade issues. The 26-page document outlined C$2.3 billion ($1.7 billion) spending, including to boost Canada’s military presence and cyber security in the … Read more

Germany in talks with allies over Polish push for Patriot deployment to Ukraine

Germany in talks with allies over Polish push for Patriot deployment to Ukraine

NATO says decision on Patriot deployment up to specific country Poland asked for German launchers to be sent to western Ukraine BERLIN/WARSAW, Nov 25 (Reuters) – Germany said on Friday it was discussing with allies Poland’s request that German Patriot air defence units be sent to Ukraine, after NATO’s chief suggested the military alliance might … Read more

Weapons industry booms as Eastern Europe arms Ukraine

Weapons industry booms as Eastern Europe arms Ukraine

E.Europe arms companies step up production for Ukraine Hope to find new markets as defence spends rise Can produce and service Soviet-era and NATO-standard weaponry Poland, Czechs among big suppliers of military aid to Kyiv Industry’s history stretches from 1800s and through Cold War PRAGUE/WARSAW, Nov 24 (Reuters) – Eastern Europe’s arms industry is churning … Read more

European Parliament declares Russia a state sponsor of terrorism

European Parliament declares Russia a state sponsor of terrorism

BRUSSELS, Nov 23 (Reuters) – The European Parliament on Wednesday designated Russia a state sponsor of terrorism, arguing that its military strikes on Ukrainian civilian targets such as energy infrastructure, hospitals, schools and shelters violated international law. European lawmakers voted in favour of a resolution calling Russia a state sponsor of terrorism. The move is … Read more

Taiwan is at the core of China’s core interests – Chinese defence minister

Taiwan is at the core of China’s core interests – Chinese defence minister

BEIJING, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe on Tuesday told his U.S. counterpart that Taiwan is at the core of China’s core interests and was a “red-line” that must not be crossed. “The resolution of Taiwan is a matter for Chinese people, no external force has the right to interfere,” Wei said … Read more

Ukrainians brace for bleak winter as Russian strikes cripple power capacity

Ukrainians brace for bleak winter as Russian strikes cripple power capacity

Ukrainians brace for winter with little or no heating Temperatures in several areas already below freezing Kherson residents can express interest in moving elsewhere Ukraine security service raids famous Kyiv monastery KYIV, Nov 22 (Reuters) – President Volodymyr Zelenskiy appealed to Ukrainians to conserve energy amid relentless Russian strikes that have already halved the country’s … Read more