Ammunition depot explodes in northern Crimea -TASS citing local authorities

Ammunition depot explodes in northern Crimea -TASS citing local authorities

MOSCOW, Aug 16 (Reuters) – An ammunition depot exploded in northern Crimea, Russia’s TASS news agency reported on Tuesday, citing the administration of the village of Mayskoye. Russia’s Defence Ministry said no “serious” casualties had occurred in the Mayskoye explosion, state-owned news agency RIA reported. Earlier on Tuesday, RIA also reported a fire at a … Read more

Latvia, Estonia leave China-backed East Europe forum

Latvia, Estonia leave China-backed East Europe forum

BEIJING (AP) — Latvia and Estonia say they have left a Chinese-backed forum aimed at boosting relations with Eastern European countries, in what appears to be a new setback for China’s increasingly assertive diplomacy. The move follows China’s boosting of its relations with Russia, whose invasion of Ukraine is seen as a possible first step … Read more

Three grain ships leave Ukraine; NATO chief says Russia must not win

Three grain ships leave Ukraine; NATO chief says Russia must not win

Three grain ships leave Ukraine ports First ship due to arrive in Ukraine since start of war Eastern fighting “hell”, says Zelenskiy Amnesty says Ukraine troops endangering civilians NATO chief warns Putin not to go further ISTANBUL/KYIV, Aug 5 (Reuters) – Three ships loaded with grain left Ukrainian ports on Friday under a recently concluded … Read more

Ukraine warns of new Russian offensive; Sweden, Finland move closer to joining NATO

Ukraine warns of new Russian offensive; Sweden, Finland move closer to joining NATO

Ukraine warns of new Russian southern offensive Strike force aimed at president’s hometown, says Ukraine U.S., Italy approve Finland, Sweden accession to NATO Ukraine calls on China to help end war, says SCMP KYIV/WASHINGTON, Aug 4 (Reuters) – Ukraine said Russia had started creating a military strike force aimed at President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s hometown of … Read more

Senate backs Finland, Sweden for NATO 95-1, rebuking Russia

Senate backs Finland, Sweden for NATO 95-1, rebuking Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Senators delivered overwhelming bipartisan approval to NATO membership for Finland and Sweden Wednesday, calling expansion of the Western defensive bloc a “slam-dunk” for U.S. national security and a day of reckoning for Russian President Vladimir Putin over his invasion of Ukraine. Wednesday’s 95-1 vote — for the candidacy of two Western … Read more

McConnell to senators looking for excuse to oppose Finland, Sweden NATO bids: ‘Good luck’

McConnell to senators looking for excuse to oppose Finland, Sweden NATO bids: ‘Good luck’

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Wednesday spoke in support of Finland’s and Sweden’s bids to join NATO in advance of a Senate vote later in the day expected to have broad, but not unanimous, support. “Their accession will make NATO stronger and America more secure,” McConnell said.  “If any senator is looking for … Read more

Putin says no one can win a nuclear war

Putin says no one can win a nuclear war

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting on the development of the country’s metallurgical sector, via a video link at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia August 1, 2022. Sputnik/Pavel Byrkin/Kremlin via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register LONDON, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday there could … Read more

Kosovo closes two border crossings after local Serbs block roads

Kosovo closes two border crossings after local Serbs block roads

FILE PHOTO- Kosovo’s Prime Minister Albin Kurti looks on during a news conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin, Germany May 4, 2022. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register MITROVICA, Kosovo, July 31 (Reuters) – Kosovo police said they closed two border crossings in the volatile north after local … Read more

On navy day, Putin says United States is main threat to Russia

On navy day, Putin says United States is main threat to Russia

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin attends a parade marking Navy Day in Saint Petersburg, Russia July 31, 2022. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register ST PETERSBURG, Russia, July 31 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin on Sunday signed a new naval doctrine which cast the United States as Russia’s main rival and set … Read more

China heightens warning to U.S. over possible House Speaker Pelosi visit to Taiwan -FT

China heightens warning to U.S. over possible House Speaker Pelosi visit to Taiwan -FT

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) holds her weekly news conference with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., July 14, 2022. REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register July 23 (Reuters) – China has issued stark private warnings to the Biden administration about a possible trip to Taiwan in August … Read more