EU leaders reaffirm support for Ukraine, squabble over gas cap

EU leaders reaffirm support for Ukraine, squabble over gas cap

Division over details of gas price cap European Commission to make proposals for EU summit on Oct.20-21 Poland criticises Germany for big spending on compensation EU27 vow continued financial and military support for Ukraine Scholz says rebuilding Ukraine will take a generation PRAGUE, Oct 7 (Reuters) – European Union leaders on Friday agreed to give … Read more

Putin turns 70 with a prayer for his health amid war crisis

Putin turns 70 with a prayer for his health amid war crisis

Kremlin leader faces deepening crisis in his war in Ukraine Allies pay tribute but criticism of military is mounting Patriarch prays for Putin’s health LONDON, Oct 7 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin turned 70 on Friday amid fawning congratulations from subordinates and a plea from Orthodox Patriarch Kirill for all to pray for the health … Read more

Macron: Europe to send more military gear to Ukraine including French howitzers

Macron: Europe to send more military gear to Ukraine including French howitzers

PRAGUE, Oct 6 (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday European countries would send Ukraine more military equipment to counter Russia, including more French Caesar-type howitzers. “We are working indeed on several requests, with several members of the EU, including on new Caesars,” Macron said. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com … Read more

Russia says Zelenskiy’s ‘preventive strike’ comments justify its Ukraine ‘special operation’

Russia says Zelenskiy’s ‘preventive strike’ comments justify its Ukraine ‘special operation’

Oct 7 (Reuters) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday that remarks by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy suggesting NATO should launch preventive strikes on Russia confirmed the need for what it calls its “special operation” in Ukraine. “By doing so, (he) essentially presented the world with further evidence of the threats posed by … Read more

Three in four Americans say U.S. should support Ukraine despite Russian threats, Reuters/Ipsos poll shows

Three in four Americans say U.S. should support Ukraine despite Russian threats, Reuters/Ipsos poll shows

WASHINGTON, Oct 5 (Reuters) – Nearly three-quarters of Americans say that the United States should continue to support Ukraine, despite Russian threats that it could use nuclear weapons to protect its territory, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Wednesday. The polling suggested continuing backing for President Joe Biden’s provision of weapons systems, training … Read more

Russia wants secret U.N. vote on move to condemn ‘annexation’ of Ukraine regions

Russia wants secret U.N. vote on move to condemn ‘annexation’ of Ukraine regions

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 5 (Reuters) – Russia is lobbying for a secret ballot instead of a public vote when the 193-member U.N. General Assembly next week considers whether to condemn Moscow’s move to annex four partially occupied regions in Ukraine after staging what it called referendums. Ukraine and allies have denounced the votes in Donetsk, … Read more

Russian journalist who fled house arrest says she is innocent

Russian journalist who fled house arrest says she is innocent

Journalist confirms she has skipped house arrest Ovsyannikova defies Putin again in new video Oct 5 (Reuters) – Russian TV journalist Marina Ovsyannikova, accused of spreading fake news after staging a series of lone protests against the war in Ukraine, said on Wednesday she had fled house arrest because she had no case to answer. … Read more

Kremlin says annexation and retreat are not a contradiction amid Ukrainian successes

Kremlin says annexation and retreat are not a contradiction amid Ukrainian successes

Putin signs annexation documents Russian forces battle counter-offensive Putin appoints officials to run regions Kremlin: the territories will be returned LONDON, Oct 5 (Reuters) – As President Vladimir Putin completed paperwork for the annexation of four regions of Ukraine on Wednesday, the Kremlin said there was no contradiction between Russian retreats and Putin’s vow that … Read more

U.S. to give Ukraine more rocket launchers, Biden tells Zelenskiy

U.S. to give Ukraine more rocket launchers, Biden tells Zelenskiy

WASHINGTON, Oct 4 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden promised a new $625-million security assistance package to Ukraine on Tuesday, prompting a warning from Moscow that such a move risked a direct military clash between Russia and the West. The U.S. package would include High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launchers used in Ukraine’s successful … Read more

Grim winter looms as wartime Ukraine braces for infrastructure attacks

Grim winter looms as wartime Ukraine braces for infrastructure attacks

Elderly bracing for worst winter in decades Fears that attacks could target infrastructure Families buy wood, mend windows, light stoves KHARKIV, Ukraine, Oct 4 (Reuters) – In an abandoned tower block damaged by Russian shelling in Ukraine’s second city, Olga Kobzar plans to tough out winter for as long as she can without electricity, water … Read more