Ukraine war: US, Russia have used their military hotline once so far

WASHINGTON: 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 US official told Reuters. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the United States initiated a call through the “deconfliction” line to […]

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Data of 500 million-plus WhatsApp users at risk: Countries affected and other details

WhatsApp is the most-popular instant messaging service in the world. The app can also be used for voice/video calls, document storage and making payments. The Meta-owned platform is used by two billion-plus users across the world. Now, a recent report claims that a database containing the phone numbers of nearly 500 million WhatsApp users was […]

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Multiple explosions heard across Ukrainian capital Kyiv

KYIV: Multiple explosions were heard in Kyiv Wednesday after air raid sirens sounded in Ukraine‘s capital and elsewhere across the country. The thunderous echoes of what sounded like repeated blasts rattled across the capital. Mayor Vitali Klitschko posted on Telegram that “one of the capital’s infrastructure facilities has been hit.” He urged people to “Stay […]

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Four ‘torture’ sites found in Kherson after Russia retreat: Prosecutors

KYIV: Ukraine said on Monday that it had identified four places in the southern city of Kherson that Russian forces used to torture detainees before Moscow withdrew troops from the city earlier this month. The office of the general prosecutor said in a statement that officials had found and inspected “four premises” where Russian troops […]

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Russia trying to exhaust Ukraine’s air defenses, Pentagon official says

WASHINGTON: Russia‘s surge in missile strikes in Ukraine are partly designed to exhaust Ukraine’s supplies of air defenses, something Moscow hopes would allow its forces to achieve dominance of the skies above the country, a senior Pentagon official said on Saturday. “They’re really trying to overwhelm and exhaust Ukrainian air defense systems,” Colin Kahlunder secretary […]

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Russia ‘ultimately responsible’ for Poland blast: Antony Blinken

BANGKOK: US secretary of state Antony The blink said on Thursday that Russia bore responsibility for a deadly blast in Polandwhere an initial probe pointed to Ukrainian air defences. Addressing reporters at an Asia-Pacific summit in Bangkok, Blinken said that he had spoken again with his Ukrainian counterpart on the probe but added: “Whatever its […]

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Russia fifth largest trade partner, jumps from 25th

NEW DELHI: Driven largely by a surge in oil imports, Russia has emerged as India’s fifth largest trading partner during April-September, jumping from the 25th place at the end of the last financial year, official data showed. The large shipments of oil and fertiliser have also meant that the trade deficit with Russia, pegged at […]

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MI5 spy chief says Russia, China, Iran top threat list to UK

LONDON: Britain faces major security threats from the trio of Russia, China and Iran, which all use coercion, intimidation and violence to pursue their interests, the UK’s domestic intelligence spy chief said Wednesday. Ken McCallumdirector-general of MI5, added to mounting warnings from British authorities about Russia’s aggression and China’s growing assertiveness. He also singled out […]

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G7 Price Cap on Russian Oil: What is the Mechanism, How Will It Affect Moscow’s Revenue

India stood to gain from the G7-imposed price cap mechanism on Russian oil, said US treasury secretary Janet Yellen and hoped the country will take advantage of it. She said as long as India did not avail of western insurance, finance and maritime services bound by this cap, the country could buy as much oil […]

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India and Russia seek polycentric world: Moscow ahead of EAM trip

NEW DELHI: Ahead of foreign minister S Jaishankar’s talks with his counterpart Sergey Lavrov on Ukraine and other regional and global issues, Russia emphasised both countries shared similar positions on “most pressing issues” and also in their adherence to international law and the UN Charter, which the West has accused Russia of violating by invading […]

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Russia issues rare denial of ‘pointless losses’ by brigade in Ukraine

LONDON: Russia’s defence ministry took the unusual step on Monday of denying reports by Russian military bloggers that a naval infantry unit had lost hundreds of men in a fruitless offensive in eastern Ukrainethe state-owned RIA news agency said. It said the ministry had rejected the bloggers’ assertions that the 155th marine brigade of the […]

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Ukraine’s president accuses Russia of ‘energy terrorism’

KYIV: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has accused Russia of engaging in “energy terrorism” after Russian strikes on Ukraine‘s energy network left millions of residents without power. About 4.5 million people were without electricity across the country, Zelenskyy said in his nightly address. Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said 450,000 apartments in the capital alone did not […]

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Ukraine: Russian shelling damaged nuclear plant power lines

Ukraine‘s nuclear state operator said on Thursday that Russia has shelled and damaged power lines connecting Europe’s largest nuclear power plant to the Ukrainian grid, leaving the plant reliant on diesel generators again. The generators have enough fuel to maintain the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in southeastern Ukraine for just 15 days, Energoatom said in […]

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Turkey says Russia agrees to rejoin wartime grain deal

KYIV: Russia’s defense minister has told his Turkish counterpart that Moscow has agreed to return to a Turkish and UN brokered deal that allowed the shipment of millions of tons Ukrainian grain through the Black Sea, Turkey’s president says. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Russian defense minister Sergei Shoigu called Turkey’s Hulusi Akar and informed […]

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US Concerned Over Possible Iran’s Missile Aid To Russia

Tehran could also send short-range ballistic missiles to Russia. (File) Washington: The White House said Tuesday Iran was willingly taking part in killing Ukrainians by providing drones to Russia for the war, and voiced concern it would also ship missiles to Moscow. By arming the Russians, the Iranian regime “is involved in killing innocent Ukrainians,” […]

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Russia says US lowering ‘nuclear threshold’ with newer bombs in Europe

LONDON: Russia said on Saturday that the accelerated deployment of modernised US B61 tactical nuclear weapons at NATO bases in Europe would lower the “nuclear threshold” and that Russia would take the move into account in its military planning. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has triggered the gravest confrontation between Moscow and the West since the […]

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Kremlin: Putin monitors drills of Russia’s nuclear forces

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday monitored drills of the country’s strategic nuclear forces involving multiple practice launches of ballistic and cruise missiles, the Kremlin said. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to Putin that the drills were intended to simulate a “massive nuclear strike” by Russia in retaliation for a nuclear attack on […]

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Embassy asks Indians to leave Ukraine immediately | India News

NEW DELHI: In a fresh advisory, the Indian embassy in Ukraine on Tuesday asked all Indians there to leave the country immediately in view of increasing hostilities. The new advisory came less than a week after a similar advisory was issued following the deteriorating security situation in Ukraine. “In continuation of the advisory issued by […]

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Nato warns Russia against ‘dirty bomb’ pretext

BRUSSELS: Russia must not escalate the conflict in Ukraine with false claims that Kyiv is planning to unleash a so-called “dirty bomb”, the head of NATO warned Monday. Jens Stoltenberg weighed in following Moscow’s repeated allegations that Ukraine could deploy such a weapon, sparking fears Russia could use one and blame Kyiv. The head of […]

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Russia Hits Homes In Ukraine, Warns Of “Uncontrolled Escalation”

Russia fired missiles and drones into Ukrainian-held Mykolaiv on Sunday, destroying an apartment block . Mykolaiv: Under pressure in the south of Ukraine, Russia fired missiles and drones into Ukrainian-held Mykolaiv on Sunday, destroying an apartment block in the ship-building city near the front and said the war was trending towards “uncontrolled escalation”. Mykolaiv lies […]

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