‘Come to Ukraine’, Zelenskyy tells Musk after controversial peace proposal

KYIV: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Wednesday criticised US billionaire Elon Musk‘s proposal to end Russia’s offensive in Ukraine and invited him to visit his war-scarred country. In October, Musk sparked controversy on Twitter by proposing a peace deal involving re-running under UN supervision referendums in Moscow-occupied Ukrainian regions, acknowledging Russian sovereignty over the Crimean […]

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Ukraine Receives French Long-Range Rocket Systems: Report

It has a range of around 70 kilometres (43 miles). (Representational) Kyiv: Ukraine said Tuesday it had received a multiple rocket launcher system from France adding to the arsenal of long-range artillery credited with changing dynamics on the battlefield against Russia. “LRU from France have arrived in Ukraine! The Ukrainian army is now even more […]

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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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Germany Counters Poland’s Demand To Offer Patriot Missile Defence System To Ukraine

Ground-based Patriot air defence system are built to intercept incoming missiles. Berlin: Berlin made it clear on Thursday that the Patriot air defence units it offered to Poland are intended for use on NATO territory, countering demands by Warsaw for the system to be sent to Ukraine. “These Patriots are part of NATO’s integrated air […]

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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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Ukraine Says Around 50 Russians Killed Or Injured In Shelling Attack

Ukraine claimed around 50 Russian soldiers were killed or wounded in a long-range artillery attack. Kyiv: Around 50 Russian soldiers were killed or wounded in a long-range Ukrainian artillery attack, Kyiv’s military said on Wednesday in a rare instance of Ukraine claiming to have inflicted major casualties in a single incident. In a Facebook post, […]

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Russian missiles cross into Poland during strike on Ukraine

KYIV: A Russian missile barrage on the Ukrainian power grid sent the war spilling over into neighboring countries Tuesday, hitting NATO member Poland and cutting electricity to much of Moldova. The strikes plunged much of Ukraine into darkness and drew defiance from President Volodymr Zelenskyy, who shook his fist and declared: “We will survive everything.” […]

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FIFA Boss Gianni Infantino Urges World Cup Ceasefire In Ukraine

The chief of soccer’s world governing body FIFA issued a plea on Tuesday for a ceasefire in the war in Ukraine for the duration of the World Cup, calling for all sides to use the tournament as a “positive trigger” to work towards a resolution. Speaking during a lunch with leaders of the Group of […]

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Russian says it’s withdrawing from key city in Ukraine

KYIV: Russia’s military announced Wednesday that it’s withdrawing from Ukraine‘s southern city of Kherson and nearby areas, in what would be another in a series of humiliating setbacks for Moscow’s forces in the 8-month-old war. Ukrainian authorities did not immediately confirm the move – and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has suggested in recent days that the […]

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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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India’s neutrality on Ukraine has been raised with S Jaishankar and PM Narendra Modi since Rishi Sunak became PM

LONDON: UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak raised India’s neutral position on Ukraine with PM Narendra Modi during their recent phone call, it has emerged. UK foreign secretary James Cleverly also raised the issue “directly” with external affairs minister S Jaishankar on his recent trip to India. The No. 10 readout of Sunak’s call with Modi […]

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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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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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Pope, Macron meet at Vatican; Ukraine concerns loom large

ROME: Pope Francis on Monday met at the Vatican with French President Emmanuel Macronwith the war in Ukraine looming large in both leaders’ concerns. The nearly hour-long private audience was Francis’ third with Macron since becoming pontiff. Neither side immediately released details of their talks. On the eve of their meeting, Macron spoke at a […]

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