Vladimir Putin visits Crimea bridge after October blast

MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin on Monday visited a bridge that links Moscow-annexed Crimea to the Russian mainland weeks after the vital link was hit by a blast, images on state television showed. It was the closest the 70-year-old Russian leader has come to the frontline in Ukraineafter sending troops to the pro-Western country on February […]

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Biden Has “No Intentions” To Meet Putin Now: White House

White House said that Putin did now show his willingness to talk with Joe Biden. Jaipur: The White House poured cold water Friday on President Joe Biden’s conditional offer to sit down with President Vladimir Putin, saying he has “no intentions” at present of holding a meeting. “He’s got no intentions to talk to Mr […]

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Elon Musk warned by EU official to keep Putin propaganda off Twitter

BRUSSELS: Elon Musk risks giving a helping hand to Russian President Vladimir Putin if Twitter Inc’s recent staff cuts prevent the platform from rooting out propaganda about the war in Ukraine, one of the European Union’s top officials warned. Failing to take on fake or misleading content online could “lead to the very quick abuse” […]

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US President Joe Biden Says He Is Ready To Speak To Putin “If He’s Looking For Way To End War”

Joe Biden said he had no immediate plans to contact Putin but left open the possibility. Washington: US President Joe Biden said Thursday he would be willing to speak to Vladimir Putin for the first time since the Ukraine invasion if the Russian leader truly wants to end the war. Biden was speaking during a […]

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‘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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US is weighing a terrorism label for Russia’s Wagner Group mercenaries

WASHINGTON: The Biden administration is weighing whether to label Russia’s Wagner Group as a foreign terrorist organization, two people familiar with the matter said, as part of efforts to handicap the privately owned military company’s involvement in Ukraine and its growing presence in Africa. The administration has made no final decision on the designation, said […]

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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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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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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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Russian, Ukrainian troops gird for major battle in Kherson

KYIV: Russian and Ukrainian troops appeared Thursday to be girding for a major battle over the strategic southern industrial port city of Khersonin a region which Russian President Vladimir Putin has annexed and subjected to martial law. Fighting and evacuations were reported in the Kherson region as Moscow tried to pound the invaded country into […]

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Iran, Russia’s Growing Drone Alliance Defying West Amid Ukraine War

The weapons could provide a significant boost for Russia’s failing war efforts. (File) Dubai: Iran has promised to provide Russia with surface to surface missiles, in addition to more drones, said Iranian officials, a move that has infuriated the United States and other Western powers which are backing Ukraine in the war. The weapons could […]

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Vladimir Putin Expects To “Stabilise” The Situation In Annexed Ukrainian Territories

Vladimir Putin today signed into legislation his annexation of four Ukrainian territories. (File) Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that he expected the situation to “stabilise” in Ukrainian regions annexed by the Kremlin after Moscow suffered military setbacks and lost several key towns to Kyiv. He also ordered his government to seize control over […]

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Kyiv dismisses Russia’s annexation of Ukrainian regions as ‘worthless’

KYIV: Kyiv has dismissed as “worthless” the laws that Russian President Vladimir Putin signed on Wednesday formalising the annexation of four Ukrainian regions into Russia. “The worthless decisions of the terrorist country are not worth the paper they are signed on,” the head of the Ukraine President’s office, Andriy Yermak, said on Telegram messaging application. […]

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Over 200,000 people mobilised to Russian army in two weeks: Defence minister

MOSCOW: More than 200,000 people have been conscripted into the Russian army since President Vladimir Putin announced a mobilisation drive on September 21, Moscow‘s Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday. “As of today more than 200,000 people have entered the army,” Shoigu during a meeting, according to Russian news agencies. Russia’s mobilisation is aimed at […]

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Pope begs Putin to end ‘spiral of violence and death’, cites nuclear threat

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis made an impassioned appeal on Sunday to Russian President Vladimir Putin to stop “this spiral of violence and death” in Ukrainesaying the crisis there was risking a nuclear escalation with uncontrollable global consequences. In an address dedicated to Ukraine, Francis also appealed to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to be open to […]

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Explainer: What is at stake in Bosnia’s general election?

SARAJEVO: Bosnia is holding presidential and parliamentary elections on Sunday amid its worst political crisis since the end of the 1992-95 war. The polls opened at 7 a.m (0500 GMT) and will close at 7 p.m (1700 GMT), with the first official results expected at midnight. Political parties are expected to release their own results […]

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Brazil too abstains from UNSC vote condemning Russia actions in Ukraine

NEW DELHI: India has, in all, abstained over a dozen times from voting at UNSC on resolutions condemning Russia’s actions in Ukraine in what many be seen as a tilt towards Moscow, but it has also maintained, and reminded Russia, all along that the global order is based on the UN Charterinternational law and respect […]

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India abstains from UNSC vote condemning Russia | India News

NEW DELHI: While remaining “deeply disturbed” by the situation in UkraineIndia Friday joined China, Brazil and Gabon in abstaining from voting on a UNSC resolution which condemned “illegal” referendums held by Russia to annex 4 regions of Ukraine, and called upon Moscow to unconditionally withdraw troops from the country. Barring a couple of procedural votes, […]

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Russia Abandons Annexed Ukrainian City, Putin Ally Wants Nuclear Response

Ukrainian soldiers drive an armoured personnel carrier in the recently retaken area. Kyiv: Russia said on Saturday its troops had abandoned their bastion of Lyman in Ukraine’s east for fear of encirclement and the leader of Chechnya, a close Kremlin ally, said Moscow should consider using a low-yield nuclear weapon in response. The fall of […]

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