Ukraine

Vladimir Putin threatens ‘response’ if Nato military infrastructure on Nordic soil

Mr Putin’s statement, at a meeting of the Collective Security Treaty Organization in Moscow, was the latest in a series of threats Russia has levied at the two countries in the three-month run-up to their decisions to join the alliance. Dimitry Medvedev, the former Russian president and Putin ally, threatened in April that Russia would …

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Ukraine war: Russia has lost ‘one third’ of its ground force and ‘significantly behind schedule’, says UK

R ussia’s offensive has “lost momentum” while up to a third of its ground force has now been lost since the invasion of Ukraine began, the UK has said. In its latest update, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the offensive in the Donbas has now slowed and is behind schedule. While a large majority …

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Resurgence of Russian shelling reminds Kharkiv’s residents: Don’t get too comfortable

The success has so bolstered Ukrainian morale that debates have begun on social media about whether they should stop at the border, or push on to Belgorod – taking the war into Russia itself. But while the momentum in this part of the country is now entirely with the Ukrainians, the battle is far from …

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EU readies €195bn plan to quit Russian gas, oil, and coal

The European Commission plans to unveil a €195bn plan to stop importing Russian fossil fuels by 2027, combining a faster rollout of renewable energy and energy savings with a switch to alternative gas supplies, draft documents show. The draft measures, which could change before they are due to be published next week, include a mix …

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Vladimir Putin ‘lost control of narrative’ in Ukraine information war, say officials

V ladimir Putin is no longer “projecting power” in the information war over Ukraine as the debate has swung to whether his generals are in control and the morale of his troops, Western officials said on Friday. They stressed he had “lost control of the narrative” in the crucial information battle. Ukrainian forces are now …

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Vladimir Putin’s troops suffering heavy losses on ‘risky’ manoeuvres in Ukraine

V ladimir Putin’s troops are suffering heavy losses on “highly risky” manoeuvres ordered to try to rectify his failure to make “significant advances” in the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine, British defense chiefs said on Friday. They highlighted how a number of Russian armoured vehicles were destroyed by Ukrainian forces as they attempted a river …

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Ukraine to hold first war crimes trial of Russian soldier

Russia is the “most direct threat” to the international order because of its invasion of Ukraine, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in Tokyo on Thursday. “[Russia] is today the most direct threat to the world order with the barbaric war against Ukraine, and its worrying pact with China,” she said after meeting …

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Russia cancels flypasts as Victory Day parade turns into damp squib

The Victory Day parade is held every year to celebrate the Soviet defeat of Hitler in World War II – a campaign Putin claims he is now ending off by fighting “Nazis” in Ukraine. Western governments claimed last month that the Russian president was pressuring generals to win the war there before May 9 so …

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