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  • Russia Grinds Towards Sloviansk, Putin Threatens Bigger Offensive

    Russia Grinds Towards Sloviansk, Putin Threatens Bigger Offensive

    Russian forces left a trail of destruction Thursday, seeking to push deeper into the eastern Donbas region as President Vladimir Putin said his military campaign was still ramping up. Diplomatic tensions meanwhile mounted between Ankara and Kyiv, with Ukraine accusing Turkey of ignoring calls to seize Ukrainian grain being transported by a Russian ship. A…

  • Putin Says if West Wants to Defeat Russia on Battlefield, ‘Let Them Try’

    Putin Says if West Wants to Defeat Russia on Battlefield, ‘Let Them Try’

    President Vladimir Putin on Thursday challenged the West to try and defeat Russia “on the battlefield” and said Moscow’s intervention in Ukraine marked a shift to a “multi-polar world.” Delivering one of his strongest speeches since he sent troops to Ukraine on February 24, Putin also raged against “totalitarian liberalism” that he said the West…

  • Russian Prosecutor Seeks 7 Years in Jail for Councillor Over Ukraine Criticism

    Russian Prosecutor Seeks 7 Years in Jail for Councillor Over Ukraine Criticism

    A Russian prosecutor on Thursday requested a seven-year prison term for a Moscow city councillor accused of criticizing Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine. Alexei Gorinov, a 60-year-old lawyer by training, was arrested in late April for spreading “knowingly false information” about the Russian army and is now on trial. Gorinov is the first elected member…

  • Russian Officials Appointed to Top Posts in Occupied Ukraine

    Russian Officials Appointed to Top Posts in Occupied Ukraine

    A growing number of Russian officials have been handed senior jobs in occupied parts of Ukraine in what analysts said was an attempt to strengthen ties to Moscow ahead of a possible annexation process. This week alone, appointments included a former deputy from the Russian parliament, regional government officials and a high-ranking Federal Security Service…

  • U.S., U.K. Embassies Ignore Forced Pro-War Change of Address

    U.S., U.K. Embassies Ignore Forced Pro-War Change of Address

    British and American diplomats in Moscow will refuse to adopt new addresses for their embassies after officials renamed streets in honor of eastern Ukraine’s pro-Kremlin separatist republics. City authorities renamed the area close to the British Embassy on Monday, effectively changing the building’s address to “1 Luhansk People’s Republic Square.” The move comes less than…

  • U.S. Basketball Star Brittney Griner Pleads Guilty to Russian Drug Charges

    U.S. Basketball Star Brittney Griner Pleads Guilty to Russian Drug Charges

    American basketball player Brittney Griner has pleaded guilty to drug charges before a Russian judge. The two-time Olympian denied that she had any intention of breaking Russian law when she was detained at a Moscow airport in February with cannabis vape cartridges in her luggage. “I was in a rush packing. And the cartridges accidentally…

  • Deadly Wave of Strikes as Russia Grinds Towards Sloviansk

    Deadly Wave of Strikes as Russia Grinds Towards Sloviansk

    Russian forces left a trail of destruction in their wake Thursday as they grinded deeper into Donbas with their sights set on the industrial hub of Sloviansk in eastern Ukraine as their next target. Moscow’s slow push came as diplomatic tensions mounted between Ankara and Kyiv, where Ukrainian officials accused Turkey of ignoring calls to…

  • Russia Lawmakers Move to Classify Real Estate Ownership Data

    Russia Lawmakers Move to Classify Real Estate Ownership Data

    Russian lawmakers have advanced new legislation to block the public from accessing information from the country’s state real estate register, a move that could hinder independent journalists from investigating the hidden wealth of the country’s elite. The bill, which passed its third and final reading in the lower-house State Duma on Thursday, restricts third parties…

  • Kremlin Says Has Little Hope for ‘More Professional’ U.K. Leader as Johnson Resigns

    Kremlin Says Has Little Hope for ‘More Professional’ U.K. Leader as Johnson Resigns

    The Kremlin says it hopes that the U.K.’s next leader will be “more professional,” after Prime Minister Boris Johnson resigned as the country’s ruling Conservative Party leader Thursday. The politician will remain as a “caretaker” Prime Minister until elections are held later this year. “We would like to hope that someday in Great Britain more…

  • Disputed Grain Ship Returns to Russia from Turkey

    Disputed Grain Ship Returns to Russia from Turkey

    A disputed cargo ship carrying allegedly stolen grain from Ukraine has returned to Russian territorial waters, Turkish sources told AFP on Thursday, drawing angry condemnation from Kyiv. The marinetraffic.com website showed Zhibek Zholy moving at least 20 kilometers (12 miles) away from Turkey’s Black Sea port of Karasu before apparently switching off its transponder and…

  • Russian Ruble Drops 17% Amid Falling Exports, Rumored Intervention

    Russian Ruble Drops 17% Amid Falling Exports, Rumored Intervention

    The Russian ruble extended a recent slump Thursday, declining 17% against the U.S. dollar in 48 hours to reach its lowest level since late May.   The ruble hit 64.5 against the greenback during morning trading on the Moscow Exchange as the Russian authorities apparently intervened in currency markets to stop the ruble from strengthening and…

  • Russia Rules Out WNBA Star Griner’s Exchange Until Conviction

    Russia Rules Out WNBA Star Griner’s Exchange Until Conviction

    Moscow will not discuss swapping basketball star Brittney Griner in a potential exchange with the United States until her formal conviction on drug smuggling charges, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Thursday. Ryabkov told reporters that were currently “no nominal, formal or procedural grounds to take any further steps” regarding Griner’s exchange, the state-run…

  • Russia Hands Heavy Sentences to North Korean Fishermen

    Russia Hands Heavy Sentences to North Korean Fishermen

    A court in the Russian Far Eastern city of Vladivostok sentenced a dozen North Korean fishermen to long sentences for attacking Russian coast guards in a clash in the Sea of Japan in 2019. Twelve fishermen from the closed state were handed sentences from four to 13 years in prison.  The court found them guilty…

  • Freed Ukrainian Prisoners of War Recount Russian Torture

    Freed Ukrainian Prisoners of War Recount Russian Torture

    Ukrainians held prisoner by Russian and pro-Moscow forces have accused their captors of torture in a series of interviews. Paramedic Yuliia Paievska, widely known by her nickname Taira, was captured in mid-March while assisting civilians wounded in an airstrike on a theater in the port city of Mariupol. The city fell to Russian forces in…

  • Russian House Speaker Threatens to ‘Take Back’ Alaska

    Russian House Speaker Threatens to ‘Take Back’ Alaska

    The speaker of Russia’s lower house of parliament threatened Wednesday to “claim back” Alaska if the United States froze or seized Russian assets as punishment for its invasion of Ukraine. “Let America always remember: there’s a piece of territory, Alaska,” Vyacheslav Volodin said at the last session of parliament, the State Duma, before it goes on…

  • TotalEnergies Pulls Out of Russian Oil Project

    TotalEnergies Pulls Out of Russian Oil Project

    French oil and gas firm TotalEnergies said Wednesday it had pulled out of a Russian oil project.  Russian oil firm Zarubezhneft will take over its remaining 20 percent stake in the Kharyaga project in the Arctic pending approval by Russian authorities. No information about the financial terms of the transaction was provided. TotalEnergies had already…

  • Russian Tanks Damaged in Ukraine On Display in Warsaw

    Russian Tanks Damaged in Ukraine On Display in Warsaw

    Two Russian armored vehicles, battered, charred and dented, provide a dramatic sight for visitors arriving at Warsaw’s historic Castle Square. The T-72 tank and 2S-19 self-propelled howitzer could almost be mistaken for museum pieces were it not for the mud and grass still stuck to their tracks. The two vehicles were hit and then captured…

  • Art Basel
Russian and Ukrainian Art in Time of War

    Art Basel Russian and Ukrainian Art in Time of War

    A really hot art summer has come to Europe. Right after the 59th Art Biennale in Venice and the Documenta 15 exhibition of contemporary art in Kassel, the world’s biggest international art fair was held in late June: Art Basel. The fair showcased modern and contemporary works in 289 galleries and attracted famous collectors and…

  • Norway Greenlights Blocked Goods for Russian Arctic Miners

    Norway Greenlights Blocked Goods for Russian Arctic Miners

    Norwegian authorities have allowed the passage of essential goods bound for Russian miners on the country’s Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic, the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) reported Wednesday. Russian officials last week voiced outrage at Norway’s decision to halt the passage of Russian goods, including foodstuffs, destined for the roughly 400 miners in the town of…

  • Russia Introduces Jail Terms for Cooperation With Foreigners

    Russia Introduces Jail Terms for Cooperation With Foreigners

    Russian society is reeling from a historic crackdown on dissent which has intensified since President Vladimir Putin sent troops to Ukraine on Feb. 24. Rights activists fear the new legislation will be used to snuff out any last vestiges of dissent. “The changes are an adequate and timely response to the challenges that our country…

  • Russia Set to Revive Soviet Pioneer-Style Youth Movement

    Russia Set to Revive Soviet Pioneer-Style Youth Movement

    Russian lawmakers have approved the creation of a modern-day youth organization in the style of the Soviet pioneers. Children as young as six could join the new group, which was laid out in a bill passed Wednesday by Russia’s lower house of parliament, the State Duma. Artyom Metelev, the bill’s co-author and chairman of the…

  • Russian Court Suspends Kazakh Oil Pipeline’s Operations

    Russian Court Suspends Kazakh Oil Pipeline’s Operations

    A court in southern Russia has ordered the suspension of operations of the Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC), a major exporter of oil from Kazakhstan, the company confirmed Wednesday.  The CPC pipeline’s work will be halted for 30 days due to “irregularities in paperwork guiding elimination of oil spill emergencies” that were uncovered by a government…

  • How Russia ‘Removed’ Priceless Kuindzhi Artworks from Ukraine’s Mariupol

    How Russia ‘Removed’ Priceless Kuindzhi Artworks from Ukraine’s Mariupol

    At first, Natalia Kapustnikova refused to tell the group of men in black balaclavas and military uniforms where they could find the priceless 19th-century paintings owned by her museum in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol.  As explosions sounded outside, the men said they were particularly interested in luminous landscapes by Arkhip Kuindzhi, a Mariupol-born…

  • In Photos: Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk in Ruins After Russian Capture

    In Photos: Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk in Ruins After Russian Capture

    Russia’s grinding, hard-fought military campaign in eastern Ukraine has seen major successes in recent weeks as its forces have captured the strategic cities of Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk. The two cities, located in the Luhansk region, are seen as critical to gaining total control over the wider Donbas region, which had been partially held by pro-Russian…

  • YouTube Blocked in Ukraine’s Russian-Occupied Kherson

    YouTube Blocked in Ukraine’s Russian-Occupied Kherson

    Russian-installed authorities claim to have blocked access to YouTube and Instagram in southern Ukraine’s occupied Kherson region. “We shut down YouTube a few days ago,” Sergei Moroz, a video blogger and spokesperson for the local occupation administration, said in a video message posted on Telegram Wednesday. “We’re now without YouTube or Instagram. But it’s OK,…

  • Russian Police Chief’s Top Aide Arrested on Corruption Charges

    Russian Police Chief’s Top Aide Arrested on Corruption Charges

    Three Russian police generals, including an assistant to the country’s Interior Minister, have been detained on charges of misappropriating funds, Russian law enforcement announced Wednesday. Lieutenant General Sergei Umnov and two senior colleagues — Major General Alexei Semyonov, head of St. Petersburg’s traffic police, and Major General Ivan Abakumov — are accused of embezzling money…

  • Russia Ex-President Invokes Nuclear War if Moscow Punished by ICC

    Russia Ex-President Invokes Nuclear War if Moscow Punished by ICC

    Former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev invoked Wednesday the possibility of nuclear war if the International Criminal Court (ICC) moves to punish Moscow for alleged crimes in Ukraine.  “The idea to punish a country that has the largest nuclear arsenal is absurd in and of itself,” Medvedev, a close ally of President Vladimir Putin, said on…

  • RN-Purneftegas Volunteers Clean Up 40 Hectares of the Pyakupur River Bank of Domestic Waste

    RN-Purneftegaz volunteers initiated the Clean Banks of the Pyakupur River campaign in Gubkinsky (Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District).

  • Achinsk Refinery Plants Over 21,000 Pine Seedlings

    Employees of the Achinsk refinery (an enterprise of Rosneft Oil Company’s refining complex) planted more than 21,000 pine seedlings in the forests of Krasnoyarsk Territory.

  • Fourth Gazprom-Linked Executive Reported Dead in Russia

    Fourth Gazprom-Linked Executive Reported Dead in Russia

    A Russian businessman with ties to state-owned energy giant Gazprom has died outside St. Petersburg in the latest in a series of mysterious deaths to grip the country’s gas industry in 2022. Yury Voronov, 61, headed the Astra Shipping transportation firm that worked on Gazprom’s Arctic projects, according to the company’s website. Voronov’s body was…

  • Disputed Russian Cargo Ship Still Stranded Off Turkish Coast

    Disputed Russian Cargo Ship Still Stranded Off Turkish Coast

    A Russian-flagged cargo ship at the center of a fight over grain between Kyiv and Moscow remained anchored Tuesday off Turkey’s Black Sea coast – a full four days after its unexpected arrival. Ukraine alleges that the Zhibek Zholy had set off from its Kremlin-occupied port of Berdyansk after picking up confiscated wheat. Moscow concedes that…

  • Lavrov Says Putin-Macron Call Leak Breached ‘Diplomatic Etiquette’

    Lavrov Says Putin-Macron Call Leak Breached ‘Diplomatic Etiquette’

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday that the publication of a call between President Emmanuel Macron and Russian leader Vladimir Putin was a breach of “diplomatic etiquette.” “Diplomatic etiquette does not provide for unilateral leaks of (such) recordings,” Lavrov said on a trip to Vietnam.  The details of the confidential call days before Moscow’s…

  • Russia Approves Bill Recognizing Civilians Sent to Ukraine War as Veterans

    Russia Approves Bill Recognizing Civilians Sent to Ukraine War as Veterans

    Russia’s lower house of parliament has passed new legislation giving civilians who have contributed to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine the same status as war veterans. The legislation will include doctors, technical specialists, construction workers and journalists who have worked with Russian troops in occupied areas of Ukraine, according to lawmakers. Veteran status gives the holder…

  • Fast Food Giant Yum Brands Announces Plans to Leave Russia With KFC Sale

    Fast Food Giant Yum Brands Announces Plans to Leave Russia With KFC Sale

    One of the world’s largest restaurant companies, Yum Brands Inc, announced Tuesday it is “in advanced talks” to sell its KFC restaurants and franchise in Russia. The American company plans to fully exit the Russian market after selling the brand to a local buyer, state-run news agency Interfax reported.  The company has already sold its…

  • Moscow Orders Jewish Agency to Halt Russia Operations – Reports

    Moscow Orders Jewish Agency to Halt Russia Operations – Reports

    Russian officials have allegedly ordered the Jewish Agency for Israel to stop all activity inside the country in a measure that could impact thousands of Russian Jews who want to repatriate to Israel, The Jerusalem Post reported on Tuesday. The Jewish Agency in Russia confirmed that it received a letter from the Russian government earlier…

  • World’s Largest Steelmaker ArcelorMittal Resumes Russia Shipments

    World’s Largest Steelmaker ArcelorMittal Resumes Russia Shipments

    ArcelorMittal, one of the world’s largest steelmakers, has resumed shipments to Russia just a month after suspending deliveries, the Kommersant business daily reported late Monday. ArcelorMittal removed Russian materials from its supply chain in March in response to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.  In May, Kommersant reported that the Luxembourg-based multinational had suspended supplies to Russia.…

  • Ufaorgsintez Completely Updates Water and Wastewater Systems

    Ufaorgsintez, an enterprise of Rosneft Oil Company’s oil refining and petrochemical complex, has carried out a technical upgrade of its water and wastewater systems.

  • IKEA Website Crashes as Russians Flock to Buy Final Deals

    IKEA Website Crashes as Russians Flock to Buy Final Deals

    The Russian website for home retail giant IKEA crashed Tuesday as the company launched its final sale before leaving the country. Buyers were unable to log into their accounts, add items to their carts or place orders. A message on IKEA’s website said later that online carts were unavailable for “technical reasons.”  Disruptions linked to…

  • Russian Prisons, Corporations Recruit Ukraine ‘Volunteers’ – Reports

    Russian Prisons, Corporations Recruit Ukraine ‘Volunteers’ – Reports

    Prisons and corporations across Russia are recruiting volunteers to fight in Ukraine, independent media reported this week. The effort appears to be an attempt by the Russian military to replace its depleted forces following a grinding four-month effort to capture territories in southern and eastern Ukraine. Wagner, a Kremlin-linked private military company, has allegedly offered…

  • FSB Official Takes Over Moscow-Occupied Kherson Region

    FSB Official Takes Over Moscow-Occupied Kherson Region

    An official from Russia’s powerful FSB security services took over the government of the Moscow-occupied Kherson region in southern Ukraine, Kremlin-installed authorities said Tuesday.  Sergei Yeliseyev, until now the deputy head of government in the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad, “became head of the government in the Kherson region,” said Vladimir Saldo, who heads the Russian…

  • Artillery Shelling Hits Russian Border Villages – Governor

    Artillery Shelling Hits Russian Border Villages – Governor

    Russian villages near the border with Ukraine were subjected to intense artillery fire early Tuesday, according to the governors of the Kursk and Bryansk regions.  “The morning began again with artillery shelling of the border settlements,” Roman Starovoit posted on messaging app Telegram. Starovoit later added that an unspecified number of houses were damaged and…

  • ‘Terrified’ Griner Asks for Freedom in Letter to Biden

    ‘Terrified’ Griner Asks for Freedom in Letter to Biden

    American basketball star Brittney Griner asked US President Joe Biden to free her from a Russian prison in a handwritten letter Monday, portions of which were made public by her family. Two-time Olympic champion Griner, detained in Russia since February on drug smuggling charges, told Biden she fears she might never be freed. “As I sit here…

  • Cosmonauts Wade Into Ukraine, Fly Separatist Flag Onboard ISS

    Cosmonauts Wade Into Ukraine, Fly Separatist Flag Onboard ISS

    Russian cosmonauts on board the ISS held a flag symbolizing pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine and congratulated Moscow’s forces on capturing the region of Luhansk, the space agency in Moscow said Monday. Roscosmos posted a photograph of cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev, Denis Matveyev and Sergei Korsakov holding the flag of the self-proclaimed separatist Luhansk People’s Republic…

  • Bitter Harvest: Russia Gathers Grain in Occupied Ukraine

    Bitter Harvest: Russia Gathers Grain in Occupied Ukraine

    Ukraine has long been hailed as one of the world’s great breadbaskets. In 2021, the country accounted for 10% of global wheat exports in 2021, according to the United Nations. Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine in February saw agriculture grind to a halt. As tensions rose in the Black Sea, a blockade of Russian ships disrupted…

  • The Podolsk-based enterprise of ROSATOM to manufacture and supply thermocouples for Kudankulam NPP

    LUCH Scientific Production Association (part of Science and Innovations JSC, R & D Unit of ROSATOM) signed an agreement to supply thermocouples for four power units of the Kudankulam NPP in India. New sensors designed for thermal control of NPP process equipment will replace the old ones in the internal reactor control systems of the…

  • Moscow Renames Area Near U.K. Embassy ‘Luhansk Square’ After Ukraine Separatists

    Moscow Renames Area Near U.K. Embassy ‘Luhansk Square’ After Ukraine Separatists

    Moscow authorities will rename a stretch of land outside the British Embassy in honor of one of eastern Ukraine’s pro-Moscow breakaway republics, the Moscow Mayor’s Office said Monday.  The area — which runs along Smolenskaya Naberezhnaya between Protochny Pereulok and the exit onto Ulitsa Novy Arbat — will now be known as “Luhansk People’s Republic…

  • Putin Orders Advance to Continue After Russia Takes Ukraine’s Lysychansk

    Putin Orders Advance to Continue After Russia Takes Ukraine’s Lysychansk

    President Vladimir Putin said Monday that Russia will continue pressing forward in eastern Ukraine after Kyiv ordered its forces to retreat from the strategic city of Lysychansk and Russian officials claimed control over the entirety of Ukraine’s Luhansk region. “Military units … must carry out their tasks according to previously approved plans,” Putin said in…

  • Uzbekistan Says 18 Dead in Unrest in Autonomous Region

    Uzbekistan Says 18 Dead in Unrest in Autonomous Region

    Authorities in Uzbekistan said on Monday 18 people died in clashes in the autonomous Karakalpakstan region when mass protests erupted last week over planned constitutional changes affecting the territory’s status. The unrest, pitting protesters against security forces, represented the most significant challenge yet to the rule of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev since he rose to power…

  • Renowned Soviet Animator Dies at 101

    Renowned Soviet Animator Dies at 101

    Renowned Soviet and Russian animator Leonid Shvartsman has died at age 101. Shvartsman had worked on several iconic animated series, including “Cheburashka,” “The Scarlet Flower,” “The Snow Queen” and “38 Parrots and Kitten named Woof.”  Sergei Kapkov, the head of Russian and Soviet animation studio Soyuzmultfilm, announced his death to Russian media outlets on Saturday. …

  • Putin Won’t Congratulate Biden on Independence Day, Kremlin Says

    Putin Won’t Congratulate Biden on Independence Day, Kremlin Says

    Russian President Vladimir Putin won’t congratulate his U.S. counterpart Joe Biden on his country’s Independence Day holiday, the Kremlin said Monday.  “This is because this year, the U.S.’ unfriendly political discourse towards Russia has reached its culmination point,” Interfax quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying to reporters. “Under this circumstance, sending such a congratulatory…

  • Siberian Journalist Jailed for Military ‘Fakes’ Moved to Psychiatric Care

    Siberian Journalist Jailed for Military ‘Fakes’ Moved to Psychiatric Care

    A Siberian journalist and activist has been moved to a psychiatric hospital while facing trial for publishing “fake news” about the Russian army, her colleagues at the RusNews media outlet said.  Maria Ponomarenko, 44, was detained in St. Petersburg in April for allegedly publishing information about the Russian bombing of a theater in the Ukrainian…

  • Putin Orders Ukraine Offensive to Continue After Capture of Luhansk

    Putin Orders Ukraine Offensive to Continue After Capture of Luhansk

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday ordered Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu to press ahead with Moscow’s offensive in Ukraine after troops took control of the entire Lugansk region.  “Military units, including the East group and the West group, must carry out their tasks according to previously approved plans,” Putin told Shoigu. “I hope that everything…

  • Russia Holds Key Ukraine City in Setback for Kyiv

    Russia Holds Key Ukraine City in Setback for Kyiv

    Russian troops were on Monday holding the strategic Ukrainian city of Lysychansk after Kyiv’s forces retreated, in a major boost for Russia’s campaign to seize the entire Donbas region of eastern Ukraine. With the war now well into its fifth month after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, governments and organizations gathered for a…

  • Russia Replaces Disappearing Western Gadgets With Chinese Brands

    Russia Replaces Disappearing Western Gadgets With Chinese Brands

    Chinese smartphones and home appliances are replacing major Western brands that have exited Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, the Kommersant business daily reported Monday. January-June 2022 results analyzed by the Marvel Distribution IT supplier showed at least seven Chinese smartphone brands leading sales in Russia, according to Kommersant. Tecno, Infinix, Realme and Xiaomi showed more…

  • Georgians Grudgingly Accept Growing Russian Presence

    Georgians Grudgingly Accept Growing Russian Presence

    Russian émigré Valentin Semyonov uses sausage as an icebreaker when he meets his Georgian neighbors. “This tastes just like the good old Soviet stuff!” the gangly 38-year-old says as he hands around sticks of salami, of which he appears to have brought an endless supply from his motherland. There is hardly a neighbor in his…

  • Russia Claims Full Control Over Ukraine’s Luhansk Region

    Russia Claims Full Control Over Ukraine’s Luhansk Region

    Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Sunday that Moscow’s forces have taken the Ukrainian city of Lysychansk and control the entire Luhansk region, which has been the target of fierce battles in recent weeks. “Sergei Shoigu has informed the commander in chief of the Russian armed forces, Vladimir Putin, of the liberation of the People’s Republic…

  • Russia Reports 4 Dead in Attack on Border City Belgorod

    Russia Reports 4 Dead in Attack on Border City Belgorod

    Updated with Defense Ministry spokesperson comments and new death toll. Russia said four people were killed and several injured in a Sunday strike on a city near the border with Ukraine, the most deadly attack inside Russia since the start of the invasion of its western neighbor. The explosions, which occurred in the early hours…

  • Pro-Russia Rebels Claim to ‘Encircle’ Key City, Ukraine Denies

    Pro-Russia Rebels Claim to ‘Encircle’ Key City, Ukraine Denies

    Fighting raged Saturday for Ukraine’s strategic Lysychansk, as Kyiv denied a claim by Moscow-backed separatists that they had encircled the eastern city. Clashes have been intense in Lysychansk, the last major city in the Luhansk region of the Donbas still in Ukrainian hands, located across the river from neighbouring Severodonetsk seized by Russia last week.…

  • Explainer: What is White Phosphorus and Is Russia Using it in Ukraine?

    Explainer: What is White Phosphorus and Is Russia Using it in Ukraine?

    In a grainy, black and white video published Friday, a Russian jet swoops low over Snake Island in the Black Sea, recently vacated by Russian troops, and drops several bombs.  According to the Ukrainain military. the bombs contained white phosphorus.  Russia has deployed a huge array weapons in the four months of its ongoing military…

  • The Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority issued a license for production of core catchers for the units of Paks-2 NPP

    On June 30, 2022, the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority (OAH) issued a production license allowing to start production of the two core melt localization devices for the new units of Paks-2 NPP. The Core Melt Localization Device (CMLD, or “core catcher”) is one of the most important elements of the passive safety system of generation…