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  • Armenia, Azerbaijan Optimistic on Normalization at Moscow Talks

    Armenia, Azerbaijan Optimistic on Normalization at Moscow Talks

    Arch foes Armenia and Azerbaijan are advancing toward normalizing ties following mutual recognition of territorial integrity, the two countries’ leaders said Thursday as they held talks in Moscow. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev met separately with Russian President Vladimir Putin before the three held joint negotiations late on Thursday. The…

  • Lukashenko Says Russia Has Begun Moving Nuclear Weapons to Belarus

    Lukashenko Says Russia Has Begun Moving Nuclear Weapons to Belarus

    Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko said Thursday that Russia had begun moving nuclear weapons to its western neighbour and ally, after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced plans to transfer them in March. There were no new comments from Russia on bringing the nuclear weapons to Belarus. “The transfer of nuclear munitions has begun,” Lukashenko said told…

  • Russian Activist Jailed for 6 Years Over Social Media Posts

    Russian Activist Jailed for 6 Years Over Social Media Posts

    Russian human rights activist Andrei Ivashev was sentenced to six years in prison on extremism charges for a series of social media comments, the independent 7×7 media outlet reported Thursday.  Ivashev, 62, is well known in the northern republic of Komi for his criticism of the region’s Governor Vladimir Uyba, as well as one-man pickets…

  • Moscow’s Higher School of Economics to Fund War Veterans’ Education

    Moscow’s Higher School of Economics to Fund War Veterans’ Education

    Moscow’s prestigious Higher School of Economics (HSE) announced Thursday that it will pay for the education of those who fight in Ukraine and their family members. One of Russia’s top-ranked universities, HSE had long been seen as a bastion of liberal values. But in recent years, the university has increasingly aligned itself with the Kremlin’s positions.…

  • Russia Summons Germany, Sweden, Denmark Envoys Over Nord Stream

    Russia Summons Germany, Sweden, Denmark Envoys Over Nord Stream

    Russia on Thursday summoned the envoys of Germany, Sweden and Denmark over Moscow’s frustration with the lack of progress on probes into the sabotaged Nord Stream gas pipelines. Built to carry Russian gas to Germany, the pipelines in the Baltic Sea were ruptured by subsea explosives months after Russian President Vladimir Putin sent troops to…

  • Georgia to Launch Transit Flights Between Russia and Europe

    Georgia to Launch Transit Flights Between Russia and Europe

    Georgian Airways plans to launch transit flights connecting Russia to European countries via Tbilisi, the airline’s founder said in an interview with Russian media outlet RTVI. Russia has been largely cut off from Europe since its invasion of Ukraine prompted the European Union to ban Russian airlines from its airspace and vice versa. Russians traveling…

  • Assimilate or Flee: Wartime Pressures Weigh on Russia’s Ukrainian Diaspora

    Assimilate or Flee: Wartime Pressures Weigh on Russia’s Ukrainian Diaspora

    When Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine last year, Moscow-born Ukrainian Marika Semenenko decided to flee abroad. “It was clear from the beginning that it would be impossible to speak out against the war and staying silent wasn’t an option for me,” the entrepreneur and activist who has since settled in Armenia told The…

  • Kazakh President Warns Against Further Integration of Russia-Led Economic Bloc

    Kazakh President Warns Against Further Integration of Russia-Led Economic Bloc

    Kazakhstan’s president on Thursday criticized the Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and appeared to caution against political integration between its members. Kazakhstan, an oil-rich state and traditionally been Moscow’s closest ally in Central Asia, has been shaken by the invasion of Ukraine that sparked fears about Russia’s geopolitical ambitions. Speaking at a plenary session of…

  • Tajikistan Summons Russia’s Envoy Over Student Beatings

    Tajikistan Summons Russia’s Envoy Over Student Beatings

    Tajikistan has summoned Russia’s ambassador after police allegedly beat and interrogated more than 100 Tajik students at a university in Russia’s Far East, the foreign ministry said. It marked a rare instance of discord between Tajikistan, the poorest of Central Asia’s ex-Soviet republics, and Russia, on which it is still economically reliant. The incident occurred…

  • Russia Dissolves Oldest Opposition Party

    Russia Dissolves Oldest Opposition Party

    Russia’s Supreme Court has ordered the closure of the country’s oldest liberal opposition party, the independent news website Mediazona reported Thursday. The Party of People’s Freedom (Parnas) is the second iteration of the Republican Party of Russia, which was originally formed in 1990 and advocated for human rights and federalism before it too was dissolved. Parnas’ members have…

  • Russia and Belarus Sign Document on Tactical Nuclear Weapon Deployment

    Russia and Belarus Sign Document on Tactical Nuclear Weapon Deployment

    The defense ministers of Russia and Belarus on Thursday signed a document on the deployment of Russian tactical nuclear weapons on Belarusian territory, the state-run TASS news agency reported, citing the Defense Ministry of Belarus.  Russia will retain control over its non-strategic nuclear weapons stationed in neighboring Belarus, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at…

  • Russia Shutters Swedish Consulate, Expels Diplomats

    Russia Shutters Swedish Consulate, Expels Diplomats

    Russia will expel five Swedish diplomats in a tit-for-tat move, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced Thursday as tensions persisted over allegations of Russian spying and Stockholm’s bid to join NATO in response to the invasion of Ukraine. “The Swedish ambassador was informed that Russia reciprocated by declaring five Swedish diplomats ‘personae non grata’,” it said…

  • Russia Arrests Ukrainians Planning Nuke Power Plant Strikes – FSB

    Russia Arrests Ukrainians Planning Nuke Power Plant Strikes – FSB

    Russia has arrested two Ukrainians who had allegedly planned to target nuclear power plants in the country, the FSB security service said on Thursday. “A sabotage group from the Ukrainian foreign intelligence service… tried to blow up some 30 power lines of nuclear power plants in Leningrad and Kalinin” in early May with the aim…

  • 6 Drones Downed in Crimea, No Victims – Governor

    6 Drones Downed in Crimea, No Victims – Governor

    Six drones were downed or blocked overnight in Russian-annexed Crimea, the region’s Moscow-appointed governor said on Thursday. “During the past night, six drones were shot down or blocked … in different parts of Crimea,” Sergei Aksyonov wrote on Telegram, adding “there were no victims or injured.” The incident comes after Moscow deployed jets and artillery…

  • Wagner Chief Announces Withdrawal From Ukraine’s Bakhmut

    Wagner Chief Announces Withdrawal From Ukraine’s Bakhmut

    Russia’s Wagner mercenary group has started withdrawing fighters from the eastern Ukrainian city of Bakhmut, its leader Yevgeny Prigozhin said Thursday. The announcement comes days after he claimed full control of the war-ravaged city, an assertion that Kyiv disputes. Prigozhin, a Putin ally who has clashed with Russia’s Defense Ministry throughout its 15-month invasion of Ukraine,…

  • Russia Calls Off Major Air Show Amid Security Fears – Reports

    Russia Calls Off Major Air Show Amid Security Fears – Reports

    Russia has called off a showcase biennial air show amid reports of security concerns and military equipment shortages arising from the 15-month war in Ukraine, state news agencies reported Wednesday. Russia’s International Air and Space Salon (MAKS) has been used by the authorities to display Russia’s achievements in high-end technology since it was inaugurated in…

  • Anti-Kremlin Russians call Armed Incursion a ‘Success’

    Anti-Kremlin Russians call Armed Incursion a ‘Success’

    Russian nationals fighting on Ukraine’s side on Wednesday hailed as a “success” a brazen mission to send groups of volunteers across the border into southern Russia and back. Russia on Tuesday said it deployed jets and artillery to fight off armed attackers who crossed into the southern region of Belgorod from Ukraine, exposing weaknesses on…

  • Russia Says Foiled Ukraine Attack on Warship in Turkish Waters

    Russia Says Foiled Ukraine Attack on Warship in Turkish Waters

    Russia said Wednesday it had fended off a Ukrainian attack on one of its warships in Turkish waters with unmanned vessels, the latest attempted sabotage attack Moscow has blamed on Kyiv. “Today at 5:30 am [0230 GMT] the armed forces of Ukraine made an unsuccessful attempt to attack the Ivan Khurs ship of the Black…

  • A Ukrainian Artist Fights Russian Culture, One Painting at a Time

    A Ukrainian Artist Fights Russian Culture, One Painting at a Time

    For the last year, Igor Gusev has fought his own war against Russian imperialism. Gusev’s combat employs unusual tactics. His conflict is waged from home, and his weapon of choice is  an Instagram series called “World War 3.” Gusev, who was born in 1970 and has lived his entire life in the Ukrainian city of…

  • Record Number of Russians Moved to Finland in 2022

    Record Number of Russians Moved to Finland in 2022

    Record numbers of Russians, by far the highest in three decades, moved to neighboring Finland in 2022, official statistics published Wednesday showed. A total of 6,003 people moved from Russia to Finland last year, according to Statistics Finland, making it the top country of origin for immigration. Immigration to Finland was up overall, with almost…

  • ‘We F***ed Up’: Shock But No Panic in Belgorod as Border Incursion Brings War Home

    ‘We F***ed Up’: Shock But No Panic in Belgorod as Border Incursion Brings War Home

    An attack by an armed group on a Russian region bordering Ukraine earlier this week has been met with a mixture of shock, anger and indifference, according to six interviews with locals conducted by The Moscow Times. The Belgorod region, which lies across the border from Ukraine’s second-largest city Kharkiv, has reported regular shelling and…

  • Putin’s Antique Map Stunt Stirs Meme Storm

    Putin’s Antique Map Stunt Stirs Meme Storm

    President Vladimir Putin donned his historian cap on Tuesday when Constitutional Court chairman Valery Zorkin brought a 17th-century French map to his office and presented the artifact as evidence that Ukraine did not exist as a state before the Soviet period, a view the Russian leader himself has expressed repeatedly both before and during Moscow’s…

  • Alexey Likhachev, Director General of ROSATOM, held the meeting with Zhang Kejian, the head of the China Atomic Energy Authority

    On May 24, 2023 in Beijing, Alexey Likhachev, Director General of ROSATOM, held the meeting with Zhang Kejian, the head of the China Atomic Energy Authority, on the sidelines of the official visit of the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Mikhail Mishustin to China. The main current and long-term agenda of cooperation between Russia…

  • Russia to Try 5 Foreigners for Fighting Alongside Ukraine

    Russia to Try 5 Foreigners for Fighting Alongside Ukraine

    Russia announced Wednesday that a court in the southern city of Rostov-on-Don will try five foreign men, including three British nationals, accused of fighting alongside Ukrainian forces against Moscow.  The trial will begin on May 31 on terror-linked and other charges. The men are believed to face trial in absentia.  Russian state news agency RIA…

  • Thousands of Chechens Protest Quran Burning Incident

    Thousands of Chechens Protest Quran Burning Incident

    Thousands of people in Russia’s majority-Muslim republic of Chechnya took to the streets of the regional capital on Tuesday to rally against a recent burning of the Quran. Police in the southwestern Russian city of Volgograd detained Nikita Zhuravel, 19, after he allegedly set fire to a copy of the Quran in front of the…

  • ​​Russia Central Bank Head Visits Iran to Strengthen Bilateral Banking Ties

    ​​Russia Central Bank Head Visits Iran to Strengthen Bilateral Banking Ties

    The head of Russia’s Central Bank visited Iran for the first time Wednesday for talks on expanding economic ties between the two countries, Iran’s state-run Mehr News Agency reported. Elvira Nabiullina met with her Iranian counterpart Mohammad Reza Farzin as Moscow, which has been heavily sanctioned over the invasion of Ukraine, seeks new allies. The…

  • Prigozhin Says 20K Wagner Fighters Killed in Battle for Bakhmut

    Prigozhin Says 20K Wagner Fighters Killed in Battle for Bakhmut

    Russia’s Wagner mercenary group lost 20,000 fighters while fighting for the eastern Ukrainian city of Bakhmut, half of which were convicts recruited from prisons, the group’s leader Yevgeny Prigozhin said in an interview published late Tuesday. Prigozhin, a Kremlin-linked catering magnate, has relied heavily on convicts from Russian prisons to fuel Wagner’s offensive in eastern Ukraine,…

  • Nuclear-powered icebreaker Sibir of Rosatomflot completed anti-jamming operations on the Yenisei

    On May 23, the universal nuclear icebreaker Sibir of Atomflot FSUE completed flood control work on the Yenisei River. The crew of the nuclear-powered ship had a task to make additional ice channels and cuts in the riverbed to prevent possible ice jams. “For the first time, the universal nuclear icebreaker of project 22220 was…

  • Drone Attacks Overnight in Russian Border Region – Governor

    Drone Attacks Overnight in Russian Border Region – Governor

    The governor of a southern Russian region bordering Ukraine said Wednesday that the territory was targeted overnight by numerous drones following an armed incursion from Ukraine. “The night was not entirely calm. There were a large number of drone attacks. Air defense systems handled most of them,” the governor of the Belgorod region, Vyacheslav Gladkov,…

  • The Head of ROSATOM Alexey Likhachev met with IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi

    The meeting was held in Beijing. The ROSATOM Director General visited China as a part of the delegation of the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, and IAEA Director General was on his working visit to China.      Alexey Likhachev and Rafael Mariano Grossi continued their conversation, which has recently taken on regular character.…

  • Georgia Leader Says Russia Sanctions Would ‘Devastate’ Economy

    Georgia Leader Says Russia Sanctions Would ‘Devastate’ Economy

    Georgia’s prime minister told an international forum Wednesday that his government cannot afford to impose sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine war as they would “devastate” the economy. Facing international criticism, Irakli Garbashvili strongly defended his country’s reluctance to take action against its giant neighbor which occupied about 20% of Georgian territory in a 2008…

  • Russia Seizes Zelensky’s Crimea Apartment

    Russia Seizes Zelensky’s Crimea Apartment

    Russian authorities have confiscated Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s $800,000 apartment in annexed Crimea, the peninsula’s Kremlin-installed governor said Wednesday. Crimean Governor Sergei Aksyonov listed the property, which Zelensky’s wife Olena Zelenska purchased near the resort city of Yalta in 2013, alongside several Ukrainian-owned assets subject to seizure. These include “large wineries, banking structures, Zelensky’s apartment and…

  • China’s Xi Offers Russia ‘Firm Support’ in ‘Core Interests’

    China’s Xi Offers Russia ‘Firm Support’ in ‘Core Interests’

    Chinese President Xi Jinping offered Beijing’s support on Moscow’s “core interests” at a meeting with Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin on Wednesday. China and Russia have in recent years ramped up economic and diplomatic cooperation, growing even closer since Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine despite Beijing’s insistence that it is neutral in that conflict. Mishustin’s trip…

  • Tretyakov Gallery Defies Putin’s Orders to Hand Historic Icon to Church

    Tretyakov Gallery Defies Putin’s Orders to Hand Historic Icon to Church

    Moscow’s Tretyakov Gallery has refused to hand over a renowned Orthodox icon to the Russian Orthodox Church in defiance of President Vladimir Putin’s orders, the Fontanka.ru news website reported Tuesday. According to Fontanka, a May 15 Tretyakov Gallery expert meeting with Church members concluded that Andrei Rublev’s “Trinity” cannot be taken out of the art museum due…

  • Russia Jails Migrants’ Rights Activist 14 Years for ‘Terrorism’

    Russia Jails Migrants’ Rights Activist 14 Years for ‘Terrorism’

    A migrants’ rights activist who worked with Russia’s oldest human rights group was sentenced to 14 years in prison late Tuesday on charges of terrorism for Facebook posts. Bakhrom Khamroyev, 59, was detained the day Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, 2022. He was previously a member of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning civil rights group…

  • In Photos: Russian Communists Organize Red Square Induction for Young Pioneers

    In Photos: Russian Communists Organize Red Square Induction for Young Pioneers

    Thousands of schoolchildren gathered on Red Square wearing red hats and neckerchiefs Sunday as Russia’s Communist Party inducted new members of the Pioneers, the party’s youth organization during the U.S.S.R. In an opening address, Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov thanked parents and teachers for their loyalty to the “glorious traditions of the great Soviet era.”…

  • Russian Energy Giant Gazprom Posts Big Drop in Profit

    Russian Energy Giant Gazprom Posts Big Drop in Profit

    Russian energy giant Gazprom, whose gas exports have plummeted in the wake of the Ukraine conflict, said Tuesday its net profit fell by 41% last year due to a tax increase. The company reported a profit of 1.2 trillion rubles ($15 billion) for 2022, down from 2.1 trillion rubles in the previous year. In a…

  • Russia Extends Arrest of U.S. Journalist Gershkovich By 3 Months

    Russia Extends Arrest of U.S. Journalist Gershkovich By 3 Months

    A Moscow court has extended the pre-trial detention of jailed Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich by three months, the state-run TASS news agency reported Tuesday. The Lefortovo District Court granted the Federal Security Service’s (FSB) request to extend Gershkovich’s pre-trial detention until Aug. 30 in a closed-door hearing, TASS reported. Gershkovich, a United States…

  • Russia Condemns ‘Illogical’ U.S. Aircraft Carrier Visit to Norway

    Russia Condemns ‘Illogical’ U.S. Aircraft Carrier Visit to Norway

    Russia’s Embassy in Norway on Tuesday harshly criticized a planned visit by a U.S. aircraft carrier to Oslo as an “illogical and harmful” show of force. The 337-meter (1,106-foot) USS General Ford is scheduled to dock in the Norwegian capital this week. “There are no issues in the North that require a military solution, nor…

  • Russian Lawmakers Greenlight Expansions for Border Guards to Seize Passports

    Russian Lawmakers Greenlight Expansions for Border Guards to Seize Passports

    Russian lawmakers swiftly approved amendments Tuesday that would expand border guards’ power to seize the passports of Russians traveling outside the country. According to the legislation introduced by the government and approved by the lower-house State Duma in just a single day, border guards will be able to confiscate passports from Russian citizens who are…

  • How Are Pro-Kremlin Figures Responding to the Belgorod Incursion?

    How Are Pro-Kremlin Figures Responding to the Belgorod Incursion?

    This week’s incursion into Russia’s western Belgorod region sparked mixed reactions from prominent pro-Kremlin voices. The armed incursion, the most serious since the beginning of Moscow’s offensive in Ukraine last year, prompted the Kremlin to express “deep concern” and the evacuation of nine villages in the Belgorod region. Ukrainian officials denied involvement as two anti-Kremlin…

  • Russian Man Fined for Zelensky Dream Faces New Fine for ‘Discrediting’ Army

    Russian Man Fined for Zelensky Dream Faces New Fine for ‘Discrediting’ Army

    A Russian man has fined a local man for “discrediting” the country’s military, the fourth time he has been convicted for the same offense since December. Ivan Losev, from the Siberian city of Chita, had been fined in February 2023 for speaking to the press about a fine he had previously received for sharing a…

  • Activists Map Deported Ukrainian Children in Russia

    Activists Map Deported Ukrainian Children in Russia

    A group of activists said it has mapped more than 250 locations inside Russia where Ukrainian children have been forcibly transferred since the start of Moscow’s full-scale invasion. Kyiv says more than 16,000 Ukrainian children have been deported to Russia since its February 2022 invasion, with many believed to have been placed in institutions and foster…

  • ‘Dragon’s Teeth,’ Hedgehogs and Minefields: How Russia Is Preparing to Defend Occupied Ukrainian Areas

    ‘Dragon’s Teeth,’ Hedgehogs and Minefields: How Russia Is Preparing to Defend Occupied Ukrainian Areas

    Russian troops have spent the past six months constructing extensive defensive fortifications aimed at preventing Ukraine from launching its widely anticipated counteroffensive and liberating its occupied territories.  However, analysts warn that the effectiveness of these defenses will largely depend on Russian troops’ ability to repel the Ukrainian armed forces’ assault. Lines of defense Satellite images…

  • Russia to Allow ‘Extremist’ Maps Showing Pre-Occupation Ukraine – Reports

    Russia to Allow ‘Extremist’ Maps Showing Pre-Occupation Ukraine – Reports

    Russia’s government has introduced legislative changes that would not punish mapmakers for displaying occupied territories as Ukrainian regions before their capture by Russian forces, the Vedomosti business daily reported Tuesday. Russia’s lower house of parliament passed the original draft bill in December imposing up to 15 days of jail or fines of up to 1…

  • Russian PM in China for Talks With Xi, Business Forum

    Russian PM in China for Talks With Xi, Business Forum

    Russia’s prime minister on Tuesday hailed economic ties with China during a visit in which he will meet with President Xi Jinping and ink a series of trade deals. The two nations have in recent years ramped up economic and diplomatic cooperation, with ties growing closer since Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine despite Beijing’s insistence it…

  • Russia’s Arrest of Evan Gershkovich Echoes Soviet Spy Scandal

    Russia’s Arrest of Evan Gershkovich Echoes Soviet Spy Scandal

    The arrest of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich in March was the first time a Western journalist had been held on espionage charges in post-Soviet Russia — but it opened a floodgate of memories for Nicholas Daniloff.  Daniloff was working as a journalist in the Soviet Union in 1986 when he was snatched off…

  • Explainer: How Dangerous Are Power Cuts at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant?

    Explainer: How Dangerous Are Power Cuts at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant?

    Ukraine’s occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant was briefly cut off from the power grid Monday, its Russian administrators and the Ukrainian atomic agency said. The incident marked the seventh time that the plant, Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, had been cut off from the power grid since invading Russian forces took control of the plant…

  • Armenia Might Quit Russia-Led Military Bloc – PM

    Armenia Might Quit Russia-Led Military Bloc – PM

    Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said Monday that his country could withdraw from Moscow-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), in a fresh show of discontent over the lack of support from its ally Russia. Yerevan has grown increasingly frustrated over what it calls Russia’s failure to protect Armenia in the face of military threats from…

  • Russian Border Region Says Ukrainian ‘Sabotage’ Unit Carried Out Incursion

    Russian Border Region Says Ukrainian ‘Sabotage’ Unit Carried Out Incursion

    The head of Russia’s Belgorod region which borders Ukraine, claimed Monday that a Ukrainian “sabotage group” had infiltrated the region, while anti-Kremlin Russians fighting alongside Ukraine’s forces appeared to take responsibility.  “A VSU [armed forces of Ukraine] sabotage group entered the territory of Grayvoron district,” Belgorod Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov wrote on Telegram, referring to a…

  • Belarus ‘Pardons’ Dissident Blogger Protasevich

    Belarus ‘Pardons’ Dissident Blogger Protasevich

    Belarusian authorities have pardoned dissident journalist Roman Protasevich, the state-run Belta news agency reported Monday.  “I have signed all the documents about my pardon literally just now. This is, of course, simply wonderful news,” Belta quoted Protasevich as saying.  Protasevich, 27, was arrested in 2021 when Belarusian authorities forced his EU-bound plane to land in Minsk,…

  • Putin Signs Off on Sanctioned Tycoons’ Shared Yandex Stake – Reports

    Putin Signs Off on Sanctioned Tycoons’ Shared Yandex Stake – Reports

    President Vladimir Putin has agreed on the sale of a majority stake in the Russian side of splintered tech giant Yandex to three sanctioned billionaires and the state-owned VTB Bank, the news websites The Bell and Meduza reported Sunday, citing four unnamed sources close to the company. Yandex, often referred to as the “Russian Google,”…

  • Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant Reconnected to Ukraine Grid

    Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant Reconnected to Ukraine Grid

    The occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant has been reconnected to Ukraine’s electricity grid again after being offline for several hours, officials in Kyiv said on Monday. Earlier Monday Ukraine’s nuclear agency Energoatom had accused Russia of carrying out attacks that caused a power cut.  It said it was the seventh time the plant entered “blackout mode”…

  • Russia Targets Ukraine’s Dnipro With Drones, Missiles

    Russia Targets Ukraine’s Dnipro With Drones, Missiles

    Russian forces targeted the eastern Ukrainian city of Dnipro overnight with 16 missiles and 20 attack drones, Ukraine’s army said Monday. The attacks on troops and infrastructure were carried out by various types of missiles and Iranian-made Shahed drones, the general staff wrote on Facebook, saying its air defenses had destroyed all the drones and…

  • Russia Increases Seaborne Coal Exports in 2023 – Kommersant

    Russia Increases Seaborne Coal Exports in 2023 – Kommersant

    Russia has exported almost 20% more coal by sea so far this year than during the run-up and early months of its invasion of Ukraine, the Kommersant business daily reported Monday, citing an unnamed source familiar with the data. Russia shipped 69.9 million metric tons of the polluting fuel from ports in January-April 2023, or…

  • Senior Russian Official Dies After Privately Bemoaning ‘Fascist’ Invasion

    Senior Russian Official Dies After Privately Bemoaning ‘Fascist’ Invasion

    Russia’s Deputy Science Minister Pyotr Kucherenko has died months after a prominent journalist recalled him criticizing the invasion of Ukraine in private conversations. Kucherenko, 46, fell seriously ill on board a flight returning from Cuba on Saturday, Russia’s Science and Higher Education Ministry said Sunday.  The flight made an emergency landing in southern Russia but doctors who…

  • Russia Says Zelensky Made G7 a ‘Propaganda Show’

    Russia Says Zelensky Made G7 a ‘Propaganda Show’

    Russia on Sunday accused G7 leaders of turning their summit in Japan into a “propaganda show” by inviting Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and whipping up “anti-Russian and anti-Chinese hysteria.” “The leaders of the G7 brought to their meeting the ringleader of the Kyiv regime they control and turned the Hiroshima event into a propaganda show,” the…

  • Ukraine Denies Fall of Bakhmut, Says Advancing in Suburbs

    Ukraine Denies Fall of Bakhmut, Says Advancing in Suburbs

    Ukraine on Sunday denied Bakhmut had fallen to Russian troops in the longest battle of the war and said it was instead advancing around the suburbs, making it “very difficult” for Russian troops to stay in the devastated city. A day after President Vladimir Putin congratulated his troops and private mercenary group Wagner who claimed…

  • Serhii Plokhy Chronicles the Russo-Ukrainian War

    Serhii Plokhy Chronicles the Russo-Ukrainian War

    Over a year into Russia’s grotesque full-scale invasion of Ukraine, disinformation and misconceptions of the conflict — fuelled both by the Kremlin and by political actors abroad — continue to permeate public debate. “The Russo-Ukrainian War: The Return of History” by Serhii Plokhy takes aim at many of these myths, demonstrating how Russia’s centuries-long imperial obsession…

  • Germany Probes Suspected Poisoning of Russian Exiles – Report

    Germany Probes Suspected Poisoning of Russian Exiles – Report

    German police have opened an investigation after a Russian journalist and an activist who participated in a Berlin conference reported health problems that suggested possible poisoning, the Welt am Sonntag reported. “A file has been opened based on the information available,” a Berlin police spokesman told the Sunday weekly. Berlin police were not immediately available…