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  • Nearly 4M Russians Left Russia in Early 2022 – FSB

    Nearly 4M Russians Left Russia in Early 2022 – FSB

    More than 3.8 million Russians have left the country in the first three months of 2022, according to data from Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) published this week.  A total of 3,880,679 Russians traveled for work, business, tourism and private reasons between January and March. Former Soviet countries saw significant spikes in arrivals after Russia…

  • Separatists Take Down Ukrainian Road Signs in Mariupol

    Separatists Take Down Ukrainian Road Signs in Mariupol

    Moscow-backed separatists in southeastern Ukraine said they had taken down traffic signs spelling out the name of the besieged city of Mariupol in Ukrainian and English and replaced them with Russian ones. “Updated road signs have been set up at the entrance to Mariupol,” the transportation ministry of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic said in…

  • U.S. Exports to Russia Fall to 20-Year Low

    U.S. Exports to Russia Fall to 20-Year Low

    U.S. exports to Russia dropped to a 20-year low in March as Washington hit Moscow with a series of punishing economic sanctions over its invasion of Ukraine, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau data. U.S. exports to Russia dropped from $497.5 million in February to $101.1 million in March, according to the U.S. Bureau…

  • Elderly Ukrainian Suggests Russia Co-opted Her as Pro-War Symbol

    Elderly Ukrainian Suggests Russia Co-opted Her as Pro-War Symbol

    An elderly Ukrainian woman who became a symbol of support for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has been located in a Ukrainian hospital and filmed suggesting that her image was co-opted by Russian officials and state-owned media. The pensioner known as “granny Anya” was last month caught on camera mistakenly greeting Ukrainian soldiers with a Soviet flag. The…

  • U.S. Intel Helped Ukraine Sink Russia’s Moskva Cruiser – Reports

    U.S. Intel Helped Ukraine Sink Russia’s Moskva Cruiser – Reports

    U.S. intelligence helped Ukraine sink Russia’s Moskva missile cruiser last month, NBC News reported Thursday as the Pentagon pushed back on a previous report saying U.S. intelligence has allowed Kyiv to kill Russian generals. Ukrainian forces targeted the Moskva on April 13 after asking the U.S. to help identify and confirm its location in the…

  • Russian Army Recruitment Office Attacked With Molotov Cocktails

    Russian Army Recruitment Office Attacked With Molotov Cocktails

    Two men are on the run after attacking a conscription office in western Siberia with Molotov cocktails.  In a dramatic video shared by news outlet Baza on Thursday, the pair are seen throwing at least seven Molotovs through the window of a recruitment office in the city of Nizhnevartovsk. In the clip, flames can be…

  • Putin Apologized for Russia Hitler Claims – Israel PM’s Office

    Putin Apologized for Russia Hitler Claims – Israel PM’s Office

    Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said Thursday that Russian leader Vladimir Putin has apologized for remarks made by Moscow’s top diplomat, Sergei Lavrov, who claimed Adolf Hitler may have had “Jewish blood.” The comments had sparked outrage in the Jewish state. “The Prime Minister accepted President Putin’s apology for Lavrov’s remarks and thanked him for…

  • Moscow Says Western Aid Cannot Prevent Russian Victory in Ukraine

    Moscow Says Western Aid Cannot Prevent Russian Victory in Ukraine

    Russia on Thursday said Western aid to Kyiv had slowed its offensive in Ukraine but would not thwart its victory, as conflicting reports emerged about efforts to rescue civilians from a besieged steel plant in the devastated city of Mariupol. Nearly 10 weeks into a war that has left thousands of people dead, flattened Ukrainian…

  • Putin Backs ‘Objective’ Russian Wikipedia Alternative

    Putin Backs ‘Objective’ Russian Wikipedia Alternative

    Russia should consider developing a domestic alternative to Wikipedia, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday, questioning the quality of information published in the online encyclopedia.   “Objective, useful, thought-through, but also beautifully and masterfully presented information is in high demand because it is impossible to use Wikipedia alone,” Putin said during a meeting with Maxim Dreval, CEO…

  • Pro-Kremlin Anchor Launches Bot for Russians to Snitch on Anti-War Neighbors

    Pro-Kremlin Anchor Launches Bot for Russians to Snitch on Anti-War Neighbors

    Pro-Kremlin TV host Vladimir Solovyov has launched a digital bot to help Russians report anti-war activity. Would-be informers in Russia’s fourth-largest city Yekaterinburg can use a bot linked to Solovyov’s local Telegram channel, UralLive, to fill in a form on supposed opposition sentiment. “If you have information about anti-Russian activities in the Urals, write about…

  • In Photos: Russia’s Victory Parade Rehearsals in Full Swing

    In Photos: Russia’s Victory Parade Rehearsals in Full Swing

    Rehearsals are underway for Russia’s upcoming Victory Day celebrations, when the country marks the anniversary of the Soviet Union’s 1945 defeat of the Nazis with a massive military parade on Red Square. May 9 is one of Russia’s most significant holidays, as many Russians are related to someone who was killed during World War II.…

  • The Turkish specialists evaluated the personnel’s training at the Novovoronezh NPP

    Representatives of the Turkish Nuclear Regulatory Agency (NDK) visited Novovoronezh NPP. Turkish regulator employees were observers during the knowledge assessment that was conducted by the Federal Environmental Industrial and Nuclear Supervision service of Russia (Rostechnadzor) for the critical personnel of Novovoronezh NPP – MCR operators receiving permission to work. Representatives of NDK visited power unit…

  • Russia’s War in Ukraine Is ‘Dragging On,’ Belarus Leader Admits

    Russia’s War in Ukraine Is ‘Dragging On,’ Belarus Leader Admits

    Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko has said he didn’t anticipate the war in Ukraine would “drag on this way,” over two months after close ally Russia invaded its pro-Western neighbor that also shares a border with Belarus. Analysts have said Russia’s leadership aimed to swiftly crush Ukraine’s military and take the capital Kyiv in the days…

  • Meeting between Director General of ROSATOM Alexey Likhachev and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary Péter Szijjártó took place in Istanbul

    On 5 May 2022, a working meeting took place in Istanbul between Director General of ROSATOM Alexey Likhachev and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary Péter Szijjártó. Current issues relating to the project to construct the Paks-2 nuclear power plant were discussed at the meeting, as well as other ROSATOM projects in Hungary.…

  • Blue, Yellow and Green Make an Anti-War Poster Go Viral

    Blue, Yellow and Green Make an Anti-War Poster Go Viral

    Harry Gray, a 26-year-old British cycling campaigner and clothing designer in Salford, Manchester didn’t anticipate that his poster would go viral. The poster has a simple message: Fight Putin / Ride a Bike. The war in Ukraine has shone a light on much of the world’s reliance on Russian gas, which accounts for some 40%…

  • Russian Car Factory Gives Farmland to Furloughed Workers

    Russian Car Factory Gives Farmland to Furloughed Workers

    A Russian car plant is handing out farmland to workers facing furlough after Western automakers left Russia over Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. The Avtotor factory, based in Russia’s western enclave of Kaliningrad, has earmarked 300 hectares (740 acres) for its garden giveaway.  Avtotor said that giving land so that workers could grow their own produce…

  • Western Arms to Ukraine Preventing ‘Quick’ End to Conflict: Kremlin

    Western Arms to Ukraine Preventing ‘Quick’ End to Conflict: Kremlin

    The Kremlin on Thursday accused the West of preventing a “quick” end to Russia’s military campaign in Ukraine by supplying weapons to the pro-Western country. Asked about a New York Times report that U.S. intelligence helped Ukraine kill a number of Russian generals, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “The United States, Britain, NATO as a…

  • Top Kremlin Official Unveils Pro-War Statue in Ukraine’s Mariupol

    Top Kremlin Official Unveils Pro-War Statue in Ukraine’s Mariupol

    Russian President Vladimir Putin’s deputy chief of staff has unveiled a statue symbolizing support for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in the occupied city of Mariupol. Sergei Kiriyenko gave a speech alongside the monument, which depicts an elderly Ukrainian woman holding a Soviet flag, on the city’s Leninsky Komsomol Square. The pensioner, known as babushka Anya,…

  • Russia Simulates Nuclear Strikes Near EU

    Russia Simulates Nuclear Strikes Near EU

    Russia said Wednesday its forces had carried out simulated nuclear missile strikes in the western enclave of Kaliningrad on the border with the European Union. The announcement came on the 70th day of Moscow’s military action in the pro-Western country, with thousands killed and more than 13 million displaced. After sending troops to Ukraine in…

  • Annexed Crimea Announces End of Ukrainian Blockade

    Annexed Crimea Announces End of Ukrainian Blockade

    Officials in Russian-controlled Crimea said Thursday they have ended an eight-year Ukrainian blockade of the peninsula and begun restoring traffic via formerly Ukraine-held territory. Ukraine suspended train and bus services to Crimea and imposed a blockade on freight shipments in the months after Russia seized it from Kyiv in 2014. “The transportation blockade of Crimea…

  • Russian Ceasefire to Begin at Besieged Mariupol Steel Plant

    Russian Ceasefire to Begin at Besieged Mariupol Steel Plant

    A Russian-announced ceasefire was due to begin Thursday at the besieged Azovstal steel plant in the devastated Ukrainian city of Mariupol to allow civilians to flee. The three-day halt in Russia’s attack on the Azovstal steelworks was announced as EU member states debated a proposed ban on Russian oil, the bloc’s toughest move yet over…

  • Russian Generals Killed in Ukraine With Help of U.S. Intelligence – NYT

    Russian Generals Killed in Ukraine With Help of U.S. Intelligence – NYT

    U.S. intelligence has helped Ukraine kill some of the 12 Russian generals who died on the frontlines of the Russia-Ukraine war, The New York Times reported late Wednesday.  Real-time U.S. battlefield intelligence reportedly included locations of the Russian military’s mobile headquarters and anticipated troop movements, according to unnamed U.S. officials.  The officials cited by the…

  • ROSATOM Director General, IAEA Director General Hold Regular Working Meeting

    On May 4, 2022, Istanbul hosted another working meeting between Alexey Likhachev, the ROSATOM Director General, and Rafael Mariano Grossi, the IAEA Director General. The officials reviewed the entire agenda of the Russia-IAEA working relationship. In particular, the parties discussed in detail the matter of ensuring safety of nuclear facilities in Ukraine under current complicated…

  • Up to 600 Dead in Mariupol Theater Airstrike — Investigation

    Up to 600 Dead in Mariupol Theater Airstrike — Investigation

    As many as 600 people could have been killed when the Mariupol theater sheltering hundreds of civilians was shelled by Russian forces in March, a new investigation by the Associated Press (AP) reported Wednesday. The Donetsk Academic Regional Drama Theater was hit by a Russian air strike on March 16, killing an unknown number of…

  • Russia Violates Finnish Airspace as Helsinki Mulls NATO

    Russia Violates Finnish Airspace as Helsinki Mulls NATO

    A Russian army helicopter violated Finland’s airspace on Wednesday, the Finnish defense ministry said, as the country mulls an increasingly likely NATO membership bid. “The aircraft type is a Mi-17 helicopter and the depth of the suspected violation is about four to five kilometers”, a ministry spokesman told AFP. This is the second Russian airspace…

  • Uptick in Combat Missions Signals Changing Role for Russia’s Air Force in Ukraine

    Uptick in Combat Missions Signals Changing Role for Russia’s Air Force in Ukraine

    A spate of airstrikes by Russian combat jets in eastern Ukraine last week was a sign that Russia’s Air Force may be changing tack after failing to achieve aerial superiority over Ukraine, analysts told The Moscow Times.  Russian pilots have largely taken a risk-averse approach to air combat in the two-month war, choosing to attack…

  • Explainer: How a Ukrainian Pensioner Became a Pro-War Symbol in Russia

    Explainer: How a Ukrainian Pensioner Became a Pro-War Symbol in Russia

    An elderly Ukrainian woman has become a symbol of support for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine after the pensioner mistakenly greeted Ukrainian soldiers with a Soviet banner. Her viral popularity comes in the run-up to Russia’s May 9 holiday Victory Day, when nostalgia for the Soviet Union and its defeat of Nazi Germany in World War…

  • Pro-Kremlin Spin Doctor Solovyov Boasts of Mariupol Visit

    Pro-Kremlin Spin Doctor Solovyov Boasts of Mariupol Visit

    Pro-Kremlin television host Vladimir Solovyov visited the besieged Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, he said in a YouTube broadcast Tuesday.  Solovyov was pictured at a metallurgical plant in Mariupol alongside Denis Pushilin, the head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR). In the photo, the state television anchor can be seen dressed in military fatigues…

  • EU Targets Russian Oil, Patriarch in New Sanctions

    EU Targets Russian Oil, Patriarch in New Sanctions

    The European Union’s executive unveiled Wednesday plans for a gradual ban on Russian oil imports as part of a raft of new sanctions to punish Moscow for invading Ukraine. The proposed measures include moves against Russia’s biggest bank and the targeting of Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church. If approved, the oil…

  • Ex-Belarus Leader Who Helped Dissolve Soviet Union Dies Aged 87

    Ex-Belarus Leader Who Helped Dissolve Soviet Union Dies Aged 87

    Stanislav Shushkevich, the first leader of independent Belarus who played a key role in the dissolution of the Soviet Union, died Wednesday at age 87. Shushkevich’s wife told journalists her husband passed away in the Belarusian capital of Minsk as a result of Covid-19 complications. He was placed in intensive care last month. “We hope…

  • Belarus Launches ‘Surprise’ Military Maneuvers

    Belarus Launches ‘Surprise’ Military Maneuvers

    Belarus, a Moscow ally that shares a border with Ukraine, launched “surprise” military maneuvers on Wednesday, to test the reactive capacity of its army, its defense ministry said.  Belarus military units were testing their capacity to “go on the alert, move to predetermined zones and undertake combat training,” the ministry said in a statement.  “The…

  • South Ukraine Shows Signs Russia Has Come to Stay

    South Ukraine Shows Signs Russia Has Come to Stay

    A Russian military plane was flying in the skies over Berdyansk, a city in southern Ukraine, but no one took much notice. “Nothing to worry about,” said an older woman sitting on a bench in a small square on a sunny weekend afternoon. “It’s one of ours.” Russian forces took control of this port city…

  • Russia Sees Fewer Ukrainian Refugees Than Officials Expected

    Russia Sees Fewer Ukrainian Refugees Than Officials Expected

    Russia has spent one-tenth of its expected budget on Ukrainian refugees as some emergency accommodation sites remain empty, according to public procurement data and interviews with officials. “Official figures say more than 1 million refugees have entered Russia, but we’re not feeling it,” Yelena Rusakova, a Moscow municipal deputy who volunteers to assist refugees, told…

  • Putin Targets ‘Unfriendly Countries’ in Counter Sanctions

    Putin Targets ‘Unfriendly Countries’ in Counter Sanctions

    Russian President Vladimir Putin banned Tuesday economic relations with sanctioned individuals from “unfriendly countries” on a soon to be published list. The move was a response to “unfriendly and contradictory to international law actions of the United States and foreign states and international organizations that joined it, which are aimed at illegally depriving and restricting…

  • Civilians Reach Safety as Russia Renews Assault on Mariupol Plant

    Civilians Reach Safety as Russia Renews Assault on Mariupol Plant

    Russian forces launched a major assault Tuesday on the Azovstal steel plant, the last holdout of Ukrainian forces in the devastated southern port city of Mariupol, as 101 civilians who had been trapped in the site for weeks were finally brought to safety. “We are so thankful for everyone who helped us. There was a…

  • U.S. Says Basketball Star ‘Wrongfully Detained’ in Russia

    U.S. Says Basketball Star ‘Wrongfully Detained’ in Russia

    The United States said Tuesday that Russia has unjustly detained basketball star Brittney Griner, a finding that steps up efforts to free her more than two months after she was seized in Moscow. “The Department of State has determined that the Russian Federation has wrongfully detained U.S. citizen Brittney Griner,” a State Department spokesperson said.…

  • Émigré Russians Look to Victory Day as Weathervane for Return

    Émigré Russians Look to Victory Day as Weathervane for Return

    Anti-war Russians who fled abroad in the wake of the invasion of Ukraine are looking to the upcoming annual celebrations of the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany on May 9 in order to gauge the viability of returning home. There has been much speculation that Russian President Vladimir Putin will use the occasion, which…

  • Putin Tells Macron West Must Stop Supplying Weapons to Ukraine

    Putin Tells Macron West Must Stop Supplying Weapons to Ukraine

    Russian President Vladimir Putin told French counterpart Emmanuel Macron Tuesday the West must stop supplying weapons to Ukraine and accused Kyiv of not taking talks to end the conflict seriously, the Kremlin said. Accusing Ukrainian forces of committing war crimes and claiming the EU was “ignoring” them, Putin told Macron “the West could help stop…

  • ‘Cowards’: Russian Bank Founder Slams Oligarchs’ Silence on Ukraine War

    ‘Cowards’: Russian Bank Founder Slams Oligarchs’ Silence on Ukraine War

    The founder of one of Russia’s largest banks has condemned Russia’s business elite for refusing to speak out against Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. Oleg Tinkov became one of the few influential Russian business owners to protest the war when he denounced the conflict as a “massacre” in an Instagram post on April 19. He later told…

  • Russia Relaunches Attack on Besieged Mariupol Steel Plant

    Russia Relaunches Attack on Besieged Mariupol Steel Plant

    Russian forces have relaunched their attack on Ukrainian fighters inside the Azovstal Iron and Steel Works in the besieged city of Mariupol. Troops began a fresh bombardment of the factory on Tuesday May 3 after accusing Ukrainian fighters of violating a ceasefire agreement. The Ukrainian military said that armoured vehicles and ground troops were also…

  • Russia Accuses Israel of Supporting ‘Neo-Nazis’ in Ukraine

    Russia Accuses Israel of Supporting ‘Neo-Nazis’ in Ukraine

    Russia’s Foreign Ministry has accused the Israeli government of supporting a “neo-Nazi regime” in Ukraine. In a text published online Tuesday, officials accused Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid of making “anti-historical statements” which “explained the course of the current Israeli government in supporting the neo-Nazi regime in Kyiv.” The statement comes after Lapid criticized his…

  • Fire Hits Russian Publisher Embroiled in Ukraine Textbook Controversy

    Fire Hits Russian Publisher Embroiled in Ukraine Textbook Controversy

    Fire has ripped through a warehouse storing Russian schoolbooks, days after reports that publishers would remove mentions of Ukraine from the nation’s textbooks. Firefighters were called to a warehouse owned by the Prosveshchenie publishing house in Bogorodsky, east of Moscow, at 3 a.m. on Tuesday. The blaze was extinguished just over four hours later, a…

  • Russia’s Bolshoi Scraps Performances by Critical Directors

    Russia’s Bolshoi Scraps Performances by Critical Directors

    Russia’s Bolshoi Theater has announced it is canceling the performances directed by Kirill Serebrennikov and Timofey Kulyabin who have spoken out against Moscow’s military campaign in Ukraine. Late Sunday, Russia’s top theater announced that instead of the three performances of “Nureev,” a ballet directed by Serebrennikov, the audiences this week will see a production of…

  • Blast at Russian Military Explosives Plant Kills 2

    Blast at Russian Military Explosives Plant Kills 2

    Two workers were killed at an explosives factory in Russia’s Perm region 1,000 kilometers east of Moscow, local authorities said Monday. “There was a fire at around 20:00 on May 1 at the plastics production site in the Perm Power Plant federal state enterprise,” the regional labor watchdog said in a statement. One employee was…

  • Russian Pop Icon Feuds With RT Chief Editor Over Exiled Anti-War Star

    Russian Pop Icon Feuds With RT Chief Editor Over Exiled Anti-War Star

    Russian pop star Filipp Kirkorov has slammed the editor-in-chief of state-funded broadcaster RT for questioning the sexual orientation of his ex-wife’s current husband, Maxim Galkin, who fled Russia in protest of the war in Ukraine. Observers describe the latest feud between Kirkorov and RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan as signs of cracks within the pro-Putin elite.…

  • ROSATOM statement on the Hanhikivi 1 NPP project

    We are extremely disappointed that Fennovoima Oy has taken the decision to terminate its EPC contract with RAOS Project. We would like to highlight that the initiative from Fennovoima’s management to terminate the EPC contract – which is such a major step for the project – was taken without any detailed consultation with the project’s…

  • Russian Army General Gerasimov Visited East Ukraine Frontline – Reports

    Russian Army General Gerasimov Visited East Ukraine Frontline – Reports

    Russia’s Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov paid an unusual visit to the frontline in Ukraine amid the Russian military’s slow progress to capture eastern territories, The New York Times reported Sunday. “Our working assumption is that he was there because there’s a recognition they haven’t worked out all their…

  • Israel Slams Russian Claims on Hitler Over Ukraine War

    Israel Slams Russian Claims on Hitler Over Ukraine War

    Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid on Monday slammed his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov for alleging Adolf Hitler may have “had Jewish blood” and summoned the Russian ambassador for “clarifications.” Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, Israel has sought to keep a delicate balance between the two sides, but remarks by the Russian foreign…

  • Russian Bank Founder Says Kremlin Forced Sale of His Group Stake

    Russian Bank Founder Says Kremlin Forced Sale of His Group Stake

    U.K.-sanctioned Russian businessman Oleg Tinkov said the Kremlin had forced him to sell his stake in a major bank he had founded after he criticized the Ukraine war. Tinkov told The New York Times the Kremlin told the Tinkoff Bank’s senior executives to cut ties with him the day after his explosive April 19 Instagram…

  • Dozens Detained on May Day in Russia – OVD-Info

    Dozens Detained on May Day in Russia – OVD-Info

    Dozens of activists, journalists and anti-war protesters have been detained across Russia as the country celebrated May Day, also known as International Workers’ Day, an independent watchdog said Sunday. Police apprehended seven people in Moscow and St. Petersburg each, six people in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk and six others the Urals city of Chelyabinsk,…

  • ‘Large Blasts’ Heard in Russian Region Near Ukraine

    ‘Large Blasts’ Heard in Russian Region Near Ukraine

    At least two “large explosions” were heard in the early hours of Monday in the Belgorod region 30 kilometers from the Ukrainian border, the region’s governor said. “I awoke to two strong explosions,” Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov wrote on the Telegram messaging app without disclosing the location of the blasts. He said there were no injuries…

  • Russia Not Seeking to End Ukraine War by May 9 – Foreign Minister

    Russia Not Seeking to End Ukraine War by May 9 – Foreign Minister

    Russia is not looking to end its war in Ukraine by Victory Day on May 9, its foreign minister said, as the country looks set to mark the key anniversary under the cloud of a deadly conflict.  Speaking with Italian outlet Mediaset, Sergei Lavrov insisted Moscow would not rush to wrap up its so-called “special…

  • Armenian Labor Migrants Reassess Work in Collapsing Russian Economy

    Armenian Labor Migrants Reassess Work in Collapsing Russian Economy

    Despairing of the economic options in her home country, Marine Khachatryan found work at a flower shop in Moscow’s outskirts in 2020, while her husband got work in construction. But then came the invasion of Ukraine, which has resulted in punishing Western sanctions and a crisis in Russia’s economy. “We came here to make money…

  • Dozens of Civilians Evacuated From Mariupol Steel Plant

    Dozens of Civilians Evacuated From Mariupol Steel Plant

    Roughly 100 civilians have been evacuated from the besieged Mariupol steel plant in eastern Ukraine and are heading out of Russian-controlled territory, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Sunday. The announcement came after the UN said a “safe passage operation” was ongoing at Azovstal, where Ukrainian forces say they and hundreds of civilians have been…

  • One Hurt After Fire Breaks Out at Russian Military Site

    One Hurt After Fire Breaks Out at Russian Military Site

    A fire broke out on Sunday at a Russian Defense Ministry site in Belgorod, close to the border with Ukraine, the region’s governor said, injuring one person. “On the the borders of three municipalities — Borisov, Belgorod and the urban district of Yakovlevsky — a fire broke out at one of the Defense Ministry’s facilities,”…

  • Dozens Leave Mariupol Plant as Pelosi Backs ‘Fight for Freedom’

    Dozens Leave Mariupol Plant as Pelosi Backs ‘Fight for Freedom’

    Dozens of civilians have left a besieged steel plant in the city of Mariupol, Russia said on Sunday, as U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi voiced support for Ukraine’s “fight for freedom” during a visit to Kyiv. Russia’s Defense Ministry said a total of 46 civilians left in two groups on Saturday from the area around…

  • Russia Says Could Seize Assets of ‘Hostile’ Countries

    Russia Says Could Seize Assets of ‘Hostile’ Countries

    Russia suggested Sunday that it could seize the Russian-based assets of countries it deems hostile in retaliation for a U.S. proposal to sell off Russian oligarchs’ assets and pay the proceeds to Ukraine. “As far as companies based in Russian territory are concerned whose owners are citizens of hostile countries and where the decision has…

  • Reactor vessel installed at Kudankulam NPP Unit 3

    The reactor vessel has been installed in design position at Kudankulam NPP Unit 3 (Republic of India, general designer and general contractor is ROSATOM Engineering Division). The assembly of the reactor vessel is a milestone, which launches further activities for the assembly of the reactor plant equipment allowing to speed up the construction of Unit…

  • Hacker Attacks on Russia Gain Attention But Cause Little Damage

    Hacker Attacks on Russia Gain Attention But Cause Little Damage

    Two days after the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a group of hackers managed to get access to several Russian state-owned television channels and broadcast anti-war videos.  But the attack ended after a few minutes and regular programming resumed.  This type of fleeting hacking operation has been repeated many times in Russia in recent…

  • Citing War, Georgia’s Borjomi Suspends Production

    Citing War, Georgia’s Borjomi Suspends Production

    Production of Georgia’s iconic Borjomi mineral water will be suspended as a result of financial difficulties caused by the war in Ukraine, the water’s manufacturer has announced. “The company ‘IDS Borjomi Georgia’ has been in a difficult situation since the beginning of hostilities in Ukraine,” the company said in an April 29 statement released to Georgian media.…

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