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  • Kyiv Says Eastern Front ‘Deteriorated’ as Russia Claims Village

    Kyiv Says Eastern Front ‘Deteriorated’ as Russia Claims Village

    Ukraine’s commander-in-chief Oleksandr Syrsky said Saturday the situation on the eastern front had worsened significantly as Russia claimed the capture of a village near the occupied industrial town of Avdiivka. “The situation on the eastern front has deteriorated significantly in recent days,” said Syrsky, who took over as commander-in-chief in February after Ukrainian President Volodymyr…

  • ‘There Will Be No Beautiful Russia of the Future Unless We Take Responsibility’: Activist Anastasia Shevchenko

    ‘There Will Be No Beautiful Russia of the Future Unless We Take Responsibility’: Activist Anastasia Shevchenko

    AMSTERDAM — “My point is to talk to everyone,” says Anastasia Shevchenko. After losing a child while under house arrest in Russia and witnessing the atrocities of the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine, the exiled civil activist sees it as her mission to speak to Russians across the political spectrum and win over as many minds…

  • U.S., U.K. Widen Ban on Russian Metals in Bid to Disrupt Revenues

    U.S., U.K. Widen Ban on Russian Metals in Bid to Disrupt Revenues

    The United States and Britain took joint action on Friday to widen a ban on Russian metals imports in a bid to target the important Russian revenue source following its 2022 invasion of Ukraine. “This new action prohibits the import of Russian-origin aluminum, copper, and nickel into the United States,” the U.S. Treasury Department said…

  • Bake a Cake That is Out of This World

    Bake a Cake That is Out of This World

    Space flights are definitely important and certainly exciting. But even cosmonauts (and astronauts) flying in space need to have lunch. Of course, when Yuri Gagarin and Gherman Titov blasted off the launchpads as the first and second Soviet citizens in space, they weren’t thinking about food. But later space nutrition became very important in longer…

  • Ukraine Says Situation in East Has ‘Deteriorated Significantly’

    Ukraine Says Situation in East Has ‘Deteriorated Significantly’

    Ukraine’s commander-in-chief Oleksandr Syrsky said Saturday that the situation on the eastern front has “deteriorated significantly” in recent days amid mounting Russian attacks. Syrsky, who took over as commander-in-chief in February after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky relieved his popular predecessor, Valery Zaluzhny, also said that Russian forces had superior weapons. He spoke of “a significant…

  • Russian Military Boosts Call-Ups for Annual Reservist Training Exercises

    Russian Military Boosts Call-Ups for Annual Reservist Training Exercises

    The Russian military is calling up a higher-than-normal number of reservists for its annual training exercises in at least one region of the country, The Moscow Times has learned from senior managers of several companies in the Moscow region.   Experts say the mass training call-ups could be an effort to make up for lagging volunteer…

  • Tajikistan Condemns Alleged Torture of Crocus Attack Suspects

    Tajikistan Condemns Alleged Torture of Crocus Attack Suspects

    Tajikistan’s Foreign Minister condemned the alleged torture of four suspected gunmen behind last month’s deadly attack on a Moscow region concert hall, media in the Central Asian country reported Friday. “The open display of detaining suspected terrorists with the use of torture, by inflicting bodily harm against them, is unacceptable,” Foreign Minister Sirojiddin Muhriddin told the Tajik…

  • Murmansk Governor Discharged From Hospital After Knife Attack

    Murmansk Governor Discharged From Hospital After Knife Attack

    Murmansk region Governor Andrei Chibis said Friday that he was discharged from the hospital after undergoing surgery for wounds he received from a knife attack last week. Chibis was hospitalized on April 4 after being stabbed in the stomach in the Arctic town of Apatity following a meeting with residents. A local man, who admitted…

  • Car Bomb Reportedly Injures Former Ukrainian Agent in Moscow

    Car Bomb Reportedly Injures Former Ukrainian Agent in Moscow

    A former Ukrainian intelligence officer who defected to Russia before the full-scale invasion of Ukraine was injured in a car bomb attack in northwestern Moscow on Friday afternoon, state media reported. Vasily Prozorov was injured after an explosive device detonated under his Toyota Land Cruiser, the state-run TASS news agency reported, citing anonymous law enforcement sources and people…

  • Belgium Probing Russian ‘Interference’ in European Parliament, PM Says

    Belgium Probing Russian ‘Interference’ in European Parliament, PM Says

    Belgian prosecutors have opened an investigation into Russian “interference” in the European Parliament following allegations that lawmakers were paid to spread Kremlin propaganda, Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said Friday. “Our judicial authorities have now confirmed this interference is subject to prosecution,” De Croo said. “The cash payments did not take place in Belgium,…

  • Russia, Ukraine Swap 122 Fallen Soldiers’ Bodies

    Russia, Ukraine Swap 122 Fallen Soldiers’ Bodies

    Russia and Ukraine announced Friday that they exchanged the bodies of 122 fallen soldiers, the fourth publicly known swap between the two warring sides since the start of this year. Moscow received the remains of 23 soldiers, the RBC news website reported, citing Russian lawmaker Shamsayil Saraliyev.  Kyiv, meanwhile, repatriated 99 bodies, according to Ukraine’s Coordination Headquarters…

  • Russian Priests Fight River Flooding With Prayer From Above

    Russian Priests Fight River Flooding With Prayer From Above

    A group of Russian Orthodox priests flew over a swelling river on Friday, taking with them a religious icon as they prayed for an end to unprecedented flooding that has gripped several regions over the past week. Rising rivers in Russia’s southern Urals and western Siberia, as well as northern Kazakhstan, have inundated scores of…

  • Rosneft supports fish studies in the Yenisey Gulf of the Kara Sea

    The research looked at fish species diversity, population dynamics, habitats and factors affecting them

  • ‘Nobody Will Ever Find You’: An FSB Torture Survivor Tells His Story

    ‘Nobody Will Ever Find You’: An FSB Torture Survivor Tells His Story

    “They brought me to a dimly lit room filled with a heavy stench,” Denis, 34, said of his arrest in southern Russia by Federal Security Service (FSB) officers. “There was a big table, eerie concrete walls, floor and ceiling, and — this was imprinted in my memory — a portrait of Putin. It looked like a…

  • Russian Official Accused of Same-Sex Relationship Resigns

    Russian Official Accused of Same-Sex Relationship Resigns

    A Russian official in the Samara region has resigned after a federal lawmaker accused him of being in a relationship with a man. State Duma deputy Alexander Khinshtein singled out Sergei Burtsev, the Samara region’s Minister of Youth Policy, accusing him of being in a long-term relationship with one of his male assistants. In a…

  • Russia Sends Instructors, Air Defense System to Niger

    Russia Sends Instructors, Air Defense System to Niger

    Russian military instructors have arrived in Niger with an air defense system and other equipment as part of the West African nation’s deepening security ties with Moscow, state television announced late Thursday. Niger’s military government agreed in January to step up military cooperation with Russia after expelling French forces that were helping to fight jihadist…

  • Russia’s Orenburg Orders Mass Evacuation as City Braces for Flood Peak

    Russia’s Orenburg Orders Mass Evacuation as City Braces for Flood Peak

    The mayor of the southern Russian city of Orenburg urged residents to evacuate immediately on Friday as water in the nearby Ural River reached critically dangerous levels and was not expected to recede until next week. “The sound of sirens is heard in the city. This is not a drill. A mass evacuation is underway,” Orenburg Mayor…

  • More Homes Inundated as Russia’s Orenburg Braces for Two-Day Flood Peak

    More Homes Inundated as Russia’s Orenburg Braces for Two-Day Flood Peak

    Scores of homes and properties in the southern Russian city of Orenburg were submerged underwater on Friday as authorities warned that water levels in the nearby Ural River would remain “critical” over the weekend before gradually receding early next week. The Ural River, the third-longest in Europe, reached 11.29 meters in Orenburg, or two meters above…

  • The Kremlin’s Creeping Nationalizations Hit Chelyabinsk Businesses

    The Kremlin’s Creeping Nationalizations Hit Chelyabinsk Businesses

    The Kremlin’s wartime campaign of forced nationalization has hit the Ural Mountains region of Chelyabinsk, a major industrial center, harder than most.  Since the February 2022 invasion of Ukraine, Russian prosecutors have targeted 55 enterprises — metals, chemicals, agribusiness and even a major car dealership — for compulsory state takeover, according to figures from the…

  • Navalny’s Posthumous Memoir ‘Patriot’ to Be Published This Fall

    Navalny’s Posthumous Memoir ‘Patriot’ to Be Published This Fall

    A memoir written by the late Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny will be published posthumously this fall, his wife and allies announced Thursday. Navalny died at an Arctic penal colony on Feb. 16 while serving a 19-year sentence on “extremism” charges widely seen as politically motivated. As one of President Vladimir Putin’s most vocal political opponents, the…

  • Russia Seizes Country’s Largest Winemaker Amid Re-Nationalization Wave – RBC

    Russia Seizes Country’s Largest Winemaker Amid Re-Nationalization Wave – RBC

    Russia has nationalized the country’s largest winemaker linked to an arrested billionaire whose business assets were confiscated earlier this year, the RBC news website reported Thursday, citing the tax service’s corporate database. Kuban Vino, which produced 95.5 million bottles of wine in 2023, was reportedly one of four nationalized wine and food companies that were…

  • Pushkin House Announces Short List for 2024 Book Prize

    Pushkin House Announces Short List for 2024 Book Prize

    The Pushkin House has announced six books shortlisted for its 2024 Book Prize. The books cover a broad range of topics, time periods and places, from the mountain ranges of the Caucasus in the south to the Arctic snowfields in the north, from Stalin’s labor camps to the war Russia is waging in Ukraine today,…

  • Russia’s FSB Says Foiled Ukrainian Landing Attempt in Kherson Region

    Russia’s FSB Says Foiled Ukrainian Landing Attempt in Kherson Region

    Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) said Thursday that it thwarted an attempted landing in southern Ukraine’s partially occupied Kherson region carried out by Ukrainian special forces who received training from British commandos. A video published by the Russian Defense Ministry broadcaster Zvezda showed what was said to be the Ukrainian special forces’ landing boat being…

  • Kremlin Calls on Iran and Israel to Exercise ‘Restraint’

    Kremlin Calls on Iran and Israel to Exercise ‘Restraint’

    Moscow on Thursday called on Iran and Israel to exercise restraint amid spiraling tensions in the Middle East. Tehran has issued fresh threats against Israel over a strike earlier this month that killed two Iranian generals, triggering U.S. President Joe Biden to pledge “iron-clad” support for Israel on Wednesday. “It is very important for everybody…

  • Russia Successfully Launches Angara A5 Rocket on Third Attempt

    Russia Successfully Launches Angara A5 Rocket on Third Attempt

    Russia successfully launched its Angara A5 space rocket from the Vostochny Cosmodrome on Thursday afternoon after two aborted liftoff attempts earlier this week. The heavy-lift rocket was initially scheduled for launch on Tuesday at the Amur region spaceport in Far East Russia. Previously, all three Angara A5 launches were based out of northern Russia’s Plesetsk Cosmodrome.…

  • Orenburg Mayor Urges Evacuations as Ural River Nears ‘Critical’ Levels

    Orenburg Mayor Urges Evacuations as Ural River Nears ‘Critical’ Levels

    Updated with Putin’s videoconference.  The southern Russian city of Orenburg is expected to face major flooding in the next 24 hours as water levels in the nearby Ural River continue to rise, local authorities said Thursday, urging residents in impacted areas to evacuate. “I think [water levels] will peak in Orenburg within a day, followed…

  • Kyiv Adopts Mobilization Law as Moscow Strikes Facilities Across Country

    Kyiv Adopts Mobilization Law as Moscow Strikes Facilities Across Country

    In the north, Kharkiv — pounded almost daily in recent days — was also attacked, a day after a strike killed three people there. Ukraine’s Interior Minister Ihor Klymenko called the attack “massive” and said it lasted “for several hours.” Ukrainian media reported that an attack “completely destroyed” the Trypilska power station in the Kyiv…

  • Russia Fires Dozens of Missiles and Drones at Ukraine Overnight, Hitting Kharkiv and ‘Critical’ Infrastructure

    Russia Fires Dozens of Missiles and Drones at Ukraine Overnight, Hitting Kharkiv and ‘Critical’ Infrastructure

    The southern Zaporizhzhia and Odesa regions and the western region of Lviv were also hit, officials said. Zelensky urged Ukraine’s Western partners not to “turn a blind eye” to what was happening and to provide Kyiv with more air defense systems. His call came as he traveled to Lithuania — one of Kyiv’s staunchest allies…

  • Russian Security Agents Say Killed 2 Militants in North Caucasus Anti-Terrorism Operation

    Russian Security Agents Say Killed 2 Militants in North Caucasus Anti-Terrorism Operation

    Russian law enforcement agents in the North Caucasus republic of Kabardino-Balkaria killed two armed militants during a counterterrorism operation, the National Anti-Terrorism Committee (NAC) said Thursday.  A firefight erupted between “members of a gang that is part of an international terrorist organization who were planning to commit a number of acts of sabotage and terrorism”…

  • 3 Killed by Ukrainian Drone Attack Inside Russia – Governor

    3 Killed by Ukrainian Drone Attack Inside Russia – Governor

    A Ukrainian drone attack inside Russia on Wednesday killed three people, including two children, said the governor of the Kursk border region. The Ukrainian drone fired a rocket at a civilian car in a village in the Korenevski district, said Governor Roman Starovoit on the Telegram messaging app. “Unfortunately three people who were in the…

  • Moscow Slams Planned Ukraine Peace Summit as U.S. ‘Project’

    Moscow Slams Planned Ukraine Peace Summit as U.S. ‘Project’

    Russia’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday criticized plans to hold a Ukraine peace summit in Switzerland, calling it a futile initiative of the U.S. Democratic Party ahead of this year’s presidential election in the United States. The high-level summit will be held in Switzerland on June 15-16, with Swiss media saying U.S. President Joe Biden is…

  • Jailed Russian Nationalist Girkin Seeking to Fight in Eastern Ukraine Despite Ban

    Jailed Russian Nationalist Girkin Seeking to Fight in Eastern Ukraine Despite Ban

    The wife of jailed Russian nationalist and ex-rebel commander Igor Girkin said Wednesday that her husband is seeking to clear his criminal record and serve at the front line in eastern Ukraine.  Girkin, a convicted war criminal in the West better known by his pseudonym Igor Strelkov, was arrested in July after criticizing Russian President Vladimir…

  • Russian Attack Helicopter Crashes Near Annexed Crimea

    Russian Attack Helicopter Crashes Near Annexed Crimea

    A Russian Mi-24 attack helicopter crashed off the coast of annexed Crimea on Wednesday morning, according to a Defense Ministry statement shared with state news agencies. “At around 6:00 a.m. Moscow time, the Mi-24 helicopter crashed near the western coast of the republic of Crimea while performing a scheduled flight over the Black Sea,” the statement reads.…

  • Russia Charges Exiled Feminist Activist With ‘Justifying Terrorism’ – Reports

    Russia Charges Exiled Feminist Activist With ‘Justifying Terrorism’ – Reports

    Russian authorities have charged exiled feminist activist Zalina Marshenkulova with “justifying terrorism,” media reported Wednesday, citing anonymous law enforcement sources. According to the Telegram news channel Astra, Russia’s Investigative Committee, which probes major crimes, opened a criminal case over a post on Marshenkulova’s Telegram channel about the killing of pro-war blogger Vladlen Tatarsky. In the post, dated April 3, 2023,…

  • ‘Devastating to See’: Russia’s Orenburg Region Battles Historic Flood

    ‘Devastating to See’: Russia’s Orenburg Region Battles Historic Flood

    ORENBURG REGION, Russia – Russia’s southern Orenburg region has been grappling with its worst flooding in decades, with 55 cities and towns fully or partially flooded and thousands evacuated in an unprecedented emergency. Footage from the cities of Orsk and Orenburg showed entire neighborhoods submerged underwater, with volunteers and emergency workers on inflatable dinghies rescuing…

  • Russia Targets Ukrainian Energy Sites in Overnight Attacks

    Russia Targets Ukrainian Energy Sites in Overnight Attacks

    Russia hit two energy sites in aerial strikes on southern Ukraine overnight, officials said Wednesday, the latest in Moscow’s targeted attacks against the country’s power network. “The enemy attacked energy facilities in the south of the country,” Ukraine’s Energy Ministry said in a statement. It said a substation in the southern Mykolaiv region was targeted,…

  • Russian Billionaires Fridman, Aven Win EU Sanctions Appeal

    Russian Billionaires Fridman, Aven Win EU Sanctions Appeal

    The European Union Court of Justice ruled Wednesday to annul sanctions imposed on Russian billionaires Mikhail Fridman and Petr Aven between 2022 and 2023, saying the EU failed to provide enough evidence to include the pair on the bloc’s sanctions list. “The General Court upholds the requests of Petr Aven and Mikhail Fridman and annuls…

  • EU Court Lifts Sanctions on Russian Billionaires Fridman, Aven

    EU Court Lifts Sanctions on Russian Billionaires Fridman, Aven

    The European Union Court of Justice ruled Wednesday to remove Russian billionaires Mikhail Fridman and Petr Aven from the EU’s sanctions list in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. “The General Court upholds the requests of Petr Aven and Mikhail Fridman and annuls both the initial acts and the acts maintaining the lists of restrictive…

  • Russia Jails 2 Men for Trying to Join Anti-Kremlin Militia

    Russia Jails 2 Men for Trying to Join Anti-Kremlin Militia

    A Russian military court has sentenced two men to nine years in prison on separate charges of attempting to join a militia group fighting alongside the Ukrainian army, state media reported Wednesday. Vsevolod Kulikov, 19, from the central Lipetsk region, and Vyacheslav Kuznetsov, 36, from the republic of Tatarstan, were accused of applying to enlist…

  • Russia Issues Arrest Warrant for Exiled Feminist Poet Daria Serenko

    Russia Issues Arrest Warrant for Exiled Feminist Poet Daria Serenko

    Russia has issued an arrest warrant for exiled anti-war activist and feminist poet Daria Serenko on unknown charges, according to the independent news website Mediazona. Serenko, who fled to Georgia after Russia invaded Ukraine, is a feminist thinker and the author of two books of feminist and anti-war prose. She is among the coordinators of…

  • Nearly a Month After Putin’s Re-Election, EU Parliament Split on How To Reject Its Legitimacy

    Nearly a Month After Putin’s Re-Election, EU Parliament Split on How To Reject Its Legitimacy

    Nearly one month after Russian President Vladimir Putin was re-elected to a fifth term, the European Parliament remains unable to agree on a resolution to reject the election’s legitimacy. Putin, who has led Russia with an increasingly tight grip for over two decades and is at war with Ukraine, claimed 87% of the vote in…

  • Navalny Ally Chanysheva Jailed 9.5 Years After Retrial for ‘Extremism’

    Navalny Ally Chanysheva Jailed 9.5 Years After Retrial for ‘Extremism’

    A court in Russia’s republic of Bashkortostan on Tuesday sentenced a former regional coordinator of the late opposition activist Alexei Navalny to nine-and-a-half years in prison on “extremism” charges following a retrial. Lilia Chanysheva, 42, was the first of Navalny’s associates to be arrested on “extremism” charges in November 2021. Most of his other key aides have…

  • Russia Says Investigating Senior U.S., NATO Officials for ‘Financing Terrorism’

    Russia Says Investigating Senior U.S., NATO Officials for ‘Financing Terrorism’

    Russia’s top investigative body announced Tuesday that it has launched a criminal probe into senior officials in the United States and NATO member countries who are suspected of “financing terrorism.” Russia’s Investigative Committee, which probes major crimes, said it has “established” that money from commercial organizations had been used to “eliminate prominent political and public figures”…

  • Russian Court Sentences Driver Who Struck Poet Lev Rubinstein

    Russian Court Sentences Driver Who Struck Poet Lev Rubinstein

    A Moscow court on Tuesday sentenced the driver involved in a road accident that resulted in the death of poet and writer Lev Rubinstein to a suspended prison term of one year and eight months. The motorist, whose name was not given, was found guilty of violating traffic rules that led to the death of a…

  • ‘Critical’ Russian Floods Threaten Urals, Western Siberia as Waters Recede From Early Epicenter

    ‘Critical’ Russian Floods Threaten Urals, Western Siberia as Waters Recede From Early Epicenter

    The threat of flooding in Russia’s Ural Mountains has shifted from the town of Orsk to neighboring cities and regions, authorities said Tuesday. Thousands have been forced to evacuate Orsk this week as the Ural River swelled. The floodwaters are now reaching dangerous levels in the main city of Orenburg, with the peak of the…

  • Zelensky Inspects Fortifications Around Kharkiv Amid Russian Attacks

    Zelensky Inspects Fortifications Around Kharkiv Amid Russian Attacks

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky inspected defensive fortifications in the northeastern Kharkiv region on Tuesday and issued his latest call for military aid as Russia intensified its aerial attacks on the area. In a sign of the pressure Moscow is exerting on the region, Russia fired a guided bomb at the city of Kharkiv just as…

  • Ukrainian Artillery Strike Kills 2 in Russian Border Region

    Ukrainian Artillery Strike Kills 2 in Russian Border Region

    Two people were killed in a Ukrainian artillery strike on a Russian village in the Bryansk border region on Tuesday, the local governor said. Kyiv’s forces have intensified their cross-border attacks in recent months, with a spate of drone and aerial bombardments on places close to the two countries’ shared border. “Ukrainian terrorists have fired…

  • China, Russia Say To Strengthen Cooperation in Lavrov Visit

    China, Russia Say To Strengthen Cooperation in Lavrov Visit

    China and Russia said Tuesday they would strengthen strategic cooperation as Moscow’s top diplomat met President Xi Jinping in Beijing, further deepening ties as the war in Ukraine grinds on. The two countries have in recent years ramped up contacts, and their strategic partnership has only grown closer since Moscow’s invasion of neighboring Ukraine. On…

  • Lithuania Detains Person Suspected of Attacking Russian Embassy

    Lithuania Detains Person Suspected of Attacking Russian Embassy

    Police in Lithuania have detained a person suspected of carrying out two arson attacks on Russia’s Embassy in Vilnius over the weekend, media in the Baltic country reported Tuesday. Law enforcement authorities launched a criminal investigation after Molotov cocktails were thrown at the embassy early on Sunday and Monday.  Neither the embassy nor Russia’s Foreign…

  • Russia Aborts Spacecraft Launch for Second Day in a Row

    Russia Aborts Spacecraft Launch for Second Day in a Row

    Updated with second launch abort, Borisov’s remarks. Russia’s space agency Roscosmos on Wednesday called off the test launch of its Angara A5 space rocket for a second day in a row, though the exact cause of the aborted flight was not immediately known. “The command ‘abort launch’ has been issued,” a flight controller said in…

  • Full-scale start-up and commissioning works started at Akkuyu NPP unit 1

    ROSATOM Director General Alexey Likhachev inspected the works at the NPP under construction. 9 April 2024, Büyükeceli, Mersin Province, Türkiye. Start-up and commissioning works, another key stage has begun at Unit 1 of Akkuyu NPP under construction in Türkiye.   Director General of ROSATOM Alexey Likhachev examined the work progress during his working visit to…

  • Russia Issues Arrest Warrant for Norwegian Ex-Politician

    Russia Issues Arrest Warrant for Norwegian Ex-Politician

    Russia has issued an arrest warrant for a former Norwegian politician who currently serves as a medic in the Ukrainian military, the state-run news agency TASS reported Tuesday, citing law enforcement agencies. “Sandra Andersen Eira, a Norwegian woman from the International Legion of Ukraine, has been placed on an international wanted list as part of…

  • Drone Strikes Target Flight School in Russia’s Voronezh Region – Reports

    Drone Strikes Target Flight School in Russia’s Voronezh Region – Reports

    Authorities in western Russia’s Voronezh region said Tuesday that air defense systems had downed two drones overnight, with unconfirmed reports saying that a flight training school was damaged in the incident. Voronezh region Governor Alexander Gusev said air defense and electronic warfare systems had downed one drone over his region, adding that no one was…

  • China Vows to ‘Strengthen’ Cooperation With Russia as Lavrov Visits

    China Vows to ‘Strengthen’ Cooperation With Russia as Lavrov Visits

    China’s top diplomat said Tuesday that Beijing would strengthen strategic cooperation with Moscow and that the two countries must stand on the side of “fairness and justice” as he met with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov. Lavrov arrived in China for a two-day official visit on Monday, with the pair of countries looking to deepen…

  • Are Ukrainian Drone Attacks on Oil Refineries Hindering Russia’s War Machine?

    Are Ukrainian Drone Attacks on Oil Refineries Hindering Russia’s War Machine?

    Ukraine has escalated its drone attacks on Russian oil refineries since the beginning of the year in an effort to cripple Russia’s economy and constrain fuel supplies to its military. Despite the increased intensity of these strikes, experts who spoke to The Moscow Times agree that their impact on the Russian economy has so far…

  • One of the First Russian Soldiers to Invade Ukraine Is Given a Funeral 2 Years Later

    One of the First Russian Soldiers to Invade Ukraine Is Given a Funeral 2 Years Later

    PETROZAVODSK, Russia – On a cold April morning, a closed coffin was laid to rest with military honors in the local cemetery of Petrozavodsk, a city of 235,000 people in the republic of Karelia. Inside the coffin lay the body of 19-year-old Russian soldier Kirill Chistyakov, one of the first to be sent by the…

  • Residents of Flood-Struck Russian City Protest Local Government

    Residents of Flood-Struck Russian City Protest Local Government

    Residents of Orsk, the Ural Mountains city most impacted by some of Russia’s worst flooding in decades, staged protests against local authorities’ perceived inaction on Monday. Much of Orsk was submerged underwater after the Ural River swelled and burst through a dam embankment on Friday, forcing thousands to evacuate. Russia declared a regionwide state of emergency…

  • 80% of Ukraine’s Coal, Gas Power Plants Hit by Russian Attacks: Minister

    80% of Ukraine’s Coal, Gas Power Plants Hit by Russian Attacks: Minister

    Russia has hit up to 80% of Ukraine’s conventional power plants and half its hydroelectric plants in recent weeks in the heaviest attacks since the war began, Ukrainian Energy Minister German Galushchenko said Monday. Moscow has launched almost daily strikes on Ukraine’s power grid since late March, causing major blackouts in the northeastern city of…

  • Russian Activist Who Helped Ukrainian Refugees Dies in Custody – Reports

    Russian Activist Who Helped Ukrainian Refugees Dies in Custody – Reports

    A Russian activist and volunteer who had helped Ukrainian refugees return home during the invasion has died in police custody in the southwestern Russian city of Belgorod, the Vot Tak news outlet reported Monday, citing two anonymous sources in his inner circle. Alexander Demidenko, 61, was reportedly abducted and tortured in October 2023. After serving 10 days in…

  • Kyiv, Moscow Trade Accusations of Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant Attacks

    Kyiv, Moscow Trade Accusations of Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant Attacks

    Russia on Monday accused Ukraine of attacking the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station with a drone for the second day running, after Kyiv had earlier pointed the finger at Moscow. The plant in southern Ukraine, Europe’s largest nuclear facility, has been under the control of Russian forces since the first days of the military offensive in…

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