Putin invokes Stalingrad to predict victory over ‘new Nazism’ in Ukraine

Putin invokes Stalingrad to predict victory over ‘new Nazism’ in Ukraine

Russian President speaks in Volgograd 80 years have passed since the Soviet victory at Stalingrad Putin draws a parallel with the Russian campaign in Ukraine This content was produced in Russia, where law restricts coverage of Russian military operations in Ukraine. VOLGOGRAD, Russia, Feb 2 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin evoked the spirit of the … Read more

Ex-Wagner commander says he’s sorry he fought in Ukraine

Ex-Wagner commander says he’s sorry he fought in Ukraine

Wagner’s former commander fled Russia for Norway A 26-year-old man took part in the fighting near Bakhmut He says he was afraid of being executed by his side He says he wants to testify about crimes in Ukraine OSLO, Feb 1 (Reuters) – A former commander of the Russian mercenary group Wagner who fled to … Read more

Russia advances in eastern Ukraine, strike on apartments kills civilians

Russia advances in eastern Ukraine, strike on apartments kills civilians

Russian strike destroys apartment building; 3 dead – civil servants Zelenskiy paints a grim picture of the Russian offensive in the East Zelenskiy promises more anti-corruption measures New Russian offensive could start on February 24 – Ukrainian minister KYIV, Feb 2 (Reuters) – The battle on the front lines in eastern Ukraine “has grown more … Read more

Myanmar junta extends state of emergency as coup anniversary marked by ‘silent protest’

Myanmar junta extends state of emergency as coup anniversary marked by ‘silent protest’

Junta extends state of emergency, says elections must be held ‘The current situation is unfolding under unusual circumstances,’ says acting president Deserted streets in some Myanmar towns for silent protest Protesters hold rallies in Thailand and the Philippines Feb 1 (Reuters) – Myanmar’s junta has extended the country’s state of emergency for another six months, … Read more

Belgian arms dealer tangles with minister over tanks for Ukraine

Belgian arms dealer tangles with minister over tanks for Ukraine

TOURNAI, Belgium, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Freddy Versluys doesn’t like being called an arms dealer. But he has a big warehouse full of used tanks for sale. Standing next to dozens of German-made Leopard 1 tanks and other military vehicles in the cold warehouse in eastern Belgium, Versluys pointed out that he was the CEO … Read more

Ukraine raids billionaire’s home in wartime anti-corruption drive

Ukraine raids billionaire’s home in wartime anti-corruption drive

Security services carry out extensive raids ahead of EU summit Homes of billionaire and former interior minister raided New US weapons would nearly double Ukraine’s range Fierce fighting relentlessly in eastern Ukraine KYIV, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Security services raided the home of one of Ukraine’s most prominent billionaires on Wednesday against a figure once … Read more

Ukraine will be cold to fast EU entry – POLITICO

Ukraine will be cold to fast EU entry – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Expressed by artificial intelligence. Top EU leaders are visiting Ukraine this week, but they won’t bring promises that the war-torn country can join the bloc anytime soon. Brussels is expected to pour cold water on Ukraine’s hopes of an early EU rejoin at a two-day summit in Kyiv, … Read more

Erdogan says Turkey favors Finland’s NATO bid, not Sweden’s

Erdogan says Turkey favors Finland’s NATO bid, not Sweden’s

ANKARA, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Turkey views Finland’s application for NATO membership positively, but does not support Sweden’s bid, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday. “Our position on Finland is positive, but it is not on Sweden,” Erdogan said of their NATO bids in a speech to his AK party deputies in parliament. Sweden … Read more

‘Hands off Africa,’ Pope Francis tells the rich world

‘Hands off Africa,’ Pope Francis tells the rich world

Pope begins trip to DR Congo and South Sudan François meets the victims of the war in the Congo Trip postponed from July due to Pope’s knee disease KINSHASA, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Pope Francis denounced the “poison of greed” driving conflict in Africa as he began a visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo … Read more

Two years on, Myanmar coup has ‘catastrophic record’

Two years on, Myanmar coup has ‘catastrophic record’

Jan 31 (Reuters) – Two years after Myanmar’s military coup, a young factory worker turned resistance fighter is mourning the loss of his leg in battle. A former diplomat has not seen his family for four years. A beauty queen adjusts to a new life in wintery Canada. And an exiled teacher dreams of going … Read more