Fighting intensifies in east Ukraine, Kyiv seeks more weapons

Fighting intensifies in east Ukraine – Ukrainian officials Ukraine says it needs more weapons, calls for sanctions Western allies agreed this week to provide tanks Russia says U.S. president holds key to ending fighting KYIV, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Russia has stepped up attempts to break through Ukraine’s defences with heavy fighting in the north … Read more

Belarus leader says he has been asked to seal a non-aggression pact with Ukraine

Jan 24 (Reuters) – Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko said on Tuesday that he had been asked to conclude a non-aggression pact with Ukraine, the Belta state news agency reported, citing comments that suggested he saw Kyiv as a potential threat. Lukashenko, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, disclosed the alleged offer to a … Read more

Exclusive: WHO investigating links between cough syrup deaths, considers advice for parents

Jan 24 (Reuters) – The World Health Organization (WHO) is investigating whether there is any connection between manufacturers whose contaminated cough syrups it has linked to the deaths of more than 300 children in three countries, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters. Citing “unacceptable levels” of toxins in the products, the WHO is … Read more

Finland says time-out needed in talks with Turkey over NATO bid

HELSINKI, Jan 24 (Reuters) – Finland’s foreign minister said on Tuesday a time-out of a few weeks was needed in Finland and Sweden’s talks with Turkey on their application to join the NATO military alliance. Turkey’s president said on Monday that Sweden should not expect his country’s support after a protest near the Turkish embassy … Read more

Boris Johnson visits Kyiv, pledges help

KYIV, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited Kyiv on a surprise trip on Sunday, meeting President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and pledging that Britain would “stick by Ukraine as long as it takes”. Johnson, who left office in September in the wake of a series of scandals, was prime minister when Russia … Read more

Putin ally says West’s deliveries of new weapons to Kyiv will lead to global catastrophe

Jan 22 (Reuters) – A close ally of President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday that deliveries of offensive weapons to Kyiv that threaten Russia’s territories will lead to a global catastrophe and make arguments against using weapons of mass destruction untenable. Vyacheslav Volodin, speaker of the Duma – Russia’s lower house of parliament – warned … Read more

Putin ally Medvedev warns NATO of nuclear war if Russia defeated in Ukraine

Medvedev: nuclear powers don’t lose major wars Nuclear war is possible if a nuclear power loses, he says Medvedev tells NATO to think about the risks NATO and defence leaders due to meet in Germany MOSCOW, Jan 19 (Reuters) – Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, an ally of Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin, warned the North … Read more

Exclusive: Europeans dial down the heating, heed calls to save energy

BERLIN, Jan 18 (Reuters) – Europeans have dialled down their heating this winter, apparently heeding government calls to conserve energy amid the Ukraine crisis, with some delaying switching it on by almost a month and setting the temperature lower, data shows. The data, from hundreds of thousands of smart thermometers installed in households across the … Read more

Lavrov compares West’s approach to Russia with Hitler’s ‘Final Solution’

MOSCOW, Jan 18 (Reuters) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday that the United States had assembled a coalition of European countries to solve “the Russian question” in the same way that Adolf Hitler had sought a “final solution” to eradicate Europe’s Jews. Lavrov, who caused an international furore last year with remarks … Read more

Russia produces first set of Poseidon super torpedoes – TASS

Russia moves closer to Poseidon deployment Poseidon nuclear capable torpedoes ready – TASS Poseidon could be an autonomous nuclear weapon New type of nuclear weapon outside arms treaties MOSCOW, Jan 16 (Reuters) – Russia has produced the first set of Poseidon nuclear capable super torpedoes that are being developed for deployment on the Belgorod nuclear … Read more