Russia says world’s nuclear powers are ‘on brink of armed conflict’

R ussia says world’s five nuclear powers are ‘on brink of armed conflict’ while accusing the West of “encouraging provocations”. The Russian Foreign Ministry claimed in a statement on Wednesday that avoiding a nuclear clash was its first priority. Western capitals have said Moscow is behind a ramping up of nuclear rhetoric following its invasion … Read more

Inside the Ukrainian factory turning pick-up trucks into weapons of war

“This piece of equipment is far more useful when you’re located just a few kilometres from the enemy,” he told the Telegraph. “Bringing larger Grads, Himars or other rocket launchers is dangerous because you can be spotted quite quickly. “With these trucks, you’re in and out quickly with no need to lose the big launchers, … Read more

Russia’s hope for Ukraine win revealed in battle for Bakhmut

BAKHMUT, Ukraine (AP) — Russian soldiers pummeling a city in eastern Ukraine with artillery are slowly edging closer in their attempt to seize Bakhmut, which has remained in Ukrainian hands during the eight-month war despite Moscow’s goal of capturing the entire Donbas region bordering Russia. While much of the fighting in the last month has … Read more

Wheelchair-bound Russian man ordered to Ukraine front line

The mobilisation order triggered panic among men of fighting age, with hundreds of thousands fleeing Russia in the past fortnight and others going into hiding. “My cousin is hiding her daughter’s husband in their house at the moment because he received the call to mobilise,” a Russian woman, who declined to gtive her name, told … Read more

Russian opposition activist beaten up and raped by police

A Russian opposition activist was beaten up and raped by the police after he was arrested for reading poetry which criticised the Kremlin’s puppet governments in Ukraine.   Riot police stormed Artyom Kamardin’s flat late on Monday and beat him up along with his girlfriend and a friend who was staying with the couple, his … Read more

US whistleblower Edward Snowden granted Russian citizenship

US authorities have for years wanted Mr Snowden returned to the US to face a criminal trial on espionage charges. As president, Donald Trump said he would “take a look” at pardoning Mr Snowden, but never did. Mr Snowden married his US partner Lindsay Mills in a courthouse in Moscow and the couple have a … Read more

Vladimir Putin’s draft order is cause of Russian protests, officials admit

“Such excesses are absolutely unacceptable. And, I consider it absolutely right that they are triggering a sharp reaction in society,” said Valentina Matvienko, the speaker of the Federation Council, Russia’s upper house.  In an apparent attempt to deflect blame from the Kremlin, she said that governors of Russia’s 85 federal regions held “full responsibility” for … Read more

Zelensky calls on Ukrainians to ‘sabotage’ Russian army from within

V olodymyr Zelensky has called on any Ukrainian in Russian-occupied territory conscripts to “sabotage” the army from within if they are conscripted. Speaking on Friday, Mr Zelensky condemned the referendums being held in four occupied regions – Luhansk, Kherson and partly Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhya and Donetsk. Voting began yesterday on whether occupied regions of Ukraine should … Read more

In Moscow, Putin’s ‘invisible war’ is now impossible to hide

Russian social media quickly coined the term “mogilizatsita” for Putin’s call-up, a mash-up of the Russian word mogila, or grave, and mobilisation. Unusually long lines to leave the country were reported overnight on Wednesday and Thursday morning at once-sleepy border crossings including those with Mongolia and Kazakhstan in the east and Georgia in the south, … Read more

I’m abroad staying with friends… but I may never return to Russia

For men across Russia, the war in Ukraine felt like a world away, safe in the knowledge it would be left to the professionals. On Wednesday that all changed as Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the partial mobilisation of 300,000 reservists.  While Russia’s defence minister said the call will apply to those who have served, … Read more