Ukraine rules out ceasefire as fighting intensifies in Donbas

Ukraine rules out ceasefire as fighting intensifies in Donbas

Ukraine rules out ceasefire, concessions Russia launches assault in Luhansk Russia stops Finland gas flows over payment dispute Polish president in Ukraine to address parliament Sunday May 22 (Reuters) – Ukraine ruled out a ceasefire or concessions to Moscow while Russia intensified an offensive in the eastern Donbas region and stopped providing gas to Finland, … Read more

Biden says ‘hello’ to North Korea’s Kim amid tensions over weapons tests

Biden says ‘hello’ to North Korea’s Kim amid tensions over weapons tests

SEOUL, May 22 (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden, in Seoul before heading to Japan as part of his first Asia trip as president, had a simple message for North Korea’s Kim Jong Un: “Hello … period,” he told reporters on the last day of his visit to South Korea on Sunday. Biden said he … Read more

Ukrainian negotiator rules out ceasefire or concessions to Russia

Mykhailo Podolyak, a political adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, receives questions from a member of the media after a meeting with Russian negotiators in Istanbul, Turkey March 29, 2022. REUTERS / Kemal Aslan Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Ukraine-Russia negotiations have stalled Ukrainian negotiator rules out territorial concessions He says … Read more

Russia adds Kasparov and Khodorkovsky to ‘foreign agents’ list

May 20 (Reuters) – The Russian Justice Ministry on Friday added ex-world chess champion Garry Kasparov and former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, both prominent critics of the government, to the list of individuals acting as foreign agents, according to the ministry’s website. The term “foreign agent” carries negative Soviet-era connotations. According to the website, Ukraine … Read more

Russian military says it destroys Western arms consignment in Ukraine

LONDON, May 21 (Reuters) – The Russian military said on Saturday it had destroyed a major consignment of Western arms in Ukraine’s Zhytomyr region, west of Kyiv, using sea-launched Kalibr cruise missiles. The defense ministry said in a statement the strike took out “a large batch of weapons and military equipment delivered from the USA … Read more

Russia likely facing Uncrewed Aerial Vehicles shortage, UK says

May 21 (Reuters) – Russia is likely experiencing a shortage of appropriate reconnaissance Uncrewed Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), which it has attempted to use to identify targets to be struck by combat jets or artillery, British Defense ministry said on Saturday. Russia is likely experiencing a shortage of appropriate reconnaissance UAVs, which is exacerbated by limitations … Read more

Biden, South Korea’s Yoon vow to deter North Korea but offer COVID aid

SEOUL, May 21 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden and his new South Korean counterpart agreed on Saturday to hold bigger military drills and deploy more US weapons if necessary to deter North Korea, while offering to send COVID-19 vaccines and potentially meet Kim Jong Un. Biden and Yoon Suk-yeol said their countries’ decades-old alliance needed … Read more

US, others walk out of APEC talks over Russia’s Ukraine invasion

BANGKOK, May 21 (Reuters) – Representatives of the United States and several other nations walked out of an Asia-Pacific trade ministers meeting in Bangkok on Saturday to protest Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, officials said. The walkout was “an expression of disapproval at Russia’s illegal war of aggression in Ukraine and its economic impact in the … Read more

Russia advances in Ukraine’s Donbas as Mariupol steelworks siege ends

Weeks-long siege ends at Azovstal, Russia says Russia intensifies offensive in Donbas Zelenskiy seeks deal to secure Russian compensation Russia stops Finland gas flows over payment dispute KYIV, May 21 (Reuters) – Russia pressed for control of Ukraine’s Donbas region, claiming victory in the months-long battle for Mariupol’s steel plant and launching a major offensive … Read more

US says Turkey’s approach to Sweden, Finland NATO bid not a bilateral topic

WASHINGTON, May 20 (Reuters) – Turkey’s approach to the NATO accession process of Sweden and Finland is not a bilateral issue between Washington and Ankara, the US State Department said on Friday, but added that Washington was speaking with Ankara and it remained confident that the dispute would be overcome. Finland and Sweden say they … Read more