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

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

Australia ousts conservatives after nine years, Albanese to be prime minister

Climate key issue as conservatives punished in urban seats Morrison to quit as Liberal Party leader after loss Greens and ‘teal’ independents put on a strong showing Treasurer Frydenberg looks set to lose seat SYDNEY, May 21 (Reuters) – Australia’s Labor Party was set to end almost a decade of conservative rule as the government … Read more

Locked-down Shanghai finds new cases, breaking “zero COVID” streak

Shanghai had 5 days of no cases outside quarantined areas Curbs and mass testing imposed in two districts City plans to lift lockdown in June More cities in China bring COVID under control SHANGHAI / BEIJING, May 20 (Reuters) – Shanghai announced its first new COVID-19 cases outside quarantined areas in five days on Friday … 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

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

Russia says Azovstal siege is over, shows video of defenders surrendering

May 20 (Reuters) – Russia’s defense ministry on Friday said the last group of Ukrainian forces holed up in Mariupol’s Azovstal steel works had surrendered, marking an end to a weeks-long attack that left the city in ruins. The full abandonment of the bunkers and tunnels of the bombed-out plant by the Azov Regiment means … Read more

WHO calls emergency meeting as monkeypox cases top 100 in Europe

A section of skin tissue, harvested from a lesion on the skin of a monkey, that had been infected with monkeypox virus, was seen at 50X magnification on day four of rash development in 1968. CDC / Handout via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Cases in nine European countries, North … Read more

Ukraine says Russian attacks on Donbas intensifying

Donbas region is completely destroyed -Zelenskiy Group of Seven sends billions more to Ukraine US Senate approves $ 40 bln in further aid KYIV / SLATYNE, Ukraine, May 20 (Reuters) – Russian forces intensified their offensive in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region using artillery, rocket launchers and aircraft to damage defenses around Donetsk, Ukraine’s general staff … Read more

Ukraine prosecutor seeks life sentence for Russian soldier in war crimes trial

KYIV, May 19 (Reuters) – A Ukrainian state prosecutor asked a court on Thursday to sentence a Russian soldier to life in prison for killing an unarmed civilian in the first war crimes trial arising from Russia’s Feb. 24 invasion. Vadim Shishimarin, a 21-year-old Russian tank commander, asked widow Kateryna Shelipova to forgive him for … Read more