EU grants Ukraine candidate status in ‘historic moment’

EU leaders launch Ukraine’s membership process Zelenskiy urges West to speed up heavy weapons deliveries Battle for Donbas twin cities reaches critical stage KYIV, June 23 (Reuters) – Ukraine became a candidate to join the European Union on Thursday, a bold geopolitical step triggered by Russia’s invasion that Kyiv and Brussels hailed as an “historic … Read more

Balkan membership hopefuls leave EU summit empty handed

Albania’s Prime Minister Edi Rama arrives for Western Balkans countries meeting with EU leaders, in Brussels, Belgium June 23, 2022. REUTERS / Yves Herman Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Balkans say Bulgaria’s veto is a ‘disgrace’ EU recommits to eventual membership for Balkans BRUSSELS, June 23 (Reuters) – A summit of … Read more

Turkey says it is investigating claims of Russia shipping stolen Ukrainian grain

ANKARA, June 23 (Reuters) – Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday that Ankara was investigating claims that Ukrainian grain has been stolen by Russia and shipped to countries including Turkey, but added the probes had not found any stolen shipments so far. Kyiv’s ambassador to Ankara said in early June that Turkish buyers … Read more

G7, NATO leaders to ratchet up pressure on Russia, keep an eye on China – US officials

A damaged tram is pictured at a shelled tram depot in Kharkiv, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, June 15, 2022. REUTERS / Ivan Alvarado Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register WASHINGTON, June 22 (Reuters) – Leaders from the Group of Seven rich democracies and the NATO alliance will work to increase pressure … Read more

Battle for Donbas twin cities reaches ‘fearsome climax’, says Ukraine

Zelenskiy urges West to deliver heavy weapons EU leaders to start Ukraine membership process Battle for Donbas twin cities reaches critical stage KYIV, June 23 (Reuters) – President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said Moscow’s massive air and artillery attacks were aimed at destroying the entire Donbas region and urged Ukraine’s allies to accelerate the shipment of heavy … Read more

US hopes for positive Sweden, Finland NATO bid resolution

US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Karen Donfried attends the donor conference for Moldova to assist the country with the influx of Ukrainian refugees, in Berlin, Germany, April 5, 2022. REUTERS / Hannibal Hanschke Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register WASHINGTON, June 22 (Reuters) – The United States … Read more

Russian momentum in Ukraine could slow for lack of resources – British PM

Ukrainian service members walk past a damaged car in the city of Sievierodonetsk, as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, Ukraine June 20, 2022. Picture taken June 20, 2022. REUTERS / Oleksandr Ratushniak Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register BERLIN, June 22 (Reuters) – Britain’s defense intelligence service believes that Russia’s momentum in … Read more

Russian cyber spies attack Ukraine’s allies, Microsoft says

Microsoft President and Vice Chairman Brad Smith speaks during a meeting hosted by US President Joe Biden with private sector CEOs to discuss the Build Back Better agenda at the White House in Washington, US, January 26, 2022. REUTERS / Kevin Lamarque Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register SAN FRANCISCO, June 22 … Read more

Moscow threatens NATO member Lithuania over transit ban on goods to Russia’s European exclave Kaliningrad

Lithuania’s decision to ban the transit of certain goods between Russia and its isolated exclave of Kaliningrad has provoked wrath among top officials in Moscow, and even a threat of retaliation against the European nation. Kaliningrad shares land borders with two NATO nations, Lithuania and Poland, but not Russia. Captured from Nazi Germany by the … Read more

Moscow’s response to Lithuania over transit ban will not be only diplomatic -official

Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova speaks during a session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) in Saint Petersburg, Russia June 16, 2022. REUTERS / Maxim Shemetov Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register June 22 (Reuters) – Moscow’s response to Lithuania’s ban on the transit of goods sanctioned by the … Read more