Putin invokes Stalingrad to predict victory over ‘new Nazism’ in Ukraine

Putin invokes Stalingrad to predict victory over ‘new Nazism’ in Ukraine

Russian President speaks in Volgograd 80 years have passed since the Soviet victory at Stalingrad Putin draws a parallel with the Russian campaign in Ukraine This content was produced in Russia, where law restricts coverage of Russian military operations in Ukraine. VOLGOGRAD, Russia, Feb 2 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin evoked the spirit of the … Read more

Ex-Wagner commander says he’s sorry he fought in Ukraine

Ex-Wagner commander says he’s sorry he fought in Ukraine

Wagner’s former commander fled Russia for Norway A 26-year-old man took part in the fighting near Bakhmut He says he was afraid of being executed by his side He says he wants to testify about crimes in Ukraine OSLO, Feb 1 (Reuters) – A former commander of the Russian mercenary group Wagner who fled to … Read more

Russian missile destroys apartment building, killing 3, as EU leaders visit Kyiv

Russian missile destroys apartment building, killing 3, as EU leaders visit Kyiv

Zelenskiy paints a grim picture of the Russian offensive in the East Russian strike destroys apartment building; 4 dead – official Lavrov says Russia will respond to long-range rocket deliveries European Commission chief in Kyiv to discuss Ukraine’s EU candidacy Zelenskiy promises more anti-corruption measures KYIV, Feb 2 (Reuters) – A Russian missile destroyed an … Read more

Myanmar junta extends state of emergency as coup anniversary marked by ‘silent protest’

Myanmar junta extends state of emergency as coup anniversary marked by ‘silent protest’

Junta extends state of emergency, says elections must be held ‘The current situation is unfolding under unusual circumstances,’ says acting president Deserted streets in some Myanmar towns for silent protest Protesters hold rallies in Thailand and the Philippines Feb 1 (Reuters) – Myanmar’s junta has extended the country’s state of emergency for another six months, … Read more

Belgian arms dealer tangles with minister over tanks for Ukraine

Belgian arms dealer tangles with minister over tanks for Ukraine

TOURNAI, Belgium, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Freddy Versluys doesn’t like being called an arms dealer. But he has a big warehouse full of used tanks for sale. Standing next to dozens of German-made Leopard 1 tanks and other military vehicles in the cold warehouse in eastern Belgium, Versluys pointed out that he was the CEO … Read more

Erdogan says Turkey favors Finland’s NATO bid, not Sweden’s

Erdogan says Turkey favors Finland’s NATO bid, not Sweden’s

ANKARA, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Turkey views Finland’s application for NATO membership positively, but does not support Sweden’s bid, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday. “Our position on Finland is positive, but it is not on Sweden,” Erdogan said of their NATO bids in a speech to his AK party deputies in parliament. Sweden … Read more

‘Hands off Africa,’ Pope Francis tells the rich world

‘Hands off Africa,’ Pope Francis tells the rich world

Pope begins trip to DR Congo and South Sudan François meets the victims of the war in the Congo Trip postponed from July due to Pope’s knee disease KINSHASA, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Pope Francis denounced the “poison of greed” driving conflict in Africa as he began a visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo … Read more

Russia continues its Donetsk campaign; Ukraine wants fighter jets

Russia continues its Donetsk campaign;  Ukraine wants fighter jets

The city of Bakhmut comes under new fire – The Ukrainian army Zelenskiy talks to senior defense officials US prepares $2.2 billion arms package for Ukraine KYIV, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Russian forces are gradually gaining ground in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk province, focusing on the town of Bakhmut, north of the regional capital. After finally … Read more

Two years on, Myanmar coup has ‘catastrophic record’

Two years on, Myanmar coup has ‘catastrophic record’

Jan 31 (Reuters) – Two years after Myanmar’s military coup, a young factory worker turned resistance fighter is mourning the loss of his leg in battle. A former diplomat has not seen his family for four years. A beauty queen adjusts to a new life in wintery Canada. And an exiled teacher dreams of going … Read more

On the front lines of the war in Ukraine, troops say Russia is treating men like meat in the Battle of Bakhmut

On the front lines of the war in Ukraine, troops say Russia is treating men like meat in the Battle of Bakhmut

Bakhmut, Eastern Ukraine — The town of Bakhmut was home to around 70,000 people before it found itself on Russian President Vladimir’s frontline Putin’s unprovoked war to seize Ukrainian territory. Almost 12 months of war have left Bakhmut barely recognizable. Once famous for its sparkling wine, the small town has been reduced to a hollowed-out … Read more