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Global Europe 13-05-2022

Veterans, propagandists in Russia start criticising the stuttering Ukraine war

Vladimir Putin's faithful propagandists, as well as a former commander of pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine, have openly criticised Moscow's stuttering military campaign in Ukraine in recent days, in a sign that the presumed iron-cast internal support for the Russian president may be eroding.
Global Europe 11-05-2022

Ukraine war now in stalemate, US intelligence says

Invading Russian military forces remain bogged down in Ukraine and have shifted to a war of attrition, two senior US intelligence officials told Congress on Tuesday (10 May).
Global Europe 10-05-2022

Macron says EU is not at war with Russia, warns against ‘humiliating’ Putin

Europe must learn from its past mistakes and make sure no side is humiliated when Russia and Ukraine negotiate for peace, France's president said on Europe Day (9 May) in Strasbourg.
Europe's East 04-05-2022

Charles Michel visits Moldova, promises military support

The European Union is considering additional military support to Moldova, to cope with the spillover from Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, European Council President Charles Michel said on a visit to Chisinau on Wednesday (4 May).
Global Europe 04-05-2022

CIA invites ‘concerned Russians’ to get in touch via darknet

The CIA says Russians disaffected by Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine may be trying to get in touch with US intelligence – and it wants them to go to the darknet.
Global Europe 28-04-2022

Putin warns West of lightning retaliation; sanctions batter Russian economy

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned of lightning-fast retaliation if countries interfere in Ukraine as European leaders accused Russia of "blackmail" over its cuts to gas supplies.
Global Europe 27-04-2022

Moscow warns London for provoking Ukraine to strike Russian territory

Russia warned Britain on Tuesday (26 April) that if it continued to provoke Ukraine to strike targets in Russia then there would be an immediate "proportional response".
Energy 27-04-2022

Russia cuts gas to Poland, threatens disconnecting Bulgaria

Russia halted gas supplies to Poland under the Yamal contract on Wednesday (26 April), in a deepening of the rift between the West and Russia over its invasion of Ukraine.
Global Europe 26-04-2022

Lavrov warns ‘serious’ nuclear war risks should not be underestimated

Russia told the world not to underestimate the considerable risks of nuclear war that it said it wanted to reduce and warned that conventional Western weapons were legitimate targets in Ukraine, where battles raged in the east.
Global Europe 20-04-2022

Ukraine receives fighter planes, aircraft parts to bolster air force

Ukraine has received fighter planes and aircraft parts to bolster its air force in the face of Russia's invasion, the Pentagon said Tuesday (19 April), declining to specify the number of aircraft or their origin.
Global Europe 19-04-2022

Lavrov says Russia will not hit Ukraine with nukes

Russia will use only conventional weapons in Ukraine, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in response to a question about the possible use of nuclear arms in the war.
Global Europe 16-04-2022

Russia expels 18 diplomats from EU’s Moscow mission in retaliatory move

Moscow has expelled 18 employees of the European Union's delegation to Russia in retaliation at Brussels' expulsion of 19 Russians earlier this month, the foreign ministry said in a statement on Friday (15 April).
Global Europe 16-04-2022

Russia warns US to stop arming Ukraine, Zelenskyy warns of nuclear threat

Russia has warned the United States that there will be "unpredictable consequences" if Washington keeps arming Ukraine, The Washington Post reported on Friday (15 April).
Global Europe 09-04-2022

Zelenskyy calls for ‘firm global response’ to train station bombing

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called for a "firm global response" Friday after a missile strike killed 52 people at a train station in eastern Ukraine where civilians had gathered to flee a feared Russian offensive.
Global Europe 06-04-2022

US top general sees Ukraine war protracted in years

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin defended America's response to the war in Ukraine on Tuesday (5 April) during a heated exchange with a Republican lawmaker who accused the Pentagon of over-estimating Russia's military capability.
Global Europe 05-04-2022

Russia vows ‘symmetrical’ response after fresh expulsions of diplomats

Russia will respond proportionately to the expulsion of its diplomats from a number of Western countries, Russian ex-president and deputy head of security council Dmitry Medvedev said late on Monday (4 April). “Everyone knows the answer: it will be symmetrical...
Global Europe 05-04-2022

I got Putin wrong, Nord Stream 2 was a mistake, says Steinmeier

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, long an advocate of Western rapprochement with Russia, expressed regret for his earlier stance, saying his years of support for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline had been a clear mistake.
Enlargement 04-04-2022

Vucic claims victory in elections ‘without suspense’

Serbia’s strongman Aleksandar Vučić claimed a landslide victory in general elections Sunday (3 April) paving the way for another term as president and extending his decade-long rule in the Balkan nation. Official results were set to be announced late Monday...
Global Europe 23-03-2022

Lavrov warns that sending peacekeepers to Ukraine may lead to NATO-Russia confrontation

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday (23 March) sending peacekeepers to Ukraine may lead to a direct confrontation between Russia and the NATO military alliance.
Global Europe 18-03-2022

Bulgaria, Baltic countries kick out 20 Russian diplomats

Bulgaria has expelled 10 Russian diplomats while Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania have banished another 10 Russian diplomats between them, the foreign ministries of the respective countries said on Friday (18 March), citing their non-diplomatic activities and the spreading of Russian military propaganda.
Global Europe 17-03-2022

Slovakia ‘preliminarily’ agrees to send key air defense system to Ukraine

Slovakia has preliminarily agreed to provide Ukraine with a key Soviet-era air defense system to help defend against Russian airstrikes, according to three sources familiar with the matter, CNN reported on Wednesday (16 March).
Global Europe 17-03-2022

US, France warn Russia any use of chemical weapons would have consequences

US and French officials warned Russia on Wednesday (16 March) that the country would bear a heavy responsibility if it used chemical or bacteriological weapons in Ukraine.
Global Europe 16-03-2022

Ukraine and Russia make progress on plan to end war

A fifteen-point draft deal between Russia and Ukraine, reported by the Financial Times on Wednesday (16 March), would involve Kyiv renouncing NATO membership ambitions and accepting territorial changes, in return for security guarantees.
Central Asia 16-03-2022

Kazakh President lays out constitutional reforms following January unrest

Constitutional reforms to limit the powers of the president's office have been announced by Kazakhstan's President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, who says the country needs to switch from "superpresidential" rule to a presidential republic with a strong parliament.