About: Russian invasion

Global Europe 26-05-2022

Zelenskyy lambasts idea of concessions to end war, evokes appeasement of Hitler

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Wednesday (25 May) savaged suggestions that Kyiv give up territory and make concessions to end the war with Russia, saying the idea smacked of attempts to appease Nazi Germany in 1938.
Global Europe 26-05-2022

In Davos, Ukraine says it ‘badly’ needs rocket systems

Ukraine's foreign minister said Wednesday (25 May) his country "badly" needed multiple launch rocket systems to match Russian firepower as he pressed Western allies for heavy weapons at the World Economic Forum in the Swiss Alps.
Europe's East 25-05-2022

Tanks, but no ammo – Germany’s Ukraine pledges show military muddle

Four weeks ago, Germany agreed to send dozens of anti-aircraft tanks to help defend Ukraine from Russia's invasion, in a turning-point after decades of military restraint. Berlin says it can deliver the first Gepard tanks in July.
Global Europe 25-05-2022

EU cracks over Ukraine widen ahead of summit as Italy, Hungary urge truce

Italy and Hungary have urged the EU to call for a ceasefire in Ukraine and peace talks with Russia, putting themselves at odds with other member states determined to take a hard line with Moscow ahead of next week's summit.
Global Europe 25-05-2022

Russia ready to allow ships leaving Ukraine with food in exchange of lifting of sanctions

Russia is ready to provide a humanitarian corridor for vessels carrying food to leave Ukraine, in return for the lifting of some sanctions, the Interfax news agency cited Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Rudenko as saying on Wednesday (25 May).
Global Europe 25-05-2022

Ukraine gathers Russian dead in chilled train for prisoner exchange

Ukraine is gathering the bodies of dead Russian soldiers strewn among the rubble of formerly occupied towns and using everything from DNA to tattoos to verify their identities in the hope of exchanging them for prisoners of war.
Disinformation 25-05-2022

Russian parliament passes bill allowing Moscow to close Western news bureaus

Russia's parliament on 24 May passed a bill giving prosecutors powers to shut foreign media bureaus in Moscow if a Western country has been "unfriendly" to Russian media, following the closure of some Russian state news outlets in the West.
Global Europe 25-05-2022

Donbas fighting rages as Russia eyes prolonged war in Ukraine

Russia signalled on Tuesday (24 May) it was bedding in for a long war in Ukraine as the conflict entered its fourth month with heavy fighting in the east but signs of some normality returning elsewhere.
Europe's East 25-05-2022

EU to unveil plans for seizing Russian assets frozen by sanctions

The Commission is set to unveil plans on 25 May which will make it easier to confiscate frozen assets linked to serious illegal activities and suspected criminals, including those evading EU sanctions against Russia, according to documents seen by EURACTIV.
Global Europe 25-05-2022

Soros says ‘civilization may not survive’ Ukraine war

US billionaire George Soros warned Tuesday (24 May) that "civilization may not survive" Russia's invasion of Ukraine but said Europe could have a stronger position against President Vladimir Putin regarding gas than it realises.
Global Europe 24-05-2022

Pro-Russian ex-president of Moldova detained for ‘treason’

Moldova on Tuesday (24 May) detained pro-Russian ex-president Igor Dodon on suspicion of treason and corruption, prosecutors said, as the conflict in neighbouring Ukraine has heightened tensions in the country seeking EU membership.
Global Europe 24-05-2022

Russia launches all-out assault to encircle Ukraine troops in east

Russian forces were launching an all-out assault to encircle Ukrainian troops in twin cities straddling a river in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday (24 May), a battle which could determine the success or failure of Moscow's main campaign in the east.
Global Europe 24-05-2022

Russian diplomat in Switzerland says he resigns over Ukraine invasion

A Russian diplomat at the country's permanent mission at the United Nations in Geneva said on Monday (23 May) he was leaving his post because of his disagreement with Moscow's invasion of Ukraine, a rare political resignation over the war.
Global Europe 24-05-2022

EU oil embargo ‘in days’ as Ukraine isolation drives Russia closer to China

The EU will likely agree an embargo on Russian oil imports "within days," according to Germany, as Moscow said it saw its economic ties growing with China after being isolated by the West over its invasion of Ukraine.
Global Europe 24-05-2022

Four EU countries call for use of Russian assets to rebuild Ukraine

Lithuania, Slovakia, Latvia and Estonia will call on 24 May for the confiscation of Russian assets frozen by the European Union to fund the rebuilding of Ukraine after Russia's invasion, a joint letter written by the four showed on Monday.
Global Europe 23-05-2022

Erdogan’s NATO expansion roadblock will only harm Turkey

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan tends to shoot first and ask questions much later, and he is clearly making the same mistake once again with the NATO enlargement issue, writes Henri J. Barkey.
Global Europe 23-05-2022

In Tokyo, Biden endorses Japan’s plan to beef up its defences

US President Joe Biden on Monday (23 May) endorsed Japan's plan to beef up its defence capabilities as he and Prime Minister Fumio Kishida committed to working closely to counter China's growing influence in Asia.
Global Europe 23-05-2022

‘The key moment for Ukraine is the growing international support’

The only way to stop Russian fascism is to make Russia suffer deep military defeat in the war against Ukraine, writes Roman Rukomeda.
Global Europe 23-05-2022

Global elites return to Davos under Ukraine storm

The Davos summit of global political and business elites returns Monday (23 May) after a Covid-induced two-year break to face another momentous crisis: Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Global Europe 23-05-2022

Ukraine rules out territorial concessions, as Russia steps up attacks

Ukraine ruled out a ceasefire or any territorial concessions to Russia, and Poland's president said any loss of Ukrainian territory would be a "huge blow" to the entire West as he warned against appeasing Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Global Europe 23-05-2022

Duda lends support in Kyiv as Zelensky promises reciprocal rights for Poles in Ukraine

Polish President Andrzej Duda, speaking in Kyiv on Sunday (22 May), underscored his nation's key support for embattled Ukraine as Russian forces pursued a relentless bombardment of frontline cities in the east.
Global Europe 22-05-2022

Erdogan conditions support for Nordic nations’ NATO bids

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Saturday (21 May) said Turkey would not look "positively" on Sweden and Finland's NATO bids unless its terror-related concerns were addressed, despite broad support from other allies including the United States.
Enlargement 22-05-2022

Zelenskyy warns only diplomacy can end war, rejects alternative to EU enlargement

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has warned only a diplomatic breakthrough rather than an outright military victory can end Russia's war on his country, while pushing its case for EU membership.
Energy 21-05-2022

Germany and Italy approved Russian gas payments after nod from Brussels

Germany and Italy told companies they could open ruble accounts to keep buying Russian gas without breaching sanctions against Moscow following discussions with the European Union, sources said.