How Turkey spoiled NATO’s historic moment with Finland, Sweden

Turkey caught NATO allies by surprise Finland, Sweden hoped for quick accession Turkey’s Cavusoglu meets US counterpart Blinken ISTANBUL / WASHINGTON / BRUSSELS, May 18 (Reuters) – When Finland and Sweden signed they were thinking of making the historic decision joining NATO, the alliance expected a tough response from Moscow, not from one of its … Read more

Russia says nearly 700 more Mariupol fighters surrender

Ukrainian soldiers, many wounded, taken to Russian-held towns Mariupol a win for Putin as Russian forces fall back elsewhere Finland and Sweden formally apply to join NATO KYIV / MARIUPOL, Ukraine, May 18 (Reuters) – Nearly 700 more Ukrainian fighters surrendered at the Mariupol steelworks in the past 24 hours, Russia said on Wednesday, but … Read more

Iraq balks at greater Chinese control of its oilfields

Iraq persuaded Lukoil to halt sale to Sinopec – sources Baghdad concerned China becoming too dominant – sources Western firms are not happy with terms of Iraqi deals LONDON / BASRA, May 17 (Reuters) – Iraq’s oil ministry thwarted three prospective deals last year that would have handed Chinese firms more control over its oilfields … Read more

Ukrainian troops evacuate from Mariupol, ceding control to Russia

Ukrainian soldiers, many wounded, bussed to Russian-held towns ‘Defenders of Mariupol are heroes of our time’- Ukraine military Putin says he sees no threat from Finland, Sweden joining NATO Explosions hit Lviv, fighting reported in numerous areas KYIV / NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine, May 17 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s military said on Tuesday it was working to evacuate … Read more

Front lines shift in Donbas as Ukraine mounts counteroffensive

Russian forces make some advances in Donbas – Ukrainian military Ukraine says it is on the offensive near Izium Russian Donbas campaign has lost momentum – British military Preparations made for NATO bids by Nordic sates – Germany KYIV, Ukraine, May 15 (Reuters) – The front lines in the Ukraine war had shifted on Sunday … Read more

Ukraine collects Russian dead as war rages on multiple fronts

Hundreds of Russian war dead brought to rail yard Ukraine deputy PM says war “entering new, long phase” Ukraine military photographs show failed Russian river crossing Kyiv says it’s negotiating for evacuation of Mariupol wounded KYIV, May 14 (Reuters) – The bodies of Russian soldiers killed in Ukraine were brought to a rail yard outside … Read more

“Moles in the dark”: survival and escape from the Mariupol steelworks

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine, May 13 (Reuters) – Five storeys below the besieged Azovstal steelworks, Ukrainian soldiers told Natalieya Babeush she had a few minutes to prepare to escape the underground bunker she called home for more than two months. The 35-year-old grabbed a little more than a handful of children’s drawings: some sketches of flowers and … Read more

Europe’s gas supply crisis grows after Russia imposes sanctions

Russia imposes sanctions on European Gazprom subsidiaries Polish firm operating Yamal-Europe section also hit Germany to lose 10 mcm / day of gas supply Dutch gas prices rise by up to 20% BERLIN, May 12 (Reuters) – Pressure on Europe to secure alternative gas supplies increased on Thursday as Moscow imposed sanctions on European subsidiaries … Read more

NATO to welcome Nordic members as Ukraine pushes back Russian forces

Finland expected to announce bid to join NATO Ukraine halts major route for Russian gas to Europe Russia imposes sanctions on Gazprom units in Europe, US Ukrainian forces seek to cut Russian battlefield supply lines KYIV / BRUSSELS, May 12 (Reuters) – Finland is expected to announce on Thursday its intention to join NATO with … Read more

The underground networks of Russians helping Ukrainian refugees

TBILISI, May 11 (Reuters) – Ukrainian refugees who reluctantly find themselves under Moscow’s rule are receiving help from an unlikely quarter: networks of Russian volunteers helping those displaced by the war to leave Russia. When Bogdan Goncharov, his wife and 7-year-old daughter fled the shelling in their hometown of Mariupol in mid-March, they ended up … Read more