EXCLUSIVE How a Russian billionaire shielded assets from European sanctions

Melnichenko ceded ownership of coal, fertilizer firms to wife Cession occurred the day before EU imposed sanctions on him Transfers of assets fuel doubts over sanctions’ effectiveness ISTANBUL / BRUSSELS, May 27 (Reuters) – Russian businessman Andrey Melnichenko ceded ownership of two of the world’s largest coal and fertilizers companies to his wife the day … Read more

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

BERLIN, May 25 (Reuters) – Four weeks ago, Germany agreed to send dozens of anti-aircraft tanks to help defend Ukraine from Russia’s invasion, part of what it called a turning-point after decades of military restraint. Berlin says it can deliver the first Gepard tanks in July. That’s too slow, a Ukrainian parliamentarian said on Tuesday, … Read more

Russia seeks to put stranglehold on twin Ukrainian cities

As war enters fourth month, Russia concentrates on east Russia tries to encircle Ukrainian troops in twin cities EU’s von der Leyen says Moscow weaponising food KYIV / SLOVYANSK, Ukraine, May 25 (Reuters) – Russian forces sought to encircle Ukrainian troops in twin eastern cities straddling a river as President Volodymyr Zelenskiy warned that Moscow … Read more

Ukraine rules out territorial concessions, as Russia steps up attacks

Ukraine rules out ceasefire, territorial concessions Poland warns fractured Ukraine a ‘huge blow’ to the West Poland-Ukraine border deal to help flow of people, goods Russia steps up attacks in east, south Russian soldiers search for mines in Azovstal steelworks KYIV, May 23 (Reuters) – Ukraine ruled out a ceasefire or any territorial concessions to … Read more

Ukraine rejects concessions as Russians attack in east and south

Ukraine rules out ceasefire, concessions Russia launches assault in Luhansk, Mykolaiv Ukraine must decide its own future, Polish president says KYIV, May 22 (Reuters) – Ukraine ruled out a ceasefire or any territorial concessions to Moscow as Russia stepped up its attack in the eastern and southern parts of the country, pounding the Donbas and … Read more

Ukraine rejects concessions as Russians attack in east

Ukraine rules out ceasefire, concessions Russia launches assault in Luhansk, Mykolaiv Ukraine must decide its own future, Polish president says KYIV, May 22 (Reuters) – Ukraine ruled out a ceasefire or any territorial concessions to Moscow as Russia stepped up its attack in the country’s east and south, pounding the Donbas and Mykolaiv regions with … Read more

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

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