Russia pledges full protection for any annexed Ukrainian territory

Russia’s top diplomat on Saturday said regions of Ukraine where widely-derided referendums are being held would be under Russia’s “full protection” if they are annexed by Moscow, amid fears Russia could further escalate the conflict and even use nuclear weapons. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, addressing the U.N. General Assembly and the world’s media in New… Read More Russia pledges full protection for any annexed Ukrainian territory

Russian-backed separatists begin referendum in occupied regions of Ukraine

Russia launched referendums in four occupied areas of Ukraine on Friday expected to be used by Moscow to justify annexation, but Kyiv said the voting was mandatory with residents being threatened with punishment if they did not take part. The votes on whether the regions should become part of Russia began after Ukraine earlier this… Read More Russian-backed separatists begin referendum in occupied regions of Ukraine

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy asks UN to strip Russia of veto power

Russia pushed ahead on Thursday with its biggest conscription since World War Two while Ukraine demanded “just punishment” for a seven-month-old invasion sending shock waves around the world. President Vladimir Putin’s order to mobilise another 300,000 Russians to fight signalled a major escalation of a war that has already killed thousands, displaced millions, pulverised cities,… Read More Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy asks UN to strip Russia of veto power

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Uzbekistan

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said he understood that Xi Jinping had questions and concerns about the situation in Ukraine but praised China’s leader for what he said was a “balanced” position on the conflict. Russia’s war has killed tens of thousands of people and pushed the global economy into uncharted waters with soaring… Read More Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Uzbekistan

Russian President Vladimir Putin calls for review of Ukraine grain deal

President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday he wanted to discuss reopening a U.N.-brokered deal that allows Ukraine to export its grain via the Black Sea after accusing Kyiv and the West of using it to deceive developing countries and Russia. Putin’s criticism, which alleged that the deal was delivering grain, fertiliser and other foodstuffs to… Read More Russian President Vladimir Putin calls for review of Ukraine grain deal

Russia expresses readiness to discuss prisoner exchange with U.S.

Russia said on Friday it was ready to discuss a prisoner swap with the United States in private, a day after a Russian court jailed U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner for nine years for a drugs offence. The case against Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medallist and Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) star, plunged her… Read More Russia expresses readiness to discuss prisoner exchange with U.S.

Japan’s foreign minister says nation remains open to dialogue with China

Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said on Friday that Japan remains open to dialogue with China as keeping communications intact is all the more important when ties are strained. Hayashi’s comment to reporters came after China on Thursday canceled a meeting between Hayashi and his Chinese counterpart, set to take place on the sidelines of… Read More Japan’s foreign minister says nation remains open to dialogue with China

Ukraine imposes sanctions on Russian President Vladimir Putin, top officials

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has signed a decree imposing sanctions, including asset freezes and travel bans, on Russian President Vladimir Putin and dozens of other top Russian officials, his website said on Thursday. The sanctioned officials included Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, veteran Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu.… Read More Ukraine imposes sanctions on Russian President Vladimir Putin, top officials