Lavrov pledges ‘full protection’ for any territory annexed by Russia

Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register UNITED NATIONS, Sept 24 (Reuters) – 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. … Read more

Russian National Guard ‘under strain’ to contain domestic protests against mobilisation

President Vladimir Putin announced a “partial mobilisation” bolster the armed forces as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues to falter earlier this week. Following the announcement, police have been dispersing demonstrations as thousands take to the streets to protest the call-up in several cities. In its latest intelligence update the MoD said more Russians could be … Read more

U.S. warns Putin of ‘catastrophic’ consequences over nuclear weapons

U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan speaks to reporters during a press briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., July 11, 2022. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register WASHINGTON, Sept 25 (Reuters) – The United States would respond decisively to any Russian use of nuclear weapons against Ukraine and … Read more

Kyiv’s western allies boost nuclear deterrence after Putin’s threats

Western capitals are making contingency plans should Vladimir Putin take steps towards acting on his threats of nuclear attacks against Ukraine and are sending private warnings to the Kremlin about possible consequences, according to western officials. The Russian president’s nuclear warnings are “a matter that we have to take deadly seriously,” White House national security … Read more

Tropical Storm Ian – latest: Florida warned to ‘be ready’ for potential hurricane as Biden postpones visit

Central Florida stores struggle to keep water on shelves ahead of Tropical Storm Ian Floridians have been warned to “be ready” for a potential hurricane this week, as Tropical Storm Ian continues to strengthen while charting a path towards the Sunshine State. The National Hurricane Center forecasts that Ian will become a hurricane by the … Read more

Children among hundreds arrested in Russia after second wave of anti-war protests

Hundreds of people, including some children, have been arrested in Russia as protests persist against president Vladimir Putin’s military mobilisation order. Police descended on campaigners, arresting hundreds in several cities in the nationwide demonstrations. More than 700 people were detained, including over 300 in Moscow and nearly 150 in St Petersburg, according to OVD-Info, an … Read more

Putin replaces deputy defence chief with ‘butcher of Mariupol’ Mikhail Mizintsev

Russian president Vladimir Putin has reportedly fired Dmitry Bulgakov, the general responsible for managing the Russian military’s faltering logistics operations in Ukraine, and replaced him with Mikhail Mizintsev, known as “the butcher of Mariupol”. The defence ministry said on Telegram on Saturday that general Bulgakov was “released” to transfer into a new role. He will … Read more

Europe holds its breath as Italy prepares to vote in far-right leader | Giorgia Meloni

Italians are voting in an election that is forecast to deliver the country’s most radical rightwing government since the end of the second world war, and a prime minister ready to become a model for nationalist parties across Europe. A coalition led by Giorgia Meloni’s Brothers of Italy, a party with neofascist origins, is expected … Read more