I’m abroad staying with friends… but I may never return to Russia

For men across Russia, the war in Ukraine felt like a world away, safe in the knowledge it would be left to the professionals. On Wednesday that all changed as Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the partial mobilisation of 300,000 reservists.  While Russia’s defence minister said the call will apply to those who have served, … Read more

‘Desperate’ Vladimir Putin will be defeated in Ukraine, vows Liz Truss

Other Western leaders gathered in New York vowed not to recognise the sham referendums and characterised Putin’s escalation as a sign of weakness. Jens Stoltenberg, the Nato secretary-general, said in response to Putin’s threats: “The answer is not to step down and to stop supporting Ukraine. The answer, if anything, is to step up and … Read more

EU plans new sanctions after Putin’s nuclear escalation threat – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Europe is drawing up plans to hit Russia with fresh sanctions amid demands for a swift response, after Vladimir Putin threatened to use nuclear weapons in his war against Ukraine.  The Russian dictator announced a major escalation on Wednesday, including the mobilization of 300,000 Russian reservists and a warning … Read more

US, Russia to resume space missions despite Ukraine war tensions | Space News

The joint flight comes after Russia recently said it would withdraw from the space station after 2024 amid tensions with the west over the Ukraine war. A US astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts are set to blast off to the International Space Station (ISS) on a Russian-operated flight despite soaring tensions between Moscow and Washington … Read more

Putin to address nation as he prepares to annex more of Ukraine

Vladimir Putin will only give up his “imperial ambitions” that risk destroying Ukraine and Russia if he recognises he cannot win the war, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Tuesday. Mr Scholz, speaking in his first address United Nations General Assembly, said: “This is why we will not accept any peace dictated by Russia and this is why Ukraine must be … Read more

Macron slams nations staying neutral on Ukraine as ‘complicit’ with Russia – POLITICO

NEW YORK — Countries that refuse to take a side in Russia’s war in Ukraine are “complicit” with Moscow’s “new imperialism,” French President Emmanuel Macron told the U.N. General Assembly Tuesday in an impassioned speech. “Those who are silent today are serving — whether against their will or secretly with a certain complicity — the … Read more

Vladimir Putin set to declare occupied land in Ukraine part of Russia

Kremlin figures indicated that the expected annexations would heighten the prospect of Nato being drawn into the conflict if it did not accept Russian territorial gains. Dmitry Medvedev, the deputy chairman of Russia’s security council, said: “Encroachment onto Russian territory is a crime which allows you to use all the forces of self-defence. “This is … Read more

we must prepare for the war to turn even uglier

Make no mistake: the war in Ukraine just moved up a dangerous gear. Far from turning into the frozen conflict that could have tested the West’s staying power, Ukraine’s recent major counteroffensive has so humiliated Putin that there is every expectation he will now play even uglier than he has already. Ukraine’s success was textbook … Read more

Russians ‘in a panic’, says Zelensky as counter-offensive advances

Taiwan is “proud” of its efforts to help Ukraine in the country’s struggle to defend itself, President Tsai Ing-wen told a conference in New York. Ukraine’s plight has won broad sympathy in Taiwan, where many see parallels between Ukraine’s situation and the threat Taipei’s government says it faces from China, which views the island as its own territory. Taiwan … Read more

World leaders gather ‘at time of great peril’ at UN

New York CNN  —  It took a Queen to shake up this year’s high-level week at the United Nations General Assembly – an annual whirlwind shindig known as UNGA that will begin on Tuesday. The UN gang is finally getting back together in person, after three years of leaders speaking by video due to the … Read more