Tag: Black Sea

  • EU’s von der Leyen plans conference on children taken by Russia

    EU’s von der Leyen plans conference on children taken by Russia

    EU chief Ursula von der Leyen announced Thursday she would help organise a conference on securing the return of Ukrainian children taken to Russia during the ongoing conflict. Read our live blog to see how all the day’s events unfolded. All times are Paris time (GMT+1). 10:02pm: EU chief von der Leyen plans conference on […]

  • Live: Ukraine’s Zelensky exhorts EU to send more jets, missiles

    Live: Ukraine’s Zelensky exhorts EU to send more jets, missiles

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky asked European leaders on Thursday for more weapons, warning that “delays” in sending fighter jets and long-range missiles could extend the war, an EU official said. Follow our live blog for all the latest developments on the war in Ukraine. All times are Paris time (GMT+1). 7:20pm: Ukraine recognises ‘incorrect’ information […]

  • China calls for peace talks between Ukraine and Russia

    China calls for peace talks between Ukraine and Russia

    Pentagon – China hopes there will be a peaceful solution to the conflict in Ukraine and urges Russia and Ukraine to come to the table for peace talks, China’s foreign minister told his Ukrainian counterpart in a phone call on Thursday. China’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Qin Gang told Dmytro Kuleba that […]

  • Cacophany, Not Harmony: The Terrible Tune of US Foreign Policy

    Cacophany, Not Harmony: The Terrible Tune of US Foreign Policy

    On March 14th, a Russian SU-27 fighter jet shot down a US MQ-9 Reaper drone over the Black Sea. The exact details of where and how remain a mystery even after the release of drone video of what appears to be a jet fuel dump on the drone, but those details don’t matter much. The […]

  • Denmark’s military expenditure is increasing as the world’s powers sharpen their claws

    S! CLEAN songA new defense proposal is a new one doomsday alarm called S!RENEN, which will sound a loud siren on people’s phones in the event of an impending disaster. There is no need to download a special app: in an emergency, the alert will be sent directly by mobile operators to mobile phones, along […]

  • The European Union agreed on new sanctions against Russia on the anniversary of the war

    The European Union agreed on new sanctions against Russia on the anniversary of the war

    President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen had promised the president of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky According to DW, during his visit to Kiev earlier this month, the EU would “seek to have the tenth sanctions package in place” by the year mark of the Russian invasion. The new sanctions target entities that support […]

  • The war in Ukraine could trigger a land investment rush, as happened during the 2008 financial crisis

    The war in Ukraine could trigger a land investment rush, as happened during the 2008 financial crisis

    The authors provide a detailed analysis of the factors identified as drivers or precursors of the “land races” that occurred in the 21st century – such as the food crisis in times of increased demand for agricultural products, the demand for renewable energy or the need to diversify financial investments – to parallel the current […]

  • "War is not the solution, war is the problem," UN chief Guterres marks one year of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine

    "War is not the solution, war is the problem," UN chief Guterres marks one year of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine

    Ukrainians, Russians and people far away need peace. Although the outlook may look bleak today, we must all work knowing that genuine, lasting peace must be based on the United Nations Charter and international law. The longer the fighting goes on, the harder this job will be. We don’t have a moment to lose.” The […]

  • How Russian Cossacks fought Napoleon in 1812

    How Russian Cossacks fought Napoleon in 1812

    Swift and tenacious Cossack cavalry ravaged Napoleon’s “Grande Armee” like a pack of dogs cornered by a bear. “The Cossacks are the best light troops there are. If I had them in my army I would go round the world with them,” Napoleon said about the Russian Cossack cavalry he encountered during the invasion of […]

  • What is the Richter scale and which areas are more prone to earthquakes?

    What is the Richter scale and which areas are more prone to earthquakes?

    Many people do not realize that the Richter scale is logarithmic in nature. This means that each integer increment on the Richter scale represents a tenfold increase in the earthquake’s amplitude, or the size of its seismic waves, so a magnitude 7 Richter earthquake is 10 times stronger than a magnitude 6. It’s worth noting […]

  • Security expert: GPS jamming of Finnish planes likely Russian hybrid attack

    Security expert: GPS jamming of Finnish planes likely Russian hybrid attack

    Similar disruptions to air traffic lights have often been observed in the Black Sea region near the villa of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

  • Sweden, Turkey are not expected to back down in the tug of war for NATO accession

    Sweden, Turkey are not expected to back down in the tug of war for NATO accession

    Sweden said on Sunday that Turkey is asking too much in return for being allowed to join NATO, as Ankara is effectively demanding the impossible – that Stockholm override a ruling by its own supreme court. But analysts say Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is unlikely to withdraw his permit, at least not before the […]

  • Sweden joins the European Sky Shield Initiative: PM

    STOCKHOLM, Jan. 8 (Xinhua) — Sweden will be part of the European Sky Shield Initiative (ESSI) and participate in air policing over the Baltics, Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson said on Sunday. The Scandinavian country, which last year decided to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), is also prepared to participate in air policing […]

  • 10 world events that marked the year 2022

    Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the protest movement in Iran, the abortion issue in the United States – 2022 was rich in different events. AFP offered a list of the 10 events that, according to the agency, marked the world this year. Putin invaded Ukraine On February 24, Vladimir Putin ordered Russian troops to invade Ukraine, […]

  • There is no evidence that Russia is behind the Nord Stream blasts by WaPo

    There is no evidence that Russia is behind the Nord Stream blasts by WaPo

    The paper says some Western officials have privately raised questions about Moscow’s alleged culpability Several unnamed European officials have privately acknowledged doubts about whether Russia is to blame for the destruction of the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines, according to the Washington Post. The two gas pipelines that cross the Baltic Sea were […]

  • EU agrees on fresh sanctions against Russia over war in Ukraine

    EU agrees on fresh sanctions against Russia over war in Ukraine

    The EU on Thursday agreed a fresh round of sanctions on Russia over the war in Ukraine, after complaints from hawkish eastern European leaders that some countries were trying to water them down. Diplomats said a compromise deal – thought to include targeting some 200 individuals – was reached on the sidelines of a leaders […]

  • Live: EU agrees fresh sanctions against Russia over war in Ukraine

    Live: EU agrees fresh sanctions against Russia over war in Ukraine

    The EU on Thursday agreed a fresh round of sanctions on Russia over the war in Ukraine, after complaints from hawkish eastern European leaders that some countries were trying to water them down. Diplomats said a compromise deal – thought to include targeting some 200 individuals – was reached on the sidelines of a leaders […]

  • Putin vows to continue targeting Ukraine’s power grid

    Putin vows to continue targeting Ukraine’s power grid

    President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia will continue to strike Ukraine’s energy grid after waves of missile attacks have left parts of the country without clean water and electricity. Pope Francis broke down and wept as he spoke about the suffering of Ukrainians during a prayer at Rome’s Spanish Steps. Read our live […]

  • Live: Putin vows to continue targeting Ukraine’s power grid

    Live: Putin vows to continue targeting Ukraine’s power grid

    President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia will continue to strike Ukraine’s energy grid after waves of missile attacks have left parts of the country without clean water and electricity. Pope Francis broke down and wept as he spoke about the suffering of Ukrainians during a prayer at Rome’s Spanish Steps. Follow our live […]

  • Live: Kremlin sees ‘risk’ of Ukrainian attacks on annexed Crimea

    Live: Kremlin sees ‘risk’ of Ukrainian attacks on annexed Crimea

    The Kremlin said Thursday that Crimea was vulnerable to Ukrainian attacks after the Russian military downed a drone near the peninsula’s largest city, home to a key Russian naval base. The comments came a day after President Vladimir Putin admitted that Russia’s war in Ukraine would be “a long process”. Follow our live blog for […]

  • India expresses concern over global food security due to the war in Ukraine

    India expresses concern over global food security due to the war in Ukraine

    New York [US]December 7 (ANI): India on Tuesday said it remains concerned about the deterioration in global food security exacerbated by the war in Ukraine that has entered its tenth month. India’s Deputy Permanent Representative Ambassador Ravindra made these remarks at the UN General Assembly on the theme “Strengthening the Coordination of UN Humanitarian Assistance […]

  • 5 Dutchmen who nobly served Russia

    5 Dutchmen who nobly served Russia

    As born sailors and shipbuilders, the Dutch made a huge contribution to the creation of the regular Russian navy. As captains they gave that honor on more than one occasion with their victories in battle. 1. Franz Timmerman Franz Timmerman. Adriaan Schoonebeek At the end of the 1680s, Tsar Peter I, who in the following […]

  • Live: Ukraine warns of fresh Russian missile strikes on energy grid

    Live: Ukraine warns of fresh Russian missile strikes on energy grid

    Ukraine said on Monday that Russia was preparing for a fresh wave of missile attacks on its energy grid that have plunged swathes of the country into the cold and dark. The warning came as Ukrainian forces repelled Russian attacks in the Donetsk region, including in the areas of the cities of Bakhmut and Avdiivka, […]

  • NATO is strengthening its presence in the Baltics, the Black Sea region

    NATO is strengthening its presence in the Baltics, the Black Sea region

    The head of the US-led military bloc said that support for Ukraine is in the interest of all member states NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance will expand its presence across Eastern Europe, from the Black Sea to the Baltics, hoping to send a “clear message” to Russia when the fighting is going […]

  • Ukraine warns of fresh Russian missile strikes on energy grid

    Ukraine warns of fresh Russian missile strikes on energy grid

    Ukraine said on Monday that Russia was preparing for a fresh wave of missile attacks on its energy grid that have plunged swathes of the country into the cold and dark. The warning came as Ukrainian forces repelled Russian attacks in the Donetsk region, including in the areas of the cities of Bakhmut and Avdiivka, […]

  • Russian army says it has seized east Ukraine villages near Bakhmut

    Russian army says it has seized east Ukraine villages near Bakhmut

    Russia said Wednesday it had seized east Ukrainian settlements near the embattled town of Bakhmut that Moscow has been trying to capture since this summer. This comes hours after the EU announced it will set up a specialised court backed by the UN to investigate potential Russian war crimes committed in Ukraine. Read our live […]

  • NATO strengthens defense throughout Europe

    NATO strengthens defense throughout Europe

    NATO foreign ministers are to meet for two days in Romania’s capital Bucharest from Tuesday to pledge their continued support to Ukraine against Russia’s invasion. At a press conference on Monday, after a meeting with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg asked the alliance to increase its support in the region. “Investing […]

  • NATO will discuss strengthening defenses across Europe

    NATO will discuss strengthening defenses across Europe

    NATO foreign ministers are to meet for two days in the Romanian capital Bucharest, starting on Tuesday, to pledge their continued support to Ukraine against Russia’s invasion. At a press conference on Monday, after a meeting with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg asked the alliance to increase its support in the […]

  • NATO to increase the presence in the Baltics and the Black Sea

    NATO to increase the presence in the Baltics and the Black Sea

    The head of the US-led military bloc claimed that support for Ukraine is in the interest of all member states NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has said the alliance is set to expand its presence across Eastern Europe, from the Black Sea to the Baltics, in the hope of sending a “clear message” to Russia as […]

  • UN launches record $51.5 billion humanitarian appeal for 2023

    UN launches record $51.5 billion humanitarian appeal for 2023

    “The humanitarian needs are shockingly high as this year’s extreme events spill over into 2023,” said the UN emergency coordinator. Martin Griffiths. “Deadly droughts and floods are wreaking havoc in communities from Pakistan to the Horn of Africa. The war in Ukraine has turned parts of Europe into a battlefield. More than 100 million people […]

  • Live: Sweden confirms Nord Stream pipeline sabotage

    Live: Sweden confirms Nord Stream pipeline sabotage

    Investigators have found traces of explosives at the site of the damaged Nord Stream pipelines, confirming that sabotage had taken place, a Swedish prosecutor said on Friday. Follow our live blog for the latest developments. All times are Paris time (GMT+1) 11:25 a.m.: The Kremlin is saying nothing about the Putin-Biden summit at this time […]

  • Live: China urges ‘calm’ after missile strike in Poland

    Live: China urges ‘calm’ after missile strike in Poland

    China on Wednesday called for “calm” following a deadly missile strike on a Polish village near the border with Ukraine. Follow FRANCE 24’s live blog for the latest developments. All times are Paris time (GMT+1). 9:27am: NATO holds emergency talks after missile lands in Poland Ambassadors from the 30 NATO nations gathered in Brussels Wednesday […]

  • The EU plans to propose a monthly package of 1.5 billion euros to Ukraine

    The EU plans to propose a monthly package of 1.5 billion euros to Ukraine

    A positive development: this week we are presenting a financial support package for Ukraine for 2023. The EU is on Ukraine’s side as long as it lasts.” This happened after the President of the EU had a conversation with the President of Ukraine on Sunday Volodymyr Zelenskyy. The main focus of the discussion was on […]

  • Live: Putin says civilians in Ukraine’s Kherson should be evacuated

    Live: Putin says civilians in Ukraine’s Kherson should be evacuated

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that civilians in Ukraine’s Kherson region should be evacuated from the conflict zone, the Kremlin chief’s first acknowledgment of a worsening situation in a region he claims to have annexed. Follow our live blog for the latest developments. All times are local time in Paris (GMT+1). 14:28: G7 ministers […]

  • Some 4.5 million Ukrainians temporarily without power, says Zelensky

    Some 4.5 million Ukrainians temporarily without power, says Zelensky

    Some 4.5 million Ukrainians, more than 10% of the pre-war population, were temporarily without power on Thursday evening due to Russian attacks, President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video address. Kyiv earlier on Thursday condemned the “mass forced relocation” of its citizens living in regions occupied by Russia. Read our live blog to see how […]

  • Live: 4.5 million Ukrainians temporarily without power, says Zelensky

    Live: 4.5 million Ukrainians temporarily without power, says Zelensky

    Some 4.5 million Ukrainians, more than 10% of the pre-war population, were temporarily without power on Thursday evening due to Russian attacks, President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video address. Kyiv earlier on Thursday condemned the “mass forced relocation” of its citizens living in regions occupied by Russia. Follow our live blog for the latest […]

  • Xinhua Middle East News Roundup at 2200 GMT, November 3

    RAMALLAH – Two Palestinians were killed and three wounded Thursday afternoon by Israeli soldiers in the northern West Bank city of Jenin and its refugee camp, Palestinian doctors and eyewitnesses said. The Palestinian Ministry of Health said in a statement that Farouq Salameh, 28, died in Jenin’s state hospital from severe wounds after being shot […]

  • Zelensky says grain deal resumption important for ‘whole world’

    Zelensky says grain deal resumption important for ‘whole world’

    Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky Wednesday hailed “a significant diplomatic result for our country and the whole world” after Russia rejoined a deal to allow Ukrainian grain exports via the Black Sea. Read our live blog to see how all the day’s events unfolded. All times are Paris local time (GMT+1). This live page is no […]

  • Live: Zelensky says grain deal resumption important for ‘whole world’

    Live: Zelensky says grain deal resumption important for ‘whole world’

    Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky Wednesday hailed “a significant diplomatic result for our country and the whole world” after Russia rejoined a deal to allow Ukrainian grain exports via the Black Sea. Follow our live blog for the latest developments. All times are Paris local time (GMT+1). 10:16pm: Zelensky says grain deal resumption important for ‘whole […]

  • Zelensky calls for ‘long-term protection’ of Ukraine grain corridor

    Zelensky calls for ‘long-term protection’ of Ukraine grain corridor

    Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said Tuesday that the grain shipping corridor to get food out of his country, part of an agreement Russia has suspended, needs reliable, long-term protection. Lawyers in Britain earlier took the first step towards what they said was “groundbreaking” legal action against Russia’s shadowy Wagner group over allegations it committed “terrorism” […]

  • Live: France accuses Russia of endangering world food supply

    Live: France accuses Russia of endangering world food supply

    French President Emmanuel Macron, during a phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday, accused Russia of endangering the world’s food supply by suspending its participation in a Ukrainian grain deal. Macron also assured Zelensky that France would help Ukraine get through the winter and help repair water and energy infrastructure damaged by Russian […]

  • Live: Water, power supply in Kyiv restored after missile attack

    Live: Water, power supply in Kyiv restored after missile attack

    Kiev’s mayor said water and electricity had been restored to residents after “massive” missile strikes on the capital by Russian forces. Meanwhile, Russian-installed officials in Ukraine’s southern Kherson region announced the extension of an evacuation zone further from the Dnipro River, saying Ukraine may prepare to attack the Kakhovka dam and flood the region. Follow […]

  • Russia stops participation in UN agreement that allows Ukraine to export grain

    Russia stops participation in UN agreement that allows Ukraine to export grain

    Moscow has suspended implementation of a UN-brokered grain export deal that has allowed more than 9 million tonnes of grain to be exported from Ukraine, helping to ease the global food crisis and lower prices. The Russian Defense Ministry said it would no longer guarantee the safety of cargo ships participating in the UN-led initiative, […]

  • Therefore, Erdoğan slows down Sweden in NATO

    Therefore, Erdoğan slows down Sweden in NATO

    There are only two countries that have not yet approved Sweden’s NATO application – Hungary and Turkey. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has made clear demands on Sweden in order for him to agree to admit Sweden into the defense alliance. The list of demands includes, among other things, that Sweden hand over a number of […]

  • Nord Stream saboteurs plunged the EU into energy poverty in Moscow

    The destruction of Russian gas pipelines has ?undoed? EU energy security, said Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak The perpetrators of the attacks on the Nord Stream natural gas pipelines have destroyed the EU’s hopes for a secure and sustainable energy supply, Deputy Prime Minister Aleksander Novak has declared on the sidelines of the Russian Energy […]

  • Nord Stream saboteurs threw EU to top energy poverty minister

    The destruction of Russian gas pipelines has ?undoed? EU energy security, said Moscow’s deputy prime minister The perpetrators behind the attacks on the Nord Stream 1 and 2 natural gas pipelines have destroyed the EU’s hopes for a secure and sustainable energy supply, Deputy Prime Minister Aleksander Novak has said on the sidelines of the […]

  • Live: Erdogan defends ties with Russia during talks with Putin

    Live: Erdogan defends ties with Russia during talks with Putin

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday defended Ankara’s booming trade ties with Moscow during a meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Kazakhstan. The meeting between the two leaders, the fourth in three months, came as the US and EU apply renewed pressure on Turkey to comply with sanctions against Russia. Follow FRANCE […]

  • Nord Stream is not leaking the EU by chance

    Nord Stream is not leaking the EU by chance

    The pipeline incidents ?are the result of an intentional act? insisted the diplomat The gas leaks at the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines “are not a coincidence,” the EU’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, said on Wednesday, adding that Brussels would support any investigation “aimed at getting full clarity.” “All available information indicates that […]

  • Erdogan’s diplomacy with Russia alarms West FT

    Erdogan’s diplomacy with Russia alarms West FT

    While Turkey is a member of NATO, its president has taken a middle path towards Ukraine Western officials are “increasingly concerned” that Turkey, a NATO ally and prospective EU member, is deepening its cooperation with Russia, the Financial Times has reported. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently returned from Sochi and promised to increase trade […]

  • Finland has broad, cross-party support from the USA, says the ambassador

    Finland has broad, cross-party support from the USA, says the ambassador

    The US Senate’s almost unanimous decision to support the accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO is an indication of the countries’ broad cross-party support from the United States. This is according to the US ambassador to Finland. Douglas Hickeywho commented on Wednesday’s historic 95-to-one vote for Senate ratification. "The Senate’s decision sends a message […]

  • Live: Inspection of the first grain shipment from Ukraine completed in Turkey

    Live: Inspection of the first grain shipment from Ukraine completed in Turkey

    A Russian and Ukrainian team carried out an inspection in Istanbul on Wednesday of a cargo ship carrying the first shipment of grain from Ukraine since the Kremlin’s invasion, Turkish officials said. Follow FRANCE 24’s live blog for the latest developments. All times are Paris time (GMT+2). 12:15 p.m.: Russia’s Putin told ex-German chancellor Schroeder […]

  • Live: First Ukrainian grain shipment passes inspection in Turkey

    Live: First Ukrainian grain shipment passes inspection in Turkey

    A Russian and Ukrainian team carried out an inspection in Istanbul on Wednesday of a cargo ship carrying the first shipment of grain from Ukraine since the Kremlin’s invasion, Turkish officials said. Follow FRANCE 24’s live blog for the latest developments. All times are Paris time (GMT+2). 18:52: UN launches fact-finding mission in Ukraine’s prison […]

  • Live: First Ukrainian grain shipment heading to Lebanon

    Live: First Ukrainian grain shipment heading to Lebanon

    A cargo ship carrying the first shipment of grain from Ukraine since the Kremlin’s invasion is on its way to its final destination in Tripoli, Lebanon, after a Russian and Ukrainian team completed an inspection of the vessel in Istanbul on Wednesday. Follow FRANCE 24’s live blog for the latest developments. All times are Paris […]

  • First Ukrainian grain shipment heading to Lebanon

    First Ukrainian grain shipment heading to Lebanon

    A cargo ship carrying the first shipment of grain from Ukraine since the Kremlin’s invasion is on its way to its final destination in Tripoli, Lebanon, after a Russian and Ukrainian team completed an inspection of the vessel in Istanbul on Wednesday. Read about today’s events as they unfolded. All times are Paris time (GMT+2). […]

  • Russia accuses the United States of a direct role in the war in Ukraine

    Russia accuses the United States of a direct role in the war in Ukraine

    He claimed that the United States approved the targets for the American-made Himars artillery used by Ukrainian forces. “It is the Biden administration that is directly responsible for all Kiev-sanctioned rocket attacks against residential areas and civilian infrastructure buildings in settlements in the Donbass and other regions that caused mass civilian deaths,” Konashenkov said. The […]

  • Is the grain agreement between Ukraine and Russia a "a beacon of hope" or an imaginary dream?

    Is the grain agreement between Ukraine and Russia a "a beacon of hope" or an imaginary dream?

    Millions of people in the world’s poorest nations, at imminent risk of starvation, heaved a sigh of relief at the news that these much-needed quantities of grain were reaching the market and grain prices could once again become affordable. Less than 24 hours later, however, Russian missiles hit targets in the port of Odesa, raising […]

  • The Ukraine war may be decided in the Black Sea

    The Ukraine war may be decided in the Black Sea

    Claes Aronsson, presenter Maria Persson LöfgrenRussia Correspondent Niklas Granholm, at the Total Defense Research Institute FOI Torbjörn Jansson, researcher at the Agrifood Economics Center at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences SLU

  • Xinhua Middle East News Summary at 2200 GMT, July 21

    ANKARA – An agreement to resume grain shipments from Ukrainian ports through the Black Sea will be signed in Türkiye on Friday in an effort to resolve a global food crisis, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu confirmed on Thursday. “Tomorrow we will take the first step in Istanbul towards the solution of the food crisis […]

  • Ukraine: Russian shelling kills 2 in Kharkiv

    Ukraine: Russian shelling kills 2 in Kharkiv

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Wednesday that Moscow wants to seize territory in southern Ukraine beyond the eastern Donbas region as the United States and its allies committed more military aid to Ukraine. Russia failed in the early stages of its five-month offensive to topple the government of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy or capture […]

  • Russia’s Lavrov: Moscow wants more territory than Donbas

    Russia’s Lavrov: Moscow wants more territory than Donbas

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday that Moscow wants to conquer territory in southern Ukraine beyond the eastern Donbas region, where Ukrainian forces are currently fighting for control. Russia failed in the early stages of its five-month offensive to overthrow the government of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky or to capture the capital, Kyiv, […]

  • Putin is open to Ukraine’s grain deal, wants Russian sanctions lifted

    Putin is open to Ukraine’s grain deal, wants Russian sanctions lifted

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Russia is ready to facilitate Ukrainian grain shipments from ports along the Black Sea, but that he wants Western countries to lift their sanctions on Russian grain exports. Putin spoke in Iran after meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on a proposed plan to resume Ukrainian […]

  • Live: Russian forces withdraw from Ukraine’s Snake Island

    Live: Russian forces withdraw from Ukraine’s Snake Island

    Russian forces have withdrawn from Ukraine’s Snake Island, a strategic outpost in the Black Sea, Russia’s Defense Ministry said on Thursday. The Ukrainian presidency confirmed Russia’s resignation. Follow our live blog for the latest developments. All times are Paris time, GMT + 2. 12:02: Russia says it has over 6,000 Ukrainian prisoners of war Russia […]

  • Live: Historic NATO summit nears end in Madrid

    Live: Historic NATO summit nears end in Madrid

    The NATO summit in Madrid, where the alliance redefined its strategic concept to clearly identify Russia as a threat to its members, ended on Thursday with its leaders stressing its importance. At the same time, Russian forces withdrew from Ukraine’s Snake Island, a strategic outpost in the Black Sea. Follow our live blog for the […]

  • Biden Thank you Erdogan for vetoing Sweden, Finland’s NATO command

    Biden Thank you Erdogan for vetoing Sweden, Finland’s NATO command

    Madrid – US President Joe Biden on Wednesday thanked Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for releasing his objections to Sweden’s and Finland’s offer to join NATO, which led to the military alliance expanding even closer to Russia. “I would especially like to thank you for what you did to compile the situation with regard to […]

  • 5 Scots who nobly served Russia

    5 Scots who nobly served Russia

    Back in their homeland, they faced political and economic difficulties while under pressure from the hated British. However, the Russians offered them high rank, prosperity and an opportunity to participate in the creation of a great empire. 1. Alexander Leslie General goods The Scotsman Alexander Leslie enlisted in the Russian service three times: in 1618, […]

  • Live: Ukraine’s Severodonetsk “completely occupied” by Russian forces

    Live: Ukraine’s Severodonetsk “completely occupied” by Russian forces

    The eastern Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk was “completely occupied” by the Russian army, its mayor said on Saturday, after weeks of fighting. “The city has been completely occupied by the Russians,” said Oleksandr Striuk, a day after the Ukrainian army said it would withdraw its forces to better defend the neighboring city of Lysychansk. Follow […]

  • Moscow will send Belarus nuclear-capable missiles within a few months

    Moscow will send Belarus nuclear-capable missiles within a few months

    Russia will deliver missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads to Belarus in the coming months, President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday when he received Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko. Read about today’s events when they developed on our live blog. All times Paris time (GMT + 2). This live page is no longer updated. For more […]

  • NATO chief can not guarantee membership for Finland and Sweden

    Getting the two Nordic nations into the military alliance is still the goal, says Jens Stoltenberg NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has said it is uncertain whether the military alliance will be able to overcome Turkey’s opposition to membership for Finland and Sweden. The two Nordic countries applied to join the US-led bloc in May, […]

  • NATO chief “can not guarantee” membership for Finland and Sweden

    NATO chief “can not guarantee” membership for Finland and Sweden

    Getting the two Nordic nations into the military alliance is still the goal, says Jens Stoltenberg NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has said it is uncertain whether the military alliance will be able to overcome Turkey’s opposition to membership for Finland and Sweden. The two Nordic countries applied to join the US-led bloc in May, […]

  • This is how Putin’s war creates famine and new conflicts

    This is how Putin’s war creates famine and new conflicts

    Putin’s war of aggression has turned the world’s eyes on Ukraine, but it has also had consequences for other parts of the world. As a result of Russia’s blockade of Ukrainian ports in Odessa in the Black Sea, the price of grain and other food is rising sharply. Why is it like that? Russia and […]

  • Negotiations are needed to bring about a ceasefire in Ukraine: France’s Macron

    BUCHAREST, June 15 (Xinhua) – The Ukrainian president will have to negotiate with Russia, and the Europeans will also be present at the negotiating table and provide security guarantees, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday at a NATO base in southeastern Romania. “We want to build peace, which means that at some point the […]

  • Ukraine’s Interior Minister says Kyiv is in no danger but prepared

    Ukraine’s Interior Minister says Kyiv is in no danger but prepared

    Ukraine’s Interior Minister Denys Monastyrsky has said that even though there is no imminent risk of Russians marching on Kyiv, the capital would not let its guard down. Earlier, the supreme court of the Russian-backed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) sentenced to death two British and one Moroccan captured while fighting for Ukraine. Read about the […]

  • The UN chief sees progress in the food crisis, although the timeline is unclear

    The UN chief sees progress in the food crisis, although the timeline is unclear

    The food crisis exacerbated by the war in Ukraine may see some relief, according to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who spoke on Wednesday. He said that no breakthrough was imminent and that it could still be a bit free. The war has effectively hindered the supply of grain and fertilizer from the war zone. Russia […]

  • Live: Zelensky visits Ukraine’s east as Russia presses Donbas

    Live: Zelensky visits Ukraine’s east as Russia presses Donbas

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky made his first trip to the country’s war-torn east on Sunday since the start of the Moscow invasion, when Russian forces intensified their efforts to conquer key cities in the Donbas region. Follow today’s development on FRANCE 24’s live blog. All times are Paris time (GMT + 2). 20:10: Zelensky says […]

  • Britain, Spain are worried about Russian threat

    Britain, Spain are worried about Russian threat

    Moscow’s increased activities in Africa could threaten NATO security, London and Madrid claim Russia’s growing presence on the African continent could pose a “worrying” threat to NATO’s southern flank, Spanish Defense Secretary Margarita Robles and British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace told a joint news conference in Madrid on Wednesday. African nations such as Libya and […]

  • Ukraine’s war: rising food prices are not the only global economic downturn

    Ukraine’s war: rising food prices are not the only global economic downturn

    As the war in Ukraine enters its fourth month, its economic consequences become more apparent and begin to rise global political agendas. And just as Russia’s aggression has had political consequences far beyond Ukraine, so have the economic repercussions. This is not to diminish the economic and infrastructural devastation of Ukraine, which will require a […]

  • US Congress approves new $40 billion Ukraine aid package

    US Congress approves new $40 billion Ukraine aid package

    The US Senate overwhelmingly approved a $40 billion infusion of military and economic aid for Ukraine and its allies on Thursday as both parties rallied behind America’s latest, and quite possibly not last, financial salvo against Russia’s invasion. Follow FRANCE 24’s liveblog for all the latest developments. All times are Paris time (GMT+2). This live […]

  • Live: Finland says Russia will halt natural gas supplies on Saturday

    Live: Finland says Russia will halt natural gas supplies on Saturday

    Russia’s supply of natural gas to Finland will be reduced on Saturday morning, Finnish and Russian energy companies said on Friday, after the Nordic country refused to pay supplier Gazprom in rubles. Follow FRANCE 24’s live blog for the latest developments. All times are Paris time (GMT + 2). 19:21: Russia increases the attack in […]

  • Ukraine says investigating some 13,000 alleged Russian war crimes

    Ukraine says investigating some 13,000 alleged Russian war crimes

    Ukraine is probing about 13,000 cases of alleged Russian war crimes, Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova said Monday. Some 20 countries including Italy, Greece and Denmark announced new security assistance packages for Kyiv during a virtual meeting with allies, according to US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin. Read our live blog to see how all the day’s […]

  • Live: Russia says remaining Azovstal defenders have surrendered

    Live: Russia says remaining Azovstal defenders have surrendered

    Russia’s defence ministry on Friday said the last group of Ukrainian forces holed up in Mariupol’s smashed Azovstal steel works had surrendered, marking an end to a weeks-long siege. Follow FRANCE 24’s liveblog for all the latest developments. All times are Paris time (GMT+2). 8:51pm: Russia says remaining Azovstal defenders have surrendered Russia’s defence ministry […]

  • Russia claims full control of Mariupol after nearly three-month siege

    Russia claims full control of Mariupol after nearly three-month siege

    Russia’s defence chief says the country’s forces have taken full control of the massive steel plant in Mariupol that was the last stronghold of Ukrainian resistance in the city. Read our liveblog below to see how the day’s events unfolded. All times are Paris time (GMT+2). 10pm: Wimbledon stripped of ranking points by ATP, WTA […]

  • Turkey is blackmailing NATO, as it is the only country benefiting from the war in Ukraine

    Turkey is blackmailing NATO, as it is the only country benefiting from the war in Ukraine

    By John SolomouNicosia [Cyprus] May 22 (ANI): Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, acting on the orders of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, at least temporarily destroyed what would have been the biggest historic change in European security in decades, blocking the start of NATO membership talks with Finland last Wednesday. . and Sweden. Erdogan has shattered […]

  • Ukraine: The Russians withdraw from Kharkiv, Batter East

    Ukraine: The Russians withdraw from Kharkiv, Batter East

    KYIV, UKRAINE – Russian troops withdrew from Ukraine’s second largest city after bombing it for several weeks, the Ukrainian military said on Saturday as Kyiv and Moscow forces engaged in a fierce battle for the country’s eastern industrial heart. The Ukrainian military said Russian forces were withdrawing from the northeastern city of Kharkiv, focusing on […]

  • 10 modern paintings from the life of Peter the Great

    10 modern paintings from the life of Peter the Great

    The year 2022 marks the 350th anniversary of the birth of the first Russian emperor. For this occasion, contemporary artists have painted some important scenes and intrigues from the life of the great Peter. 1. Ilya Zorkin. The beginning of autocracy, 2022 30paintings.ru The above painting depicts Peter surrounded by the patriarch, Streltsy and the […]

  • US Senator delays $ 40 billion aid package to Ukraine

    US Senator delays $ 40 billion aid package to Ukraine

    US Senator Rand Paul on Thursday blocked a vote on a $ 40 billion aid package to Ukraine, which is slowing down US efforts to quickly provide more aid to Ukraine as it fights a Russian invasion. “We can not save Ukraine by judging the US economy,” Paul said. A unanimous vote in the Senate […]

  • This week in Russia: Ambition and reality

    This week in Russia: Ambition and reality

    Like the coronavirus pandemic, Russia’s war on Ukraine is something that President Vladimir Putin cannot control – so the Kremlin is flushing the numbers and trying to shape the story. Putin’s speech on the weekend of May 9 signaled that the killing could continue for months or more. Here are some of the most important […]

  • Finland’s leaders support joining NATO

    Finland’s leaders support joining NATO

    On Thursday, Finnish President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin expressed their approval to join NATO, a move that would complete a major political shift for the country in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. “NATO membership would strengthen Finland’s security. As a member of NATO, Finland would strengthen the entire defense alliance,” they […]

  • Heavy shelling in Odesa places global grain shipments at risk

    Heavy shelling in Odesa places global grain shipments at risk

    Russian strikes continue to barrage the port city of Odesa, Ukrainian officials said Tuesday, an apparent effort to disrupt supply lines and Western weapons shipments critical to Kyiv’s defence. Odesa is a major gateway for global grain shipments, and Ukrainian and Western officials have warned that Russia’s blockade threatens global food supplies. Follow FRANCE 24’s […]

  • Live: Heavy shelling in Odesa places global grain shipments at risk

    Live: Heavy shelling in Odesa places global grain shipments at risk

    Russian strikes continue to barrage the port city of Odesa, Ukrainian officials said Tuesday, an apparent effort to disrupt supply lines and Western weapons shipments critical to Kyiv’s defence. Odesa is a major gateway for global grain shipments, and Ukrainian and Western officials have warned that Russia’s blockade threatens global food supplies. Follow FRANCE 24’s […]

  • Live: German Foreign Minister visits Bucha on surprise trip to Ukraine

    Live: German Foreign Minister visits Bucha on surprise trip to Ukraine

    German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock paid a surprise visit to Ukraine’s martyr city of Bucha on Tuesday, a day after Russian missiles struck the strategic port city of Odesa. Earlier, diplomats said the UN Security Council would hold a crisis meeting on Thursday to discuss the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Ukraine. Follow FRANCE 24’s live […]

  • What Russia looked like in 1982

    What Russia looked like in 1982

    The early 1980s was the period known as the Era of Stagnation, or as Leonid Brezhnev called it – real socialism. The Soviet leader who had ruled for almost two decades eventually died that year, setting the country on the path to the period of change known as Perestroika. The Soviet leader, the general secretary […]

  • Rocket attack on Odessa – Ekot’s correspondents on site

    Rocket attack on Odessa – Ekot’s correspondents on site

    In Ukraine, the port city of Odessa on the Black Sea was subjected to a rocket attack during the evening, the local governor states, reports Reuters. According to the governor, people were killed and injured in the attack. Listen to Ekot’s correspondent Lubna El-Shanti on the spot.

  • Live: Civilians try to evacuate from Ukraine’s besieged Mariupol

    Live: Civilians try to evacuate from Ukraine’s besieged Mariupol

    Ukrainian authorities are planning further evacuations from Mariupol on Monday, following an initial operation to remove about 100 civilians from the besieged Azovstal steelworks. At the same time, in Brussels, EU energy ministers are holding emergency talks as the bloc considers a phasing out of Russian oil imports. Follow FRANCE 24’s live blog for the […]

  • This was Russia’s only window into Europe for centuries

    This was Russia’s only window into Europe for centuries

    Until Peter I struggled to create his “window to Europe” through the Baltic Sea, the only window of its kind that Russia ever had was located in the Arctic Ocean. It was the city of Arkhangelsk. Today, Russia is washed away by 13 seas. However, this was not always the case. In the 16th century, […]

  • Russia and Russia: What is the difference

    Russia and Russia: What is the difference

    From the Slavic tribes to the present, the official name of the country. In articles on Russian history, you can often see Old Russia called ‘Rus”. Is it a special name for the country, for the people or what? It’s still a mystery if ancient Russians actually called themselves Rus ‘- as in’ Rus ‘people’. […]

  • More than 900 civilian bodies found in Kyiv region, police say

    More than 900 civilian bodies found in Kyiv region, police say

    The bodies of more than 900 civilians have been discovered in the region surrounding the Ukrainian capital following the withdrawal of Russian forces – most of them fatally shot, police said Friday. Most of them had died from gunshot wounds, an indication that many people were “simply executed”, said the Kyiv regional police chief. Follow […]

  • Live: Russia warns attacks on Kyiv “will intensify”

    Live: Russia warns attacks on Kyiv “will intensify”

    Russia’s Defense Ministry warned on Friday that it would intensify attacks on the Ukrainian capital Kyiv in response to attacks on Russian soil, after accusing Ukraine of targeting Russian border towns. Follow FRANCE 24’s live blog for the latest developments. All times are Paris time (GMT + 2). 10:23: Ukraine says they exchanged captured soldiers […]

  • Live: 5 dead in new Russian missile attacks on Kyiv

    Live: 5 dead in new Russian missile attacks on Kyiv

    The threat that Russia could potentially use tactical or low-yield nuclear weapons in Ukraine cannot be taken lightly, but the CIA has not seen much practical evidence to reinforce that concern, CIA chief William Burns said on Thursday. Burn’s comments underscored concerns that the largest attack on a European state since 1945 could escalate into […]

  • Russia says flagship Moskva cruiser of its Black Sea fleet has sunk

    Russia says flagship Moskva cruiser of its Black Sea fleet has sunk

    Russia said late on Thursday that the Moskva, the flagship missile cruiser of its Black Sea fleet, sank while being towed back to port. Ukraine said earlier in the day that its forces struck the Moskva in a missile attack but Russia said the vessel was damaged by an explosion of ammunition on board, making […]