Zelenskiy Praises Ukrainians for Battles With Russia and the Weather

[ad_1] KYIV (Reuters) – President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Sunday thanked Ukraine’s military for fighting Russian attacks and its rescue services for tackling the consequences of extreme winter weather that has deprived about 400 settlements in 10 regions of power. In his nightly video address, Zelenskiy said relentless, intense battles were ongoing in the eastern regions … Read more

Russia Vows Retaliation Over Moldova Decision to Join EU Sanctions

[ad_1] MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia views Moldova’s decision to join EU sanctions against it as a hostile step aimed at destroying ties with Moscow and will retaliate, the Russian foreign ministry said on Friday. The Russian denunciation was issued in response to a vote in Moldova’s parliament agreeing to abide by the punitive measures as … Read more

EU’s Michel, in Kyiv, Says Ukraine Continues to Get Closer to EU

[ad_1] KYIV (Reuters) – European Council President Charles Michel said during a trip to wartime Kyiv on Tuesday that Ukraine continued to get closer to the European Union and described Kyiv’s progress as remarkable. He made the comment at a joint news conference in the Ukrainian capital alongside Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and Moldovan President … Read more

Hundreds of Portuguese Police Raid Farms in Human Trafficking Crackdown

[ad_1] LISBON (Reuters) – Hundreds of police raided farms in Portugal’s southern Alentejo region on Tuesday, arresting 28 people suspected of human trafficking and labour exploitation, police said. The suspects are believed to be part of a crime ring that exploited migrants from countries including Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, India, Senegal and Pakistan after luring them … Read more

Russia Bars Moldovan Nationals, Summoning Ambassador

[ad_1] (Reuters) – Russia barred entry to a number of officials from Moldova on Monday and complained about moves by its pro-European government to block Russian media outlets ahead of local elections earlier this month. The moves were the latest in a series of acerbic exchanges between the two sides and allegations by Moldova that … Read more

Moldovan President’s Allies Score Well in Local Polls

[ad_1] CHISINAU (Reuters) – Voters in Moldova on Sunday returned a large number of town councils friendly towards President Maia Sandu’s drive to join the European Union, but one of her allies warned areas that backed its opponents that they would be getting less public funding. Sandu warned before the election that pro-Russian forces in … Read more

Moldova’s Largest Orthodox Church Keeps Link to Russia

[ad_1] CHISINAU (Reuters) – Moldova’s largest Orthodox church reaffirmed its link to its Russian parent church on Thursday despite dissent from priests who have denounced the association with Moscow over the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine. More than 90 percent of Moldovans adhere to Orthodox Christianity. But parishioners are divided between two churches — the Moldova … Read more

Moldovan Dog Bites Man – but This Time, a President

[ad_1] CHISINAU (Reuters) – Moldovan President Maia Sandu’s dog overturned protocol on Thursday by biting visiting Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen on the hand, Moldovan media reported. Media reports said the incident occurred when the two leaders were strolling in the courtyard of the presidential residence and Van der Bellen tried to pet the … Read more

Enlargement Will Protect Western Balkans From Malign Influences -EU’s Michel

[ad_1] ZAGREB (Reuters) – Enlargement of the European Union will make the wealthy 27-bloc safer and more prosperous and also secure stability and peace for the Western Balkan countries, European Council President Charles Michel said on Thursday. Last week, the EU’s executive commission recommended that Ukraine and Moldova should start negotiations on EU membership pending … Read more