Explainer-What’s at Stake in Russia’s Assault on Avdiivka?

[ad_1] By Dan Peleschuk and Andrew Osborn KYIV/LONDON (Reuters) – Russian forces are intensifying attacks on the eastern Ukrainian city of Avdiivka, seeking to encircle Kyiv’s troops there as Moscow’s war in Ukraine grinds on. The fighting is reminiscent of a battle for another eastern city, Bakhmut, which fell to Russian forces last May after … Read more

Russian Court Extends Pre-Trial Detention of U.S. Journalist Until Feb. 5

[ad_1] KAZAN, Russia (Reuters) – A Russia court extended the detention of Russian-American journalist Alsu Kurmasheva on Friday as she awaits trial for failing to register as a “foreign agent”. The court in the city of Kazan prolonged her detention until Feb. 5. No date has been set for the trial. Kurmasheva is a Prague-based … Read more

Kremlin Critic Alexei Navalny Says He Has Been Handed New Criminal Charges

[ad_1] MOSCOW (Reuters) -Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said on social media on Friday that he had been informed of new criminal charges against him. Navalny, 47, is already serving sentences in a penal colony totalling more than 30 years on charges including extremism, which he denies, and has spent much of the last two years … Read more

For Eastern Ukrainians, the Ordeal of War Is Entering Its Second Decade

[ad_1] CHASIV YAR, Ukraine (Reuters) – Yevhen Tkachov, a volunteer aid worker and devout Pentecostal from Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region, spent much of his life travelling to the world’s war zones helping civilians in need. Nearly 10 years ago, his own homeland erupted into conflict, and the war never went away. “Right now I think … Read more

Russian National Pleads Guilty to US Cybercrime Charges

[ad_1] (Reuters) – A Russian national who was extradited to the United States from South Korea earlier this year pleaded guilty on Thursday to federal charges stemming from his role in a cybercriminal organization, the U.S. Department of Justice said. Prosecutors say Vladimir Dunaev, 40, was a member of a cybercriminal organization that deployed a … Read more

Ukraine’s Zelenskiy Calls for Fortifications in Key Frontline Areas

[ad_1] (Reuters) – President Volodymyr Zelenskiy called for faster construction of fortifications in key sectors under pressure from Russian forces, particularly in eastern Ukraine, focal point of Moscow’s advances 21 months into its invasion. Zelenskiy issued his appeal after touring Ukrainian positions in the northeast, one of several areas where Russian forces have been trying … Read more

US Senators to Be Briefed on Ukraine, Israel Aid on Tuesday -Senate Aide

[ad_1] WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A classified briefing for all U.S. senators on Ukraine, Israel and elements of the national security supplemental funding package requested by President Joe Biden will be conducted on Tuesday, Dec. 5, Senate aides said on Thursday. The briefers will include Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, … Read more

Ukraine’s President Visits Troops on Northeastern Frontline

[ad_1] KYIV (Reuters) – Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has visited troops near the Kupiansk sector of the frontline in the country’s northeast, he announced on social media on Thursday. Zelenskiy posted a video of him visiting a command post in the area alongside one of Ukraine’s top generals. The president thanked the troops for their … Read more

As Russia’s Presidential Campaign Nears, Kremlin Says Putin to Address Nation on Dec. 14

[ad_1] By Dmitry Antonov and Andrew Osborn MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin will hold his annual press conference and field questions from the public on Dec. 14, the Kremlin said on Thursday, stoking speculation he will use the event to announce he is seeking another six years in power. In office as either president … Read more

Russia Slams Bulgaria’s ‘Malicious Stupidity’ Over Diplomatic Overflight Ban

[ad_1] (Reuters) – Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova accused Bulgaria of “malicious stupidity” on Thursday for refusing to let Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s plane fly through its airspace. The plane was forced to take a longer route over Greece to deliver Lavrov and Zakharova to a meeting of foreign ministers of the Organisation for … Read more