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

Hungary’s Orban Says EU Should First Sign Strategic Partnership Accord With Ukraine

[ad_1] BUDAPEST (Reuters) – The European Union should first sign a strategic partnership agreement with Ukraine instead of starting membership talks with the country, Hungary’s Viktor Orban said on Friday, flagging a way to a possible compromise ahead of a crucial EU summit. The 27 national EU leaders are due to decide in mid-December on … 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

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

Son of Russian Oligarch Pumpyansky Wins Appeal Against EU Sanctions

[ad_1] BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Alexander Pumpyansky, the son of Russian tycoon Dmitry Pumpyansky, won an appeal against sanctions the European Union introduced over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the bloc’s court said on Wednesday. In the ruling, the court said the EU council had admitted that from March 9, 2022 – two weeks after the invasion … Read more

OSCE Meeting Causes Rift Over Whether to Share Stage With Russia’s Lavrov

[ad_1] By Andrew Gray, Francois Murphy and Ingrid Melander BRUSSELS/VIENNA (Reuters) – The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s annual foreign ministers’ meeting on Thursday has split member states, with Baltic nations and Ukraine refusing to attend over the presence of Russia’s Sergei Lavrov and urging others to as well. The OSCE is the … Read more