Russia struggles to replenish its troops in Ukraine

LONDON: The prisoners at the penal colony in St Petersburg were expecting a visit by officials, thinking it would be some sort of inspection. Instead, men in uniform arrived and offered them amnesty ā€” if they agreed to fight alongside the Russian army in Ukraine. Over the following days, about a dozen or so left … Read more

Russia to launch Iranian satellite amid Ukraine war concerns

ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN: Russia is scheduled to launch an Iranian satellite into orbit on Tuesday, but Tehran brushed off fears that Moscow might use it in the war against Ukraine. Iran’s “Khayyam” satellite is scheduled to take off from the Moscow-operated Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 0552 GMTthree weeks after Russian President Vladimir Putin met Iranian … Read more

4 Cargo Ships Sail From Ukraine Ports As New Strike Hits Nuclear Site

The shipments of Ukrainian grain could help ease global food shortages. Kyiv: Four more ships loaded with grain set off from Ukrainian ports on Sunday, as Moscow and Kyiv blamed each other for a new strike at a Russian-occupied nuclear plant. “The second convoy of Ukrainian supplies has just left… three from Chornomorsk and one … Read more

‘Balancing act’: Erdogan to sound out Putin on Ukraine and Syria

ISTANBUL: Ending the war in Ukraine and starting a new one in Syria are expected to dominate talks on Friday between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Erdogan will be riding high from the diplomatic success of helping orchestrate the resumption of Ukrainian grain shipments across the Black Sea when he … Read more

Vladimir Putin using body double? Ukraine floats new theory amid health rumours

NEW DELHI: Is Russian President Vladimir Putin using body doubles to avoid public glare? Well, Ukrainians certainly believe so. Amid rumors circulating thick and fast about the “deteriorating health” of Putin, Ukraine’s military intelligence chief Major General Kyrylo Budanov is convinced that the Russian President is deploying body doubles to avoid exposing himself to the … Read more

World one step from ‘nuclear annihilation’, UN chief warns

NEW YORK: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres sounded the alarm over the war in Ukraine, nuclear threats in Asia and the Middle East, and other tensions, warning that “humanity is just one misunderstanding, one miscalculation away from nuclear annihilation.” The warning came on Monday as a pandemic-delayed opened to review the 50-year-old Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, which … Read more

Russia Says Strike On Odessa Port Hit Ukrainian Military Targets

“A Ukrainian army repair and upgrade plant has also been put out of order,” the ministry said. Moscow: Russia on Sunday said its missiles had destroyed a Ukrainian warship and weapons from the United States after a strike on Ukraine’s Black Sea port of Odessa, crucial for grain exports. The strike Saturday came a day … Read more

Ukraine’s ports to reopen under deal to be signed Friday, Turkey says

Cargo ship Ocean Grand sails in the Ukrainian territorial waters near the Black Sea port of Odessa. (Reuters file photo) Russia and Ukraine will sign a deal on Friday to reopen Ukraine’s Black Sea ports to grain exportsTurkey said, raising hopes that an international food crisis caused by Russia’s invasion could be eased. Ukraine and … Read more

15,000 Killed In Russia’s Ukraine “Cannon Fodder”, Say US, UK

Ukraine said earlier this month that some 36,200 Russian personnel had died.(File) Washington: Some 15,000 Russians have died in the five-month-old invasion of Ukraine, the US and British spy chiefs said, as they assessed that President Vladimir Putin was suffering far greater losses than expected. Richard Moore, the head of Britain’s MI6, said Thursday that … Read more

Putin warns EU that gas supplies could keep dwindling

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that the flow of Russian natural gas to European customers has dwindled due to the West’s own fault and warned that it could continue ebbing. Putin’s statement further cranked up pressure on the European Union, which fears Russia could cut off gas to wreak economic and political havoc … Read more