Ukrainian lawmakers approve first reading of army service for convicts

Allowing Ukrainian convicts to serve in the military came a step closer on Wednesday as lawmakers approved a first reading of a bill designed to help replenish and rotate troops exhausted after two years of war with Russia. The bill envisages prisoners who join the army becoming eligible for parole. Those convicted of crimes […]

Russia needs new approach to migration after concert attack, Putin says

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday called for a new approach to migration after Tajiks living in Russia were detained for a deadly attack on a concert hall outside Moscow that killed at least 144 people and wounded 551 more. Islamic State, the militant group that once sought control over swathes of Iraq and […]

Ukraine says Russia has fired five hypersonic missiles at Kyiv this year

Russia has used five hypersonic Zircon missiles to attack Kyiv since the start of the year, the city’s military administration said on Monday. The attacks are among more than 180 Russian missile and drone attacks launched against the Ukrainian capital in the first three months of the year, the administration said in a post […]

Biden threatens Russia with costs on Evan Gershkovich arrest anniversary

President Joe Biden said on Friday the US will impose costs for Russia’s “appalling attempts” to use Americans as bargaining chips in a statement to mark the one-year anniversary of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich’s arrest in Russia. Gershkovich, 32, became the first US journalist arrested on spying charges in Russia since the […]

Russian foreign ministry: hard to believe Islamic State could launch Moscow attack

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday that it was “extremely hard to believe” that Islamic State would have had the capacity to launch an attack on a Moscow concert hall last Friday that killed at least 140 people. At a briefing with reporters, Zakharova instead doubled down on Moscow’s assertions, for […]

Macron says terrorists who hit Russia had tried to attack France

President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday the gunmen who killed 137 people in a concert hall outside Moscow were part of an terrorist group that was behind foiled attempts to attack France over the past few months. This, in turn, explains why the French government on Sunday increased the security alert to its highest […]

Islamic State releases photo of alleged attackers behind Russia shooting

Islamic State released on Saturday a photo of what it said were the four attackers behind a shooting rampage that killed at least 143 people in a concert hall near Moscow on Friday, the terrorist group’s Amaq news agency said on Telegram. The publication noted that the attackers were armed with grenades, explosive devices, […]

Europe needs clear, united strategy against Russia, Italy minister says

Europe should avoid “grand statements” and contradictions but rather have a clear and unified strategy against Russia with regards to its war in Ukraine, Italy’s defense minister said, adding that Rome would never send troops to the conflict zone. “The West should avoid grand statements – such as sending NATO to Ukraine trying to […]

Putin says Russia ready for nuclear war, but ‘not everything rushing to it’

Russia remains in a state of combat readiness and is fully ready for a nuclear war, but not “everything is rushing to it” at present, President Vladimir Putin said in remarks published on Wednesday. In an interview with state media, Putin, who launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine and is nearly certain to win […]