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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘War is always a defeat’: Pope calls to end wars in Gaza, Ukraine

Pope Francis on Wednesday issued a fresh call for peace through negotiation as he deplored the bloody conflicts in Ukraine and Gaza, and once again limited his public speaking at his weekly audience in St Peter’s Square due to lingering health issues. “We should never forget that war is always a defeat. We cannot […]

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 […]

Ukraine attacks Russian steel plant with drones – Ukrainian source

Ukrainian drones hit a major Russian steel factory overnight, causing a large fire, a Kyiv source said on Saturday, the second anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. The governor of Russia’s Lipetsk region identified the plant as one in the city of Lipetsk, some 400 km (250 miles) north of the Ukrainian border, […]

Iran sends Russia hundreds of ballistic missiles, sources say – exclusive

Iran has provided Russia with a large number of powerful surface-to-surface ballistic missiles, six sources told Reuters, deepening the military cooperation between the two US-sanctioned countries. Iran’s provision of around 400 missiles includes many from the Fateh-110 family of short-range ballistic weapons, such as the Zolfaghar, three Iranian sources said. This road-mobile missile is […]

Navalny’s widow joins EU officials as Ukraine war nears two-year mark

The widow of Alexei Navalny, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s nemesis who died in an Arctic prison last week, joins EU foreign ministers in Brussels on Monday, days before the two-year mark of Russia’s war on Ukraine. Yulia Navalnaya told a Western gathering of leaders, diplomats, and other officials in Munich on Friday that Putin […]