Ukraine’s Zelensky sets conditions for ‘real’ peace talks with Russia

Ukraine’s Zelensky sets conditions for ‘real’ peace talks with Russia

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he was open to “genuine peace talks” with Russia after pressure from Western backers to signal readiness for talks amid concerns about the mounting costs of the eight-month war. Mr. Zelensky said Ukrainian conditions for talks included returning Ukrainian control over its territories, compensating Kiev for Moscow’s invasion and prosecuting … Read more

Israel’s right-wing coalition gets the cold shoulder from Biden

Israel’s right-wing coalition gets the cold shoulder from Biden

The victory of Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing coalition has many on the left lamenting the end of democracy in Israel. Even before the vote began, Sen. Robert Menendez (D., NJ) threatened damage to bilateral relations if Israelis voted to the right. The State Department has said it would boycott some right-wing ministers, and President Biden waited … Read more

Russia pulls commander in Ukraine after criticism over battlefield losses

Russia pulls commander in Ukraine after criticism over battlefield losses

Russia removed a top military commander in Ukraine after criticism from some of President Vladimir Putin’s top allies over the officer’s responsibility for a recent chaotic retreat in the country’s northeast that underscored Russian weaknesses on the battlefield. Colonel General Alexander Lapin, in charge of the Central Military District, Russia’s largest, was the last of … Read more

North Korea refuses to send weapons to Russia

North Korea refuses to send weapons to Russia

SEOUL – North Korea denied supplying Russia with artillery shells, days after the Biden administration alleged that Pyongyang was seeking secret ways to supply weapons to Moscow’s war with Ukraine. The United States suspects North Korea of ​​sending a significant number of artillery shells to Russia through countries in the Middle East and North Africa, … Read more

Russia pushes for evacuation of Kherson as Ukrainian offensive looms

Russia pushes for evacuation of Kherson as Ukrainian offensive looms

Russia stepped up the evacuation of civilian institutions from the occupied Ukrainian city of Kherson, where looting has become widespread and squatters have taken over the abandoned government headquarters, as Ukraine received sophisticated Western air defense systems that could help it protect its cities. Moscow’s decision to mobilize around 300,000 reservists has so far allowed … Read more

The West sees little else but to continue supporting Ukraine

The West sees little else but to continue supporting Ukraine

Washington and its allies see little prospect of a negotiated end to the war in Ukraine soon, given the high stakes for Moscow and Kiev and the fact that both sides believe they can win, Western diplomats say. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization and its members say they are determined to keep providing economic and … Read more

Ukraine accuses Iran of training Russian drone pilots

Ukraine accuses Iran of training Russian drone pilots

KYIV, Ukraine- Ukraine said it has evidence of Iranian instructors training Russians to operate drones used to hit civilian targets across the country in attacks so damaging that the capital’s mayor urged residents to consider temporarily leaving the city . Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko advised residents to stock up on essentials such as water, charged … Read more

The Ukraine war gives Turkey’s Erdogan an opportunity to expand his influence

The Ukraine war gives Turkey’s Erdogan an opportunity to expand his influence

ISTANBUL – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is deepening his country’s military support for Ukraine while keeping an open line of communication with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin – a relationship that helped keep Ukrainian grain exports afloat this week – as he tries to expand Turkey’s role as a regional electricity broker. In recent … Read more

North Korea fires ballistic missiles off its west coast

North Korea fires ballistic missiles off its west coast

SEOUL – North Korea fired four short-range ballistic missiles off its west coast on Saturday as the United States and South Korea wrapped up joint air drills that were extended in response to Pyongyang’s provocations. The missiles were fired between 11:32 a.m. and 11:59 a.m. local time from North Pyongan province, located in the country’s … Read more

Iran admits supplying drones to Russia

Iran admits supplying drones to Russia

Iran publicly acknowledged for the first time on Saturday that it has supplied drones to Russia, but said the transfer took place before Moscow invaded Ukraine, a claim that US officials quickly disputed. Ukrainian officials say Russia has launched more than 300 Iranian drones that have targeted civilian buildings in the capital, Kiev, as well … Read more