Canada, other nations stage walkout at APEC meeting over Russia’s war on Ukraine – National

Delegates from the United States and four other nations staged a walkout Saturday when a representative from Russia began his opening remarks at a meeting of trade ministers of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation group in the Thai capital, officials said. A Japanese official said Japan’s Trade Minister Koichi Hagiuda and his counterparts from the US, … Read more

Russian soldier tells war crimes trial in Ukraine he didn’t want to kill, says he sincerely repents

Russian soldier Vadim Shishimarin stands inside a defendants’ cage during a court hearing in Kyiv, Ukraine, on May 18.STRINGER/Reuters A 21-year-old Russian soldier told a court on Friday he had not wanted to kill an unarmed civilian and that he sincerely repented, as he delivered his final words at the first war trial arising from … Read more

Canada to ban imports of Russian alcohol, names 14 oligarchs in new sanctions – National

Canadians will see less varieties of Russian alcohol in the country after Ottawa announced Friday it will stop importing those products due to Moscow’s war in Ukraine. The federal government also said it is slapping sanctions on 14 more individuals including Russian oligarchs, their family members and close associates of President Vladimir Putin. Ottawa has … Read more

Oleksandr Shelipov was one of the first consequence of Russia’s invasion. The war crime trial around his death could make history

Valentyna Matyash, 50, on the street where neighbor Olksandr Shelepov was killed.Anton Skyba/The Globe and Mail Valentyna Matyash heard the noise of an approaching car, rumbling loud on the asphalt from a tire that ruptured when Russian soldiers hijacked it. She dashed inside her neighbor Oleksandr Shelipov’s house, where her son, daughter and grandson were … Read more

Why Investors Should Pay Close Attention To The Disappearing WTI-Brent Spread

The average investor might not think much about the oil price spread between West Texas Intermediate (WTI) and Brent Crude, which is usually only a couple of dollars per barrel–but the difference is actually vital, and one that every would-be oil investor needs to understand. To be fair, the price of WTI should be higher … Read more

Turkey’s Erdogan flatly rejects Sweden, Finland NATO bids: ‘We would say no’ – National

Turkey will oppose Sweden and Finland joining NATO, the country’s president flatly stated in a video released Thursday. “We have told our relevant friends we would say `no’ to Finland and Sweden’s entry into NATO, and we will continue on our path like this,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a group of Turkish youth in … Read more

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Wolverines’ of Ukraine step out of shadows – National

At a former paintball park in west Ukraine, Canadian, British and American military instructors were putting two dozen recruits through a warm-up drill. “Breathe!” a US army veteran told the trainees, who lay prone in the ankle-high grass, aiming their AK-47 rifles at the treeline. “Keep your fingers on those triggers!” The instructors were members … Read more

Can Turkey stop Finland, Sweden from joining NATO? Why it’s seeking ‘bargains’ – National

Last month, the head of the NATO said Sweden and Finland would be “warmly welcomed” if the countries decided to apply for membership in the military alliance. Now, it appears at least one NATO nation doesn’t feel the same way. Read more: As Finland, Sweden move to join NATO, Turkey says it will veto bid … Read more

Ukraine to leave remaining troops from Mariupol, ceding control of besieged city – National

Ukraine’s military on Tuesday it was working to said all remaining troops from their last stronghold in the besieged port of Mariupol, ceding control of the city to Russia after months of bombardment. The evacuation likely marked the end of the longest and bloodiest battle of the Ukraine war and a significant defeat for Ukraine. … Read more