Zelensky struggles to gain support in African countries as Russian interests prevail

Malians demonstrate against France and in support of Russia on the 60th anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Mali in 1960, in Bamako, Mali, Sept. 22, 2020.The Associated Press Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called the chairman of the African Union early last month and asked if he could speak to African leaders to … 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

Opinion: Waves of sanctions were supposed to crush the Russian economy, but it is still showing signs of resilience

Valves near a drilling rig at a gas processing facility on the Arctic Yamal peninsula, Russia, on May 21, 2019.MAXIM SHEMETOV/Reuters Near the start of the war, as the sanctions piled up, the Russian economy was thought to be doomed, possibly forcing President Vladimir Putin to sue for early peace. Almost three months later, there … Read more

Is Russia fielding laser weapons in Ukraine? Pentagon does not think so

Participants are seen at the stand of Russian state nuclear agency Rosatom during the International military-technical forum “Army-2021” at Patriot Congress and Exhibition Center in Moscow Region, Russia August 23, 2021. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register WASHINGTON, May 20 (Reuters) – The Pentagon said on Friday there were no … Read more

Ukraine’s Zelenskiy proposes formal deal on compensation from Russia

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks during a news conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (not pictured), as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, in Kyiv, Ukraine May 8, 2022. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register May 20 (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Friday proposed a formal deal … Read more

US says Turkey’s approach to Sweden, Finland NATO bid not a bilateral topic

WASHINGTON, May 20 (Reuters) – Turkey’s approach to the NATO accession process of Sweden and Finland is not a bilateral issue between Washington and Ankara, the US State Department said on Friday, but added that Washington was speaking with Ankara and it remained confident that the dispute would be overcome. Finland and Sweden say they … 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

Ukraine’s Zelenskiy says Donbas region has been completely destroyed

A view shows a plant of Azovstal Iron and Steel Works during Ukraine-Russia conflict in the southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine May 15, 2022. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register May 19 (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Thursday said Russian forces had “completely destroyed” the industrial Donbas … Read more

War in Ukraine leads Japan to rethink pacifism, renew ties with allies and keep wary eyes on China and Russia

A member of the Japan Ground Self-Defence Force takes part in an April 21 military drill on Miyako Island, Okinawa prefecture, next to an anti-ship missile launcher.Issei Kato/Reuters The war in Ukraine has rewritten foreign policy doctrines across not only Europe but also Asia. Nowhere is this more visible than in Japan, where the pacifist … Read more

Red Cross registers Ukrainian POWs from Mariupol as Russia vows to try fighters for war crimes

Serhii Tsybulchenko, left, and his son-in-law Ihor Trotsak, right, who fled with their family from the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, arrive at a reception center for displaced people in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine, Tuesday, May 3, 2022.Francisco Seco/The Associated Press The fate of hundreds of Ukrainian fighters who surrendered after holding out against punishing attacks on … Read more