Russian forces invaded Ukraine in late February 2022, turning Moscow into a global pariah in the worlds of finance, diplomacy, sports and culture, as the West punished it with sanctions. President Vladimir Putin called Russia’s actions - which have triggered the worst refugee crisis in Europe since World War II - a “special military operation”. Nuclear-armed Russia has warned of consequences if Nato interferes in Ukraine, while strategic ally China urges a peaceful, diplomatic solution.
Lieutenant General He Lei says Beijing was taken by surprise when Moscow invaded its neighbour and denies that it is pressuring Kyiv to give up territory.
Slim boost to Russian energy ties reveals ‘balancing act’ by China on the West, Swedish Institute of International Affairs analysis shared with the Post says.
Mikhail Mishustin will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping as Beijing attempts peace talks in the Ukraine war.
Companies allegedly sold chips and microelectronics that can be used in high-grade weapons.
Some diplomats feel the call showed China is serious about peace in Ukraine but one says the excitement comes from Europeans seeking ‘justification for keeping business as usual with Beijing’.
The call showed Beijing is willing to take a role as mediator between Ukraine and Russia, analysts say, but many in Europe and the US believe it remains predisposed toward Moscow.
Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said that ‘the world is sick and quite probably is on the verge of a new world war’, but a war is not inevitable, and the risks of a nuclear confrontation were growing.
Brokered by the United Nations and Turkey, the deal was signed in Istanbul last July, allowing Ukraine to export more than 27 million tonnes of grain from several of its Black Sea ports.
According to PLA researchers, TikTok joins Facebook, Google and Twitter in providing platform for propaganda campaign to turn public opinion against Moscow amid Ukraine war, while others say the company is not doing enough to counter Russian influence.
The country’s UN ambassador Geng Shuang told a Security Council discussion that Beijing has always maintained ‘a nuclear war cannot be fought’.
Ursula von der Leyen’s combative speech comes ahead of expected meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing next week.
The Russian and Chinese presidents vowed just last week to not station nuclear weapons abroad.
Concerns over new ‘world order’ with China in the driver’s seat expected to feature in two-day European Council summit.
Beijing says the Chinese leader will meet Vladimir Putin to discuss a blueprint for the development of future relations and ways to deepen cooperation.
Xi’s three-day visit comes soon after a China-brokered deal between Iran and Saudi Arabia.
China can use diplomatic, political and economic leverage to push peace talks between Russia and Ukraine, observers say.
Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam said Western powers are not ‘uninvolved bystanders who had no role to play’ in the ongoing conflict, citing the West’s decision to expand Nato, as an example.
Video footage shows unarmed man in uniform saying ‘Glory to Ukraine’ before shots are heard and he slumps to the ground.
Despite high prices of food and baby milk formula, frequent electricity outages and daily air raid sirens, Philippine migrant mother Rhea Taibova tries to give her daughter a semblance of normality.