A Ukrainian soldier walks near a school building destroyed by shelling in Zhytomyr. Photo: Reuters


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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.

  • ‘With such ships and such weapons, Russia will feel that it is safe,’ Putin told navy officers while visiting one of the submarines in Severodvinsk
  • With the fighting in Ukraine now approaching its second year, Russia has shifted its economy to largely focusing on military production

Ukraine’s president is expected to plead his case before Republicans balking at sending more money for his fight against Russia, amid warnings aid will run out in weeks.

Navalny was sentenced to 19 years in Russian prison on what are seen internationally as trumped-up charges to silence his criticism of President Vladimir Putin.


Following a meeting with British Foreign Secretary David Cameron in Washington, the US secretary of state said: ‘It remains imperative that Israel put a premium on civilian protection.’

As part of a burst of meetings focused on the Middle East, Vladimir Putin greeted Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in the Kremlin a day after visiting the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

A former Ukrainian lawmaker regarded by Kyiv as a traitor was shot dead near Moscow. A Ukrainian source said he was killed by the country’s security service.

The capture of a working Bradley would enable Moscow’s forces to identify its vulnerabilities, a presenter on prime-time Russian television suggested.


Deeply against Beijing’s stances on Ukraine, trade and human rights, Brussels to seek ‘more on the political front’ before agreeing deals, source says.


More than 21 months into the biggest conflict in Europe since World War II, fighting rages with no end in sight and neither side has landed a telling blow on the battlefield.

Russia has been accused of forcibly deporting thousands of Ukrainian children from schools, hospitals and orphanages in parts of the country controlled by its forces.

Kathmandu has urged Moscow to send any Nepali mercenaries still fighting in the Russian army back home. It did not specify where, how or when the six were killed.


Vladimir Putin was shown a simulation of the ‘nuclear button’ as he toured a vast exhibition of Russian achievements in what looked like a warm-up for a re-election campaign.

The Russian president has rarely travelled abroad in recent years, and mostly to states of the former Soviet Union. His last trip beyond those countries was to China in October.


David Cameron, a former British prime minister, will take part in discussions with his US counterparts with a focus on supporting Ukraine and de-escalating Middle East tensions.