June 27, 2022

Return of the big beast: in search of Romania’s wild bison – in pictures

After becoming extinct in the wild, European bison were reintroduced to Poland in 1954 and Romania in 2012. Photographer Alexander Turner went in search of Europe’s largest land mammal with rangers from Foundation Conservation Carpathia Continue reading...
June 25, 2022

‘The Russians could come any time’: fear at Suwałki Gap on EU border

Sixty-mile strip on edge of Poland and Lithuania is seen as vulnerable due to its position between Russian exclave of Kaliningrad and BelarusRussia-Ukraine war: latest updatesStefan Bilas, 68, says he hears the Russians sometimes. It can be the growl of tanks that drowns out the gentle clucking of the chickens in his front yard, or more often the whirr of attack helicopters or the deafening roar of fighter jets, destination unknown.Artillery fire was heard the other night and there is a shooting range somewhere over there, he points. The lights of a Russian watchtower can be seen at the dead of night. “Peace,” toasts the retired farmer, knocking back a vodka. Continue reading...
June 23, 2022

Watch: Why Russia is threatening Lithuania over Kaliningrad

The exclave, sandwiched between Lithuania and Poland, is of strategic importance for Russia, which acquired the territory after WWII.
June 21, 2022

Russia threatens ‘serious consequences’ as Lithuania blocks rail goods

Row escalates over Vilnius’s refusal to allow steel and iron ore to cross Russian exclave of KaliningradExplainer: Where is Kaliningrad?The head of the Kremlin’s security council has threatened the “population of Lithuania” in an escalation of the row over Lithuanian railway’s refusal to allow some goods to cross the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad.After a meeting in the region, which is wedged between Lithuania and Poland, 800 miles from Moscow, Nikolai Patrushev upped the rhetoric by threatening “serious consequences”. Continue reading...
June 21, 2022

Why is Kaliningrad at the centre of a row between Russia and Lithuania?

Lithuanian ban on transit of sanctioned goods across its territory to and from Russian region has angered KremlinNews report: row escalates over Kaliningrad Russia-Ukraine war – latest updatesThe Russian oblast or region, which is smaller than Wales, is on the Baltic sea, wedged between Lithuania to its north and east and Poland to its south. It lies about 800 miles (1,300km) from Moscow. Continue reading...
June 17, 2022

Scientists harness light therapy to target and kill cancer cells in world first

Exclusive: experts believe new form of photoimmunotherapy may become fifth major cancer treatmentScientists have successfully developed a revolutionary cancer treatment that lights up and wipes out microscopic cancer cells, in a breakthrough that could enable surgeons to more effectively target and destroy the disease in patients.A European team of engineers, physicists, neurosurgeons, biologists and immunologists from the UK, Poland and Sweden joined forces to design the new form of photoimmunotherapy. Continue reading...
June 16, 2022

Scholz, Macron and Draghi in Kyiv to show support for Ukraine

Symbolic visit of German, French and Italian leaders comes as Russia continues attacks across countryRussia-Ukraine war – latest updatesGermany’s chancellor, Olaf Scholz, France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, and Italy’s prime minister, Mario Draghi, have arrived in Kyiv on a symbolic joint trip to show their support for Ukraine as it struggles to resist Russian advances in the east of the country.The three were pictured together overnight in a train from Poland used to transport high-profile guests to Ukraine, but little information was given about the details of the highly anticipated trip. Continue reading...
June 15, 2022

US announces plan to build silos on Ukraine border to export grain

Joe Biden working with European governments to avert global crisis and help lower food pricesRussia-Ukraine war: latest updatesTemporary silos will be built along the Ukraine border, including in Poland, in an attempt to help export more grain from the country and avert a global food crisis, Joe Biden has announced.The US president told a Philadelphia union convention on Tuesday that he was working with European governments on the plan “to help bring down food prices”. Continue reading...
June 15, 2022

‘Justice’ for Ukraine overshadowed by cost of living concerns, polling shows

Survey across 10 European countries and UK shows respondents favouring an end to the conflict rather than holding Russia accountableRussia-Ukraine war: all the latest developmentsEurope’s unity over the war in Ukraine is at risk as public attention increasingly shifts from the battlefield to cost of living concerns, polling across 10 European countries suggests, with the divide deepening between voters who want a swift end to the conflict and those who want Russia punished.The survey in nine EU member states – Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain and Sweden – plus the UK found support for Ukraine remained high, but that preoccupations have shifted to the conflict’s wider impacts. Continue reading...
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