September 26, 2023

Russia-Ukraine war live: Russia releases video of Black Sea commander Ukraine claims to have killed

Viktor Sokolov shown in footage released by defence ministry, day after Ukraine said he had been killed in missile strikeWhat we know on day 580 of the invasionRussia’s foreign ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova has rather sarcastically castigated US state department spokesperson Matthew Miller for deflecting a question about the appearance of a Ukrainian veteran of a Nazi unit in the Canadian parliament. Miller had said that he was attending the UN on Friday.Zakharova has posted to her Telegram channel to say:Everyone was at the UN on Friday, Matthew. And everyone saw how nazism triumphed in Canada. The UN has a lot of problems, but the internet works great there. Continue reading...
September 26, 2023

Kamila Valieva’s Olympic case heads to court with Russian doping in focus

Teenager won team gold despite positive for banned substanceUsada wants justice for fellow competitors denied medalsThe Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has begun hearing Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva’s doping case, a scandal that rocked the sport and cast a shadow over her country’s already embattled anti-doping system.Nineteen months after Valieva helped the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) win gold in the team event at the 2022 Beijing Games despite testing positive for a banned substance, her fellow competitors are still awaiting justice. Continue reading...
September 26, 2023

Russia releases video of admiral a day after Ukraine claimed he was dead

Viktor Sokolov seen apparently taking part in video conference with Russian defence ministerRussia-Ukraine war – latest news updatesRussia’s defence ministry has released footage showing Viktor Sokolov, the commander of its Black Sea fleet, attending a defence board meeting via video call, a day after Ukraine claimed Sokolov was killed in an attack on the fleet’s headquarters in Sevastopol.In the video, Sokolov was seen apparently taking part in a video conference with the defence minister, Sergei Shoigu, and senior admirals and army chiefs. Continue reading...
September 26, 2023

Kremlin refuses to comment on footage of Chechen leader’s son beating prisoner

Vladimir Putin’s spokesperson declines to speak about video showing Ramzan Kadyrov’s son Adam, 15, attacking prisonerThe Kremlin has refused to comment on footage showing the teenage son of the Chechen leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, beating up a prisoner.Kadyrov posted a graphic video on the Telegram messaging app on Monday that showed his 15-year-old son Adam punching and kicking a Russian prisoner accused of burning the Qur’an. Continue reading...
September 26, 2023

Europe’s ‘mini-Trumps’ survived his fall. Now they’re hoping for his comeback | Paul Taylor

From Orbán in Hungary to Fico in Slovakia, populists are looking to a Trump win to boost their power in the EUWhen Donald Trump lost the White House in 2020, Europe’s strongmen, populists and climate change deniers lost a powerful ally and a protector. Yet most of Europe’s mini-Trumps have survived his fall, his denial of defeat and the storming of Congress by his supporters, and are now hoping that a comeback for the Republican frontrunner in next year’s US presidential election will put fresh wind in their own sails.In his four years in office, Trump described the European Union as a “foe” and Nato as “obsolete”. He had earlier openly applauded the UK’s vote for Brexit and encouraged other countries to follow suit. He pulled the United States out of global agreements to fight climate change, tore up arms control treaties, slapped tariffs on his allies and picked fights with Germany over trade and defence spending. And he rolled out the red carpet for the populist leaders of Poland and Hungary just as they were defying EU censure over moves to snuff out judicial independence, civil rights and media pluralism.Paul Taylor is a senior fellow of the Friends of Europe thinktankDo you have an opinion on the issues raised in this article? If you would like to submit a response of up to 300 words by email to be considered for publication in our letters section, please click here. Continue reading...
September 25, 2023

Russia-Ukraine war live: Ukraine claims to have killed commander of Russia’s Black Sea fleet

Ukraine says 34 officers were killed including Black Sea fleet admiral Viktor Sokolov in its missile strike on Sevastapol last weekWhat we know on day 579 of the invasionAn air alert has been declared in Mykolaiv.Tass reports that the Russian ministry of defence has reported that it destroyed Ukrainian drones that were over the north-western part of the Black Sea near occupied Crimea, as well as over the Kursk and Bryansk regions. It claims to have shot down eight aircraft-type drones in total. Continue reading...
September 25, 2023

Nagorno-Karabakh: thousands escape to Armenia after Azerbaijani offensive

Armenian prime minister says ethnic Armenians in disputed enclave face ‘danger of ethnic cleansing’Europe live – latest news updatesMore than 6,000 ethnic Armenians have crossed into Armenia from Nagorno-Karabakh after last week’s Azerbaijani military offensive in the disputed region, which left hundreds of people dead, wounded or missing.The Armenian government said on Monday afternoon at least 6,650 people from Nagorno-Karabakh had crossed into Armenia, up from about 4,850 people five hours earlier. Video showed a heavily congested road to Armenia from the enclave. Continue reading...
September 25, 2023

Russia-Ukraine war at a glance: what we know on day 579 of the invasion

Southern port of Odesa hit by Russian missiles overnight; at least one person killed in attack on BeryslavSee all our Ukraine coverage Continue reading...
September 25, 2023

EU slashed second-quarter imports of Russian energy – Eurostat

The EU's imports of Russian oil and gas continued to decrease steeply in the second quarter of this year, according to new data released by the EU's statistical office Eurostat.
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