Zelensky seeks to address AU on Russia’s invasion

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has reached out to the African Union (AU) for support against Russia’s aggression and requested to address the continental organisation. Zelensky called Senegalese President Macky Sall on Monday and their conversation touched on an AU statement in February that called for an immediate ceaefire and a return to negotiations. African nations […]

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‘Death for us and captivity for rest’ – Ukrainian marines in Mariupol

Earlier, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said tens of thousands of people are likely to have been killed in Mariupol, in southern Ukraine. Speaking to lawmakers in South Korea over a video call, he said the southern city had been “burned to ashes”, and conditions in the city were desperate as Russian forces concentrated troops for […]

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Kremlin spokesperson Peskov admits ‘significant’ Russian losses

Russia has admitted suffering “significant losses of troops” in Ukraine, as the invasion enters its 44th day. Presidential spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said the casualties were “a huge tragedy for us”. He said he hoped Moscow would reach its war goals “in the coming days”. Peskov’s comments followed Russia’s expulsion from the United Nations Human Rights […]

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US warns India against aligning with Russia

President Joe Biden’s top economic adviser has said that the US warned India against partnering too closely with Russia following the invasion of Ukraine. “Our message to the Indian government is that the costs and consequences for them of moving into a more explicit strategic alignment with Russia will be significant and long-term,” said White […]

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Zelensky: Russia is using hunger as a weapon

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says Russia is using hunger as a weapon in its attempt to win territory. Speaking via a translator, he told the Irish Parliament that Russian missiles were “destroying things that are sustaining livelihoods”. He said Russian forces had blocked all of Ukraine’s sea ports and ships with food for export. Ukraine […]

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Ukraine war: Putin being misled by fearful advisers, says US

Russian President Vladimir Putin is being misled by advisers who are too afraid to tell him how badly the war in Ukraine is going, said the White House. Meanwhile British intelligence says Russian troops in Ukraine are demoralised, short of equipment and refusing to carry out orders. Putin is also not being told about the […]

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Russia drops ‘denazification’ demand in peace talks

There’s been much speculation about what Russia wants from the peace talks, beginning in Istanbul. According to the Financial Times, Russia has dropped demands that Ukraine is “denazified” and is prepared to let it join the European Union as long as it is not military aligned. The paper quotes four people close to the talks […]

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Erdogan stresses ceasefire in phone call with Putin

Turkish President Recep Tayying Erdogan in a conversation on Sunday called on his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin for a ceasefire and better humanitarian conditions for civilians following Russia’s invasion in Ukraine. “Erdogan noted the importance of a ceasefire between Russia and Ukraine, the implementation of peace and the improvement of humanitarian conditions in the region,” […]

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Top scientist: China could eventually ‘co-exist’ with Covid

China could move away from its zero-Covid strategy “in the near future” and co-exist with the virus, a top Chinese scientist said in a possible sign that the country’s leadership is rethinking its strict approach. The country where the coronavirus was first detected in 2019 is now one of the last places still hewing to […]

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