Tag - russia-ukraine-war



Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy welcomes Gen. Valeriy Zaluzhnyi to a ceremony in Kyiv on Aug. 24 last year.
Feb 3, 2024
The most popular man in Ukraine has become a problem for Zelenskyy
Two years into the war, setbacks on the battlefield have soured Gen. Valeriy Zaluzhnyi's relationship with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
A farmer throws an egg aimed at police officers as farmers from Belgium and other European countries use their tractors to block the area outside the European Parliament, as they protest over price pressures, taxes and green regulation, in Brussels, on Thursday.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 2, 2024
How farmers, football and fatigue got Viktor Orban to cave on Ukraine
Angry farmers' noisy protest against burdensome EU regulations robbed Hungarian leader of a good night's sleep.
Commander in Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Valerii Zaluzhnyi. Ukraine's top general refused to step down Monday at a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who is seeking to reinvigorate his military after Ukraine’s counteroffensive fizzled in the fall, according to people familiar with the discussions.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 2, 2024
After failed counteroffensive, Ukraine’s top general feuds with Zelenskyy
Valeriy Zaluzhnyi refused to step down Monday at a meeting with the Ukrainian president, leaving the pair at odds with U.S. military support in question.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban attends a European Union summit in Brussels on Thursday.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 2, 2024
EU breaks deadlock on €50 billion for Ukraine after Orban caves
The deal is crucial for Ukraine, which has warned that its coffers are emptying as it grapples with a weapons shortage.
Recruits in the Spartan storm brigade of the Ukrainian National Guard practice at the unit's base in Kharkiv, Ukraine, on April 20, 2023.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 1, 2024
Ukraine to tighten army mobilization rules as early conscripts tire
Last month the military proposed mobilizing 450,000 to 500,000 more people, taking into account the military's plans and projections of possible losses.
A Ukrainian serviceman prepares shells to fire a L119 howitzer toward Russian troops from a position near Bakhmut in the Donetsk region, Ukraine, on Jan. 25.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 1, 2024
EU grapples with future of military aid for Ukraine
Most EU countries are ready to inject €5 billion into the military aid fund to help Kyiv but Germany wants changes to the fund first.
Women walk past an army-related billboard at the All-Russia Exhibition Center in Moscow on Jan. 24.
WORLD / Politics
Jan 30, 2024
New anti-Ukraine disinformation campaign targets Western media
Examples of disinformation include thefts from the Paris catacombs by a Ukrainian and military aid misappropriated by Ukraine.
Aonishiki (left) competes at Ryogoku Kokugikan on Friday.
SUMO / Basho reports
Jan 29, 2024
Teenager Aonishiki wins second sumo title in Japan after fleeing war in Ukraine
Aonishiki maintained a perfect record to claim the fifth-tier jonidan championship at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament.
A Ukrainian serviceman prepares shells to fire a howitzer toward Russian troops, at a position near Bakhmut in Donetsk region, Ukraine, on Jan 25.
Jan 29, 2024
Ukraine says it found mass fraud in weapons procurement
Ukraine's Defense Minister was previously dismissed over corruption cases in the military.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov shakes hands with Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar during a joint news conference in Moscow in December.
Jan 28, 2024
India pivots away from Russian arms, but will retain strong ties
Russia supplied 65% of India's weapons purchases during the last two decades but the Ukraine war hastened New Delhi's impetus to diversify.
Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on Friday.
WORLD / Politics
Jan 27, 2024
Putin says Ukraine shot down plane, deliberately or in error
Moscow accuses Kyiv of downing the plane in Russia's Belgorod region and killing 74 people on board, including 65 captured Ukrainian soldiers.
Hints of Russian President Vladimir Putin's openness to talks — even if disingenuous — could help sow division among Ukraine’s allies and isolate Kyiv.
WORLD / Politics
Jan 26, 2024
Putin sends U.S. signal on Ukraine talks, sensing advantage in war
Russian president may consider not opposing NATO membership for Ukraine, if Kyiv accepts Kremlin control over territory it has come to occupy, sources say.
NATO, which celebrates its 75th birthday this year, has been successful at keeping the peace — but American underpinning can’t be guaranteed in perpetuity, especially with the possible reelection of Donald Trump. 
Jan 25, 2024
Europe should arm against the barbarians at its gates
Donald Trump told Ursula von der Leyen, the European Commission president, that "NATO is dead." It would be prudent to take him at his word.
Ice covers the Moskva river in downtown Moscow. The Kremlin still mostly relies on volunteers to fight its war in Ukraine, offering 210,000 rubles monthly.
Jan 25, 2024
Russia’s war fuels a wage spiral that threatens army recruitment
The competition for employees has pushed wages up at a double-digit pace and made once-relatively lucrative military service less appealing.
A church service was held on Wednesday for the 74 people killed in the Russian IL-76 military transport plane crash in the Belgorod region that borders Ukraine.
WORLD / Politics
Jan 25, 2024
Military plane crashes in Russia, killing all on board, Moscow says
Russia accused Ukrainian forces of launching missiles from the nearby Kharkiv region of Ukraine that struck the aircraft, but the claims could not be verified.
A Russian military transport plane crashes near Yablonovo, Belgorod Region, Russia on Wednesday in a screen grab from a social media video.
Jan 24, 2024
Russia says plane carrying 65 Ukrainian prisoners has crashed
The IL-76 aircraft came down while transporting the prisoners for an exchange with Ukraine, the Defense Ministry in Moscow said Wednesday, according to Tass.
A law making its way through the U.S. Congress would authorize the confiscation of billions of dollars in frozen assets owned by the Russian central bank, that would then be handed over to Ukraine as compensation for the war.
Jan 24, 2024
Seizing Russia's central bank funds is illegal and unwise
A big question about giving Ukraine seized Russian funds is would such an asset grab break international law?
Turkish lawmakers attend a session before voting on a bill regarding Sweden's accession to NATO on Tuesday.
WORLD / Politics
Jan 24, 2024
Turkey approves Sweden NATO bid, leaving Hungary as holdout
Sweden’s entry would bolster defense alliance, reinforcing its northern reach and improving its ability to defend the eastern flank.
Fire in the Taiga forest outside Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk in 2014
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
Jan 23, 2024
Scientists warn missing Russian data causing Arctic climate blind spots
The Arctic is warming between two and four times faster than the rest of the planet and holds glaciers, forests and carbon-rich frozen soils at risk of irreversible change.
Local authorities say oil tanks at this storage facility caught fire after the military brought down a Ukrainian drone, in the town of Klintsy in the Bryansk Region, Russia, on Friday.
WORLD / Politics
Jan 23, 2024
Ukrainian drone attacks menace key Russian oil export route
Keeping Russia’s oil exports steady is crucial for the Kremlin, which receives approximately 30% of total budget revenues from the nation’s energy industry.


People wait for the main act to begin at Summer Sonic, which holds simultaneous music festivals for those in Tokyo and Osaka.
Can Japan's summer music festivals adapt to a post-pandemic reality?