Intensify sanctions until Putin’s troops leave Ukraine, says PM

Intensify sanctions until Putin’s troops leave Ukraine, says PM

B Oris Johnson said sanctions against Russia should be stepped up “until every one” of Vladimir Putin’s troops leaves Ukraine. The Prime Minister made the call on Wednesday as he warned that Western allies must not “backtrack” on sanctions imposed on Mr Putin’s regime to force him to end his invasion of Ukraine. Instead, he … Read more

Putin’s allies ‘may be too scared to tell him truth about Ukraine’

Putin’s allies ‘may be too scared to tell him truth about Ukraine’

V Ladimir Putin’s closest allies in the Kremlin may be too terrified to tell him the truth about his “quite disastrous” invasion of Ukraine, Western officials said on Tuesday. They added that there is “considerable evidence of unease” about how the conflict has played out for Russia among the elite in Moscow and that a … Read more

Joe Biden spotted with cheat-sheet as White House attempts to avoid another gaffe

Joe Biden spotted with cheat-sheet as White House attempts to avoid another gaffe

Joe Biden was spotted holding a cheat sheet as he clarified his claim that Vladimir Putin ‘can’t stay in power’, in an apparent attempt to avoid another gaffe. The comment in a speech in Warsaw over the weekend sparked international backlash and compelled the White House to issue an embarrassing clarification. As he defended his … Read more

Five developments as Russia warns Nato not to ‘push us into the corner’

Five developments as Russia warns Nato not to ‘push us into the corner’

Hello. Another round of talks aimed at stopping the war in Ukraine is scheduled for today as fighting continues on the ground, with the two sides swapping control of a town in the east and a suburb of the capital. Ukrainian forces have recaptured Irpin, northwest of kyiv, from Russian troops, who were regrouping to … Read more

Devastated Mariupol teeters on the brink, but Ukrainian troops refuse to abandon the fallen

Devastated Mariupol teeters on the brink, but Ukrainian troops refuse to abandon the fallen

But Ukraine refused to return Mariupol. If Kremlin forces capture the city, it opens up a land corridor for Russia from Crimea to the separatist-held Donbass. It would also potentially free up Russian troops to advance north, threatening to encircle Ukrainian forces to the east. But that’s just a scenario. It is likely that the … Read more

Russian spies unmasked in embarrassing blow for Vladimir Putin

Russian spies unmasked in embarrassing blow for Vladimir Putin

Ukraine has released a list of what it claims to be the identities of more than 600 Russian spies, including one who appears to think he is James Bond, in a bid to embarrass Moscow. The list of 620 agents working for the Russian security agency FSB, who are supposed to remain in the shadows, … Read more

Russian forces being ‘thwarted’ by aggressive Ukrainian resistance, says UK

Russian forces being ‘thwarted’ by aggressive Ukrainian resistance, says UK

V Ladimir Putin’s ‘private army’ of more than 1,000 mercenaries is deployed in eastern Ukraine as he seeks to refocus his stalled invasion on that part of the country, army chiefs have said. British defence. They believe the Wagner Group is being used after Russian forces suffered such losses, with over 10,000 troops believed to … Read more

Chinese energy firm Sinopec Group cancels £380m investment in Russia over Ukraine sanctions fears

A Chinese state oil and gas company withdrew half a billion in investment from Russia in a bid to avoid Western sanctions after realizing that board member Gennady Timchenko, 69, ( photo) of a company they worked with had been sanctioned by the west

A Chinese state oil and gas company withdrew half a billion in investment from Russia in a bid to avoid Western sanctions. Sinopec Group, formerly China Petroleum and Chemical Corp, has suspended talks to invest up to $500m (£380m) in the new gas chemical plant in Russia. It came after the Chinese company realized that … Read more

Gas Shortage Triggering Next Global Supply Chain Crisis

Gas Shortage Triggering Next Global Supply Chain Crisis

It marks another avenue in which Putin’s war is upsetting global commodity markets, as European and American leaders grapple with how to replace Russian oil and natural gas supplies. “Neon is not a significant component of manufacturing cost [semiconductors]says Ralph Butler of Techcet, a semiconductor consulting firm in California. “But it’s an extremely important part … Read more

Kremlin confusion as Moscow contradicts own generals with claim it still wants to take Kyiv

Kremlin confusion as Moscow contradicts own generals with claim it still wants to take Kyiv

Relations worse than during the Cold War Mr Medvedev said relations between the West and Russia were now worse than during the Cold War. “The state of relations between the Russian Federation and the Western world, the Anglo-Saxon civilization in the broad sense of the word, led by the United States of America, is worse … Read more