G7 lifts sanctions on Russia, approaches oil price ceiling agreement

G7 announces new sanctions on Russia on Tuesday – US official G7 to work with other countries, the private sector on oil price ceiling Japan tries to lower zero-emission vehicle target from G7 statement Schloss Elmau, Germany, June 27 (Reuters) – The Group of Seven rich democracies will commit on Tuesday to a new, coordinated … Read more

Russian forces set their sights on Lyschansk in the battle for eastern Ukraine

Ukraine needs a modern air defense system – Zelensky The United States announces a missile defense system for Ukraine – source Russian missiles hit Kyiv for the first time in weeks Biden condemns Kyiv attack, describing it as a “barbaric” act Kyiv/POKROVSK, Ukraine (Reuters) – Russian forces were battling on Monday for Lyschansk, the last … Read more

Sievierodonetsk falls into the hands of Russia after one of the bloodiest battles of the war

The capture of Sievierodonetsk is a huge gain for Russia Ukraine says it is carrying out a ‘tactical withdrawal’ Dozens of missiles hit Ukrainian military bases Kyiv/POKROVSK, Ukraine (Reuters) – Russian forces have fully occupied the eastern Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk on Saturday, both sides said, underlining the biggest setback on the Kyiv battlefield in … Read more

Morocco says 18 migrants died during a mass crossing into the Spanish enclave

MADRID (Reuters) – Morocco said on Friday 18 migrants died trying to cross the border into the Spanish North African enclave of Melilla, after a violent two-hour clash between migrants and border officers that also wounded dozens. About 2,000 migrants stormed the high fence that seals off the besieged area. Moroccan and Spanish authorities said … Read more

Ukrainians prepare to withdraw from the besieged city of Severodonetsk as Russians advance slowly

Ukraine’s EU candidacy will strengthen Europe – Zelensky Ukrainian forces take new positions in Severodonetsk Russia bombs targets across the Donbass River The war marks four months since the invasion Kyiv (Reuters) – Ukraine on Friday signaled the withdrawal of its forces from the city of Severodonetsk, which has seen weeks of fierce fighting, in … Read more

Saudi Crown Prince, Erdogan meets in Turkey with full normalization on the horizon

Ankara halts Khashoggi’s trial to cement ties An official says talks are going slowly over a potential foreign exchange swap line Erdogan faces tough elections with economic tension ANKARA (Reuters) – Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Turkey for the first time in years on Wednesday for talks with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan … Read more

Russians advance and Zelensky expects escalation as EU prepares to welcome Ukraine

EU takes decision on Ukraine’s membership bid Zelensky says the battle for Donbass will intensify Sievierodonetsk city center of Russian attacks NATO’s Stoltenberg says the war could go on for years Kyiv (Reuters) – Russian forces seized riverside territory along the frontline in eastern Ukraine on Monday and President Volodymyr Zelensky predicted Moscow would step … Read more

EU expected to support Ukraine’s membership application as war brings major transformation

Schultz says Ukraine “belongs to the European family” “Europe can create a new history of freedom,” says Zelensky. Kyiv/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union’s executive commission was expected to give its blessing on Friday to placing a candidate for membership in Ukraine and two other former Soviet Union states in a historic eastward shift in … Read more

European leaders visit Ukraine, pin their hopes on EU membership

Zelensky thanks EU leaders for solidarity visit Commanders roam the devastated city of Irbin Fighting rages in Severodonetsk and southern Ukraine Kyiv/IRBIN, Ukraine (Reuters) – The leaders of Germany, France and Italy, all of whom Kyiv has criticized in the past for their support it has deemed too cautious, visited Ukraine on Thursday and offered … Read more

German, French and Italian leaders in Kyiv in showing support

Kyiv (Reuters) – Several sirens sounded in Kyiv as French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi began a joint visit to show support for Ukraine in its fight against Russia’s invasion. The three arrived in the Ukrainian capital early Thursday after traveling together overnight on a train used … Read more