PM: Ukraine’s power system functioning despite Russian strikes

       

In this file photo taken on Oct 27, 2022, workers examine damage as they repair power line equipment after a missile strike on a power plant, in an undisclosed location of Ukraine. (SERGEI SUPINSKY / AFP) KYIV/MOSCOW – Ukraine's power system is functioning and remains intact despite Russia's latest missile attacks on the energy facilities, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said Monday. Energy facilities in …

EU proposes to confiscate frozen Russian assets

       

Photo taken on March 10, 2022 shows the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. (PHOTO / XINHUA) BRUSSELS- The European Commission on Wednesday proposed a plan to confiscate frozen Russian assets to compensate Ukraine for its damages caused by the conflict. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in a statement that the frozen funds would go to Ukraine "to compensate for the damages caused to …

Ukraine holds international meeting on food security

       

Kavo Perdika, a cargo vessel carrying Ukrainian grain, sails on Bosphorus to Marmara sea, in Istanbul, on Nov 2, 2022. (OZAN KOSE / AFP) KIEV/MOSCOW – An international meeting on food security under the "Grain from Ukraine" program was held in Kiev on Saturday, the presidential press service reported. "Under the 'Grain from Ukraine' program, by the end of next spring, we plan to send …

Weapons industry booms as Russia-Ukraine conflict continues

       

Ukrainian servicemen clean mortar shells during training in Kharkiv region, Ukraine, July 19, 2022. (EVGENIY MALOLETKA / AP) PRAGUE/WARSAW – Eastern Europe's arms industry is churning out guns, artillery shells and other military supplies at a pace not seen since the Cold War as governments in the region lead efforts to aid Ukraine in its conflict with Russia. Allies have been supplying Kyiv with weapons and …

IAEA: No immediate nuclear safety concerns at Zaporizhzhia plant

       

This handout photo taken on Sept 1, 2022 and obtained from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Sept 7, 2022 shows a general view of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant during an IAEA Support and Assistance Mission in Enerhodar, Zaporizhzhia Oblast, Ukraine. (HANDOUT / IAEA) VIENNA/OTTAWA/COPENHAGEN – The International Atomic Energy Agency said on Monday that there were "no immediate nuclear safety or security …

UN chief says Black Sea grain deal extended

       

This handout picture taken and released by the Turkish Defense Ministry press office on Aug 3, 2022 shows an inspection delegation member inspecting the Sierra Leone-flagged cargo ship Razoni carrying 26,000 tonnes of corn from Ukraine, off the coast of north-west Istanbul. (TURKISH DEFENSE MINISTRY / AFP) The United Nations Secretary General said on Thursday he welcomed an agreement by all parties to extend the …

EU to train up to 15,000 Ukrainian soldiers

       

This picture taken Jan 1, 2022 shows the European Union flag under the Arc de Triomphe, on the Place de l'Etoile in Paris.(ALAIN JOCARD / AFP) BRUSSELS – The Council of the European Union (EU) on Tuesday announced the launch of a special military mission to support Ukraine in the ongoing conflict with Russia. The European Union Military Assistance Mission (EUMAM ) has a non-executive …

Russian forces to retreat behind Dnieper River

       

An old woman walks in the Kherson region village of Arkhanhelske, Ukraine on Nov 3, 2022. (BULENT KILIC / AFP) MOSCOW/KYIV/UNITED NATIONS/TEHRAN – Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on Wednesday ordered Russian troops to leave the right (western) bank of the Dnieper River and strengthen defense against Ukrainian offensives on the left bank. Shoigu announced the decision after hearing a report from Sergei Surovikin, commander …

Ukraine: Talks with Moscow possible only if Russia withdraws

       

Ukrainian negotiator Mikhailo Podolyak speaks to media after talks between delegations from Ukraine and Russia in Belarus' Gomel region on Feb 28, 2022. (SERGEI KHOLODILIN / BELTA / AFP) KIEV – Ukrainian Presidential Advisor Mykhailo Podolyak said that Kiev could resume dialogue with Moscow only after the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine, the presidential press service reported Tuesday. Ukrainian and Russian negotiators held the …

Ukraine: Talks with Moscow possible only after Russia’s withdrawal

       

Ukrainian negotiator Mikhailo Podolyak speaks to media after talks between delegations from Ukraine and Russia in Belarus' Gomel region on Feb 28, 2022. (SERGEI KHOLODILIN / BELTA / AFP) KIEV – Ukrainian Presidential Advisor Mykhailo Podolyak said that Kiev could resume dialogue with Moscow only after the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine, the presidential press service reported Tuesday. Ukrainian and Russian negotiators held the …

Report: Russia, US discuss first nuke talks since Ukraine crisis

       

Russian and US state flags fly near a factory in Vsevolozhsk, Leningrad Region, Russia March 27, 2019. (ANTON VAGANOV / REUTERS) MOSCOW – Russia and the United States are discussing holding talks on strategic nuclear weapons for the first time since Moscow started its special military operation in Ukraine, Russian newspaper Kommersant said on Tuesday, citing four sources familiar with the discussions. The talks may …

Report: First nuke talks for Russia, US since Ukraine conflict

       

Russian and US state flags fly near a factory in Vsevolozhsk, Leningrad Region, Russia March 27, 2019. (ANTON VAGANOV / REUTERS) MOSCOW – Russia and the United States are discussing holding talks on strategic nuclear weapons for the first time since Moscow started its special military operation in Ukraine, Russian newspaper Kommersant said on Tuesday, citing four sources familiar with the discussions. The talks may …

Italy’s support for Ukraine subject of debate amid protests

       

Demonstrators hold a huge rainbow flag during a peace rally against war in Rome, Nov 5, 2022. (GREGORIO BORGIA / AP) ROME – The Italian media on Sunday cast the future of Italy's military support for Ukraine in its conflict with Russia in doubt, a day after tens of thousands of Italians took to the streets of Rome and Milan to protest against the country's …

Ukrainian president meets with US national security advisor

       

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks during a joint news conference with Greece's President following their meeting at the Mariinskiy palace in Kyiv on Nov 3, 2022, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. (GENYA SAVILOV / AFP) KIEV – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday met with visiting US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan to discuss further US support for Ukraine, Zelensky's press service reported. Zelensky …

Ukraine resumes foodstuff shipments via seaports

       

An aerial photograph taken on Oct 31, 2022 shows a cargo ship loaded with grain being inspected in the anchorage area of the southern entrance to the Bosphorus in Istanbul. Cargo ships loaded with grain and other agricultural products left Ukrainian ports on Oct 31, 2022 despite Russia's decision to pull out from a landmark deal designed to ease a global food crisis. As one …

Ukraine suspends grain export for ‘corridor blockage’

       

The ship Navi-Star sits full of grain since the start of Russia's special military operation in Ukraine as it waits to sail from the Odesa Sea Port, in Odesa, Ukraine, July 29, 2022. (DAVID GOLDMAN / AP) KYIV/ISTANBUL – Ukraine had suspended foodstuffs exports due to blockage of the "grain corridor," the country’s infrastructure minister has said. "Due to the blockage of the grain corridor …

Russia halts participation in grain deal

       

The first UN-chartered vessel MV Brave Commander loads more than 23,000 tonnes of grain to export to Ethiopia, in Yuzhne, east of Odessa on the Black Sea coast, on Aug 14, 2022. (OLEKSANDR GIMANOV / AFP) Russia has suspended its participation in a landmark agreement that allowed grain exports from Ukraine, blaming drone attacks on Russian ships in Crimea. The Russian Defense Ministry cited an …

IAEA inspectors to visit Ukraine on ‘dirty bombs’ allegations

       

This Nov 14, 2007 picture shows a view of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters in Vienna. The IAEA has praised China's efforts and progress in stepping up nuclear security and contributing to global governance of nuclear security. (JOE KLAMAR / AFP) UNITED NATIONS – Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency are on their way to visit two facilities in Ukraine after Russia's "dirty …

Minister: Ukraine needs 4b euros for winter season

       

Ukraine's Minister of Communities and Territories Development Oleksiy Chernyshov addresses a breakout session during the Ukraine Recovery Conference URC in Lugano on July 4, 2022. (ALESSANDRO DELLA VALLE / POOL / AFP) KIEV / MOSCOW – Ukraine needs 4 billion euros (about $3.97 billion) to go through the winter cold season, the Interfax-Ukraine news agency reported on Tuesday, citing Minister for the Development of Communities …

German Chancellor vows to help rebuild Ukraine

       

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (right) and Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal (back right) attend the German-Ukraine economic forum with the motto "Rebuild Ukraine" in Berlin on Oct 24, 2022 to discuss the post-conflict reconstruction of Ukraine. (MICHAEL KAPPELER / POOL / AFP) BERLIN / JERUSALEM / BUCHAREST – German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Monday vowed to provide wide-ranging assistance in rebuilding Ukraine, including aid …