Ukraine says Russia shells more than 40 towns in Donbas push

Russian forces shell 40 towns in eastern Ukraine – military Mass grave for civilians killed – Luhansk governor KYIV, May 26 (Reuters) – Russian forces shelled more than 40 towns in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region, Ukraine’s military said, threatening to shut off the last main escape route for civilians trapped in the path of their … Read more

Moldova’s pro-Russian former president Dodon detained, says he is innocent

Igor Dodon, Moldova’s President and presidential candidate, speaks to the media at a polling station during the second round of a presidential election in Chisinau, Moldova November 15, 2020. REUTERS/Vladislav Culiomza Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com register KYIV, May 24 (Reuters) – The head of Moldova’s pro-Russian opposition party, former President Igor … Read more

Ukraine gathers Russian dead in chilled train for prisoner exchange

Bodies sometimes exchanged for prisoners Ukraine uses DNA, tattoos to escape corpses 12 bodies found over 3 days in one village MALA ROHAN, Ukraine, May 24 (Reuters) – Ukraine is gathering the bodies of dead Russian soldiers strewn among the rubble of formerly occupied towns and using everything from DNA to tattoos to verify their … Read more

Russia seeks to put stranglehold on twin Ukrainian cities

As war enters fourth month, Russia concentrates on east Russia tries to encircle Ukrainian troops in twin cities EU’s von der Leyen says Moscow weaponising food KYIV/SLOVYANSK, Ukraine, May 25 (Reuters) – Russian forces sought to encircle Ukrainian in twin eastern cities straddling a river as President Volodymyr Zelenskiy warned that Moscow troops were seeking … Read more

Food crisis fuels fears of protectionism compounding shortages

DAVOS, Switzerland, May 24 (Reuters) – A growing world food crisis is precipitating protectionist moves by countries which are likely to compound the problem and could lead to a wider trade war, business leaders and policymakers at the World Economic Forum said. In a sign of the escalating squeeze on food supplies and rising prices, … Read more

Ukraine’s Zelenskiy says he would meet with Putin to end the war

May 23 (Reuters) – President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Monday that President Vladimir Putin was the only Ukrainian official he was willing to meet with to discuss how to end the war. Zelenskiy, addressing by video link an audience at the World Economic Forum in Davos, also said that arranging any talks with Russia was … Read more

EU oil embargo ‘in days’ as Ukraine isolation drives Russia closer to China

EU faces criticism for being too slow to act on Russian energy Russia sees economic ties with China growing Eastern Donbas remains focus of battlefield action LVIV, Ukraine/BERLIN, May 24 (Reuters) – The European Union will likely agree an embargo on Russian oil imports “within days,” according to its biggest member Germany, as Moscow said … Read more

Beijing extends work-from-home ‘requirement’ for millions as COVID spreads

Capital sees biggest daily caseload in month-old outbreak ‘We’ve been massively hit’ – Beijing store owner Fears virus could return as Shanghai eyes lockdown end Curbs damaging China’s economy, global supply chains BEIJING/SHANGHAI, May 23 (Reuters) – The Chinese capital extended its work-from-home requirement for many of its 22 million residents to stem a COVID-19 … Read more

Ukraine says it holds off latest Russian assault in east

Russian mine clearers sweeping captured Azovstal plant Ukraine says its forces repel latest Russian assault on Sievierodonetsk Russia forces control largely unbroken swathe of east and south KYIV/MARIUPOL, May 23 (Reuters) – Ukraine said on Monday it had held off the latest assault on an eastern city that has become the main target of Moscow’s … Read more

In Tokyo, Biden says would be willing to use force to defend Taiwan

White House official says no change in policy China says US should not defend Taiwan independence US wants to toughen policy without provoking Beijing – analyst Biden in Japan for first Asia trip of presidency TOKYO, May 23 (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden said on Monday he would be willing to use force to … Read more