UK warns Russia of consequences for any nuclear weapon use

BIRMINGHAM, England, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Britain’s foreign minister James Cleverly on Tuesday said Russian President Vladimir Putin’s sequence of strategic errors must stop and that any use of nuclear weapons would lead to consequences. Putin has escalated its seven-month war in Ukraine with a military mobilization and warnings of nuclear weapons use. read more … Read more

Russian men take the long road out to escape mobilisation

LONDON, Oct 4 (Reuters) – As soon as Vladimir Putin announced his military call-up for the faltering war in Ukraine, Timofey and Andrey, two brothers from Moscow, tried to book flights out of the country. But by the time they had logged on, prices had already shot up so fast that they couldn’t afford the … Read more

Kremlin dismisses UK media report on Russian nuclear test

This content was produced in Russia, where the law restricts coverage of Russian military operations in Ukraine. MOSCOW, Oct 4 (Reuters) – The Kremlin said on Tuesday that it did not want to take part in “nuclear rhetoric” spread by the West after a media report that Russia was preparing to demonstrate its willingness to … Read more

Will Russia use nuclear weapons? Putin’s warnings explained

LONDON, Oct 4 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin, who rules the world’s biggest nuclear power, has repeatedly cautioned the West that any attack on Russia could provoke a nuclear response. Will Putin use nuclear weapons, how many such weapons does he command and how might the United States and the US-led NATO military alliance respond? … Read more

Grim winter looms as wartime Ukraine braces for infrastructure attacks

Elderly bracing for worst winter in decades Fears that attacks could target infrastructure Families buy wood, mend windows, light stoves KHARKIV, Ukraine, Oct 4 (Reuters) – In an abandoned tower block damaged by Russian shelling in Ukraine’s second city, Olga Kobzar plans to tough out winter for as long as she can without electricity, water … Read more

Russia sacks commander of Western military district – reports

LONDON, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Russia has sacked the commander of its Western military district, the RBC news outlet reported on Monday, the latest in a series of top officials to be fired after a series of defeats and humiliations in the war in Ukraine . RBC said Colonel-General Alexander Zhuravlyov would be replaced by … Read more

Ukraine has made ‘breakthroughs’ in Kherson region, Russian-installed official says

Oct 3 (Reuters) – Ukrainian forces have made some breakthroughs in the southern Kherson region and taken control of some settlements, a Russian-installed official said on Monday. “It’s tense, let’s put it that way,” Vladimir Saldo, the Russian-installed head of Ukraine’s Kherson region, said on state television. “Where the Kakhovka (reservoir) is, there is a … Read more

Two Putin allies ridicule Russia’s war machine in public

Chechen leader Kadyrov scolds top generals Prigozhin: top brass should fight on front Russian state television subdued LONDON, Oct 3 (Reuters) – The withdrawal of Russian forces from a strategically important town in eastern Ukraine has prompted two powerful allies of President Vladimir Putin to do something rare in modern Russia: publicly ridiculous the war … Read more

Truss’s ‘yes’ boosts Macron’s new European forum initiative

44 EU and non-EU countries to attend Prague summit on Oct. 6 European Political Community is brainchild of France’s Macron Some diplomats deride talking shop but others see benefits PARIS, Oct 3 (Reuters) – UK Prime Minister Liz Truss’s decision to join the inaugural summit of a pan-European grouping this week has given a boost … Read more

U.S. and Turkish officials discuss Ukraine and NATO in unannounced meeting

WASHINGTON, Oct 2 (Reuters) – US national security adviser Jake Sullivan met with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s chief adviser Ibrahim Kalin in Istanbul on Sunday and discussed “progress on NATO accession for Finland and Sweden”, the White House said in a statement. The two, whose meeting was unannounced to the media beforehand, also discussed Turkey’s … Read more