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

Ukraine advance in Lyman shows it can push back Russian forces, NATO chief says

WASHINGTON, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s capture of a city within territory of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s declared annexation demonstrates that Ukrainians are making progress and able to push back against Russian forces, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Sunday. “We have seen that they have been able to take a new town, Lyman, and … Read more

Pope begs Putin to end ‘spiral of violence and death’, fears nuclear war

Pope says annexation risked nuclear escalation Says he has been haunted by “rivers of blood and tears” Most direct appeal to Putin since invasion in February Vatican official compares it to days of Cuban missile crisis VATICAN CITY, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Pope Francis for the first time directly begged Russian President Vladimir Putin to … Read more

Latvia to remain Russia’s critic as prime minister wins election

RIGA, Oct 2 (Reuters) – The centre-right New Unity party of Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins won Saturday’s election, according to provisional results, with its 19% of the vote putting him in a position to head another coalition government. The results – with 96% of districts counted – mean Latvia should remain a leading voice … Read more

Chechen leader Kadyrov: Russia should use low-yield nuclear weapon after new defeat in Ukraine

LONDON, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Ramzan Kadyrov, head of Russia’s region of Chechnya, said on Saturday that Moscow should consider using a low-yield nuclear weapon in Ukraine after a major new defeat on the battlefield. As Russia confirmed the loss of its stronghold of Lyman in eastern Ukraine, Kadyrov slammed top commanders for their failings … Read more

Russia’s Ukraine invasion is backdrop to election in Latvia

VILNIUS, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Latvians were voting on Saturday in a parliamentary election, with opinion polls predicting that Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins’ centre-right New Unity party will win the most votes, enabling him to continue his coalition with the conservative National Alliance . A victory for Karins could widen a growing rift between the … Read more

EU edges towards more sanctions on Russia

BRUSSELS, Sept 30 (Reuters) – European Union countries on Friday edged towards agreeing what would be the bloc’s eighth round of sanctions against Russia for waging war against Ukraine, diplomatic sources told Reuters. The EU executive earlier this week recommended that the bloc imposes more trade curbs and individual blacklistings, and moves towards – rather … Read more