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

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 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

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

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

U.S. imposes sanctions on Russia over annexation of swath of Ukraine

WASHINGTON, Sept 30 (Reuters) – The United States on Friday imposed sweeping sanctions on Russia over its declared annexation of a swath of Ukraine, targeting hundreds of people and companies, including those in Russia’s military-industrial complex and lawmakers. Washington acted after Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday proclaimed the biggest annexation in Europe since World … Read more

Dozens killed or wounded in Russian missile strike in Ukraine, Kyiv says

At least 25 killed in missile strike – Ukrainian officials Dead were civilians planning to enter Russia-held area Police say attacks involved at least three missiles ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Dozens of civilians were killed or wounded in what Kyiv said was a cynical Russian missile strike on a convoy of civilian cars … Read more