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

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

Polls close as Bosnians choose between nationalists and reformists

Polls close as Bosnians choose between ‘old and ‘new’ 35% of voters turned out by 3 pm (1300 GMT) Election authorities say vote proceeded well SARAJEVO, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Bosnia’s polls closed on Sunday as voters turned out to choose the country’s new collective presidency and lawmakers at national, regional and local levels, in … 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

Tillerson to be called as witness in Trump ally’s foreign agent trial

NEW YORK, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Former US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will be called as a witness by federal prosecutors in the trial of Tom Barrack, a one-time fundraiser for former President Donald Trump, on charges of illegally acting as a foreign agent for the United Arab Emirates, a court filing showed on … 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