How Turkey spoiled NATO’s historic moment with Finland, Sweden

Turkey caught NATO allies by surprise Finland, Sweden hoped for quick accession Turkey’s Cavusoglu meets US counterpart Blinken ISTANBUL / WASHINGTON / BRUSSELS, May 18 (Reuters) – When Finland and Sweden signaled they were thinking of making the historic decision joining NATO, the alliance expected a tough response from Moscow, not from one of its … Read more

Russia says nearly 700 more Mariupol fighters surrender

Ukrainian soldiers, many wounded, taken to Russian-held towns Mariupol a win for Putin as Russian forces fall back elsewhere Finland and Sweden formally apply to join NATO KYIV / MARIUPOL, Ukraine, May 18 (Reuters) – Nearly 700 more Ukrainian fighters surrendered at the Mariupol steelworks in the past 24 hours, Russia said on Wednesday, but … Read more

Iraq balks at greater Chinese control of its oilfields

Iraq persuaded Lukoil to halt sale to Sinopec – sources Baghdad concerned China becoming too dominant – sources Western firms not happy with terms of Iraqi deals LONDON / BASRA, May 17 (Reuters) – Iraq’s oil ministry thwarted three prospective deals last year that would have given Chinese firms more control over its oilfields and … Read more

Mariupol siege appears over as Ukrainian defenders emerge from ruins

Ukrainian soldiers, many wounded, bussed to Russian-held towns ‘Defenders of Mariupol are heroes of our time’- Ukraine military Finland, Sweden set to file NATO applications MARIUPOL, Ukraine, May 17 (Reuters) – More than 250 Ukrainian fighters surrendered to Russian forces at the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol after weeks of desperate resistance, bringing an end to … Read more

Some Ethiopians claim forced recruitment by Tigrayan forces

War in Ethiopia has killed thousands, uprooted millions Tigrayans tell of many arrests to force people into local army Elders, pregnant woman among those rounded up, residents say ‘He said my mother would be jailed,’ recounts one fighter ADDIS ABABA / NAIROBI, May 16 (Reuters) – Authorities in Ethiopia’s war-shattered Tigray region are forcing young … Read more

Michigan man accused of being spy rescued from Russian forces after 18-hour race across Ukraine

A Michigan man who was being held captive by Russian forces on accusations of being a US spy has been reunited with his family after a rescue mission that included an 18-hour race across Ukraine, officials said. Kirillo Alexandrov, 27, was falsely charged with espionage and illegally detained, along with his Ukrainian wife and mother-in-law, … Read more

Ukraine counter-attacks Russian forces in the east

NATO chief says Russian offensive not going to plan Russia’s Donbas campaign has lost momentum – British military Finland confirms bid for NATO membership RUSKA LOZOVA, Ukraine, May 16 (Reuters) – Ukraine counter-attacked Russian forces on the eastern front on Monday with fighting reported near its second-largest city of Kharkiv, after Western military agencies said … Read more

Frontlines moving in ‘Battle of the Donbas’, Ukraine mounts counter-offensive

Ukrainian forces press towards Russian-hero Izium in east Russian forces make some advances in Donbas – Ukraine military Russian Donbas campaign has lost momentum – British military Russia has lost about third of ground force – British military Ukraine in ‘complex talks’ on evacuating Mariupol wounded KYIV, Ukraine, May 15 (Reuters) – A Ukrainian counteroffensive … Read more

Ukraine collects Russian dead as war rages on multiple fronts

Hundreds of Russian war dead brought to rail yard Ukraine deputy PM says war “entering new, long phase” Ukraine military photographs show failed Russian river crossing Kyiv says it’s negotiating for evacuation of Mariupol wounded KYIV, May 14 (Reuters) – The bodies of Russian soldiers killed in Ukraine were brought to a rail yard outside … Read more

“Moles in the dark”: survival and escape from the Mariupol steelworks

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine, May 13 (Reuters) – Five storeys below the besieged Azovstal steelworks, Ukrainian soldiers told Nataliya Babeush she had a few minutes to prepare to escape the underground bunker she called home for more than two months. The 35-year-old grabbed little more than a handful of children’s drawings: some sketches of flowers and food … Read more