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UN chief fears world is heading toward a wider war

Wtop | 07 Feb 2023

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations chief warned Monday that the world is facing a convergence of challenges “unlike any in our lifetimes” and expressed fear of a wider war as the first anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine approaches. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said experts who surveyed the state of the world in 2023 set the...

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Why Trump’s secret plan for the war in Ukraine is unbelievable

MSNBC | 06 Feb 2023

It's a problem that Donald Trump claims he has a secret plan to end the war in Ukraine. It's a bigger problem that he's tried to pull this trick before. ......

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Iraq to ask US how to pay Russian energy firms

The New Arab | 06 Feb 2023

Iraq will discuss with Washington this week how to pay dues owed to Russian oil companies despite sanctions, Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein said on Monday. "We will discuss this problem with the American side. There are sanctions in place that should not be imposed on...

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Georgian Authorities Face Backlash Over Russian Purchases

Moscow Times | 06 Feb 2023

News that Tbilisi is moving forward with the purchase of Russian-made subway cars has been met with outrage in Georgia, where dealings with the northern neighbor have become particularly controversial amid the Ukraine war. Though the deal dates to 2021, Tbilisi City Hall confirmed this week for the first time that Russia’s war on Ukraine, and...

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US strategies toward China and Russia remain a mix of contradictions

The Hill | 06 Feb 2023

A Chinese surveillance balloon discovered over Montana has prompted the Biden administration to postpone Sec. of State Antony Blinken’s visit to Beijing — the first high level trip in four years. Meanwhile, support for Ukraine is caught between President Biden’s refusal to send F-16 fighters to Kyiv...

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Russian forces keep up pressure as Ukraine anniversary nears

The News-Gazette | 06 Feb 2023

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces are keeping Ukrainian troops tied down with fighting in the eastern Donbas region as Moscow assembles additional combat power there for an expected offensive in the coming weeks, Ukrainian officials said Monday. Weeks of intense fighting continued to rage around the city of Bakhmut and the nearby towns of Soledar...

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Danish bishops protest against abolition of Great Prayer Day to fund NATO

Free West Media | 06 Feb 2023

It is a "significant intervention in the tradition of the national church" to want to abolish Great Prayer Day in Denmark. This is the opinion of the country's 11 bishops , who have sent a joint statement to the Minister of the Church, Louise Schack-Elholm. The government wants to abolish a public holiday in Denmark to finance new resources for...

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Japan's new security policy: normalizing or remilitarizing?

Korea Times | 06 Feb 2023

By Kim Won-soo The Japanese government has announced a new security policy aimed at acquiring counter-strike capabilities and doubling its defense expenditure over the next five years. This is a significant departure from Japan's long-held policy of limiting its security posture strictly to self-defense. It is also the second step taken by the...

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Ukraine to Replace Defence Minister After Corruption Scandals

Moscow Times | 06 Feb 2023

Ukraine's Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov will be replaced by the chief of the military intelligence ahead of an expected Russian offensive and following corruption scandals, a senior lawmaker said Sunday. "We are preparing decisions and negotiations that should strengthen our soldiers, give Ukraine more international support and more weapons,"...

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Zelenskyy: Situation Getting Tougher in Eastern Ukraine

Beijing News | 05 Feb 2023

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Saturday the situation is getting tougher in Eastern Ukraine, with a fresh wave of Russian shelling in Chernihiv, Zaporizhzhia, Dnipropetrovsk, Kharkiv, Luhansk, Donetsk and Mykolaiv regions. In his nightly video address, the Ukrainian leader said Russia was "throwing more and more of its forces at...

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‘Putin assured me he wouldn’t kill Zelensky,' Bennett recalls - The Jerusalem Post | 05 Feb 2023

Russian President Vladimir Putin promised not to assassinate his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky when he met with former Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett last year in the early days of the war. “Do you intend to kill Zelensky?” Bennett recalled asking Putin, during an almost five-hour interview full story "Everything I did...


Meeting between Xi and Putin must have realistic expectations

South China Morning Post | 04 Feb 2023

The Chinese president’s trip to Russia provides an opportunity for progress on de-escalating the war in Ukraine. But China cannot be expected to achieve this on its own. ......

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Russia still working on 'historic' meeting with Turkey, Iran and Syria - analysis

The Jerusalem Post | 04 Feb 2023

Russia would like to bring together Turkey, Syria and Iran in some kind of a historic meeting. This could be a step towards normalization between Syria and Turkey. Turkey and Russia have been working on energy talks and Turkey has acquired the S-400 from Russia, but for Russia, a shift in Turkey’s policies in Syria would be a major game...

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Ukraine will fight for Bakhmut ‘as long as we can’: Zelenskyy

Al Jazeera | 04 Feb 2023

Ukraine will not give up on embattled Bakhmut in the east of the country, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said as Moscow’s forces continue their onslaught against a town the Ukrainian leader described as a “fortress”. The hotly-contested town in the Donetsk region has been at the centre of fighting for months and Zelenskyy said on Friday that...

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EU officials hold talks in Ukraine in their first such mission to a country at war

The Los Angeles Times | 03 Feb 2023

KYIV, Ukraine — Top European Union officials were due to meet Friday in Kyiv with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a show of support for the country as it battles to counter Russia’s invasion and strives to join the EU as well as NATO. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, European Council President Charles Michel...

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Russia rejects reports that U.S. offered Moscow secret Ukraine peace plan

FX Empire | 03 Feb 2023

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Kremlin on Friday rejected as a “hoax” media reports that U.S. CIA Director William Burns had travelled to Moscow with a secret peace proposal that involved Ukraine ceding a fifth of its territory to Russia. The Swiss newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung’s report, which said Burns had made a secret trip to Moscow last month to put...

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EU officials hold Kyiv talks in show of support for Ukraine

Yahoo Daily News | 03 Feb 2023

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Top European Union officials were due to meet Friday in Kyiv with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in a show of support for the country as it battles to counter Russia’s invasion and strives to join the EU as well as NATO. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel,...