Ukraine can still supply troops in battered Bakhmut, the army says

KYIV, March 18 (Reuters) – Ukrainian troops outside the battered eastern city of Bakhmut are managing to hold off Russian units so ammunition, food, equipment and medicines can be delivered to defenders, the army said on Saturday. And in the latest claim that Kiev inflicted heavy casualties, Kiev said its troops had killed 193 Russians … Read more

As a show of unity, NATO and EU leaders visit the North Sea gas platform

TROLL A PLATFORM, North Sea, March 17 (Reuters) – Heads of NATO and the European Commission flew to a platform in the North Sea on Friday to discuss security of supply and infrastructure, a visit that underlined Norway’s importance to gas transports since the invasion from Russia in Ukraine. The Troll A platform extracts gas … Read more

ICC judges issue arrest warrant for Putin for war crimes in Ukraine

AMSTERDAM, March 17 (Reuters) – The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday issued an arrest warrant against Russian President Vladimir Putin, accusing him of responsibility for the war crime of the illegal deportation of children from Ukraine. Moscow has repeatedly denied allegations that its troops committed atrocities during its year-long invasion of its neighbour. The … Read more

Slovakia sends MIG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine – PM

March 17 (Reuters) – Slovakia on Friday became Ukraine’s second ally to supply MIG-29 fighter jets, which Kiev says are crucial to fighting off Russia’s years-long invasion. Slovakia joined Poland, which announced delivery of the planes on Thursday. Both NATO members border Ukraine. The fleet of 11 MiG-29 aircraft was decommissioned last summer and most … Read more

China hopes Russia and Ukraine will hold peace talks, a senior Chinese diplomat says

BEIJING, March 16 (Reuters) – China is concerned about an escalation of the war in Ukraine and hopes that Moscow and Kiev will hold peace talks, senior Chinese diplomat Qin Gang told his Ukrainian counterpart in a telephone conversation on Thursday. China, which has refrained from condemning Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, has urged … Read more

Turkey plans to ratify Finland’s NATO bid ahead of May polls – sources

The Finnish president will visit Turkey on Thursday Finland and Sweden applied to join NATO after the invasion of Ukraine Turkey is likely to give Finland the green light before Sweden ANKARA, March 15 (Reuters) – The Turkish parliament will “most likely” ratify Finland’s bid to join NATO before mid-April, two Turkish officials told Reuters … Read more

North of Bakhmut, another major battle tests Ukraine’s defenses

There is also heavy fighting in the front line north of Bakhmut Small profits from Russians around Kreminna come at a high cost The Ukrainian battalion says the attacks have intensified Commander defending the front sees danger of encirclement He expects a Ukrainian counter-offensive in April NEAR KREMINNA, March 15 (Reuters) – From a small, … Read more

Putin says Germany remains “occupied”.

March 14 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said Germany’s response to the explosion of pipelines in the North Sea showed that the country remained “occupied” decades after its surrender at the end of World War II and was incapable of independent to act. Putin, interviewed on Russian television, also said that European leaders were … Read more

Russia, Ukraine compete for Bakhmut; Moscow says grain deal extended

Ukrainian Zelensky vows to ‘destroy’ Russia in Bakhmut Bakhmut has lived through the toughest war battles ICC seeks arrest warrants for Russian officials – source Russia says Black Sea grain deal will be extended automatically NEAR KREMINNA, Ukraine, March 14 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s future depends on the outcome of the fighting in the east, including … Read more

Russia is proposing to extend the Black Sea grain deal for a shorter term

Russia ready to extend deal, but for shorter term Moscow says sanctions have created barriers to its exports Deal aimed at preventing the global food crisis GENEVA, March 13 (Reuters) – Moscow is proposing to extend a deal allowing the safe export of grain from Ukraine’s Black Sea ports, but only for a period of … Read more