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Minsk deal was used to buy time – former Ukrainian president

Petro Poroshenko has admitted that the 2015 ceasefire in Donbass, which he negotiated with Russia, France and Germany as president of Ukraine, was merely a distraction intended to buy time for Kiev to rebuild its military. He made the comments in interviews with several news outlets this week, including Germany’s …

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Putin to give ‘extremely important’ speech at SPIEF 2022

Russian President Vladimir Putin will deliver a speech at the annual St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) on Friday. It will be his first major appearance before an international audience since Russia launched its military campaign in Ukraine in late February. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that Putin’s speech …

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Warplane crashes in Russian region bordering Ukraine

A Sukhoi Su-25 close air support jet crashed in Russia’s Belgorod region on Friday. The military said the pilot ejected and was rescued, after the plane went down due to a technical malfunction.  Local authorities said the plane hit the ground in the Korochansky district, located to the northeast of …

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Baltics won’t get NATO divisions – Reuters

The three Baltic states have called on NATO to send more troops into the region amid fears of a Russian attack, urging the US-led bloc to bolster its presence as much as tenfold, but officials from other member nations say it’s doubtful the requests will be fulfilled.  The organization remains skeptical …

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Israel secretly coordinates Syria airstrikes with the US – WSJ

Israeli strikes against Iranian-linked targets in Syria have been carried out with the secret approval of the US military, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have been coordinating their attacks on Syrian targets with the Pentagon and US Central Command, the Wall Street Journal reported …

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New Chelsea owner predicts threats & opportunities

The financial potential of Chelsea can be developed even further but the so-called ‘Big Six’ English football clubs will have to contend with the rise of Saudi-backed Newcastle United, according to new Blues owner Todd Boehly. Boehly and private equity firm Clearlake Capital completed their £4.25 billion ($5.2 billion) takeover …

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Russia should rethink its export-driven economy – central bank

The Russian government should reconsider the way the nation’s export-dependent economy is functioning under the current circumstances, according to the country’s central bank governor Elvira Nabiullina. Speaking at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on Thursday, Nabiullina said that a “substantial part” of the country’s industry should work for the …

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UK food prices could spike at 15% this summer

Food price inflation in the UK is expected to peak at up to 15% this summer, according to the latest report released by a grocery research body. It warned that the record-high prices would linger on for another year. In its latest report, the Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD) said …

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Swiss teambuilding event ends up injuring dozens – media

A firewalking activity at a teambuilding event on Tuesday in the Swiss canton of Zurich has gone horribly wrong, resulting in 25 people being injured, including 13 seriously, local media have reported. An internal corporate event turned into what the local police have called a “major operation” for the medical …

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