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Moscow reacts to Amnesty’s accusation against Ukraine

A report by Amnesty International, blaming Ukraine for placing its military assets in residential areas, only corroborates what Moscow has been saying throughout the conflict with Kiev, Maria Zakharova, Russia’s foreign ministry spokeswoman, has said. “We’ve been talking about this constantly, calling the actions of the Ukrainian armed forces the …

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Five killed in Donetsk shelling – DPR

A drama theater in central Donetsk came under artillery fire on Thursday morning, resulting in at least five deaths, according to preliminary reports citing DPR officials. The building was hosting a funeral ceremony for a female militia commander. According to Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) officials, some 10 projectiles hit the …

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Zelensky wants talks with China

Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky said on Thursday he would like to speak “directly” with Chinese leader Xi Jinping, as he urged Beijing to use its economic and political leverage to stop the conflict in his country. In an exclusive interview with the South China Morning Post, Zelensky noted that he …

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US Senate approves NATO expansion

The US Senate has voted overwhelmingly to ratify Sweden and Finland’s membership in the NATO alliance, another step toward expanding the US-led military bloc after its 30 members formally committed to the move.  Lawmakers approved the measure 95-1 on Wednesday, in what President Joe Biden called a “historic vote” which …

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China tests hypersonic missiles in Taiwan blockade drill – media

The large-scale military drills Beijing launched around Taiwan in response to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island involve the “use of advanced weapons,” including China’s state-of-the-art hypersonic DF-17 missiles, China’s Global Times newspaper reported on Wednesday. The ongoing exercises involve a “joint blockade, sea assault and land and …

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Legendary Soviet shops return to Russia

The Russian government has decided to open two specialty stores in Moscow and St. Petersburg, selling alcohol, tobacco, candy, cosmetics, jewelry, smartphones and watches. The duty-free establishments will take both rubles and foreign currencies. The twist is that only people with special documents will be able to shop there, just …

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Azerbaijan demands ‘demilitarization’ of Nagorno-Karabakh

The “demilitarization” of Nagorno-Karabakh remains an “absolute necessity,” the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said on Wednesday, as Baku carried out ‘Operation Revenge’ in the disputed region amid the latest spiral of tension between Azerbaijan and Armenia.  Baku has “repeatedly stated” that the continued presence of the Armenian troops and “illegal Armenian …

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Nord Stream turbine return impossible – Gazprom

Western sanctions and an inconsistency between the current situation and the obligations of Siemens make it impossible to supply a turbine for the Nord Stream 1 pipeline from Russia to Germany, Russian energy supplier Gazprom said on Wednesday. The missing turbine was the key reason for gas supply cuts.  Siemens …

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US clears heavy arms sales to Middle East state

The US State Department greenlit a potential sale of 300 Patriot missiles and related equipment to Saudi Arabia to bolster its defenses for an estimated cost of $3.05 billion, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said on Tuesday. The agency said that the kingdom requested to buy 300 Raytheon Technologies-made MIM-104E …

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