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Ukrainian strike in Donetsk kills 3 civilians – officials

At least three civilians were killed in the Ukrainian shelling of northwestern Donetsk, the local territorial defense force said on Friday. One of the Ukrainian projectiles hit a regular bus carrying people home from work, authorities said, adding that the bus was “destroyed.” Photos and videos that surfaced on social …

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US officials voice DNA biowarfare fears

Biosamples gathered by various DNA testing services could be sold and used to develop bioweapons specifically tailored to target certain groups or even individuals, US lawmakers have claimed at the Aspen Security Forum – echoing concerns long voiced by Russian officials. “There are now weapons under development, and developed, that …

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Zelensky explains why he fired Ukraine’s top security officials

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday fired Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova and the SBU boss Ivan Bakanov, citing allegedly rampant “treason” in both services. “As of today, some 651 criminal cases have been registered on high treason and collaboration activities of employees of the prosecutor’s office, pre-trial investigation bodies, and …

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‘Go f**k yourselves’ Zelensky office tells Western officials

Ukrainian presidential advisor Alexey Arestovich resorted to obscene language to criticize those in the West urging Kiev to cede part of the country’s territory to Russia for the sake of peace. “Go f**k yourselves with such proposals, you dumb f**ks, to trade Ukrainian territory a little bit! Are you f**king …

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Civilians killed in Donetsk shelling – officials

More civilians have been killed and hurt in Donetsk after two straight days of shelling by Ukraine, officials from the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) said on Tuesday. Two people were killed and five wounded, including a child, in the city’s northern Kievsky district, DPR officials said. They added that four …

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US officials slapped with sanctions

Iran has announced sanctions against an additional 24 Americans, including officials who served in former President Donald Trump’s administration, for allegedly supporting terrorism and human rights violations. Iran’s Foreign Ministry announced the measures on Saturday, saying they stem from efforts by US officials to impose or intensify “criminal sanctions” against …

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China to restrict visas for US officials

China has decided to restrict visas for a number of US officials in response to similar measures introduced by Washington earlier this month over alleged human rights abuses. “The Chinese side decided to impose retaliatory visa restrictions on certain US officials who spread lies on the issue of human rights, …

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Ukrainian officials ‘cautiously optimistic’ after talks with Biden

Ukrainian Defense Minister Alexey Reznikov has said he is feeling “cautiously optimistic” following talks with key US government figures, led by President Joe Biden, in the Polish capital, Warsaw, on Saturday. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, and Secretary of State Antony Blinken also joined the meeting, along with Kiev’s Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba. Speaking afterwards …

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Polish, Swiss sports officials announce Russia boycott plans

Athletes from Poland and Switzerland will boycott the International Swimming Federation (FINA) 2022 World Championships if Russia and Belarus are allowed to participate, claiming that competing against the two countries is inconceivable because of the attack on Ukraine. FINA is one of a diminishing number of sporting organizations not to have announced sanctions …

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