Russian Officials Vow to Retaliate Against Latvia Over Terror Sponsor Label

Latvia’s parliament has moved to designate Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism over Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine—and the Kremlin does not appear to be taking it well. Russia is committing a “genocide against the Ukrainian people,” Latvian MPs said in a statement Thursday, according to AFP. Russia “uses suffering and intimidation … Read more

Ukraine struggles to retake Kherson before Russia annexes it Russia-Ukraine war News

As the 24th week of the Russia-Ukraine war grinds on, both parties appear stuck in a military deadlock. Ukraine’s counteroffensive in the southern Kherson region has not made any territorial advances and Russia’s offensive in the eastern Donetsk region seems to have sputtered to a halt despite daily shelling, bombings and attempts at attacks along … Read more

What happens if Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant explodes? | Russia-Ukraine war News

EXPLAINER While an explosion is not impossible, experts say the greatest concern is in the leak of radiation that could come as a result of the Russia-Ukraine war. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has raised alarms about the shelling that is taking place at the Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine, saying the … Read more

How Vladimir Putin Is Pushing Russian Army Bosses Through a ‘Meat Grinder’ of Death in Ukraine

Russia has now lost at least 100 senior officers since it invaded Ukraine earlier this year, according to some tallies. It’s a devastating milestone for Moscow—and just the latest indication that Vladimir Putin’s war effort in Ukraine is wavering. In the past two days alone, three senior Russian officers were reported dead: Lt. Colonel Nikolay … Read more

Shrouded in secrecy for years, Russia’s Wagner Group opens up Russia-Ukraine war News

On paper, the Wagner Group, a Russian network providing fighters for hire, does not exist. It does not file tax returns, its alleged backers deny any connection to it and officially, private military companies (PMCs) are illegal in Russia. “Mercenaries have no official status, so they don’t have the same rights or guarantees as an … Read more

FAO food price index fell sharply in July but the respite may not last

Farmers harvest a wheat field near Melitopol in Ukraine. Wheat, soybean, sugar, and corn futures have fallen from their March highs back to prices seen at the start of 2022. Olga Maltseva Afp | Getty Images Food prices dropped significantly in July from the previous month, particularly the costs of wheat and vegetable oil, according … Read more

The Ukrainians Are Hitting The Russians Where They Aren’t

The Ukrainian army’s 93rd Brigade around Izium. Ukrainian defense ministry photo The Russian army in Ukraine apparently is shifting a third of its forces in eastern Ukraine to southern Ukraine in order to defend against Ukrainian attacks in the south. But that’s exposing gaps in Russian defenses in the east. And now the Ukrainian army … Read more

Russian weapons in Ukraine ‘powered’ by Western parts: Report | Russia-Ukraine war News

More than 450 foreign-made components have been found in Russian weapons recovered in Ukraine, evidence that Moscow acquired critical technology from companies in the United States, Europe and Asia in the years before the invasion, according to a new report. Since the start of the war five months ago, the Ukrainian military has captured or … Read more

Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia: UN chief condemns ‘suicidal’ shelling around nuclear plant

CNN — United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres described recent artillery and rocket fire around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in central Ukraine as “suicidal,” further adding to fears of an accident at the plant, which is the largest of its kind in Europe. “Any attack on nuclear power plants is a suicidal thing,” Guterres told reporters … Read more

‘Putin’s Chef’ Yevgeny Prigozhin Is Touring Prisons for Wagner Recruits to Fight in Ukraine, Reports Say

A sanctioned Russian businessman and close Putin ally linked to the notorious Wagner Group has reportedly been personally touring Russian prisons and recruiting inmates to join the fight in Ukraine. That’s according to new reporting out Saturday by the independent outlet Mediazona, which interviewed two inmates held in different facilities in different regions of Russia. … Read more