Former Wagner commander: ‘I am sorry for fighting in Ukraine’

Former Wagner commander escaped Russia to Norway 26-year-old took part in the fighting near Bakhmut Says he was scared of being executed by his own side Wants to testify about crimes in Ukraine OSLO, Feb 1 (Reuters) – A former commander of Russia’s Wagner mercenary group who fled to Norway told Reuters he wanted to … Read more

Western allies differ over jets for Ukraine as Russia claims gains

Biden says “no” when asked about F-16s for Ukraine Zelenskiy says Moscow seeks ‘big revenge’ Russian administrator claims foothold in Vuhledar Kyiv could recapture ground when Western weapons arrive – group KYIV, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s defense minister is expected in Paris on Tuesday to meet President Emmanuel Macron amid a debate among Kyiv’s … Read more

Explainer: Why is Turkey blocking Swedish and Finnish NATO membership?

STOCKHOLM, Jan 24 (Reuters) – Swedish and Finnish hopes of quickly joining NATO have run into an obstacle in the form of objections by Turkey, which holds veto powers over accession to the military alliance. The three nations reached an agreement on how to proceed in Madrid last June, but Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has … Read more

Exclusive: Europeans dial down the heating, heed calls to save energy

BERLIN, Jan 18 (Reuters) – Europeans have dialed down their heating this winter, apparently heeding government calls to conserve energy amid the Ukraine crisis, with some delaying switching it on by almost a month and setting the temperature lower, data shows. The data, from hundreds of thousands of smart thermometers installed in households across the … Read more

Exclusive: US weighs sending 100-mile strike weapon to Ukraine

WASHINGTON, Nov 28 (Reuters) – The Pentagon is considering a Boeing proposal to supply Ukraine with cheap, small precision bombs fitted onto abundantly available rockets, allowing Kyiv to strike far behind Russian lines as the West struggles to meet demand for more arms. US and allied military inventories are shrinking, and Ukraine faces an increasing … Read more

Ukraine braces for harsh winter as Russian strikes cripple power facilities

Ukrainians brace for winter with little or no heating Temperatures in several areas already below freezing Zelenskiy says half Ukraine’s power capacity crippled by Russia Kherson residents can express interest in moving elsewhere Ukraine: Russia bombing Kherson from across the river KYIV, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Ukrainians braced for a winter with little or no … Read more

‘Playing with fire’: UN warns as team to inspect damage at Ukraine nuclear plant

IAEA chief warns: ‘You’re playing with fire!’ after blasts Russia, Ukraine trade blame for shelling President Zelenskiy says eastern region hit by heavy artillery ‘Fiercest battles’ in Donetsk region, Zelenskiy says LONDON/LVIV, Ukraine, Nov 21 (Reuters) – The head of the UN nuclear watchdog has warned that whoever fired artillery at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power … Read more

EXCLUSIVE In letter, Sweden lists ‘concrete actions’ on Turkey’s concerns over NATO bid

Sweden said it had stepped up efforts against Kurdish militants Says it will address pending extradition requests Letter meant to demonstrate Sweden’s commitment to pledges Sweden asked to join NATO after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine Turkey initially vetoed, accusing Sweden of harboring militants ISTANBUL, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Sweden has taken “concrete action” to address … Read more

Nord Stream ruptures revealed as Europe grapples with gas plan

Nord Stream leaks discovered in late September Newspaper reports what it calls first images of damage EU to propose energy measures, avoid immediate gas price cap EU seeks to launch new gas price benchmark, joint purchases COPENHAGEN/BRUSSELS , Oct 18 (Reuters) – Damage to the Nord Stream gas pipeline from Russia to Europe was caused … Read more

EXCLUSIVE Schlumberger faces employee backlash in Russia over draft cooperation

Oct 14 (Reuters) – Some of oilfield service firm Schlumberger’s (SLB.N) more than 9,000 Russian employees have begun receiving military draft notices through work, and the company is not authorizing remote employment to escape mobilization, according to people familiar with the matter and internal documents. Schlumberger’s cooperation with authorities by delivering the military call-ups and … Read more