Exclusive: Russians, Ukrainians meet in UAE to discuss prisoner swap, ammonia, sources say

RIYADH, Nov 24 (Reuters) – Representatives from Russia and Ukraine met in the United Arab Emirates last week to discuss the possibility of a prisoner-of-war swap that would be linked to a resumption of Russian ammonia exports, which go to Asia and Africa, via the Ukrainian pipeline, three sources with knowledge of the meeting said. … Read more

Weapons industry booms as Eastern Europe arms Ukraine

E. Europe arms companies step up production for Ukraine Hope to find new markets as defense spends rise Can produce and service Soviet-era and NATO-standard weaponry Poland, Czechs among big suppliers of military aid to Kyiv Industry’s history stretches from the 1800s and through the Cold War PRAGUE/WARSAW, Nov 24 (Reuters) – Eastern Europe’s arms … Read more

Some Russian commanders encouraged sexual violence, says lawyer advising Kyiv

KYIV, Nov 23 (Reuters) – There is evidence that Russian commanders in several instances were aware of sexual violence by military personnel in Ukraine “and in some cases, encouraging it or even ordering it,” according to an international criminal lawyer assisting Kyiv’s war crime investigations. British lawyer Wayne Jordash told Reuters that in some areas … Read more

Ukraine promises shelters for its people as winter sets in

‘Invincibility centres’ to provide heat, water, internet Power outages widespread as Russia targets electricity grid G7 to soon announce price cap on Russian oil – US official KYIV, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Ukraine promised shelters with heat and water and encouraged its people to save energy as a harsh winter loomed amid relentless Russian strikes … 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

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak visits Kyiv, announces new $89 million air-support package

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has promised 125 anti-aircraft guns and other air-defense technology as he made an unannounced visit to Ukraine’s snow-blanketed war-time capital for talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Key points: Rishi Sunak sought to reassure Volodymyr Zelenskyy there would be no change of stance in the UK’s support of Ukraine The … Read more

Russia’s ‘General Armageddon’ under pressure to deliver on battlefield after retreat

Top general argued for strategic but humiliating retreat Russian forces left west bank of River Dnipro as a result Russia war hawks rallied around General Sergei Surovikin But he’s now under pressure to show battlefield results LONDON, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Russia’s leading war hawks rallied behind the humiliating decision for Moscow’s forces to retreat … 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

How the Biden White House scrambled after Poland missile blast

WASHINGTON, Nov 18 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden has been adamant that the United States will back Ukraine in its nine-month fight to repel a Russian invasion. But he has insisted, “we will not fight the Third World War in Ukraine.” So when a missile struck a village in Poland near the Ukraine border on … Read more

APEC summit disrupted by North Korean ICBM test

North Korea tests missiles as leaders gather for summit Thai pro-democracy protesters tussle with police Thai PM calls for change for sustainable future BANGKOK, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Several Asia-Pacific leaders gathered for an economic summit in the Thai capital broke away from their meeting on Friday to condemn North Korea after it test-fired an … Read more