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Russia claims NATO using war games to ‘prepare for conflict’

NATO’s largest exercise since the Cold War are being held near Russia's border, indicating that the US-led bloc is “seriously preparing” for a potential conflict with Moscow, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has stated.

Some EU states still consider Russia ‘good friend’: Top diplomat

High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, has admitted that not every EU member state agrees to view Russia as Europe’s “most existential threat”. He argued that such differences are jeopardizing the bloc’s policies, especially the resolve to provide military aid to Ukraine.

Ukrainians abroad furious over pressure to go home and fight against Russia: Report

The Ukrainian government is angering its citizens living abroad by its attempts to pressure them to return, enlist in the military, and fight Russian army, according to The Washington Post.

Russia warns West of ‘retaliatory blow’

Any Western-backed Ukrainian attack against "Russia’s Crimean Bridge or Crimea itself" will be met with a powerful revenge strike from Moscow, Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has cautioned.

Pro-Palestine students set up encampments at UK universities

Pro-Palestine students at campuses across the United Kingdom have set up encampments demanding that their academic institutions divest from companies involved in the weapons trade with Israel amid the war in the Gaza Strip.

Ukrainian FM accuses US of insufficient support amid Russia attacks

Western nations are lagging behind Russia in their endeavours to step up defense production, leading to doubts about the ability of the US and its allies to maintain the current world order, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba has argued.

Kremlin: US claims over Russia’s engagement in banned warfare against Ukraine baseless

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has rejected claims by Washington that Moscow has engaged in chemical warfare in the Ukraine conflict.

US imposes sanctions on hundreds of individuals, firms over Russia’s war in Ukraine

The United States has put new sanctions on hundreds of individuals and firms linked to Russia’s war in Ukraine, accusing Moscow of illegally using chemical weapons against Kiev forces.

Iran says welcomes talks with EU to enhance mutual cooperation

The Iranian foreign minister, in a phone conversation with the European Union foreign policy chief, said Tehran welcomes continuation of talks with the bloc to further advance mutual cooperation.

Ukrainian official says F-16s could arrive in Kiev this month

US-made F-16 fighter jets could start arriving in Ukraine as early as this month, a senior Ukrainian military official has stated.

Russia says attacked Ukrainian military HQ

Russia has carried out a strike on the Ukrainian military headquarters commanding troops in the southern sector of the front, the Defense Ministry in Moscow announced Wednesday.

US claims Russia ties embolden North Korea

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has raised the alarm over North Korea’s increasing strategic cooperation with Russia. He stated the burgeoning alliance has boosted leader Kim Jong-un’s confidence.

Creation of Palestinian state ‘has got harder’ due to Israeli settlements in West Bank: UK

British Foreign Secretary David Cameron has addressed key issues concerning the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, emphasizing the impact of Israel's settlements on the viability of a Palestinian state.

European countries expected to recognize Palestinian statehood by end of May: Top diplomat

Several European member states are expected to recognize Palestinian statehood by the end of May, the EU’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell stated on Monday at the sidelines of a World Economic Forum special meeting in Riyadh.

Ukraine running out of soldiers to fight Russian army: Report

The number and frequency of Ukrainian troops receiving training in US bases in Western Europe has dropped to almost zero in the last months, suggesting that Kiev is running out of men to fight Russian forces, US officials have told the Washington Post.

EU says Europeans won’t die for Ukraine’s Donbass

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has insisted that member states of the bloc don’t want their citizens to die in the Russia-Ukraine conflict, but that the bloc will keep supporting Kiev with military and financial aid.

Ukraine admits ‘tactical’ retreat from 3 villages

The Russian Army has continued their push further westward from Donetsk, forcing Ukrainian units to pull back from three more villages under heavy attacks by multiple brigades, Kiev’s top general has conceded.

Zelensky says working on getting long-term assistance package from US

The latest US aid package for Kiev, which was only approved by the US Congress after more than six months of partisan feuding, might be small potatoes compared to what Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has in mind for his biggest benefactor.

Russia says its response to West’s seizure of frozen assets to be tough

Moscow will give a harsh response if the West opts to seize its frozen assets, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has stated.

Ukraine downplays military death toll to avoid disrupting recruitment campaign: Report

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky statement about the military death count had to be presented as lower in order not to scare off mobilized citizens amid recruitment issues, The Washington Post has reported, citing a Ukrainian lawmaker who spoke on condition of anonymity.

British troops may be deployed in Gaza under guise of aid delivery: Report

A report has revealed that UK forces may be deployed on the ground in the besieged Gaza Strip under the guise of supporting aid deliveries once a new sea route opens next month.

Russia: US prolonging Ukraine conflict, UK blocking peace deal

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said Ukraine abandoned a draft peace treaty with Russia in 2022 under British pressure. Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has also stated the US is behind the Ukraine conflict and is deliberately trying to prolong the fighting.

Russia says repelled Ukraine drone raid on energy infrastructure

Russia repelled a wave of attempted Ukrainian drone strikes on oil refineries and energy infrastructures in the southern Krasnodar Region on Saturday, the local governor said Saturday.

US secretly shipped long-range ATACMS missiles to Ukraine: Report

Washington secretly sent Kiev an unspecified number of longer-range ATACMS missiles last month, an anonymous US government official has confirmed.

US announces $1 billion military aid package for Ukraine

The U.S. Defense Department announced a $1 billion package for Ukraine shortly after President Joe Biden signed a national security supplemental into law, aiming to deliver critical artillery rounds and air defense munitions to Kyiv in the war with Russia.

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