Tag: Russian invasion of Ukraine

“EU will never recognize illegal referendums and their falsified result”
European Union, Ukraine

“EU will never recognize illegal referendums and their falsified result”

Borrell accused Russia of wanting to "change Ukraine's internationally recognized borders by force, in clear and serious violation of the Charter of the United Nations." “The EU does not and will never recognize these illegal 'referendums' and their falsified outcome, nor any decision taken on the basis of this outcome and urges all UN members to do the same,” Borrell said in a statement on behalf of the 27. The official also accused Russia of wanting to "change Ukraine's internationally recognized borders by force, in clear and serious violation of the United Nations Charter". “The result is null and cannot produce any legal effect”, he stressed. Referendums, Borrell added, "have no legitimacy and blatantly violate international law and Russia's international obligations." Referendu...
Putin signs annexation treaties for the occupied territories tomorrow
Russia, Ukraine

Putin signs annexation treaties for the occupied territories tomorrow

At stake are four Ukrainian territories: Zaporyjia, Kherson, Lugansk and Donetsk. Russian President Vladimir Putin will sign, this Friday, the treaties of annexation of the occupied Ukrainian territories to Russia, announced the Kremlin. According to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, quoted by Russian news agency Tass, the signing ceremony of the agreements with the Russian Federation will be held on Friday at 15:00 (Moscow time). After that ceremony, Putin is expected to deliver a grand speech and also meet with the administrators appointed by Moscow for the regions in question, Peskov added. At stake are four regions - Zaporizhia, Kherson, Lugansk and Donetsk - where referendums organized by Moscow took place asking Ukrainians whether they approved the joining of their regions to th...
Zaporizhia: We were one step away from a radioactive disaster
Russia, Global Concerns, Ukraine

Zaporizhia: We were one step away from a radioactive disaster

The Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, the target of bombings of which Moscow and Kyiv mutually accuse each other, is "completely disconnected" from Ukraine's power grid after the damage to communication lines. Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky recently noted that "Russia has put Ukrainians and all Europeans one step closer to radioactive disaster." Zaporizhia nuclear power plant is disconnected from the electricity grid The two reactors of the plant in operation were disconnected from the grid. As a result, the actions of the Russians caused a total shutdown of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant from the electricity grid, for the first time in its history. Fires in the area of the Zaporizhia thermal power plant, located near the nuclear power plant of the same name in southern Ukrai...
Russia threatens to sever relations if it is classified by the US as a sponsor of terrorism
Russia

Russia threatens to sever relations if it is classified by the US as a sponsor of terrorism

Russia on Tuesday threatened the United States of America (USA) with a rupture of diplomatic relations if the country is declared a state sponsor of terrorism due to the Russian military campaign in Ukraine. "Any action provokes a reaction and the logical result of this irresponsible step could be the rupture of diplomatic relations," Russian diplomacy spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a press conference. The representative stressed that "Washington risks definitively crossing the point of no return with all the corresponding consequences". Zakharova assured that the legal initiative of US congressmen "contravenes international law". "It is possible that senators and congressmen will see it as a terrible punishment capable of forcing Russia to live according to a world order invented b...
‘Night Wolves’, pro-Putin biker group sanctioned by the European Union
Russia

‘Night Wolves’, pro-Putin biker group sanctioned by the European Union

The 'Night Wolves' were considered by the European Commission as a “nationalist motorcycle club” that has been “actively involved” in Russia's military campaign against Ukraine. The new package of European Union (EU) sanctions applied to Russia, adopted this week, includes restrictive measures on an additional 54 individuals and 10 entities for their involvement in the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Among those sanctioned is the biker group 'Night Wolves' and four of its leaders. The US magazine Fortune describes the club as "a gang of rowdy Hell's Angels-type bikers with a long history of supporting Russian President Vladimir Putin". According to the publication, in 2018 the group had more than 5,000 members spread across 45 branches in several countries, including Ramzan Kadyrov, lead...
Cereals. Agreement sealed between praise for Guterres and doubts about Russia
Ukraine, Russia

Cereals. Agreement sealed between praise for Guterres and doubts about Russia

Doubts about Russia's good faith in the agreement to export Ukrainian grain withheld overshadowed the signing of the documents today in Turkey, a long-awaited moment that earned António Guterres and the UN's mediation praise. The distrust between the Russian and Ukrainian parties was evident even in the highly choreographed signing ceremony: rejecting any agreement with invading Russia, Ukraine signed a separate "twin" agreement with Turkey and the UN. After two months of intense negotiations, the documents aim to create a control center in Istanbul, headed by representatives of the parties involved: a Ukrainian, a Russian, a Turkish, and a United Nations representative. These should establish the schedule for rotating ships in the Black Sea, starting with an inspection of ships carry...
Russia’s central bank predicts contraction of Russian economy between 4% and 6%
Russia

Russia’s central bank predicts contraction of Russian economy between 4% and 6%

The Central Bank of Russia (BCR) today predicted that the Russian economy will contract this year by between 4% and 6%, four points less than it estimated last April. In April, the BCR predicted a drop in Russian Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of between 8% and 10% in 2022 due to the impact of Western sanctions. After a regular meeting, at which the Board of Directors decided to reduce the interest rate by 150 basis points to 8%, the Russian monetary institution stated that "the external environment of the Russian economy remains complex and significantly restricts economic activity". in the country. "Overall, the real decline in economic activity in the second quarter is less pronounced than what the Bank of Russia assumed in June," the BCR said in a statement. According to the BCR, i...
MI6 chief says Russian spying capability has been halved
Global Concerns, Espionage, Russia

MI6 chief says Russian spying capability has been halved

The expulsion of agents and the arrest of several spies disguised as civilians across the continent "probably halved Russia's ability to spy in Europe," the M16 official said. The head of the British intelligence agency MI6, Richard Moore, said this Friday that the Russian espionage capacity in Europe has been halved after the expulsion of more than 400 agents. In a speech during the Security Forum held in Aspen, Colorado, quoted this Friday by CNN, Moore assured that it is because of this that the Russian invasion of Ukraine is “losing strength”. The expulsion of agents and the arrest of several spies disguised as civilians across the continent "probably halved Russia's ability to spy in Europe," he added. Source: With Agencies
Washington urges Moscow to implement grain export agreement
United States

Washington urges Moscow to implement grain export agreement

The United States today welcomed the agreement between Russia and Ukraine, to be signed in Istanbul on Friday, to allow grain exports blocked at Ukrainian ports and urged Moscow to implement it. State Department spokesman Ned Price stressed that, for Washington, the important thing now is to "hold Russia accountable for the implementation of this agreement and allow Ukrainian grain to reach world markets." "We were never supposed to be in this situation to begin with. It was a deliberate decision by Russia to use food as a weapon," he stressed, quoted by Agence France-Presse (AFP). Ned Price particularly applauded the diplomatic efforts of UN Secretary-General António Guterres and Turkey, which has often been at loggerheads with the United States in recent years over the Syria issue a...
Russia and Ukraine sign grain export deal on Friday
Turkey, Russia, Ukraine

Russia and Ukraine sign grain export deal on Friday

UN Secretary-General will be in Turkey this Thursday. Russia and Ukraine will sign the agreement on the export of cereals on Friday, according to a Turkish government source, quoted by Agence France-Presse. The announcement comes a day after Turkey's president said he wanted a written deal later this week. "The signing ceremony of the grain shipment agreement, which will be attended by [Turkish] President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and UN Secretary-General António Guterres, will be signed tomorrow at 4:30 pm [2:30 pm in Lisbon] at the Dolmabahçe Palace, with the participation of Ukraine and Russia", notes the text. The agreement was expected this week "An agreement began to emerge last week during talks in Istanbul last week. Now, we want this agreement to be in writing," reads a statemen...