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Why it matters if Russia’s nuclear weapons exercises occur in Crimea

The Russian military has announced the start of tactical nuclear weapons exercises. Russia’s Southern Military District, which has its headquarters 60 miles east of Ukraine in Rostov-on-Don, is in charge of these exercises. That command holds responsibility for operations in Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Crimean Peninsula. These nuclear exercises are primarily designed to intimidate the European Union […]

Who Is Russia’s New Defence Minister Andrei Belousov, Putin’s Surprise Pick

In 2000, Belousov was appointed to the non-staff of the Russian Prime Minister (File) Moscow: More than two years after the start of the war in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed a surprise new defense minister, appointing Andrei Belousov, a civilian and former deputy prime minister specializing in economics, as defense minister, the Kremlin […]

Stealing Russia’s Assets to Pay for the War in Ukraine

It has been quite a while since we addressed the issue of the war to defend Ukraine’s borders.  Making predictions can prove painful when you put them in print.  But our assertion some time ago was that Ukraine would not likely prevail in a war against a larger adversary when the West will not widen […]

7 Killed As Bus Crashes Into River In Russia’s St Petersburg: Cops

Police said there were about 20 people on the bus. (representative) Moscow: A bus carrying an estimated 20 people crashed into a river in the northern Russian city of St. Petersburg on Friday, killing seven people, authorities said. “The number of people killed in a bus falling into the Moika River has increased to seven,” […]

Russia’s Putin Sworn in for Fifth Term as President

Associated Press — President Vladimir Putin began his fifth term with a glittering inauguration of the Kremlin on Tuesday, after annihilating his political opponents and starting a devastating war in Ukraine, concentrating all power in his hands. He began another six years as Russia’s leader. In a ceremony held in the gilded Kremlin palace, President […]

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky Added In Russia’s Wanted List: Report

Russia has issued arrest warrants for a number of Ukrainian politicians since the start of the civil war. (File) Moscow: Russia has filed criminal charges against Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and placed him on the wanted list, state news agency TASS reported on Saturday, citing an Interior Ministry database. The cited entry does not provide […]

In Beijing, Antony Blinken Confronts China Over “Powering” Russia’s War

Blinken’s visit brought little progress on other contentious issues US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday expressed concern about China’s support for Russia’s military, one of a number of issues that threaten recent improved relations between the world’s largest economies. Blinken raised the issue during a 5-1/2-hour meeting with China’s top diplomat Wang Yi […]