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Russian ‘strike force’ builds around Zelenskyy’s hometown; fears grow for ‘out of control’ nuclear power plant

Russian forces feeling the threat from Ukraine’s Western-supplied weapons, UK notes A Ukrainian army unit shows the rockets on HIMARS vehicle in eastern Ukraine on July 1, 2022. The Washington Post | The Washington Post | Getty Images Ukraine’s offensive to retake occupied territory in the south of the country and its use of Western-supplied […]

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‘It’s just hell’: Ukraine says Russia has the advantage in battle for the Donbas; grain ship safely arrives in Turkey

Cease-fire could follow grain export deal, former German chancellor says Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin with former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder in 2011. Sasha Mordovets | Getty Images News | Getty Images Germany’s former chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, who has close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, has said Russia wants a negotiated solution to the […]

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U.S. fears Russia is using a ‘nuclear shield’ in Ukraine; Zelenskyy calls grain shipment a ‘positive signal’

Russia faces ‘economic oblivion’ Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a plenary session at the Strong Ideas for a New Time forum held by Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI) in Moscow, Russia July 20, 2022. Alexey Maishev | Kremlin | Sputnik | via Reuters Russia is facing “economic oblivion” in the long-term because of international sanctions […]

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Ukraine’s first grain shipment in months leaves port; Putin says navy will be armed with hypersonic missiles

Russia says it has little ability to help with Nord Stream 1 repair View of pipe systems and shut-off devices at the gas receiving station of the Nord Stream 1 Baltic Sea pipeline. Picture Alliance | Picture Alliance | Getty Images There is little Russia can do to help with urgent repairs required to malfunctioning […]

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Top U.S., Russian diplomats speak about detained Americans, grain deal; Ukraine denies missile strike on Donbas prison

White House hints that it’s preparing a new military aid package for Ukraine Ukrainian servicemen taking part in the armed conflict with Russia-backed separatists in Donetsk region of the country attend the handover ceremony of military heavy weapons and equipment in Kiev on November 15, 2018. Sergei Supinsky | AFP | Getty Images The White […]

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How US-made mobile-rocket artillery could change the battlefield in Ukraine

Artillery has quickly become the most important weapon in Ukraine’s war with Russia. Ukrainian forces have begun to use newer Western artillery, like the M777 Howitzer, in the battlefield. But a different kind of weapon has had a bigger impact. The American-made High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, aka HIMARS, has been a major high-tech upgrade […]

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Ukraine’s counter-offensive in Kherson ‘gathering momentum’; UK advisor warns of nuclear risk

U.K. advisor warns of accidental nuclear escalation Stephen Lovegrove, the U.K.’s national security advisor, warned of the accidental escalation of a nuclear war with Russia or China, saying that global communication channels from the Cold War are no longer available. “The Cold War’s two monolithic blocks of the USSR and NATO – though not without […]

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Ukrainian forces reportedly attack key Russian supply route into occupied Kherson; Moscow wages gas ‘price terror’ on Europe

Ukraine reportedly shells bridge supply route into occupied Kherson Ukraine’s armed forces have reportedly shelled the Antonivskyy Bridge that leads into Russian-occupied Kherson in southern Ukraine. The armed forces posted a video on social messaging site Telegram last night purportedly showing several missiles striking the bridge, one of several that lead into Kherson, which was […]

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EU reaches compromise over energy rationing as Putin squeezes gas supplies further

EU energy rationing only binding in an emergency The compromise reached by EU member states means that they would be binding in an emergency, but would initially exempt some nations and some industries. Here’s the key paragraph in the EU’s press release: Whereas all EU countries will use their best efforts to meet the reductions, […]

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Wheat prices rise after Odesa attack; Russia says it targeted Ukraine military

Russia’s Gazprom further reduces gas flow of Nord Stream 1 pipeline, citing repairs Nord Stream 1 provider said gas flows have resumed after maintenance works. Hannibal Hanschke | Reuters Russia’s Gazprom said it would further reduce natural gas flows through a major pipeline to Europe to 20% of capacity, citing repairs of equipment. The Russian […]