G7 Summit: Zelensky and Fumio Kishida lay wreaths at Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima

Russian President Vladimir Putin is sending more troops to Bakhmut, Ukraine’s Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malyar said on Monday, despite claims that Russia had captured the town.

Mr Putin congratulated his troops after the Wagner Group claimed its mercenaries had seized the border city of Donetsk with “practically no” help from the Russian military.

However, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told the G7 conference on Sunday that Russia no longer held the city.

“Bakhmut is not occupied by the Russian Federation to this day. There are not two or three interpretations of those words,” he said.

Maliar claimed that Ukrainian troops are still advancing on the flanks of the eastern Ukrainian city, but that the “intensity” of their movement has decreased and Russia is bringing in more forces.

In televised comments, he said that Ukraine had a small foothold inside Bakhmut, denying Russia’s claim that it had taken full control of the town.

The city has been at the center of a long-running bloody conflict between Russian and Ukrainian forces for the past nine months.


ICYMI: Biden pledges ‘shared and unwavering commitment’ to stand with Ukraine at G7 summit

Biden pledges ‘shared and unwavering commitment’ to stand with Ukraine at G7 summit

joe middletonMay 23, 2023 02:00


‘Family photos’ of world summit reflect Putin’s isolation

They are known as “family photos”, images of world leaders in mock relaxation during global summits.

And like the pictures of a family that has estranged a dysfunctional member, recent “family photos” from the G7 and G8 – the world’s most industrialized nations – show how ostracized Russian President Vladimir Putin has been. .

The Russian president has faced unprecedented international isolation since he invaded Ukraine in February 2022. An International Criminal Court arrest warrant hangs over his head and his prospects for traveling to multiple destinations, including those seen as allies of Moscow, are clouded.

joe middletonMay 23, 2023 01:00


Rare earths, Ukraine top agenda in French President Macron’s historic visit to Mongolia

Access to rare earth minerals and Russia’s war against Ukraine top the agenda of French President Emmanuel Macron’s historic visit to Mongolia.

Macron met his Mongolian counterpart Ukhnagin Khurelsukh in the capital Ulaanbaatar on Sunday and promised cooperation on the extraction and trade of minerals used in satellites, cell phones and other key technology.

It was the first visit by a French head of state to Mongolia, a landlocked democracy of 3 million people twice the size of Texas sandwiched between Russia and China.

joe middleton22 May 2023 23:59


Who Are The Wagner Group And Why Are They So Involved In Ukraine?

Vladimir Putin has relied on military contractors to claim victory in Ukraine, but his leader’s apparent dispatch has increasingly rattled the Moscow establishment, writes Liam James.

joe middleton22 May 2023 23:00


Head of Russia’s Wagner Group claims to have captured Bakhmut

WATCH: Russia’s Wagner Group chief claims to have captured Bakhmut

joe middleton22 May 2023 22:30


South Korea, EU agree to step up pressure on Russia, condemn North Korea’s missile tests

The leaders of South Korea and the European Union agreed on Monday to step up pressure on Russia over the war against Ukraine and condemn North Korea’s ballistic missile tests.

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol meets with European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in Seoul after attending the weekend summit of the Group of Seven major industrialized countries in Hiroshima, Japan.

“We agree to maintain and increase collective pressure on Russia, in particular through effective implementation of relevant restrictive measures,” they said in a joint statement. “We are committed to supporting Ukraine’s recovery and reconstruction and will remain committed to supporting Ukraine for as long as it takes.”

joe middleton22 May 2023 21:45


Ukraine’s cultural counterculture: the rush to destroy Russian monuments

The erasure of the past has prompted a debate not unlike the one in the UK and US: how to combat a sinister history with physical monuments? Ruby Mellon, Joan Murphy, Konstantin Khudov And cassia streak Report.

joe middleton22 May 2023 21:00


Power failure at Ukraine’s nuclear plant feared after Russia’s shelling

Ukraine’s Zaporizhia nuclear power plant was left without power today after Russian shelling, the UN nuclear watchdog has said.

Rafael Grossi, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), appealed for the safety of the plant after warning the situation was “extremely vulnerable”.

He said the plant was forced to switch to emergency diesel generators after losing its external power supply for the seventh time since Vladimir Putin launched the invasion.

joe middleton22 May 2023 20:00


Putin has shattered Bakhmut. Why does he want it so badly?

Even if Russia and its mercenaries, the Wagner Group, did eventually capture the city, its loss would be neither the moral nor the strategic victory Russia desperately needed, writes Kit McDonald.

joe middleton22 May 2023 19:15


Attempt to stabilize conflict in Ukraine is wrong, says Sunak

The prime minister has said that attempts to “stabilize” the conflict in Ukraine are “absolutely wrong” and must be “outed”.

Rishi Sunak was responding to former Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn, who made the case for a ceasefire.

The prime minister said he could not disagree more with Mr Corbyn, an independent MP, and said a temporary suspension of fighting would not result in a “just and lasting peace” for Ukraine.

joe middleton22 May 2023 18:29

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