As referendums wrap up, Russia issues new nuclear warning to Ukraine, West – National

An ally of President Vladimir Putin issued a stark new nuclear warning to Ukraine and the West on Tuesday as referendums billed by Russia as a prelude to it annexing four Ukrainian regions entered their fifth and final day. Moscow’s latest broadside came as European countries rushed to investigate unexplained leaks in two Russian natural … Read more

War crimes have been committed in Ukraine, says UN-mandated inquiry – National

War crimes including rape, torture and confinement of children have been committed in Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine, the head of a UN-mandated investigation body said on Friday. Ukraine and its Western allies allege a litany of rights abuses by Russian soldiers since the Feb. 24 invasion, but Moscow denies that as a smear campaign. “Based … Read more

Russians fleeing mobilization order arrive at Finland’s border: ‘I just wanted to be safe’ – National

Traffic into Finland across its southeastern border with Russia was heavy on Friday, border guards told Reuters, adding that the number of Russians who entered the previous day was more than double the amount who arrived the week before. Finland is considering barring most Russians from entering as the volume of arrivals from its eastern … Read more

Russians rush to flee nation after Putin orders partial military mobilization – National

Large numbers of Russians rushed to book one-way tickets out of the country while they still could Wednesday after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization of military reservists for the war in Ukraine. Flights filled up quickly and the prices of tickets for remaining connections sky-rocketed, apparently driven by fears that Russia’s borders … Read more

Beyond Meat exec arrested for allegedly biting a man’s nose

Beyond Meat suspended its chief operating officer after he was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of biting a man’s nose during a fight following an Arkansas football game. Police arrested the vegan food purveyor’s COO Doug Ramsey on charges of “terroristic threatening” and third-degree battery on Saturday night. Ramsey was released on an $11,000 … Read more

Mostly civilians make up mass grave site in Ukraine’s Izium: police chief – National

Most of the people buried in a mass grave discovered in the eastern Ukrainian city of Izium are civilians, Ukraine’s police chief said on Friday, based on a preliminary estimate. Earlier, Ukrainian authorities said they had found a mass grave containing 440 bodies in Izium, a former Russian frontline stronghold, and said this was proof … Read more

Russia will stop selling oil to countries that set price caps, Kremlin says – National

The Kremlin said on Friday that Russia would stop selling oil to countries that impose price caps on Russia’s energy resources – caps that Moscow said would lead to significant destabilization of the global oil market. “Companies that impose a price cap will not be among the recipients of Russian oil,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov … Read more

Russia to launch wide-ranging military drills with China, India and others – National

Russia said Monday it will launch sweeping military drills in the country’s east that will involve forces from China – a show of increasingly close defense ties between Moscow and Beijing amid tensions with the West over the Kremlin’s action in Ukraine. The Russian Defense Ministry said that the Vostok 2022 (East 2022) exercise will … Read more

Nord Stream turbine return puts focus on pipeline parts as energy crisis looms – National

Tension over giant turbines that Moscow blames for the reduction of flows via the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline has put the focus on the equipment it needs to operate. The crucial part is SGT-A65, a Siemens Energy turbine that is 12 meters long, weighs 20 tonnes, and needs to be transported back to Gazprom’s … Read more

Russian forces continue barrage of Ukraine’s Donetsk region – National

Ukrainian forces reported heavy Russian shelling and attempts to advance on several towns in the eastern region of Donetsk that has become a key focus of the near six-month war, but said they had repelled many of the attacks. The General Staff of Ukraine’s armed forces also reported Russian shelling of more than a dozen … Read more