Ukraine frets about US midterms – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article There is mounting anxiety about what Tuesday’s American midterm elections may mean for Ukraine and U.S. support for the country, amid fears that a Republican surge could weaken American backing for Kyiv. Ukrainian officials and lawmakers are scrutinizing the opinion polls and parsing the comments of their counterparts. … Read more

UK slams Russian claim British Navy had part in Nord Stream blasts – POLITICO

The British Navy stands accused by the Russian government, without evidence, of blowing up the Nord Stream natural gas pipeline under the Baltic Sea, a claim the U.K. rejected as “false.” “According to available information, representatives … of the British Navy took part in the planning, provision and implementation of a terrorist attack in the … Read more

Hungary to ratify NATO bids of Sweden, Finland by year end: Minister – POLITICO

Hungary’s government supports the NATO membership of Sweden and Finland and has submitted the ratification documents to the National Assembly, Minister Gergely Gulyás told reporters at a briefing on Saturday. Gulyás, chief of staff to Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, said the expansion of NATO to include the two Nordic countries would be ratified by mid-December … Read more

Donetsk city hall bombing adds to string of setbacks for the Kremlin – POLITICO

A pro-Moscow official in the occupied Ukrainian region of Donetsk claimed that the mayor’s office in the separatist-controlled territory had been hit by Ukrainian rockets on Sunday. “According to incoming information, today at 7:37 [6:37 a.m. in CET] there was a direct hit by enemy ordnance on Donetsk’s city administration building,” Alexey Kulemzin, who has … Read more

Putin’s losing. Now what? – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article A losing Vladimir Putin is lashing out, reaching for ever-more-venomous schemes and forcing western capitals to war-game his murderous scenarios. The Russian president is terrorizing Ukrainians in cities far removed from the war’s front lines. He’s suspected of ordering the sabotage of gas pipelines to Europe. And, most … Read more

Nine Central, East Europe NATO countries condemn Russia annexations – POLITICO

The presidents of nine NATO countries in central and eastern Europe declared on Sunday that they would never recognize the annexation by Russia of several Ukrainian regions. Hungary and Bulgaria were conspicuously absent from the signatories. In a joint statement, the leaders also supported a path to NATO membership for Ukraine. The nine leaders demanded … Read more

Nine Central, East Europe NATO countries condemn Russia annexations – POLITICO

The presidents of nine NATO countries in central and eastern Europe declared on Sunday that they would never recognize the annexation by Russia of several Ukrainian regions. Hungary and Bulgaria were conspicuously absent from the signatories. In a joint statement, the leaders also supported a path to NATO membership for Ukraine. The nine leaders demanded … Read more

When will Europe learn to defend itself? – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article PARIS/BERLIN — Thirty years after the horrors of the Balkan wars laid bare Western Europe’s incapacity to deal with conflict on European soil, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is demonstrating how little has changed. As Yugoslavia started to break apart in 1991, it fell to the Luxembourgish Foreign Minister … Read more

G7 leaders condemn ‘sham’ referendums in occupied Ukraine – POLITICO

Leaders of the G7 condemned the “sham” Russian referendums being carried out in occupied Ukraine as a “phony” pretext to illegally grab territory. In a statement on Friday evening, the group of the wealthiest nations said that the votes organized by Moscow were in breach of the U.N. Charter and international law and had no … Read more