Former Israeli PM: Putin promised not to kill Zelenskyy

TEL AVIV, Israel — A former Israeli prime minister who served briefly as a mediator at the start of Russia’s war with Ukraine says he drew a promise from the Russian president not to kill his Ukrainian counterpart. Former Prime Minister Naftali Bennett emerged as an unlikely intermediary in the war’s first weeks, becoming one … Read more

Ukraine president again presses West for advanced weapons

KYIV, Ukraine — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy pressed Western leaders again on Monday to provide more advanced weapons to help his country in its war with Russia, and he repeated his calls for Russian forces to withdraw from occupied areas of Ukraine, suggesting Christmas as a date to retreat. During a video conference, Zelenskky told … Read more

Kremlin will annex 4 regions of Ukraine on Friday

KYIV, Ukraine — Russia confirmed on Thursday it will formally annex parts of Ukraine where occupied areas held Kremlin-orchestrated “referendums” on living under Moscow’s rule that the Ukrainian government and the West denounced as illegal and rigged. Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend a ceremony on Friday in the Kremlin when four regions of Ukraine … Read more

‘There will be catastrophic consequences’: US warns Russia if nuclear weapons used in Ukraine

The United States (US) on Sunday warned Russia of ‘catastrophic consequences’ if Moscow uses nuclear weapons in Ukraine. US National Security Adviser (NSA) Jake Sullivan said that if Russia crosses this line, there will be catastrophic consequences for Moscow and that Washington will respond decisively.  The top US security official made these hard-hitting remarks while speaking … Read more

As Ukraine worries UN, leaders dwell on what’s pushed aside

World leaders dwelled on the topic consuming this year’s UN General Assembly meeting: Russia’s war in Ukraine. A few, like Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, prodded the world not to forget everything else. “The ongoing war in Ukraine is making it more difficult,” Buhari lamented, “to tackle the perennial issues that feature each year in the … Read more

Russia seeks closer security ties with China as key goal

MOSCOW — A top Russian security official declared Monday on a visit to China that the Kremlin considers beefing up ties with Beijing as a top policy goal. Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of the national Security Council chaired by Russian President Vladimir Putin, described the “strengthening of comprehensive partnership and strategic cooperation with Beijing as an … Read more