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

Germany’s Scholz inks gas deal with United Arab Emirates – POLITICO

Olaf Scholz culminated a two-day trip to the Persian Gulf region by signing a gas deal with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Sunday, but the German chancellor’s mission was overshadowed by human rights concerns. Amid Russia’s halt in gas deliveries to Germany and skyrocketing energy prices in Europe, Scholz traveled to the region to … Read more

Zelenskyy says Moscow targeting Ukrainians in occupied areas in mobilization – POLITICO

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy charged Russia with deliberately targeting Ukrainians in occupied parts of Ukraine in Moscow’s call-up of more soldiers for its invasion of the country. Zelenskyy said that in Crimea, annexed by Russia in 2014, as well as “other parts of Ukraine, which they so far control,” Russians and separatist loyalists are seeking … 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

Separatists in Ukraine’s Donbas to hold votes on joining Russia – POLITICO

Russian-backed separatists in the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) and Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) will hold referendums from September 23-27 on joining Russia, the Russian state-news agency TASS reported Tuesday. Earlier, the Russian-backed separatist parliaments in the regions passed laws allowing such a vote to take place. In response, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba tweeted: “Sham … Read more

Putin calls up 300,000 reservists, makes nuclear threat – POLITICO

Russia on Wednesday announced an immediate partial mobilization of 300,000 reservists and threatened to deploy nuclear weapons in the war against Ukraine. In a pre-recorded address broadcast on state TV, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he was calling up reservists to aid in Russia’s war against Ukraine, but did not implement a general conscription drive for … Read more

We need a Nuremberg-style war crimes trial – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article NEW YORK — As world leaders gather for the U.N. General Assembly in New York, Ukraine’s government hopes to use the event to press its case for a special tribunal to prosecute war crimes. With the war in Ukraine set to dominate proceedings, and new evidence of mass killings … Read more

Calls for war-crimes tribunal grow over Russia’s actions in Izyum – POLITICO

The foreign minister of the Czech Republic, current holder of the presidency of the Council of the EU, called for a “special international tribunal” after evidence of torture on civilians emerged from a mass burial site in Izyum in northeastern Ukraine. “Russia left behind mass graves of hundreds of shot and tortured people in the … Read more