Evacuations restart at Mariupol steel plant in Ukraine as Russia tightens grip

Civilians trapped in steelworks under Russian siege Two buses depart with evacuees; more expected Kremlin: Time for Victory Day in Mariupol will come EU to tweak sanctions plan to win over eastern states KYIV, May 6 (Reuters) – Ukraine said 50 civilians were evacuated from a bombed-out steelworks in the city of Mariupol on Friday, … Read more

As Beijing tightens COVID curbs, hard-hit Shanghai sees signs of life

Beijing COVID outbreak enters 10th day Shanghai reports 2nd day of zero cases outside quarantine areas Shanghai starts to loosen curbs for some areas BEIJING / SHANGHAI, May 1 (Reuters) – The Chinese capital Beijing tightened COVID restrictions on Sunday as it battled an outbreak, while Shanghai let more of its 25 million residents venture … Read more

Ukraine says Russia pounding Donbass, failing to take targets

Russia continues assault on eastern Ukraine Ukraine says Russians ‘not succeeding’ in taking targets Russia’s Lavrov: lifting sanctions is part of peace talks US Congress to pass Ukraine aid and weapons package soon KYIV, April 30 (Reuters) – Russian forces pounded Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region on Saturday but failed to capture three target areas, Ukraine’s … Read more

Biden seeks huge $ 33 billion funding to support Ukraine

WASHINGTON, April 28 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden asked Congress for $ 33 billion to support Ukraine – a dramatic escalation of US funding for the war with Russia – and for new tools to siphon assets from Russian oligarchs. The vast funding request includes over $ 20 billion for weapons, ammunition and other military … Read more

China’s capital sharpens COVID screening to prevent Shanghai-like chaos

Beijing to test most of its 22 million residents for COVID this week Beijing steps up precautions, curbs to avoid Shanghai lockdown Shanghai’s focus shifts to vaccination of the elderly BEIJING / SHANGHAI, April 28 (Reuters) – Beijing closed some schools and public spaces on Thursday, as most of the Chinese capital’s 22 million residents … Read more

Russia cuts gas to Poland in what Ukraine condemns as ‘gas blackmail’

Gas supplies to Poland cut; no word on Bulgaria Ukraine accuses Russia of blackmailing Europe Germany sends tanks to Ukraine Farmers wear body armor to plow fields WARSAW / SOFIA / KYIV, April 27 (Reuters) – Russia halted gas supplies to Poland under the Yamal contract on Wednesday, data from the European Union network of … Read more

In the escalation of rhetoric, Moscow cites the ‘real’ risk of nuclear war

Russia warns US against arming Ukraine US eyes ammunition for howitzers, tanks, grenade launchers UK to send ambulances, fire engines and medical supplies LVIV, Ukraine / KYIV, April 26 (Reuters) – Moscow accused NATO of engaging in a proxy battle against Russia by arming Ukraine, saying this had created a serious and real risk of … Read more

Economic fears hit global equities, commods; Twitter lifts Wall St.

WASHINGTON / LONDON, April 25 (Reuters) – European stocks slid to a one-month low and commodity prices dropped on Monday on renewed concerns about rising interest rates and China’s sputtering economy, while Wall Street shares rose, reversing losses after Twitter agreed to be bought by billionaire Elon Musk. Fears over China’s COVID-19 outbreaks spooked investors … Read more

Zelenskiy warns Russia is eyeing other countries after Ukraine

Russia says it plans full control of Donbas and Southern Ukraine Ukraine says comments show Russia is seeking occupation EU official sees decisive couple of weeks UN chief to meet Putin, Zelenskiy next week KYIV / MARIUPOL, Ukraine, April 23 (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy warned that the invasion of his country was just … Read more

Putin says no need to storm Mariupol steel plant where Ukrainians holed up

Ukraine seeks talks on evacuations from Azovstal steel plant Number of people who have fled Ukraine now exceeds 5 million Biden to give address as US prepares more help KYIV, April 21 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin on Thursday ordered the Russian military to cancel plans to storm the Azovstal steel plant inside the port … Read more