Let’s support Russian scientists – at the expense of Russian science

In the 1930s, thousands of scientists lost their jobs in Germany merely for being Jewish or opposing the Nazi regime. For Germany, however, this proved a spectacular own goal. Adolf Hitler declared that he would rid universities of Jews even if it meant “the annihilation of contemporary German science”. As it turned out, this was … Read more

EU nations accuse Russia of using natural gas as ‘blackmail’

WARSAW, Poland (AP) – Polish and Bulgarian leaders accused Moscow of using natural gas to blackmail their countries after Russia’s state-controlled energy company stopped supplying them with gas Wednesday. European Union leaders echoed those comments and were holding an emergency meeting on the Russian move. The gas cutoff to Poland and Bulgaria came after Russian … Read more

Putin gets what he didn’t want: Ukraine army closer to West

WASHINGTON (AP) – The longer Ukraine’s army fends off the invading Russians, the more it absorbs the advantages of Western weapons and training – exactly the transformation President Vladimir Putin wanted to prevent by invading in the first place. The list of arms flowing to Ukraine is long and growing longer. It includes new American … Read more

President Emmanuel Macron faceoff with Marine Le Pen

The second – and final – round of voting sees centrist incumbent Emmanuel Macron face off against nationalist and far-right candidate Marine Le Pen. Chesnot | Getty Images News Getty Images French citizens are heading to the polls Sunday in a presidential election set against the backdrop of war in Ukraine and a cost of … Read more

Russia ties haunt far-right candidate Le Pen

France’s far-right party Rassemblement National candidate for the 2022 French presidential election Marine Le Pen. Chesnot | Getty Images News Getty Images The leader of France’s nationalist and far-right political party, Marine Le Pen, has seen her momentum stall in the runup to Sunday’s vote with her previous links to Russia resurfacing in recent days. … Read more

Putin claims victory in Mariupol despite steel-mill holdouts

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed victory Thursday in the battle for Mariupol despite an estimated 2,000 Ukrainian fighters still holed up at a giant steel mill, ordering his troops not to storm the stronghold but to seal it off “so that not even a fly comes through. ” Putin expressed concern … Read more

A Ukrainian-American woman’s family was forced to flee to Russia. She smuggled them to Poland

Przemysl, Poland CNN – Mila Turchyn walks into a McDonald’s parking lot near the Poland-Ukraine border. She is anxious. She doesn’t trust the man she is about to meet. He is a smuggler. Turchyn found the man via a messaging app a few days ago, advertising transport services for Ukrainians stranded in Russia. They made … Read more

Russia warns US to stop arming Ukraine – US politics live | US news

10.18am EDT 10:18 White House press secretary Jen Psaki has followed up on Joe Biden’s remarks on Thursday indicating that he is “ready” to go to Ukraine if the opportunity presents itself, after reports emerged that the US was considering sending a “high-ranking” official. Biden is not hopping a plane to Kyiv any time soon … Read more

Finland and Sweden could soon join NATO, prompted by Russian war in Ukraine

CNN – Finland and Sweden could soon join NATO, moves that would likely infuriate Moscow and that officials say would further underscore Russia’s strategic error in invading Ukraine. NATO officials told CNN that discussions about Sweden and Finland joining the bloc have gotten extremely serious since Russia’s invasion, and US senior State Department officials said … Read more

Ukraine says at least 52 people killed in Russian rocket attack on Kramatorsk train station

Dozens of people were killed and around 100 injured Friday in a Russian rocket attack on the Kramatorsk train station, one of the easternmost stations still operating in Ukraine, Ukrainian officials said. The station was being used to evacuate civilians from eastern Ukraine’s Donbas region. At least five children were killed in the attack, according … Read more