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    The eruption of war between China and Taiwan would be a global catastrophe on a scale far greater than the Ukraine crisis. Yet again Chinese military jets invaded Taiwanese airspace this week, this time following American politician Nancy Pelosi’s provocative visit to the sovereign island off the Communist mainland. Beijing staged live-fire exercises close to Taiwan, effectively blocking those regions to traffic. Meanwhile, the secretary general of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, warned that the world was ‘just one miscalculation away from nuclear annihilation’. Charles Parton OBE is a senior associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, who spent 22 years as a senior diplomat in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan No one is more aware of the dangers of that miscalculation than the Chinese leadership. President Xi Jinping knows that if he takes a gamble and loses, the repercussions could destroy China’s economy or might even bring down the Communist Party that has ruled since 1949. We should not doubt the level of Chinese anger at the actions of Mrs Pelosi, speaker of the US House of Representatives...
    Russia is losing the economic war with the West and its economy is in catastrophic and irrevocable decline even as it cuts off the gas supply to Europe, a new report  has claimed.  As panic spreads across Europe over the prospect of gas rationing and spiralling energy prices, it is in fact Russia which is on the ropes, with business in retreat and sanctions catastrophically crippling their economy. And while Putin causes panic in European governments by throttling gas supplies, the strategy is unsustainable for the dictator as he burns through reserves and his budget goes into deficit.   This is the verdict from a Yale-authored report that has looked beyond the Kremlin's cherry-picked economic figures to access private Russian language and other unconventional data sources. The report looked at high frequency consumer data, cross-channel checks, releases from Russia’s international trade partners, and data mining of complex shipping data, to produce an economic analysis measuring the state of Putin's economy and what the future might have in store for it. Vladimir Putin is losing the economic war with the West and his...
    William Astore, Pantophobia USA In case you hadn’t noticed, we’ve been held for ransom by one man — or that’s the way it so often seemed in the media at least. I suspect you know just who I mean. If you can’t guess right off the bat, let me give you a hint or two. He’s a multimillionaire coal baron who gets massive political donations from the oil and gas industry. And he’s officially a Democrat, one of 50 of them in the Senate. Without him, the Democrats essentially can’t pass a damn thing (other than the Pentagon budget, of course). Yep, you got it. Joe Manchin of West Virginia. He’s been the devil himself. He’s stood between the Democrats and glory, or at least the possibility of building back this increasingly woeful country a little bit better. In the midst of a near-global heat wave, with more than 100 million Americans under a heat alert, record temperatures being reached again and again, the Southwest and West in an unprecedented megadrought, and parts of the country from New Mexico to...
    Volodymyr Zelensky and his wife have revealed that Russia's savage invasion of Ukraine has brought them closer together and made their marriage even stronger. The President and his First Lady, Olena Zelenska, told Piers Morgan on Talk TV they are now 'more interested in each other' as a result of the brutal war. A trailer for the interview which airs tomorrow night shows the pair sitting down in Kyiv to discuss their strengthening relationship. Morgan asks the couple: 'These kinds of situations, they can make or break a marriage. Is your marriage stronger, do you think, because of what you've gone through?' Zelenska replies: 'I agree with the theory that marriage gets stronger with challenges. I think in our case it would be the same. The President and his First Lady, Olena Zelenska, told Piers Morgan on Talk TV they are now 'more interested in each other' as a result of the brutal war A trailer for the interview which airs tomorrow night shows the pair sitting down in Kyiv to discuss their strengthening relationship Piers Morgan spoke with the...
    A Russian journalist who protested the invasion of Ukraine by holding up a banner during a live TV broadcast has been detained by the country's police, her lawyer has revealed.  Ukrainian-born Marina Ovsyannikova, 43, dubbed the 'bravest women on television', was detained by Russian police on Sunday and her location is unknown. The mother-of-two famously stood up to Putin's propaganda machine by interrupting a live broadcast clutching a sign that read: 'No to war, stop this war - propaganda lies to you'. She was arrested and fined after shocking viewers of Russia's state brainwashing organ Channel One by jumping in front of the camera with a large placard and shouting anti-war slogan. In a message on the journalist's Telegram account, her entourage said: 'Marina has been detained. There is no information on where she is.' Ukrainian-born Marina Ovsyannikova, 43, dubbed the 'bravest women on television', was detained by Russian police on Sunday and her location is unknown The mother-of-two famously stood up to Putin's propaganda machine by interrupting a live broadcast clutching a sign that read: 'No to war, stop this war...
    Democracy is on the brink of destruction, according to MSNBC’s Tiffany Cross and a group of guests invited on her show on Saturday. In a segment dedicated to the “fall of democracy,” Cross opened by pronouncing that the U.S. is a nation “built on stolen land” and with “stolen labor” and therefore, perhaps a nation that was never meant to last. The Cross Connection host pushed the “fitting metaphor” of a frog in a slowly boiling pot of water to explain what she sees as the situation the country is currently facing. All right, are you guys familiar with that urban myth that if you put a frog in a pot of boiling water, it will instantly bow, but if you put it in a pot filled with pleasantly tepid water and gradually heat it, the frog will remain in the water until it boils to death. That is a fitting metaphor for our democracy right now. As our democratic norms erode within America, we must wonder, will this democracy survive? A Yahoo News poll says no. But perhaps when...
    Cairo and Abu Dhabi (CNN)There are only a few items in Hanna Ayyad's fridge at any given moment these days. The Cairo street fruit vendor has restricted his family's diet as inflation triggered by the Ukraine war has soared in Egypt.   "Now we buy new clothes every other holiday," he tells CNN. "We can do without eating meat, buying it once a month, and we may buy chicken two or three times a month, not like before."  His customers too can only afford a fraction of what they used to buy, shrinking his daily income.   "Some people used to buy 5kg or 10kg of fruit -- now they can buy 1kg or 2kg at most," he says. It takes him days to sell the same amount of produce he used to sell in one day.    Egyptian households of all income levels are seeing their spending power erode fast. The economic crisis raises prospects of unrest in a country where a regime was overthrown just a decade ago in an uprising calling for "bread, freedom and social justice." Read MoreIn recent...
    (CNN)Heavyweight boxing world champion Oleksandr Usyk said he didn't want to leave Ukraine amid the ongoing war but was urged by injured Ukrainian soldiers to "fight for the country" in his rematch against Anthony Joshua.Usyk returned to Ukraine, took up arms and joined a territorial defense battalion in Kyiv following Russia's invasion of his homeland and spent weeks helping out in the war efforts.Back in March, the Ukrainian sports minister said Usyk would be granted permission to return to training in the lead up to his fight with Joshua, but still the 35-year-old was reluctant."I really didn't want to leave our country, I didn't want to leave our city," Usyk told reporters, per Reuters. "I went to the hospital where soldiers were wounded and getting rehabilitation from the war."They were asking me to go, to fight, to fight for the country, fight for your pride and if you're going to go there, you're even going to help more for our country.Read More"I know a lot of my close people, friends, close friends, are right now in the front line and...
    (CNN)Five months of war have forced Ukrainians to adjust their expectations. After readying for a conflict they thought would be a sprint, many are now grappling with the likelihood of a "marathon," said Olena Zelenska, Ukraine's first lady. "It's very difficult to hold on for five months," Zelenska told CNN's Christiane Amanpour. "We need to accumulate our strength, we need to save our energy.""We cannot see the end of our suffering," she said. Zelenska spoke to CNN at a crucial moment in the fight. Though Kyiv racked up a series of early victories in the initial aftermath of Russia's invasion, the tide appears to be turning in the Kremlin's favor, especially in the east. LIVE UPDATES: Russias war in UkraineRussian forces have eliminated most Ukrainian defenses in the Luhansk region and consolidated control of a belt of territory in the south. Luhansk and neighboring Donetsk together make up Ukraine's Donbas region, an industrial heartland dotted with factories and coal fields that has been home to sporadic fighting since 2014, when Russian-backed separatists seized control of two territories -- the self-declared...
    Rajan Menon, One War Too Many on Planet Earth Consider two odd realities of the Ukraine war in this country. The first is that a Congress otherwise seemingly incapable of agreeing to spend money on issues that would truly matter to so many Americans — like easing child poverty — has proven remarkably eager to repeatedly fork over striking sums in military and humanitarian aid to the embattled Ukrainians. By mid-May, such aid had hit $54 billion and another billion will soon be heading out. Yes, indeed, the Ukrainians deserve support against the brutal Russian invasion, but so, you would think, do embattled American children. The second is that the war that ate the news when Vladimir Putin’s invasion began in February — that seemed unavoidable if you turned on your TV or simply opened your computer — the war that every news outlet wanted to cover nightly at length with its top journalists or even anchors, is if anything, fiercer and more devastating now. Yet, on most nights, it’s little more than a footnote in the news. Still, whether...
    Paul McCartney showed his support for Ukraine during his historic headline show at Glastonbury on Saturday, as the country remains gripped by a war with Russia. The Beatles legend, 80, returned to the stage for an encore performance brandishing the country's flag, earning a huge cheer as he waved it over his head. It comes after it was reported Paul had removed the song Back In The USSR from his planned Glastonbury set and all future shows in the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Honouring: Paul McCartney, 80, showed his support for Ukraine as he waved the country's flag during his historic headline show at Glastonbury on Saturday After a stunning performance of his song Hey Jude, Paul bide farewell to the crowd and left the stage, but following calls for an encore returned to the stage with a flag in his hand. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Sir Paul McCartney becomes the oldest solo star to headline... Dave Grohl appears on stage with Sir Paul McCartney at... 'He's 80 years old and...
    American Army veteran Scott McAdams, 47,  set off to Ukraine to help civilians on February 28 - just four days after Russian forces invaded the country An American father of seven has been dubbed the Oskar Schindler of Ukraine for rescuing seventy-five refugees and providing food, medicine and oil to hundreds more in the war-torn country.  And there’s no end in sight to his mission of mercy. Army veteran Scott McAdams left his family behind and set off to Ukraine to help on February 28 - just four days after Russian forces invaded. He tells DailyMail.com there's no return date in sight.  The 47-year-old originally from Pennsylvania has worked nearly non stop since then - only pausing when his van broke down and he had to abandon it in the middle of a mission. Traveling perilously close to enemy lines, he has been buzzed by fighter jets, has had to hide from artillery and was even arrested by Ukrainian police as he's attempted to save as many as possible. Coordinating trips so he can take supplies in and refugees out,...
    Ukraine is nervously awaiting a historic decision from the EU on its bid to become a member state, with Volodymyr Zelesnky fearing it could lead to an increase in Russian 'hostile activity' this week. The president said there had been 'few such fateful decisions for Ukraine' as the one it expects from the EU this week. 'Only a positive decision is in the interests of the whole of Europe,' he said in his evening address Sunday. Volodymyr Zelesnky (pictured in Mykolaiv on Saturday) said there had been 'few such fateful decisions for Ukraine' as the one it expects from the EU this week Firefighters work at the site of fire after Russian shelling in Mykolaiv in Ukraine this weekend after the latest bombardment 'Obviously, we expect Russia to intensify hostile activity this week... We are preparing. We are ready,' he continued. Moscow's forces have been pummelling eastern Ukraine for weeks as they try to seize the Donbas region, after being repelled from other parts of the country following their February invasion. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Footage...
    The head of Britain's Armed Forces last night insisted Russia has already 'strategically lost' the war in Ukraine – as the UK announced more backing for Kyiv and eastern Europe. Admiral Sir Tony Radakin said Russia was 'a more diminished power' capable only of 'tiny' territorial gains after nearly four months of fighting. It has effectively seized control of Ukraine's eastern regions, but at a huge cost, estimated to be a quarter of its military resources, he added. It is running out of troops and advanced missiles and would never be able to take over the remainder of the country. He spoke as the Defence Secretary Ben Wallace announced the UK has bought more than 20 M109 long-range guns to send to Ukraine. The Belgian-made weapons fire 155mm shells accurate up to 25 miles. The head of Britain's Armed Forces last night insisted Russia has already 'strategically lost' the war in Ukraine – as the UK announced more backing for Kyiv and eastern Europe Admiral Sir Tony Radakin said Russia was 'a more diminished power' capable only of 'tiny' territorial...
    (CNN)Four days after Russian forces invaded Ukraine and started a bloody war that shows no signs of ending soon, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky officially applied for the country to join the European Union. On the same day, February 28, he asked that the EU "urgently admit Ukraine using a new procedure ... our goal is to be with all Europeans and, to be equal to them. I am sure we deserve it. I am sure it is possible." Nearly four months later, the EU Commission is expected to offer its opinion on Friday that Ukraine should be considered a candidate state. It will then be for the 27 EU member states to decide whether or not they agree with the Commission's opinion. The question of whether or not Ukraine should join the EU and how Russia would react has been a contentious issue for years. In 2013, pro-European protests erupted after former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych made a sudden decision to not sign an agreement with the EU that would pull Ukraine further into the EU's orbit. Instead, he opted...
    Like all his Ukrainian army comrades, Volodymyr Grotskov is fuelled by deeply-held patriotism as he risks his life on the bloodstained frontline of the brutal war against Russia. The 48-year-old electrical engineer says he loves his country and sees the Kremlin as a destructive 'cancer' threatening the world's peace and security. 'It might sound pretentious but I'm fighting for freedom and democracy,' he insists. Yet there is one big difference between Grotskov and all the other soldiers in his brigade who are sitting beside us, eating borscht and cleaning their guns while the thunder of artillery bombardment crashes around the battered Donbas frontline. For this member of the Ukrainian military is Russian – and he is fighting to liberate his country from dictatorship as well as the preservation of his adopted nation. 'So what would happen if you were caught?' I asked this quietly-spoken soldier as we talked in his unit's temporary farmhouse base. 'Death would happen,' he replied with a laugh, admitting that many compatriots would see him as a traitor. Yet he is among scores of Russians so...
    VIDEO2:1802:18Putin is ‘another Hitler in the making,’ Egypt’s Sawiris saysCapital Connection Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris did not mince words when expressing his thoughts on Russian President Vladimir Putin and his country's invasion of Ukraine. Asked by CNBC's Hadley Gamble if he expected civil unrest in Egypt due to food shortages triggered by the war, Sawiris, the chairman and CEO of Orascom Investment Holding, said he did not — he argued that people would know the crisis was caused by Putin and not their own government. "I don't think so," Sawiris said Wednesday, "Because people understand that this crisis is not of our own making. I mean, it's the making of a crazy man that woke up one day and decided to invade a peaceful country with no warning." Sawiris then referenced French President Emmanuel Macron's attempts to continue diplomatic engagement with Putin, more than three months into the war that has killed thousands of civilians and flattened several Ukrainian cities. Macron stressed in May that Putin must not be humiliated and that the door must be left open to improve...
    Congressman Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) argued the lives of African Americans are hanging in the balance if Republicans prevail in the 2022 midterms. Bowman joined MSNBC’s Tiffany Cross on Saturday to talk about America’s response to right-wing militias after the January 6 Committee’s revelations on how such groups were involved in the storming of the U.S. Capitol. As Cross expressed concern that too many Americans might be “apathetic” to the committee’s revelations, she asked Bowman “should the GOP retake Congress in the fall, what happens to the Jan. 6 Committee investigation and its findings, and what might the GOP do or not do with the newly claimed power?” “The January 6 Commission would cease to exist. The findings will be completely suppressed and will not be admitted into any further investigations while the GOP will be in power,” Bowman said. “They will impeach President [Joe] Biden as quickly as possible, and they will continue to find ways to impeach him going forward.” Bowman’s predictions grew steadily more alarming as he claimed white nationalists and the alt-right would increasingly take control of...
    A new poll shows 44 percent of Americans believe the nation is headed toward another civil war – with a majority of Republicans believing it will happen. The data comes in a new poll by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which also found support for the 'Great Replacement Theory' referenced by the shooter who opened fire in a Buffalo supermarket last month. A total of 44 percent agree with the statement that the nation 'seems headed toward a civil war in the near future,' according to the poll. That includes 53 per cent of Republicans and 39 per cent of Democrats.  The poll by the group and Tulchin Research came in late April, before the horrific mass shooting in Buffalo, where the assailant's digital postings were filled with conspiratorial and racist ramblings. 53 per cent of Republicans said the nation seemed to be heading toward civil war in a new poll, with 39 per cent of Democrats agreeing with the statement A total of 44 percent agree with the statement that the nation 'seems headed toward a civil war in the near...
    While some in the West are pondering what kind of a concessions would allow Russian autocrat Vladimir Putin “to save face” in Ukraine, leading Russian lawmakers and top propagandists are advocating smashing the West, which they say is Russia’s ultimate target. On the state TV show 60 Minutes, host Olga Skabeeva announced: “I have some unpleasant news... Even though we are methodically destroying the weapons that are being delivered [to Ukraine], but the quantities in which the United States are sending them force us to come up with some global conclusions. Perhaps it’s time to acknowledge that maybe Russia’s special operation in Ukraine has come to an end, in a sense that a real war had started: WWIII. We’re forced to conduct the demilitarization not only of Ukraine, but of the entire NATO alliance.” Vladimir Avatkov, from the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said: “You mentioned WWIII and the way Americans and Poles are acting on the territory of Ukraine—indeed, we need to remember the words of Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, who said that anyone who tries...
    Russian state media has issued a chilling new nuclear threat to the US, boasting that Putin could wipe out the entire East and West coast with just four missiles.  Alexei Zhuravlev, a member of Putin's puppet parliament, issued the threat Monday - saying 'there will be nothing left' on either coast after strikes using Russia's new Sarmat 2 nuke, and that the mushroom cloud will be 'visible from Mexico'. Zhuravlev then pivoted to threaten 2million Ukrainians with annihilation, describing them as 'incurable' Nazis who will never be convinced to support Russia's war.   It is just the latest in a long line of threats to be issued by Putin's tame media as hosts try to whip up support for his ill-judged invasion of Ukraine. Alexei Zhuravlev, an MP and Russian state media mouthpiece, claimed that just four of the country's new nukes can destroy the East and West coasts of the US Zhuravlev was speaking Monday to Yevgeny Popov, a talk show hos on the main Rossiya 1 channel and also an MP, when he went on a nuclear rant. Responding...
    [The stream is slated to start at 10 a.m. ET. Please refresh if you do not see a player above at that time.] WASHINGTON – Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday is set to describe China as the "most serious long-term challenge to the international order," even as the world grapples with Russia's war in Ukraine. "China is the only country with both the intent to reshape the international order – and, increasingly, the economic, diplomatic, military, and technological power to do it," Blinken is expected to say in a speech at George Washington University, according to excerpts released by the State Department. "Beijing's vision would move us away from the universal values that have sustained so much of the world's progress over the past 75 years," Blinken is set to say. The speech which will outline the Biden administration's policy toward China comes as the U.S. warns Beijing to not help Moscow blunt global sanctions for the Kremlin's invasion of Ukraine. It also follows a Biden administration effort to walk back his comment that the U.S. was willing...
    VIDEO3:4303:43Ukrainian foreign minister: 'Kill Russian exports'Davos - World Economic Forum The cost of Ukraine's reconstruction after the country's devastation by Russian forces will be colossal. Ukrainian officials have estimated it at a potential $600 billion, with some saying that is a modest figure and set to increase as the war drags on. International financial institutions have stressed the need for something like a Marshall Plan for Ukraine, involving billions in grant money from allied countries. But faced with the prospect of years of debt put on their own citizens to rebuild a country that isn't theirs, some governments are reluctant to sign on. The solution? Russian money, says Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. "I don't think that American, German or any other taxpayers in the world should have to pay for what Russia did. There is an alternative way to recover Ukraine, (that) is to make Russia pay for it," Kuleba told CNBC's Hadley Gamble during a panel session at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.   The idea has already been floated by several countries, and in late...
    In this article PLTRAlex Karp, CEO of Palantir arrives ahead of a "Tech For Good" meetup at Hotel Marigny in Paris on May 15, 2019, held to discuss good conduct for technology giants.Bertrand Guay | AFP | Getty ImagesPalantir CEO Alex Karp believes that the war between Russia and Ukraine is making big countries re-consider their military strategies. Asked by CNBC's Andrew Ross Sorkin if there is a lesson for China from the war, Karp said: "The lesson for every big country is 'holy s---. We've been buying all this heavy stuff and if people are willing to fight as heroes, fight to the last person ... they might actually be able to beat us'." Karp, who was interviewed at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Tuesday, said every large nation is currently evaluating its offensive and defensive abilities. "Is our offensive capability actually offence? Or will defense-offense like in Ukraine be able to beat us? Every single large country in the world is looking at this. Not just our adversaries but also our allies." His comments come as...
    Permanent war has cannibalized the country. It has created a social, political, and economic morass. Each new military debacle is another nail in the coffin of Pax Americana. The United States, as the near-unanimous vote to provide nearly $40 billion in aid to Ukraine illustrates, is trapped in the death spiral of unchecked militarism. No high-speed trains. No universal health care. No viable Covid relief program. No respite from 8.3 percent inflation. No infrastructure programs to repair decaying roads and bridges, which require $41.8 billion to fix the 43,586 structurally deficient bridges, on average 68 years old. No forgiveness of $1.7 trillion in student debt. No addressing income inequality. No program to feed the 17 million children who go to bed each night hungry. No rational gun control or curbing of the epidemic of nihilistic violence and mass shootings. No help for the 100,000 Americans who die each year of drug overdoses. No minimum wage of $15 an hour to counter 44 years of wage stagnation. No respite from gas prices that are projected to hit $6 a gallon. The...
    Former President Trump reshared a post on Truth Social on Sunday that claimed the U.S. is heading toward civil war because of an 'enemy from within.'  A Truth Social user who goes by 'MAGA King Thanos' wrote 'Civil war' and quoted a Truth post from Fox Nation host Lara Logan that was a screen grab of a tweet from El Salvadorian President Nayib Bukele. Trump 'ReTruthed' the post.  Bukele had written on Twitter: 'The most powerful country in the world is falling so fast, that it makes you rethink what are the real reasons. Something so big and powerful can't be destroyed so quickly, unless the enemy comes from within.'  Bukele was quoting a Bloomberg op-ed headlined 'Inflation Stings Most If You Earn Less Than $300K. Here's How to Deal.'  Prices are now running 8.3 percent higher from one year ago as of April, and gas prices have been rising for two straight weeks and Monday reached a record high of $4.60 a gallon.  Bukele's hardline immigration stance has aligned him with Trump and led to tensions within the Biden...
    A Ukrainian singer who has fled Kiev with her family has said her life before the war feels like 'a dream'. Sophia Khliabych-Petrova, 31, who goes by the stage name Sonya Kay, and her husband Oleg Petrov, an ice hockey player, fled their home in the capital 'within minutes' of Putin's invasion on February 24. They are now living in western Ukraine, which is less affected by the Russian invasion, but have struggled to find work.  Sophia Khliabych-Petrova, 31, who goes by the stage name Sonya Kay, and her husband Oleg Petrov, an ice hockey player, fled their home in the capital 'within minutes' of Putin's invasion on February 24. Pictured: Sophia and Oleg with Sophia's mother (centre)   The singer (pictured) is no longer working and has fled her hometown of Kiev with seven family members. She says they are 'safe for now' but can hear the sound of sirens Sophia, who has performed to crowds of thousands, said: 'We now live very different lives and there is no opportunity to work, but so far we have refused to leave Ukrainian...
    Russia may sever ties with prominent global bodies as Vladimir Putin continues to isolate his nation from the West following the invasion of Ukraine. Moscow's Foreign Ministry yesterday sent a list of international organisations to parliament, with orders to review it and break 'obligations [or] treaties which do not bring benefit, but direct damage to our country,' deputy speaker Pyotr Tolstoy said. The World Health Organisation and World Trade Organisation are among names on the list, Russian news agencies reported. It comes after Western countries cut off large parts of the Russian economy from the global trade via sanctions, with hundreds of western businesses pulling out of the country to protest the war. Russia's foreign ministry has ordered parliament to cut ties with any global body deemed to be 'harming' the country, as Putin isolates himself from the West (file image) WHO member states have already tried to force the health body - which typically avoids taking a stance on politics - into taking action over the invasion. Just last week they voted in favour of a non-binding resolution condemning Russian...
    It's extremely rare for a Russian military expert to criticize the performance of the country's armed forces. But according to Mikhail Khodaryonok, a defense analyst, his country's war in Ukraine isn't going according to President Vladimir Putin's plan -- and likely is failing. The BBC's Francis Scarr, who regularly monitors Russian state TV, posted a subtitled video clip on Twitter in which Khodaryonok offered his bleak assessment of the war effort in Ukraine. "First of all, we shouldn't take information tranquilizers," he said, "because sometimes information is spread about some morale and psychological breakdown in the Ukrainian armed forces, which are allegedly on the verge of some kind of crisis of morale and so on. All of that, to put it mildly, is false." Khodaryonok noted that the United States shipments of advanced military weapons to Ukraine are being effective in helping the country defend itself against the Russian onslaught, "despite the resistance of a single senator." Kentucky Republican Rand Paul last week blocked Senate consideration of a new U.S. aid package to Ukraine. "A million armed Ukrainian soldiers need...
    Nan Levinson: "I've Seen What Bombs Do" As we think about the nightmarish war in Ukraine, let me just offer you a few figures: almost a million dead, nearly 400,000 of them civilians; at least 38 million people turned into war refugees or internally displaced; and perhaps $8 trillion in money squandered on that hell on Earth. Oh wait, sorry, that’s what happens when you get old and things start to blur in your mind. Yes, the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine is indeed a horror of slaughtered civilians, mind-boggling numbers of refugees and internally displaced Ukrainians, and untold amounts of money already squandered on death and destruction. The figures I just gave you, however, come from the invaluable Costs of War Project’s calculations about what used to be called this country’s “Global War on Terror,” which includes the invasions, occupations of, and disastrous conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. As we face a Congress that can’t agree to spend any reasonable sums on needy Americans but is racing to raise staggering billions of dollars to arm the Ukrainians (no questions...
    IT is very easy to spot people who don’t know what they’re talking about with the Northern Ireland Protocol. Politicians in the US and EU constantly talk about it as though what is at issue is “peace” within Northern Ireland. And that anyone who wants to repeal it is risking the peace. 3The UK only signed the protocol (which effectively put a customs border down the Irish sea) because we had no other optionCredit: EPA 3Boris Johnson meets with Mary Lou McDonald of Sinn Fein while visiting Northern IrelandCredit: Andrew Parsons / No10 Downing Street What they seem not to realise is that the Northern Ireland Protocol (signed in 2019) and the Good Friday Agreement (signed in 1998) are not the same thing. It was the 1998 agreement that assured peace on the island of Ireland. Whereas the 2019 protocol was something signed in order to ensure that this country actually acted on the 2016 Brexit vote. I can usually clear a room in about five minutes by talking about Northern Ireland. But it is important. And here’s the crucial...
    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden’s governing party backs joining NATO, moving the country closer to applying amid Russia’s war in Ukraine. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    New images show the incredible scale and intricacy of Finland's thorough network of nuclear bunkers. More than 500 underground shelters carved into the bedrock of capital Helsinki can hold 900,000 people - a third more than the city's entire population. And as Finland's bid to join NATO prompts Kremlin tough talk including vows to take 'retaliatory steps' against Helsinki, officials are preparing for all eventualities. Anna Lehtiranta, head of communications at Helsinki's city rescue department, said Finns are unfazed by Putin's threats. A softball court is built in one of Helsinki's hundreds of underground emergency bunkers A go karting track is inside one of Helsinki's fully kitted out bunkers, which also have cafes She told MailOnline: 'As a neutral country, we have always felt we need to protect ourselves - and we do. 'The underground shelters built in the bedrock of Finland come from our experience in the Winter War and during the Second World War. We all have relatives who suffered through those traumas.' Finland's subterranean habitats include cafes, softball courts, go karting tracks, car parks and thousands of...
    Russian missiles are landing less than 100 miles from Moldova’s borders. Mysterious explosions rocked the headquarters of a security agency in the country’s Russian-backed separatist enclave last month. An economic crisis is looming. And a Russian general has threatened an expansion of the war in Ukraine to the Moldovan border. Unlike other western neighbors that are receiving Ukrainian refugees, Moldova is not a European Union member, and it does not have the resources the bloc has to house and absorb the rapid flow of asylum-seekers. Yet Moldova has received more Ukrainian refugees per capita than any EU state, in a piling-up of crises that has stirred concerns that the tiny southeastern European country could become the first site of spillover violence from Ukraine. In an exclusive interview with The Daily Beast, Nicu Popescu, Moldova’s minister of foreign affairs and European integration, called on the United States and the EU to pay more attention to Moldova’s struggle, in order to maintain the economy and security of the country. He asked for “flexible and rapid aid to Ukraine’s most vulnerable neighbor.” Since...
    Vladimir Putin continues to be humiliated in Ukraine as his forces are pushed further away from Kharkiv, the country's second-largest city to the east and a crucial target for the warring dictator.  The front lines of the war are being increasingly re-drawn as Volodymyr Zelensky's troops liberate more villages and towns to the north of the city - suggesting they are now within firing range of Vovchans'k - a key supply hub linking Russia's Belgorod to its front lines in Donbas.  If confirmed, it means Ukraine will be better placed to disrupt and cut off Putin's supply lines, potentially turning the war in their favour.   The village of Ruska Lozova, which sits between Kharkiv and the Russian border, has also now taken centre stage in Ukraine's fight back against the invaders. Recently liberated by senior military commanders, the village is just five miles from Kharkiv and is now the first line of defence against advancing Russian forces from the north.  From Ruska Lozova, troops from Ukraine's army, territorial defence and national guard are hoping to help push the Russians back...
    Countries are reopening embassies in Ukraine's capital of Kyiv as Russia's war extends into its third month. A list of those nations making a return, in a show of confidence as Ukraine puts up a fierce defense against the invaders, is below. The United States has yet to announce a return, though Kristina Kvien, the acting U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, and her team visited Kyiv on Sunday, the first time since Russia began its invasion in late February. Canada Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a surprise visit to Ukraine on Sunday. He announced the reopening of the Canadian Embassy and that the country's ambassador would be posted there. The country closed its Ukrainian Embassy on Feb. 12, roughly two weeks prior to Russia's invasion, according to CP24. Trudeau met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during his visit and announced $50 million in additional military support for Ukraine. IN VICTORY DAY SPEECH, PUTIN SEEKS RUSSIAN UNITY FOR LONG-TERM STRUGGLE AGAINST WEST Denmark During his visit to Kyiv on May 2, Foreign Minister...
    Thursday on FNC’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” host Tucker Carlson opened up his broadcast by weighing in on the reaction to the likely overturn of the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade decision could have profound implications on the country. Carlson told his viewers such a scenario was the “definition of a failed state.” Transcript as follows: CARLSON: So, you can question whether Joe Biden actually got — what’s the number? Eighty-one million votes in the last presidential election and actually later in the show, we will, but even if you accept that there actually were people who voted for Joe Biden voluntarily, it’s hard to believe that many of them got anything like what they expected in return for their votes. Joe Biden, not to be dark about it, just to be honest, Joe Biden has turned out to be an unparalleled disaster. That’s not an overstatement. In fact, it’s a generous assessment. Our country has never seen anything like what Joe Biden has done. Barely 15 months into his first term as President, Joe Biden has crashed the stock market,...
    Ukraine's ambassador to the U.S. to speed military and humanitarian aid to her country – and revealed that her own father-in-law's house was destroyed and how her family intervened to get her own mother to safety. Ambassador Oksana Markarova described her own quick trip back to her country where she saw the devastation first-hand.  'My father in law's house is destroyed but our house is miraculously okay,' Markarova said of her home outside Bucha, an area where investigators are probing potential Russian war crimes during its invasion of her country. Markarova, herself a mother of four, recently took a quick trip to Ukraine, where she visited her home for the fist time since the war broke out. Her husband flew there immediately after Russia invaded in February.  She told a small group of reports at a Christian Science Monitor coffee Thursday about her first time sleeping in her home since the war began. 'It was very good to be back home even for one day. It was surreal. I mean, my husband went back home when the war started so...
    SpaceX now has about 150,000 daily users of its Starlink satellite internet service in Ukraine — almost 10 weeks after being activated in the war-torn country. Mykhailo Fedorov, Ukraine's vice prime minister, tweeted that Elon Musk's Starlink was providing 'crucial support' for the country's infrastructure and 'restoring the destroyed territories'. 'Ukraine will stay connected no matter what,' he added. Last month, the Starlink app – which allows people access to a satellite-based internet service – became the most-downloaded app in Ukraine.  As of March 15, it had been downloaded almost 100,000 times. SpaceX now has about 150,000 daily users of its Starlink satellite internet service in Ukraine — almost 10 weeks after being activated in the war-torn country  Ukraine vice prime minister Mykhailo Fedorov tweeted that Elon Musk's Starlink was providing 'crucial support' for the country's infrastructure and 'restoring the destroyed territories' SpaceX CEO Musk delivered the terminals that provide the service after Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded the country in February. It is understood that Starlink now has about 10,000 terminals – the dishes that connect users to satellites – up...
    POKROVSK, Ukraine (AP) — The U.S. defense chief urged Ukraine’s allies to “move at the speed of war” to get more and heavier weapons to Kyiv as Russian forces rained fire on eastern and southern Ukraine amid new fears that the fighting could spill over the country’s borders. For the second day, explosions rocked the separatist region of Trans-Dniester Tuesday in neighboring Moldova, knocking out two powerful radio antennas. And a Russian missile hit a strategic railroad bridge linking Ukraine’s Odesa port region to neighboring Romania, a NATO member, Ukrainian authorities said. Meanwhile, two other neighboring NATO members, Poland and Bulgaria, said the Kremlin is cutting off natural gas supplies starting Wednesday, the first such actions of the war. Poland has been a major gateway for the delivery of weapons to Ukraine and confirmed this week that it is sending the country tanks. Poland said it was well-prepared after working for years to reduce its reliance on Russian energy. Poland also has ample natural gas in storage, and it will soon benefit from two pipelines coming online, analyst Emily McClain...
    A man holds his child as families, who fled Ukraine due to the Russian invasion, wait to enter a refugee camp in the Moldovan capital Chisinau on March 3, 2022.Nikolay Doychinov | Afp | Getty Images WASHINGTON — Russia's war on Ukraine has exposed a host of new threats for the tiny, landlocked nation of Moldova, which has grappled with an influx of Ukrainian refugees while maintaining a total dependence on Russian gas. Moldova is Eastern Europe's smallest nation, with a population of fewer than 3 million and a landmass slightly larger than the state of Maryland. In less than two months, however, it has been overwhelmed by hundreds of thousands of civilians fleeing Russia's ongoing military campaign. "Of course, we cannot compare ourselves with Ukraine and the tragedy for which Ukraine is going through," Moldovan Minister of Foreign Affairs Nicu Popescu told a table of think-tank experts at the German Marshall Fund in Washington, D.C., on April 19. "But we are the most fragile neighbor of Ukraine because we are the country that is most affected and we are...
    Condé Nast will halt the distribution of Vogue Russia and its other publications in the country in opposition to a 'rise in censorship' and the Kremlin's invasion of Ukraine, which the company's Chief Executive characterized as 'senseless.' At least 90% of Condé Nast's employees will be laid off as a result of the decision. The iconic fashion brand long headed by Anna Wintour permanently terminated its franchise agreement with Condé Nast Russia on March 8, halting the printing of Vogue, GQ, GQ Style, Tatler, Glamour, Glamour Style Book and Architectural Digest - which combined reach more than 21 million readers in the country, the company said. Vogue Russia, which had 800,000 subscribers and was the most-read high-end fashion publication in the country, announced its suspension 'until further notice' to its one million Twitter followers, writing that they 'believe that this is not a farewell letter, but only a short pause, after which we will return to you.' But a letter emailed to the company's global staff on April 20 by Chief Executive Roger Lynch did not specify whether publication would...
    Phase Two of Russia’s cruel war against Ukraine is now under way – and I fear it will be even more bloody and barbaric than Vladimir Putin’s campaign so far. Over the past 48 hours Putin has upped the tempo. Deeply humiliated by the failure of his intended blitzkrieg on the country in February, he is now doubling down to achieve victory by brute force. And so from the frontlines in south-eastern Ukraine to the far west on the border with Poland, as many as 2,000 missile strikes and bombing raids have shattered any faint remaining hope that the Kremlin might still be open to peace talks. The scale of artillery bombardments and the deployment of cruise missiles alongside its long-range bombers suggest a ruthless determination to crush Ukraine’s dogged resistance once and for all. The second phase of Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine could be more bloody and barbaric than the first, fears Mark Almond Putin claimed his invasion was to protect and liberate the Russian speakers of the disputed territory of the Donbas. But in reality he...
    Republican House leader Kevin McCarthy blasted the Biden administration's handling of the war in Ukraine, claiming that Russian President Vladimir Putin 'probably' wouldn't have invaded the country if America had sent arms to Kyiv sooner.  During an appearance on Fox News Sunday, McCarthy, who was part of a group of bipartisan House members who traveled to Poland earlier this month, said he witnessed the Ukrainian people's 'fortitude' in the face of the 'devastation' that Russia is causing in Ukraine. 'This is going to get stronger and rougher, and what really needs to happen is Ukraine is not asking for American men and women to fight,' the California Republican said on Fox News Sunday. 'All they’re asking for is the weapons to defend themselves.'  'If we would have taken those actions earlier instead of waiting until after Russia invaded, they probably never would have invaded, had we done that sooner,' he said. Scroll down for video  Republican House leader Kevin McCarthy, pictured, blasting the Biden administration's handling of war in Ukraine during an appearance on Fox News Sunday McCarthy, pictured, claims that Russian President...
    (CNN)Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told CNN that Ukraine is not willing to give up territory in the eastern part of the country to end the war with Russia, and Ukraine's military is prepared to fight Moscow's military in the Donbas region in a battle he says could influence the course of the entire war.Zelensky said in an exclusive interview Friday with CNN's Jake Tapper from the office of the president in Kyiv that his country has no guarantee that Russia wouldn't try again to seize Kyiv if it is able to capture Donbas."This is why it is very important for us to not allow them, to stand our ground, because this battle ... it can influence the course of the whole war," Zelensky said. Exclusive: Zelensky says world should be prepared for possibility Putin could use nuclear weapons"Because I don't trust the Russian military and Russian leadership," he continued. "That is why we understand that the fact that we fought them off and they left, and they were running away from Kyiv -- from the north, from Chernihiv and from...
    Ukraine's richest man has pledged to help rebuild the besieged city of Mariupol, a place close to his heart where he owns two vast steelworks that have been at the centre of heavy fighting with Russian forces in recent weeks. Rinat Akhmetov has seen his business empire shattered by eight years of fighting in Ukraine's east but remains defiant, sure that what he calls 'our brave soldiers' will defend the Sea of Azov city reduced to a wasteland by seven weeks of shelling. For now, though, his Metinvest company, Ukraine's biggest steelmaker, has announced it cannot deliver its supply contracts and while his financial and industrial SCM Group is servicing its debt obligations, his private power producer DTEK 'has optimised payment of its debts' in an agreement with creditors. Rinat Akhmetov (pictured) - Ukraine's richest man - has pledged to help rebuild the besieged city of Mariupol, a place close to his heart where he owns two vast steelworks that he says will once again compete globally 'Mariupol is a global tragedy and a global example of heroism,' Akhmetov said...
    Among liberals anticipating, and fearing, the fall of abortion rights nationally is an assumption. That assumption is this: A gigantic backlash will crush the Republicans after the Supreme Court enfeebles Roe. If a backlash were brewing, though, we’d see evidence by now. I don’t see it. Do you? Texas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Idaho, Kentucky, Arizona, Wyoming and Florida have passed laws outlawing abortion or nearly banning it. Some laws, like Florida’s, make no exception for incest, rape or risk of injury or death to the mother. Others, like Texas’s, create a legal setting in which private citizens enforce the law by hunting bounties. (Some states already had laws on the books criminalizing “fetal homicide.” The Editorial Board’s Mia Brett wrote this week these laws pave the way for the invention of a legal fiction: “fetal personhood.”) By the summer, additional GOP-controlled states will prohibit or restrict-into-oblivion access to abortion. These same states will likely forbid the selling, buying and possessing of the abortion pill, too. Why don’t we see a backlash yet? A couple things. It’s hard...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Yemen told the Security Council on Thursday that he believes there is “a light at the end of the tunnel” in the more than seven-year war in the Arab world’s poorest country. But Hans Grundberg also warned that the two-month cease-fire underway in Yemen is fragile and that reports of military operations around the oil-rich central province of Marib should be addressed urgently. Grundberg also said that during his first visit this week to Yemen’s capital of Sanaa — held by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels — he received “reaffirmed commitment to all aspects of implementing the truce” and held “constructive conversations” on next steps to strengthen and expand it. The two-month truce is the first nationwide cease-fire in six years in Yemen’s civil war, which erupted in 2014. That year, the Houthis seized Sanaa and forced the internationally recognized government into exile. The Saudi-led coalition entered the war in early 2015 to try to restore the government to power. The conflict has in recent years become a regional proxy war...
    German investigators on Thursday said they had arrested four members of a far-right anti-lockdown group for planning violent attacks, including a plot to kidnap the country's health minister. The suspects from the 'Vereinte Patrioten' (United Patriots) group are accused of 'preparing explosive attacks and other acts of violence' as well as the 'kidnapping of well-known public figures', prosecutors in Koblenz said in a joint statement with the Rhineland-Palatinate police. Health Minister Karl Lauterbach confirmed he was among their targets and had received police protection. Health minister Karl Lauterbach (pictured at a press conference on April 4) thanked state cops The main aim of the group was to 'destroy power supply facilities in order to cause a prolonged nationwide blackout', the investigators said. 'This was intended to cause civil war-like conditions and ultimately overthrow the democratic system in Germany,' they said. Investigators had identified five suspects aged between 41 and 55 and on Wednesday carried out searches leading to four arrests and the seizure of around two dozen guns, including a Kalashnikov. They also seized ammunition, around 8,900 euros ($9,700) in...
    The head of the World Health Organisation has blasted the world's focus on the horrific invasion of Ukraine, saying it shows the lack of 'equal attention to black and white lives'. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus claimed other crises such as in his home country of Ethiopia do not receive the same concern as Putin's war which has had major geopolitical consequences. The health boss said current emergencies in Yemen, Afghanistan and Syria have only received a 'fraction' of the attention of Ukraine.   Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says the world's focus on Ukraine shows the lack of 'equal attention to black and white lives' A street is pictured after it was destroyed by shellings in Chernihiv, Ukraine, in Putin's savage invasion Investigators exhume bodies from a mass grave in Bucha where Russia is accused of carrying out war crimes What are the major global crises today? Afghanistan: The Taliban recaptured the country in August, sending the country into crisis and forcing millions to flee the Islamist rule. Nearly 23million people are now facing starvation and an estimated 270,000 Afghans have been displaced inside the country...