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Russia unleashes air strikes across Ukraine

Kyıv: On Dec 5, Ukraine said that Russia had destroyed homes in the southeast and knocked out power in many areas with a new round of missile attacks. The move is in retaliation to the West imposing a price cap on Russian seaborne oil to try to limit its ability to finance its invasion. Three people were killed when a fuel tanker exploded at the air base in Ryazan, 185 km (115 miles) southeast of Moscow, a state news agency said.

“Russia will not export oil to Western price cap”: Deputy PM

Moscow: On Dec 4, President Vladimir Putin's point man on energy said that Russia would not sell oil that was subject to a Western price cap even if it has to cut production. Previously, the Group of Seven and Australia agreed to a $60 per barrel price cap on Russian seaborne crude oil. "We are working on mechanisms to prohibit the use of a price cap instrument, regardless of what level is set, because such interference could further destabilize the market," said Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak.

Russia ‘open’ to talks on Ukraine

On Friday, the Kremlin stated that Russian President Vladimir Putin was “open to negotiations” on Ukraine but the West must accept Moscow’s demands. The statement came a day after US President Joe Biden expressed that he was willing to talk if Putin was looking for a way to end the war. Biden has not spoken directly with Putin since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24. In March, Biden branded Putin a “butcher” who “cannot stay in power”.

Macron, Biden discuss Russia during US state visit

President Emmanuel Macron called for France and the United States to be “brothers in arms” at the start of a state visit to the White House. Emphasizing the history of the US-France alliance, Macron said, “We bear a duty to this shared history as war returns to European soil following Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. And in light of the multiple crises our nations and our societies face, we need to become brothers in arms once more”.

Threat from Russia not ‘reduced’: Estonia minister

Estonia’s Defence Minister Hanno Pevkur believed that Russia had been critically weakened even after nine months of the war in Ukraine. “We have to be honest and clear: The Russian navy and air force are more or less as big as they were before the war,” Pevkur told a news agency during a visit to Berlin. He argued: “We have no reason to believe that the threat from Russia is somehow reduced or that the threat to NATO is reduced.”

Kremlin defends security alliance after Armenian criticism

On Monday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated that attempts to break up a Russian-led security alliance had always existed and would continue to do so. He also insisted that the alliance remains in high demand following criticism this week from Armenia. The remarks came after Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan called into question the effectiveness of the six-nation Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) at a summit this week.

Russian commanders encouraged ‘sexual violence’: Int’l lawyer

Kyiv: On Nov 23, an international criminal lawyer, British lawyer Wayne Jordash, claimed that there was evidence that Russian commanders exhorted sexual violence by military personnel in Ukraine. Jordash told that in some areas of Kyiv, some of the sexual violence involved a level of organization by Russian armed forces that “speaks to planning on a more systematic level.” He didn’t identify specific individuals under scrutiny.

“War in Ukraine is Asia’s problem too”: Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron urges Asian countries to join the “increasing consensus” against the conflict in Ukraine, telling them that the war was “your problem”, too. Macron at the Pacific Rim summit told business leaders that France was trying to “create an increasing consensus in order to say this war is also your problem, because it will create a lot of destabilization”.

Two killed, three wounded in Belgorod: Governor Gladkov

On Tuesday, the governor of the Belgorod region of southern Russia stated that two people had been killed and three others wounded by shelling in a town near the border with Ukraine. Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov gave no further details of the incident in the town of Shebekino. While Kyiv, without claiming responsibility for the attacks, described them as “karma” for Russia’s invasion.

Russia pounds Ukraine in heaviest missile strikes

Kyiv: On Nov 15, Russia pounded cities and energy facilities across Ukraine, killing at least one person and causing widespread power outages. Kyiv said that the attack was the heaviest wave of missile strikes in nearly nine months of war. In a video message, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy warned Ukrainians that more missile strikes were possible and added: "We are working, we will restore everything, we will survive."

NATO’s Stoltenberg warns against ‘underestimating’ Russia

The Hague: On Nov 14, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that it was up to Ukraine to decide what terms were acceptable for negotiations to bring an end to the war Russia waged against the country. He also warned that Moscow's strength should not be underestimated despite Kyiv's recent battlefield successes. "We should not make the mistake of underestimating Russia. The Russian armed forces retain significant capabilities, as well as a large number of troops," Stoltenberg said during a news conference.

Russia rejects G20’s focus on security

On Nov 13, Russia called for the G20 to stop talking about security and focus on the world's most pressing socio-economic problems, ahead of a summit. The summit is reportedly set to be dominated by Western criticism of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. In a statement issued ahead of the summit, Russia's foreign ministry said it was "fundamentally important that the G20 concentrate its efforts on real, rather than imaginary, threats."

Ukrainians celebrate Russian retreat from Kherson

On Friday, it emerged that Ukrainian officials celebrated the liberation of Kherson city and the west bank of the region. Yuriy Sobolevskyi, first deputy head of Kherson regional council, said on Telegram: "Kherson is unbreakable! Today free people were able to come to Svobody (Freedom) Square with the flags of Ukraine again, as it was when the enemy captured the city."

Russia accuses Ukraine of ‘terrorist act’ in Kherson

On Sunday, Ukrainian forces targeted three power lines in Kherson city. The Russian-installed administration called the move a “terrorist act”. Electricity and water supplies were “temporarily absent”, the administration proclaimed.

Iran plans to send ‘over 200 drones’ to Russia: Ukraine

Khiv: As per reports from Ukraine, "Iran is preparing to send approximately 1,000 additional weapons, including surface-to-surface short-range ballistic missiles and more attack drones, to Russia." A Ukrainian official noted that the shipment was being closely monitored as it would be the first instance of Iran sending advanced precision-guided missiles to Russia.

Russian attacks leave many Ukrainians without power, water

Kyiv: On Oct 31, Russian forces attacked Ukrainian hydroelectric power stations and other energy facilities in missile strikes that deprived people of electricity and running water. Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said that the missiles targeted 10 Ukrainian regions and damaged 18 mostly energy-related facilities. Shmyhal added that hundreds of settlements lost power across Ukraine, despite the air defenses having knocked out 44 of 50 the missiles fired by Russia.

UK warns Russia against nuclear weapons

The United Kingdom warned Russia that there would be “severe consequences” if it used nuclear weapons in Ukraine. “No other country is talking about nuclear use. No country is threatening Russia or President [Vladimir] Putin,” foreign minister James Cleverly remarked. “He should be clear that for the UK and our Allies, any use, at all, of nuclear weapons would change the nature of the conflict. There would be severe consequences for Russia,” he added.

Russia should re-evaluate the grain deal: Türkiye

On Monday, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar told Russian counterpart Sergey Shoigu that Moscow should re-evaluate the suspension of its participation. In a phone call between the two ministers, Akar told Shoigu it was extremely important for the grain deal to continue. He added that the treaty should be executed separately from the conflict in Ukraine.

Türkiye promises to keep grain moving despite Russian withdrawal

On Monday, Türkiye assured that Ukraine would continue its food exports despite Russia announcing its withdrawal from an UN-brokered grain deal. Türkiye, which helped broker the agreement, remained committed to the deal. “Even if Russia behaves hesitantly because it didn’t receive the same benefits, we will continue decisively our efforts to serve humanity,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.

NATO calls on Russia to renew Ukraine grain deal

Brussels: On Oct 30, NATO called on Moscow to urgently renew the U.N.-brokered deal that enabled Ukraine to resume grain exports via the Black Sea amid a global food crisis. "President Putin must stop weaponizing food and end his illegal war on Ukraine," NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu said. "We call on Russia to reconsider its decision and renew the deal urgently, enabling food to reach those who need it most." All NATO allies had welcomed the agreement that came about with the help of Turkey, she noted.

“Russia’s partial mobilization is complete”: Shoigu

Moscow: On Oct 28, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said that the "partial mobilization" of 300,000 reservists to fight in Ukraine was complete. "Tens of thousands of them already sent to the combat zone," he added. Speaking at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Shoigu said: "The task set by you of (mobilising) 300,000 people has been completed. No further measures are planned."

Russia strikes Ukrainian infrastructure

Kyiv: On Oct 27, a senior Russian government official raised the possibility that Moscow could shoot down commercial Western satellites being used to help Ukraine's war effort. Through this move, Russia pressed ahead with its bombing campaign against Ukrainian infrastructure. "Quasi-civilian infrastructure may be a legitimate target for a retaliatory strike," Konstantin Vorontsov, a senior Russian foreign ministry official, told the United Nations First Committee.

“Russia is aware of Ukraine’s plans to use a dirty bomb”: Putin

On October 26, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that Russia was aware of Ukraine’s plans to use a “dirty bomb”. He made these remarks at a meeting with the intelligence chiefs of several former Soviet countries. He added that the risk of conflict in the world and region was high and security should be heightened around crucial infrastructure sites.

Russian Court approves Griner’s sentence

Krasnogorsk: On Oct 25, a Russian court dismissed U.S. WNBA basketball star Brittney Griner's appeal against a nine-year sentence. She was detained for possessing and smuggling vape cartridges containing cannabis oil. "We are aware of the news out of Russia that Brittney Griner will continue to be wrongfully detained under intolerable circumstances after having to undergo another sham judicial proceeding today," White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said in a statement

Russia’s defense minister speaks with US counterpart

Russia’s Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu held a phone call with his US counterpart, Lloyd Austin, the defense ministry said. It was a rare talk between Moscow and Washington since the start of the Ukraine conflict. “Topical issues of international security, including the situation in Ukraine, were discussed,” Russia’s defense ministry said on Telegram without providing further details.

Moscow calls U.S. sanction ‘a cynical bid of coercion’

On Oct 20, Russia's foreign ministry said that charges brought by the United States against five Russian nationals for alleged sanctions violations were an attempt to intimidate the business community in Russia and abroad. "The cynicism of this situation is that it is about taking hostages for further political gain," spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement. "We view the detention of Russian citizens ... for their subsequent extradition to the U.S. as a continuation of Washington's large-scale campaign to capture Russians on whom the U.S. has 'claims', with a view to their subsequent guaranteed conviction by U.S. punitive justice for lengthy prison terms," she added.

‘Russia could downgrade diplomatic presence in West’: Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated that Moscow could reduce its diplomatic presence in Western countries. He blamed sour relations with Europe and the United States for the cause. “Of course, we do not see any sense in or have any desire to maintain the same presence in Western countries, … and Third World countries, both in Asia and Africa, on the contrary, need additional attention,” Lavrov said in an address to new foreign ministry recruits.

Iran agrees to ship missiles, drones to Russia

On Oct 18, senior Iranian officials and diplomats reported that the country promised to provide Russia with surface to surface missiles, in addition to more drones. "The Russians had asked for more drones and those Iranian ballistic missiles with improved accuracy, particularly the Fateh and Zolfaghar missiles family," said one of the Iranian diplomats, who was briefed about the trip.