Russia, Estonia expel envoys, downgrade relations

People walk past the Russian Foreign Ministry headquarters in Moscow on April 5, 2022. (ALEXANDER NEMENOV / AFP) Russia said on Monday it was downgrading diplomatic relations with NATO member Estonia, accusing it of "total Russophobia", and Tallinn responded by telling Moscow's envoy to the Baltic nation to leave. Estonia...

IAEA establishes mission at Ukraine’s nuclear plant

A file photo taken on Sept 20, 2022 shows the Pivdennoukrainsk nuclear plant in Yuzhnoukrainsk, Ukraine. (GENYA SAVILOV / AFP) MOSCOW/KYIV/ANKARA/ZAGREB - The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) established the support and assistance mission at the Pivdennoukrainsk nuclear power plant (NPP) in southern Ukraine, IAEA Director-General Rafael Mariano Grossi said...

Russia appoints new military commander in Ukraine

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, left, and Chief of the Russian General Staff Valery Gerasimov attend the meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin during his visit to the joint staff of troops involved in Russia's military operation in Ukraine, at an unknown location in this Dec 17, 2022 file photo....

Moscow ends self-proclaimed cease-fire

In this handout photo released by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service on Jan 7, 2023, Russian troops attend the Orthodox Christmas service at the Russian Armed Forces' main cathedral in the Patriot military park in Kubinka just outside Moscow, Russia, Jan 7, 2023. (PHOTO / RUSSIAN DEFENSE MINISTRY PRESS SERVICE...

Putin orders Christmas truce with Ukraine on Jan 6-7

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a meeting with senior military officers in Moscow, Russia on Dec 21, 2022. (VADIM SAVITSKY / SPUTNIK / RUSSIAN DEFENSE MINISTRY PRESS SERVICE / POOL PHOTO VIA AP) MOSCOW/WASHINGTON - Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed the country's Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to start a...

Russia loses 63 troops in Ukraine raid

Anger grows over highest casualty count since start of conflict last year Russia's Defense Ministry confirmed on Monday that 63 soldiers had been killed on New Year's Eve in a fiery blast that destroyed a temporary barracks in a vocational college in Makiivka, twin city of the regional capital Donetsk....

Europeans fall prey to prices

Conflict in Ukraine drives up costs as Europe bears brunt of Russia sanctions Trade union members demonstrate in front of the Engie headquarters in Brussels on Nov 9. The cost-of-living pressure has added strains to people's livelihoods. (GEERT VANDEN WIJNGAERT / AP) About 16,500 people took to the street in...

UN hopeful for Russian fertilizer exports breakthrough

A tractor sprays organic liquid fertilizer in a field at the Vargem Dourada farm in Padre Bernardo, Goias State, Brazil, on May 19, 2022. Fearing that the conflict in Ukraine will disrupt its crucial supply of fertilizer imports, Brazil´s agricultural sector is increasingly turning to natural alternatives, including remineralizers, or...