Zelensky, Johnson meet on defense, security issues

This handout picture taken and released by Ukrainian Presidential Press-Service on June 17, 2022, shows Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (right) welcoming Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, before talks in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv. (STR / UKRAINIAN PRESIDENTIAL PRESS-SERVICE / AFP) KYIV - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky met with visiting British...

Zelensky: Not in talks with third parties over peace plan

In this photo provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, second left, is surrounded with servicemen close to the front line in Donetsk region, Ukraine, June 5, 2022. (UKRAINIAN PRESIDENTIAL PRESS OFFICE VIA AP) KYIV/MOSCOW/ROME – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he is not holding talks...

US ‘to send medium-range rocket systems to Ukraine’

US military personnel stand by a M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) during Saudi Arabia’s first World Defense Show, north of the capital Riyadh, on March 6, 2022. (FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP) WASHINGTON/KYIV/BRUSSELS - The United States will send medium-range rocket systems to Ukraine in a new security assistance...

US not providing Ukraine with long-range rocket systems

Ukrainian tanks move in Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, May 30, 2022. (FRANCISCO SECO) WASHINGTON/MOSCOW/KYIV/ANKARA – The United States will not provide Ukraine with long-range rocket systems capable of hitting targets inside Russia, President Joe Biden said on Monday, despite pleas from Ukraine for the advanced weaponry. “We are not going...

Putin discusses Ukraine, food security with Macron, Scholz

Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulates military and civilian personnel and veterans of the Border Guards Service on Border Guard's Day, at Novo-Ogaryovo state residence, outside Moscow on May 28, 2022. (MIKHAIL METZEL / SPUTNIK / AFP) MOSCOW / KIEV - Russian President Vladimir Putin held a phone conversation with French...

Top Russian, US generals discuss Ukraine over phone

This US Department of Defense handout photo shows Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen Mark A Milley (left) as he meets with Chief of Russian General Staff Gen. Valery Gerasimov in Helsinki, Finland, on Sept 22, 2021. (CHUCK BURTON / DOD / AFP) MOSCOW/KYIV/BERLIN/VIENNA/UNITED NATIONS – Chief of...

Challenging agenda awaits world leaders in Davos

Inflation, energy and climate crises, Ukraine conflict key topics for discussion (WU HEPING / FOR CHINA DAILY) World political and business leaders face huge challenges at the upcoming World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, according to experts. They face pressures from rampant inflation, energy and climate crises, and the conflict...

Russia, Ukraine say peace talks on hold

An aerial view taken on April 12, 2022, shows the city of Mariupol, during Russia's special military operation on Ukraine. (ANDREY BORODULIN / AFP) MOSCOW/KYIV - Russian and Ukrainian officials said on Tuesday that negotiations on a solution to the current crisis have been suspended as the process is mired...

Russia reacts to possible NATO weapon deployment in Finland

The Finnish-Russian Imatra border crossing is pictured in Imatra, south-eastern Finland, on May 13, 2022. (ALESSANDRO RAMPAZZO / AFP) MOSCOW/KYIV – Russia said Sunday it will strengthen its border with Finland if NATO's striking weapons are deployed in Finland. "If NATO deploys offensive, striking weapons in Finland, in close proximity...

Biden nominates new US ambassador to Ukraine

This undated file photo shows US ambassador to Slovakia Bridget Brink (left). (PHOTO / US EMBASSY IN SLOVAKIA VIA XINHUA) WASHINGTON - US President Joe Biden announced his intention to nominate Bridget Brink for US ambassador to Ukraine, a vacant post since May 2019. The announcement on Monday by the...

Russia imposes sanctions on US vice-president, Meta CEO

People walk past the Russian Foreign Ministry headquarters in Moscow on April 5, 2022. (ALEXANDER NEMENOV / AFP) MOSCOW/WASHINGTON/KYIV - Russia has imposed personal sanctions on 29 US citizens, including US Vice-President Kamala Harris and Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and 61 Canadian citizens, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Thursday. A...

Russian cruiser Moskva remains buoyant after blast

This satellite image provided by Maxar Technologies shows cruiser Moskva in port Sevastopol in Crimea on April 7, 2022. (SATELLITE IMAGE ©2022 MAXAR TECHNOLOGIES VIA AP) MOSCOW/WASHINGTON/KYIV/HELSINKI/UNITED NATIONS – Russia on Thursday said the flagship of its Black Sea fleet, the Moskva missile cruiser, remains buoyant though damaged in an...