A bomb is injured at the Ukrainian embassy in Madrid, Kiev steps up security

MADRID/KYIV, Nov 30 (Reuters) – A security officer at the Ukrainian embassy in Madrid was injured on Wednesday when he opened a letter bomb addressed to the ambassador. The letter, which arrived by regular mail and had not been scanned, caused “a very small wound” to one finger when the officer opened it in the … Read more

South Korea scrambles fighter jets as fighter jets from China and Russia penetrate air defense zone

SEOUL, Nov 30 (Reuters) – The South Korean military said it scrambled warplanes when two Chinese and six Russian warplanes entered the air defense zone on Wednesday. The two Chinese H-6 bombers repeatedly entered and exited the Korea Air Defense Identification Zone (KADIZ) off the south and northeast coasts of South Korea from about 05:50 … Read more

Exclusive: The US and Russia have used their military hotline once so far during the war in Ukraine

WASHINGTON, Nov 28 (Reuters) – A communication line between the militaries of the United States and Russia at the start of Moscow’s war against Ukraine has so far been used only once, a US official told Reuters. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the United States has issued a call through the … Read more

The yuan is the new dollar as Russia rides to the redback

Russia turns to Chinese currency amid sanctions Moscow becomes No. 4 offshore yuan trading center Yuan’s share of Russian FX market jumps from 1% to 45% Russian central bank supports trend but warns of risks This content was produced in Russia, where the law restricts coverage of Russian military operations in Ukraine MOSCOW/SHANGHAI, Nov 29 … Read more

Russia’s war on Ukraine latest news: US helps Ukraine restore electricity

Nov 29 (Reuters) – The United States will announce new aid on Tuesday to help Ukraine restore electricity as its population faces another week of brutal cold and darkness after Russian attacks on the power grid caused continued blackouts. DIPLOMACY * A line of communication between the United States military and Russia at the start … Read more

EU fails to reach agreement on Russian oil price cap, diplomats say

BRUSSELS, Nov 28 (Reuters) – European Union governments failed to agree on a price cap for Russian crude oil by sea on Monday, as Poland insisted the cap should be set lower than proposed by the G7 to boost Moscow’s ability to deliver its to finance invasion of Ukraine, diplomats said. “There is no deal. … Read more

The global oil market is signaling near-term weakness ahead of the EU ban on Russian oil

NEW YORK, Nov 28 (Reuters) – The global oil market is signaling a potential shift as traders and analysts worry about reduced crude oil demand and oversupply in the market in the coming months. After months of strength, crude futures are flirting with lows not seen all year as China, the largest oil consumer, introduces … Read more

Snowy Kiev is struggling with power outages for fear of new attacks

Ukraine is rushing to repair infrastructure hit by Russia Winter starts with an energy shortage of about 20% Party boss says next week could be ‘very difficult’ KYIV, Nov 27 (Reuters) – Snow fell in Kyiv and temperatures hovered around freezing on Sunday, as millions in and around the Ukrainian capital struggled with power supply … Read more

Ukraine recalls the Stalin-era famine as the war rages in Russia

KYIV, Nov 26 (Reuters) – Ukraine on Saturday accused the Kremlin of reviving Josef Stalin’s “genocidal” tactics as Kiev commemorated a Soviet-era famine that killed millions of Ukrainians in the winter of 1932-33. The day of remembrance for the “Holodomor” comes as Ukraine struggles to fend off invading Russian forces and deal with sweeping blackouts … Read more

Belarusian Foreign Minister Makei suddenly dies – Belta

Nov 26 (Reuters) – The Belarusian foreign minister has died suddenly, state news agency Belta reported on Saturday, two days before he was due to meet his Russian counterpart. “Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei passed away suddenly,” Belta said without giving further details. Makei has held his position since 2012. Makei, 64, attended a conference of … Read more