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Russia steps up missile strikes on Ukraine as G7 leaders gather

Russia steps up missile strikes on Ukraine as G7 leaders gather

RUSSIAN missiles hit an apartment block and kindergarten in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, in strikes U.S. President Joe Biden condemned as "barbarism" as world leaders gathered in Europe to discuss further sanctions against Moscow. Up to four explosions shook central Kyiv in the early hours, in the first such attack on the city in weeks. "The Russians hit Kyiv again. Missiles damaged an apartment building and a kindergarten," said Andriy Yermak, head of the president's administration. A Reuters photographer saw a large blast crater by a playground in a kindergarten that had smashed windows. Deputy Mayor Mykola Povoroznyk said one…
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Russia strikes Kyiv for first time in weeks, battle rages in east

Russia strikes Kyiv for first time in weeks, battle rages in east

NATALIA ZINETS and PAVEL POLITYUK RUSSIA struck Ukraine's capital Kyiv with missiles for the first time in more than a month, while Ukrainian officials said a counter-attack on the main battlefield in the east had retaken half of the city of Sievierodonetsk. Dark smoke could be seen from many miles away after the attack on two outlying districts of Kyiv. Ukraine said the strike hit a rail car repair works; Moscow said it had destroyed tanks sent by Eastern European countries to Ukraine. At least one person was hospitalised though there were no immediate reports of deaths. The strike was…
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On Ukraine visit, Blinken, Austin pledge return of U.S. diplomats, more security aid

On Ukraine visit, Blinken, Austin pledge return of U.S. diplomats, more security aid

SIMON LEWIS WASHINGTON'S top diplomat and its defense chief used the first official U.S. visit to Ukraine since Russia invaded in February to announce a gradual return of U.S. diplomats including a new ambassador and over $300 million in new military aid to Kyiv. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin traveled to Poland on Saturday in a previously undisclosed trip, and took a train the following day into Ukraine where they met President Volodymyr Zelensky and other top Ukrainian officials. "In terms of Russia’s war aims, Russia has already failed and Ukraine has already succeeded,"…
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Blinken travels to Middle East, North Africa

Blinken travels to Middle East, North Africa

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel to the Middle East and North Africa starting in a trip that will be heavily dominated by discussion of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Blinken is set to visit Israel, the West Bank, Morocco, and Algeria from Saturday to Wednesday, the State Department announced on Thursday, in a trip that will focus on Iran and the conflict in Ukraine. "Both of those are going to be really at the top of the agenda," top U.S. diplomat for Near Eastern affairs Yael Lempert told reporters. Russian forces invaded Ukraine a month ago in the…
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Ukraine war: how Ghana is vulnerable, and what can be done

Ukraine war: how Ghana is vulnerable, and what can be done

The seismic aftershocks of Russia’s invasion of its neighbour, Ukraine, on 24 February 2022 continues to reverberate across the globe. Authors THEOPHILUS ACHEAMPONG, Associate lecturer, University of Aberdeen BRIDGET O. MENYEH, Research Associate, Loughborough University As members of the United Nations Security Council, Ghana, Kenya and Gabon have publicly condemned Russia’s actions in a vote cast during an emergency session on 25 February 2022. While the reasons for the invasion are many, the conflict is already taking its toll on an already fragile global economy barely recovering from one of the worst economic downturns since the Great Depression. The conflict…
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