Born to boost its forces, equipment on eastern flank

BRUSSELS: Nato defense ministers on Thursday discussed ways to bolster forces and deterrence along the military alliance’s eastern borders to dissuade Russia from planning further aggression in the wake of its invasion of Ukraine. The Russian invasion has led allies to rethink strategies and to agree that Nato forces should be present in greater numbers … Read more

EU leaders back Ukraine membership bid in trip to war-torn Kyiv

The European Union’s most powerful leaders on Thursday embraced Ukraine’s bid to be accepted as a candidate for EU membership, in a powerful symbol of support in Kyiv’s battle against Russia’s invasion. The European Commission will meet Friday to give its official opinion on Ukraine’s formal bid for EU candidacy, which must be approved by … Read more

ukraine: Ukraine defies Russian ultimatum for eastern city, NATO urged to send more weapons

KYIV/NIU-YORK: Ukraine ignored a Russian ultimatum to surrender the eastern city of Sievierodonetsk on Wednesday as the United States urged its allies at a gathering of NATO defense ministers to step up military support for Kyiv. Sievierodonetsk, now largely in ruins, has for weeks been the main focal point of the war. Russia had told … Read more

Latvian foreign minister says European leaders should not fear provoking Putin and must not push Ukraine to make concessions

Washington CNN — Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs on Wednesday said European leaders must not be deterred by a fear of provoking Russian President Vladimir Putin and the international community must not pressure Ukraine into making concessions to end the war. In an exclusive interview with CNN in Washington, DC, Rinkēvičs also outlined Latvia’s key … Read more

West pledges more arms for Ukraine, as Russia and China renew ties

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin urges allies not to “lose steam” on sending weapons to Ukraine as Kyiv pleads desperately for heavier arms to hold back Russia’s invasion. SOUNDBITE US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin urged European allies to step up arms shipments to Ukraine on Wednesday, as Russia and China renewed their mutual support … Read more

Macron appeals for solid parliament majority amid ‘troubled times’

Issued on: 06/15/2022 – 08:17 French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday appealed to voters to give him a “solid majority” in Sunday’s parliamentary polls, warning against adding “French disorder to global disorder”. Speaking as he departed from Paris to visit French troops dispatched to Romania in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Macron said “the … Read more

Russia plans evacuations from chemical plant in battleground Ukraine city

LYSYCHANSK: Russia said it would establish a humanitarian corridor to evacuate civilians from a chemical plant in Severodonetsk starting Wednesday as Ukrainian forces wage a desperate battle for control of the city. The industrial hub is under intense bombardment as Russia focuses its offensive on the eastern Donbas region in an effort to seize a … Read more

Russian attacks trap Ukrainians in Donbas region

Russian attacks trap Ukrainians in Donbas region – CBS News Watch CBS News Russian forces blew up bridges around Severodonetsk, trapping thousands of Ukrainians inside the city. To save them, Ukraine is pleading for more weapons. Chris Livesay has more. Be the first to know Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive … Read more

NATO’s Stoltenberg says Turkey’s security concerns are legitimate | NATO News

Sweden and Finland applied to join NATO, but have faced opposition from Turkey, which accuses them of supporting ‘terrorists’. Security concerns raised by Turkey in its opposition to Finland and Sweden joining NATO are legitimate, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said during a visit to Finland. Sweden and Finland applied to join the Western military alliance … Read more

ukraine: Ukraine’s leader says his troops keep defying predictions

KYIV: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said no one knows how long the war in his country will last but that Ukrainian forces are defying expectations by preventing Russian troops from overrunning eastern Ukraine, where the fighting has been fiercest for weeks. In his nightly video address, Zelenskyy said he was proud of the Ukrainian defenders … Read more