Ukraine advance in Lyman shows it can push back Russian forces, NATO chief says

WASHINGTON, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s capture of a city within territory of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s declared annexation demonstrates that Ukrainians are making progress and able to push back against Russian forces, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Sunday. “We have seen that they have been able to take a new town, Lyman, and … Read more

Pope begs Putin to end ‘spiral of violence and death’, fears nuclear war

Pope says annexation risked nuclear escalation Says he has been haunted by “rivers of blood and tears” Most direct appeal to Putin since invasion in February Vatican official compares it to days of Cuban missile crisis VATICAN CITY, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Pope Francis for the first time directly begged Russian President Vladimir Putin to … Read more

Ukraine celebrates recapturing key town, Putin ally raises nuclear jitters

Ukraine’s recapture of Lyman deals Moscow major setback Chechen leader suggests use of low-yield nuclear weapon Lyman is key logistics hub in eastern Donetsk region Donetsk is one of four regions Putin says are now Russian KYIV, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Ukrainian troops said they had retaken the key bastion of Lyman in occupied eastern … Read more

Germany says it will supply Ukraine with air defence system in days

BERLIN, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Germany will deliver the first of four advanced IRIS-T air defence systems to Ukraine in the coming days to help ward off drone attacks, its defence minister Christine Lambrecht said during an unannounced visit to Odessa on Saturday. As air raid sirens sounded in the port city above, Lambrecht held … Read more

Chechen leader Kadyrov: Russia should use low-yield nuclear weapon after new defeat in Ukraine

LONDON, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Ramzan Kadyrov, head of Russia’s region of Chechnya, said on Saturday that Moscow should consider using a low-yield nuclear weapon in Ukraine after a major new defeat on the battlefield. As Russia confirmed the loss of its stronghold of Lyman in eastern Ukraine, Kadyrov slammed top commanders for their failings … Read more

Italy’s Eni working with Gazprom to resolve Russian gas flow halt

MILAN, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Italy’s Eni (ENI.MI) said it not would receive any of the gas it had requested from Russia’s Gazprom (GAZP.MM) for delivery on Saturday, but the firms said they were working to fix this. Russian gas supplies through the Tarvisio entry point will be at zero for Oct. 1, Eni, the … Read more

Russia’s Ukraine invasion is backdrop to election in Latvia

VILNIUS, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Latvians were voting on Saturday in a parliamentary election, with opinion polls predicting that Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins’s centre-right New Unity party will win the most votes, enabling him to continue his coalition with the conservative National Alliance. A victory for Karins could widen a growing rift between the Latvian … Read more

Turkey rejects Russia’s annexation of Ukrainian territory

ISTANBUL, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said on Saturday it rejects Russia’s annexation of four regions in Ukraine, adding the decision is a “grave violation” of international law. Turkey, a NATO member, has conducted a diplomatic balancing act since Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24. Ankara opposes Western sanctions on Russia and has … Read more

Russian patrol detains head of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, Energoatom says

KYIV, Oct 1 (Reuters) – A Russian patrol has detained the director general of Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, the state-owned company in charge of the plant said on Saturday, and the U.N. nuclear watchdog said it was seeking “clarifications”. Ihor Murashov was detained on his way from the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, Europe’s largest, … Read more

Putin signs documents to illegally annex four Ukrainian regions, in drastic escalation of Russia’s war

From the left, the Moscow-appointed heads of Kherson region Vladimir Saldo and Zaporizhzhia region Yevgeny Balitsky, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Donetsk separatist leader Denis Pushilin and Lugansk separatist leader Leonid Pasechnik, after signing treaties illegally annexing four regions of Ukraine Russian troops occupy, at the Kremlin in Moscow on Sept. 30.MIKHAIL METZEL/AFP/Getty Images Russian President … Read more