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Ukraine war: Let us rapidly join EU and cut Russia from SWIFT, says Ukrainian president Zelenskyy

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy pushed for Ukraine’s urgent ascension to the European Union and Russia to be cut from the SWIFT international electronic bank payment system amid the ongoing invasion. “Residential buildings destroyed by missiles and artillery are the final argument for the world to stop this occupational invasion together with us,” he said in aContinue reading “Ukraine war: Let us rapidly join EU and cut Russia from SWIFT, says Ukrainian president Zelenskyy”

Russian bombers fly over Belarus amid Ukraine tensions

Russia on Saturday sent a pair of long-range nuclear-capable bombers on patrol over its ally Belarus amid spiraling tensions over Ukraine. The Russian Defense Ministry said the two Tu-22M3 bombers practiced interacting with the Belarusian air force and air defense during a four-hour mission. The flight followed several similar patrols over Belarus, which borders UkraineContinue reading “Russian bombers fly over Belarus amid Ukraine tensions”

Armenian troops killed in Azerbaijan border clash

A number of Armenian soldiers have been killed and captured in a flare-up of violence on the border with Azerbaijan. Armenia said some of its troops had been killed and two combat positions had been lost, while Azerbaijan said two of its soldiers were wounded. Azerbaijan made big gains in a six-week war fought lastContinue reading “Armenian troops killed in Azerbaijan border clash”

Japan and EU name Taiwan in joint statement for first time

Leaders also discuss China’s maritime expansion, Senkakus and Olympics Japan and the European Union affirmed the “importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait” in a statement Thursday, marking the first time the two sides have jointly spoke about the self-ruled island. The statement came after Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga held an onlineContinue reading “Japan and EU name Taiwan in joint statement for first time”

EU imposes sanctions on Belarus over ‘hijacked’ Ryanair flight

The blogger arrested by Belarus was shown on state TV Monday. European countries have moved to sanction Belarus and ban its state airline from flying to Europe as they sought to punish President Alexander Lukashenko’s regime for forcing a Ryanair passenger flight to land in the country so it could arrest a leading dissident onboard. The internationalContinue reading “EU imposes sanctions on Belarus over ‘hijacked’ Ryanair flight”

Belarus accused of ‘hijacking’ Ryanair flight diverted to arrest blogger

Roman Protasevich is wanted for organising last year’s protests against Alexander Lukashenko Belarus has been accused of hijacking a European jetliner and engaging in an act of state terrorism when it forced a Ryanair flight to perform an emergency landing in Minsk after a bomb threat and arrested an opposition blogger critical of authoritarian presidentContinue reading “Belarus accused of ‘hijacking’ Ryanair flight diverted to arrest blogger”