Tigrayan forces announce retreat to Ethiopia’s Tigray region – Al Jazeera

Forces from northern Tigray region announce withdrawal from neighbouring regions of Amhara and Afar. Tigrayan forces fighting the central government say they have withdrawn from neighbouring regions in northern Ethiopia, a step towards a possible ceasefire after 13 months of brutal war. “We trust that our bold act of withdrawal will be a decisive openingContinue reading “Tigrayan forces announce retreat to Ethiopia’s Tigray region – Al Jazeera”

State Department Warns Americans Against Ukraine Travel Over Russian Threats

The State Department updated its travel advisory for Ukraine Monday to “do not travel,” warning Americans not to make trips there due to “increased threats from Russia” as it continues to build up its forces along Ukraine’s borders. “U.S. citizens should be aware of reports that Russia is planning for significant military action against Ukraine,”Continue reading “State Department Warns Americans Against Ukraine Travel Over Russian Threats”

UK troops will not be deployed to Ukraine to defend against Russia

Britain and its allies are “highly unlikely” to send troops to defend Ukraine if Russia invades the country, the UK’s defence secretary has said. “We shouldn’t kid people we would,” Ben Wallace told the Spectator magazine. “The Ukrainians are aware of that.” Russia has moved thousands of troops near Ukraine’s eastern borders, leading Western powersContinue reading “UK troops will not be deployed to Ukraine to defend against Russia”

NATO will not let Russia dictate its military posture, Germany says

NATO will discuss Russia’s security proposals but it will not let Moscow dictate the alliance’s military posture, German Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht said on Sunday on a visit to German troops based in Lithuania to deter a Russian attack. On Friday, Moscow set out a list of demands for the West that includes withdrawing NATO battalionsContinue reading “NATO will not let Russia dictate its military posture, Germany says”

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Ukrainian soldier killed in fighting with pro-Russia separatists

Ukraine says separatists in east of country targeted its positions with grenade launchers and mortars Ukraine has said one of its soldiers was killed in fighting with pro-Russia separatists in the east of the country, as tensions with Moscow rise. Kyiv has been battling a pro-Moscow insurgency in two breakaway regions bordering Russia since 2014, when theContinue reading “Ukrainian soldier killed in fighting with pro-Russia separatists”

Nato says Russia will have no say in whether Ukraine can join alliance

Ukrainian president says Russian aggression is pushing his country towards Nato Nato has said Moscow will have no say in whether Ukraine joins the alliance, rejecting Russia’s push for a de facto veto on its neighbour’s security arrangements and urging it to reverse a build-up of military forces near their shared border. Russian president Vladimir Putin has told western leadersContinue reading “Nato says Russia will have no say in whether Ukraine can join alliance”

Putin and Xi cement partnership in face of Western pressure

Xi accuses West of meddling in Chinese affairs Kremlin says Xi backs Putin push for security guarantees Putin, Xi expected to meet at Beijing Winter Olympics in Feb Trade between Russia and China rising sharply – Putin Russia and China should stand firm in rejecting Western interference and defending each other’s security interests, presidents VladimirContinue reading “Putin and Xi cement partnership in face of Western pressure”

Gantz: I told the US I’ve ordered the IDF to prepare a strike against Iran

Defense minister says US still aligned with Israel, but has ‘broader priorities’ in region; senior defense official says attack on Iran will be hard without coordinating with US Defense Minister Benny Gantz said Friday that he notified US officials during meetings this week in Washington that he had instructed the Israel Defense Forces to prepareContinue reading “Gantz: I told the US I’ve ordered the IDF to prepare a strike against Iran”

Russia edges closer to war as new arms arrive on Ukraine’s border

A recent sighting of Putin’s notorious Buk missiles on their way to the frontline does not bode well for talks A flatbed rail wagon speeding through south-west Russia last week carried an ill omen for negotiations to avert a larger war with Ukraine. On board was a Buk-M1, the kind of medium-range surface-to-air missile system thatContinue reading “Russia edges closer to war as new arms arrive on Ukraine’s border”

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