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UK: Russia Likely Undercounts New Year’s Day Strike Casualties

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Jan,2023
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The British Defense Ministry said Saturday that Russia “highly likely” suffered more than 300 casualties in a New Year’s Day strike on its troops in Ukraine at Makiivka near Donetsk City. The ministry said it believes that “the majority were…

UN Weekly Roundup: Jan. 21-27, 2023 

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Jan,2023
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Editor’s note: Here is a fast take on what the international community has been up to this week, as seen from the United Nations’ perch. UN deputy chief says Taliban’s desire for recognition is bargaining chip on rights U.N. Deputy…

Russia’s Wagner Group Recruits Fighters Abroad

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Jan,2023
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The United States recently announced that it would impose new sanctions on the Wagner Group and designate it as a transnational criminal organization. This came as new details emerged about Wagner Group recruitment efforts outside Russia. VOA’s Milena Durdic has…

US to Sanction Russia’s Wagner Paramilitary Group

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Jan,2023
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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced Thursday a series of sanctions targeting individuals associated with Russia’s paramilitary Wagner Group, including its leader and associated front companies, for waging war in Ukraine, including battlefield activities and the targeting of civilians….

Air Raid Alert in Ukraine as Zelenskyy Calls for Aircraft, Missiles

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Jan,2023
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Ukraine declared an air raid alert over most of the country early Thursday as authorities in Kyiv warned of a possible Russian missile attack while heavy fighting continued unabated in the east, where Moscow’s forces have been increasing pressure on…

Experts: Arming Ukraine Via US Could Worsen South Korea’s Ties with Russia

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Jan,2023
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South Korea, with a world-class arms industry, is facing mounting pressure to find a way to get needed arms and munitions to Ukraine without unduly angering Russia, which has hinted that it could resume military cooperation with North Korea. Experts…

  Biden Approves 31 Battle Tanks for Ukraine

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Jan,2023
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President Joe Biden announced the U.S. will send 31 Abrams battle tanks to Ukraine just hours after Germany said it will send 14 Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine. The moves are part of a united effort to help Kyiv defend…

Russia, Pakistan Discuss ‘Practical Engagement’ With Afghan Taliban

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Jan,2023
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Russia and Pakistan emphasized in bilateral talks Wednesday the need for “practical engagement” with Afghanistan’s Taliban but ruled out formal recognition of the Islamist rulers until they address international concerns over women’s rights and inclusive governance. The Russian presidential envoy…

Iran Responds to EU, UK Sanctions With Some of Its Own

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Jan,2023
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Iran imposed sanctions Wednesday on 34 individuals and entities from the European Union and Britain in reaction to similar measures they have taken over Tehran’s response to months-long protests.  Tehran’s move comes two days after the EU and Britain placed…

France to Pull Troops From Burkina Faso Within a Month: Ministry

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Jan,2023
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France has received a request from junta-ruled Burkina Faso to withdraw its troops from the Sahel country and will do so within a month, the foreign ministry said Wednesday. “On Tuesday … we formally received notice from the Burkinabe government…

Pope Francis: Homosexuality Not a Crime 

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Jan,2023
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Pope Francis criticized laws that criminalize homosexuality as “unjust,” saying God loves all his children just as they are and called on Catholic bishops who support the laws to welcome LGBTQ people into the church. “Being homosexual isn’t a crime,”…

European Rights Court Rules Dutch, Ukraine Cases Against Russia Are Admissible

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Jan,2023
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The European Court of Human Rights said cases brought by Ukraine and the Netherlands against Russia over human rights violations in the two breakaway regions of Luhansk and Donetsk in Ukraine, and the shooting down of Flight MH-17, were admissible. …

US-Made Tanks Likely Headed to Ukraine; Timing Uncertain

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Jan,2023
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Pleas by Ukrainian officials for more tanks, and more advanced tanks, to use in their fight against Russia have begun to resonate in Washington with the United States now preparing to send Kyiv dozens of its top-of-the-line battle tank. A…

Hundreds Attend Funeral for Zambian Killed Fighting for Russia in Ukraine

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Jan,2023
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Hundreds of people attended a memorial service in Lusaka on Tuesday for a Zambian student who died fighting for Russia in Ukraine as Tanzania confirmed the death of another student who was also recruited in a Russian jail. Family members…

Key US Lawmakers Endorse Sending Tanks to Ukraine

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Jan,2023
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Several key U.S. lawmakers endorsed the next major step in American assistance to Ukraine on Tuesday, encouraging the White House to move forward with a plan to send M1 Abrams tanks to combat Russian aggression.  “Seldom in the history of…

Finland’s Top Diplomat Hints at Joining NATO Without Sweden

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Jan,2023
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Finland’s foreign minister suggested Tuesday that the country may consider joining NATO without neighboring Sweden if Turkey continues to block their joint bid to enter the military alliance. Pekka Haavisto later backpedaled, but his comments were the first time a…

Poland Vows to Send German-Made Tanks to Ukraine, Ignoring Berlin’s Hesitancy

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Jan,2023
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Poland said Monday it would send its German-made tanks to Ukraine, regardless of any objections from Berlin. As Henry Ridgwell reports, Germany is under intense pressure from allies to send its Leopard 2 tanks to aid Kyiv’s forces — but…

EU Slaps New Sanctions on Iran, Mulls More Against Russia

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Jan,2023
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European Union foreign ministers slapped a fourth round of sanctions against Iran, discussed a possible 10th sanctions package against Russia, and agreed to more than $540 million in new military spending for Ukraine. The new military funding for Ukraine brings…

Turkey’s President Says No Support for Sweden’s NATO Bid

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Jan,2023
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Turkey’s president cast serious doubt on NATO’s expansion Monday after warning Sweden not to expect support for its bid for membership into the military alliance following weekend protests in Stockholm by an anti-Islam activist and pro-Kurdish groups.  President Recep Tayyip…

Former FBI Official Charged in Two Separate Indictments

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Jan,2023
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A retired senior official of the FBI has been arrested and indicted in New York and Washington on charges of violating U.S. sanctions by secretly working for a Russian oligarch and receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars from a former…