In occupied southern Ukraine, some fear a return to Soviet times under Russia

KYIV, July 21 (Reuters) – In Nova Kakhovka, a city in southern Ukraine occupied by Russian troops five months ago on the first day of its invasion, the signs of creeping annexation by Russia are mounting and some residents fear a return to Soviet times . A statue of Russian Communist leader Vladimir Lenin, erected … Read more

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Key gas pipeline from Russia to Europe restarts after break

BERLIN (AP) — Natural gas started flowing through a major pipeline from Russia to Europe on Thursday after a 10-day shutdown for maintenance — but the gas flow remained well short of full capacity and the outlook was uncertain, which leaves Europe still facing the prospect of a hard winter. The Nord Stream 1 pipeline … Read more

Russia claims it liberated Ukraine’s south, but hundreds flee each day

After four months living under Russian rule, farmer Andrei Halilyuk traveled on foot, by bus, car and a rubber dinghy across a river to get to the Ukrainian-held city of Kryvyi Rih. It took the grandfather 12 hours on roads sometimes littered with landmines. He calls the invaders “barbarians.” “There is no other word for … Read more

HIMARS and howitzers: West helps Ukraine with key weaponry

The message to US lawmakers from Ukraine’s first lady, delivered amid stark and graphic images of civilian bloodshed, could not have been clearer: After nearly five full months since Russia launched its invasionOlena Zelenska said that her country needs more Western weapons. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy sent her to Washington to appeal directly to the … Read more

Vatican says they’re gifts; Indigenous groups want them back

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican Museums are home to some of the most magnificent artworks in the world, from Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel to ancient Egyptian antiquities and a pavilion full of papal chariots. But one of the museum’s least-visited collections is becoming its most contested before Pope Francis’ trip to Canada. The Vatican’s Anima … Read more

Russia restarts major gas pipeline, expands Ukraine war goals

Nord Stream pipeline restarts with reduced capacity Moscow says southern Ukraine is also in focus now US says any annexations would not go unchallenged US estimates 15,000 Russian forces killed in war so far July 21 (Reuters) – Russia is resuming supplies of gas via a major pipeline to Europe on Thursday, the pipeline operator … Read more

Wildfires rage across Europe as the climate alarm sounds

Hundreds flee in Tuscany as fire-hit gas tanks explode Blaze contained near Athens after hundreds evacuated Step up climate fight, UK warned, after hottest day New power use records expected as US braces for heatwave China girds for new heatwave; could last well into August ATHENS/LONDON, July 20 (Reuters) – Emergency services battled wildfires across … Read more

Lavrov says Russia’s military goals are not focused ‘only’ on Donbas Russia-Ukraine war News

Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov has said his country’s military goals in Ukraine go beyond the eastern Donbas region, according to state media, as Russian forces shelled southern and eastern Ukraine. In an interview published by the state news agency RIA Novosti on Wednesday, Lavrov said that when Russia and Ukraine discussed a possible deal … Read more

Turkish strikes in northern Iraq kill at least 8 tourists

DOHUK, Iraq (AP) — Turkish artillery strikes killed at least eight tourists, among them a small child, in northern Iraq and wounded over 20, officials from the Iraqi Kurdish government, a hospital and the army said Wednesday. At least four artillery shells struck the resort area of ​​Barakh in the Zakho district in the semi-autonomous … Read more

Europe braces as Nord Stream Russian gas link set to restart

Annual maintenance scheduled to end at 0600 CET on July 21 Differing signals about resumption Extension could disrupt gas storage refilling LONDON, July 21 (Reuters) – Europe is on edge regarding the restart of the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline from Russia after annual maintenance is set to end on Thursday, with governments bracing for … Read more