Thursday, 19 May, 2022

International

100,000 Ukrainians flee to Poland amid Russian attacks

The Polish government says 100,000 people have crossed the border into Poland from Ukraine since Russia’s invasion began on Thursday. “From the onset of warfare in Ukraine through today, along the entire border with Ukraine, 100,000 people have crossed the border from

Zelensky accepts Putin’s proposal, ready for peace talks

Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky has accepted Russian President Vladimir Putin’s proposal and is ready to negotiate peace and a ceasefire, Zelensky’s press secretary Sergey Nikiforov said on Saturday. "I have to refute allegations that we have refused to have

Fighting reaches Kyiv streets as Russia attacks

The Kyiv government says fighting has broken out on the streets of Ukraine's capital. The news comes hours after President Zelensky said Russians would storm the city. Explosions are reported across some parts of Kyiv early on Saturday as Russian forces close in on the city.

Russian attack causes panic in Kyiv as people flee

The sound of explosions on the edge of Ukraine’s capital Kyiv and air sirens set off by a full-scale Russian invasion of the country have prompted the city residents to panic and flee for safety. On Thursday morning, long queues of cars formed from the city centre towards various

UN chief urges Putin to stop conflict for ‘humanity’s’ sake

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres made a direct, impassioned plea Wednesday to Vladimir Putin to stop -- “in the name of humanity” -- the Russian military assault on Ukraine. Speaking after an emergency Security Council session, which coincided with the Russian

Ukraine: Russia has launched 'full-scale invasion'

Russian President Vladimir Putin announces a "military operation" in Ukraine's Donbas region, BBC reports. He urges Ukrainian soldiers in eastern Ukraine to lay down weapons and return to their homes. Putin warns that Moscow's response will be "instant"

‘Mariupol won’t give up’: Ukrainians defy Russian invasion threat

Waving blue and yellow Ukrainian flags and singing a patriotic military song, hundreds of residents of the once largely pro-Russian city of Mariupol gathered in the central Theatre Square with a defiant message for President Vladimir Putin: Russia is not welcome here. On Tuesday, as

USA sanctions Russia over 'beginning of invasion'

The US has hit Russia with wide-ranging sanctions over what President Joe Biden called "the beginning of a Russian invasion of Ukraine". "We've cut off Russia's government from Western financing," Mr Biden said. It came after Russian politicians

UK slaps sanctions on Russian banks, oligarchs

United Kingdom on Tuesday slapped sanctions on five Russian banks and three billionaires, in what prime minister Boris Johnson called ‘the first barrage’ of measures in response to the Kremlin’s actions in Ukraine. Addressing the UK parliament hours after Russia

Russia orders troops into eastern Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered troops into two rebel-held regions in eastern Ukraine, after recognising them as independent states. Russia said the troops would engage in "peacekeeping" in the self-declared Donetsk and Luhansk people's republics. But the

Ukraine’s Zelenskyy wants meeting with Russia’s Putin

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says he is willing to meet Vladimir Putin to find out “what the Russian president wants” and seek a “peaceful settlement”, amid growing concern over a possible imminent invasion. Later on Sunday, French President Emmanuel

Russia plans biggest war in Europe since 1945: Boris Johnson

Evidence suggests Russia is planning "the biggest war in Europe since 1945", Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said. He told the BBC's Sophie Raworth in an interview: "All the signs are that the plan has already in some senses begun." Intelligence suggests

Canada: Police begin to make arrests to end protest

Police have clashed with demonstrators in Canada's capital, Ottawa, as they move to end a three-week anti-vaccine mandate protest, with 100 arrests made. The operation started early on Friday, with some officers on horseback, after the government invoked the Emergencies Act to

Biden says Putin has decided to invade Ukraine

US President Joe Biden has said he is convinced Russian President Vladimir Putin has decided to launch an invasion of Ukraine, and that an assault could happen in the "coming days". Mr Biden said the assessment was based on US intelligence, which suggested the capital Kyiv

Brazil mudslides death toll reaches 94

At least 94 people have been killed in mudslides and floods that tore through a mountainous region of Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro state, local authorities said. The disaster in the city of Petropolis followed three hours of torrential rain on Tuesday, and Rio de Janeiro Governor

Russian claim of troop withdrawal false, says US

Russia's claim that it is moving troops away from the border with Ukraine is "false", according to a senior US official, who added that 7,000 extra troops have arrived in recent days. The official also said that Russia could launch a "false" pretext to invade

13 drown in well during India wedding 

At least 13 people have died after falling into a well during a wedding ceremony in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Police said the victims - all women and children - were sitting on a metal slab covering the well when it collapsed under their weight. Two more people

Russia announces end of Crimea military drills, troops leaving

Russian defence ministry Wednesday announced the end of Crimea military drills, reported news agency AFP. The Russian defence ministry shared a video of Russian military equipment and forces leaving Crimea.  The move comes after Moscow said Tuesday that some of its troops are

Australia asylum seekers held for record 689 days

Human Rights Watch has condemned Australia's immigration detention policy, pointing out that the country now holds asylum seekers for an average period of 689 days - a new record. The group has highlighted the fact one month on since Novak Djokovic was put in an Australian

Ukrainians wary of Russian claims of withdrawal

As Western leaders warned of an imminent Russian attack on Ukraine, Yuri Vasylevych and his saxophone quartet played tango to a full house at the Kyiv Philharmonic. The musician is used to performing under pressure: when pro-EU protests erupted in violence in 2014, in this grand