Thursday, 19 May, 2022

International

Russia announces new evacuation plan for Ukraine

A top Russian diplomat has announced plans for another ceasefire in Ukraine, saying Moscow will open humanitarian corridors to let civilians in besieged Ukrainian cities evacuate in the direction of their choice. Vassily Nebenzia’s announcement at the United Nations Security

Saudi Arabia lifts Covid-19 restrictions and flight suspensions

Saudi Arabia on Saturday announced that it was lifting all precautionary and preventive measures related to the Covid-19 pandemic, the state news agency reported. The decision was based on "the follow-up to the epidemiological situation of coronavirus, the competent health

Thousands arrested across Russia at anti-war protests

Police detained more than 4,300 people on Sunday at Russia-wide protests against President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, according to an independent protest monitoring group. Thousands of protesters chanted “No to war!” and “Shame on you!”,

Russia declares ceasefire in 4 Ukraine cities 

Russia has declared a ceasefire in Ukraine capital Kyiv, and the cities of Kharkiv, Mariupol and Sumy to facilitate the evacuation of citizens. Humanitarian corridors would be formed to safely bring out those trapped in these cities, an operation announced after a personal request to

More than 1.5m fled Ukraine, says UN

More than 1.5 million refugees have fled Ukraine into neighboring countries since the war began on Feb. 24, the top UN refugee official said on Sunday. "More than 1.5 million refugees from Ukraine have crossed into neighbouring countries in 10 days — the fastest growing

Zelensky urges Ukrainians to go on the offensive

President Volodymyr Zelensky has told Ukrainians they have "withstood the blow" of Russia's invasion as he urged citizens to continue fighting. In an impassioned speech delivered from Kyiv on Saturday night, Mr Zelensky told the country that the time has come for them to

Death toll reaches 63 in Pakistan IS mosque attack

Officials vowed Saturday to hunt down and arrest the masterminds behind a deadly mosque attack in Pakistan a day earlier claimed by an Islamic State affiliate. The assault killed 63 people and wounded nearly 200. IS said in a statement the lone suicide bomber was from neighboring

Evacuations begin in two cities during temporary ceasefire

Mariupol is being evacuated as part of a temporary ceasefire. We spoke to Diana Berg, who fled the encircled city on Thursday. Here she describes her extraordinary experience of escaping a “horrifying, terrifying hell”. “As of yesterday morning, it was the third day

War in Ukraine: Zelensky slams Nato over rejection of no-fly zone

Ukraine's president has attacked Nato leaders in a fiery speech over their refusal to implement a no-fly zone around the country. Speaking from Kyiv, Volodymyr Zelensky said the West's reluctance to intervene has given Russia "a green light" to continue bombarding

Russia declares ceasefire in Ukraine to open humanitarian corridors for civilians

Russia on Saturday declared a ceasefire in Ukraine from 06:00 GMT (Greenwich Mean Time Zone) to open humanitarian corridors for civilians, Russia's state media outlet Sputnik reported. "Today, on 5 March at 10 a.m. Moscow time, the Russian side declares a ceasefire and opens

UN General Assembly demands Russia withdraw troops from Ukraine

Most of the world’s nations have voted in favour of a United Nations resolution demanding that Russia “immediately, completely and unconditionally” withdraw its military forces from Ukraine, in a powerful rebuke of Moscow’s invasion of its neighbour. The

Russian troops take control of key city of Kherson

Russian forces have seized control of a key port city in southern Ukraine, the mayor says. Kherson is the first major city to be taken by Russia, after heavy fighting, since it invaded a week ago. Its mayor, Igor Kolykhaev, said Russian troops had forced their way into the city

1 million refugees flee Ukraine in week since Russian invasion

At least one million people have fled Ukraine in the week since Russia’s invasion, the United Nations said, with one official warning that “at this rate” the exodus could become “the biggest refugee crisis this century”. Thursday’s tally from the UN

Russia claims control of city of Kherson

Russia's defence ministry says its troops have now captured the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson. If the city has fallen, it would make it the largest in Ukraine to be captured by Russian forces so far. Overnight we reported that Russian troops had been seen on the city's

US rules out Ukraine no-fly zone after Zelenskyy appeal

The United States has ruled out enforcing a “no-fly zone”  on Russian aircraft over Ukraine after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged Western nations to consider such a measure to stop any further bombardment by Russia. In a video address, Zelenskyy said

70 Ukrainian soldiers killed in strike as Russia convoy advances

More than 70 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed after Russian artillery hit a military base in Okhtyrka, a city between Kharkiv and Kyiv, the head of the region wrote on Telegram. Below are the major developments: A huge convoy of Russian armour, about 40 miles long, is advancing

Ukraine and Russia start talks: Ukraine presidential advisor

Talks between Ukraine and Russia have started at the Belarussian border, Ukrainian presidential advisor Mykhailo Podolyak told Reuters via text message on Monday. Earlier the Ukrainian president’s office said Ukraine’s goal for the talks was an immediate ceasefire and the

Kyiv and Moscow prepare for talks

With a three-mile-long convoy of Russian military vehicles pressing down on Ukraine’s capital, President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine expressed little hope that negotiations planned for Monday morning would bring an end to the conflict, which has killed more than 350 civilians

Delhi lifts all restrictions today amid drop in Covid cases

Delhi is set to lift all coronavirus curbs from Monday amid a drop in daily infections in the national capital. The government, however, stressed that "Covid-appropriate behaviour" including wearing of masks, maintaining social distancing, and hand hygiene have to be followed

Oil depot near Kyiv hit, residents rush to bunkers

Russian missiles hit an oil depot in Vasylkiv, its mayor said, prompting fears of toxic fumes. Air raid sirens in Kyiv sounded shortly before midnight local time (2200g) warning of incoming missiles. Residents of the Ukrainian capital are taking cover underground, with a curfew in