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  • Denmark will give Kiev US-made Harpoon missiles, the Pentagon has confirmed Denmark will provide an unspecified number of Harpoon anti-ship missiles and launchers to Ukraine, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced on Monday. Last week’s rumors about the transaction prompted Kiev to declare the US would help Ukraine “destroy” the Russian fleet, which the outgoing Pentagon spokesman denied. Officially, the missiles are intended to help “defend the Ukrainian coastline,” according... Read more »
  • Anti-Russia sanctions are at fault, not Moscow’s actions, President Putin’s press secretary has claimed Sanctions imposed on Moscow are the real cause of a looming global food crisis, not Russia’s actions, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists on Monday.  He said that Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres’ opinion that there was a risk of global hunger.  “That is true. But when it comes to... Read more »
  • Poland and NATO are plotting a takeover of Western Ukraine and Belarus, the Belarusian president claims Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has expressed concern over alleged attempts by Western countries to “dismember” Ukraine amid Russia’s ongoing military operation in the country. During a meeting with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in Sochi on Monday, Lukashenko claimed that both himself and his host were concerned by the behavior of some Polish and NATO politicians. He... Read more »
  • Dutch journalists and internet providers object to “undemocratic censorship measures” A coalition of Dutch journalists, internet providers and civil society groups announced on Monday that they will be challenging the EU decision to ban RT and Sputnik before the European Court of Justice. While they don’t endorse the content of either outlet, the coalition said the hastily implemented censorship was undemocratic and raises constitutional questions. The EU’s Council of Ministers... Read more »
  • Concept artist Colin Cantwell, the mind behind iconic Star Wars spacecraft, has passed away aged 90 Colin Cantwell, the concept artist responsible for designing a number of iconic spacecraft seen in the Star Wars movies, such as the X-wing and Death Star, has died at the age of 90. His partner of over 20 years, Sierra Dall, confirmed his death to the Hollywood Reporter, stating that Cantwell had passed away... Read more »
  • Flows from its major supplier, Norway, have dropped due to outages British wholesale gas prices rose on Monday due to a reduction in shipments from Norway after the major supplier suffered unplanned outages at its giant natural gas field. UK gas for immediate delivery jumped by 59 pence to 135 pence per therm by 08:09 GMT, its highest level since May 3. The day-ahead price was 25 pence higher at... Read more »
  • The musicians said they would not support the event after it banned three Russian competitors An Italian orchestra that has traditionally accompanied the participants of the acclaimed Rodolfo Lipizer International Violin Competition has announced that it will skip the event this year. The FVG Orchestra explained its move by pointing to the organizers’ decision to ban three Russian violinists from taking part in the contest. The orchestra’s president, Paolo Petiziol,... Read more »
  • The Russian currency’s strength may negatively affect other sectors of the economy The combination of a strong ruble and high oil prices will temporarily tame inflation, however, it also could accelerate consumer prices in the future, according to Doctor of Economics Denis Domashchenko, as quoted by the Russian business daily RBC. The analyst warns that the dominance of energy sector revenues along with a firm national currency may evoke the... Read more »
  • Washington reportedly intends to carry out a major upgrade of its northernmost military base The US plans to invest billions on Arctic defense including modernizing its Thule Air Base in Greenland, Danish newspaper Berlingske reported on Monday, citing an American military report. Neither Denmark nor Greenland have been informed of the plans, it claimed. According to the outlet, the Washington has given the green light to “significant investments” into its northernmost... Read more »
  • The four-time Grand Slam queen has suggested she is considering pulling out of the grass court showpiece Japanese tennis ace Naomi Osaka has refused to confirm if she will compete at this summer's Wimbledon after the ATP and WTA stripped the event of its rankings points this year, following the All England Club's decision to ban players from Russia and Belarus from competing.  The annual grass court showpiece, which is... Read more »
  • The coffee chain giant will close 130 licensed cafes across the country American coffee chain Starbucks said on Monday that it was pulling out of Russia and would no longer have a brand presence in the country. According to the company's memo to employees, it will close its 130 stores in Russia. The statement also said that Starbucks will continue to pay its nearly 2,000 Russian employees for six months... Read more »
  • Russia's very existence is under threat. The country has to take serious measures to ensure it survives The stand-off between Russia and the Western nations, which has been developing since 2014, escalated into an active confrontation with the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, back in late February. In other words, the Great Game has ceased to be a game. It has become total war, though a hybrid... Read more »
  • Car manufactures account for nearly 40% of German natural gas consumption German auto-making giant BMW is seeking to invest in solar, geothermal, and hydrogen energy to reduce its reliance on deliveries of natural gas coming from foreign exporters, including Russia, according to BMW production chief Milan Nedeljkovic, as quoted by Reuters. Nedeljkovic said the carmaker, which relied on natural gas for 54% of its energy consumption in 2021, was looking... Read more »
  • Diane Parry pulled off an upset against Barbora Krejcikova at the French Open Defending women’s singles champion Barbora Krejcikova has crashed out in the first round of the French Open, going down in three sets to unseeded teenager Diane Parry.    Second seed Krejcikova suffered a 6-1, 2-6, 3-6 defeat at Roland-Garros on Monday, in what was the Czech player’s first match since February after she was sidelined with an... Read more »
  • A Kiev court finds sergeant guilty of war crimes Russian soldier Vadim Shishimarin has been sentenced to life in prison for war crimes by a court in Kiev. Prosecutors accused the 21-year-old sergeant of shooting dead an elderly civilian in the northeastern Sumy Region of Ukraine during the first days of the Russian military offensive, which was launched in February. The Russian serviceman received the harshest punishment possible under Ukrainian... Read more »
  • The Russian currency has grown stronger as European energy importers switch to ruble payments Russia’s currency has hit its strongest level against the euro since June 2015 as more European companies appear to be complying with Moscow’s demand that natural gas imports should be paid for in rubles. On Monday, the ruble was trading at 58.80 to the euro and 57.40 against the dollar on the Moscow Exchange as of... Read more »
  • Viktor Medvedchuk has outlined alleged corruption schemes perpetrated by former Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko The Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) has published a video in which captured Ukrainian opposition leader Viktor Medvedchuk testifies against former president Petro Poroshenko, accusing him of privatizing a fuel pipeline and conducting business with the breakaway regions of Donetsk and Lugansk during his time in office. The two men are the most significant political rivals to... Read more »
  • Sanctions imposed on Ankara by Sweden cannot be ignored, Ankara warns Ankara cannot “put aside” sanctions imposed on Turkey by Stockholm when discussing Sweden’s bid to join NATO, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday. “Turkey’s vital role in NATO and other international organizations is clear. Yet we are still discussing the lifting of sanctions imposed on us by some of our allies, particularly Sweden,” the Turkish leader said during... Read more »
  • Mo Salah experienced the full range of emotions when he put Liverpool ahead on the final day of the Premier League season Liverpool star Mo Salah went from ecstasy to heartbreak in the span of just a few seconds after he mistakenly appeared to think that he had won the Premier League title for Liverpool with his late goal against Wolves - only to be told by fans that rivals... Read more »
  • Ombudsman has asked the organization to facilitate a visit to servicemen captured by Ukraine Russia’s human rights ombudsman has asked the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to help in arranging a visit to servicemen held captive by Ukrainian forces amid Moscow’s military offensive. In a Telegram post published on Monday, Human Rights Commissioner Tatyana Moskalkova noted that the ICRC had often served as “the last resort” for the... Read more »
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