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Ukrainian and U.S. Defence Chiefs Discuss Russian Invasion
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Ukrainian and U.S. Defence Chiefs Discuss Russian Invasion

KYIV (Reuters) - Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said on Friday he and U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin had discussed the war situation in Ukraine and ways of strengthening Kyiv's military capabilities.In talks held as President Vladimir Putin prepared to proclaim the annexation of Ukrainian territory seized in Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Reznikov said Austin reaffirmed Washington would not recognise votes in four Ukrainian provinces that Kyiv and Western governments denounced as illegal and coercive."Discussed updates from the front line ... and ways of strengthening our capabilities," Reznikov wrote on Twitter."Good news to be announced soon," he added, without saying what he was referring to.He said Austin had "confirmed (the United States) won’t recognise 'referenda...
U.S. Lawmakers Promise More Money, Weapons as Ukraine Faces ‘Hurricane Putin’
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U.S. Lawmakers Promise More Money, Weapons as Ukraine Faces ‘Hurricane Putin’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic and Republican U.S. lawmakers said on Thursday they wanted to continue the flow of money and weapons for Ukraine's battle against Russia's invasion, denouncing Moscow's plan to annex four Ukrainian regions."We have not won this yet. We need to continue to support the Ukrainians," Democrat Bob Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told reporters after a classified briefing on the conflict.The Senate passed a bill funding the federal government through Dec. 16, and sending $12.3 billion in military and economic assistance to Ukraine. The bill, which the House of Representatives is set to pass on Friday, also authorizes President Joe Biden to direct the drawdown of up to $3.7 billion for the transfer to Ukraine of weapons from U.S. ...
Analysis-Truth or Bluff? Why Putin’s Nuclear Warnings Have the West Worried
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Analysis-Truth or Bluff? Why Putin’s Nuclear Warnings Have the West Worried

By Guy Faulconbridge and Andrew OsbornLONDON (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin's latest warning that he is ready to use nuclear weapons to defend Russia amid the war in Ukraine has made a troubling question much more urgent: Is the former KGB spy bluffing?Putin cautioned it was no bluff, and Western politicians, diplomats and nuclear weapons experts are divided. Some say he could use one or more smaller, tactical nuclear weapons to try to stave off military defeat, protect his presidency, scare off the West or intimidate Kyiv into capitulation.Putin's warning, which was followed by a more specific threat to use a nuclear weapon in Ukraine from an ally, might mean the Kremlin is considering an escalation after Russia annexes four Ukrainian regions which it only partly occupies.Russia'...
No Change to U.S. Nuclear Posture Due to Russia Threats, Pentagon Says
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No Change to U.S. Nuclear Posture Due to Russia Threats, Pentagon Says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Despite Russian threats to Ukraine and NATO about the use of nuclear weapons, the Pentagon has not seen any changes that would lead it to alter the posture of American nuclear forces, a spokesman said on Tuesday."We obviously take these threats seriously. But at this stage, we've not seen anything that would cause us to adjust our own nuclear posture at this time," Brigadier General Patrick Ryder told a news briefing.Pressed on whether there had been any new Russian movements of its nuclear forces, Ryder declined to elaborate beyond saying the United States did not "have any reason to adjust our posture at this stage."An ally of President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday outlined the scenario of a nuclear strike on Ukraine, saying that the U.S.-led NATO military alliance...
Kazakhstan Says It Won’t Recognise Referendums in Eastern Ukraine
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Kazakhstan Says It Won’t Recognise Referendums in Eastern Ukraine

ALMATY (Reuters) - Kazakhstan, one of Russia's close ex-Soviet partners, will not recognise the possible annexation of Ukraine's eastern regions by Russia through referendums held there, the Central Asian nation's foreign ministry said on Monday.Voting took place in four Ukrainian regions mostly held by Russian forces, the start of a plan by President Vladimir Putin to annex a big chunk of Ukraine in what the West says is violation of international law that significantly escalates war in the country. Russia calls its actions in Ukraine "a special military operation"."As for the holding of referendums ... Kazakhstan proceeds from the principles of territorial integrity of states, their sovereign equivalence and peaceful coexistence," ministry spokesman Aibek Smadiyarov said.Kazakh Presid...
Barclays Shareholders Sue in U.S. Over $17.6 Billion Debt Sale Blunder
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Barclays Shareholders Sue in U.S. Over $17.6 Billion Debt Sale Blunder

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Barclays Plc was sued on Friday in a proposed U.S. class action in which shareholders claimed they were defrauded in connection with the British bank's sale of $17.6 billion more debt than regulators had allowed.A complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan by two Florida pension plans seeks to hold Barclays responsible for declines in the prices of its American depositary receipts (ADR)as costs mounted over the blunder.The complaint said Barclays made "materially false and misleading" assurances in its annual reports that its internal controls over financial reporting were effective.It also said the bank overstated profit, and understated operating and "litigation and conduct" expenses, by failing to disclose the overissuance in its 2021 earnings releas...
Russia Releases U.S. Citizens Alexander Drueke and Andy Huynh in Prisoner Exchange -Family Representative
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Russia Releases U.S. Citizens Alexander Drueke and Andy Huynh in Prisoner Exchange -Family Representative

(Reuters) - Russia has released U.S. citizens Alexander Drueke, 39, and Andy Huynh, 27, in a prisoner exchange deal brokered by Saudi Arabia, a family representative told Reuters on Wednesday.The pair, both from Alabama, were captured in June while fighting in eastern Ukraine where they went to support Ukrainian troops resisting Russia's invasion.(Reporting by Reuters; Editing by Chris Reese)Copyright 2022 Thomson Reuters.Political Cartoons on World Leaders Source link
‘Increased Consequences’ if Russia Annexes Parts of Ukraine, Warns U.S.
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‘Increased Consequences’ if Russia Annexes Parts of Ukraine, Warns U.S.

(Reuters) - There will be increased consequences if Russia were to annex parts of Ukraine, a senior U.S. State Department official said on Tuesday, as Moscow-installed leaders in occupied areas of four Ukrainian regions planned to hold referendums on joining Russia."We have made clear that there will be increased consequences. We have ... a number of tools," the official said.(Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk in New York; Writing by Costas Pitas; Editing by Sandra Maler)Copyright 2022 Thomson Reuters.Political Cartoons on World Leaders Source link
Factbox-Windsor Castle, Queen Elizabeth’s Home and Now Final Resting Place
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Factbox-Windsor Castle, Queen Elizabeth’s Home and Now Final Resting Place

LONDON (Reuters) - Queen Elizabeth will be buried alongside her husband Prince Philip in a small chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle in a private ceremony after her state funeral on Monday.Her parents were also laid to rest in St. George's Chapel.Elizabeth's funeral will be held at Westminster Abbey, before the coffin is driven to Windsor Castle, just west of London.* Windsor Castle is the resting place of more than a dozen English and British kings and queens. Most are buried in St. George's Chapel, including Henry VIII, who died in 1547, and Charles I, who was beheaded in 1649.* Founded by William the Conqueror in the 11th Century, it is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world, according to the Royal Collection Trust website. It has been the home of 40 monarchs, includ...
‘Dearest Grannie’, We Miss You
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‘Dearest Grannie’, We Miss You

LONDON (Reuters) - Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie issued a tribute to their "dearest grannie" on Saturday, saying how much they missed the late Queen Elizabeth and had thought she would be around forever."We've not been able to put much into words since you left us all," said the two princesses, the daughters of Prince Andrew, the queen's second son and Duke of York."There have been tears and laughter, silences and chatter, hugs and loneliness, and a collective loss for you, our beloved queen and our beloved grannie."Beatrice, 34, and Eugenie, 32, will join their cousins later on Saturday for a vigil by the coffin of Elizabeth at Westminster Hall where the body of the late monarch is now lying in state.Eugenie was seen wiping away tears when she appeared in the days immediately after h...