Direct flights between Cebu and Russia pushed

Morexette Marie B. Erram 06/06/2024

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu may soon host its first direct connection to Europe. The Capitol recently unveiled plans of pushing direct flights between the island province and Russia as means to further spur economic activities and…

China sending ‘lethal aid’ to Russia for Ukraine war, says UK defense minister

Agence France Presse 05/23/2024

China is sending “lethal aid” to Russia for use in its war against Ukraine, Britain’s defense minister Grant Shapps said on Wednesday. “Today I can reveal that we have evidence that Russia and China are collaborating on…

Cebu, Russia’s St. Petersburg to renew sisterhood ties

Morexette Marie B. Erram 05/21/2024

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Cebu is set to renew its sisterhood agreement with Russia’s St. Petersburg next month. The Capitol announced on Monday, May 20, that a delegation from the province, led by Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia, will…

Russia mourns as toll from concert hall massacre climbs to 137

Agence France Presse 03/25/2024

Russia observed a national day of mourning Sunday after a massacre in a Moscow concert hall killed 137 people for which the Islamic State group claimed responsibility, and as the first suspects appeared in court. Moscow’s Basmanny…

Russia pounds power facilities of Ukraine, Kremlin embraces ‘war’ rhetoric

Reuters 03/23/2024

KYIV — Russia pounded Ukrainian power facilities on Friday in an attack described by Kyiv as the largest airstrike on its energy infrastructure in two years of war, and portrayed by Moscow as revenge for Ukrainian attacks…

Russian assets to arm Ukraine? EU to move forward with this plan

Agence France Presse 03/22/2024

EU leaders on Thursday agreed to “take work forward” on a plan to use the profits from frozen Russian central bank assets to arm Ukraine, as Kyiv pleaded for more ammunition for its outgunned forces. More than…

Putin vows, in poll victory speech, Russia cannot be held back

Agence France Presse 03/18/2024

Vladimir Putin said Russia would not be “intimidated” as he hailed an election victory that paves the way for the former spy to become the longest-serving Russian leader in more than 200 years. All of the 71-year…

Ukraine, allies slam Pope Francis’ ‘white flag’ comment

Associated Press 03/11/2024

KYIV, Ukraine — Ukrainian and allied officials Sunday criticized Pope Francis for saying that Kyiv should have the “courage” to negotiate an end to the war with Russia, a statement many interpreted as a call for Ukraine…

US to sanction over 500 targets involved in Russia ‘war machine’

Agence France Presse 02/23/2024

The United States plans to impose sanctions on more than 500 targets involved in Russia’s war in Ukraine, as fighting continues to rage two years after Moscow’s invasion, the Treasury Department said Thursday. The action to be…

Ukraine outnumbered, outgunned, ground down by relentless Russia

Reuters 02/22/2024

KRAMATORSK, Ukraine —   As the Ukraine war enters its third year, the infantry of 59th Brigade are confronting a bleak reality: they’re running out of soldiers and ammunition to resist their Russian invaders. One platoon commander…

Navalny, Putin’s fiercest foe, dead in prison, mourned, over 300 mourners detained

Associated Press 02/19/2024

Over 300 people were detained in Russia while paying tribute to opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who died at a remote Arctic penal colony, a prominent rights group reported Sunday. The sudden death of Navalny, 47, was a…

Russia using thousands of SpaceX Starlink terminals in Ukraine, WSJ says

Reuters 02/16/2024

Russian troops in Ukraine are using thousands of Starlink satellite communications terminals made by Elon Musk’s SpaceX, the Ukrainian military intelligence chief told the Wall Street Journal in an interview published on Thursday. Lieutenant General Kyrylo Budanov…

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