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Ukraine says it identified 511 war crime suspects, convicted 81

Kyiv, Ukraine Reuters Ukraine has identified 511 people suspected of war crimes since Russia’s February, 2022, invasion and has already handed down 81 convictions, its prosecutor general said in Kyiv on Thursday. Andriy Kostin was speaking at a war crimes conference alongside the chief prosecutors of Poland, Lithuania, Romania and the President of the EU […]

Russian emigres gather across Europe to mourn Navalny, denounce Putin

Berlin, Germany/Vilnius, Lithuania Reuters Hundreds of protesters, many of them Russian emigres, gathered in cities across Europe and beyond on Friday to express their outrage over the death of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. Often gathering outside Russian embassies, they chanted slogans critical of Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom they blamed for the activist’s death, holding […]

Russia puts Estonia Prime Minister on wanted list for destroying Soviet monuments

Moscow, Russia/Vilnius, Estonia Reuters Russian police have put Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas, Lithuania’s culture minister, and members of the previous Latvian parliament on a wanted list for destroying Soviet-era monuments, according to the Russian interior ministry’s database. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Kallas was wanted for the “desecration of historical memory”. Estonia’s Prime Minister […]

Ukraine’s Zelenskiy says a ceasefire would only benefit Russia

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and Estonian President Alar Karis attend a joint press conference in Tallinn, Estonia, on 11th January, 2024

Vilnius, Lithuania Reuters Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Thursday that a ceasefire in Russia’s war against Ukraine would not lead to political dialogue, and would only benefit Moscow. Speaking to reporters in the Estonian capital Tallinn during a wider tour of the Baltic region, Zelenskiy said any pause would risk allowing Russia to re-group […]

Organise or fight? Three years in exile, Belarus opposition divided about path

Faces of Belarusian political prisoners are painted on a graffiti in Warsaw, Poland, on 25th July, 2023.

Warsaw, PolandReuters Pavel Maryeuski, 33, was an activist committed to peaceful politics who had never held a weapon, when he fled his native Belarus after President Alexander Lukashenko’s crackdown on protests following an election three years ago. Last year, when Russia invaded Ukraine, he felt the call to battle, and joined a Belarus volunteer unit fighting in support of […]

NATO allies offer Ukraine security assurances as Biden hits out at “craven” Putin

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and US President Joe Biden attend a bilateral meeting, as the NATO summit is held in Vilnius, Lithuania, on 12th July, 2023.

Vilnius, LithuaniaReuters President Joe Biden accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of having a “craven lust for land and power” at the end of a NATO summit on Wednesday where Ukraine won new security assurances from the US and its allies for its defence against Moscow. Members of the world’s most powerful military bloc offered the […]

NATO welcomes Ukraine’s membership but stops short of invitation

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, his wife Olena Zelenska, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda and his wife Diana Nausediene attend a ceremony during which a Ukrainian flag from the frontline of the war with Russia is delivered by activists, on the sidelines of a NATO leaders summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, on 11th July, 2023.

Vilnius, LithuaniaReuters NATO leaders said on Tuesday that Ukraine should be able to join the military alliance at some point in the future but they stopped short of offering Kyiv an immediate invitation, angering Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. The leaders were meeting at a summit in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius as Ukrainian troops struggled to […]

Biden begins three-nation tour with stop in London

US President Joe Biden disembarks Air Force One as he visits Britain, at Stansted Airport, Britain, on 9th July, 2023.

Stansted, England, UKReuters US President Joe Biden arrived in Britain on Sunday, starting a three-nation trip that will be dominated by a NATO summit in Lithuania aimed at showing solidarity with Ukraine in its fight against Russia while not yet accepting Kyiv as a member of the alliance. But the challenges of forging solidarity among […]

In pictures: Millions celebrate Orthodox Easter

Men carry the Epitaph, the procession of Jesus' funeral bier, into the sea in the town of Tolo, about 150 kilometres south-west of Athens, Greece, on Friday, 14th April, 2023.

Millions around the world celebrated Orthodox Easter last weekend. The celebrations and reflections are here captured in images by AP photographers… Men carry the “Epitaph,” the procession of Jesus’ funeral bier, into the sea in the town of Tolo, about 150 kilometres south-west of Athens, Greece, on Friday, 14th April, 2023. About 300 million Orthodox […]