Exclusive: US and Ukraine discuss danger of escalation as new arms extend Kyiv’s reach

Exclusive: US and Ukraine discuss danger of escalation as new arms extend Kyiv’s reach

WASHINGTON, May 26 (Reuters) – As the United States and its allies provide Ukraine with increasingly sophisticated arms, Washington has held discussions with Kyiv about the danger of escalation if it strikes deep inside Russia, US and diplomatic officials tell Reuters. The behind-the-scenes discussions, which are highly sensitive and have not been previously reported, do … Read more

China, Australia vie for Pacific influence with dueling visits

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi poses for a picture prior to meeting US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Rome, Italy October 31, 2021. Tiziana Fabi / Pool via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register SYDNEY, May 26 (Reuters) – China and Australia launched … Read more

Ukraine says Russia shells more than 40 towns in Donbas push

Russian forces shell 40 towns in eastern Ukraine – military Mass graves for civilians killed – Luhansk governor 8,000 Ukrainian POWs in Luhansk and Donetsk – Tass KYIV, May 26 (Reuters) – Russian forces shelled more than 40 towns in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region, forcing Ukrainians to bury civilians killed in mass graves, as Tass … Read more

EXCLUSIVE Russian hackers are linked to new Brexit leak website, Google says

WASHINGTON / LONDON, May 25 (Reuters) – A new website that published leaked emails from several leading proponents of Britain’s exit from the European Union is tied to Russian hackers, according to a Google cybersecurity official and the former head of UK foreign intelligence. The website – titled “Very English Coop d’Etat” – says it … Read more

Ukraine’s embattled farmers running on empty as world faces food crisis

More than 20 million tonnes of grain stuck in silos Farmers waiting weeks for diesel deliveries Ukraine seeks other export routes as ports blocked PARIS / LONDON, May 25 (Reuters) – After making it through the spring planting season, sometimes with the help of bulletproof vests and helmets, Ukraine’s farmers are facing another challenge – … Read more

Exclusive: China seeks Pacific islands policing, security cooperation

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi poses for a picture prior to meeting US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Rome, Italy October 31, 2021. Tiziana Fabi / Pool via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register SYDNEY, May 25 (Reuters) – China will seek a … Read more

Russia seeks to put stranglehold on twin Ukrainian cities

As war enters fourth month, Russia concentrates on east Russia tries to encircle Ukrainian troops in twin cities EU von der Leyen says Moscow weaponising food KYIV / SLOVYANSK, Ukraine, May 25 (Reuters) – Russian forces sought to encircle Ukrainian troops in twin eastern cities straddling a river as President Volodymyr Zelenskiy warned that Moscow … Read more

Russian and Chinese jets patrol East Asia skies, capping Biden trip

Flags of China and Russia are displayed in this illustration picture taken March 24, 2022. REUTERS / Florence Lo / Illustration Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register May 24 (Reuters) – Russian and Chinese military planes conducted joint exercises to patrol the Asia-Pacific region on Tuesday in a pointed farewell to US … Read more

Biden says no change on ‘strategic ambiguity’ as Taiwan overshadows Quad talks

TOKYO, May 24 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden said on Tuesday there was no change to a US policy of “strategic ambiguity” on Taiwan, a day after he angered China by saying he would be willing to use force to defend the democratic island . The issue of Taiwan loomed over a meeting in Tokyo … Read more

EU oil embargo ‘in days’ as Ukraine isolation drives Russia closer to China

EU faces criticism for being too slow to act on Russian energy Russia sees economic ties with China growing Eastern Donbas remains focus of battlefield action LVIV, Ukraine / BERLIN, May 24 (Reuters) – The European Union will likely agree an embargo on Russian oil imports “within days,” according to its biggest member Germany, as … Read more