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Ukraine war: Russia battles armed group in border region

Russia battles armed group in border region

An armed group has crossed from Ukraine into Russia's Belgorod region and clashes there have injured a number of people, Russian authorities say.

Local governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said Russian forces were searching for "saboteurs" who, he said, had attacked Grayvoronsky district by the border.

Vladimir Putin's spokesman said the Russian president had been informed.

Ukraine denies responsibility and said Russian citizens from two paramilitary groups were behind the incursion.

Mr Gladkov said eight people had been hurt, including two people admitted to hospital after a village was shelled and three people who were hit by shrapnel in the town of Grayvoron.

Germany investigating alleged poisoning of anti-Putin activists in Berlin

Germany to investigate poisonings

German police are investigating the alleged poisoning of two anti-Putin activists in Berlin, according to media reports.

Police told Reuters that they have opened an investigation, after two activists who attended a conference in the German capital in late April reported health problems.

Both attended the event held by Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a former oil tycoon and prominent critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to the Russian investigative media group Agentstvo. The outlet first reported on the alleged poisonings earlier this week.


Ukraine war: Kyiv rejects Wagner claim over Bakhmut

Ukraine war: Kyiv rejects Wagner claim

Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated the Wagner paramilitary group, after it claimed to have captured the Ukrainian city of Bakhmut.

Wagner founder Yevgeny Prigozhin - posing with some of his fighters - made the claim in a video posted to social media on Saturday.

Ukraine's deputy defence minister rejected the claim, but admitted the situation in the city was "critical".

One of the war's bloodiest battles, fighting has raged since August.

Zelenskyy arrives at Arab League summit, as Saudi Arabia flexes diplomatic muscle

Zelensky attends Arab League ConferenceUkraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has made a previously unannounced visit to the Arab League Summit as his host, Saudi Arabia, flexes its diplomatic muscle.

The annual summit — whose critics often slam it as a staid, dysfunctional and toothless event — has gotten a shot in the arm this year, not just by the Ukrainian leader's surprise appearance, but by the attendance of Syrian President Bashar Assad for the first time in over a decade.


Powerful 7.7 Earthquake Hits South Pacific, No Reported Damage

7.7 earthquake in South Pacific

The U.S. Geological Survey says a 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck Friday in the south Pacific, prompting tsunami warnings that were later lifted for the Loyalty Islands of New Caledonia and Vanuatu.

The USGS says the quake happened at 02:57 Universal Time 334 kilometers east of the city of Vao on New Caledonia, or 436 kilometers southwest of Vanuatu.

Another large quake – a magnitude 5.9 – was recorded in the same area about 10 minutes later.

The quake zone is southwest of Fiji, north of New Zealand and east of Australia, where the Coral Sea meets the Pacific.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) issued a tsunami warning for the region with the possibility of destructive waves up to one meter high. It was later lifted.


Russian hypersonic missile scientists are arrested on treason charges

Russian hypersonic missile shot down by Ukraine

Russia’s hypersonic missiles have taken a dual hit this week from Patriots fired by Ukraine and “patriots” arrested at home.

Once touted as unstoppable, the program faces growing domestic fallout from treason charges against three scientists who worked on the technology, just as Kyiv claims its U.S.-supplied air defense systems have been able to shoot many of the missiles down.

The Kremlin said Wednesday that the scientists face “very serious accusations” after a rare public outcry over a wartime crackdown that has fueled a growing sense of unease across Russian society.

In an open letter criticizing the arrests published Monday, colleagues of the three academics in hypersonic technology warned that Russia’s research on the subject faces “impending collapse.

UK and Netherlands agree ‘international coalition’ to help Ukraine procure F-16 jets

UK and Netherlands will send Ukraine F-16s

Prime minister Rishi Sunak and Dutch leader Mark Rutte have agreed to build an “international coalition” to help procure F-16 fighter jets for Ukraine, the British government has announced.

A Downing Street spokesperson said Sunak and Rutte “would work to build an international coalition to provide Ukraine with combat air capabilities, supporting with everything from training to procuring F-16 jets”.

“The prime minister reiterated his belief that Ukraine’s rightful place is in Nato and the leaders agreed on the importance of allies providing long-term security assistance to Ukraine to guarantee they can deter against future attacks.


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