Allies to help Norway patrol platforms at sea after ‘sabotage’ – POLITICO

Norway’s allies will help patrol the country’s oil and gas platforms at sea after Western countries declared leaks in the Nord Stream gas pipelines a likely act of sabotage, Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre said. “We’re in a dialogue with our allies regarding increased presence in the Norwegian (offshore) sector and have said yes to … Read more

Unleash nuclear weapons on Ukraine in wake of defeat in Lyman, Chechen warlord tells Putin

Senior Conservative MPs said the threat should be taken seriously.  Sir Iain Duncan Smith, the former Tory leader who is a candidate to be the next chair of the foreign affairs select committee, told The Telegraph: “He wouldn’t be saying this if he hadn’t been authorised by Putin.” He said that Russian military tactics had … Read more

Russia kidnaps head of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant

The head of Ukraine’s occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station has been kidnapped by Russian forces, the state-owned company in charge of the plant said on Saturday. Ihor Murashov was abducted on his way from Europe’s largest nuclear plant to the town of Enerhodar on Friday afternoon, the head of Energoatom Petro Kotin said in a … Read more

Meet the mayor who liberated his mother – and his village – from Russian occupation

The soldiers were promptly evicted – although Mr Zadorenko says they took the oven, the television, and drinks cabinet with them. “I’m in charge around here. If any others give you trouble,” said the apologetic Russian commander, “just give them this password: Crimea five.” A month later, when an aggressive drunken soldier barged into her … Read more

Russia could carry out attacks in space, warns British Armed Forces head Tony Radakin

He cited the diplomatic response seen since Russia invaded Ukraine in February, with the majority of western nations “deploring” Mr Putin’s behaviour. “Countries are adjusting their energy policies so that they buy less energy from Russia this year and they will look to wean themselves off Russian energy in future years,” he said. “That’s important … Read more

Brexit Britain wants to host big European political summit – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Times must be hard in London: Brexit Britain wants to rejoin Europe’s political community. According to three officials present at a meeting on Thursday, the United Kingdom told its European partners that Prime Minister Liz Truss is not only willing to attend the first gathering of the European … Read more

Putin to sign off land grab after ‘sham’ referendums

The Kremlin-backed leaders of four Russian occupied regions of Ukraine were in Moscow on Thursday after calling for President Vladimir Putin to formally annex the territories into Russia. The Moscow-installed heads of Ukraine’s Lugansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions claimed residents backed the move in hastily organised votes that the West says were a sham. “I am already … Read more

Russian forces on brink of encirclement in Donetsk town

Russian forces in the Donetsk region town of Lyman are on the brink of encirclement following Ukrainian gains to their north and east, pro-Russian military bloggers have said. The claims could not be immediately verified, but the reported Ukrainian gains appeared to match images and videos released on social media by Ukrainian soldiers. The fall … Read more

Putin’s own propagandists turn on draft sending ‘hairdressers and teachers’ to Ukrainian front

Olga Skabeyeva, one of the most prominent state TV hosts, on Tuesday also lashed out at the mobilisation drive, urging criminal prosecution for those who abuse their powers in drafting men. Even Russia’s most blood-thirsty war reporters from state TV have expressed dismay over what appears to be a completely random choice of conscripts. Alexander … Read more

Russian opposition activist beaten up and raped by police

A Russian opposition activist was beaten up and raped by the police after he was arrested for reading poetry which criticised the Kremlin’s puppet governments in Ukraine.   Riot police stormed Artyom Kamardin’s flat late on Monday and beat him up along with his girlfriend and a friend who was staying with the couple, his … Read more