Putin’s Blue-eyed Man Visits West Africa in sign of deepening ties

Russia’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, on a one-day visit to Mali, has said Moscow will continue to help Bamako improve its military capabilities. Mali junta leaders want Russia’s help to battle an Islamist insurgency that remains entrenched despite years of fighting. Since taking control of Mali in two coups since August 2020, the military junta…

Russia ‘massively’ attacks Ukraine in latest round of raids

Russia launches 76 missiles on least four cities in new attack on Ukraine’s infrastructure with casualties reported. Russia launched at least 76 missiles at Ukrainian energy facilities and other infrastructure in its latest wave of deadly attacks that have caused widespread power outages across the country. The bombardment on Friday hit at least four cities, killing at…

Putin tells security services to find ‘traitors and spies’

Russian President also ordered strengthening of Russia’s borders and safety of residents in annexed regions of Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the strengthening of Russia’s borders and instructed security services to keep greater control of society and root out “traitors, spies and saboteurs”, the country’s news agencies have reported. Speaking on Security Services…

Putin grants Russian citizenship to US whistleblower Snowden

Former US security contractor Snowden is one of 75 foreign nationals listed by the decree as being granted Russian citizenship. President Vladimir Putin has granted Russian citizenship to former US security contractor Edward Snowden, according to a decree signed by the Russian leader. Snowden is one of 75 foreign nationals granted Russian citizenship by the decree…

Putin signs decree to increase size of Russian Armed Forces

President orders Russian military to increase its number of soldiers by 137,000 to a total of 1.15 million. Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the Russian military to increase its number of soldiers by 137,000 to a total of 1.15 million servicemen amid Moscow’s military action in Ukraine. Putin’s decree, which takes effect on January…

Gas prices jump as Russia cuts German supply

Gas prices jumped after Russia further cut gas supplies to Germany and other central European countries after threatening to earlier this week. By Noor Nanji European gas prices rose almost 2%, trading close to the record high set after Russia invaded Ukraine.  Critics accuse the Russian government of using gas as a political weapon. Russia…

Turkey’s Baykar drone company ‘will never’ supply Russia: CEO.

Haluk Bayraktar tells Media that he is proud the Bayraktar TB2 has become a symbol of Ukrainian resistance against Russia. Updated at 1809 EAT on Tuesday 19th July 2022. The CEO of Turkey’s Baykar, which makes the drones being widely used by Ukraine against Russian forces, has ruled out supplying the Bayraktar TB2 to Moscow….

Putin says West cannot isolate Russia or send it back in time.

Updated by Faith Barbara Namagembe at 2013 EAT on Monday 18th July 2022. Russian President Vladimir Putin says it is impossible to cut Russia off from the rest of the world, and that sanctions imposed by Western countries will not turn the clock back on Russia’s development. Since sending troops into Ukraine on February 24,…

Ukraine devastates Russian artillery depots ahead of offensive.

Updated by Faith Barbara Namagembe at 1559 EAT on Thursday 14th July 2022. Ukraine destroyed a series of Russian ordnance depots in the 20th week of the war, demonstrating the efficiency of US-supplied HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System) rocket systems and other Western systems, and worrying Russian military observers. These Ukrainian attacks appear to…

Russia denies dept default, blames Western financial agents.

Updated by Faith Barbara Namagembe at 0838 EAT on Tuesday 28th June 2022. Russia’s finance ministry asked foreign bondholders to speak directly to those withholding their payments. Russia has rejected claims that is has defaulted on its external dept for the first time in more than a century, telling investors to go to Western financial agents for…