Russian mobilisation, Ukraine war: Heartbreaking photos of reservists saying goodbye

Heartbreaking photos have captured friends and relatives saying goodbye to Russian reservists drafted during Moscow’s partial mobilization to bolster its army in Ukraine. It came as Georgia and Kazakhstan said on Tuesday that you have of thousands of Russians had flooded into their countries from neighboring Russia since the announcement. Russian President Vladimir Putin last … Read more

Kremlin proxies claiming victory in ‘sham’ annexation votes

Kremlin-installed authorities were already claiming victory Tuesday in annexation votes in Ukrainian regions under Russian control, as Moscow it could use nuclear weapons to defend the territories. Ukraine and its allies have denounced the so-called referendums as a sham and said the West would never recognize the results of the ballots that have dramatically ratcheted … Read more

Kremlin proxies in Ukraine hold last day of annexation votes

Annexation polls organized by Kremlin-installed authorities in four regions of Ukraine mostly controlled by Russian forces were due to close Tuesday, with Moscow’s threats of nuclear weapons looming. Kyiv and its allies have denounced the votes as a sham and said the West would never recognize the results of the ballots which are ratcheting up … Read more

Hong Kong cardinal among activists on trial over protest fund

A 90-year-old Hong Kong cardinal will go on trial alongside four fellow democracy supporters on Monday over their role in running a fund to help defend people arrested in anti-government protests. Cardinal Joseph Zen, one of Asia’s highest-ranking Catholic clerics, was originally detained earlier this year under a national security law that Beijing imposed on … Read more

China FM calls on Russia, Ukraine not to let war ‘spill over’

China on Saturday at the United Nations urged Russia and Ukraine not to let effects of their war “spill over” and called for a diplomatic resolution. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi also sounded a fresh warning on Taiwan amid tensions in the Taiwan Strait, saying Beijing would take “forceful steps” to prevent any outside support … Read more

Russia stiffens penalty for surrender, replaces top general

Russia on Saturday toughened penalties for voluntary surrender and refusal to fight with up to 10 years imprisonment and replaced its top logistics general after a series of setbacks to its seven-month war in Ukraine. The tough new amendments and personnel change come days after Russia instigated partial mobilization with Kyiv taking back more and … Read more

Russia replaces top general, pursues breakaway Ukraine polls

Moscow its top logistics general on Saturday after a series of setbacks as Kremlin-held regions of eastern and southern Ukraine voted for a second day on becoming part of Russia. The changing of the guard comes amid a major mobilization drive by Russia after the Ukraine invasion revealed widespread logistical difficulties, with Kyiv now taking … Read more

China and Russia friendship in danger as Putin exposed as weak and incompetent

Is Chairman Xi Jinping poised to dump President Vladimir Putin? Or is their “no limits” relationship being precisely that? Things have changed since the two leaders declared fast friendship at the Beijing Winter Olympics in February. Days later, Mr Putin invaded Ukraine. Now, he’s desperately trying to save face as his forces retreat in disarray. … Read more

Foreign Minister Penny Wong tells China to act on Russia-Ukraine war in speech to UN

Foreign Minister Penny Wong has called on China to use its “no limits” partnership with Russia to help bring an end to the Kremlin’s “illegal, immoral” invasion of Ukraine. Senator Wong has used a speech to the United Nations General Assembly to say countries with close ties to Moscow must exert their influence to stop … Read more

US, China top diplomats meet to contain high tensions on Taiwan

The top US and Chinese diplomats met Friday in New York as soaring tensions show signs of easing, but Beijing issued a new warning against support for Taiwan. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi shook hands but only exchanged pleasantries before the cameras before sitting down with aids on the … Read more