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Ukraine war: How long can the Western consensus hold?

Ukraine war: How long can the Western consensus hold?

With Russian forces making slow, grinding progress in the eastern Donbas region and military experts speaking of a long war of attrition, have cracks started to appear in the West’s support for Ukraine? As he directs the fighting from the gleaming white halls of the Kremlin, what does Vladimir Putin make of the swirling Western…

Finland expected to announce bid to join Nato

Finland expected to announce bid to join Nato

Finland is expected to announce its intention to join Nato on Thursday with Sweden likely to follow soon after, diplomats and officials have said, as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine reshapes European security and the Atlantic military alliance. Nato allies expect Finland and Sweden to be granted membership quickly, five diplomats and officials told Reuters, paving the way…

Macron lead over Le Pen stabilises as election scrutiny intensifies

Macron lead over Le Pen stabilises as election scrutiny intensifies

Emmanuel Macron has consolidated his lead over Marine Le Pen as France’s presidential race enters its final week, according to polls, suggesting harsher scrutiny of the far-right challenger’s plans may be shifting the race’s dynamic. Six days from the runoff that will decide who occupies the Élysée Palace for the next five years, all 16…

Families want ‘Monster of Florence’ serial killer case reopened

Families want ‘Monster of Florence’ serial killer case reopened

Families of victims of a serial killer who terrorised Florence in the 1970s and 80s are demanding a new investigation into one of Italy’s darkest unsolved mysteries, a lawyer has said. Relatives of three victims have formally asked prosecutors in the Tuscan city to look afresh at potential leads into the so-called “Monster of Florence”,…

Western companies begin pulling out from Russia

Western companies begin pulling out from Russia

An increasing number of western companies have halted their operations in Russia, are looking to divest stakes tied to Russia, and plan to exit the country for the foreseeable future, fearing the long-term impact of western sanctions on their businesses. The latest companies to announce plans to pull back from Russia include the BP energy giant, the…

Armenia, an obedient satellite of Russia

Armenia, an obedient satellite of Russia

On the morning of February 24, public warnings of the Western intelligence communities about the imminent invasion of Ukraine turned out to be true as Putin announced that he had launched a “special military operation” against Ukraine from three axes. The response was scathing, however. The collective West has begun to provide unprecedented assistance to…

European authorities seize yachts belonging to Russian oligarchs

European authorities seize yachts belonging to Russian oligarchs

France and Germany impounded luxury yachts belonging to two Russian oligarchs on Thursday, as other yachts were tracked to the Maldives in their attempts to evade the latest sanctions stemming from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. “Thanks to the French customs officers who are enforcing the European Union’s sanctions against those close to the Russian government”, France’s…

Russia-Ukraine crisis a ‘dangerous moment for the world’, warns Truss

Russia-Ukraine crisis a ‘dangerous moment for the world’, warns Truss

The UK foreign secretary, Liz Truss, has warned of a “dangerous moment for the world” as the “highly likely” prospect of a Russian invasion of Ukraine could embolden other countries such as Iran and China to expand their ambitions. Speaking on Sky News, Truss said “we could be on the brink of a war in Europe,…

Liz Truss vows ‘nowhere to hide’ for Putin allies if Ukraine invaded

Liz Truss vows ‘nowhere to hide’ for Putin allies if Ukraine invaded

Liz Truss, the British foreign secretary, has said Russian oligarchs and key supporters of Vladimir Putin will be targeted by UK sanctions if Russia invades Ukraine, but left Britain’s existing much-criticised anti-corruption laws largely untouched. Insisting that the Russian president’s allies would have nowhere to hide their assets if an invasion went ahead, the Foreign Office, clearly…

‘We’ll fight to the end.’ Ukraine defiant in face of Vladimir Putin’s phoney war

‘We’ll fight to the end.’ Ukraine defiant in face of Vladimir Putin’s phoney war

The mood last week in Ukraine was eerily calm, despite talk of war. The first winter snow blanketed Kyiv. Many were still celebrating Orthodox Christmas – which falls on 7 January – or had left town for the holidays. Bars and restaurants rang out with Dean Martin’s Let It Snow!, while the fir trees in Independence Square…