Putin drives across Crimea bridge in a Mercedes

Putin drives across Crimea bridge in a Mercedes

MOSCOW, Dec 5 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin on Monday drove a Mercedes across the Crimean Bridge linking southern Russia to the annexed Crimean peninsula, less than two months since an explosion tore through one of the Kremlin chief’s showcase infrastructure projects. The 12-mile (19 km) road and rail bridge, which was personally opened by … Read more

Ukrainians in Kherson wait for loved ones to cross frontline river

Ukrainians in Kherson wait for loved ones to cross frontline river

KYIV, Dec 4 (Reuters) – Ukrainian families waited in bitter cold on Sunday for their loved ones to cross from the Russian-held bank of the Dnipro River to Kherson, a city that since Ukraine recaptured it from Russian forces last month has been under heavy shelling. Military officials in the southern Ukrainian region of Kherson … Read more

Kherson officials ease river crossings from Russian-held territory

Kherson officials ease river crossings from Russian-held territory

KYIV, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Officials in the southern Ukrainian region of Kherson announced on Saturday they would help citizens evacuate from parts of Russian-occupied territory on the east bank of the Dnipro River amid fears of intensified fighting. Yaroslav Yanushevych, the regional governor, said officials were temporarily lifting a ban on crossings to allow … Read more

OPEC+ will keep oil policy unchanged in review talks, sources say

OPEC+ will keep oil policy unchanged in review talks, sources say

OPEC puts on Saturday for admin discussions No discussions of Russian price cap so far – delegates OPEC+ to hold virtual meeting on Dec. 4 LONDON/DUBAI, Dec 3 (Reuters) – OPEC+ will likely stick to its oil output targets when it meets on Sunday, five OPEC+ sources said on Saturday, a day after the Group … Read more

EU agrees $60 Russian oil price cap, holdout Poland backs deal

EU agrees  Russian oil price cap, holdout Poland backs deal

Poland backs price cap after seeking extra conditions EU countries to formally approve the deal this weekend G7’s price cap aims to cut Russia’s oil income BRUSSELS, Dec 2 (Reuters) – The European Union on Friday agreed on a $60 per barrel price cap on Russian seaborne crude oil, after holdout Poland gave its support, … Read more

EU proposal would send proceeds of frozen Russian funds to Ukraine

EU proposal would send proceeds of frozen Russian funds to Ukraine

Russia must pay for devastation in Ukraine, von der Leyen says Proposal includes fund to invest Russian cbank liquid assets The assets would be returned to owners once sanctions lifted Frozen funds include $300 bln of Russia’s foreign reserves Moscow says such a move would amount to theft BRUSSELS, Nov 30 (Reuters) – The European … Read more

Cuba says its allies have pledged help to end its economic crisis

Cuba says its allies have pledged help to end its economic crisis

HAVANA, Nov 30 (Reuters) – China, Russia, Algeria and Turkey have pledged to restructure Cuba’s debt, provide new trade and investment financing, and help ease an energy crisis, Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel told state-run media following a rare trip abroad last week. Any help would be a blessing for crisis-racked Cuba. The Communist-run country has … Read more

Workers who won’t sign Russian contracts banned from nuclear plant – Ukraine

Workers who won’t sign Russian contracts banned from nuclear plant – Ukraine

KYIV, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s military said on Monday Moscow had banned Ukrainian technicians who have refused to sign contracts with Russia’s atomic energy firm from entering the vast Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant that Russian forces seized in March. The largest nuclear power plant in Europe, which is in Ukraine’s partially-occupied southeastern region of … Read more

Exclusive: US, Russia have used their military hotline once so far during Ukraine war

Exclusive: US, Russia have used their military hotline once so far during Ukraine war

WASHINGTON, Nov 28 (Reuters) – A communications line created between the militaries of the United States and Russia at the start of Moscow’s war against Ukraine has been used only once so far, a US official told Reuters. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the United States initiated a call through … Read more

The yuan’s the new dollar as Russia rides to the redback

The yuan’s the new dollar as Russia rides to the redback

Russia turns to the Chinese currency amid sanctions Moscow becomes No.4 offshore trading center for yuan Yuan’s share of Russian FX market jumps from 1% to 45% Russian central bank supports trend but warns of risks This content was produced in Russia where the law restricts coverage of Russian military operations in Ukraine MOSCOW/SHANGHAI, Nov … Read more