UK backs Lithuania’s plan to lift Russian blockade of Ukraine grain | Ukraine

Britain has backed in principle a proposal by Lithuania for a naval coalition “of the willing” to lift the Russian Black Sea blockade on Ukrainian grain exports. The Lithuanian foreign minister, Gabrielius Landsbergis, proposed the plan during talks with the UK foreign secretary, Liz Truss, on Monday in London. “Time is very very short. We … Read more

Putin’s TV appearances staged with pre-taped footage: insider

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s televised meetings with officials last week were staged with pre-taped footage and “deepfakes” to cover up his week-long absence after surgery, an anti-Kremlin Telegram account claimed Monday. The 69-year-old strongman was recovering in almost complete isolation from his inner circle despite being seen on Russian state TV taking meetings, Telegram channel … Read more

‘Palestine an open wound’ says Qatar’s emir at Davos forum | Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani News

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani says the international community should work to resolve forgotten and ignored conflicts. The emir of Qatar has urged the international community to give as much attention to resolving the forgotten and ignored conflicts in the world, stressing in particular the Israel-Palestine conflict, as it has to the war in … Read more

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol: The age of appeasing North Korea is over

seoul CNN — The age of appeasing North Korea is over and any new talks between Seoul and Pyongyang must be initiated by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, South Korea’s new conservative President Yoon Suk Yeol said on Monday. Speaking exclusively to CNN in his first media interview since taking office two weeks ago, … Read more

Russian soldier Vadim Shishimarin sentenced to life in prison in Ukraine’s first war crimes trial since invasion

Almost three months after Russia launched its invasion, Ukraine saw its first war crimes trial against a Russian soldier end Monday with a life sentence. A court in Kyiv handed a Russian soldier the sentence for the shooting of an unarmed civilian in the early days of the war. Vadim Shishimarin, 21, was convicted Monday … Read more