New surrender deadline in Mariupol as West promises Ukraine more arms

Russia told Ukrainian fighters still holding out in Mariupol to give up on Wednesday, April 20, as it pushed for a decisive victory in its new offensive, prompting Western governments to pledge more military help to Kyiv. Thousands of Russian troops backed by artillery and rocket barrages were advancing in what Ukrainian officials called the … Read more

Russia sets deadline for rouble gas payments, Europe calls it ‘blackmail’

Russian President Vladimir Putin is demanding foreign buyers pay for Russian gas in roubles from Friday, April 1, or else have their supplies cut, a move European capitals rejected and which Berlin said amounted to “blackmail.” Putin’s move, via a decree signed on Thursday, March 31, leaves Europe facing the prospect of losing more than … Read more