For Japanese fishing town of Nemuro, Moscow holds key to survival

NEMURO, Japan – Japanese fisherman Tsuruyuki Hansaku was barely out of high school when he served 10 months in a Soviet prison, arrested at sea on his father’s boat for catching cod in what the Russians considered theirterritory. The silver-maned resident of the northern Japanese fishing town of Nemuro, now 79, is still on the … Read more

Ukraine braces for new Russian offensive as Moscow dismisses rape allegations

The departure of Russian forces from the outskirts of Kyiv brings to light harrowing allegations of war crimes including executions and rape of civilians LVIV, Ukraine – Ukraine pleaded for more weapons from the West to help it end the siege of Mariupol and fend off an expected Russian offensive in the east, as more … Read more

UN suspends Russia from human rights body, Moscow then quits

US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield says the UN ‘sent a clear message that the suffering of victims and survivors will not be ignored.’ UNITED NATIONS – The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, April 7, suspended Russia from the UN Human Rights Council over reports of “gross and systematic violations” and abuses … Read more

US stops Russian bond payments in bid to raise pressure on Moscow

The move is meant to force Moscow to make the difficult decision of whether it would use dollars for payments on its debt or for other purposes, including supporting its war effort The United States stopped the Russian government on Monday, April 4, from paying holders of its sovereign debt more than $600 million from … Read more

US envoy to Moscow says Russia ties sunk to ‘Mariana Trench’ depths

WASHINGTON DC, USA – Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has made John Sullivan’s tough job as US envoy to Moscow even harder as he grapples with the Kremlin’s nuclear saber-rattling and threats to sever relations while keeping his embassy running on one-tenth the normal staff. “It was really bad two and a half years ago,” Sullivan … Read more

Zelenskiy calls for peace talks with Moscow, urges Swiss to target oligarchs

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy called on Saturday, March 19, for a comprehensive peace talks with Moscow and also urged Switzerland to do more to crack down on Russian oligarchs who he said were helping wage war on his country with their money. British intelligence warned that Russia, frustrated by its failure to achieve its objectives … Read more

As West shuns Moscow, officials say India eyes more cheap Russian oil

‘Russia is offering oil and other commodities at a heavy discount. We will be happy to take that,’ an Indian government official says NEW DELHI, India – India may take up a Russian offer to buy crude oil and other commodities at a discount, two Indian officials said, in a sign that Delhi wants to … Read more

Ukraine accuses Moscow of breaking ceasefire to trap civilians in Mariupol

LVIV, Ukraine – Ukraine accused Russia on Wednesday, March 9, of breaking a ceasefire to prevent the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of civilians trapped in the besieged port of Mariupol, where the Red Cross has described conditions as “apocalyptic”. Russia said it would hold fire to let civilians flee besieged cities, but efforts to … Read more

Ukraine decries ‘immoral’ stunt after Moscow says it will let civilians flee

According to maps published by the RIA news agency, the corridor from Kyiv leads to Belarus, while civilians from Kharkiv are permitted to go only to Russia. Russia would also mount an airlift to take Ukrainians from Kyiv to Russia. Russia announced new “humanitarian corridors” on Monday, March 7, to transport Ukrainians trapped under its … Read more