Ukraine’s long-awaited southern counteroffensive begins with a bang in Crimea – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article KYIV — Blasts that rocked a Russian military airfield in forcibly annexed Crimea signal the start of Ukraine’s counteroffensive in the south and a critical new phase of the war that could shape its ultimate outcome, two Ukrainian officials told POLITICO. The series of explosions Tuesday sent huge … Read more

Zelenskyy says ‘we will return’ to Crimea after blasts rock Russian base – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy declared Tuesday that the war with Moscow “began with Crimea and must end with Crimea,” after explosions rocked a Russian air base on the peninsula, killing one and injuring others. “Today, there is a lot of attention on the topic of Crimea. And rightly … Read more

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It’s a class of exchange-traded funds designed to prevent your portfolio from hitting dramatic lows — but it may require a level of sophistication. The idea: Incorporate short-term delivered plays including covered call and risk-reversal strategies in order to help investors customize their own defensive strategies similar to hedging. However, it may come with an … Read more

More Ukrainian grain shipments under way – POLITICO

A group of ships carrying grain left Ukrainian ports on Sunday, the second convoy to depart in recent days following a UN-backed agreement late last month to unblock the ports. The group includes four vessels loaded with almost 170,000 tons of agricultural products, Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov said in a tweet early Sunday. He said … Read more

Israel-Gaza fighting continues for second day as death toll rises – POLITICO

Israeli forces continued to hit targets in Gaza on Saturday while Palestinians responded by firing rockets at Israel as the fighting spilled into a second day. Israel said it launched its military operation on Friday to eliminate “a concrete threat” against its citizens and to target “terrorists and their sponsors.” Prime Minister Yair Lapid said … Read more

Taiwan says China carrying out ‘possible simulated attack’ – POLITICO

Taipei said that Chinese military drills involving naval and aerial forces that Beijing carried out on Saturday may be a “possible simulated attack” on the island. The operations are part of unprecedented military drills Beijing launched in retaliation for US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. China also suspended climate and military talks with … Read more

EU braces for China-US escalation risk as Taiwan tensions rise – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article The deteriorating war of words between the US and China over Taiwan “could easily escalate” and is being closely watched in European capitals, according to senior diplomats. Tensions are growing between the world’s two biggest superpowers as Beijing ratchets up its threats over a possible visit by US … Read more

‘Call a spade a spade’ — Latvia urges terror sponsor label for Russia – POLITICO

The EU should designate Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs said, after an attack that killed dozens of Ukrainian prisoners of war on Friday renewed calls to further isolate Moscow on the international stage. “We see all the brutality of Russian forces, that actually resemble a lot of ISIS, … Read more

Zelenskyy calls POW bombing ‘deliberate Russian war crime’ – POLITICO

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy accused Russia of a “war crime” for bombing a jail containing Ukrainian prisoners of war in the eastern Donetsk region. “It was a deliberate Russian war crime, a deliberate mass murder of Ukrainian prisoners of war,” Zelenskyy said in a video message Friday night. More than 50 Ukrainian prisoners of war … Read more

Moscow claims Odesa strikes hit military targets – POLITICO

Moscow said on Sunday that Russian air strikes on the Ukrainian port city of Odesa were aimed at military targets including a stockpile of US-supplied missiles. The attack on Saturday raised doubts over Moscow’s willingness to abide by a crucial agreement reached on Friday to unblock Ukraine’s seaports to allow for the transport of millions … Read more