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

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

Zelenskyy begs West for total ban on Russian travelers – POLITICO

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Monday called for the West to ban all Russian travelers, aiming to push allied leaders into exerting more pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin. In an interview with the Washington Post, Zelenskyy argued that the current sanctions on Russia are “weak” compared to the message that would be sent by … Read more

How Putin sent EU energy prices rocketing – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Russia’s invasion of Ukraine prompted most of the EU to wake up to the danger of depending on the Kremlin for its natural gas. But moving away from Russian gas, which last year accounted for 40 percent of EU demand, is a painful process — and Russian President … Read more

Zelenskyy calls for sanctions on Russian nuclear industry amid ‘disaster’ warning – POLITICO

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called for sanctions on the Russian nuclear industry and nuclear fuel after an atomic power plant in Ukraine was shelled. “Russian nuclear terror requires a stronger response from the international community, [including] sanctions on the Russian nuclear industry and nuclear fuel,” he said on Twitter after speaking with European Council President … 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

When can we expect to see a drop in Canada’s inflation rate? – Global News

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Europe’s looming coal crisis – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Move over gas — there’s a new energy shortage in town. As Europe faces its worst energy crunch in decades amid the war in Ukraine, national capitals have been scrambling to shore up their gas reserves ahead of the winter. But another fuel could also soon be in … 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