Vladimir Putin to meet with Iran, Turkey leaders for talks in Tehran

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Iran starting Tuesday is intended to deepen ties with regional heavyweights as part of Moscow’s challenge to the United States and Europe amid its grinding campaign in Ukraine. In only his second trip abroad since Russian tanks rolled into its neighbor in February, Putin is scheduled to hold talks with Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan about the pressing issues facing the region, including the conflict in Syria and a U.N.-backed proposal to resume exports of Ukrainian grain to ease…

Russia promises Belarus Iskander-M nuclear-capable missiles

Russia will send nuclear capable short-range missile systems to its ally Belarus in the coming months, President Vladimir Putin has said. He said Iskander-M systems “can fire ballistic and cruise missiles, both conventional and nuclear types”. The systems have a range of up to 500km (310 miles). Tensions between Russia and the West have escalated, following President Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine on 24 February. Mr Putin has made several references to nuclear weapons since then, which some have interpreted as a warning to Western countries not to intervene. Speaking…

Ukraine war: Putin-UN chief meet in Moscow for efforts to bring peace

Antonio Guterres hopes to talk about what can be done to bring peace to Ukraine urgently during his visit to Moscow. His office is in touch with the government of Ukraine for potential visit, the UN spokesperson said. United Nations secretary general Antonio Guterres will visit Moscow on Tuesday where he will meet Russian president Vladimir Putin as part of his efforts to end the ongoing war in Ukraine, news agency Reuters reported. Guterres will also have a working meeting and lunch with Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov. “Guterres hopes…

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Seeks to Meet Vladimir Putin and Volodymyr Zelenskyy

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres sought to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to discuss steps to bring peace in Ukraine. United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has written to Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to receive him in Moscow and Kyiv “to discuss urgent steps to bring about peace in Ukraine.” Spokesperson for the Secretary General, Stephane Dujarric, told reporters Wednesday that on Tuesday afternoon two separate letters were handed over to the Permanent Missions of the Russian Federation and Ukraine.…

Vladimir Putin’s daughters sanctioned by US: All about them

The United States recently imposed sanctions on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s daughters — Maria and Katerina. Here’s all we know about them. The United States imposed sanctions on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s daughters. But there is little information about the Putin family. Here is all that we know about the elusive sisters — Maria and Katerina — who are allegedly hiding Putin’s wealth. The two women — Maria Vladimirovna Vorontsova and Katerina Vladimirovna Tikhonova — are in their mid-thirties. Both are daughters of Putin’s first wife, Lyudmila Putina. Maria Vladimirovna…

Putin demands Mariupol surrender to end shelling

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that the shelling of the besieged Ukrainian city of Mariupol will only end when Ukrainian troops surrender. Mr. Putin made the comments during an hour-long phone call with French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday night, the Kremlin said in a statement. But French officials said the Russian leader had agreed to consider plans to evacuate civilians from the city. It comes as new satellite photos showing the destruction caused by the shelling. The images, released by the Earth observation company Maxar, showed that residential…

Joe Biden says remark on Putin’s power was about ‘moral outrage’

US President Joe Biden refused to apologize for his comments, which his administration has been having a tough time explaining over the past few days. US President Joe Biden on Monday said that his weekend comment in Europe that his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin “cannot remain in power” was a moral outrage for his invasion of Ukraine, and that does not reflect any change in American policy with respect to regime change. As such, Biden refused to apologize for his comments, which his administration has been having a tough time…

Seven dead in strike on a government office in the Ukrainian city of Mykolaiv

MYKOLAIV, Ukraine, March 29 (Reuters) – A Russian rocket hit the regional administration building in the southern Ukrainian port city of Mykolaiv on Tuesday, killing at least seven people and wounding 22, local authorities said. Eighteen of the wounded were pulled from the rubble by rescue workers, who continue to work at the scene, the emergencies service said in an online post An image shared by regional governor Vitaliy Kim showed a large hole in the side of the building. On Tuesday, Reuters witnesses saw the destruction from a distance…

Ukraine ready to discuss ‘neutral status’ as part of a peace deal with Russia: Volodymyr Zelensky

Speaking more than a month after Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, Zelensky said no peace deal would be possible without a ceasefire and troop withdrawals. LVIV: Ukraine is prepared to discuss adopting a neutral status as part of a peace deal with Russia but such a pact would have to be guaranteed by third parties and put to a referendum, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in remarks aired on Sunday. Zelensky was speaking to Russian journalists in a 90-minute video call, an interview that Moscow authorities had pre-emptively warned…

“War is Madness, Please Stop”: Pope Francis Calls For Peace in Ukraine

Pope Francis on Sunday made a heartfelt plea for an end to the fighting in Ukraine that has left what he called “rivers of blood and tears” flowing in the country. The Russian invasion of Ukraine is the largest European war since World War II. In the 10 days since Russia began its invasion, an estimated 1.5 million people have fled the country., according to the U.N. refugee agency. Russian President Vladimir Putin launched what he called a “special military operation” in the early morning hours of February 24. The…