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Chinese President Xi Jinping took his leave of Russian President Vladimir Putin from a two-day visit to Moscow with a smile on his face. But despite the important show of solidarity, Putin got little in concrete terms from the Chinese leader.
Budapest claims that the move "hurts the cherished unity of Nato".
Putin took time out from meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping who had just arrived in Moscow for a three-day state visit to speak to lawmakers from more than 40 African countries and woo them with generous promises of economic and military aid
First, as I have previously argued on this blog, I think ideally Xi would want to call an end to the war in Ukraine. It may initially have served a purpose for China, but I think Beijing now sees a real prospect of a catastrophic defeat for Moscow.
Chinese President Xi Jinping just arrived in Moscow on a three-day state visit to Russian President Vladimir Putin that provides the Kremlin with a fig leaf of legitimacy for its military campaign in Ukraine and also promotes China to the top table.
Putin’s trip was designed to play to his domestic audience and reinforce the Kremlin’s message that the captured territories are Russian land.
Russian President Vladimir Putin now faces arrest if he sets foot into any of the 123 member countries of the International Criminal Court.
The decision, together with a similar move made by Slovakia on March 17, marks a stepping up of military aid to Ukraine with a new grade of weaponry, the offering of which has so far remained controversial.
Ukraine’s IT industry has remained remarkably stable in the face of Russia’s full-scale invasion. While many leading sectors in Ukraine have suffered significant losses, IT saw a growth in exports helped by an impressive response from businesses.
Ukraine is the most mine-contaminated country on Earth. Red warning signs bearing skulls and crossbones litter the fields and forests of liberated territories.
Russia has brought in a new all-time high record harvest of 153mn-155mn tonnes of grain, President Vladimir Putin said during the visit to the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant on March 14.
The Russian invasion has caused a poverty crisis in Ukraine and the most vulnerable citizens are struggling with basic necessities, particularly food.
Vienna is giving the impression that it is struggling to decouple its interests from Russia, if not actively avoiding doing so.
The West has been increasingly supplying Ukraine with more and more powerful weapons, but always in insufficient amounts and always with a delay that does not change the tide of the conflict to Kyiv’s advantage.
Russia launched its first mass missile attack since mid-February, killing at least six people and causing blackouts across the country on March 9.
With Ukraine firing more than 5,000 artillery rounds each day by some estimates, ammunition for the country's artillery systems is running low, despite the country inheriting massive stocks of 155mm shells following the collapse of the Soviet Union.
The Ukrainian Security Service’s Main Investigative Department has opened an investigation after Russian troops filmed themselves shooting a prisoner of war, Meduza reported on March 7.
Civilian life still continues in Chasiv Yar, a few kilometres from Bakhmut, the fortress city that has become Ukraine's Stalingrad.
Legislation would require any organisation that receives over 20% of its funding from overseas to register as foreign agents or face substantial fines.