close Video Putin is 'taking the Russian people backwards': UK Ambassador to US Karen Pierce British Ambassador to the U.S. Karen Pierce discusses the coronation of King Charles III, the relationship between the U.K. and U.S., the drone strike on the Kremlin and the support of the Ukrainian people. Photos of world leaders together at this past weekend’s Group of Seven (G7) summit in Japan show the level of isolation that Russian President Vladimir Putin is facing on the global stage. Ten years ago, when Russia was a part of the Group of Eight, Putin was photographed in Northern Ireland waving his hand alongside then-President Obama, former British Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. However, over the weekend in Hiroshima, Putin was notably absent when Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy posed Sunday next to President Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron, among others. Russia was suspended from the … [Read more...] about G7 summit photo shows isolation Russian President Vladimir Putin is facing on world stage
Toronto Blue Jays’ Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Gets Ball Stuck, Throws Glove For Out Against Milwaukee Brewers
Do what ya gotta do. In the fifth inning of Wednesday night’s game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Milwaukee Brewers at Rogers Centre, the latter’s outfielder Christian Yelich hit a ground ball that rolled in the direction of Jays’ first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr . And in routine fashion, Vlad scooped the ball up to throw it over to first base for the out. However, there was a problem: Guerrero couldn’t get the ball out of his glove. The baseball ended up getting stuck in the webbing, but in quick fashion, Guerrero used some good ol’ fashioned common sense to get him out of a pickle. With relief pitcher Trevor Richards over at first base, Guerrero threw his glove (with the ball intact) to beat Yelich and get the out. It was a great play by Guerrero and made comical by Richards’ look of confusion. WATCH: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. threw his whole glove, stuck ball and all, to get the out. #BlueJays pic.twitter.com/caoRlpKQcD — Keegan Matheson … [Read more...] about Toronto Blue Jays’ Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Gets Ball Stuck, Throws Glove For Out Against Milwaukee Brewers
Russia’s Latest Sanctions on U.S. Officials Turn to Trump Enemies
Russia has expanded its list of sanctioned Americans in a tit-for-tat retaliation for the latest curbs imposed by the United States. But what is particularly striking is how much President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia is adopting perceived enemies of former President Donald J. Trump as his own. Among the 500 people singled out for travel and financial restrictions on Friday were Americans seen as adversaries by Mr. Trump, including Letitia James, the state attorney general of New York who has investigated and sued him. Brad Raffensperger, the secretary of state of Georgia who rebuffed Mr. Trump’s pressure to reverse the outcome of the 2020 election, also made the list. And Lt. Michael Byrd, the Capitol Police officer who shot the pro-Trump rioter Ashli Babbitt on Jan. 6, 2021, was another notable name. None of those three has anything to do with Russia policy and the only reason they would have come to Moscow’s attention is because Mr. Trump has publicly assailed them. The … [Read more...] about Russia’s Latest Sanctions on U.S. Officials Turn to Trump Enemies
Putin Should Help IRA Attack Buckingham Palace, TV Pundit Declares
Vladimir Putin should help Irish terrorist organisations attack Buckingham Palace, a Russian TV pundit reportedly declared. Vladimir Rogov, a talking head on Russian television, suggested that Vladimir Putin should begin arming Irish terrorists in the hopes they would attack Buckingham Palace. The outlandish suggestion is largely par for the course in terms of the Russian-language war rhetoric produced domestically in the country, with pundits and politicians regularly recommending that Putin solves all of the country’s problems with precision nuclear strikes. According to a report by the Belfast Telegraph , Rogov reportedly said that the Russian government should, in response to the UK sending missiles to Ukraine, begin “accidentally” arming the “Irish Republican Army”. “Can’t we somehow (ensure) the remaining combat wing of the Irish Republican Army, which is fighting against British occupation, has normal weapons (to) hit Buckingham Palace, 10 Downing Street, and … [Read more...] about Putin Should Help IRA Attack Buckingham Palace, TV Pundit Declares
Peace, food and fertilizer: African leaders’ challenge heading to talks with Moscow, Kyiv
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 6 A delegation of six African leaders set to hold talks with Kyiv and Moscow aim to “initiate a peace process," but also broach the thorny issue of how a heavily-sanctioned Russia can be paid for the fertilizer exports Africa desperately needs, a key mediator who helped broker the talks said in an interview with The Associated Press. Jean-Yves Ollivier, an international negotiator who has been working for six months to put the talks together, said the African leaders would also discuss the related issue of easing the passage of more grain shipments out of Ukraine amid the war and the possibility of more prisoner swaps when they travel to both countries on what they’ve characterized as a peace mission. The talks will likely be next month, Ollivier said. He arrived in Moscow on Sunday and will also go to Kyiv for meetings with high-level officials to work out … [Read more...] about Peace, food and fertilizer: African leaders’ challenge heading to talks with Moscow, Kyiv
Why Bakhmut? It’s a Question as Old as War.
Just weeks before President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine visited the city of Bakhmut in December, a soldier with the military call sign “Bear” stared out from the window of a ruined sixth-floor apartment overlooking the city’s eastern reaches. I quietly stood next to him. The battle below played out in muted ferocity. Rockets lit the sky. A tank burned in the distance. To the south, Russian incendiary munitions floated downward, the thin arc of white flames igniting small fires on the ground but little else. There was nothing left to burn, the area already shelled to what seemed like oblivion. “Bakhmut,” I wrote in my journal, “is in rough shape.” That was one long night of hundreds , as Bakhmut became the focal point of some of the fiercest fighting of the war — the object of acute desire for Russia and of a tenacious defense by Ukraine. And now, the city of Bakhmut appears to have fallen to the Russians after 10 months of fierce fighting, leaving thousands of soldiers … [Read more...] about Why Bakhmut? It’s a Question as Old as War.