Putin promises to bolster Russia’s IT security in the face of cyber attacks

May 20 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that the number of cyber attacks on Russia by foreign “state structures” had increased several times over and that Russia must bolster its cyber defenses by reducing the use of foreign software and hardware. The websites of many state-owned companies and news websites have suffered … Read more

Thousands queue for petrol, gas in Sri Lanka amid warnings of food shortages

COLOMBO, May 20 (Reuters) – Thousands of people queued for cooking gas and oil in Sri Lanka’s commercial capital on Friday and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe warned of a food shortage as the island nation battles a devastating economic crisis. Lines formed in many parts of Colombo, a city of around 900,000 people, as residents … Read more

‘We are going to die’: Sri Lanka warns of food shortages

COLOMBO, May 20 (Reuters) – Sri Lanka’s prime minister has warned of a food shortage as the island nation battles a devastating economic crisis and vowed the government will buy enough fertilizer for the next planting season to boost productivity. A decision in April last year by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to ban all chemical fertilizers … Read more

Ukraine says Russian attacks on Donbas intensifying

Donbas region is completely destroyed -Zelenskiy Group of Seven sends billions more to Ukraine US Senate approves $40 bln in further aid KYIV/SLATYNE, Ukraine, May 20 (Reuters) – Russian forces intensified their offensive in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region using artillery, rocket-launchers and aircraft to damage defenses around Donetsk, Ukraine’s general staff said on Friday. “The … Read more

Biden, South Korea’s Yoon to meet amid worries about North Korea

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE, May 20 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden is likely to get a warm welcome from South Korea’s leadership on his first trip to Asia, but he may face a less friendly greeting from North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. Biden lands in South Korea on Friday evening, where he meets new President … Read more

After delay, US Senate overwhelmingly approves $40 billion in Ukraine aid

WASHINGTON, May 19 (Reuters) – The US Senate overwhelmingly approved nearly $40 billion in new aid for Ukraine on Thursday sending the bill to the White House for President Joe Biden to sign into law as Washington races to keep military assistance flowing nearly three months after Russia’s invasion. The Senate voted 86-11 in favor … Read more

Exclusive: US aims to arm Ukraine with advanced anti-ship missiles to fight Russian blockade

The US Navy Arleigh-Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur launches a Harpoon surface-to-surface missile during Pacific Vanguard (PACVAN) quadrilateral exercises between Australia, Japan, Republic of Korea, and US Naval forces in the Philippine Sea May 26 , 2019. Picture taken May 26, 2019. US Navy/Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Toni Burton/Handout via REUTERS Register … Read more

Ukraine prosecutor seeks life sentence for Russian soldier in war crimes trial

KYIV, May 19 (Reuters) – A Ukrainian state prosecutor asked a court on Thursday to sentence a Russian soldier to life in prison for killing an unarmed civilian in the first war crimes trial arising from Russia’s Feb. 24 invasion. Vadim Shishimarin, a 21-year-old Russian tank commander, asked widow Kateryna Shelipova to forgive him for … Read more

‘I mean Ukraine’: Former US president George Bush calls Iraq invasion ‘unjustified’

WASHINGTON, May 19 (Reuters) – Former US President George W. Bush mistakenly described the invasion of Iraq as “brutal” and “unjustified” before correcting himself to say he meant to refer to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Bush made the comments in a speech during an event in Dallas on Wednesday, while he was criticizing Russia’s political … Read more

Russia uses new laser weapons in Ukraine, Zelenskiy mocks ‘wonder weapon’

Russia dips into its secret laser arsenal Zelenskiy mockingly compares laser use to Nazis’ wonder weapons Satellites 1,500 km away can be shielded LONDON, May 18 (Reuters) – Russia on Wednesday said it was using a new generation of powerful lasers in Ukraine to burn up drones, deploying some of Moscow’s secret weapons to counter … Read more