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

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

‘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

More Ukraine fighters surrendering in Mariupol, Russia says

Ukrainian soldiers, many wounded, taken to Russian-held towns US reopens Kyiv embassy Ukraine says saboteurs targeted Russian armored train KYIV/MARIUPOL, Ukraine, May 19 (Reuters) – Moscow said 700 more Ukrainian fighters had surrendered in Russian-held Mariupol as it shored up a key gain in the south, while the United States became the latest Western country … Read more

Russia says nearly 700 more Mariupol fighters surrender

Ukrainian soldiers, many wounded, taken to Russian-held towns Mariupol a win for Putin as Russian forces fall back elsewhere Finland and Sweden formally apply to join NATO KYIV/MARIUPOL, Ukraine, May 18 (Reuters) – Nearly 700 more Ukrainian fighters surrendered at the Mariupol steelworks in the past 24 hours, Russia said on Wednesday, but leaders were … Read more

US accuses casino tycoon Wynn of acting as Chinese agent

WASHINGTON, May 17 (Reuters) – The US Justice Department on Tuesday sued Steve Wynn, the former CEO of Wynn Resorts (WYNN.O), to compel him to register as an agent of China and accused him of lobbying then-President Donald Trump at Beijing’s Behest in 2017. Wynn’s lawyers denied the allegations, saying he had never acted as … Read more

Finland, Sweden apply to join NATO, face Turkish objections

Application submitted at NATO headquarters Move seen redrawing geopolitical map of Europe Non-aligned for decades, Ukraine war caused policy upheaval Countries seeking to resolve Turkish objections to NATO bids BRUSSELS, May 18 (Reuters) – Finland and Sweden formally applied to join the NATO alliance on Wednesday at allied headquarters, a decision spurred by Russia’s invasion … Read more