Russia-Ukraine Crisis

Gravitas: Boris Johnson blames western leaders for emboldening Putin

Boris Johnson has blamed his western predecessors for making "terrible mistakes" after the invasion of Crimea in 2014. How did the West respond after…

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Gravitas: Russia goes after Ukraine's arms factories

Russia said it will disable Ukraine's 'military-industrial complex'. Hours after this warning was issued, an aircraft plant in Kyiv was attacked.…

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Gravitas: Russia sanctions US President Joe Biden

Russia has sanctioned US President Joe Biden and several other key members of the US government. This comes on a day when raids on residential areas…

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Gravitas: Did Russia use a chemical bomb in Donbas?

Russia's invasion of Ukraine is intensifying. Over the weekend, Russian jets destroyed a military base near Poland. Ukrainian officials have accused…

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Gravitas: Russia could default on its debt within days

Russia needs to pay $117 million to its creditors this week. World Bank's Chief Economist said Moscow is "mightily close" to a default. Can a Russian…

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We will not say yes, says Erdogan on Sweden & Finland's NATO membership

Turkey's President Erodgan had said the Nordic countries were 'like a guesthouse for terror organisations' even as Sweden and Finland seek to become NATO members.

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Mariupol: Russia offers to evacuate wounded Ukrainian troops from steel plant

Russian forces have battered Mariupol for almost two months. The last pocket of Ukrainian resistance is Azovstal factory. It is a huge Soviet-era plant that was built during Josef Stalin's time.…

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After Finland, Sweden decides to join NATO; Putin says expect a 'response'

Sweden's governing Social Democrats had given the green signal to the government to enter NATO putting aside decades of neutrality.

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McDonald's to leave Russia after more than three decades over Ukraine conflict

The company said that the decision was taken keeping in mid the "humanitarian crisis" and "unpredictable operating environment" in Ukraine.

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Russia's warning on NATO Nordic expansion: 'Won't simply put up with...'

Russia has given few specific clues about what it will do in response to the Nordic enlargement of NATO, the biggest strategic consequences of Russia's invasion of Ukraine to date.

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Finland expected to announce decision to join NATO today

Finland and Sweden may submit a joint application for membership of NATO. This has come less than three months after Russia's invasion of Ukraine

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Ukrainian forces launch counteroffensive against Russia in east

Ukraine has been retaking territory in its northeast. Ukrainian forces are driving Russians away from Kharkiv. It is the second-largest city in Ukraine

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Top Senate Republican meets Zelensky; Ukraine calls for recognition of Russia as 'terrorist state'

Mitch McConnell, the top Republican in the US Senate, who is pressing Republican Senator Rand Paul to end his opposition to a $40 billion aid package for Ukraine, paid an unannounced visit to Kyiv…

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NATO bid: Finland's President calls Putin; Turkey ready to talk

Finland had said Russia suspended electricity supplies to the country. The Russian energy firm said it had decided to suspend electricity over payment issues.

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Active combat action will finish by the end of the year, claims Ukraine's intelligence chief

Ukraine's military intelligence chief Major General Kyrylo Budanov said the war against Russia will reach a "breaking point" in August.

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Don't undermine sanctions against Russia: G7 to China

The G7 foreign ministers said Belarus should abide by "international obligations" and should "stop enabling Russia's aggression".

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Relatives of fighters in Ukraine steel plant plead for help, Kyiv working on rescue

Russian forces have been bombarding the steelworks in the southern port of Mariupol, the last bastion of Ukrainian defenders in a city almost completely controlled by Russia after more than two…

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Ukraine is preparing to send bodies of 'hundreds' of Russian soldiers home

Ukraine's military has released photographs of several hundred bodies that were being stored at a facility on the outskirts of Kyiv

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Russia has cut Finland's electricity supply, says Finnish grid operator

Russia has cut electricity supply to Finland, a Finnish operator has said. Tensions are rising between Russia and Finland over the latter's bid to join North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO)…

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India halts wheat exports with immediate effect to calm local prices

India which is the world's second-largest producer of wheat, will send shipments and allow letters of credit that the country had issued previously

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Russia-Ukraine Crisis

Russia-Ukraine Crisis

The Russia-Ukraine crisis escalated after Russian forces fired missiles at several cities in Ukraine and landed troops on its coast on February 24. 

In a televised address, Russian President Vladimir Putin authorised what he called a special military operation in the east. 

US President Joe Biden and several European leaders have warned that an invasion by Putin would be disastrous. 

The conflict has soared tensions in Russia's relations with the US and Europe. 

As the issue intensifies, WION brings you the latest updates.

Active combat action will finish by the end of the year, claims Ukraine's intelligence chief

Ukraine's military intelligence chief Major General Kyrylo Budanov said the war against Russia will reach a "breaking point" in August.

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Don't undermine sanctions against Russia: G7 to China

The G7 foreign ministers said Belarus should abide by "international obligations" and should "stop enabling Russia's aggression".

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Relatives of fighters in Ukraine steel plant plead for help, Kyiv working on rescue

Russian forces have been bombarding the steelworks in the southern port of Mariupol, the last bastion of Ukrainian defenders in a city almost completely controlled by Russia after more than two…

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Ukraine is preparing to send bodies of 'hundreds' of Russian soldiers home

Ukraine's military has released photographs of several hundred bodies that were being stored at a facility on the outskirts of Kyiv

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Russia has cut Finland's electricity supply, says Finnish grid operator

Russia has cut electricity supply to Finland, a Finnish operator has said. Tensions are rising between Russia and Finland over the latter's bid to join North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO)…

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India halts wheat exports with immediate effect to calm local prices

India which is the world's second-largest producer of wheat, will send shipments and allow letters of credit that the country had issued previously

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First Russian soldier appears in Ukraine court for war crimes trial

The Russian soldier is accused of killing an unarmed 62-year-old civillian. He faces possible life imprisonment

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Erdogan says Turkey does not have 'positive opinion' on Sweden, Finland joining NATO

Citing a 'mistake' made by Turkey's former rulers who approved Greece's NATO membership in 1952, Erdogan said he does not want to repeat it.

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Ukrainian forces destroy parts of Russian armoured column in Kharkiv

Kharkiv was the target of a number of missile attacks from the Russian military, but Ukraine was successful in protecting its borders.

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Russia to suspend Finland electricity supply from weekend amid NATO membership rift

The decision came after Finland announced on Thursday that they want to join NATO ‘without delay’ – a stand that was strengthened by the ongoing Russia-Ukraine crisis.

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State of war: Which territories are under Russian control and where is Ukraine offering stiff resistance?

Russian troops have been making advances in Ukrainian territories and have occupied several regions. Yet Ukraine has fought back and regained control of regions in the North and East Ukraine.

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The Ukrainian man who walked 225km to safety from Mariupol to Zaporizhzhia

Igor Pedin was among the people fleeing the besieged city, but his plight took him on a 225km journey to the city of Zaporizhzhia.

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European Union to provide extra 500 million euros worth of military support to Ukraine

Expressing confidence in an embargo on Russian oil, Borrell said the military support would be for heavy weapons such as tanks and artillery and take the bloc's aid to about 2 billion euros

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Film by director killed in Ukraine to be shown at Cannes

Kvedaravicius was shooting a follow-up to his celebrated documentary, 'Mariupolis', about the conflict in the Donbas region when he was reportedly captured and killed.  

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Finland says one step closer to joining NATO, Russia calls it a threat to ‘our borders’

When asked what move would Russia take following Finland’s decision, Peskov said that it will depend on what specific steps NATO will take to bring its infrastructure close to the Russian borders…

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Despite sanctions, Russian ruble is the world's top performing currency in 2022

In 2022, the Russian ruble is the best-performing currency in the world, up 11% against the dollar. Moscow has instituted capital controls to support its economy and currency in the face of…

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America and its allies want to bleed Russia. They really shouldn’t.

By expanding support to Ukraine across the board and shelving any diplomatic effort to stop the fighting, the United States and its allies have greatly increased the danger of an even larger…

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Hypersonics & missile strikes: Russia's assault on Ukraine in numbers

According to Pentagon officials, Russia may have fired  'between 10 and 12' hypersonic missiles since the Ukraine invasion began on February 24.

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Russia has turned off gas supply in transit points, says Ukraine

Reports claim gas flow to Europe fell on Wednesday as Ukraine stopped use of transit route due to what it called Russian interference.

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Ukraine pushing back Russians from Kharkiv: Zelensky

Russia had declared earlier that it would concentrate its forces in the eastern region even as US Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines said President Putin's focus on the Donbas was '…

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More than 260 Ukrainian soldiers evacuated from Mariupol steel plant

Following a long standoff with Russian forces, more than 260 Ukrainian soldiers were evacuated from a steel plant on Tuesday (May 16).

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We will not say yes, says Erdogan on Sweden & Finland's NATO membership

Turkey's President Erodgan had said the Nordic countries were 'like a guesthouse for terror organisations' even as Sweden and Finland seek to become NATO members.

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Mariupol: Russia offers to evacuate wounded Ukrainian troops from steel plant

Russian forces have battered Mariupol for almost two months. The last pocket of Ukrainian resistance is Azovstal factory. It is a huge Soviet-era plant that was built during Josef Stalin's time.…

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After Finland, Sweden decides to join NATO; Putin says expect a 'response'

Sweden's governing Social Democrats had given the green signal to the government to enter NATO putting aside decades of neutrality.

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McDonald's to leave Russia after more than three decades over Ukraine conflict

The company said that the decision was taken keeping in mid the "humanitarian crisis" and "unpredictable operating environment" in Ukraine.

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Russia's warning on NATO Nordic expansion: 'Won't simply put up with...'

Russia has given few specific clues about what it will do in response to the Nordic enlargement of NATO, the biggest strategic consequences of Russia's invasion of Ukraine to date.

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WION Global Summit: US not responsible for Ukraine war, says ex-official Jane Holl Lute

There are no straight lines in wars, and right now none of us know how this war will end, said the former US official. Speakers at the session made a fervent call for global peace. People are also…

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We are on the brink of the next world war: Former Belarusian minister Vladzimir Astapenka

"Unfortunately, Belarus' leadership actively participated in this aggression (Russia-Ukraine conflict), offering my country's land for airstrikes, missile attacks, and army movements," he said.…

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Ukraine prepares for Russian military push in Donbas region amid ongoing crisis

According to Kyiv, the Russian military is looking to launch an attack on Donbas after facing heavy losses in Kharkiv.

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WION Global Summit 2022: Peace will win in Ukraine war, says chairman of foreign affairs committee of Estonia

Addressing WION Global Summit 2022, Mihkelson said all countries across the globe need to understand that war against Ukraine means war against the world order

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Belarusian PM Roman Golovchenko says Western sanctions are blocking exports worth more than $16 billion

Calling it unfair to label Belarus as 'an accomplice of the aggressor,' President Alexander Lukashenko has said that he is trying to resolve the conflict in Ukraine through negotiations with…

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Sweden's ruling party backs NATO membership

Finland and Sweden had maintained neutral status in European conflicts but in the past two months both nations decided to reverse their policy to join the military alliance amid the Ukraine war.…

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Russia unlikely to accelerate rate of advance in Ukraine next 30 days: UK defence intelligence

The UK intelligence report claimed the 'Russian forces are increasingly constrained by degraded enabling capabilities, continued low morale and reduced combat effectiveness'.

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Ukraine can win this war, aggression does not pay, says NATO chief Stoltenberg

German foreign minister Annalena Baerbock said military support will be provided to Ukraine for its self-defence as long as the country needs it.

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Will apply for NATO membership, says Finland's President

After Russian President Vladimir Putin announced his 'special military operation' to invade Ukraine, Finland and Sweden had escalated efforts to join NATO to thwart possible Russian aggression.…

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Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra wins Eurovision amid Russian invasion

Victory for Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra! The band won the eurovision song contest in italy on saturday with their entry "Stefania". 

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Finland expected to announce decision to join NATO today

Finland and Sweden may submit a joint application for membership of NATO. This has come less than three months after Russia's invasion of Ukraine

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Ukrainian forces launch counteroffensive against Russia in east

Ukraine has been retaking territory in its northeast. Ukrainian forces are driving Russians away from Kharkiv. It is the second-largest city in Ukraine

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Top Senate Republican meets Zelensky; Ukraine calls for recognition of Russia as 'terrorist state'

Mitch McConnell, the top Republican in the US Senate, who is pressing Republican Senator Rand Paul to end his opposition to a $40 billion aid package for Ukraine, paid an unannounced visit to Kyiv…

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NATO bid: Finland's President calls Putin; Turkey ready to talk

Finland had said Russia suspended electricity supplies to the country. The Russian energy firm said it had decided to suspend electricity over payment issues.

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Hypersonics & missile strikes: Russia's assault on Ukraine in numbers

According to Pentagon officials, Russia may have fired  'between 10 and 12' hypersonic missiles since the Ukraine invasion began on February 24.

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In Pics: Is it war tourism? World leaders throng Ukraine to show support

Since Russian forces have left the Kyiv suburbs, several world leaders like European Union chief Ursula von der Leyen, Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris John

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In Pics | Victory Day Parade: Russia marks its historic win over Nazis in 1945

President Vladimir Putin will lead anniversary celebrations of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany on Monday as Russian forces fight Ukrainians in one of the deadliest European conflicts s

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US First Lady Jill Biden makes surprise visit to Ukraine

Jill Biden arrived during an unannounced visit to Ukraine on the sidelines of an official trip to nearby Slovakia.

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Warzone decoded: How Ukraine has fractured Russia's feared T-90 tank

The T-90 tank is believed to be Russia's most advanced tank which was incorporated into the Army two years ago.

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Russia's push in eastern Ukraine & the fate of Mariupol

Pro-Russian forces said 50 more people were evacuated on Saturday from the besieged Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol, where scores of civilians have been trapped for weeks alongside Ukrainian fighte

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Russia's 'simulated' nuclear missile strikes & Il-80 Doomsday plane

During the war games in the enclave on the Baltic Sea, Russia practised simulated "electronic launches" of nuclear-capable Iskander mobile ballistic missile systems.

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Russia's May 9 Victory Day celebrations to mark anniversary of Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany

President Vladimir Putin will lead celebrations on May 9 marking the 77th anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany, brandishing Russia's vast firepower while his forces fight in

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In pics: ‘War has reached us’ strike shocks village in southeast Ukraine

Novotavrycheske's residents say they become used to the sound of blasts and rockets flying overhead, since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, but Friday's strike was the first direct hit on the

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How Ukraine's Harpoon, Neptune missiles and Bayraktar drones hit Moskva

Russia may rule the Black Sea but any amphibious assault on the Ukrainian coast seems risky so long as Kyiv's defences threaten any warships that venture too close

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Tears in Mariupol as evacuation takes centerstage amid Ukraine war

Ukraine hoped a first column of evacuees from the ruins of a steel works in Russian-occupied Mariupol would reach the city of Zaporizhzhia on Tuesday, and hospitals prepared to treat people for any

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In Pics: Damaged Russian military vehicles lay strewn, show glimpses of war in Ukraine

For over two months, Russia and Ukraine forces have been engaged in a war.   

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'Display of military power': Serbia shows off new Chinese missiles amid concerns in Balkans

Serbia on Saturday (April 30) showed off its new Chinese-made surface-to-air missiles and other military hardware purchased from both Russia and the West.

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Russia-Ukraine crisis: War crimes in Bucha, here’s all what you need to know

Ukraine and Western countries have accused Russia of committing war crimes in Ukraine ever since hundreds of bodies were found around Kyiv following the withdrawal of Russian forces from the area.

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Russian invasion: Ukrainian Holocaust survivors find shelter in Israel

More than five million Ukrainians have moved abroad to escape the Russian onslaught, the United Nations says.

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Ukraine war: Russia's 'special military operation' enters third month

Major General Rustam Minnekaev of the Russian army had said, “one of the tasks of the Russian army is to establish full control over the Donbas and southern Ukraine."

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Moskva warship saga: Russia's view and Ukraine's missile theory

Russia said Friday that one crew member died and 27 were missing after the Moskva missile cruiser sank last week.

 

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Strike any target on earth at 16,000 miles/hour? How deadly is Russia's nuke-capable 'Satan 2' Sarmat missile?

Russia test-launched a new nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile. Russia has claimed that it can reach an unmatched 16,000mph and can deploy 10 or more warheads on each missile. 

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Moskva attack: Why Ukraine's anti-ship missile Neptune is a gamechanger

UK had earlier promised to give Ukraine Harpoon anti-ship missiles to break Russia's dominance in the Black Sea region.

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In pics: Thousands of protesters gather to call for help of Ukraine in US

Its been more than six weeks since the Russian invasion in Ukraine, protests all over the world are being orgainsed to stop it but this time protesters in New York gathered to protest against the R

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Ukraine-Russia war: What are anti-radiation medicines? Side effects & availability

There are fears of the Russia-Ukraine war escalating into a nuclear conflict. There is already a scramble for anti-radiation pills. Potassium iodide products are among such pills. Approved by FDA, these are available without a prescription Read Article
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Gravitas: Boris Johnson blames western leaders for emboldening Putin

Boris Johnson has blamed his western predecessors for making "terrible mistakes" after the invasion of Crimea in 2014. How did the West respond after Crimea? Is Boris Johnson's response any better? Molly Gambhir tells you. Read Article
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Gravitas: Russia goes after Ukraine's arms factories

Russia said it will disable Ukraine's 'military-industrial complex'. Hours after this warning was issued, an aircraft plant in Kyiv was attacked. Molly Gambhir tells you more. Read Article
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Gravitas: Russia sanctions US President Joe Biden

Russia has sanctioned US President Joe Biden and several other key members of the US government. This comes on a day when raids on residential areas in Kyiv killed at least 4 people. Where is Russia's invasion of Ukraine going? Molly Gambhir tells you. Read Article
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Gravitas: Did Russia use a chemical bomb in Donbas?

Russia's invasion of Ukraine is intensifying. Over the weekend, Russian jets destroyed a military base near Poland. Ukrainian officials have accused Russia of using phosphorus chemical bombs. Two mayors have been "abducted". Palki Sharma tells you more. Read Article
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Gravitas: Russia could default on its debt within days

Russia needs to pay $117 million to its creditors this week. World Bank's Chief Economist said Moscow is "mightily close" to a default. Can a Russian default trigger a global recession? Palki Sharma brings you a report. Read Article
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Gravitas: US turning Ukraine into the next Afghanistan?

In the last 5 years, global arms trade shrank 5%. But Europe's weapons imports surged 19%. Is America laying the groundwork for an insurgency in Ukraine? Palki Sharma tells you. Read Article
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Gravitas: Britain turns away Ukrainian refugees

British border guards turned away Ukrainian refugees in Calais citing 'incomplete paperwork'. In France, right-wing leaders want to expel Arab refugees and welcome Ukrainians. Palki Sharma tells you how racism is shaping Europe's refugee policy. Read Article
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Gravitas: Turkey taking advantage of war in Ukraine?

Turkey has decided to mediate in the Ukraine-Russia conflict. For Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, this crisis presents an opportunity. Palki Sharma tells you more. Read Article
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Gravitas: Will Russia launch a chemical attack on Ukraine?

The conflict in Ukraine is escalating. A Russian strike on a maternity hospital in Mariupol killed 3 people. Ukraine says a radiation leak from Chernobyl is imminent. US and UK fear Russia could use chemical weapons in Ukraine. Palki Sharma has more. Read Article
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Gravitas: Decoding the bouncing oil prices

The US is hoping Boris Johnson can convince Saudi Arabia to pump more oil after the kingdom's royal snub for Joe Biden. Can the west convince Arab nations to increase output? Or will the solidarity of OPEC+ prevail? Palki Sharma tells you. Read Article
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Gravitas: Three big meetings to end Russia-Ukraine war

Foreign ministers from Russia and Ukraine held talks in Turkey. US Vice President Kamala Harris met Poland's President Andrzej Duda in Warsaw. Leaders of the European Union are huddling for a summit in Versailles. Can this flurry of diplomacy end the war in Ukraine? Palki Sharma tells you. Read Article
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Gravitas: Have 'muddy roads' slowed Russian troops?

The onset of spring & melting snow is reportedly slowing the Russian military down. The west claims Russian tanks are getting stuck in muddy roads & are unable to move forward. Is their merit to these claims? Palki Sharma gets you a report. Read Article
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Gravitas: Joe Biden's mission to tame oil prices

Joe Biden is reportedly planning a Saudi Arabia trip to push Riyadh into producing more oil. He also dispatched officials to repair America's frayed ties with Venezuela. Will Biden's mission to tame oil prices succeed? Palki Sharma tells you. Read Article
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Gravitas: Humanitarian corridors open from 5 Ukrainian cities

Humanitarian corridors have been opened from 5 Ukrainian cities to help people escape the war zone. Last time, the safe corridors had come under heavy shelling. Will this time be different? Listen in to Palki Sharma Read Article
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Gravitas: 'West pressurising Pak to condemn Russia' claims Imran Khan

Away from the war in Ukraine, Pakistan is stuck on the same old record. It's still obsessing over India. Imran Khan says EU envoys are pressurising him to condemn Russia. He wants them to build the same pressure on India. Here's what Palki Sharma has to say. Read Article
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Gravitas: Russia claims US running bio-labs in Ukraine

Russia has claimed that the US was developing bio-weapons near the Russian border in Ukraine. Is there any truth to these accusations? Palki Sharma examines. Read Article
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Gravitas: Meet the mediators of the Russia-Ukraine war

Four world leaders have positioned themselves as mediators in the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war. Who are they? Is there any hope for talks amid raining missiles? Palki Sharma tells you. Read Article
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Gravitas: The mystery around Russia's 'Z' Symbol

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has a new symbol. The letter 'Z'. It's present on Russian tanks, billboards, cars, even on uniforms of Russian athletes. What does this symbol stand for? Is it a military marking or a warning? Palki Sharma explains. Read Article
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Gravitas: Where is Vladimir Putin's family?

Where is Russian President Vladimir Putin's family? A report has claimed that Putin's family is inside a "secret bunker" - one that can survive a nuclear strike. How true are these claims? Palki Sharma tells you. Read Article