• Baltic states to end Russian energy grid reliance by 2025

    The Baltic states are prepared to notify Russia of their complete disconnection from its energy system, with no plans to extend the existing cooperation contract.

    Countries in the Baltic region are nearing the final stages of synchronisation with the Continental European Power System. By February 2025, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia are expected to join ENTSO-E. This announcement came from the energy ministers of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia, according to a statement from Lithuania's …

  • Poland to train and equip thousands of volunteers for Ukrainian Legion, says Foreign Minister Sikorski

    According to Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski, a significant number of Ukrainian living in Poland are eager to assist their compatriots yet are reluctant to be deployed in combat without specialized training and equipment. Warsaw has pledged to address this concern.

    Thousands of Ukrainian citizens residing in Poland have expressed their desire to join the Ukrainian Legion, leading to ongoing recruitment for the volunteer military unit, said Radek Sikorski, Polish Minister of Foreign …

  • Ukrainian Defence Minister calls on US to allow strikes deep into Russian territory

    Ukrainian Defence Minister Rustem Umerovsaid that if Ukraine were allowed to strike military targets deep in Russian territory using American weapons, it would help protect civilian infrastructure and Ukrainian citizens, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

    "They hit hospitals and civilian facilities. We want to protect our people. We aim to strike military targets. Therefore, we seek functional solutions to protect our cities. They attack our critical national infrastructure and kill people," he said. …

  • Yuan dominates Moscow Exchange as US sanctions reshape Russian currency market

    Following the imposition of US sanctions, the Moscow Exchange has effectively become an exchange point where the Chinese yuan is the primary currency, reports The Moscow Times.

    According to the Central Bank of Russia, the yuan now accounts for 99.6% of the currency trading market. The remaining 0.4% comprises friendly currencies like the Belarusian ruble and the Kazakhstani tenge.

    Before the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the yuan constituted only 3.5% of currency transactions on the Moscow …

  • Ukrainian authorities seize ship involved in transporting grain from Crimea

    A ship captain operating under an African flag has been implicated in assisting Russians to smuggle grain from Crimea. The individual involved reportedly disabled the vessel’s GPS tracker to avoid detection and falsified records of the ship's routes and stops.

    A cargo ship and its captain, who reportedly worked for the Russian Federation, have been detained in the waters off the Odessa region. The captain aided the Russian side in transporting stolen Ukrainian grain from the occupied Crimean …