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Ukraine may fire US-provided missiles deeper into Russia in self-defense, Pentagon says – Times of India

Ukraine's military is allowed to use longer-range missiles provided by the US to strike targets inside Russia across more than just the front lines near Kharkiv if Kyiv is acting in self-defense, the Pentagon said. President Joe Biden initially loosened the restrictions on how Ukraine could use US-provided munitions to give it another option to better defend the eastern city of Kharkiv from a relentless barrage of Russian missiles.Since the beginning of Russia's 2022 invasion, the US had maintained a policy of not allowing Ukraine to use the weapons it provided to hit targets inside Russia for fear of further escalating the war. Russia has been firing on Ukrainian targets from inside its border, treating its area as a "safe zone," said Maj. Gen. Pat Ryder, Pentagon press secretary. "As...
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Putin vows to support North Korea against the United States – Times of India

SEOUL/MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed on Tuesday to deepen trade and security ties with North Korea and to support it against the United States, as he headed to the reclusive nuclear-armed country for the first time in 24 years. The US and its Asian allies are trying to work out just how far Russia will go in support of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, whose country is the only one to have conducted nuclear weapon tests in the 21st century. In a signal that Russia, a veto-wielding member of the United Nations Security Council, is reassessing its entire approach to North Korea, Putin praised Pyongyang for resisting what he said was US economic pressure, blackmail and threats. In an article published by North Korean state media, Putin praised "Comrade" Kim, and promised to...
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Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg warns China of consequences over support to Russia in Ukraine war – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg, during his visit to Washington in preparation for the Nato's 75th anniversary summit, called China to face repercussions if it continues to support Russia. He emphasized that a consistent supply of weapons to Ukraine is the only way to end the ongoing conflict. The upcoming July summit aims to send a strong, enduring message of support for Ukraine, particularly as President Joe Biden faces a challenging reelection campaign against Donald Trump, who has expressed skepticism about Western support for Kyiv.Stoltenberg accused China of exacerbating the conflict by rebuilding Russia's defence industry through significant exports, as reported by US officials. He stated, "Beijing cannot have it both ways. At some point -- and unless China cha...
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Russia absent, India refuses to endorse peace communique | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The issue of Russia’s absence loomed large at the peace summit in Switzerland, as India joined over a dozen other countries in not signing a joint communique that declared any peace agreement must be based on Ukraine’s territorial integrity. India backed out saying abiding peace isn’t possible in the absence of options acceptable to both sides, as the summit also could not elicit the kind of support Ukraine was hoping for from the Global South. Among others who did not back the communique, which was endorsed by 84 countries and organisations out of the 100 that participated, were important Indian BRICS partners like Brazil, South Africa and UAE apart from countries in the extended neighbourhood like Indonesia and Thailand.Saudi Arabia, Armenia, Bahrain, Colombia, Libya, Mexic...
India opts out of Ukraine summit joint communiqué — ‘peace requires bringing together all stakeholders’
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India opts out of Ukraine summit joint communiqué — ‘peace requires bringing together all stakeholders’

New Delhi: India Sunday opted out of the joint communiqué arising from the Global Peace Summit on the war in Ukraine hosted by Switzerland. It is among 13 countries that attended the two-day summit but did not sign the final document.“In our view, only those options acceptable to both parties can lead to an abiding peace. In line with this approach, we have decided to avoid association with a joint communiqué or any other document emerging from the summit,” said Pavan Kapoor, secretary (west) and a former ambassador to Russia who served as India’s representative at the summit. Speaking at the summit, Kapoor added: “India shares the global concern over the situation in Ukraine and supports any collective desire to facilitate a peaceful resolution of the conflict…We continue to believe th...
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Ukraine conference draft communique calls out Russia’s war on Ukraine

United States security advisor Jake Sullivan,second from left, U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, third from left, security advisor to the vice president Phil Gordon, fourth from left, and the U.S. delegation talk during a bilateral meeting with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, second from right, of Ukraine, and his delegation during the Summit on Peace Summit on Peace in Ukraine in Obbürgen, Switzerland, on June 15, 2024. | Photo Credit: AP A draft communique for a summit of world leaders convened to pursue a pathway for peace in Ukraine makes reference to Russia's "war" against Kyiv and urges that Ukraine's territorial integrity be respected, according to a copy of the document seen by Reuters.The final communique is due to be issued on Sunday at the conclusion of the two-day conferen...
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Russia Uses Deadly Hypersonic Kinzhal Missile To Attack Ukrainian Region With Airbase For Allie

Russia-Ukraine War: Russia has launched multiple attacks on Ukraine using various missiles, including Kinzhal hypersonic missiles, according to the Ukrainian Air Force, as reported by news agency IANS. The modern Kinzhal missiles are tough to intercept with current defence systems due to their high speed and explosive power. According to residents, multiple explosions were heard early Friday in the western Ukrainian region of Khmelnytskyi, IANS reported, citing Public broadcaster Suspilne. The region houses a crucial Ukrainian airbase near the town of Starokostyantyniv, which is likely to host Western F-16 fighter jets supplied by Ukraine's allies. Mayor Vitali Klitschko noted on Telegram that explosions were also reported near the capital, Kiev. Earlier...
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Putin Vows ‘Immediate’ Ceasefire If Ukraine Withdraws From Occupied Regions, Renounces NATO Bid

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday vowed to order a ceasefire in Ukraine "immediately" and proceed towards negotiations with the country if Kyiv began withdrawing its troops from the four regions annexed by Moscow. Another condition stated by Putin was Kyiv shoud renounce its plans to join NATO. "We will do it immediately," the Russia President stated in a speech at the Russian Foreign Ministry in Moscow, news agency Associated Press reported. Putin's remarks came as the leaders of the Group of Seven nations are in Italy for the G7 Outreach Summit in Apulia. Also, this comes ahead of the 'Summit on Peace in Ukraine' hosted by Switzerland, which will be attended by scores of world leaders. Russia had, however, dismissed this summit, calling it irr...
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India Believes Way To Peace Is Through Dialogue And Diplomacy: PM Modi Tells Ukraine’s Zelensky

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on the sidelines of the G7 Summit, assured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy that India continues to advocate for a peaceful resolution of the Ukraine conflict through dialogue and diplomacy. PM Modi conveyed this message during a bilateral meeting with Zelenskyy in Apulia, where the 50th G7 Summit is being held. "Had a very productive meeting with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. India is eager to further cement bilateral relations with Ukraine. Regarding the ongoing hostilities, reiterated that India believes in a human-centric approach and believes that the way to peace is through dialogue and diplomacy,” said Modi after the meeting. "The leaders reviewed the bilateral relationship and exchanged views on the situatio...
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Putin warns West, says ‘theft’ of Russia’s assets will not go unpunished – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday accused Western countries of "theft", and warned that their plans to provide loans to Ukraine using interest from frozen Russian assets abroad "would not go unpunished".In a speech delivered at Russia's foreign ministry, Putin said, "despite all the trickery, theft is still theft and will not go unpunished."Putin's statement comes a day after G7 leaders reached a consensus to allocate $50 billion in support of war-torn Ukraine by the end of the current year, with the funds being sourced from frozen Russian assets.The United States has put forward a proposal to provide Ukraine with a substantial loan of $50 billion, using the interest on the 300 billion euros ($325 billion) of Russian central bank assets frozen by the G7 and the EU ...
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G7 Leaders Back $50B Loan Proposal For War-Torn Ukraine On Day 1 Of Summit

The Group of Seven (G7) meeting opened on Thursday, with the countries agreeing to provide a $50 billion loan package to Ukraine as it fights out Russia. The annual summit which is being held in southern Italy was attended by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy for a second successive year. The money and the security support were announced during the summit with the intention to show Russian President Vladimir Putin that the world's leading industrialised democracies were standing behind Ukraine. The agreement will leverage interest and income from more than $260 billion in frozen Russian assets, largely held in Europe, to secure a USD 50 billion loan from the US and additional loans from other partners, as per a PTI report. US President Joe Biden sa...
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US, Ukraine To Sign 10-Yr Security Agreement At G7, Zelenskyy-Japan Sign Similar Pact On Summit

As the countries gather to attend the G7 Summit in Italy, Ukraine is all set to sign a 10-year bilateral security agreement with the United States. On the sidelines of the G7 Summit, Kyiv has also signed a 10-year security agreement with Japan, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy confirmed in a post on X. This comes after Zelenskyy and Biden's recent meeting on June 7, where the latter apologised to Kyiv for holding up military aid. Kyiv has signed fifteen bilateral security agreements with several countries including with the UK, France, Germany and Italy since the war broke out with Russia in 2022. US-Ukraine's 10-Year Security Agreement Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his US counterpart, Joe Biden, are slated to sign a 10-year bilateral security...
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G7 leaders mull using frozen Russian assets to aid war-torn Ukraine: How will it work? – Times of India

NEW DELHI: G7 leaders have reportedly reached a consensus to allocate $50 billion to support war-torn Ukraine by the end of the current year, according to a statement from the French presidency on Wednesday. The funds will be sourced from Russian assets that have been frozen."We have an agreement," a presidency official said, ahead of a G7 summit in Italy that will focus on backing Kyiv's fight against Russia.The United States has proposed providing Ukraine with a substantial loan of $50 billion, using the interest on the 300 billion euros ($325 billion) of Russian central bank assets frozen by the G7 and the EU after Russia's invasion of Ukraine as collateral.How it could work?The EU and the G7 have frozen approximately 300 billion euros of Russian central bank assets and have also sei...
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Latest-generation Russian fighter jet hit for first time, claims Ukraine – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Ukrainian forces for the first time targeted a state-of-the-art Russian Su-57 fighter jet stationed at an air base within Russia's borders, claimed Ukraine's GUR defense intelligence agency on Sunday, accompanied by satellite images to support their claim.In a Telegram post, the GUR did not disclose the method used to hit the Su-57 or identify the specific Ukrainian military unit responsible.A notable Russian pro-war military blogger, known as Fighterbomber, affirmed that the strike on the Su-57 did indeed occur. The blogger suggested that the jet was hit by a drone.The GUR stated that the aircraft was positioned at the Akhtubinsk airfield. According to their information, this airfield is 589 km (366 miles) away from the active front lines between Ukrainian and Russian forces...
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Joe Biden vows US ‘standing strong’ with Ukraine on France state visit – Times of India

PARIS: President Joe Biden on Saturday vowed Washington was "standing strong" with Ukraine as French counterpart Emmanuel Macron hosted him on a state visit shadowed by Kyiv's fight against Russia's invasion and the looming US election.Speaking after visiting Normandy earlier this week to mark 80 years since D-Day, Biden repeatedly emphasised the value of America's European alliances in a swipe at his more isolationist election rival Donald Trump.With Ukraine struggling to repel Russian advances over two years into the war and in desperate need of greater Western military aid, Biden insisted that under his rule the United States would not flinch in its support."Putin is not going to stop at Ukraine," Biden said alongside Macron after talks at the Elysee Palace. "All of Europe will be th...
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Russia destroys three Ukrainian drones over North Ossetia, local head says – Times of India

Representative Image (Picture Credit: Reuters) Russian air defence units destroyed three Ukrainian drones on Saturday in Russia's town of Mozdok in the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, regional head Sergey Meniaylo said.It was the first drone attack on the region, Russian news agencies reported.Meniaylo, writing on the Telegram messaging app, said that the attack had caused "minor damage and fires", and that no one was injured.The drone was aimed to attack a military airfield, Meniaylo said.!(function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) { function loadFBEvents(isFBCampaignActive) { if (!isFBCampaignActive) { return; } (function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) { if (f.fbq) return; n = f.fbq = function() { n.callMethod ? n.callMethod(...arguments) : n.queue...
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Biden announces $225 million in new aid for Ukraine at Paris talks with Zelenskyy – Times of India

PARIS: US president Joe Biden on Friday pledged his support for Ukraine and announced another $225 million in aid to Kyiv as he met Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelenskyy for talks in Paris."The United States will stand with you," Biden told Zelenskyy after both attended hugely symbolic D-Day commemorations in northern France on Thursday. Biden also expressed regret for the delay in getting new aid through Congress.!(function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) { function loadFBEvents(isFBCampaignActive) { if (!isFBCampaignActive) { return; } (function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) { if (f.fbq) return; n = f.fbq = function() { n.callMethod ? n.callMethod(...arguments) : n.queue.push(arguments); }; if (!f._fbq) f._fbq = n; n.push = n;...
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Putin issues dire warning to countries aiding Ukraine – Times of India

Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued a stark warning to countries assisting Ukraine, signaling severe consequences for those who continue to support Kyiv in its ongoing conflict with Moscow. In a public address on Friday, Putin cautioned, "Anyone who tries to intervene in the Ukraine war will be met with 'lightning-fast' retaliation." This statement underscores the escalating tensions in the region as international support for Ukraine remains strong.Speaking from the Kremlin, Putin emphasized Russia's readiness to respond decisively to any foreign involvement. "We have all the instruments for this, ones that no one can boast of now," he stated. "We will use them if we have to. I want everyone to know that." The Russian leader's remarks were broadcast during a meeting with lawmake...
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Discussed Global Peace Summit With PM Modi, Rely On India’s Participation: Volodymyr Zelenskyy

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Thursday congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his Lok Sabha success and discussed the upcoming Global Peace Summit with the Indian PM. Zelenskyy said he relies on India's participation at the highest level at the Global Peace Summit and invited PM Modi to visit Ukraine at a convenient time. "I spoke with Prime Minister of India @NarendraModi to congratulate him on his election victory. I wished him a speedy formation of the government and continued productive work for the benefit of the Indian people. We discussed the upcoming Global Peace Summit. We rely on India's participation at the highest level. I also invited Prime Minister Modi to visit Ukraine at a convenient time," the Ukraine President said i...
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Western arms deliveries to Ukraine are ‘very dangerous step’: Putin – Times of India

SAINT PETERSBURG: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday warned that Western arms deliveries to Ukraine were "a very dangerous step", especially if donors are "controlling" use of the weapons."Delivering arms to a warzone is always bad. Even more so if those who are delivering are not just delivering weapons but also controlling them. This is a very serious and very dangerous step," Putin told reporters.Several countries, including Germany and the United States, have in recent weeks given the green light for Ukraine to use Western-supplied weapons to strike targets inside Russia in response to a new offensive launched by Moscow in northeast Ukraine last month.Putin singled out Germany, saying that when the first German-supplied tanks "appeared on Ukrainian soil, it provoked a mor...
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Zelenskyy in Philippines to promote peace summit he says China and Russia are trying to undermine – Times of India

MANILA: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was in the Philippines on Monday in a rare Asian trip to urge regional leaders to attend a Swiss-organized global peace summit on the war in Ukraine that he accuses Russia, with China's help, of trying to undermine. Zelenskyy arrived unannounced and under heavy security in Manila late Sunday after speaking over the weekend at the Shangri-La defense forum in Singapore. He had planned but failed to meet with Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on the sidelines of that annual defense gathering and decided to fly here to personally invite Marcos to attend the summit in Switzerland, two Filipino officials told The Associated Press. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because of a lack of authority to discuss details of Zelens...