Brittney Griner to testify in trial, lawyers say

CNN — WNBA star Brittney Griner will testify as part of her drug trial in Russia on Wednesday, her lawyers said, as her defense team claimed that cannabis oil found in her luggage was for medicinal purposes. “Griner will testify tomorrow, and after that, it’s her decision whether she answers any questions or not,” Alexander … Read more

Latest news from Russia and the war in Ukraine

Ukraine’s economy has seen a sharp decline due to Russia’s war, says top help A view of damage after market place hit by Russian attacks as Russia-Ukraine War continues in Bakhmut, Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine on July 25, 2022. Metin Atkas | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images Russia’s assault on Ukraine has taken a significant toll … Read more

Russia’s Lavrov in Congo as Moscow courts Africa | Russia-Ukraine war News

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has visited the Republic of the Congo, the second leg of an African tour aimed at strengthening Moscow’s ties with a continent that has refused to join Western condemnation and sanctions over the Russian invasion of Ukraine. African countries, which have a tangled legacy of relations with the West and … Read more

Russia-Ukraine war updates for July 25, 2022

Moldova fears Russian invasion Natalia Gavrilița, the prime minister of nearby Moldova spoke to CNN Sundaysaying “nobody is safe” with the conflict raging in Eastern Europe. “It’s a hypothetical scenario for now, but if the military actions move further into the southwestern part of Ukraine and toward Odesa then, of course, we are very worried,” … Read more

Russia claims strikes on Ukraine port only hit military targets

Russia defended its attack on a Ukrainian port after Kyiv said the missile strikes violated the breakthrough agreement on grain shipments reached by the two countries only a day earlier. Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov insisted the strikes on Odesa Saturday destroyed only military targets, including a docked Ukrainian warship and warehouse filled with US-supplied … Read more

We need to help Ukraine stop Russia before Belarus joins

Watch for a second front in the Ukraine war. Vladimir Putin is pressing Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko to bring his troops into the fight. Until now, the prospects for this have been slim. The war is unpopular in Belarus, and top military commanders apparently doubt the wisdom of direct intervention (Belarus has been helping Russia … Read more

EU asks member states to ration energy as Putin tightens grip on gas supplies

Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, said that it is likely that Russia will end its gas supplies to Europe. Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images European countries are being asked to curb their consumption of natural gas by at least 15% until next spring, as part of a wider plan to … Read more

Europe to ask countries to reduce energy usage as Putin tightens grip on gas

The European Commission is putting forward new measures so member states are better prepared for the winter, when their energy needs are higher. This comes as Gazprom claims it can’t fulfill gas contracts with Europe. Sean Gallup | Getty Images News | Getty Images European countries will reportedly have to quickly curb their consumption of … Read more

Vladimir Putin arrives in Iran for first trip outside former Soviet Union since Ukraine invasion

CNN — Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Iran on Tuesday for his first international trip beyond the borders of the former Soviet Union since launching his invasion of Ukrainewhich effectively ruptured ties with the West. Putin met with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in Tehran, and was scheduled to hold discussions with Turkish President Recep … Read more

Latest news on Russia and the war in Ukraine

Central Kramatorsk attacked, number of victims being assessed The center of Kramatorsk, a key target for Russian forces in Donetsk, has been attacked according to the city’s mayor, with the number of victims yet to be determined. “An attack on the central part of Kramatorsk. There are victims. Specialists of explosive engineering services and rescuers … Read more