KYIV, UKRAINE: Ukraine is ready to launch a long-awaited counteroffensive against Russia but fears large casualties due to Moscow’s superior air power, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in comments published Saturday.Ukraine has said it is preparing for a major offensive against Moscow’s occupation forces for months, but Zelenskyy has repeatedly warnedContinue Reading

ISTANBUL: As President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkiye approaches the toughest election of his career on Sunday, he has marshalled many of the resources of the state to tilt the playing field to his advantage. Erdogan, who has come to increasingly dominate the country over the past two decades, tappedContinue Reading

MOSCOW: Moscow on Thursday accused the US of masterminding a drone attack on the Kremlin, a charge denied by Washington, and said Ukrainian sabotage on Russian territory had reached “unprecedented momentum”.Moscow said President Vladimir Putin was working from the Kremlin the day after the attack, which it said was aContinue Reading

A Russian fleet of trawlers is mapping vulnerable European underwater infrastructure. Several of its submarines have been observed acting “strangely” in the same waters. And hackers have intensified their probes of European electricity and water grid firewalls. This has the United Kingdom, Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland ringing alarm bells.Continue Reading

MOSCOW: Russian opposition politician Vladimir Kara-Murza, who was on Monday jailed for 25 years over criticism of the Ukraine offensive, is the latest in a long line of Kremlin critics slapped with heavy jail terms.Others have been killed, narrowly escaped death or been exiled. Here are President Vladimir Putin‘s best-knownContinue Reading

WASHINGTON: Highly classified military and intelligence documents that appeared online, with details ranging from Ukraine’s air defenses to Israel’s Mossad spy agency, have US officials scrambling to identify the leak’s source, with some Western security experts and US officials saying they suspected it could be someone from the United States.OfficialsContinue Reading