Russia said eyeing eastern Ukraine push; Kyiv targets graft

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia is mustering its military might in the Luhansk region of Ukraine, officials said Wednesday, in what Kyiv suspects is preparation for an offensive as the first anniversary of Moscow’s invasion approaches. Also Wednesday, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s government continued its crackdown on alleged corruption with the dismissal of several high-ranking officials, … Read more

Ukraine to get cold shoulder on rapid EU entry – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. Top EU leaders are traveling to Ukraine this week, but they won’t be bringing promises that the war-torn country can join the bloc anytime soon. Brussels is expected to pour cold water on Ukraine’s hopes that it could swiftly join the EU during a … Read more

Ukraine wants to join the EU within two years, PM says – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal has a tight two-year timetable for securing EU membership that is bound to dominate discussions at this week’s historic EU-Ukraine summit, the first to take place on Ukrainian soil. The problem? No one within the EU thinks this is … Read more

Defense minister Reznikov under fire as corruption probes rock Ukraine – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov — one of the most prominent faces of the war against Russia — is now under fire on the home front as investigations into government corruption rocked the country over the weekend. Kyiv’s officials have been at pains over … Read more

Zelensky shakes up the Ukrainian government amid growing corruption scandal

Kyiv, Ukraine CNN — President Volodymyr Zelensky has fired a slew of senior Ukrainian officials amid a growing corruption scandal linked to the procurement of war-time supplies, in the biggest shakeup of his government since Russia’s invasion began. During his nightly address on Monday evening, Zelensky announced he was banning government officials from traveling abroad … Read more

Ukraine war: ‘Global catastrophe’ threats, ‘corruption’ at Ukrainian MoD, Berlin tank stance slammed

New weapons for Kyiv will cause ‘global catastrophe’, warns Putin ally A close ally of President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday that delivering offensive weapons to Kyiv will lead to a world disaster by making arguments against using nuclear weapons untenable. Vyacheslav Volodin, speaker of the Duma — Russia’s lower house of parliament — warned … Read more

South Africa energy blackouts: Ramaphosa skips Davos to tackle crisis

London CNN — South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa was forced this week to cancel a trip to Davos by an escalating energy crisis that is inflicting rolling blackouts on the continent’s most developed economy. Ramaphosa swapped his trip to the World Economic Forum in Switzerland for emergency meetings on the “ongoing energy crisis,” his spokesperson … Read more

How the EU’s poorest country secretly saved Ukraine – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. Last spring, Ukraine’s army was running desperately low on the fuel and Soviet caliber ammunition it needed to fight the Russians. Salvation came from an unexpected quarter: Bulgaria. Thanks to its fractured domestic politics — and the pro-Russian leanings of many of its elite … Read more

The benefits of Russia’s coming disintegration – POLITICO

Janusz Bugajski is a senior fellow at the Jamestown Foundation. His new book, Failed State: A Guide to Russia’s Rupture, has just been published. We are currently witnessing an unfolding revolution in global security that Western policy makers are clearly unprepared for — the impending collapse of the Russian Federation. Instead of planning contingencies for … Read more

Qatar scandal gives Europe a big gas headache – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. The alleged Qatar corruption scandal engulfing the European Parliament could not have come at a more awkward time for gas-poor EU countries — and for Germany in particular. The Gulf state is at the center of cash-for-influence allegations that have shaken EU democracy to … Read more