Nothing comes for free: What China hopes to gain in return for helping Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin with Chinese President Xi Jinping while visiting the Moscow Zoo in Russia on June 5, 2019. Xi is now on a three-day state visit to Russia. Mikhail Svetlov | Getty Images News | Getty Images One of the big questions to emerge from China’s President Xi Jinping’s visit to Moscow this … Read more

Ukraine war live updates: Russian mercenaries say Kyiv is preparing counterattack; Putin and Xi expected to sign agreements

Xi-Putin summit: What to expect on Day 2 It’s the second day of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Moscow. Xi and his host, Russian President Vladimir Putin, are expected to hold more talks today and to sign a number of bilateral agreements. The presidents reportedly held talks for at least four hours on … Read more

Russia and China are being driven together as the chasm with the West deepens

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin as leaders gather for a family photo during the Belt and Road Forum on Yanqi Lake, outside Beijing, China, May 15, 2017. Damir Sagolj | Reuters China and Russia are taking center stage this week as both countries look to deepen ties just as a … Read more

Ukraine war live updates: China’s Xi visits Moscow as alliance with Russia grows; Putin’s trip to ruined Mariupol angers Kyiv

Russia’s spring offensive appears to be sputtering out, says ISW A Ukrainian tank fires at Russian positions near Kreminna, Luhansk, in January. Kreminna is one of several areas where Russian troops have “failed to make more than incremental tactical gains,” according to ISW. Anatolii Stepanov | AFP | Getty Images Russia’s much-anticipated spring offensive against … Read more

Putin makes surprise trip to Russian-occupied Mariupol in wake of ICC warrant

Russian President Vladimir Putin. Sputnik | Reuters A day after being accused of war crimes by the International Criminal Court, President Vladimir Putin made a surprise visit to the Russian-occupied Ukrainian city of Mariupol, scene of some of the worst devastation of his year-old invasion. State television showed extended footage of Putin being shown around the city … Read more

Slovakia, Poland to send Ukraine MiG fighter jets in major shift; China’s Xi to visit Russia next week

Slovakia to send 13 MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine Two Polish MiG-29s sit at an airbase in Malbork, Poland, in this file photo from August 2021. Anadolu Agency | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images Slovakia’s government approved a measure to send its Soviet-era MiG jets to Ukraine, officials said. The jets are in varying states … Read more

Ukraine war live updates: Kremlin approved harassment of U.S. drone, officials say; Bakhmut combat intense, no sign of retreat

No sign Ukrainian fighters are withdrawing from Bakhmut, pro-Russian official says The sound of artillery and the movement of Ukrainian troops is unrelenting. Jose Colon | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images The situation in Bakhmut in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, remains tense and intense, with both Russian and Ukrainian officials conceding this week that fighting there … Read more

Russia’s oil revenues fall sharply as the West’s price cap starts to bite, IEA says

Russia announced that it would cut oil production by 500,000 barrels per day in March after the West slapped price caps on Russian oil and oil products. Picture Alliance | Picture Alliance | Getty Images The International Energy Agency on Wednesday said Russia’s oil export revenues fell sharply in February, prompted by bans and price … Read more

Ukraine war live updates: Russia defends role in U.S. drone crash; British and German fighter jets intercept Russian aircraft

British and German fighter jets intercept Russian aircraft in ‘routine’ mission An RAF Typhoon jet. Phil Noble | AFP | Getty Images British and German fighter jets were scrambled Tuesday to intercept a Russian aircraft flying close to Estonian airspace. Marking the first joint NATO interception of its kind, the British and German air forces … Read more