US ambassador to Russia leaving post as Ukraine war drags on
The U.S. ambassador to Russia, John Sullivan, ended his tenure as America’s top diplomat in Moscow on Sunday after nearly three years, spanning the Trump and Biden administrations, and will retire from a lengthy career in government service.
Slovakia may consider giving Ukraine Russian-built warplanes
Slovakia may consider donating its fleet of Soviet-era MiG warplanes to Ukraine, the Slovak defense minister said Monday. Standing alongside his British counterpart Ben Wallace, Slovak Defense Minister Jaroslav Nad said “we can discuss the future" of his country’s 11 MiG-29 fighter jets after they're grounded “most probably” by the end of August. Slovakia has already negotiated with NATO allies the Czech Republic and Poland to monitor Slovak air space from the beginning of September.news.yahoo.com
Red Wings legend Vladimir Konstantinov soon may lose 24/7 care
The onetime Soviet and Detroit Red Wings star plays so often that he goes through a pack per week, wearing out cards with the hands that once made him one of the world’s best defensemen. Next week, Konstantinov is in danger of losing the round-the-clock care that has enabled him to remain home. His friend and teammate Slava Fetisov, another member of the Red Wings’ vaunted Russian Five, was also in the limo but didn’t suffer career-threatening injuries. If the company can’t care for Konstantinov without losing more money, it plans to discharge him as a client on June 1. The Red Wings and NHL Players’ Association are also exploring ways to help maintain Konstantinov’s home care.mlive.com
New Law Puts NHL Great Konstantinov’s 24/7 Care In Jeopardy
Konstantinov is the public face of a predicament facing roughly 18,000 Michigan residents who suffered serious traffic-related injuries and have lost their state-funded, unlimited lifetime medical care that every driver used to have to pay...detroit.cbslocal.com
New law puts NHL great Konstantinov's 24/7 care in jeopardy
Vladimir Konstantinov has traded hockey sticks for an Uno deck. The onetime Soviet and Detroit Red Wings star plays so often that he goes through a pack per week, wearing out cards with the hands that once made him one of the world's best defensemen. During a recent visit to the Konstantinovs' suburban Detroit condominium, he handily defeated his longtime nurse, Pam Demanuel, and smiled.news.yahoo.com
Eye Opener: President Putin watches "Victory Day" military parade in Russia's Red Square
Russian President Vladimir Putin watched a "Victory Day" military parade in Moscow after his forces bombed a school in Ukraine. Also, a new CBS News poll shows nearly two-thirds of Americans are against overturning Roe v. Wade. All that and all that matters in today's Eye Opener.news.yahoo.com
Russian ambassador to Poland hit with red paint
Russia's ambassador to Poland was splattered with red paint thrown at him by protesters opposed to the war in Ukraine, preventing him from paying respects on Monday at a Warsaw cemetery to Red Army soldiers who died during World War II. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova denounced the attack, saying on her messaging app channel that “we won’t be scared” while the “people of Europe should be scared to see their reflection in a mirror.”news.yahoo.com
Adm. Stavridis: Ukraine strikes major warship - ‘a real blow’ to Russian navy, military ‘morale’
Former Secretary of Defense William Cohen and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Admiral James Stavridis join Andrea Mitchell to discuss the significant damage done to a major Russian warship by a Ukrainian missile strike. “This is a big important ship,” says Stavridis. “They’re a very capable class of ship, about 15,000 guns. This is a real blow to the Russian navy and to their military’s morale.”news.yahoo.com
Spurred by Putin, Russians Turn on One Another Over the War
Marina Dubrova, an English teacher on the Russian island of Sakhalin in the Pacific, showed an uplifting YouTube video to her eighth-grade class last month in which children, in Russian and Ukrainian, sing about a “world without war.” After she played it, a group of girls stayed behind during recess and quizzed her on her views. “Ukraine is a separate country, a separate one,” Dubrova, 57, told them. Sign up for The Morning newsletter from the New York Times “No longer,” one of the girls shot banews.yahoo.com
Russian Tea Time restaurant — founded by Ukrainians — faces misplaced backlash as anti-Russian sentiment swells around the globe
Russian Tea Time owners say the fallout from Russia's invasion of Ukraine has been particularly hurtful because their business was actually founded by a Ukrainian chef.chicagotribune.com
Blinken arrives in Moldova with reassurances
Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday promised to support Moldova as the former Soviet republic takes in Ukrainian refugees amid Moscow's invasion of Ukraine."We admire the generosity, the hospitality, the willingness to be such good friends to people who are in distress, and indeed, we want to do everything we can to help you deal with the burden that this is imposing," Blinken said of Moldova in remarks ahead of a meeting with the...news.yahoo.com
Flashpoint Interview: Ukrainian-American Crisis Response Committee of Michigan members discuss impact of Russian invasion
Two members of the Ukrainian-American Crisis Response Committee of Michigan join us this week to discuss Russia’s recent invasion of former Soviet nation Ukraine, and the impact that invasion will have.
Putin’s allies abandon him over Ukraine invasion
Several of Russia's closest allies and former Soviet satellite states have sharply rebuked President Vladimir Putin over his unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.Why it matters: As the Western world seeks to make Putin an international pariah, even his closest allies are resisting showing support for his assault on Ukraine.Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with Axios Markets. Subscribe for freeDriving the news: Czech President Milos Zeman and Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktornews.yahoo.com
Why you're seeing so much coverage of empty American grocery shelves
A recurring thread of press coverage suggests that American grocery stores are starting to have so many empty shelves that they resemble the despondent Soviet-era world of scarce food.Yes, but: It's not so simple. Overall, product availability is consistent with its levels over the entirety of the pandemic — though there are reasons people may be feeling shortage more acutely.Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.Why it matters: People want to buy the grocerinews.yahoo.com
Military trainers, missiles and over 200,000 lbs of lethal aid: What NATO members have sent Ukraine so far
Ukraine is not a NATO member and does not benefit from the organization’s mutual defense pact, but Kyiv has received significant defense support since Russia annexed its Crimea region.washingtonpost.com
US, Russia meet for talks amid tensions linked to Ukraine
Senior U.S. and Russian officials are formally launching special talks on strategic stability as part of a flurry of diplomatic activity in Europe this week aimed at defusing tensions over a Russian military buildup on the border with Ukrainewashingtonpost.com
Plane operated by Kazakhstan security agency crashes; 4 dead
Emergency employees work at the side of the crashed Soviet-built An-26 two-engine turboprop at the airport of Kazakhstan's largest city, Almaty, Kazakhstan, Saturday, March 13, 2021. Officials in Kazakhstan say a plane operated by the country's state security agency has crashed, killing four crew members and injuring the other two. The Emergencies Ministry said the Soviet-built An-26 two-engine turboprop crashed while trying to land Saturday at the airport of Kazakhstan's largest city, Almaty. (AP Photo/Vladimir Tretyakov)MOSCOW – A plane operated by Kazakhstan's state security agency crashed in the Central Asian country on Saturday, killing four crew members and injuring two others, officials said. The ministry said the Soviet-built An-26 two-engine turboprop crashed while trying to land at the airport of Kazakhstan’s largest city, Almaty.
US Air Force deploys airmen, drones to base in Romania
The U.S. Air Force has deployed on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, about 90 airmen and an unspecified number of drone aircraft to a base in central Romania, boosting its military presence in the region where there are allied concerns that Russia is trying to display its military strength. The Romanian Defense Ministry said Wednesday that the U.S. deployment in its Campia Turzii Air Base will be for “a few months” to conduct information gathering, surveillance and research missions in support of NATO operations. NATO-member Romania shares the Black Sea border with Russia, and Moscow has lately been arming its neighbor Serbia with military aircraft, tanks and other armored vehicles. The Pentagon has spent millions of dollars in recent years to upgrade the Cold War communist-era base in central Romania where its air force hosts two squadrons of modernized version MiG-21 aircraft and two Puma helicopter squadrons. The United States and Romania enjoy a close military-to-military relationship as NATO allies and cooperate on numerous regional security issues, the U.S. statement said.
EU imposes sanctions on 6 Russians over Navalny poisoning
The move comes a day after Russia's foreign minister threatened the 27-nation EU with retaliatory action. The sanctions had been agreed on by EU foreign ministers on Monday, without names given. The U.K. said it would also apply the EU sanctions and will continue them once it leaves a post-Brexit transition period at the end of the year. EU foreign ministers agreed Monday to impose the sanctions under sanctions to combat the use and spread of chemical weapons, following a push by France and Germany. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has suggested that Moscow might retaliate and even sever ties over the Navalny dispute.
Kremlin chafes at Navalny team taking suspected evidence
Navalny's colleagues revealed Thursday that they removed the bottle and other items from the hotel room in Siberia and brought them to Germany as potential evidence. “Regrettably, what could have been evidence of poisoning was taken away,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. Members of the Navalny team said they searched his hotel room in the city of Tomsk upon learning that he collapsed on the flight home. The German government had no comment Friday on the Navalny team’s statement that Novichok was found on the water bottle taken from Russia. The Hague-based Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons also is having samples from Navalny tested.
Zero G: Some German mobile users still waiting for a signal
To connect to the mobile network, Raeder has to drive 5 kilometers (3 miles) to a nearby village with a cell tower. While mobile carriers claim they cover close to the entire country, users often report little or no signal inside buildings or outside large towns. A recent review by Opensignal, an independent analytics company, ranked Germany 50th out of 100 countries for availability of the current 4G mobile broadband standard - behind India, Indonesia and Kyrgyzstan. What we have is the real experience in real users at all the locations that smartphone users are spending time, he said. Asked whether he sees any chance the rollout of 5G might boost village life, Raeder was skeptical.
Strike at Belarus' state TV erodes government control
(AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)MINSK In a new challenge to Belarus' authoritarian ruler, hundreds of employees of state television have gone on strike amid a rising tide of protests, calling for his resignation after a vote the opposition saw as rigged. Since Monday, factory workers, medical workers, actors, musicians and other workers have gone on strike to demand Lukashenko's resignation. The state television workers were joined by journalists from the leading daily Zvyazda, who put out a statement demanding an end to censorship. Boris Goretsky, vice-president of the Belarusian Association of Journalists, said 72 journalists were detained while covering the protests. Goretsky pointed at the allegations that the government turned to Russia for help to keep the state television running, and some of the striking TV employees have been reportedly replaced with Russian personnel.
AP WAS THERE: 1956 Melbourne Olympics "Blood in the Water"
(AP Photo)MELBOURNE EDITORS With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of Summer Games. This story was published in The Charleston News and Courier on Dec. 6, 1956, during the Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. Until now the athletes had kept their smouldering hate tightly capped but it finally erupted in the water polo match today between the great Hungarian team and Russia. The Russian team was escorted to the dressing room by police as the crowd continued to boo in protest of the Russian tactics. Also water polo is one of the most rugged sports, resulting often in rough tactics and many penalties.
Sunken Soviet nuclear submarine leaks high levels of radiation
A sunken Soviet nuclear submarine that's been on the sea floor for three decades is leaking an abnormally high amount of radiation, according to the Institute for Marine Research. NORWEGIAN SEA - A sunken Soviet nuclear submarine that's been on the sea floor for three decades is leaking an abnormally high amount of radiation, according to the Institute for Marine Research. Researchers have been monitoring the submarine since the 1990s, and have seen these types of radiation leaks from the sub's ventilation duct before. They noticed a white-ish cloud rising up from the duct where they saw the high radiation levels. "We need good documentation of pollution levels in seawater, seabed sediments and, of course, fish and seafood," Heldal said.