Ukraine war: Biden will not talk to Putin; Russia to encircle Bakhmut; Estonia wants HIMARS

1. Biden rejects Putin talks as EU and G7 back crude oil price cap US President Joe Biden does not intend to speak to his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, about ending the Ukraine war as conditions for such discussions currently do not exist, the White House said on Friday. “We’re just not at a point … Read more

Booby-Traps and Destruction in Kherson, Ukraine After Russian Army’s

KHERSON REGION, Ukraine—The sight of fresh planks of wood on the roof of a destroyed house was like a small ray of sunshine sticking out among the wreckage of the village of Myrne. “At the very beginning of the war, one [Ukrainian] soldier made a stupid TikTok video on the streets outside our house,” Tatiana, … Read more

Oil output cuts on the table ahead of Russian sanctions

OPEC+, a group of 23 oil-producing nations led by Saudi Arabia and Russia, will convene on Sunday to decide on the next phase of production policy. Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images OPEC and non-OPEC oil producers could impose deeper oil output cuts on Sunday, energy analysts said, as the influential energy alliance weighs the … Read more

US adds Russian mercenary firm Wagner Group to entities of concern under the International Religious Freedom Act

CNN – The Biden administration is adding the Wagner Group, an infamous private Russian military firm, to the list of Entities of Particular Concern under the International Religious Freedom Act “based on its actions in the Central African Republic,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Friday. In addition, Cuba and Nicaragua were added … Read more

Russia rejects pullout from Ukraine as a condition for talks

KYIV, Ukraine — Russia said Friday that Western demands it should pull out completely from Ukraine as part of any future talks to end the war effectively rule out any such negotiations, as Russian strikes continued and a Ukrainian official set his country’s battle losses at up to 13,000 troops. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov reiterated … Read more

Ukrainians show their mettle amid blackouts, snow and attacks Russia-Ukraine war News

The Ukrainian people have suffered some of the worst power and water outages yet during the 40th week of Russia’s war, as Kyiv’s troops held back raging daily offensives in the east of the country. On November 23, air defenses shot down 51 of 70 Russian cruise missiles targeting energy infrastructure, but the ones that … Read more

First on CNN: US considers dramatically expanding training of Ukrainian forces, US officials say

Washington CNN – The Biden administration is considering a dramatic expansion in the training the US military provides to Ukrainian forces, including instructing as many as 2,500 Ukrainian soldiers a month at a US base in Germany, according to multiple US officials. If adopted, the proposal would mark a significant increase not only in the … Read more

Emmanuel Macron arrives in DC at a key moment in France-US relations

CNN – When President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron walked into a small holding room on the margins of the Global Fund conference in New York this fall, their aides had only allotted 10 minutes for the two men to briefly touch base. But sitting in the cramped room at 538 Park Avenue … Read more

Trenches, endless mud and death: the Battle of Bakhmut

Ukrainian tankers man their positions atop a tank in a muddy field near an undisclosed frontline position in eastern Ukraine on November 28, 2022, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Yevhen Titov Afp | Getty Images The sight of trenches, endless mud and mass destruction — with just the stumps of trees emerging from a … Read more

Target Crimea – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. KYIV – In Crimea, the war is drawing ever closer, and nerves are on edge. In conversations via secure communications, people in Crimea describe growing tension across the Black Sea peninsula as they increasingly expect the advent of direct hostilities. They say saboteur and … Read more