Britain to cut Ukraine tariffs to zero to help its economy

LONDON, April 25 (Reuters) – All tariffs on goods coming to Britain from Ukraine under an existing free trade deal will be axed to help the Ukrainian economy, the British government announced on Monday. London said tariffs would be reduced to zero and all quotas removed following a direct request from Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, … Read more

Germany pledges quick decision on first heavy arms delivery to Ukraine

BERLIN, April 25 (Reuters) – Germany will decide soon on whether to approve the delivery of 100 old Marder infantry fighting vehicles to Ukraine, a government spokesperson said on Monday, in what would be the first German heavy weapons shipment to Ukraine. German defense company Rheinmetall (RHMG.DE) has requested approval to export the vehicles to … Read more

Norway arrests activists blocking tanker unloading Russian oil

OSLO, April 25 (Reuters) – Norwegian police said they had arrested 20 Greenpeace and Extinction Rebellion campaigners who on Monday blocked a tanker from delivering Russian oil to an Exxon Mobil terminal. In a protest against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, activists had fastened their red rubber dinghy to the Ust Luga’s anchor chain, Greenpeace said, … Read more

Putin accuses West of ‘terror’, tells prosecutors to be tough

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the Orthodox Easter service at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow, Russia April 23, 2022. Picture taken April 23, 2022. Sputnik/Sergei Fadeichev/Pool via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Putin says West is trying to destroy Russia from within Western-backed assassins tried to kill … Read more

Britain moves ahead with mandatory climate plans for companies

LONDON, April 25 (Reuters) – Britain unveiled a new taskforce on Monday to write rules forcing financial firms and listed companies to publish plans from next year for transitioning to a net zero economy by 2050. Last November at the COP26 UN Climate Summit, British finance minister Rishi Sunak said companies would have to publish … Read more

Ukraine’s military says Russian forces are trying to storm Azovstal plant

FILE PHOTO – A view shows a plant of Azovstal Iron and Steel Works during Ukraine-Russia conflict in the southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine April 22, 2022. REUTERS/Alexander Ermoshenko Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register April 24 (Reuters) – Russian forces attempted to storm the Ukrainian-held Azovstal steel plant in the … Read more

Factbox: Companies count the cost of ditching Russia

April 22 (Reuters) – Multinational companies that announced their exit from Russia, or suspension of activities there, after its invasion of Ukraine have started to calculate losses associated with their decisions. Below is an alphabetical list of firms that have provided cost estimates related to their temporary or permanent halt of business in Russia: AB … Read more

Gold marks weekly dip on looming rate hikes, dollar rally

Spot gold hits two-week trough Silver on track for biggest weekly drop since late January April 22 (Reuters) – Gold fell 1% on Friday and was set for its biggest weekly decline since mid-March as signs of faster policy tightening by the Federal Reserve lifted Treasury yields and the dollar. Spot gold was down 0.9% … Read more

​EU says pay for Russian gas in euros to avoid breaching sanctions

European Union flags fly outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, April 10, 2019. REUTERS/Yves Herman/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register BRUSSELS, April 22 (Reuters) – EU companies may be able to work around Russia’s demand to receive gas payments in rubles without breaching sanctions if they pay in … Read more

Russia investigates media report on presence of British SAS special forces in Ukraine

LONDON, April 23 (Reuters) – Russia’s top state investigative body said on Saturday it was looking into a Russian media report alleging that sabotage experts from Britain’s SAS special forces have been deployed to western Ukraine. The Special Air Service is an elite military force trained to conduct special operations, surveillance and counter-terrorism. Russia’s RIA … Read more