US rallies global allies to help Ukraine repel Russia – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article It’s not quite the Coalition to Defeat Putin just yet — and the name is admittedly tame if not lame: the Ukraine Defense Consultative Group. Still, if the US ends up forming a global alliance to actively fight against Russia, the roughly 40 countries convened by US Defense … Read more

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un vows full speed ahead for nuclear program, as he flaunts ICBM missiles

Seoul, South Korea CNN — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un vowed on Monday to ramp up his development of nuclear arms, as a military parade in Pyongyang showcased the country’s most advanced weaponry yet – including an intercontinental ballistic missile experts say puts the entire US mainland in range. The country would “strengthen and … Read more

EU celebrates, and frets, over Macron’s victory – POLITICO

No need for any more conferences: Emmanuel Macron is the future of Europe. With his decisive electoral victory over right-wing challenger Marine Le Pen on Sunday, Macron not only clinched five more years as president of France but also secured his place — for better or worse — at the center of EU decision-making through … Read more

Trolling Russia, Ukraine registers Moskva shipwreck as ‘underwater cultural heritage’ – POLITICO

Ukraine has registered the shipwreck of Russia’s Moskva vessel as “underwater cultural heritage” — in a move described as “trolling” Moscow rather than having a basis in international law. “The ‘Moskva’ missile cruiser was the flagship of the Russian fleet, and became number 2064 in the register of underwater cultural heritage of Ukraine,” the country’s … Read more

Ukrainians recall their Russian occupiers – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article HOSTOMEL, Ukraine — On February 26, Russian forces blitzed into a forest-side housing complex on the edge of the town of Hostomel, intending to use it as a forward base for their warfighters. The soldiers were brimming with confidence, expecting that the nearby capital of Kyiv would fall … Read more

UK and Germany won’t send tanks to Ukraine – POLITICO

LONDON — It “wouldn’t be appropriate” for Western allies to fulfill all of Ukraine’s requests for weaponry, the British prime minister said Friday. Boris Johnson was speaking at a joint press conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz following their first in-person meeting in London, hours after Berlin declined to send Marder tanks to Ukraine, arguing … Read more