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Ukraine purges officials and governors in biggest shake-up of war

KYIV: Ukraine dismissed more than a dozen senior officials including governors of several major battlefield provinces on Tuesday in the biggest shake-up of its wartime leadership since Russia’s invasion last year.Separately on Tuesday, a long-awaited decision on whether allies could send German-made heavy tanks to Ukraine finally confronted Berlin, after Poland said it had formally […]

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Ukraine pledges sweeping personnel changes as allies jostle over tanks

KYIV: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said personnel changes were being carried out at senior and lower levels, following the most high-profile graft allegations since Russia’s invasion that threaten to dampen western enthusiasm for the Kyiv government.Reports of a fresh scandal in Ukraine, which has a long history of shaky governance, come as European countries bicker […]

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Explainer: Tensions high over isolated Azerbaijan region

MOSCOW: Two years after Azerbaijan and Armenia ended a war that killed about 6,800 soldiers and displaced around 90,000 civilians, tensions between the countries are again high in a dispute over a six-kilometre (nearly four-mile) road known as the Lachin Corridor.The winding road, which is the only land connection between Armenia and the ethnic Armenian […]

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Protesters demand Iran free jailed Belgian aid worker

BRUSSELS: Hundreds of demonstrators on Sunday urged Belgium to push harder to secure the release of aid worker Olivier Vandecasteele, held by Iran in a case decried as “hostage diplomacy”. The crowd, gathered in freezing temperatures in central Brussels, chanted “Free Olivier” and sang Happy Birthday to mark Vandecasteele’s 42nd birthday this week. “The aim […]

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Bomb alert on Poland to Greece Ryanair flight

ATHENS: Greek warplanes scrambled Sunday to escort a Ryanair flight from Poland to Greece with 190 people on board after a bomb alert was reported to authorities, officials said.Two F-16 jets escorted the flight, which took off from Katowice for Athens, as it entered Greek airspace from North Macedonia, the source told AFP.The Boeing 737 […]

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Ukraine says ‘global indecision killing more of our people’

KYIV: Ukraine on Saturday blasted the “global indecision” of its allies after Germany refused to supply its vaunted Leopard tanks to bolster Kyiv’s fighting capacity in the nearly year-long war with Russia.On Friday, some 50 nations agreed to provide Kyiv with billions of dollars’ worth of military hardware, including armoured vehicles and munitions needed to […]