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Wife of Ukraine Spy Chief Was Poisoned
Wife of Ukraine Spy Chief
Is Poisoned

Wife of Ukraine Spy Chief Is Poisoned

Marianna Budanova is recovering, as suspicions turn to Russia

(Newser) - The wife of Ukraine's spymaster was poisoned with heavy metals and is now recovering in the hospital, say Ukrainian officials. Marianna Budanova, a psychologist, is the wife of Kyrylo Budanov, who heads the GUR military intelligence agency, reports Reuters . Russia has a long history of poisoning its enemies , per...

Russia: Ukraine Just Launched Major Drone Attack on Crimea

Meanwhile, Ukrainian officials say Russia has upped its attempts to overtake city of Avdiivka

(Newser) - Ukraine launched one of the biggest drone attacks on the Moscow-annexed Crimean Peninsula since the full-scale war that started with Russia's invasion 21 months ago, Russian officials said Friday. They didn't mention any casualties or damage. At the same time, Ukrainian officials reported that the Kremlin's forces...

'Russia Started This': Finland Closes Border Crossings

Country of 5.6M accuses Russia of sending migrants without visas to its borders

(Newser) - Finland says Russia is sending hundreds of migrants from African and Middle Eastern countries across its border illegally and has closed all but one border crossing in response. Finland closed four of eight land border crossings last week, but reported "organized" crossings had continued and expanded north. It now...

South: We'll Know Within Days if North's Spy Satellite Works

Spy agency says intelligence shows North Korea had help from Russia

(Newser) - South Korea has concluded that Russian support likely enabled North Korea to put a spy satellite into orbit for the first time this week, and it should be clear in several days whether it is functioning properly, officials said Thursday. In a closed-door briefing, South Korea's spy agency cited...

North Korea Gets Some Russian Help in Latest Rocket Launch

Another rocket launch after 2 failures, ostensibly to deploy a spy satellite

(Newser) - North Korea has launched a rocket in what may be its third attempt to put a spy satellite into orbit, according to South Korea's military. A rocket was launched late Tuesday, the military in Seoul said, but no further details were immediately available, reports the AP . In North Korea'...

Russia Puts Ukrainian 2016 Eurovision Winner on 'Wanted' List

Moscow charges Jamala with violating law against spreading fake information about war in Ukraine

(Newser) - Russia has placed a Ukrainian singer who won the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest on its "wanted" list, state news agencies reported Monday. The reports said an Interior Ministry database listed singer Susana Jamaladinova as being sought for violating a criminal law, reports the AP . The independent news site Mediazona,...

Ukraine Officials: Russia Tried to Hit Kyiv With Missile

Local officials say ballistic missile, first one in nearly 2 months in nation's capital, was shot down

(Newser) - Russian forces targeted Ukraine's capital, Kyiv, as part of an overnight bombardment felt across the country, local officials said Saturday, while drones that Russian officials blamed on the Ukrainian military targeted areas around Moscow and the Russian region of Smolensk. A ballistic missile was shot down as it approached...

Russia Celebrates Itself While Taking Digs at West

Expo precedes election in which Putin could seek another term

(Newser) - With pointed disdain for the West, Russia on Saturday unveiled a sprawling exposition highlighting the nation's accomplishments, which will run through the months leading to the presidential election in which President Vladimir Putin is widely expected to seek a new term. Putin issued a decree in March to hold...

Putin Move Raises Fears of More Nuclear Tests

Russian leader signs bill revoking ratification of test ban treaty

(Newser) - President Vladimir Putin on Thursday signed a bill revoking Russia's ratification of a global nuclear test ban, a move that Moscow said was needed to establish parity with the United States. Putin has said that rescinding the ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, also known as the CTBT, would...

Ukraine: Russia's Shelling in Single Day Is a 2023 Record

In just 24 hours, 118 settlements in 10 of the nation's regions were bombarded: interior minister

(Newser) - This week, Ukraine saw more than 100 of its settlements attacked by Russia over a one-day span—the most in that time period since the war between the two nations started in February 2022. "Over the last 24 hours, the enemy shelled 118 settlements in 10 regions," Ihor...

Hundreds Storm Russia Airport to Protest Flight From Israel

Some were chanting antisemitic slogans, officials say

(Newser) - Hundreds of people stormed into the main airport in Russia's Dagestan region and onto the landing field Sunday, chanting antisemitic slogans and seeking passengers arriving on a flight from Tel Aviv, Israel, Russian news agencies and social media reported. Russian news reports said the crowd surrounded the airliner, which...

Russians, Western Diplomats Honor Victims of Soviet Terror

Limited event takes place during prosecutions over war dissent

(Newser) - Russians commemorated the victims of Soviet state terror on Sunday while the Russian government continues its crackdown on dissent in the country. The Returning of the Names event was organized by the Nobel Peace Prize-winning human rights group Memorial, the AP reports. The commemoration has traditionally been held in Moscow...

Russia Says It Practiced Nuclear Strike

Parliament approves dropping ratification of test ban treaty

(Newser) - Russian parliament on Wednesday rescinded its ratification of a nuclear test ban treaty signed in 1996, and, as if for emphasis, the nation's military then conducted a simulated nuclear strike. State TV showed Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reporting on the rehearsal to President Vladimir Putin, the BBC reports. The...

Russia Orders 2nd US Journalist to Stay in Jail

Russian-American editor Alsu Kurmasheva will remain behind bars until at least early December

(Newser) - A Russian court on Monday ordered a Russian-American journalist who was detained last week on charges of failing to register as a foreign agent to remain in custody until early December, her employer reported. Alsu Kurmasheva, an editor for the US government-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's Tatar-Bashkir service, appeared...

Russia Nabs Another US Journalist
Russia Nabs
Another US

Russia Nabs Another US Journalist

Dual Russia-US citizen Alsu Kurmasheva of RFE/RL accused of plotting to share military info

(Newser) - A second US journalist has been detained in Russia. Alsu Kurmasheva, a dual Russian-American citizen and Prague-based editor for Radio Free Europe-Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), was detained Wednesday in the southwest city of Kazan, which she was prevented from leaving months earlier. She'd traveled to Russia in May for a...

Russian Official Reported for Remark About Invasion

Governor said military wasn't prepared for the war, saying, 'We don't need it'

(Newser) - A Russian governor was accused by critics on Sunday of "discrediting Russia's armed forces" after telling residents in her region that the country had no need for its war in Ukraine. Natalya Komarova, the governor of the Khanty-Mansiysk region and a member of President Vladimir Putin's governing...

Ukraine Official on City Assault: 'The Enemy Has Not Stopped'

Eastern city of Avdiivka continues to get pummeled by Russian forces for 5th day straight

(Newser) - Ukrainian officials reported intense combat, characterized by relentless assaults by Russian forces, as the ongoing attack on the eastern Ukrainian city of Avdiivka entered its fifth consecutive day on Saturday. "The enemy has not stopped either assaulting or shelling positions" around Avdiivka, city head Vitalii Barabash said on Ukrainian...

Gershkovich Appeal Denied After 6 Months Behind Bars

'Wall Street Journal' reporter to remain in Russian custody until at least Nov. 30

(Newser) - Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich lost an appeal Tuesday to be released from jail on espionage charges, meaning he'll remain behind bars at least through Nov. 30. Gershkovich, 31, who's already spent six months in custody, had a mostly blank expression as he appeared in the defendant'...

Space Station Springs Another Leak, Raising Concerns

This is the 3rd leak in a year on Russian segment of ISS

(Newser) - For the third time in a year, the Russian segment of the International Space Station has sprung a coolant leak, adding to concerns about the country's space program. After the Russian space agency Roscosmos on Monday announced the leak from a backup radiator circuit, and flakes of frozen coolant...

Putin Implicates Drugs, Alcohol, Grenades in Prigozhin's Death

Russian president says grenades onboard the plane may have caused crash

(Newser) - US officials may believe Vladimir Putin ordered the death of Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin, but the Russian president himself is sharing a different theory on the plane crash that killed the mercenary leader. In his first comments on the possible cause of the wreck, which is widely believed to have...

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