E.U imports of Russian aluminum increased by 13% in Q2

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Despite multiple waves of international sanctions on Russia following its invasion of Ukraine, the E.U. and U.S. have both increased their imports of Russian industrial metals compared to 2021. What are the figures?According to a report by Reuters, E.U. imports of Russian aluminum increased by 13% in the March-June period of this year, while U.S. … Read more

E.U considers canceling all Russians

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Officials of the European Union (E.U) are unsatisfied with the impact of sanctions and other measures initiated against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine and are considering targeting all Russians, including civilians.  Target in what way?  E.U. Foreign Ministers have been in talks about whether to limit travel permits for Russian citizens or outright ban … Read more

Resign of the times 

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Oksana Pokalchuk, who headed Amnesty International in Ukraine, is stepping down after the human rights organization issued a report last week criticizing Ukraine’s military.  What did the military do wrong?  The report said that “Ukrainian forces have put civilians in harm’s way by establishing bases and operating weapons systems in populated residential areas, including in … Read more

President Zelensky canvasses Africa’s support in war against Russia

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President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky says African countries should be unanimous in their support for his country in the ongoing war against Russia.  Zelensky, who stated this while speaking at a recent interview with journalists from Africa, on how African countries can support Ukraine, said the situation does not call for nations to take neutral … Read more

Russia wants some space 

Russia has given a two-year’s notice to the United States and allies that it wants space.    What space? Moscow has announced it will be leaving the International Space Station (ISS) after 2024. The ISS, which has been jointly run by Russia, the U.S, Europe, Japan, and Canada since its launch in 1998, has been a symbol … Read more

A swap meet

 The United States Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, announced Wednesday that Washington has made a “substantial proposal” to Moscow for the release of two Americans – security consultant Paul Whelan and WNBA star Brittney Griner – jailed in Russia.  What are the details of the proposal?  There have been rumours of a potential prisoner swap … Read more

U.S. Scores One Against Russia

The Supreme Court in Fiji has ruled that the United States could seize a Russian-owned superyacht in the nation’s waters. Why is the yacht being seized?According to Chief Justice Kamal Kumar, the $325m yacht, Amadea, sailed into Fiji waters “without any permit and most probably to evade prosecution by the United States of America”. The … Read more

NATO: Sweden and Finland defy Turkey

The StorySweden and Finland have pushed ahead with their bids to join NATO despite opposition from Turkey. Why is Turkey opposed to it?Turkey insists it won’t let the previously nonaligned Nordic countries into the military alliance because of their alleged support for Kurdish militants. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had released a strongly worded objection … Read more

Nigerians freed from Poland detention camps

The StoryThirteen Nigerians who crossed to Poland after the invasion in Ukraine and were held in detention camps have been released. Why were they detained?They were held on the grounds of being undocumented immigrants, after crossing into Poland while trying to escape from the horrors of the Russia-Ukraine war. While the Nigerian government offered to … Read more

The Help Ukraine Seeks From Africa

The Story Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February and the subsequent war there, African countries have, largely, refused to take sides. Now, Ukraine is seeking their support. What’s Ukraine asking for? President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has asked to speak to the African Union, obviously to seek their support against Russia. This was made known by … Read more