Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will try to convince Vladimir Putin to return to the Black Sea grain deal today and ease a global food crisis. The leaders are set to meet in Sochi, Russia, in the afternoon, and the Turkish administration hopes its role as broker in the original agreement - made last year … Continue reading Putin to meet Erdogan over food crisis
Earlier this evening, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced that defence minister Oleksii Reznikov will be replaced this week with Rustem Umerov, a Crimean Tatar politician. Mr Umerov, 41, is a member of the opposition Holos party and has held the position of the Head of Ukraine's State Property Fund since September 2022. He has played a … Continue reading Rustem Umerov: What you should know about Ukraine’s incoming defence minister
Cyber attackers linked to Russia's intelligence agency have been targeting the phones of Ukrainian soldiers with a "malware campaign", according to British intelligence. A group known as Sandstorm has been deploying a virus named "Infamous Chisel" to steal sensitive military information, the UK Ministry of Defence said. It enables persistent access to Android devices and … Continue reading Russian cyber attackers launch ‘malware campaign’ against Android phones
Russian aircraft destroyed four boats carrying Ukrainian landing forces headed for Crimea, according to its defence ministry. It said the US-made Willard Marine Sea Force inflatable boats were headed in the direction of Cape Tarkhankut when they were sunk in the Black Sea this morning. Military grade Sea Force boats can carry anywhere between six … Continue reading Ukrainian landing forces ‘destroyed’ en route to Crimea
Oleksii Reznikov and former defence secretary Ben Wallace in London With rumours circulating that Oleksii Reznikov could be tipped as the next ambassador to the UK, his association with the war effort may not be over, says John Sparks. But the end of his career in the defence ministry has not been a "complete surprise" to people … Continue reading OPINION: Sacked defence minister could be next UK ambassador
Elsewhere in his nightly address, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said he struck a "very important agreement on training our pilots in France" in conversation with President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday. "Our coalition of modern fighters is becoming stronger," he said. Mr Zelenskyy did not elaborate on what training would be undertaken. France does not have the … Continue reading Zelenskyy strikes key deal on pilot training in France
As we have reported, Rishi Sunak has come under fire today for halving the number of schools that could be rebuilt in the 2021 - when he was chancellor. The prime minister reduced the number of school rebuilds from 100 a year to 50 a year, while the Department for Education was asking for 200. … Continue reading ‘Sunak bears huge culpability for his role in this debacle’
Photo by Sora Shimazaki on Pexels.com People typically choose to live in quiet areas in order to safeguard their health and wellbeing. However, the benefits of living in quiet areas are relatively understudied compared to the burdens associated with living in noisy areas. Additionally, research is increasingly focusing on the relationship between the human response … Continue reading Do Quiet Areas Afford Greater Health-Related Quality of Life than Noisy Areas?
As anticipated, Ukrainian defence minister Oleksii Reznikov has submitted his resignation letter to the chairman of parliament, he said in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter. "It was an honour to serve the Ukrainian people and work for the #UAarmy for the last 22 months, the toughest period of Ukraine's modern history," he … Continue reading Ukrainian defence minister resigns
Ukrainian forces have been moving more freely in the Zaporizhzhia region after breaching Russia's strongest, most densely mined line of defences, according to reports. Approximately 60% of Russian defences were located in the first line of defence and Ukrainian soldiers now face two weaker lines ahead, Suspilno reported. There are "fewer minefields" but "one should … Continue reading Use of elite Russian troops is sign ‘something is wrong’ in Zaporizhzhia – reports
Romania's defence ministry has denied reports that Russian drones fell in its territory. This contradicts statements by Ukraine's foreign ministry, which said they detonated on its neighbour's land following an attack on Izmail. "According to Ukraine's state border guard service, last night, during a massive Russian attack near the port of Izmail, Russian 'Shakheds' fell … Continue reading Romania denies Russian drones fell on territory
Some will, no doubt, greet the news of Oleksiy Reznikov's dismissal with feelings of surprise. At the very moment Ukraine's armed forces start to make progress at the front as part of their hard-fought counter-offensive, President Zelenskyy jettisons the defence minister in a nationally televised address. The reason for this reshuffle has everything to do … Continue reading Corruption allegations in Reznikov’s defence ministry brought him down
The Ukrainian president is this week set to replace Oleksii Reznikov, who has been defence minister since the beginning of the war. His departure, and replacement with Rustem Umerov, represents a big shake-up of the department, but why has it happened now, mid-way through Ukraine's counteroffensive? Mr Reznikov, after all, has helped secure billions of … Continue reading Why is Zelenskyy sacking his defence minister?
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com Explained: Why is fuel rising in cost again? Basically, the cost of oil has gone up - by nearly $12 since the start of July to $86.86 a barrel. The reason is that producer group OPEC+ has reduced supply in a self-interested attempt to thwart sagging oil prices. Leading cartel … Continue reading Where is the cheapest region to buy fuel in the UK?
A man who sexually assaulted and murdered his 16-year-old sister has been jailed for at least 22 years. Connor Gibson, who was 19 at the time of the attack, targeted Amber Gibson in woodland in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, in November 2021. He removed his sister's clothes, sexually assaulted her with the intention of raping her, … Continue reading Boy who murdered and sexually assaulted teenage sister jailed for life