Dominant push! Ukrainian troops send Russians out of Kyiv

March 25, 2022 Blueprint 0

Ukrainian troops have pushed Russian forces out of Kyiv in a sign the fierce resistance is crushing Vladimir Putin’s shambolic invasion. Ukraine is close to securing a major victory after managing to reoccupy towns and defensive positions up to 21 miles east of the capital. Putin’s troops have been hit by plummeting morale after the quick victory promised by the Read More

Europe acted too late to stop Russia – Ukraine President

March 25, 2022 Blueprint 0

Ukraine’s leader Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday night delivered an address to the European Council summit in Brussels. He outlined Russia’s destruction and damage to his country, and thanked Europe for uniting in their support for Ukraine. Then, in his characteristic forthright style, he told European leaders that they had acted too late in stopping Russia. “You have applied sanctions. We Read More

[Breaking] Ukraine invasion: U.S. heaps more sanctions on Russian lawmakers, elites, others

March 24, 2022 Bloomberg 0

The U.S. announced a new package of sanctions on Russian elites, lawmakers and defense companies, punishments designed to ramp up pressure on Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine.  The measures announced Thursday during summit meetings between President Joe Biden and NATO, as well as the Group of Seven, will be followed by others to reduce Europe’s reliance on Russian oil Read More

Russia planning chemical attack on Ukraine, envoy alleges

March 24, 2022 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

The Defence Attache to the Embassy of Ukraine in the Nigeria, Colonel Andrii Vasyliev, has called for sanctions against Russia, insisting that Russia was planning chemical attack on Ukraine and has perpetrated war crimes with attacks targeted at children, even as women have been raped by Russian soldiers. Vasyliev, who made the call while speaking to journalists in Abuja, expressed Read More

Pope Francis slams verdict on Russia-Ukraine war

March 21, 2022 Blueprint 0

Denouncing Russia’s repugnant war against Ukraine as a cruel and sacrilegious inhumanity, Pope Francis on Sunday told thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square that every day brought more atrocities in a senseless massacre”. In some of his strongest words yet since Russia’s February 24 invasion, Francis said there was “no justification for this”. He said this in an apparent Read More

Russian forces kidnapping Ukrainian citizens, blocking aid – Official

March 19, 2022 Agency Report 0

A top official in Mariupol accused Russian forces of taking thousands of Ukrainian citizens against their will across the border into Russia. Pyotr Andryuschenko, an assistant to the city’s mayor, said that the Mariupol residents had been taken without their passports, and that he feared they could be compelled into forced labour, The New York Times reported.  Aid agencies are Read More

Google, YouTube engaging in terrorist activities, Russia alleges

March 19, 2022 AFP 0

Russian regulators on Friday accused US tech giant Google and its video subsidiary YouTube of “terrorist” activities, the first step towards a possible access ban. Russia has already blocked access to other global tech giants including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well as several independent media. Russian media regulator Roskomnadzor said YouTube users “are sharing adverts with calls to shut down railway Read More

World Cup playoffs: CAS crushes Russia’s request to upturn ban

March 19, 2022 Blueprint 0

Russia’s request to suspend their ban from competing in the World Cup play-offs has been rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Fifa suspended Russian national teams from all competitions in February following the invasion of Ukraine. Russia appealed against the decision and wanted to be allowed to play until the court had heard the full appeal, for which Read More

Russia to ensure Nigerians’ safety, well-being – Official

March 18, 2022 Blueprint 0

Russia has given the assurance that it would continue to provide necessary assistance to ensure the safety and well-being of Nigerian citizens in the Russian Federation. This was contained in a statement issued on Friday by the Embassy of Nigeria in Moscow, Russia, on the sideline of the meeting between officials of the two countries. The meeting was between the Read More

For invading Ukraine: Council of Europe expels Russia

March 17, 2022 Blueprint 0

The Council of Europe, says it has expelled Russia with immediate effect after 26 years of membership because of the Ukraine war. The Committee of Ministers took the decision in a special session, the rights body announced in the French city of Strasbourg on Wednesday. Earlier, Russia had already declared its withdrawal from the Council of Europe after it had Read More

French Open: Organisers throw door open for Djokovic, Russian players

March 17, 2022 Blueprint 0

Novak Djokovic will be allowed to play at the French Open even if he is not vaccinated against COVID-19 as long as the coronavirus situation in France remains stable, organizers said Wednesday. Russian tennis players, including top-ranked Daniil Medvedev, will also be admitted to play in the tournament but as neutral athletes because of the war started by their country Read More

Russia-Ukraine conflict: War of supremacy and accentuated lessons

March 16, 2022 Prof M. K. Othman 0

I came across an analogy of the Russia-Ukraine conflict in a Facebook explanatory message between husband and wife when they were preparing to retire to their bed. The wife said, “Russia is an aggressor for attacking Ukraine, a smaller country without “provocation”. The husband kept quiet and decided to pick a kitchen knife, which he placed on the bed in-between Read More

Ukrainian troops kill fourth Russian Military General

March 16, 2022 BBC 0

Ukrainian officials say they have killed a fourth Russian general in a sign that Moscow’s commanders are increasingly being forced to lead from the front. Anton Gerashchenko, an advisor at Kyiv’s interior ministry, claimed on Telegram that Ukrainian forces killed Russian Major General Oleg Mityaev during intense fighting on the outskirts of the south-eastern city of Mariupol. The BBC cannot Read More

Ukraine reveals how Russian troops killed civilians during evacuation as France heaps more accusation on Putin

March 13, 2022 Agency Report 0

Ukraine accused Russian forces on Saturday of killing seven civilians in an attack on women and children trying to flee fighting near Kyiv, and France said Russian President Vladimir Putin had shown he was not ready to make peace. The Ukrainian intelligence service said the seven, including one child, were killed as they fled the village of Peremoha and that Read More

We will attack US Military shipments to Ukraine, Russia warns

March 12, 2022 TheSun 0

Russia could target Western shipments of military equipment to Ukraine, a senior Moscow diplomat has said after Joe Biden warned of “World War Three”. Deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov said Russia had warned the US that “pumping weapons from a number of countries it orchestrates isn’t just a dangerous move, it’s an action that makes those convoys legitimate targets”. He Read More

Ukraine invasion: Ex-Russian minister reveals what will soon happen to Putin

March 12, 2022 Mirror, Daily Express 0

A former Russian minister has claimed that Vladimir Putin could be ousted by an internal Kremlin coup. Andrei Kozyrev, who was Boris Yeltsin’s leading diplomat, believes key figures in the Kremlin may be plotting the Russian President’s downfall. It comes as Russian troops edge towards Ukraine’s capital Kyiv, with reports overnight stating the bulk of Russian forces are now just Read More

Russia-Ukraine face-off: Nigerian students and price of education tourism

March 11, 2022 Blueprint 0

The last two weeks were the most harrowing moments for many families whose wards were studying in Ukraine, following the on-going war between that country and Russia. ELEOJO IDACHABA writes on the nightmares and wishes of the parents. To many upper class families in Nigeria, especially those who can afford the expenses of sending their wards to any foreign country Read More

Russia/Ukraine war may reverse inflation gains – Rewane

March 11, 2022 Blessing Anaro 0

A survey of commodities prices in Lagos shows there might be a marginal decline in inflation figures in March to 15.57 per cent, warning that the spiral effect of the Ukraine and Russian war may result in imported inflation that will send inflation rate northwards. The National Bureau for Statistics (NBS) is scheduled to publish the headline inflation for February Read More

Russia warns energy embargo could send oil prices over $300/b

March 9, 2022 Blessing Anaro, Lagos 0

With the US reportedly said to vote as soon as Tuesday on a proposal to ditch trade relations with Russia and Belarus, including suspending oil imports despite repeated objections from Germany which has stated that a collapse in supply threatens “social cohesion”, Russian Deputy PM Novak said that a ban on Russian oil would result in catastrophic consequences for global Read More

Ukraine/Russia: Nigeria, others may face commodity supply disruptions – IMF

March 9, 2022 Blessing Anaro, Lagos 0

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says countries that have very close economic links with Ukraine and Russia are at particular risk of scarcity and supply disruptions. It added that poor households across the world would suffer from the increase in food and fuel prices, as the Ukraine-Russia war persists. The Washington-based Fund said this in a press statement, which was Read More

Analysts warn of $150/b crude oil if…

March 7, 2022 Blessing Anaro Lagos 0

Analysts have said attempt by Western allies to ban Russian crude oil could spike up prices to about $150/barrel, warning that Iranian barrels cannot replace the loss of Russian oil. The United States and the European Union have been reluctant to slap sanctions on Russia’s oil and gas exports since Putin invaded Ukraine, as the Western allies are concerned about Read More