Russia launches more overnight strikes as military factions prevent cohesive campaign

Overnight on Sunday to Monday (30 April - 1 May), Russia launched another large-scale missile attack on Ukraine, in which 15 out of 18 missiles were shot down by air defense, according to Ukrainian authorities.

Strikes in the central-eastern Dnipropetrovsk Oblast injured 34 people, including five children, according to Governor Serhiy Lysak.

patrickn97 Mon, 05/01/2023 - 09:36
Kazakhstan celebrates Day of Unity on 1 May

Today, on Monday (1 May), Kazakhstan is marking the Kazakhstan People's Unity Day.

Signed into law on 18 October 1995 and first celebrated in 1996, the Kazakhstan People's Unity Day celebrates the diverse cultural and ethnic background of Kazakh citizens and the Kazakh nation, especially emphasising peaceful inter-ethnic relations between ethnic Kazakhs and minorities.

It is a public holiday in Kazakhstan, and the day represents values of friendship, solidarity, trust and mutual respect.

patrickn97 Mon, 05/01/2023 - 09:09
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Air strikes hit Khartoum despite ceasefire, thousands rush to Red Sea for evacuation

Air strikes hit Khartoum despite ceasefire, thousands rush to Red Sea for evacuation

The Sudanese capital of Khartoum has been hit with air strikes despite a ceasefire that was supposed to allow civilians to flee. Fighting between the Sudanese army the a rival paramilitary group, the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), broke out on Sunday (15 April) as talks over a transition to a civilian government broke down, and a power struggle between the army and the RSF erupted into violence. The army has said that the purpose of the air strikes was to flush out the RSF from the capital, Khartoum, reports the BBC. More than 500 people are confirmed to have been killed in the fighting, with the true number likely much higher. Over the past week, there have been reports of increasing food and water shortages in Khartoum as residents were unable to go outside having been warned against doing so. Despite attempts at enabling civilians to evacuate, millions are believed to still be stuck inside the capital. Last week, many countries evacuated diplomats and civilians from Sudan, including the US, European countries, and many GCC countries. The BBC also reports that aid has begun to arrive in the country, with an International Red Cross flight arriving in the country yesterday, on Sunday (30 April), in the Red Sea city of Port Sudan. 
Opinion: The Armenian government needs to communicate better to the public what the EUMA is about
Efficient strategic communication has become necessary in the South Caucasus as the governments of the region and outside regional and global powers vie for influence in the current highly complex geo-political realities. In this op-ed for Benyamin Poghosyan argues that one for the priorities for the Armenian government is to explain clearly to public opinion what the recently deployed EU Monitoring Mission is and is not about. Otherwise the same disappointment that emerged towards Russia earlier will surely appear as regards the European Union also.
dennis2020 Sat, 04/29/2023 - 15:38
European Commission and European Investment Bank announce €18bn in Global Gateway investment fund

The European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) have announced a funding package worth €18bn to boost investments in climate action and sustainable economies, the European External Action Service (EEAS) reports.

In a press release, EEAS say that, "this will boost investment in Global Gateway's priority areas – climate action, clean energy and connectivity – in Europe's partner countries around the world. In particular, these projects will aim to help bridge the global climate finance gap and support prevention, adaptation and mitigation."

patrickn97 Fri, 04/28/2023 - 09:23
Russian pre-dawn missile strikes on Ukraine kill at least nineteen
Russia has launched another wave of missile strikes at Ukraine before dawn on Friday (28 April), killing at least nineteen people as of 3pm CET. According to Ukrainian national police, at least 17 people were killed after two Russian missiles hit a nine-storey residential building in the central city of Uman. Three children were also rescued from the rubble. In a separate attack, a 31-year-old woman and her 2-year old daughter were killed after a Russian missile hit the eastern city of Dnipro, according to the regional governor, Serhii Lysak. Four people were also wounded. In total, according to Ukrainian authorities Russia fired 23 missiles and two drones at Ukraine before dawn on Friday (28 April). 21 missiles in total were shot down, with 11 missiles and the two drones were intercepted by air defense over Kyiv, said the city hall, with no immediate reports of missiles hitting targets and no reports of casualties. It is the first attack on the city since March. Interfax news agency also reports there have been explosions in the cities of Poltava and Kremenchuk.
patrickn97 Fri, 04/28/2023 - 08:58
EU and Kazakhstan begin talks on preventing re-export of sanctioned goods to Russia

The European Union and Kazakhstan have begun talks on how to prevent the re-export of sanctioned good to Russia, said International Special Envoy for the Implementation of EU Sanctions David O’Sullivan at a press conference during his visit to the Kazakh capital of Astana on 24 April.

patrickn97 Thu, 04/27/2023 - 12:14