Kyiv officials seized on explosions that rocked a Russian military installation as fodder to boost morale, but stopped short of claiming responsibility, as Ukrainian forces stepped up a counteroffensive to reverse Moscow’s territorial gains in more than five months of war.
China’s ambassador to Australia said relations are at a critical juncture and that the U.S. ally must approach the Taiwan issue cautiously—another example of how House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei has raised tensions in the region.
A series of explosions on the strategically pivotal peninsula of Crimea triggered an evacuation, Russian officials said, fraying nerves as Ukraine presses on with a counteroffensive aimed at liberating the south of the country from Russian control.
The finely balanced presidential race is between two longtime allies turned fierce rivals, one associated with this East African country’s founding families and the other claiming the mantle of its struggling working class.
China’s military said it would continue exercises for an unspecified period of time after wrapping up four days of maneuvers. Taiwan’s military, meanwhile, accused Beijing of carrying out sustained cyberattacks against the island.
Russia has fined Google’s video site hundreds of millions of dollars but hasn’t blocked its access, allowing the country’s citizens to view one of the few sources of independent information about the war in Ukraine.
Ukraine said Russia was deploying tanks, artillery and jet fighters to support an advance on the cities of Bakhmut and Avdiivka, setting its sights on territory still under Ukrainian control in the Donetsk region.
Israel’s military carried out airstrikes targeting what it said were Palestinian Islamic Jihad members and sites across the Gaza Strip, killing at least 15 people, including a senior militant commander and a 5-year-old girl.
Ukraine’s official tongue, once derided as the language of uneducated villagers, is gaining popularity in Kyiv and other cities where residents who grew up speaking Russian now want to sever linguistic ties.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow was ready to discuss an exchange with Washington that people familiar with the matter say could see WNBA star Brittney Griner and former Marine Paul Whelan traded for a Russian arms dealer.
The Bank of England warned that the U.K. economy was poised to enter its longest recession since the financial crisis. The British economy is expected to contract for five consecutive quarters beginning in the fourth quarter of 2022, the bank said.
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi left Taiwan after a whirlwind trip that raised military tensions over the island to their highest level in more than two decades, an escalation that is set to persist long after she returns home.
Retaking Kherson has become Ukraine’s critical priority in the next phase of its war with Russia. Time is a factor as Moscow-appointed authorities are planning a mid-September referendum on annexing Kherson and other parts of occupied southern Ukraine.
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi left Malaysia headed toward Taiwan for meetings with President Tsai Ing-wen and local legislators in the self-ruled island, as Beijing bristled over what it said was interference with its core interests.