Ammunition, anti-tank missiles in next $2.6 billion pledge for Ukraine – sources

WASHINGTON, March 31 (Reuters) – A new $2.6 billion military aid package from the US, which could include aerial surveillance radars, anti-tank missiles and fuel trucks for Ukraine’s fight against Russia, is expected to be announced as soon as Monday, they said three US officials on Friday. Half a dozen ammunition types, including tank ammunition, … Read more

The IMF board approves a $15.6 billion loan package for Ukraine

WASHINGTON, March 31 (Reuters) – The International Monetary Fund said on Friday its board of directors approved a four-year, $15.6 billion loan program for Ukraine, part of a broader $115 billion international support package to help the country meet the urgent financing needs in its struggle The 13-month-old invasion of Russia. The decision paves the … Read more

Japan is going to restrict exports of chip making equipment as it complies with US and China restrictions

TOKYO, March 31 (Reuters) – Japan’s government said on Friday it plans to restrict exports of 23 types of semiconductor manufacturing equipment, aligning controls on technology trade with US pressure to boost China’s ability to make advanced chips. curb making. The trade and industry minister said in a press release that it will impose export … Read more

Far-right lawmakers walk away from Zelenskiy speech to Austrian parliament

VIENNA, March 30 (Reuters) – Lawmakers from the pro-Russian far-right Freedom Party left the lower house of Austria’s parliament on Thursday during a speech by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, protesting Austria’s violation of neutrality. Zelenskiy addressed the chamber via video link, thanking Austria for its humanitarian aid and assistance with projects such as landmine clearance. … Read more

The Turkish parliament ratifies Finland’s accession to NATO while Sweden waited

ANKARA, March 30 (Reuters) – The Turkish parliament on Thursday approved a bill to allow Finland to join NATO, paving the way for the country to become part of the Western defense alliance as the war continues raging in Ukraine. Turkey’s parliament was the last of the alliance’s 30 members to ratify Finland’s membership after … Read more

A fugitive Russian father convicted of insulting the military is being held in Belarus

March 30 (Reuters) – A Russian man sentenced to two years in prison for discrediting the military and whose daughter was taken from him has been detained in Belarus after fleeing house arrest, a lawyer said Thursday. Lawyer Dmitry Zakhvatov said Alexei Moskalyov, 54, had been arrested in the capital Minsk, most likely as a … Read more

Ukraine says Russian troops are making progress in frontline city of Bakhmut

The UN suspends the plan for the safety zone of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant Ukraine attacks behind the frontline in Russian-occupied Melitopol March 30 (Reuters) – Russian troops have had some success in the eastern frontline town of Bakhmut, Ukrainian military officials said Wednesday evening, adding that their fighters were still holding out in … Read more

UN nuclear chief focuses on proposing security measures around Ukraine’s nuclear power plant

Military activity increased around factory: Grossi Russia occupies the largest nuclear power plant in Europe Ukraine and Russia accuse each other of shelling complex IAEA wants to avert the risk of a nuclear accident KYIV, March 29 (Reuters) – The head of the UN’s nuclear watchdog visited Ukraine’s controversial Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant on Wednesday … Read more

Taiwanese president revolts after China threatens retaliation for US trip

Taiwanese President Tsai leaves for New York China threatens retaliation if Tsai meets Speaker of the House of Representatives No reason for China to overreact: senior US officials Tsai also visits Guatemala, Belize TAOYUAN, Taiwan/BEIJING, March 29 (Reuters) – External pressures will not stop Taiwan from engaging with the world, President Tsai Ing-wen said as … Read more

Russian troops are not making progress in Bakhmut, Avdiivka, Ukraine says

Russian-installed official claims progress in eastern cities The chief of the UN nuclear watchdog will visit the factory in Zaporizhia on Wednesday Russian participation in Olympic Games under discussion March 29 (Reuters) – Russian troops have been relentless in their attempts to capture the bombed eastern Ukrainian cities of Bakhmut and Avdiivka, making no progress, … Read more