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Ukrainian president visits eastern frontline as tensions rise with Russia

Ukrainian president visits eastern frontline as tensions rise with Russia

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Ukraine's president has visited the country's eastern frontline amid an escalation of tensions with neighbouring Russia that has raised fears of a resumption of large-scale hostilities.In Moscow, a senior Kremlin official sternly warned Ukraine against using force to reclaim control of the rebel east, saying that this might force Russia to step in to protect civilians there. The conflict with Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine erupted shortly after Moscow's 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula. More than 14,000 people have died in the fighting. Image: Ukraine's President Zelenskyy told soldiers they were 'a true example of heroism'. Pic: Associated Press Analysis: Russia using old Putin tactic to justify military pr...
Leaders of Russia, France, Germany discuss global crises

Leaders of Russia, France, Germany discuss global crises

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The Kremlin says the leaders of Russia, France and Germany had a call to discuss coronavirus vaccines and a slew of international crises, including the situation in eastern Ukraine, Libya, Syria and the Iranian nuclear standoff among other issuesBy VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV Associated PressMarch 30, 2021, 10:16 PM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleMOSCOW -- The leaders of Russia, France and Germany met by conference call Tuesday and discussed coronavirus vaccines, the Iranian nuclear standoff and the conflicts in eastern Ukraine, Libya and Syria.The Kremlin said President Vladimir Putin also responded to questions about jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny raised by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron in their “frank and bus...
Russia opposition: Moscow police raid election forum

Russia opposition: Moscow police raid election forum

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Russian police have broken up an opposition conference and detained 200 people including high-profile opposition figures. The weekend forum had just begun in a Moscow hotel when police burst in and said they were detaining everyone.According to police, coronavirus rules were broken and the event was arranged by an "undesirable organisation".The incident comes as authorities continue to crack down on opposition activity as elections loom.Last month Alexei Navalny, President Vladimir Putin's most prominent critic, was jailed. He was accused of breaking the terms of a suspended prison sentence while recovering in Germany from nerve agent poisoning he blames on the Kremlin.Alexei Navalny: Russia's vociferous Putin critic'We have to protest' - anti-Putin anger spreadsOpposition figures from acr...
China and Russia to build joint moon base

China and Russia to build joint moon base

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China and Russia have announced their intention to build a new lunar research station together, launching a new era of collaboration in space between the two countries.According to a statement published on the China National Space Administration (CNSA) website, the International Lunar Research Station (ILRS) would also be open to use by other countries. No timeline was given for the construction of the ILRS, which was described as a "comprehensive scientific experiment base with the capability of long-term autonomous operation". Image: CNSA recovery crew members check the Chang'e 5 probe after it returned to Earth The research station could be built either on the lunar surface or in lunar orbit to conduct "scientific research activiti...
Biden urged to back AI weapons to counter China and Russia threats

Biden urged to back AI weapons to counter China and Russia threats

Technology
Getty Images/ReutersThe US and its allies should reject calls for a global ban on AI-powered autonomous weapons systems, according to an official report commissioned for the American President and Congress.It says that artificial intelligence will "compress decision time frames" and require military responses humans cannot make quickly enough alone.And it warns Russia and China would be unlikely to keep to any such treaty.But critics claim the proposals risk driving an "irresponsible" arms race."This is a shocking and frightening report that could lead to the proliferation of AI weapons making decisions about who to kill," said Prof Noel Sharkey, spokesman for the Campaign To Stop Killer Robots."The most senior AI scientists on the planet have warned them about the consequences, and yet th...