There was no immediate response from Ukraine on the Russian claim, which, if confirmed, would mark a significant milestone for Moscow since its military operations began in February.
Center-right opposition VMRO-DPMNE-led demonstrations deny Emmanuel Macron’s proposal, accusing it of undermining Macedonian identity.
Fighting is raging for Ukraine's strategic Lysychansk as Kiev rejects a claim by Moscow-backed separatists that they have encircled the eastern city on the 129th day of the armed conflict.
Westerners are deceived by the YPG/PKK terror group's rhetoric of a “democratic society”, says Turcologist Walter Posch, a member of the Institute for Peace Support at the Austrian National Defence Academy.
Kiev says Russian missiles have killed at least 21 people in a coastal town near the port city of Odessa and also accuses Moscow of using phosphorus munitions on Snake Island on the 128th day of fighting.
Turkish Cypriot President Tatar has presented four proposals to the UN based on equal rights and "win-win principle" to work on hydrocarbons and renewable energy with the Greek Cypriot side.
WHO's Europe chief has warned cases in the region have tripled in the last two weeks and appealed to countries to do more to ensure the previously rare disease does not become entrenched on the continent.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's supporters staged protests before his 51st birthday this weekend, with his wife Stella Assange among people who gathered outside the Home Office to call for his release.
Australia's Anthony Albanese stresses "trust, respect and honesty" as France's Emmanuel Macron cites willingness to "rebuild a relationship" based on mutual respect.
The missiles slammed into an apartment building and a recreation centre in the town of Serhiivka about 80 kilometres (50 miles) south of the Black Sea port of Odessa, a strategic flashpoint in the conflict.
The Turkish president also says Ankara's efforts to arrange a meeting between Russian and Ukrainian leaders continue.
Kiev has welcomed the decision of UNESCO to recognise the borshch—that Russia also claims for its national dish—as Ukrainian cultural heritage.
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