Gunmen fire on car carrying Serhiy Shefir, senior aide to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, in what officials say was assassination bid in response to his crackdown on oligarchs.
While Russian President Putin remains popular, United Russia party has seen its support drop as living standards decline following years of economic stagnation.
Speaker of Russia's upper house of parliament said earlier this week that Russia would be represented at the inauguration by ambassador-level officials, RIA news agency reported.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Kiev to meet with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, an ally she has supported in conflict with pro-Russia separatists but has also disappointed him with her appetite for Russian gas.
Moscow’s South-South vaccine efforts have fallen short of expectations and don’t pose as big a challenge to the West as initially presumed.
The European leaders reject the idea of meeting with Russian leaders, although Germany and France say a top-level dialogue is the need of the hour.
Spike in US short-dated bond pressures emerging market assets, while US rallies European allies with another round of sanctions on Russia and Belarus.
US President Joe Biden’s first meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin since assuming office comes amid soaring tensions between Washington and Moscow, with both sides playing down the prospect of any major breakthroughs at the summit.
Kremlin says US decision to withdraw from treaty “significantly upset the balance of interests” among pact members, compelling Russia to exit.
The bill will make it impossible to run in elections for leaders, sponsors and rank-and-file members of “extremist” organisations, a designation being considered for opposition leader Alexey Navalny’s political network.
Baku dismisses Yerevan's accusations that it was laying "siege" to a lake on their border, calling such claims "provocative."
G7 foreign ministers say Russia is trying to undermine democracies and threatening Ukraine while China is guilty of human rights abuses and of using its economic clout to bully others.
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