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A medical worker draws up a dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine against the coronavirus disease, marketed under the name Covishield and produced in India, in a syringe during the vaccination of people in an outpatient clinic in Kiev. (AFP)

Ukraine scoops up Europe's unwanted Astrazeneca Covid-19 vaccine shots

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON APR 18, 2021 01:28 PM IST
As safety concerns prompt western European countries to limit the use of AstraZeneca Plc’s coronavirus shot, Ukraine is leading a charge from the continent’s east to scoop up unwanted doses.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova speaks during the briefing about foreign policy in Moscow, Russia, Thursday.(AP)
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova speaks during the briefing about foreign policy in Moscow, Russia, Thursday.(AP)

Russia vows to respond soon to 'aggressive' US sanctions, calls in envoy

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON APR 15, 2021 09:54 PM IST
US imposed a broad array of sanctions on Russia earlier on Thursday to punish it for alleged interference in the election, cyber-hacking, bullying Ukraine and other "malign" acts.
Tanks of the Ukrainian Armed Forces are seen during drills at an unknown location near the border of Russian-annexed Crimea, Ukraine.(via REUTERS)
Tanks of the Ukrainian Armed Forces are seen during drills at an unknown location near the border of Russian-annexed Crimea, Ukraine.(via REUTERS)

Russia, Ukraine hold military drills, NATO criticises Russian troop build-up

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON APR 14, 2021 09:43 PM IST
Washington and NATO have been alarmed by the large build-up of Russian troops near Ukraine and in Crimea, the peninsula that Moscow annexed from Ukraine in 2014.
Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting with senior members of the government, via a video conference call at the Kremlin in Moscow. (Sputnik )
Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting with senior members of the government, via a video conference call at the Kremlin in Moscow. (Sputnik )

Russia blames US, other NATO nations for turning Ukraine into 'powder keg'

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON APR 13, 2021 03:39 PM IST
Clashes between Ukrainian forces and Moscow-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine have escalated in recent weeks, upending a ceasefire brokered last year
Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and US Secretary of State Antony J Blinken arrive to take part in a North Atlantic Council (NAC) at foreign ministers level, at the Alliance's headquarters in Brussels in this file photo from March 2021. (AFP)
Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and US Secretary of State Antony J Blinken arrive to take part in a North Atlantic Council (NAC) at foreign ministers level, at the Alliance's headquarters in Brussels in this file photo from March 2021. (AFP)

UK, USA want Russia to de-escalate situation in Ukraine

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON APR 11, 2021 10:46 PM IST
UK foreign secretary Dominic Raab said he agrees with US secretary of state Blinken on de-escalating the situation in Ukraine.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy visits the war-hit Donbas region amid tensions over Russia's troops' movement.(AP)
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy visits the war-hit Donbas region amid tensions over Russia's troops' movement.(AP)

Explained: Why is Russia massing troops in Donbas region of eastern Ukraine?

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Kunal Gaurav
UPDATED ON APR 10, 2021 08:29 PM IST
  • Last week, Ukrainian commander-in-chief Ruslan Khomchak accused Russia of pursuing an “aggressive policy” towards Kyiv by amassing troops near the contested Donbas region.
"There will be consequences, some unseen and some seen. We will hope to have more about those soon,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said.(Reuters)
"There will be consequences, some unseen and some seen. We will hope to have more about those soon,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said.(Reuters)

'Seen and unseen consequences': US warns Russia on aggression in eastern Ukraine

PTI | | Posted by Srivatsan K C
PUBLISHED ON APR 10, 2021 12:46 PM IST
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the US is in close consultation and working with partners and allies in the region over Russia's troop movements on Ukraine's borders.
Ukraine’s Kyiv tightens Covid-19 lockdown as coronavirus infections spike(Twitter/JoaquimCampa)
Ukraine’s Kyiv tightens Covid-19 lockdown as coronavirus infections spike(Twitter/JoaquimCampa)

Ukraine’s Kyiv tightens Covid-19 lockdown as coronavirus infections spike

AP |
UPDATED ON APR 05, 2021 08:12 PM IST
  • For two weeks starting Monday, all schools and kindergartens in Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, will be closed and only those with special passes (doctors and rescuers, social, transport and utility workers, law enforcement officers and those involved in retails) will be allowed on public transport
Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow.(AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow.(AP)

Any attempt to start a new war in Donbass could destroy Ukraine: Russia

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON APR 01, 2021 06:15 PM IST
The Kremlin said earlier on Thursday that recent Russian troop and military hardware movements near Russia's borders with Ukraine were aimed at ensuring Moscow's own security.
Alexandr Kudlay, 33, and Viktoria Pustovitova, 28, have breakfast in their apartment in Kharkiv, Ukraine.(REUTERS)
Alexandr Kudlay, 33, and Viktoria Pustovitova, 28, have breakfast in their apartment in Kharkiv, Ukraine.(REUTERS)

Couple handcuff themselves together to ‘mend their on-off relationship’

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 12, 2021 06:12 PM IST
Online car salesman Alexandr Kudlay, 33, and beautician Viktoria Pustovitova, 28, began what they call their "experiment" on Valentine's Day and have since gained thousands of followers on Instagram.
A medic prepares to administer a dose of an AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine marketed under the name CoviShield, to a Ukrainian serviceman at a military base near the front-line town of Krasnohorivka, eastern Ukraine, Friday, March 5, 2021.(AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)
A medic prepares to administer a dose of an AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine marketed under the name CoviShield, to a Ukrainian serviceman at a military base near the front-line town of Krasnohorivka, eastern Ukraine, Friday, March 5, 2021.(AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

Ukraine faces vaccine resistance from citizens in new struggle against Covid-19

AP |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 10, 2021 04:17 PM IST
The resistance appears to be rooted in longstanding suspicion of vaccines dating back to the Soviet era, amplified by politicians' allegations about low-quality vaccines, corruption scandals and misinformation spread through social media.
Tourism body urges Goa government to allow chartered flights from 'safe' places(Photo by Sarang Pande on Unsplash)
Tourism body urges Goa government to allow chartered flights from 'safe' places(Photo by Sarang Pande on Unsplash)

Tourism body urges Goa government to allow chartered flights from 'safe' places

PTI |
UPDATED ON MAR 03, 2021 07:46 PM IST
While suspension of international commercial passenger flight services have been extended till March 31, tourism body in Goa suggests government to form travel bubbles with Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, other CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) countries, the UK, Poland and Finland
In this photo released by Kyiv's City Hall Press Office a medic prepares to administer a dose of an AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine marketed under the name CoviShield, to a colleague in a city hospital in Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. Kyiv started a mass vaccination on Thursday after receiving 42,600 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine marketed under the name CoviShield, the first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine doses. The country of 40 million is one of the last in the region to begin inoculating its population. (Kyiv's City Hall Press Office via AP)(AP)
In this photo released by Kyiv's City Hall Press Office a medic prepares to administer a dose of an AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine marketed under the name CoviShield, to a colleague in a city hospital in Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. Kyiv started a mass vaccination on Thursday after receiving 42,600 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine marketed under the name CoviShield, the first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine doses. The country of 40 million is one of the last in the region to begin inoculating its population. (Kyiv's City Hall Press Office via AP)(AP)

Ukraine throws away unused Covid-19 shots as doctors skip their own vaccinations

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 08:24 PM IST
The government has prioritised giving shots to frontline medical workers but cited statistics showing that 47% of Ukrainians do not want the vaccine.
Western countries have imposed a range of sanctions since then on Russia, which has retaliated with its own measures.(REUTERS)
Western countries have imposed a range of sanctions since then on Russia, which has retaliated with its own measures.(REUTERS)

Russia slaps sanctions on 9 Ukrainian companies

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 13, 2021 03:51 PM IST
The companies targeted by "special economic measures" under the new Russian decree, include Ukrainian vessel maker Craneship, towage firm Donmar, cargo operator Transship and metal producer Maxima Metal.
Ukraine's Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, left, speaks next to European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, center, and European Commissioner at a joint news conference following an EU-Ukraine Association Council at the European Council headquarters in Brussels, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. (AP)
Ukraine's Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, left, speaks next to European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, center, and European Commissioner at a joint news conference following an EU-Ukraine Association Council at the European Council headquarters in Brussels, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. (AP)

Russia clashes with US and West over conflict in Ukraine

AP |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 12, 2021 09:05 AM IST
The United States and European allies blamed Russia for fueling the conflict, which has killed more than 14,000 people, by providing financial and military support to the separatists.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy (Reuters)
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy (Reuters)

Ukraine's President imposes sanctions against 'pro-Russian' media

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 03, 2021 09:42 PM IST
A presidential decree, published late on Tuesday, said "special economic and other restrictive measures" would be imposed against Taras Kozak, a lawmaker from the Opposition Bloc faction, and eight media and TV companies.
In December last year, Russia approved its main Covid-19 vaccine, Sputnik V, for use by people over the age of 60.(REUTERS)
In December last year, Russia approved its main Covid-19 vaccine, Sputnik V, for use by people over the age of 60.(REUTERS)

Ukraine bans use of Russian Covid-19 vaccines

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 29, 2021 04:43 PM IST
The government has said it expects to receive 100,000 to 200,000 doses of the vaccine made by Pfizer Inc and Germany's BioNTech under the global COVAX scheme in February.
The fire broke out in the afternoon on the second floor of the two-storey building.(REUTERS)
The fire broke out in the afternoon on the second floor of the two-storey building.(REUTERS)

At least 15 killed, 11 injured in nursing home fire in Ukraine

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 11:01 PM IST
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy urged the interior minister to open and take charge of an inquiry into the incident.
Ukraine’s government has played down the prospects of approving the Sputnik V vaccine quickly, if at all. Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba called the vaccine “a hybrid weapon of Russia against Ukraine” in an interview with The Day newspaper.(REUTERS)
Ukraine’s government has played down the prospects of approving the Sputnik V vaccine quickly, if at all. Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba called the vaccine “a hybrid weapon of Russia against Ukraine” in an interview with The Day newspaper.(REUTERS)

Ukraine firm applies to make Russian vaccine, sparks political dilemma

Kyiv, Ukraine | By Reuters | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 03:51 PM IST
The two countries have been at loggerheads since Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and involvement in a conflict in Ukraine’s eastern Donbass region which Kyiv says has killed 14,000 people.
A medical worker fills a syringe with Sputnik V (Gam-COVID-Vac) vaccine as she prepares to vaccinate a Russian Army service member at a clinic in the city of Rostov-On-Don, Russia.(REUTERS)
A medical worker fills a syringe with Sputnik V (Gam-COVID-Vac) vaccine as she prepares to vaccinate a Russian Army service member at a clinic in the city of Rostov-On-Don, Russia.(REUTERS)

Russia to trial combined AstraZeneca, Sputnik V vaccine in Ukraine

Moscow | By Reuters
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 09:02 AM IST
Russia’s sovereign RDIF announced in December trials to test a combination of the AstraZeneca vaccine with the Sputnik V shot to see if this can boost the efficacy of the British drugmaker’s vaccine.
In 2017, aviation had its safest year on record worldwide with only two fatal accidents involving regional turboprops that resulted in 13 deaths and no fatal crashes of passenger jets.(AFP file photo)
In 2017, aviation had its safest year on record worldwide with only two fatal accidents involving regional turboprops that resulted in 13 deaths and no fatal crashes of passenger jets.(AFP file photo)

Aviation deaths rise worldwide in 2020 even as fatal incidents, flights fall

Washington | By Reuters| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2021 08:17 AM IST
Aviation consulting firm To70 said in 2020 there were 40 accidents involving large commercial passenger planes, five of which were fatal, resulting in 299 fatalities. In 2019 there were 86 accidents, eight of which were fatal, resulting in 257 fatalities.
Iran’s cabinet has created a compensation fund to pay the families of the 176 victims of the Ukrainian passenger plane.(AP)
Iran’s cabinet has created a compensation fund to pay the families of the 176 victims of the Ukrainian passenger plane.(AP)

Iran allocates payment to families of Ukraine crash victims

Dubai | By Associated Press | Posted by Kunal Gaurav
PUBLISHED ON DEC 30, 2020 08:38 PM IST
The announcement comes as the families of victims prepare to mark the anniversary of the January 8 crash and diplomats from nations that lost citizens push Iran for more cooperation on the investigation and compensation issues.
Assistant Secretary of State for Political Military Affairs R Clark Cooper’s remarks on Thursday came after the US on Monday imposed sanctions under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act or CAATSA on its NATO ally, Turkey, for procuring Russia’s advanced S-400 missile defence system.(state.gov/US Dept of State)
Assistant Secretary of State for Political Military Affairs R Clark Cooper’s remarks on Thursday came after the US on Monday imposed sanctions under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act or CAATSA on its NATO ally, Turkey, for procuring Russia’s advanced S-400 missile defence system.(state.gov/US Dept of State)

US does not use CAATSA for punitive actions against allies: Cooper

Washington | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2020 06:14 PM IST
He was responding to a question on the possibility of sanctions on India under CAATSA because of the purchase of S-400s from Russia.
Russia has expanded its military drills in recent years amid tensions with the West.(via REUTERS)
Russia has expanded its military drills in recent years amid tensions with the West.(via REUTERS)

Russia conducts drills of its strategic nuclear forces

Moscow | By Associated Press | Posted by Kunal Gaurav
PUBLISHED ON DEC 09, 2020 10:09 PM IST
The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement that the maneuvers included the test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile from the Karelia nuclear submarine in the Barents Sea.
Lesya Lytvynova, co-founder of the Kyiv-based charity fund "Ours", unpacks a new oxygen generator in her office in Kyiv, Ukraine.(REUTERS)
Lesya Lytvynova, co-founder of the Kyiv-based charity fund "Ours", unpacks a new oxygen generator in her office in Kyiv, Ukraine.(REUTERS)

Volunteers step in to battle oxygen shortage at hospitals in Ukraine

Kyiv | By Reuters | Posted by: Sanya Budhiraja
UPDATED ON NOV 30, 2020 08:13 PM IST
Lesya Lytvynova runs a Kyiv-based charity called ‘Ours’ that gives free generators to patients suffering respiratory distress, plugging a shortage in Ukraine’s healthcare system as COVID-19 cases spike to record levels.
Representational image.(File)
Representational image.(File)

Three Ukraine players test positive for COVID-19 before match with Switzerland

KYIV | By Reuters
UPDATED ON NOV 16, 2020 05:46 PM IST
“The tests of three players - Eduard Sobol, Yevhen Makarenko and Dmytro Riznyk - had the so-called conditionally negative status yesterday. After additional research, doctors found that these samples contain COVID-19,” the team said in a statement.
Timo Werner (M) of Germany cheers after his goal with his team mates(Getty Images)
Timo Werner (M) of Germany cheers after his goal with his team mates(Getty Images)

Nations League: Germany beat Ukraine 3-1 with Werner double to top group

Leipzig | By Reuters
UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2020 09:08 AM IST
Werner scored twice after Leroy Sane had cancelled out a surprise 12th minute lead for the visitors, who had four players.
The global total for confirmed measles infections rose to 869,770 last year.(Unsplash)
The global total for confirmed measles infections rose to 869,770 last year.(Unsplash)

Measles cases reach 23-year high, killing more than 200,000

By Bloomberg | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
UPDATED ON NOV 13, 2020 10:59 AM IST
Measles cases reached the highest level in 23 years in 2019 and health authorities warned that many countries aren’t vaccinating enough people amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
The hackers allegedly spread the NotPetya malware, which damaged computers used for critical infrastructure, including impairing the administration of medical services by a hospital system in Pennsylvania.(Reuters)
The hackers allegedly spread the NotPetya malware, which damaged computers used for critical infrastructure, including impairing the administration of medical services by a hospital system in Pennsylvania.(Reuters)

US charges six Russian intelligence agents over ‘destructive’ cyberattacks

By Bloomberg | Posted by Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2020 11:33 PM IST
The hackers allegedly carried out attacks against the 2017 elections in France and the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games, according to an indictment unsealed by the Justice Department on Monday.
Dmitriy Stuzhuk, died of Covid-19. (Pic: Instagram)
Dmitriy Stuzhuk, died of Covid-19. (Pic: Instagram)

Fitness influencer, who told social media followers ‘there was no Covid’, dies from virus

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Kaleem Ullah Fasihi
UPDATED ON OCT 18, 2020 06:19 PM IST
A 33-year-old Ukrainian fitness influencer, Dmitriy Stuzhuk, who once thought that there was no Covid-19 has died from the Sars-CoV-2 virus. His ex-wife Sofia Stuzhuk confirmed the news of Stuzhuk’s death on her Instagram profile.
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