Russia excluded, Ukraine wins the political contest

Russia excluded, Ukraine wins the political contest

Italy will host the final of the 66th Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday evening with a country notably absent: Russia was excluded from the competition in February following its invasion of Ukraine. Despite contest organizers’ insistence that the contest is an apolitical event, the conflict in Europe looks set to dominate the public vote. Bets … Read more

Analysis: Italy’s politics, public opinion, could weaken West’s anti-Putin front

Analysis: Italy's politics, public opinion, could weaken West's anti-Putin front

PM Draghi promotes hard line on Moscow But Italians cool on arming Ukraine, more arms spending Some party chiefs had close ties with Putin Pacifism, widespread anti-American sentiment ROME, April 7 (Reuters) – Divisions between Italy’s political parties and ambivalence among its public over the war in Ukraine could become a weak link in the … Read more

What Russia’s advance in east Ukraine means for food security | Russia-Ukraine war News

What Russia's advance in east Ukraine means for food security |  Russia-Ukraine war News

Cutting Ukraine off from its most fertile land and main export hub will have long-term repercussions on global food exports, analysts say. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has sent food commodity prices soaring in March to the highest levels ever recorded, bringing to the forefront the global implications of its military offensive on the former breadbasket … Read more

Vilnius film festival’s boycott of Russian cinema sparks debate | Russia-Ukraine war News

Vilnius film festival's boycott of Russian cinema sparks debate |  Russia-Ukraine war News

Vilnius, Lithuania – Running from March 24 to April 3, the Vilnius International Film Festival is one of the first European events to act on the petition published by the Ukrainian Film Academy to boycott Russian cinema. Algirdas Ramaska, Vilnius film festival’s chief executive officer, told Al Jazeera that the festival has removed all five … Read more

US unveils latest sanctions targeting Russia

US unveils latest sanctions targeting Russia

Washington CNN — The United States on Wednesday unveiled its latest round of sanctions going after Russia over its war on Ukraine, this time targeting a key commercial bank and “a global network of more than 40 individuals and entities led by US-designated Russian oligarch Konstantin Malofeyev.” In a news release, the US Treasury Department … Read more