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Russia, the world's largest country in terms of size and ninth in terms of population, spans across portions of eastern Europe and northern Asia. Its nominal gross domestic production (GDP), as per the 2021 estimates, stood at USD 1.710 trillion, making it the eleventh largest in the world. According to the World Economic Outlook released by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Russia's economy generated services and goods of an estimated value of USD 1,647 billion. This was higher as compared to USD 1,610 billion generated by Australia. The Russian capital, Moscow, is a city of roughly 145.5 million inhabitants. It is the largest city in Europe. Other major cities of Russia are St Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk and Kazan. In terms of military strength, Russia is considered to be equipped with the world's second most powerful military, according to defence tracker Global Fire Power. As per the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Russia's military expenditure was USD 61.7 billion in 2020. The modern Russian state came into being in 1991, after the dissolution of the Soviet Union that encapsulated vast territories of eastern Europe and central Asia. Since the year 2000, Russia has been led by Vladimir Putin, a former intelligence officer who later rose to the helm of the country's political establishment. More

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  • Watch: Ukrainian artist turns anti-tank obstacles into 'cheerful' pieces of art Aug 16, 2022 03:53 PM IST

    Watch: Ukrainian artist turns anti-tank obstacles into 'cheerful' pieces of art

    "I paint anti-tank hedgehogs because I want our Ukrainian culture to sound loud, modern, relevant and necessarily cheerful," Varvara Logvin said. "Especially at a time when the world is paying close attention to Ukraine."

  • More explosions rock Russian-controlled Crimea Aug 16, 2022 02:05 PM IST

    More explosions rock Russian-controlled Crimea

    The Russian Defence Ministry said there were no serious casualties from the blasts in the northern Crimean village of Mayskoye, state-owned news agency RIA reported. The agency also reported a fire at a transformer substation 20 km away.

  • Vladimir Putin lashes out at US over Ukraine, Taiwan Aug 16, 2022 01:19 PM IST

    Vladimir Putin lashes out at US over Ukraine, Taiwan

    "The situation in Ukraine shows that the US is trying to prolong this conflict. And they act in exactly the same way, fuelling the potential for conflict in Asia, Africa and Latin America," Putin said in televised remarks.

  • Russian Defence minister Sergei Shoigu says Russia has no need to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine Aug 16, 2022 01:06 PM IST

    Russian Defence minister Sergei Shoigu says Russia has no need to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine

    Shoigu also alleged that Ukrainian military operations are being planned by the United States and Britain, and that NATO had increased its troop deployment in Eastern and Central Europe "several times over".

  • First ship bound for Africa leaves Ukraine port Aug 16, 2022 12:42 PM IST

    First ship bound for Africa leaves Ukraine port

    Ukraine's grain exports have slumped since the start of the war because of the closure of its Black Sea ports, driving up global food prices and sparked fears of shortages in Africa and the Middle East.

  • Ukraine says it can export 3 million tonnes of grain from ports next month Aug 16, 2022 12:10 PM IST

    Ukraine says it can export 3 million tonnes of grain from ports next month

    Yuriy Vaskov said Ukraine had received applications for 30 ships to come to Ukraine in the next two weeks to export grain.

  • Turkey says five more grain ships leave Ukrainian ports Aug 16, 2022 11:24 AM IST

    Turkey says five more grain ships leave Ukrainian ports

    It added that four more ships bound for Ukraine were to be inspected on Tuesday by the joint co-ordination centre, set up by Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Nations in Istanbul.

  • UN can facilitate IAEA power plant visit, but Russia puts conditions Aug 16, 2022 06:22 AM IST

    UN can facilitate IAEA power plant visit, but Russia puts conditions

    U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric, speaking on Monday, also said: "The U.N. Secretariat has no authority to block or cancel any IAEA activities."

  • Six weeks of ‘hell’: Inside Russia’s brutal Ukraine detentions Aug 15, 2022 09:46 PM IST

    Six weeks of ‘hell’: Inside Russia’s brutal Ukraine detentions

    Hundreds of Ukrainian civilians, mainly men, have gone missing in the five months of the war in Ukraine, detained by Russian troops or their proxies

  • Ukraine says it repels Russian attempts to advance in Donetsk region Aug 15, 2022 07:49 PM IST

    Ukraine says it repels Russian attempts to advance in Donetsk region

    The General Staff of Ukraine's armed forces also reported Russian shelling of over a dozen towns on the southern front - particularly the Kherson region, mainly held by Russian forces but where Ukrainian troops are steadily retaking territory.

  • New Zealand to deploy 120 troops to Britain to train Ukrainian troops Aug 15, 2022 11:17 AM IST

    New Zealand to deploy 120 troops to Britain to train Ukrainian troops

    The training of about 800 Ukrainian soldiers will be conducted exclusively at one of four locations in Britain, and New Zealand defence personnel will not travel to Ukraine, the government said in a statement.

  • US tells India that Indian ship used to reroute Russian-linked fuel to New York Aug 14, 2022 07:27 AM IST

    US tells India that Indian ship used to reroute Russian-linked fuel to New York

    U.S. sanctions on Russia for its February invasion of Ukraine prohibit imports to the United States of Russian-origin energy products including crude oil, refined fuels, distillates, coal and gas.

  • Zelenskiy: EU should not be a "supermarket" for rich Russians Aug 13, 2022 08:33 AM IST

    Zelenskiy: EU should not be a "supermarket" for rich Russians

    Zelenskiy said his proposal did not apply to Russians who needed help for risking their freedom or their lives by resisting Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin's policies.

  • Russia tells U.S. relations at risk if it is branded terrorism sponsor - Tass Aug 13, 2022 07:43 AM IST

    Russia tells U.S. relations at risk if it is branded terrorism sponsor - Tass

    Last month two U.S. senators seeking to pass a law designating Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism visited Kyiv to discuss the bill with President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

  • Russia could buy yuan, rupees, Turkish lira for rainy day fund - central bank Aug 12, 2022 04:53 PM IST

    Russia could buy yuan, rupees, Turkish lira for rainy day fund - central bank

    After being unable to purchase dollars or euros owing to sanctions, Russia is considering purchasing the currencies of "friendly" nations like China, India, and Turkey to hold in its National Wealth Fund (NWF).

  • India’s coffee exports set for a boost as supply issues haunt Brazil, Vietnam Aug 12, 2022 04:53 PM IST

    India’s coffee exports set for a boost as supply issues haunt Brazil, Vietnam

    Some growers, however, are sceptical because heavy rains in July and August have dampened prospects for the next crop.

  • Strikes at Ukraine nuclear plant prompt UN call for demilitarised zone Aug 12, 2022 12:24 PM IST

    Strikes at Ukraine nuclear plant prompt UN call for demilitarised zone

    Russia and Ukraine both accused the other of shelling Europe's largest nuclear power plant, heightening disaster worries as Ukraine requested that Russian forces leave the area and the U.N. head called for its designation as a demilitarised zone.

  • First export of wheat under UN deal as two more ships leave Ukraine Aug 12, 2022 12:00 PM IST

    First export of wheat under UN deal as two more ships leave Ukraine

    A total 14 ships have now departed from Ukraine during past two weeks, following the deal with Russia to allow a resumption of grain exports from Ukraine's Black Sea ports, after they were stalled for five months due to the war.

  • India expresses concern over reports of shelling near Ukraine's nuclear power plant Aug 12, 2022 07:36 AM IST

    India expresses concern over reports of shelling near Ukraine's nuclear power plant

    Speaking at the UN Security Council (UNSC) briefing on Ukraine, Kamboj said India expresses its concern over the reports of shelling near the spent fuel storage facility of the Zaporizhzhia NPP.

  • Ukraine, Russia blame each other for shelling of nuclear plant Aug 12, 2022 06:34 AM IST

    Ukraine, Russia blame each other for shelling of nuclear plant

    U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on Thursday for an immediate end to military activity near the plant, the largest in Europe, which Russia seized in March.

  • Pro-Moscow official says Ukraine striking Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant Aug 11, 2022 08:09 PM IST

    Pro-Moscow official says Ukraine striking Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant

    "(Ukrainian President Volodymyr) Zelensky's militants once again struck the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant and territory near the nuclear facility," Vladimir Rogov, a member of the Moscow-installed regional administration, said on messaging app Telegram.

  • Russia doubles number of air strikes on Ukraine positions, infrastructure Aug 11, 2022 06:31 PM IST

    Russia doubles number of air strikes on Ukraine positions, infrastructure

    KYIV Russia has doubled the number of air strikes on Ukraine's military positions and civilian infrastructure compared with the previous week, Ukra..

  • UK, Denmark contribute additional money, weapons to Ukraine Aug 11, 2022 03:05 PM IST

    UK, Denmark contribute additional money, weapons to Ukraine

    Britain in a statement said it will supply Ukraine with more multiple-launch rocket systems that can strike targets up to 80 km (50 miles) away.

  • Displaced by war, Ukrainians open a new front as entrepreneurs Aug 10, 2022 10:48 PM IST

    Displaced by war, Ukrainians open a new front as entrepreneurs

    “The Russian invasion has spurred a lot of people to pull up and start building new businesses,” said Andriy Sadovyi, the mayor of Lviv, which has become a locus for people fleeing the war-torn east.

  • Current growth in exports will continue if more FTAs are signed: GJEPC chairman Colin Shah Aug 10, 2022 05:10 PM IST

    Current growth in exports will continue if more FTAs are signed: GJEPC chairman Colin Shah

    The removal of a 5 percent duty on plain and studded gold jewellery from India as part of the recent free trade agreement with the UAE is expected to increase exports by $5 billion.

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