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
"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."
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.
"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.
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".
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.
Yuriy Vaskov said Ukraine had received applications for 30 ships to come to Ukraine in the next two weeks to export grain.
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.
U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric, speaking on Monday, also said: "The U.N. Secretariat has no authority to block or cancel any IAEA activities."
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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).
Some growers, however, are sceptical because heavy rains in July and August have dampened prospects for the next crop.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"(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.
KYIV Russia has doubled the number of air strikes on Ukraine's military positions and civilian infrastructure compared with the previous week, Ukra..
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.
“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.
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.