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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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  • In destroyed Ukraine village, teacher turns his living room into school Jan 27, 2023 03:06 PM IST

    In destroyed Ukraine village, teacher turns his living room into school

    The vilage school was one of hundreds across Ukraine that the United Nations children's agency UNICEF says have been damaged or destroyed since Russia invaded in February.

  • 1 year since Tatas take over, Air India gives a glimpse of future — expanded network, timely performance Jan 27, 2023 08:13 AM IST

    1 year since Tatas take over, Air India gives a glimpse of future — expanded network, timely performance

    The merger and fleet expansion will decide the airline’s fate. Often, this decade gets described as the “Decade of India.” If all goes well, it could well be the decade of Air India as well.

  • Japan bans exports of robots, semiconductor parts to Russia in new sanctions Jan 27, 2023 07:48 AM IST

    Japan bans exports of robots, semiconductor parts to Russia in new sanctions

    Japan will prohibit Russia-bound shipments of goods that can be used to enhance military capability, including semiconductor equipment and components, robots, power generators, explosives and vaccines, according to the trade ministry.

  • Blasts near Ukraine nuclear plant, says UN watchdog; Russia calls it provocation Jan 27, 2023 06:12 AM IST

    Blasts near Ukraine nuclear plant, says UN watchdog; Russia calls it provocation

    A Russian official dismissed the comments by Rafael Grossi, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), saying they suggested Moscow could not uphold nuclear safety.

  • Ukraine faces deadly Russian missile onslaught after securing tanks from allies Jan 27, 2023 06:10 AM IST

    Ukraine faces deadly Russian missile onslaught after securing tanks from allies

    Air raid alarms sounded across Ukraine on Thursday as people headed to work. In the capital Kyiv, crowds took cover for a time in underground metro stations.

  • Russia unleashes missiles, drones at Ukraine after Kyiv secures tanks, 11 dead Jan 26, 2023 11:02 PM IST

    Russia unleashes missiles, drones at Ukraine after Kyiv secures tanks, 11 dead

    The Kremlin said it saw the promised delivery of Western tanks as evidence of growing "direct involvement" of the United States and Europe in the 11-month-old war, something both deny.

  • Russian oil exports to India may hit new highs as interest grows Jan 26, 2023 04:00 PM IST

    Russian oil exports to India may hit new highs as interest grows

    India’s crude imports rose to a record last year, although increased buying of Russian barrels has crimped flows from OPEC.

  • Russia fires wave of missiles at Ukraine after Kyiv secures tanks Jan 26, 2023 03:15 PM IST

    Russia fires wave of missiles at Ukraine after Kyiv secures tanks

    Moscow reacted with fury to the German and American announcements, and has in the past responded to apparent Ukrainian successes with air strikes that have left millions without light, heat or water.

  • Russia fires dozens of missiles, drones at Ukraine Jan 26, 2023 01:31 PM IST

    Russia fires dozens of missiles, drones at Ukraine

    Ukrainian military spokesman Yuriy Ignat told local media that several Russian Tu-95 bombers had launched the missile attack from northern region of Murmansk.

  • Russia launches air attacks on Ukraine after Germany, US agree to send tanks Jan 26, 2023 01:01 PM IST

    Russia launches air attacks on Ukraine after Germany, US agree to send tanks

    The attacks come after the United States and Germany announced plans to arm Ukraine with dozens of modern battle tanks in its fight against Russia, which denounced the decisions as an "extremely dangerous" step.

  • Ukraine declares air raid alert, air defences shoot down missiles Jan 26, 2023 12:12 PM IST

    Ukraine declares air raid alert, air defences shoot down missiles

    Two missiles were spotted over the territory of the Mykolaiv region, its governor, Vitaly Kim, said on the Telegram messaging app.

  • Russia sanctions, Ukraine support to be G7 priority, says Japan diplomat Jan 26, 2023 12:10 PM IST

    Russia sanctions, Ukraine support to be G7 priority, says Japan diplomat

    A sharp rise in U.S. interest rates has weighed on the dollar-denominated debt of emerging market economies, already weakened by the pandemic, and now reeling from the high price of food and energy imports as a result to the Ukraine war.

  • Western tanks: Political and military boost for Ukraine Jan 26, 2023 11:35 AM IST

    Western tanks: Political and military boost for Ukraine

    After weeks of pressure from Ukraine and other allies, Berlin finally agreed to send 14 of its Leopard 2 tanks, seen as among the best in the world.

  • Germany to send sophisticated Leopard 2 tanks to Kyiv Jan 26, 2023 10:20 AM IST

    Germany to send sophisticated Leopard 2 tanks to Kyiv

    The move, which could potentially change the course of the war, came after the US agreed to shift its earlier stance and send 30 M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine.

  • Goal is to get Ukraine the capabilities they need to be successful on the battlefield against Russia: White House Jan 26, 2023 07:11 AM IST

    Goal is to get Ukraine the capabilities they need to be successful on the battlefield against Russia: White House

    President Joe Biden has announced that the US will send 31 state-of-the-art Abrams battle tanks to Ukraine to help its troops push back Russian forces that remain entrenched in the country's east for almost a year since Moscow's invasion.

  • Germany, US, to send battle tanks to help Ukraine fight off Russia Jan 26, 2023 06:16 AM IST

    Germany, US, to send battle tanks to help Ukraine fight off Russia

    Saying Ukraine now has a "tank coalition," President Volodymyr Zelenskiy praised the commitments and urged allies to provide large quantities of tanks quickly.

  • Volodymyr Zelenskyy fires slew of top officials, cites need to clean up Ukraine Jan 25, 2023 06:26 AM IST

    Volodymyr Zelenskyy fires slew of top officials, cites need to clean up Ukraine

    A long-running battle against corruption in Ukraine is taking on vital significance as Russia's invasion has made Kyiv heavily reliant on Western support and it pursues a bid to join the European Union.

  • Russia says it is working hard to resolve Armenia-Azerbaijan dispute Jan 24, 2023 05:29 PM IST

    Russia says it is working hard to resolve Armenia-Azerbaijan dispute

    The mountainous route across Azerbaijan has been blocked since Dec. 12, when protesters claiming to be environmental activists stopped traffic by setting up tents.

  • Senior Ukrainian officials step down in rare purge in Kyiv Jan 24, 2023 03:23 PM IST

    Senior Ukrainian officials step down in rare purge in Kyiv

    Ukraine has a history of graft and shaky governance, and is under international pressure to show it can be a reliable steward of billions of dollars in Western aid.

  • Privilege to show solidarity with Ukraine, says former UK PM Boris Johnson in Kyiv Jan 24, 2023 10:46 AM IST

    Privilege to show solidarity with Ukraine, says former UK PM Boris Johnson in Kyiv

    Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited Kyiv on a surprise trip on Sunday, meeting President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and pledging that Britain would "stick by Ukraine as long as it takes". During his trip, Johnson visited Borodyanka and Bucha, the suburbs of the Ukrainian capital that became a byword for atrocities in the West when Russian forces drove towards Kyiv in the first phase of the invasion before being repelled. Watch the video to know more!

  • Russia strongly supports reform of UN Security Council: Sergei Lavrov Jan 24, 2023 07:20 AM IST

    Russia strongly supports reform of UN Security Council: Sergei Lavrov

    Sergei Lavrov was addressing a media briefing after meeting with his South African counterpart, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Naledi Pandor, who hosted the Russian Minister for bilateral talks covering a range of issues.

  • The NATO alliance is holding strong on Ukraine. But fractures are emerging Jan 21, 2023 08:06 PM IST

    The NATO alliance is holding strong on Ukraine. But fractures are emerging

    The differences are over strategy for the coming year and the more immediate question of what Ukraine needs in the next few months, as both sides in the war prepare for major offensives in the spring.

  • For this year, it would be very difficult to militarily eject Russian forces from Ukrainian territory: US general Jan 21, 2023 07:34 AM IST

    For this year, it would be very difficult to militarily eject Russian forces from Ukrainian territory: US general

    "From a military standpoint, I still maintain that for this year it would be very, very difficult to militarily eject the Russian forces from every inch of Ukraine and occupied or Russian-occupied Ukraine," General Milley told reporters at a news conference in Germany.

  • UK joins international push to hold Russia accountable for Ukraine invasion Jan 20, 2023 05:09 PM IST

    UK joins international push to hold Russia accountable for Ukraine invasion

    The government said in a statement it had been invited by Ukraine to join the group and encouraged other G7 nations to also take part.

  • Private bomb shelters in Ukraine: Cost of a shelter same as a 2-BHK | World News Jan 20, 2023 04:48 PM IST

    Private bomb shelters in Ukraine: Cost of a shelter same as a 2-BHK | World News

    Bunker apartments designed to withstand heavy artillery are being produced by entrepreneurs in Kharkiv. The bunkers are being produced to satisfy an increased demand for private underground shelters with a constant missile attacks from Russia. The shelters built under 'Project Skhov' are self-contained units with full amenities. Watch the video to find out more details about the underground bunkers in Ukraine.