Ukrainians had seized high ground overlooking Bakhmut and opened the main highway leading into the city from the West said Yevgeny Prigozhin, Russia’s Wagner mercenary group. Prigozhin claims Russian troops which were deployed to hold territory his troops had seized in the city are “fleeing'” the area and not regrouping like the ministry says. He said: ”The situation on the flanks is shaping up according to the worst predicted scenario.
Buhari To Stay In UK For Additional Week Over Dental Procedure - Presidency
President Muhammad Buhari will spend another week in London before returning to Nigeria, the presidency said. The Presidential spokesperson Femi Adesina disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday which stated that the delay in Buhari's return is at the "behest" of his dentist.
Finland Joins NATO
Finland formally joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on Tuesday, becoming its 31st member in a historic shift. Finland’s membership became official after a transfer of papers at NATO’s Brussels headquarters. Turkey, the last country to ratify Finland’s membership handed its documents to Blinken, as the United States is the depository of NATO’s 1949 treaty. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg then invited Finland to do the same, concluding the accession process.
Russian/Ukraine War: ICC Issues Putin Arrest Warrant
The International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin and his children’s rights commissioner Maria Alekseyevna Lvova-Belova, for war crimes notably, the “unlawful deportation” of Ukrainian children.
President Buhari Attends King Charles Coronation Ceremony
President Muhammadu Buhari joined other world leaders for the coronation ceremony of King Charles III which was held on Saturday in the United Kingdom. King Charles ascended the throne on September 8, 2022, after the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II who reigned for 70 years, the longest-serving British monarch.
Pope Francis Hospitalized For Respiratory Infection
Pope Francis had a “quiet night” in the hospital after he was admitted for a respiratory infection on Wednesday, according to Italian news agency ANSA. He is expected to remain there for a few days for treatment. The agency quoted sources from the Gemelli University Hospital on Thursday morning that medical staff was “very optimistic’’ that the Pope could be back in the Vatican in just a few days, in time for Palm Sunday and ahead of what is a busy season for the Catholic leader. Pope Francis is due to celebrate Palm Sunday this weekend ahead of the Vatican's Holy Week observances: Holy Thursday; Good Friday; the Easter Vigil; and Easter Sunday on 9 April.
Biden Visit Ukraine, Pledges $500m In Military Aid
US President Joe Biden made a surprise visit to Kyiv today, Monday 20th Of February ahead of the first year anniversary of the Russia/Ukraine war. The president made a 10-hour train ride from the border of Poland to the embattled capital of Ukraine on Monday, to show his administration’s unwavering support to the country and President, Volodymyr Zelensky.