Ukrainians suffer in cold, darkness as president implores UN to punish Russia

WASHINGTON/KYIV — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky urged the United Nations Security Council to act against Russia over air strikes on civilian infrastructure that again plunged Ukrainian cities into darkness and cold as winter sets in. Russia unleashed a missile barrage across Ukraine on Wednesday, killing 10 people, forcing shutdowns of nuclear power plants and cutting […] The post Ukrainians suffer in cold, darkness as president implores UN to punish Russia appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerNov 24th, 2022

Battle for Severodonetsk in Ukraine Rages On

“Fierce Street Fighting” rages on at war-torn Severodonetsk, which has become a vital point in Russia’s attempt to capture the entire eastern Donbas region of Ukraine. Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a nightly video address on Monday that the Ukrainians are not giving up positions in the city. “Our heroes do not give up […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJun 8th, 2022

No conditions in China’s move to prioritize PH as vaccine recipient — Sta. Romana

China has not imposed any condition when it included the Philippines as among the priority nations to gain access to its potential coronavirus vaccine, according to a Filipino diplomat. Amb. Jose Santiago Sta. Romana Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago Sta. Romana said China instead reminded the country to prepare its cold storage facilities amid the highly anticipated breakthrough in vaccine development. China will hopefully announce its mass production of the coronavirus vaccine before the end of the year or early next year, Sta. Romana said during an online Palace press briefing. “Hopefully, mass production and distribution will happen in the near future, as early as November and December in terms of production. And it will depend on our capability to receive the vaccines in terms of our facilities, in terms of distribution,” he said.  “The prospects are bright in terms of a breakthrough in vaccine,” he added. Sta. Romana made clear that the cold storage facilities for the potential COVID-19 vaccines are not conditions set by China but simply a reminder to ensure effective distribution of the vaccine.  “It’s just a reminder that if you get the vaccine and you don’t have cold chain storage, then it’s useless so you have to prepare,” he said, citing information from Chinese drug companies.  He said even if the Philippines is in the “priority list,” the distribution of the vaccine will be a challenge. He said the vaccines must be stored in “freezing conditions” to keep its efficacy.  “If exposed to tropical weather or to normal weather conditions, the vaccine could lose its effectiveness,” he said.So far, Sta. Romana said the vaccines being developed by Chinese pharmaceutical firms have entered phase 3 of the clinical trials. One of the potential vaccines have been approved for emergency use for health workers and other government frontliners. “The Chinese will make an announcement in the near future and then they’ll start their mass production. And once there is the mass production, then I think there will be distribution. Hopefully, before the end of the year; but surely by the first quarter of next year,” he said.  Asked if China has imposed any condition on the Philippines in exchange for the vaccine supply, Sta. Romana said: “No, not at all. Actually, we’re the ones, our condition is that it should pass our local requirements.” When asked if Beijing has pledged the amount of vaccines and if these will be given to Manila for free, Sta. Romana said the matter would entail more discussion. “I cannot give you a definitive answer right now but definitely in terms of number, you know, how they will do it kasi it depends on the—they’re talking of hundreds of millions in terms of production dito sa China. So, the question is iyong distribution and deployment,” he said. “They’re preparing their manufacturing facilities for the mass production of vaccines the moment approval is announced,” he added. Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado has assured that the government has funds that will be needed for the establishment of the cold storage facilities for the coronavirus vaccines. “Surely, as the sun rises in the east, there will be funds for that because the President will never allow that we will run short of the requirements to make sure that we have the storage facilities for all of these vaccines,” he said in the same online press conference. Last week, President Duterte expressed confidence about the safety of the vaccines being developed by China, citing the Asian neighbor is a modern country. He said the government has funds for the vaccine purchase, adding he was just waiting for China or Russia to contact him. “I’d be glad to open up my sleeves because I am confident with their vaccine,” he added......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 22nd, 2020

Kremlin: We welcome Vatican offer to mediate but Ukraine’s stance prevents it

Russia accuses Ukraine of shutting down the prospect of talks by ruling out engagement with President Vladimir Putin, but Kyiv balks at the idea of ceding any territory seized in what it and the West see as an imperial-style land grab.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 28th, 2022

Marcos calls Russia-Ukraine war ‘unacceptable’

“The war, rather, is unacceptable and we ask all parties involved … that peace be brought back to Ukraine and that the confrontation be brought to the diplomatic space,” President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said in his strongest remarks yet on the Russia-Ukraine conflict......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 19th, 2022

‘Happy’ Ukrainian president visits Kherson, says ‘we are moving forward’

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy thanks NATO and other allies for their support in the war against Russia.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 14th, 2022

Ukraine Braces for Blackouts as Russia Continue to Strike Energy Infrastructure

Ukraine is bracing for a new round of Russian infrastructure attacks, according to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Sunday. This comes as Russia has already dealt severe damage to Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, forcing authorities and citizens to prepare for a winter without proper electricity. In Kyiv, Mayor Vitali Klitschko has urged residents to prepare for the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 7th, 2022

Win-win cooperation

PEACE-MAKER Jose de Venecia Jr.Former Speaker of the House Lebanon and Israel, two countries technically at war, signed several days ago a historic agreement settling their years-long maritime border conflict involving oil and gas fields in the Mediterranean Sea. The accord will raise huge revenues and ease tensions not only between the two countries but in the region. Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said it “will strengthen Israel’s security, inject billions into Israel’s economy, and ensure stability of our northern border.” It will also contribute greatly to Lebanon’s economic recovery and political stability as the country has been beset with financial difficulties for three years now. On the maritime disputes, the one that is causing grave concern is in the West Philippine Sea/South China Sea, sparked by the raging disagreement and conflicting sovereignty claims. But we have repeatedly pointed out that there is the potential for a peaceful settlement. We had the privilege to officially propose in 2004-2005, then as speaker of the house, the three-nation Seismic Agreement officially signed and undertaken by Manila, Beijing and Hanoi. Its aim was to assess the area’s potential for oil/gas exploration and development preparatory to drilling and create the environment for peace and cooperation. Hydrocarbon specialists of the three countries pronounced the area’s prospects as “promising.” We explained that the rival nations could convert the area from one of conflict into a zone of peace, friendship, cooperation, and development. We must find ways and means to jointly develop its oil/gas potential to help lessen our expensive common dependence on distant petroleum sources in the Persian/Arab Gulf of the Middle East. Imagine the potential for peace in the heartland of the West Philippine Sea if we undertake a joint development of its resources. From an area of conflict, it could be transformed into a landscape and seascape of small seaports, airports and oil pipelines. Fishing villages and small tourism townships could rapidly rise and the contested areas could become the untrammeled passage way for global shipping, carrying more than 50 percent of the sea freight of the world. We have always pointed out that this is perhaps the most realistic, most common-sensical solution to the problem and which could be joined by Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, and Taiwan; and could also be the same formula for the dangerous problem between China and Japan in the tiny isles in the Senkaku Straits or Diaoyu in the East China Sea. A history of conflict avoidance and joint development involving rival nations abound, perhaps as a result of intelligent, creative, humble, and pragmatic diplomacy. In the Norwegian Ekofisk oil field in the North Sea, which we visited when we were president of the Petroleum Association of the Philippines in the 1970s, the discovered oil in the sea goes even now to Norway and to Teeside, England and the natural gas goes to Germany. The oil in the Caspian Sea countries is shared by Iran, Russia, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan and others, because among them, there is demarcation and practical mutual understanding and goodwill. The 2006 agreement between giant Australia and tiny East Timor share the hydrocarbons in the South Pacific in the waters just below Darwin and on the southeast side of Asia’s newest republic. The 1989 deal between Malaysia and Thailand enabled them to jointly develop their disputed waters in the Gulf of Thailand. The Guinea-Bissau and Senegal accord of 1993 helped the concerned countries develop their disputed areas. The border conflicts in Asia are more explosive, seemingly more intractable – between India and Pakistan over Kashmir, between India and China in their common mountainous region, between Azerbaijan and Armenia in Nagorno-Karabakh, among others. However, even as dangerous a dispute as one between Russia and China, which led the two countries involving hundreds of thousands of their troops poised to pounce on each other in the brink of war, did not explode into full-scale bloody confrontation because of prudence. The conflict was over a territory in the vicinity of the Ussuri (Wusuli) river in the eastern region of the then USSR, north of Vladivostok, in 1969. The surprise 1992 border agreement between China and Russia rapidly resolved their territorial dispute in the Argun and Amur rivers, where China was granted control over Tarabahov Island (Yinlong Island) and about 50 percent of Bolshoy Ussuriysky Island (Heixiazi Island) near Khabarovsk. Asia and the world must never forget one of the foremost leaders in Asian history, China’s “paramount leader” Deng Xiaoping and its President Yang Shangkun and the USSR’s President Boris Yeltsin for the classic Border Agreement between China and Russia that resolved what could have been an explosive and ruinous conflict between the two major powers, with Russia still supported by its satellite states at the time and both already wielding powerful weapons. Indeed, the idea of “win-win cooperation,” of a pragmatic and intelligent sharing of areas and resources could help build a model for lessening tensions and solving conflicts, and avoiding the possibility of war in Asia’s manifold and dangerous flashpoints......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 29th, 2022

Ukrainians hold out in east, prepare battle for Kherson

The looming battle for Kherson city at the mouth of the Dnipro River will determine whether Ukraine can loosen Russia's grip on the south.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 27th, 2022

Putin to annex four Ukrainian territories in Kremlin ceremony on Friday

LONDON — Russian President Vladimir Putin will on Friday begin formally annexing 15 percent of Ukrainian territory, presiding at a ceremony in the Kremlin to declare four Ukrainian regions part of Russia. Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the ceremony would take place at 3 p.m. (1200 GMT) on Friday in the St George’s (Georgievsky) Hall […] The post Putin to annex four Ukrainian territories in Kremlin ceremony on Friday appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 29th, 2022

Putin allies express concern over mobilization ‘excesses’

President Vladimir Putin's move to order Russia's first military mobilization since World War Two has triggered protests across the country.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 25th, 2022

Hiroshima prays for peace, fears new arms race on atomic bombing anniversary

TOKYO  – Bells tolled in Hiroshima on Saturday as the city marked the 77th anniversary of the world’s first atomic bombing, with officials including the United Nations Secretary General warning of a new arms race following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, and, shortly after, Russian President Vladimir Putin had obliquely raised the […] The post Hiroshima prays for peace, fears new arms race on atomic bombing anniversary appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 6th, 2022

SONA 2022: Why Marcos Jr. economic blueprint will make the nation, ordinary folk suffer

Marcos Jr.'s priority is to ensure that the neoliberal policies that his predecessor President Rodrigo Duterte passed are maximized to create the most favorable environment for big businesses, including foreign capital. To become an investment destination, the administration will provide massive tax breaks to corporations through the CREATE Law and provide foreign companies more profit-making opportunities with the amended laws on public services and foreign investments. The post SONA 2022: Why Marcos Jr. economic blueprint will make the nation, ordinary folk suffer appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsJul 27th, 2022

Russia-Ukraine war, BARMM dev t tackled during BBM, envoys meet

MANILA - The Philippines' current stand on Russia-Ukraine war, as well as the Bangsamoro development plan, are among the issues raised during President-elect Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.'s meetings with five envoys on Wednesday.Ambassadors Bjorn Jahnsen (Norway), Juha Markus Pyykko (Finla.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJun 15th, 2022

Global nuke arsenals expected to grow for 1st time since Cold War

ANKARA - Global nuclear arsenals are expected to grow over the next decade for the first time since the Cold War, according to an international study released on Monday.The world's nine nuclear-armed states -- the US, Russia, Britain, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel, and North Korea -.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJun 13th, 2022

Anti-Taliban forces massing north of Kabul: Russia

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday that armed resistance to the Taliban is forming in Afghanistan’s Panjshir Valley, led by deposed vice-president Amrullah Saleh and Ahmad Massoud, the son of a slain anti-Taliban fighter. “The Taliban doesn’t control the whole territory of Afghanistan,” Lavrov told reporters at a press conference in Moscow following a […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 19th, 2021

Duterte OKs funds for jab adverse effect indemnity

President Duterte has approved the release of a P500-million indemnity fund to compensate anyone who may suffer from severe side effects after receiving COVID-19 vaccines, Sen. Bong Go said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 6th, 2021

Belarus. – Russia considers Biden’s meeting with Belarusian opposition Tijanovskaya a “sovereign affair” of the US

07-28-2021 Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya and US President Joe Biden. Politics North America Europe United States Belarus International Twitter Joe Biden Madrid, 30 (Europa.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 30th, 2021

Trump and Biden on China and Russia

The conventional wisdom in the United States was that President Donald Trump was extremely tough on China, but suspiciously soft on Russia......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 21st, 2021

Robredo calls on gov t to declare education crisis

"Let's do everything we can to subvert this crisis," Vice President Leni Robredo said Sunday. "It's the children who would really suffer if we don't do this.".....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 11th, 2021

America! Turn Yourself Around for the Sake of Global Democracy

American President Joseph Biden recently concluded his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva, Switzerland. Biden's performance so far has been exemplary, warning Putin that America will respond in kind to continued malign behavior from Russia. Under Biden, the office of the United States president appears to be slowly regaining the global stature it lost during the four years of the Donald Trump administration......»»

Category: newsSource:  philnewsRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2021