As Ukraine grain deal emerges, US aims to ease concerns over Russia sanctions

WASHINGTON — The United States on Thursday sought to facilitate Russian food and fertilizer exports by reassuring banks, shipping and insurance companies that such transactions would not breach Washington’s sanctions on Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine. Enabling those Russian exports is a key part of attempts by the United Nations and Turkish officials to […]

G20 talks overshadowed by Ukraine war as host Indonesia seeks consensus

NUSA DUA, Indonesia — G20 finance leaders meeting in Bali must make progress tackling the global economic threats sparked by Russia’s war in Ukraine or the humanitarian consequences would be catastrophic, host Indonesia said on Friday.  Some Western ministers blasted Russian officials attending the talks, with US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen saying Russia’s “brutal and […]

Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra raises $900,000 for military by auctioning Eurovision trophy

Kalush — PHOTO FROM INSTAGRAM.COM/KALUSH.OFFICIAL UKRAINE’s Kalush Orchestra, which won the Eurovision Song Contest earlier this month, raised $900,000 for the country’s military battling the Russian invasion by selling the contest’s trophy. The group won Eurovision with their entry “Stefania,” surfing a wave of public support to claim an emotional victory that was welcomed by […]

Stranded seafarers escape Ukraine, others trapped – ILO, sources

GENEVA – Some of the estimated 1,000 seafarers trapped in Ukraine have escaped, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and industry officials told Reuters, while voicing concern for those remaining trapped onboard ships or unaccounted for.Several foreign cargo ships have been struck by crossfire in Ukraine since the Russian invasion began on Feb. 24 and U.N. […]

UN General Assembly again overwhelmingly isolates Russia over Ukraine

UNITED NATIONS — Almost three-quarters of the UN General Assembly demanded aid access and civilian protection in Ukraine on Thursday, and criticized Russia for creating a “dire” humanitarian situation after Moscow invaded its neighbor one month ago. It is the second time the 193-member General Assembly has overwhelmingly isolated Russia over what Moscow calls a […]

NTT Group to Donate US $2.5 Million for Humanitarian Aid in Ukraine and Neighboring Countries

TOKYO, Mar 11, 2022 – (JCN Newswire via SEAPRWire.com) – The NTT Group(1) announces to plan to donate US $2.5 million to support humanitarian aid for Ukraine and neighboring countries where citizens are fleeing. Through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and other organizations, this donation will […]

Facebook allows Ukraine war posts urging violence against invading Russians, Putin

Meta Platforms will allow Facebook and Instagram users in some countries to call for violence against Russians and Russian soldiers in the context of the Ukraine invasion, according to internal e-mails seen by Reuters on Thursday, in a temporary change to its hate speech policy.  The social media company is also temporarily allowing some posts […]

Editorial: Duterte’s stance on Ukraine crisis

President Rodrigo Duterte cannot talk straight. On Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the outgoing Chief Executive has said that the Philippines’s stance is neutral but the country could choose sides in the end.It’s impossible that the President has no knowledge about the Philippines’ vote in the United Nations General Assembly resolution condemning the Russian Federation’s aggression […]

VP Robredo supports Philippine condemnation of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

VICE PRESIDENT Maria Leonor “Leni” G. Robredo on Sunday condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, saying countries have the moral obligation to stand against foreign aggression. “I condemn the violence that has been inflicted upon the people of Ukraine, the violation of its sovereignty and the threat that now hangs above all the innocent lives in […]