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For some, plans for where to fly, drive and stay to hopefully catch a glimpse of the last total solar eclipse in the contiguous United States until 2044 have been in place for months or even years. The total solar eclipse’s path of totality — where the moon completely blocks the face of the sun — stretches across portions of 13 US states as well as parts of Canada and Mexico. A view from a plane during an eclipse flight from the Russian city of Murmansk to observe a solar eclipse on March 20, 2015, above the Norwegian Sea. Airbnb reports a 1000% surge in searches for stays along the entire path of totality over the solar eclipse weekend for check-ins on April 7, 2024. Austin and the surrounding Hill Country area and Indianapolis are among the most booked destinations across all of North America on Airbnb for the solar eclipse weekend, Thorn said.
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Yevhenii Zavhorodnii/Global Images Ukraine/Getty ImagesIn Ukraine the air raid alerts are incessant. Kyiv has the best air defense in Ukraine; the country lacks the resources to defend other cities this way. He noted that Ukrainian air defense had done a spectacular job that morning intercepting every single missile launched at Kyiv. The United States has essentially cut off Ukraine, and Ukrainian air defense is quickly running out of ammunition. After we landed back in JFK, we turned off the air raid sound on our phones.
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The prosecutor’s office in Moscow warned that any demonstrations in the capital over the death of Navalny were forbidden. Stringer/ReutersSince Navalny’s death more than 366 people have been detained, according to OVD-Info, an independent Russian human rights group that monitors Russian repression. “Navalny’s death is terrible: hopes have been smashed,” he said. On some of Russia’s state media channels, however, reports of Navalny’s death have been scant. The claims follow condemnation from Russia’s foreign ministry over the West’s response to Navalny’s death.
Persons: Alexey Navalny, Navalny, Vladimir Putin, Putin, “ Putin, Josef Stalin, SOTA, Stringer, Vladimir Putin’s “, , “ Navalny, Alexander, Andrei Bok, Mikhail, Surgut, Alexei Navalny, Peter Nicholls, Maria Zakharova, , , CNN’s Eve Brennan, Uliana Pavlova Organizations: CNN, Reuters, Don, Nizhny, Russian, Russian Embassy, CIA, Russia, Foreign, NATO, Putin, Kremlin Locations: Russia, Berlin, Paris, Hague, , Moscow, Siberian, Novosibirsk, St Petersburg, Murmansk, Rostov, Nizhny Novgorod, OVD, Ukraine, Germany, Soviet, Surgut, Siberia, St . Petersburg, Belgorod –, Chelyabinsk, Russia’s, London
Now, hundreds of migrants from the Middle East and Africa have appeared at Finland's border from Russia, seeking entry into the Nordic country. They accuse Russia of driving the migrants to the border to sow discord as payback for Finland's membership in NATO. Finnish authorities quickly closed four checkpoints and then three more, leaving just one Arctic crossing point open for asylum-seekers. Finland also asked for help from EU border agency Frontex, which said it would send dozens of officers and equipment as reinforcements to the Finnish border. The Kremlin denies encouraging the migrants, and says it regrets the Finnish border closures.
Persons: Elina Valtonen, Petteri Orpo, Maria Zakharova, Valtonen, Russia’s, , Klaus Dodds, ” Dodds, Ylva Johansson, Sauli Niinistö, Alexander Lukashenko, Evika Siliņa, Siliņa, Lukashenko, Vladimir Putin, , Geert Wilders, Orpo’s, Vanessa Gera Organizations: HELSINKI, , NATO, Nordic, Associated Press, HOW, EU, Frontex, Russian Foreign Ministry, Royal Holloway, University of London, VU EU Home Affairs, Belarus —, Latvian, AP, Poland’s, Guard Locations: Finland, Russia, East, Africa, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Finnish, FINLAND, Helsinki, Belarus, Europe, Moscow, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Baltic, Netherlands, Finns, Lapland, Murmansk, Warsaw
The skeletons are never far away from Konstantin A. Dobrovolsky. Sometimes he sleeps above them in a tiny olive-green trailer in the woods. For 44 summers, he has traversed the hilly scrabble northwest of Murmansk, the most populous city above the Arctic Circle and the northernmost frontier in World War II, in search of the remains of Soviet soldiers who died defending it. He has continued unearthing those bones even as descendants of the soldiers — of Russian, Ukrainian and other ethnic origins — are dying on a new front line, in Ukraine. While the Kremlin has sought to draw parallels between the Great Patriotic War, as World War II is known in Russia, and the current war, it is a comparison that Mr. Dobrovolsky, who is categorically opposed to the invasion of Ukraine, wholeheartedly rejects.
Persons: Konstantin A, Dobrovolsky Organizations: Kremlin Locations: Murmansk, Ukraine, Russia
Early on Oct. 8, a gas pipeline and a telecoms cable connecting Finland and Estonia were broken, in what Finnish investigators say may have been deliberate sabotage. The ships are: the NewNew Polar Bear, a Chinese container ship travelling between China and Europe via the Northern Sea Route in the Arctic, and the Sevmorput, a nuclear-powered cargo vessel transiting between Murmansk and St. Petersburg. Based on vessel tracking data, Reuters matched the ships' path with the locations where the damage occurred at all three sites. The time the NewNew Polar Bear crossed the pipeline matches the time when Norwegian seismologists registered a small seismic event in the pipeline's vicinity. Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed as "rubbish" the idea that Russia damaged the Finnish-Estonia gas pipeline.
Persons: Elisa, Vladimir Putin, Nerijus Adomaitis, Marie, Gwladys Fouche, Jonathan Oatis Organizations: REUTERS, Rights, NATO, Reuters, Estonian Navy, NewNew Shipping, Marie Mannes, Thomson Locations: Paldiski, Estonia, Handout, Rights OSLO, Russian, Gulf, Finland, Sweden, Stockholm, Tallinn, Baltic, Helsinki, Moscow, Beijing, MarineTraffic, China, Europe, Murmansk, St . Petersburg, Gulf of Finland, Swedish, Estonian, Russia, Finnish, Oslo
[1/3] Russian President Vladimir Putin is welcomed by Chinese President Xi Jinping during a ceremony at the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, China, October 17, 2023. Sputnik/Sergei Savostyanov/Pool via REUTERS Acquire Licensing RightsSummary Putin praises 'dear friend' Xi, thanks for invitePutin heaps praise on BRIPutin says Northern Sea route is open for businessSome European delegates walk out as Putin speaksBEIJING, Oct 18 (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday praised Chinese President Xi Jinping for the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and invited global investment in the Northern Sea route which he said could deepen trade between east and west. Putin called Xi his "dear friend" and heaped praise on the Belt and Road Initiative for bringing the world together. "Starting next year, navigation for ice-class cargo ships along the entire length of the Northern Sea Route will become year-round." Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin in Moscow and Laurie Chen in Beijing; Editing by Guy FaulconbridgeOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, Sergei Savostyanov, Putin, Xi, BRI Putin, Jean, Pierre Raffarin, Sergei Lavrov, Alexander Novak, Dmitry Chernyshenko, Dmitry Peskov, Maxim Oreshkin, Yuri Ushakov, Maxim Reshetnikov, Igor Morgulov, Vladimir Soldatkin, Laurie Chen, Guy Faulconbridge Organizations: Forum, Sputnik, REUTERS Acquire, Wednesday, Initiative, Soviet Union, French, Kremlin, Thomson Locations: Beijing, China, Northern, BEIJING, Ukraine, Russia, Murmansk, Russia's, Norway, Bering, Alaska, Moscow, North Korea
(Reuters) - Russia fired cruise missiles at mock targets in the seas separating it from Alaska on Monday in what it said was an exercise to protect its northern shipping route in the Arctic. The defence ministry said Vulcan, Granit and Onyx cruise missiles were fired over distances of hundreds of kilometres to strike targets simulating enemy ships in the Bering Sea. The drills took place on Russia's Chukotka peninsula and in the Chukchi and Bering Seas, and were supervised by Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov, commander-in-chief of the Russian navy. Moscow said last year it planned to spend almost $30 billion by 2035 on developing the northern sea route, which has become more viable as climate change has reduced sea ice in the Arctic. It runs across the top of Russia from Murmansk near the borders with Norway and Finland to the Bering Strait near Alaska.
Persons: Vulcan, Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov, Vladimir Putin, Mark Trevelyan, Kevin Liffey Organizations: Reuters, Onyx Locations: Russia, Alaska, Bering, Chukotka, Russian, Ukraine, Moscow, Murmansk, Norway, Finland
Last weekend, an apparent drone strike destroyed a prized Russian Tu-22M3 Backfire bomber. The attack occurred far from the front lines of the war and may have been launched from inside Russia. The strike on a vulnerable Tupolev Tu-22M3 Backfire bomber is part of a growing list of Russian failures to protect its critical bases and vital aerial assets. If that's the case, it may speak to both Ukraine's expanding ability to threaten domestic Russian air bases and Russia's inability to protect them. AdvertisementAdvertisementIn the aftermath of the Tu-22M3 attack, there's a question of how Russia might adapt.
Persons: — Engels, Samuel Bendett, they're, Bendett, ALEXANDER NEMENOV, It's, Ukraine Anton Gerashchenko Organizations: Service, Russian Defense Ministry, Aviation, Center for Naval Analyses, Russia, Russian Aerospace Forces, NATO, Russian Defence Ministry, Kremlin, Nazi, Getty, Internal Affairs, Mobility Artillery, Systems Locations: Russian, Russia, Wall, Silicon, Ukraine, St . Petersburg, Saratov, Ryazan, Moscow, Novgorod Oblast, Russia's, Nazi Germany, AFP, Murmansk, Finland
Russia to equip new nuclear submarines with hypersonic missiles
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REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/File... Read moreAug 14 (Reuters) - Russia is in the process of equipping its new nuclear submarines with hypersonic Zircon missiles, the head of Russia's largest shipbuilder told the RIA state news agency in an interview published on Monday. "Multi-purpose nuclear submarines of the Yasen-M project will ... be equipped with the Zircon missile system on a regular basis," , Alexei Rakhmanov, chief executive officer of the United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC), told RIA. Yasen-class submarines, also known as Project 885M, are nuclear-powered cruise missile submarines, built to replace Soviet-era nuclear attack submarines as part of a programme to modernise the army and fleet. President Vladimir Putin said earlier this year that Russia would start mass supplies of Zircon missiles as part of the country's efforts to boost its nuclear forces. The Russian multi-purposes frigate Admiral Gorshkov, which has tested its strike capabilities in the western Atlantic Ocean earlier this year, has been already equipped with Zircon missiles.
Persons: Alexei Rakhmanov, Maxim, Read, Vladimir Putin, Gorshkov, Lidia Kelly, Simon Cameron, Moore Organizations: United Shipbuilding Corporation, REUTERS, USC, Zircon, Thomson Locations: Lomonosov, Chukotka, Murmansk, Russia, Russian, Melbourne
Russians are flocking to the occupied city of Mariupol for cheap apartments. One Russian who spoke to the BBC was excited at the prospect of a seaside apartment. Russian troops took control of Mariupol last year after a bloody battle that killed thousands. Russian forces took control of Mariupol in the Spring of 2022 following a deadly siege that drove out city officials. "Mariupol will be a beautiful city," Vladimir, who was only identified by his first name, told the publication.
Persons: Vladimir Putin, Vladimir, Insider's Tom Porter Organizations: Service, BBC, Facebook Locations: Mariupol, Wall, Silicon, Russian, Vladimir, Murmansk
"It's all about containing those kinds of capabilities from the north," retired U.S. Major General Gordon B. Davis Jr. told Reuters. "With five submarines we can close the Baltic Sea," Linden told Reuters. The region from the Baltic in the south to the high north may become almost an integrated operating area for NATO. It was first shipped from Germany across the Baltic Sea, then trucked nearly 900 km to the north. "It would make it very difficult for the Russian Baltic Sea fleet to operate in a free way," he said.
Persons: Mika Hakkarainen, Finland –, Major General Gordon B, Davis Jr, Fredrik Linden, Sweden's, Linden, Samu Paukkunen, Paukkunen, Sebastian Bruns, Michael Maus, Kurt Rossi, Rossi, Tuomo Lamberg, Bruns, Nick Childs, Anne Kauranen, Johan Ahlander, Jacob Gronholt, Sabine Siebold, Sara Ledwith Organizations: NATO, Reuters, Fleet, Finnish Institute of International Affairs, Major, Analysts, Northern Fleet, Kiel University's Institute for Security, NATO's, Transformation, Field Artillery, U.S . Army, Baltic, Commission, Security, Cooperation, Naval Forces and Maritime Security, International Institute for Strategic Studies, Fouche, Pedersen, Thomson Locations: TORNIO, Finland, KARLSKRONA, Sweden, Norway, Russia, Stockholm, Ukraine, Moscow, Europe, RUSSIA, Russian, Murmansk, Kola, Barents, North America, Greenland, Iceland, Helsinki, Baltic, Nord, Russia's, Denmark, Kiel, Rovaniemi, Santa Claus, United States, Britain, Germany, , St, Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Sweco, Swedish, Gotland, Karlskrona, Oeland, London, Birmingham, Tornio, Oslo, Copenhagen, Brussels
CNN —A beluga whale widely speculated to be an alleged Russian “spy” has entered Swedish waters, according to OneWhale, an organization set up to protect the animal’s health and welfare. “After four years of swimming south down the coast of Norway, Hvaldimir – known worldwide as the ‘Russian spy’ beluga whale – is now in Swedish waters,” OneWhale said in a statement on Monday. “But the famous beluga skirted around the dangerous waters of Oslo for Sweden,” OneWhale’s statement said. The whale “tends to stay at farms where it has been able to catch fish, grazing on surplus feed,” the directorate added. In 2019, experts told CNN that Hvaldimir was a trained animal, and evidence suggested that the whale had come from Russia.
Ongoing problems with the Russian navy's biggest warships illustrate that trend. This seems most evident with Russia's largest surface warships: its Kirov-class nuclear-powered battlecruisers, Admiral Nakhimov and Pyotr Velikiy, and the Admiral Kuznetsov, Russia's sole aircraft carrier. Admiral Kuznetsov in a floating dry dock in a shipyard in Murmansk in August 2010. Other Russian navy sources quickly denied the report to another state media outlet. Izvestia has also reported that the Russian navy is reforming the Kuznetsov's crew, which was mostly disbanded when the ship began its refit.
A Russian interceptor aircraft crashed into a remote area in northwestern Russia on Wednesday. Both pilots ejected before the MiG-31 went down, and there were no report of civilian injuries. The accident comes just days after another jet accidentally bombed a Russian city. Footage published by state-run media outlet Russia Today showed wreckage of the MiG-31 strewn across a frozen lake, where law enforcement also told TASS the plane crashed. RT cited witnesses saying that the aircraft crashed over 200 feet from the shore.
Finland's admission this month doubles the length of NATO's border with Russia and does so in a region with important Russian military outposts. But Putin's invasion of Ukraine scared not only Finland into joining NATO but also Sweden, which hasn't fought a war since Napoleon was alive. This boosts the alliance's military, political, and economic power considerably and confronts Russia with the prospect of even more NATO forces on its border. There is the possibility of NATO forces and infrastructure being deployed to those countries. Russia's Arctic forces also field an array of powerful weapons, including submarine- and land-based cruise missiles and air-launched hypersonic weapons.
The Arctic Council was created in 1996 to discuss issues affecting the polar region, ranging from pollution to local economic development to search-and-rescue missions. The Arctic Council comprises the eight Arctic states of Russia, the United States, Canada, Finland, Norway, Iceland, Sweden and Denmark. Russia's possible degree of involvement with the Council once Norway takes over is still unclear. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had earlier extended an invitation to Arctic officials to attend a transition ceremony in Salekhard, Siberia. Russian Arctic Ambassador Nikolay Korchunov, chair of the Senior Arctic Officials on the council, told Reuters the transition would "presuppose active and responsible participation of all Arctic Council member states in this preparatory process."
The Wagner Group, which has lost 30,000 soldiers in Ukraine, is now recruiting in Russian schools. It's opened six recruitment centers to attract "impressionable" youth recruits, an ISW report said. The Wagner Group, considered President Vladimir Putin's private army, has already lost some 30,000 fighters to death and injury since Russia started the war last February, Insider previously reported. In Apatity, Murmansk Oblast, members of the Wagner Group shared "heroic stories" and promoted the "little Wagner" youth camp in Crimea, according to the ISW report. In the past, Putin has also relied on the Wagner Group for Russian influence efforts in the Central African Republic, Libya, Mali, and Syria.
US military leaders have warned that Russia's Severodvinsk-class subs are operating near US coasts. Severodvinsk-class subs have a mix of stealth and striking power that worries US and NATO navies. Russia plans to build nine Severodvinsk-class subs, which it calls the Yasen class, and may add more in the future. In addition to nuclear propulsion, Severodvinsk-class subs have advanced quieting technology and are built with low-magnetic steel, making them harder to detect. They demonstrated it in the mid-2010s by firing Kalibr cruise missiles at ISIS targets in Syria, surprising some US officials.
Russia's sole aircraft carrier has been sidelined for years and may not see action again. A Russian lawmaker has proposed trying buying China's Liaoning aircraft carrier as a replacement. Liaoning began life as a Soviet carrier, but China acquired it in a shady sale in the late 1990s. Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning during a drill in the western Pacific in April 2018. A 40-year-old aircraft carrier in the Black Sea won't provide much value.
Jan 7 (Reuters) - A Russian-operated Boeing 737 airliner that declared an in-flight emergency during a domestic flight on Saturday landed safely at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport, Tass news agency cited a civil aviation source as saying. The plane, flying at an altitude of more than 10,000 metres (33,000 feet), sent the alert while en route from the Arctic port of Murmansk to Moscow, 1,500 km (930 miles) to the south. The Tass report did not give any more details or identify the airline. S7, Russia's biggest private airline and the country's second largest carrier overall, offers flights between the two cities. Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Sandra MalerOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
[1/2] An aerial view shows a storage facility owned by Lukoil company at the Arctic port of Varandei October 22, 2013. Arctic crude exports to India have steadily increased since May, with a record 6.67 million barrels loaded in November and 4.1 million barrels in December, Refinitiv data showed. At least three oil tankers that loaded Arctic crude in Murmansk port are now heading to China, Refinitiv data showed. Refinitiv listed the grades carried by these ships as Arco crude although one Chinese trader said there could be Varandey crude onboard. Oil tankers, carrying Russian Arctic crude, are passing Europe and the Middle East to head to China and IndiaReporting by Nidhi Verma in New Delhi, Muyu Xu and Florence Tan in Singapore; Editing by Jacqueline WongOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
A fire broke out onboard Russia's sole aircraft carrier on Thursday, Russian state media reported. Reports said the fire on Admiral Kuznetsov was "minor" and quickly extinguished with no casualties. Admiral Kuznetsov is undergoing an overhaul that began in 2017 and will last until at least 2024. Rakhmanov told Russian media in June that he expected the Admiral Kuznetsov to return to service in early 2024, almost three years behind schedule. Designated a "heavy aircraft-carrying cruiser," Admiral Kuznetsov was built in the late 1980s and entered service in 1990, though it wasn't fully operational until 1995.
Russia is sending an ice-breaking tanker of oil to China via the Arctic Circle, Bloomberg data shows. It could open up a quicker route to Asia, with an EU ban on seaborne Russian oil due next month. Its crude oil shipments to the region have already plunged 60% since its February invasion of Ukraine. The measure will bar EU tankers from transporting Russian oil — meaning deliveries to alternative buyers in India, for example, will take 10 times as long. Like India, China has been snapping up Russian crude sold at a discount as Moscow seeks alternative buyers to its European market.
Sursa foto: Getty ImagesRușii iau măsuri după ce s-au făcut de râs la EURO 2020. Vor ca preoții să însoțească naționalaBiserica ortodoxă rusă doreşte ca preoţii să-i însoţească pe fotbaliştii echipei naţionale înaintea meciurilor, după ce Sbornaia a făcut o figură lamentabilă la EURO 2020, unde a încheiat pe ultimul loc în grupa sa, deşi a jucat două meciuri la Sankt Petersburg, scrie site-ul Rusia a surprins la Cupa Mondială 2018, pe teren propriu, ajungând în sferturi de finală, însă la EURO 2020 a suferit două înfrângeri grele, 0-3 cu Belgia şi 1-4 cu Danemarca, învingând doar Finlanda (1-0). Umilinţele pe plan sportiv sunt resimţite puternic într-o ţară care pune întotdeauna mare preţ pe felul cum se prezintă în faţa străinătăţii. Erau lipsiţi de motivaţie", a analizat mitropolitul, care este şi preşedintele Comisiei Patriarhiei pentru cultură fizică şi sport.
Persons: deşi, Mitrofan Organizations: EURO, Rusia, Cupa Mondială Locations: Sankt Petersburg, Belgia, Danemarca, Finlanda, Sbornaia, Murmansk
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