Tensions over Ukraine
The UK alleges that the Kremlin is seeking to install a pro-Russian leader in Ukraine. And here comes Moscow’s response: It’s nothing but nonsense and disinformation. The Russian Foreign Ministry is calling on the British Foreign Office to end such provocative activities and stop spreading nonsense. London says the Kremlin is considering a former Ukrainian lawmaker as a potential candidate. It also claims that Russia is gearing up to invade and occupy Ukraine. But the Russian ministry says the accusation is yet another indication that it is NATO members who are escalating tensions around Ukraine.
The Yemeni army says it has thwarted a major attack by Saudi-backed mercenaries in the southern province of Shabwah. Army spokesman Yahya Saree says Yemeni forces targeted the gatherings of the militants with four ballistic missiles, inflicting heavy losses on them. He says more than 120 mercenaries were killed or wounded and a dozen armored vehicles were destroyed in the operation. Shabwah and the neighboring province of Ma’rib have been the key fronts in the Saudi-led war on Yemen. Saudi Arabia, backed by the US and regional allies, launched a devastating war on Yemen in March 2015 with the goal of reinstating a Riyadh-friendly regime. Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis, mostly civilians have been killed in the onslaught.
Kurdish-led forces are tightened their siege of a jail in northeastern Syria that houses Daesh terrorists. They are trying to regain control of the facility following a prison riot. It all began on Thursday when Daesh terrorists ambushed the detention center in the city of Hasakah that is under control of US-led Kurdish forces. The attack left at least 70 detainees and over a dozen guards dead. But it also helped around 90 inmates flee and those remaining to take over the prison. The US says it has carried out airstrikes to help end the prison riot. Kurdish forces are reportedly holding some 12,000 prisoners affiliated with Daesh.