The G7 group of leading economic powers warned Russia on Monday to "cease its provocations" on its border with Ukraine. The seven foreign ministers, including top diplomats from the US, Germany and the UK, said they were "deeply concerned" by the build-up of Russian military forces on Ukraine’s borders and in Crimea . "These large-scale troop movements, without prior notification, represent threatening and destabilizing activities," the statement said. What is the background to the conflict? Russia seized Crimea from Ukraine in February 2014 before annexing it through a referendum that has been widely rejected by the international community, including the United Nations. World powers then moved to expel Russia from the G8 — as it then was — for breaking international law with its conduct in Ukraine. At least 14,000 people have died in the conflict in the country's east where pro-Russian separatists have been fighting for the past seven years. Eastern … [Read more...] about Ukraine: G7 warns Russia over military build-up
Further details on the timings of Prince Philip's funeral have been revealed. The proceedings will take place on Saturday afternoon and will stay within the grounds of Windsor Castle to avoid crowds gathering during the coronavirus pandemic, but will be televised to the nation. Here is what we know about what will happen and when. 2.20pm to 2.27pm Members of the Royal Family who are not in the procession begin arriving at St George's Chapel, where the service is taking place. These include the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Cornwall. 2.27pm The band in the quadrangle begins to play music. The Land Rover which will carry the Duke of Edinburgh's coffin will enter the quadrangle. It has been specially modified and designed by the duke himself . A lifelong fan of Land Rover, the duke spent 16 years on the project and made changes including requesting a repaint in military green. 2.38pm The Duke of Edinburgh 's coffin will be lifted by … [Read more...] about Prince Philip: What will happen and when at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral
THE DUKE of Edinburgh will get his dying wish of a small “no-fuss” military funeral, with just 30 mourners at the Windsor service, instead of a State funeral. Prince Philip's funeral will take place on Saturday, April 17, 2021, and will end with the Duke's body being taken to lie in the Royal Vault within St George’s chapel. Read our Prince Philip funeral live blog for the latest updates Where is St George's Chapel? St George's Chapel is situated on the grounds of Windsor Castle - where the Queen and Prince Philip live for most of the year. Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles had their televised blessing there in 2005, while it offers the couple a more low key venue than Westminster Abbey - where Prince William and Kate Middleton wed. St George's Chapel can accommodate 800 guests, whereas the Abbey seats 2,000. The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle also took place at St George's Chapel in 2018. Another Royal wedding followed shortly … [Read more...] about Where is St George’s Chapel?
A photo, a few brief lines in a statement, that's that : Unlike many other world leaders, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has not made much of a fuss about the fact that she has now been vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine , made by a British-Swedish manufacturer. The 66-year-old chancellor received the vaccine at the specially installed center in Berlin 's former Tempelhof airport, which is currently working exclusively with AstraZeneca, a vaccine that is only available to the over-60s in Germany, because of a marginal risk of blood clots . Around 3,000 people a day can currently receive a vaccination there. The vaccination was announced by her spokesman Steffen Seibert in a post on Twitter. Merkel said: "I am delighted to have received my first vaccination today with AstraZeneca. I thank everyone who is involved in the vaccination campaign — and everyone who gets vaccinated. Vaccination is the key to overcoming the pandemic." … [Read more...] about Angela Merkel gets her AstraZeneca COVID vaccine shot
The Ukrainian navy has threatened to shoot at Russian FSB security service patrol ships in a worrying flashpoint amid fears a war could be sparked between the nations. In the latest of several spats, five Federal Security Service vessels carried out “provocative manoeuvres” in the Azov Sea around three Gyurza-M-class artillery boats of Ukraine’s navy. “In response to the threats from the Russian vessels, our sailors had to warn of a readiness to use weapons,” said Andrii Klymenko, editor of Black Sea News. After the Kyiv sailors issued the threat to shoot, they were allowed to proceed, he said. There are fears Russia is seeking to provoke a response from Ukraine which may act as a catalyst to a wider conflict and even full scale war. Vladimir Putin is projected to have 115,000 troops in place by early next week. It comes as Ukraine has warned that it could unilaterally build a nuclear arsenal if NATO refuses to permit it membership of the Western military alliance. It was … [Read more...] about Ukrainian navy threatens to shoot at Russian ships after ‘provocative manoeuvres’