KATHMANDU, March 6: The telephone conversation with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov scheduled to be held next Thursday at the foreign minister level has been thrown into confusion.

In the intricate tapestry of our daily existence, life may be following for most of us a rhythmic dance, alternating between the comforting embrace of home and the dynamic energy of the workplace.

KATHMANDU, Dec 21: Authorities in Nepal are intensifying efforts to bust the racket involved in sending Nepali youths to join the Russian army amid reports that several hundred Nepali nationals could already be serving in the Russian army.

KAPILVASTU, Dec 7: Rupak Karki, 24, of Banganga-1 Mandreli toll of Kapilvastu started the process of going to Russia in Chaitra 2078 BS on a student visa after realizing that he could easily go to Russia.

RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli troops battled Hamas militants Wednesday in the center of the Gaza Strip’s second-largest city, the military said. The ground offensive has sent tens of thousands of Palestinians fleeing to the territory’s southernmost edge and prevented aid groups from delivering food, water and other supplies.

GAZA STRIP, Palestinian Territories, Nov. 25: Two Hamas sources told AFP that some of the hostages seized in the October 7 raids on Israel were on Friday handed over to the Red Cross for return to Israel, via Egypt.

For the first time in the annals of the Harvard University library, students gathered on its hallowed steps not merely as scholars but as compassionate souls bound by a common purpose. With a sense of deep empathy, they carefully etched the names of those who tragically perished in the indiscriminate bombing of the Gaza Strip by Israel onto a long canvas that now bore the weight of their collective memory.

DEIR AL-BALAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel’s prime minister pushed back Saturday against growing calls from Western allies to do more to protect Palestinian civilians, as troops closed in on Gaza’s largest hospital that Israel claims is Hamas’ main command post but still hosts thousands of patients and people seeking shelter.

The terrorist attacks carried out by Hamas militants in Israel have sent shockwaves across the world, resulting in the tragic death of over 1,000 civilians, including 10 Nepali nationals. Concerns about civilian safety have intensified as multiple militant groups continue to launch waves of rockets against Israel. In response to these threats, Israel has lately begun a significant ground offensive. In light of these developments, Republica sat for a conversation with Ambassador of Israel to Nepal, Hanan Goder, to gain deeper insights into various critical issues, including the current situation in Israel, the well-being of Nepali nationals in the country, the evacuation process for those wishing to return, and Israel's response to the recent terrorist attacks

Israel-Hamas War and Nepal

October 29, 2023 09:00 am

More than 260,000 Nepalese currently work in Qatar alone. A slight diplomatic slip with Qatar, which is reported to house Hamas HQ, means a foreign policy and economic disaster in Nepal.

KATHMANDU, Oct 15: The price of gold escalated by Rs 4,400 per tola (11.66 grams) in the past one week, after the war between Israel and Hamas Group of Palestine broke out.

JERUSALEM, Oct 10: The devastating failure of the Israeli intelligence services to predict the deadly Hamas incursion stemmed from a total misunderstanding of the militant group, experts have said.

BRUSSELS: Nearly 50,000 Russian men have died in the war in Ukraine, according to the first independent statistical analysis of Russia’s war dead.

KYIV, Ukraine: Ukrainian authorities on Wednesday arrested a man they accused of helping Russia direct a missile strike that killed at least 11 people, including three teenagers, at a popular pizza restaurant in eastern Ukraine.

We live in an age of great power competition, and extreme volatility. The unprecedented rise of China began geopolitical realignments in different parts of the globe. The process was further accelerated by the outbreak of Covid- 19 pandemic, war in Ukraine and other multiple crises raising several questions on the US-led existing liberal international order, a new global order in the post-Cold War that is struggling to be born in place of the old order, and the multipolar world.

KYIV, Ukraine, March 26: Kyiv said its forces were "managing to stabilise" the situation around Bakhmut, a now-destroyed city in eastern Ukraine that has seen the longest battle of the Russian invasion.

After more than a year of fighting, it is clear that neither side in the Russia-Ukraine war can win on the battlefield. A negotiated ceasefire is the only way out of the current military deadlock, and it must happen before Russia and China cement a strategic axis that weakens the West and leaves Taiwan more vulnerable than ever.

It has been a year since the Russia-Ukraine war. The war is still going on and shows no signs of stopping. Thousands have already died, injured and maimed, thousands of houses and structures have been destroyed. This war has not brought benefits to anyone, nor will it in the future. No one wins this war and war is not a solution. So it is better to sit on the negotiation table to solve the problem and establish peace.

KYIV, Ukraine, Russia unleashed a missile barrage targeting energy infrastructure across Ukraine early Thursday, hitting residential buildings and killing at least six people in the largest such attack in three weeks, officials said.

KHROMOVE, (Ukraine), March 6: Pressure from Russian forces mounted Saturday on Ukrainians hunkered down in Bakhmut, as residents attempted to flee with help from troops who Western analysts say may be preparing to withdraw from the key eastern stronghold.

Last week, US President Joe Biden made an unannounced trip to Ukraine and subsequently announced a considerable aid amount to Ukraine in its war against Russia, while Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed his commitment to protect Russian security by “ramping up nuclear capabilities” while marking the first anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

KYIV, Feb 25: Ukraine honored its dead and vowed to keep fighting on Friday while Russia told the world to accept "the realities" of its war but faced new Western sanctions on the invasion's anniversary.

Nepal and a Year of Russia-Ukraine War

February 25, 2023 07:50 am

Friday marks the first anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, a tragic event that has had a profound impact not just on Ukraine and its people but also on the international community. As a nation that believes in the rule-based international order, Nepal has consistently stood against any form of aggression towards sovereign countries.

WASHINGTON DC, Feb 24: Nepal has voted in favour of the United Nations (UN) non-binding resolution that condemns Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The resolution calls for Russia to end its hostilities in its neighbour and withdraw its forces from Ukraine.

WASHINGTON, Nov 6: A train crossed from North Korea into Russia on Friday, two days after the United States said it had information indicating Pyongyang is covertly supplying Russia with artillery shells for its war in Ukraine, a Washington think tank said, citing commercial satellite imagery.

FRONTLINE WEST OF KHERSON, Ukraine/KYIV, Nov 5: Russian President Vladimir Putin publicly endorsed the evacuation of civilians from parts of Ukraine's southern Kherson region on Friday, the latest sign of Russia's retreat in one of the most bitterly contested areas in Ukraine.

KYIV, Oct 31:  Twelve ships carrying grain left Ukrainian ports on Monday despite Russia having abandoned a U.N.-backed deal to guarantee exports from the war zone, suggesting Moscow had stopped short of reimposing a blockade that might have caused world hunger.

ASTANA, Oct 15: Russia should be finished calling up reservists in two weeks, President Vladimir Putin said on Friday, promising an end to a divisive mobilization that has seen hundreds of thousands of men summoned to fight in Ukraine and huge numbers flee the country.

SAMARKAND, Uzbekistan, Sept 17: President Vladimir Putin on Friday brushed off a lightning Ukrainian counter-offensive with a smile but warned that Russia would respond more forcefully if its troops were put under further pressure.

Aug 21: The daughter of an ultra-nationalist Russian ideologue who advocates Russia absorbing Ukraine was killed in a suspected car bomb attack outside Moscow, Russian state investigators said on Sunday.

KYIV, July 23: The United States promised more military support for Ukraine, including drones, and is doing preliminary work on whether to send fighter aircraft, as fighting raged on in the east of the country five months into Russia's invasion.

"I couldn't sleep," and "my room was too noisy," may be complaints hoteliers dread from guests, but for the Riklin brothers that is the entire point of their latest 'zero star hotel' art installation.

May 26: Russia launched a fresh assault on Ukrainian-held twin cities in the battlefield Donbas region, threatening to close off the last main escape route for civilians trapped in the path of the advance. read more

POKROVSK, Ukraine, May 21: Russia claimed to have captured Mariupol on Friday in what would be its biggest victory yet in its war with Ukraine, after a nearly three-month siege that reduced much of the strategic port city to a smoking ruin, with over 20,000 civilians feared dead.

Might Does Not Make Right

May 9, 2022 06:30 am

War has returned to Europe. Almost thirty years after the Yugoslav wars, civil defense sirens again went off in the heart of a European capital.

KYIV, May 7: Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said diplomatic efforts were underway to save the remaining fighters holed up inside the Azovstal steelworks in the city of Mariupol, as more civilians were evacuated from the bombed-out plant.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine is being compared to the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. Indeed, if Cambodia, Rwanda, Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen and now Ukraine are to keep repeating, where then is the value of the UN?

KYIV, April 29: Russia killed a journalist from the U.S.-backed broadcaster Radio Liberty in a missile attack on Kyiv during a visit to the Ukrainian capital by the secretary-general of the United Nations, the broadcaster said on Friday.

BRUSSELS, April 23: Climate change campaigners held a wave of protests for Earth Day on Friday, pushing demands such as an immediate halt to European imports of Russian oil and gas, and an end to building fossil fuel infrastructure.

KYIV, Ukraine, April 17: Russian forces accelerated scattered attacks on Kyiv, western Ukraine and beyond Saturday in an explosive reminder to Ukrainians and their Western supporters that the whole country remains under threat despite Moscow’s pivot toward mounting a new offensive in the east.

KYIV, Ukraine, April 16: The bodies of more than 900 civilians have been discovered in the region surrounding the Ukrainian capital following Russia’s withdrawal — most of them fatally shot, police said Friday, an indication that many people were “simply executed.

KYIV, Ukraine, April 15: The flagship of Russia’s Black Sea fleet, a guided-missile cruiser that became a potent target of Ukrainian defiance in the opening days of the war, sank Thursday after it was heavily damaged in the latest setback for Moscow’s invasion.

LONDON, April 2: Europe vowed to stay united against Russia's demand that they pay for its gas in roubles, as the threat of an imminent supply halt eased on Friday.

IRPIN, Ukraine, April 1: Russia allowed gas to keep flowing to Europe on Friday despite a deadline for buyers to pay in roubles or be cut off, and peace talks resumed, with Moscow saying it would respond to a Ukrainian offer.

KIEV, March 31: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Wednesday that he has discussed support for Ukraine with U.S. President Joe Biden. "Talked about specific defensive support, a new package of enhanced sanctions, macro-financial and humanitarian aid," Zelensky tweeted after the talks.

BUCHA/LVIV, Ukraine, March 26: Moscow signalled on Friday it was scaling back its ambitions in Ukraine to focus on territory claimed by Russian-backed separatists in the East as Ukrainian forces went on the offensive to recapture towns outside the capital Kyiv.

LVIV, Ukraine, March 25: Ukrainian troops are recapturing towns east of the capital Kyiv and Russian forces who had been trying to sieze the city are falling back on their overextended supply lines, Britain said on Friday.

LVIV/KHARKIV, Ukraine/ BRUSSELS, March 24: Ukraine's leader called for solidarity on Thursday, a month since Russia's invasion began, warning he would see who sells out at summits in Europe where bolstering sanctions and NATO is planned but restrictions on energy could prove divisive.

KYIV/LVIV, Ukraine, March 19: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy called on Saturday for comprehensive peace talks with Moscow to stop its invasion of his homeland, warning it would otherwise take Russia "several generations" to recover from losses suffered in the war.

March 19: Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared at a huge flag-waving rally at a packed Moscow stadium Friday and lavished praise on his troops fighting in Ukraine, three weeks into the invasion that has led to heavier-than-expected Russian losses on the battlefield and increasingly authoritarian rule at home.