Putin gets his COVID jab as Russians stay away from Sputnik V
24 March 2021 | 9:55 am
As Europe struggles with vaccine shortages, Russia's COVID 19 vaccine Sputnik V is widely available. But the country's vaccination campaign has a trust problem — one even the Russian president may not be able to solve.
The New Zealand government is to investigate its handling of the coronavirus pandemic. The country's zero-tolerance policy on the spread of the disease was initially praised but later criticized for its wider cost.
Ukraine said Russian forces were shelling the entire front line in the Donetsk region. Despite a high profile prisoner swap, Russian government officials are keen to tamp down hopes for a rapprochement with Washington.
Viktor Bout, Russian arms dealer, has been exchanged for US basketball star Brittney Griner. Who is the man called "The Merchant of Death" and why did Moscow campaign so tirelessly for him?
China has now relaxed many of its Covid restrictions, removing requirements for PCR tests in many places and allowing people to isolate at home. The new measures come following a wave of anti-lockdown protests.
Moscow is downplaying the consequences of Ukrainian airstrikes on its military airfields. But even if they are only small stings, they send important signals about the course of the war going forward.
Russia and Iran are collaborating more closely than ever in the areas of fighter jets and lethal drones, according to US intelligence. Moscow has rebuked Washington's assessment, as the invasion of Ukraine presses on.
The exchange of US basketball star Brittney Griner for Russian arms trafficker Viktor Bout reminded many Germans of events during the Cold War. The Glienicke Bridge near Berlin was a top spot for prisoner swaps.
The Russian, Ukrainian and Belarusian winners of the Nobel Peace Prize denounced Russian President Vladimir Putin's war in Ukraine during the award ceremony in Norway.
The two leaders spoke over the phone in a further sign of their increasing closeness. Turkey has tried to remain a middleman amid tensions between Russia and NATO.
The move is part of Beijing's efforts to pivot away from its contentious zero-COVID strategy, which has caused widespread public discontent and even triggered protests in some cities.
The US says it will continue to provide Ukraine with security, economic and humanitarian assistance. Meanwhile, Kyiv claims it has carried out a number of attacks on Russian-occupied territory. DW has the latest.
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