Amidst ongoing efforts to seek a resolution to the protracted conflict, Ukraine finds itself at a critical juncture, deliberating the possibility of extending an invitation to Russia for a future peace meeting. The revelation, disclosed by a high-ranking Ukrainian official representative to Reuters, underscores the complexities of diplomacy in the face of entrenched hostilities.
The iron gate of the villa opened automatically to let the car onto the white gravel driveway. I caught a brief glimpse of the magnificent garden, manicured to Swiss perfectionism, before seeing that Pierre Ducrey was already standing on the steps of the building that houses the Hardt Foundation to greet us with a broad smile.
In a tense standoff that unfolded on a Swiss train, authorities have reported that a man armed with an ax and a knife held 15 passengers hostage for nearly four hours before being fatally shot by police. The incident occurred in the town of Essert-sous-Champvent on a train traveling between Baulmes and Yverdon-les-Bains in the Swiss canton of Vaud, near the French border.
Hostage-taking situations are rare in Switzerland, but they have happened in the past in banks and businesses.