Moscow-held regions of Ukraine in ‘sham’ vote to join Russia

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Voting began Friday in Moscow-occupied regions of Ukraine to become part of Russia, Russian-backed officials said. A Kremlin-orchestrated referendumWidely condemned by Ukraine and the West as shams without any legal force, it is seen by Russia as a step towards annexation of territory. Voting is taking place in Luhansk, Kherson and … Read more

Ukrainian military says it repelled more than dozen attacks

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The Ukrainian military said Monday it had repelled more than a dozen Russian attacks in the east and north of the country, including attempts to advance on key cities in the eastern industrial heartland known as the Donbass. In its regular Facebook update, the army’s general staff said Russian forces had … Read more

Russian shelling heavy in east; Ukraine strikes key bridge

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces attacked residential areas in Ukraine overnight, claiming gains, as Ukrainian forces counterattacked to try to retake occupied southern territory and hit the last working bridge over a river in Russian-held Kherson region. , Ukrainian officials said Saturday. Three people were killed and 13 injured in a Russian rocket attack … Read more

Russian forces begin assault on two eastern Ukraine cities

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces launched an assault on two major cities in eastern Donetsk region on Saturday and continued rocket and shelling attacks on other Ukrainian cities near Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, Ukraine’s military and local officials said. . Both the cities of Bakhmut and Avdivka are considered key targets of Russia’s … Read more