Russian strike kills 25 as Kremlin to annex Ukraine regions

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia attacked Ukrainian cities with missiles, rockets and suicide drones, an attack reported to have killed 25 people, as it sought to annex Ukrainian territory on Friday and put it under Moscow’s nuclear umbrella despite international condemnation. . But even as the Kremlin prepares to celebrate the annexation of the four … Read more

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

Ukraine piles pressure on retreating Russian troops

KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian forces have pressed Russian forces to withdraw Tuesday, pressing a counteroffensive that has made major gains and dealt a crushing blow to Moscow’s military prestige. As the advance continued, Ukraine’s border guard services said troops took control of Vovchansk – a town just 3 kilometers (2 miles) from Russia captured … Read more

Putin Ally Threatens Nuke-Ready Planes After Wishing Ukraine ‘Peaceful Skies’

Belarusian aircraft are now capable of carrying Russian nuclear weapons. Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko announced on Friday, in an ominous signal in six months Russian President Vladimir Putin’s War in Ukraine. A few days after he sends it comes his threatening announcement Happy Independence Day to Ukraine message, when he made a point of wishing … Read more

Crimea ‘sabotage’ highlights Russia’s woes in Ukraine war

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Fire and ammunition exploded at a depot in Crimea on Wednesday, a day after the latest suspected Ukrainian attack on a military site on the Russia-annexed peninsula, underscoring the challenges facing Moscow.. The peninsula, captured by Russia in 2014, was once a safe base used by Moscow’s forces to launch attacks … Read more

Ukrainians flee grim life in Russian-occupied Kherson

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Life under Russian occupation became too much for Volodymyr Zhdanov early one morning: Ukrainian forces fired rockets near his home in the city of Kherson, scaring one of his two sons. His 8-year-old daughter “frightened and ran to the basement. It was 2 in the morning and (she) was really scared,” … Read more

Explosions rock ammunition depot in Crimea in suspected Ukrainian attack

An explosion and fire broke out at an ammunition depot in Russian-held Crimea on Tuesday. Another suspected Ukrainian attack In just one week on the peninsula, more than 3,000 people were forced to evacuate. Russia blamed the blasts in Myskoye village as “acts of sabotage” without naming the perpetrators. Separately, Russian business newspaper Kommersant quoted … Read more

Putin World Declares ‘Our Agent Trump’ Is Irreversibly Screwed

Concerns are swirling in the Kremlin and spilling over onto the screen Russia’s tightly controlled state media. Moscow’s fierce invasion of Ukraine and Washington’s potential designation of Russia State sponsors of terrorism are at the top of the list—but the upcoming U.S. elections are causing heart palpitations. Copies earned over their initial shock The FBI … Read more

Putin blasts US ‘hegemony,’ predicts end to ‘unipolar’ world

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin He described Washington’s alleged efforts to maintain global hegemony on Tuesday, accusing the United States of trying to encourage extended hostilities in Ukraine. Addressing a security conference attended by military officials from Africa, Asia and Latin America, Putin reaffirmed his long-standing claim that he sent troops to Ukraine … Read more

Russia warns Britain against planned spy plane overflight

Moscow — Russia’s defense ministry warned Britain on Tuesday against a planned spy plane flight over Russian territory, saying the country’s air force had been ordered to prevent incursions. The tough statement comes amid heightened tensions between Russia and the West over Moscow’s actions Ukraine. The ministry said Britain had sent a notification of a … Read more