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

Four occupied Ukraine regions begin vote on joining Russia

Four parts of Russian-occupied Ukraine have begun holding referendums, which Kiev denounced as illegal, paving the way for Moscow to formally annex about 15 percent of Ukrainian territory. Voting will continue until September 27 in the self-proclaimed “Independent Republic”, which has been under the control of Moscow-backed separatists since 2014, as well as in the … Read more

UN chief and Russia’s Putin discuss war in Ukraine

UNITED NATIONS (AP) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday about exporting Russian fertilizer from Ukraine’s Black Sea ports to combat a growing global food crisis that threatens many droughts. The UN chief said he also discussed security at Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, where he … 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

NATO head warns about Russian, Chinese interest in Arctic

TORONTO (AP) – NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned Friday about Russia’s military buildup in the Arctic and China’s growing interest in that part of the world. During a visit to Canada’s north, Stoltenberg said the shortest route to North America for Russian missiles and bombers is over the North Pole. He said Russia had … Read more

Ukraine train system attacks may be war crimes, experts say

Russian attack on Ukrainian train station More than 20 people have been killed this week, the latest in a series of attacks on the country’s rail system that some international legal scholars say could amount to war crimes.. While Russia claimed on Wednesday that the train was targeted because it was carrying Ukrainian troops and … Read more

Environmentalists welcome new Canada-Germany hydrogen pact

Montreal, Canada – A new deal between the German and Canadian governments to start transporting hydrogen across the Atlantic by 2025 has been cautiously welcomed by environmental rights groups, as both countries shift to more renewable energy. The Canada-Germany Hydrogen Alliance, announced this week after a meeting in Canada between German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and … Read more

Russia blocks final document at nuclear treaty conference

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia late Friday blocked an agreement on the final document of a four-week review of a U.N. treaty that was considered a cornerstone of nuclear disarmament, criticizing Russia’s military seizure of Europe’s largest nuclear power plant shortly after its invasion of Ukraine. This has led to the fear of a nuclear … Read more

Artist Ai Weiwei warns against hubris in ‘troublesome’ times

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Chinese dissident and artist Ai Weiwei has warned of what he calls “a time of trouble” with his first glass sculpture, subtitled “Memorial Mori,” on the Venetian island of Murano. Latin for “Remember You Must Die” Russian bombs fall on Ukraine. China is flexing its military muscle in the Taiwan Strait. … Read more