Russia says nearly 1,000 Ukrainians have surrendered at Azovstal steel plant

Ukrainian military officials say the Russians have stepped up their efforts to destroy Ukrainian defenses in the Luhansk region, bringing in 15 helicopters to reinforce the offensive. Ukrainian defenses around the cities of Severodonetsk and Lysychansk remain under intense pressure from artillery bombardments and air attacks, which have also increased in villages further south, such … Read more

Russian missiles target military base in Western Ukraine, official says

A Ukrainian military base about 15 kilometers (9 miles) from the border with Poland was targeted in a Russian missile attack early Tuesday morning, according to information from Maksym Kozytsky, the head of the Lviv regional military administration. Kozytsky gave no further details in a late-night Telegram post, saying only that further information would be … Read more

Former Russian colonel criticizes the country’s invasion of Ukraine on state television

A wounded service member of Ukrainian forces from the besieged Azovstal steel mill in Mariupol is transported out of a bus on a stretcher under escort of the pro-Russian military upon arrival in Novoazovsk, Ukraine, on May 16. (Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters) Ukraine expects to carry out an exchange of Russian prisoners of war for the severely … Read more

Last Big Mac: Russians line up ahead of McDonald’s exit | Food News

Russians lined up in a Moscow train station on Tuesday for what may be their last Big Mac from one of the few McDonald’s restaurants still open in the country. The world’s largest burger chain is rolling down the shutters in Russia after more than 30 years, becoming one of the biggest global brands to … Read more

It’s 2 pm in Kyiv. Here’s what you need to know

Ukrainian authorities said Tuesday there had been heavy casualties in Russian missile strikes far from the front lines, but on the ground Russian efforts to advance were being repulsed. In the Chernihiv region north of Kyiv, Vyacheslav Chaus, head of the military administration, said the Russians “fired missiles at the village of Desna this morning. … Read more

In Ukraine and internationally, scenario darkens for Russia

KYIV—Europe pushed to toughen its response Monday to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, with Sweden joining Finland in deciding to seek NATO membership and European Union officials working to rescue proposed sanctions against Russian oil. On the ground, Ukrainian troops resisted attempted Russian advances and even rolled back the front lines in places. Over the past … Read more

Elisabeth Borne: France names first female Prime Minister in 30 years

Paris CNN — Elisabeth Borne has been named the new Prime Minister of France, the first time in 30 years that a woman has held the position. Borne will replace Jean Castex in the role, the Elysée Palace said in a statement on Monday, becoming only the second woman ever to serve as Prime Minister … Read more

Ukraine’s security service hunts the spies selling information to Russia

From the other direction, a van swerves, and two men in combat fatigues and face coverings jump out. The man in black drops to the ground, as if by instinct. The officers — from Ukraine’s security service, or SBU — pat him down and retrieve their prized evidence: His mobile phone. In eastern Ukraine, the … Read more

He says he was tortured by Russian soldiers, shot in the face and buried alive. This is one Ukrainian man’s tale of survival

By the side of a remote road in the northern Chernihiv region of Ukraine, Mykola shows the unmarked grave in which he and his two brothers were buried three-and-a-half weeks after the war began, in land seized by Russian forces. All three had been shot; he was the only one to survive. “It’s like being … Read more