Russian sentenced to life in Ukraine’s first war crimes trial

Russian soldier Sgt. Vadim Shishimarin appears at a sentencing hearing in Kyiv on May 23.Chris Furlong/Getty Images A captured Russian soldier who pleaded guilty to killing a civilian was sentenced by a Ukrainian court Monday to life in prison – the maximum – amid signs the Kremlin may, in turn, put on trial some of … Read more

Ukraine rejects concessions as Russia attacks in east

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is seen on a video at the Russia House, transformed into ‘Russian Warcrimes House’ and showing a picture exhibition documenting alleged war crimes committed by Russian troops in Ukraine, during the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos on May 22.FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images Ukraine ruled out a ceasefire or any territorial … Read more

Belarusians join war seeking to free Ukraine and themselves

Volunteers from Belarus train at a shooting range near Warsaw, Poland, on May 20.Michal Dyjuk/The Associated Press One is a restaurateur who fled Belarus when he learned he was about to be arrested for criticizing President Alexander Lukashenko. Another was given the choice of either denouncing fellow opposition activists or being jailed. And one is … Read more

Zelensky struggles to gain support in African countries as Russian interests prevail

Malians demonstrate against France and in support of Russia on the 60th anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Mali in 1960, in Bamako, Mali, Sept. 22, 2020.The Associated Press Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called the chairman of the African Union early last month and asked if he could speak to African leaders to … Read more

Is Russia fielding laser weapons in Ukraine? Pentagon does not think so

Participants are seen at the stand of Russian state nuclear agency Rosatom during the International military-technical forum “Army-2021” at Patriot Congress and Exhibition Center in Moscow Region, Russia August 23, 2021. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register WASHINGTON, May 20 (Reuters) – The Pentagon said on Friday there were no … Read more

Ukraine’s Zelenskiy offers formal deal on compensation from Russia

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks during a news conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (not pictured), as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, in Kyiv, Ukraine May 8, 2022. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register May 20 (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Friday proposed a formal deal … Read more

Opinion: Waves of sanctions were supposed to crush the Russian economy, but it is still showing signs of resilience

Valves near a drilling rig at a gas processing facility on the Arctic Yamal peninsula, Russia, on May 21, 2019.MAXIM SHEMETOV/Reuters Near the start of the war, as the sanctions piled up, the Russian economy was thought to be doomed, possibly forcing President Vladimir Putin to sue for early peace. Almost three months later, there … Read more

US says Turkey’s approach to Sweden, Finland NATO bid not a bilateral topic

WASHINGTON, May 20 (Reuters) – Turkey’s approach to the NATO accession process of Sweden and Finland is not a bilateral issue between Washington and Ankara, the US State Department said on Friday, but added that Washington was speaking with Ankara and it remained confident that the dispute would be overcome. Finland and Sweden say they … Read more

Russian soldier tells war crimes trial in Ukraine he didn’t want to kill, says he sincerely repents

Russian soldier Vadim Shishimarin stands inside a defendants’ cage during a court hearing in Kyiv, Ukraine, on May 18.STRINGER/Reuters A 21-year-old Russian soldier told a court on Friday he had not wanted to kill an unarmed civilian and that he sincerely repented, as he delivered his final words at the first war crimes trial arising … Read more

Inside the killing of a civilian that ended with a Russian soldier pleading guilty to a war crime

Valentyna Matyash, 50, on the street where neighbor Olksandr Shelepov was killed.Anton Skyba/The Globe and Mail Valentyna Matyash heard the noise of an approaching car, rumbling loud on the asphalt from a tire that ruptured when Russian soldiers hijacked it. She dashed inside her neighbor Oleksandr Shelipov’s house, where her son, daughter and grandson were … Read more