June 20, 2022 Russia-Ukraine news

June 20, 2022 Russia-Ukraine news

(Ukrainian Presidency/AFP) Addressing the African Union Commission via video link on Monday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Africa has been “taken hostage by those who started the war against our country.” Zelensky warned the global food crisis will continue “as long as this colonizing war goes on,” affecting the lives of as many as 400 … Read more

US national security adviser says US has been in talks with Ukraine about “negotiated outcome” with Russia

US national security adviser says US has been in talks with Ukraine about “negotiated outcome” with Russia

Smoke and dirt rise from the city of Severodonetsk, Ukraine, during fighting on June 14. (Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images) Hundreds of civilians sheltering at the Azot chemical plant in Severodonetsk are no longer able to evacuate because of the sustained Russian artillery barrages, the Luhansk regional military governor told CNN in a telephone interview on Thursday. … Read more

McDonald’s replacement in Russia will open Sunday on Russia Day

McDonald’s replacement in Russia will open Sunday on Russia Day

Black smoke and dirt rise above city of Severodonetsk during the battle between Russian and Ukrainian troops in the eastern Ukraine region of Donbas on June 9. (Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images) Intense fighting is ongoing for control of the eastern Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk, with no major changes reported in the past day, according to Ukrainian … Read more

Russian Central Bank cuts interest rates for second time in 2 months

Russian Central Bank cuts interest rates for second time in 2 months

Black smoke and dirt rise above city of Severodonetsk during the battle between Russian and Ukrainian troops in the eastern Ukraine region of Donbas on June 9. (Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images) Intense fighting is ongoing for control of the eastern Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk, with no major changes reported in the past day, according to Ukrainian … Read more

June 7, 2022 Russia-Ukraine news

June 7, 2022 Russia-Ukraine news

Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel answers questions from journalist and author Alexander Osang at the Berliner Ensemble in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, June 7. (Fabian Sommer/dpa/AP) Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday there was no justification for Russia’s “brutal disregard” of international law in launching its invasion of Ukraine. “The attack on Ukraine was a … Read more

Why capturing the eastern city of Sloviansk has been a key goal for Russian forces

Why capturing the eastern city of Sloviansk has been a key goal for Russian forces

As Russia intensifies its assault on the eastern part of Ukraine, the Ukrainian military claimed that Russian troops are making little progress, particularly in the Donetsk region. “The rate of advance of enemy units during hostilities in the Donetsk direction is low, due to the physical exhaustion of personnel and low moral and psychological condition,” … Read more

More than 200,000 children deported to Russia from Ukraine, Zelensky says

More than 200,000 children deported to Russia from Ukraine, Zelensky says

A general view of the Astora underground natural gas storage facility on May 12 in Rehden, Germany. Russia has announced sanctions against dozens of western energy companies, including Gazprom Germania, of which Astora is a subsidiary. (David Hecker/Getty Images) Russia’s increasingly aggressive actions against its European gas customers are taking a toll. The country’s natural … Read more

Ukrainian official says Russians control “most of Severodonetsk”

Ukrainian official says Russians control “most of Severodonetsk”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday welcomed the new European Union sanctions package against Moscow, but criticized the bloc for the gap of more than 50 days between the fifth and sixth round of sanctions. “It’s more than 50 days since the fifth package of sanctions, this is unacceptable for us,” Zelensky said while addressing … Read more

It’s Monday night in Kyiv. Here’s what you need to know

It’s Monday night in Kyiv.  Here’s what you need to know

Smoke rises in the city of Severodonetsk during heavy fighting between Ukrainian and Russian troops in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbas on May 30. (Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images) The Ukrainian military has reported advances during its counteroffensive in the south and continuing efforts to hold off Russian advances in the eastern Donbas region. The General … Read more

Putin signs law scrapping upper age limit to enlist in Russian military, says Russian state media

Putin signs law scrapping upper age limit to enlist in Russian military, says Russian state media

A branch of Ukraine’s Orthodox church has broken ties with Russia’s Patriarch Kirill over the Russian spiritual leader’s support for the war in Ukraine, deepening a rift between the Moscow church and other Orthodox believers. Leaders of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC), which had been formally subordinate to the Moscow Patriarchate of the Russian Orthodox … Read more