Kremlin-staged votes continue in occupied Ukraine; Arrests in Russia as protests continue against mobilization

Kremlin-staged votes continue in occupied Ukraine;  Arrests in Russia as protests continue against mobilization

Ukrainian soldiers fire in the recently retaken Kupiansk in the Kharkiv region, Ukraine, Sept. 23, 2022.Kostiantyn Liberov/The Associated Press Russian forces launched new strikes on Ukrainian cities Saturday as Kremlin-orchestrated votes took place in occupied regions to create a pretext for their annexation by Moscow, while hundreds of people were arrested in Russia for protesting … Read more

Zelensky vows no let-up as Ukraine says troops cross key river in northeast

Zelensky vows no let-up as Ukraine says troops cross key river in northeast

Damaged houses in the town of Izyum, which was recently liberated by Ukrainian Armed Forces, on Sept. 17.GLEB GARANICH/Reuters President Volodymyr Zelensky vowed there would be no let-up in Ukraine’s fight to regain its territory as Kyiv said its troops had crossed a major river, paving the way for an assault on Russia’s occupation forces … Read more

‘This baby was supposed to live’: Ukrainian family mourns death of 11-year-old daughter after a Russian missile destroys home

‘This baby was supposed to live’: Ukrainian family mourns death of 11-year-old daughter after a Russian missile destroys home

The last pictures of Anastasiya Hrytsenko, who was killed in a result of the rocket attack in Chugiv, Kharkiv, Ukraine, on Sept. 18.Anton Skyba/The Globe and Mail Anastasiya Hrytsenko stayed home alone on Saturday morning, while her parents out went to buy some food that they planned to deliver to poorer neighbours. There was a … Read more

Pressure mounts on Russian military, diplomacy, as Ukraine wages counteroffensive

Pressure mounts on Russian military, diplomacy, as Ukraine wages counteroffensive

Men work next to a crater created by an explosion to fix the internet cables after a Russian attack in downtown, Kharkiv, Ukraine, Sept. 16, 2022.Leo Correa/The Associated Press Pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin mounted on the battlefield and in the halls of global power as Ukrainian troops pushed their counteroffensive Saturday to advance … Read more

Burial site with 445 bodies outside Izyum shows evidence of war crimes, Ukraine says

Burial site with 445 bodies outside Izyum shows evidence of war crimes, Ukraine says

Most of the graves outside Izyum, which could represent the largest mass burial in Europe since the Balkan wars of the 1990s, were marked only with a simple cross and a number.Anton Skyba/The Globe and Mail In a dense pine forest on the edge of this recently liberated city, a simple wooden cross lay on … Read more

Russian forces push back as Ukraine tries to extend counter offensive

Russian forces push back as Ukraine tries to extend counter offensive

Workers clean debris of an office building destroyed by a strike in Mykolaiv, Ukraine, on Sept. 14.UMIT BEKTAS/Reuters Ukraine said it was trying to extend its lightning counter offensive in the east, but pro-Russian officials said they were holding the line for now and US President Joe Biden said the war still looked like a … Read more

In newly liberated Balakliya, grim evidence of Russia’s violent occupation remains

In newly liberated Balakliya, grim evidence of Russia’s violent occupation remains

The remains of Verbivka school of Balakliya municipality, which served as a Russian base during the occupation and was blown up after their retreat.Anton Skyba/The Globe and Mail On Sept. 7, the day the city of Balakliya was liberated by the Ukrainian army, the retreating Russians fired a pair of missiles back at the territory … Read more

Ukraine piles pressure on retreating Russian troops

Ukraine piles pressure on retreating Russian troops

A Ukrainian soldier helps a wounded fellow soldier in the freed territory in the Kharkiv region, Ukraine, Monday, Sept. 12, 2022.Kostiantyn Liberov/The Associated Press Ukrainian troops continued to pile unrelenting pressure on retreating Russian forces on Tuesday, seeking to hold on to their sudden momentum that has produced major territorial gains. Fresh yellow-and-blue flags fluttered … Read more

From his hospital bed, Ukrainian commander details troops’ stealthy recapture of Kharkiv region

From his hospital bed, Ukrainian commander details troops’ stealthy recapture of Kharkiv region

Captain Andriy Malakhov, commander of the Wild Steppe battalion, stands near an abandoned Russian vehicle on Sept. 8, when he and his forces took part in the liberation of Russian-held cities in the Kharkiv region.Courtesy of Captain Andriy Malakhov Captain Andriy Malakhov and his men crept forward through the forests south of the city of … Read more

Ukraine forces push further in Kharkiv region as Russia scatters in chaotic retreat

Ukraine forces push further in Kharkiv region as Russia scatters in chaotic retreat

Destroyed armored vehicles litter the road in Balakliya, Kharkiv region, on Sept. 10, 2022.JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images Ukrainian troops continued their weeklong push in the eastern Kharkiv region on Sunday, liberating more villages and towns as the Russian forces that had occupied the region since March scattered in chaotic retreat. All of a sudden, cities and … Read more