Cournoyer cherishes memories, friendships made during 1972 Summit Series

Cournoyer cherishes memories, friendships made during 1972 Summit Series

It was the early 1990s, two decades after the historic 1972 Summit Series, and Russian goalie Vladislav Tretiak was landing at Mirabel Airport north of Montreal, bound for Toronto with Cournoyer for an autograph signing. “I picked Vladislav up at the airport in the early afternoon, and we were flying from Dorval (Montreal’s main airport) … Read more

Ukrainian general says huge gains made in lightning counteroffensive

Ukrainian general says huge gains made in lightning counteroffensive

Firefighters work at the site of a residential building hit by a Russian military strike in Kharkiv, Ukraine, on Sept. 6.VIACHESLAV RATYNSKYI/Reuters Ukraine has recaptured more than 700 sq km (270 sq miles) of its territory in the east and south during a lightning counteroffensive, a Ukrainian general said on Thursday, offering the first official … Read more

Japan protests to Russia over military exercises with China

Japan protests to Russia over military exercises with China

TOKYO (AP) — Japan has protested to Russia over multinational military exercises being conducted on Russian-held islands claimed by Japan, and is seriously concerned about shooting drills by Russian and Chinese warships off Japan’s northern coast, an official said Monday. Beijing has been increasing its military cooperation with Moscow, and has been taking part in … Read more

Putin approves new foreign policy doctrine based on ‘Russian World’

Putin approves new foreign policy doctrine based on ‘Russian World’

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Kamchatka Territory Governor Vladimir Solodov in the far eastern city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskyi on Sept. 5.GAVRIIL GRIGOROV/AFP/Getty Images President Vladimir Putin on Monday approved a new foreign policy doctrine based around the concept of a “Russian World”, a notion that conservative ideologues have used to justify intervention abroad in support … Read more

John Sullivan: US ambassador to Russia leaves Moscow, will retire

John Sullivan: US ambassador to Russia leaves Moscow, will retire

CNN — John Sullivan, the United States’ ambassador to Russia, has left his post and will withdraw, the US Embassy announced Sunday. Sullivan departs amid a period of heightened tensions between the US and Russia not seen in decades. He leaves after nearly three years as ambassador in Moscow, where he overlooks the embassy as … Read more

Russian dissidents squabble over how to ensure Putin’s defeat

Russian dissidents squabble over how to ensure Putin’s defeat

Russian opposition figure Dmitry Gudkov addresses his supporters at a rally to protest against alleged violations ahead of elections to Moscow City Duma, the capital’s regional parliament, in Moscow on Jul. 14, 2019.MAXIM SHEMETOV/Reuters As Ukraine launched a fierce counterattack this week aimed at driving back Moscow’s invading forces, several hundred Russian democrats gathered in … Read more

Mikhail Gorbachev, Soviet leader who helped end the Cold War, dies at 91

Mikhail Gorbachev, Soviet leader who helped end the Cold War, dies at 91

Images are unavailable offline. Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev addresses a group of 150 business executives in San Francisco on June 5, 1990. David Longstreath/The Associated Press Mikhail Gorbachev, who presided over the peaceful collapse of the Soviet empire, only to see that legacy succumb to Vladimir Putin’s revanchist Russia, died Tuesday at the age of … Read more

Poland, Czechia sign agreement to protect Slovak airspace as MiGs retired

Poland, Czechia sign agreement to protect Slovak airspace as MiGs retired

Slovak Air Force MiG-29s fly over an airport during an airshow in Malacky, Slovakia on Aug. 27, 2022.Petr David Josek/The Associated Press Poland and Czechia signed an agreement Saturday to protect Slovak airspace as Slovakia gives up its old Soviet-made MiG-29 jets. The vow of protection by NATO allies comes as Russia’s war against Ukraine … Read more

Russian rocket strike on train station kills 22 on Ukraine’s Independence Day, says Zelensky

Russian rocket strike on train station kills 22 on Ukraine’s Independence Day, says Zelensky

Destroyed Russian military vehicles installed in downtown Kyiv, Ukraine, on Aug. 24.Evgeniy Maloletka/The Associated Press A Russian missile attack killed 22 civilians and set a passenger train on fire in eastern Ukraine as the country marked its Independence Day under heavy shelling, officials in Kyiv said. President Volodymyr Zelensky had warned of the risk of … Read more

Russian missiles hit Ukraine’s Odesa region as war nears half-year mark ahead of Ukraine’s independence day

Russian missiles hit Ukraine’s Odesa region as war nears half-year mark ahead of Ukraine’s independence day

A destroyed residential building in the town of Voznesensk, Ukraine, on Aug. 20.HANDOUT/AFP/Getty Images Artillery shells rained down on a city close to Europe’s biggest nuclear plant overnight and Russian missiles hit targets near Odesa, a Ukrainian Black Sea port and a grain-export hub, as the war headed for its six-month milestone on Wednesday. Aug. … Read more