Lyman: Ukraine encircles Russian forces near Donetsk, overshadowing Moscow’s annexation of the region

Lyman: Ukraine encircles Russian forces near Donetsk, overshadowing Moscow’s annexation of the region

Kyiv, Ukraine CNN — Ukrainian forces are encircling Russian troops in Russian-occupied Lyman, in the Kramatorsk district of Donetsk, despite Moscow’s annexation of the region that’s been declared illegal by the West. Ukrainian forces have entered Stavky, a village neighboring Lyman, according to Serhii Cherevatyi, the military spokesperson for the eastern grouping of Ukrainian forces. … Read more

US Embassy warns Americans to leave Russia

US Embassy warns Americans to leave Russia

CNN — The US Embassy in Moscow issued an overnight security alert that urged US citizens to leave Russia immediately while there are still options for departing the country. The alert comes in the wake of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s order for partial mobilization of Russian men to fight in his war in Ukraine. “Russia … Read more

Analysis: The war in Ukraine is at a dangerous tipping point

Analysis: The war in Ukraine is at a dangerous tipping point

Kramatorsk, Ukraine CNN — The chaos of the past week might be incorrectly comforting. Despite Russia’s continued disastrous handling of its war of choice in Ukraine, the conflict’s most dangerous moment may be nearing. At some point this week, the Kremlin will likely declare that “sham” referendums in four partially occupied areas of Ukraine have … Read more

‘I don’t want to die for someone else’s ambitions’: Russian men face mobilization

‘I don’t want to die for someone else’s ambitions’: Russian men face mobilization

CNN — Tension was in the air as a long trail of cars lined up near the Petkuhovo checkpoint on the border between Russia and Kazakhstan late Friday night. Andrei Alekseev, a 27-year-old engineer from the city of Yekaterinburg, was among many men in the queue who were fleeing Russia in the wake of President … Read more

Izium mass burial site: Signs of torture, mutilation on bodies

Izium mass burial site: Signs of torture, mutilation on bodies

CNN — Ukrainian officials say they have finished exhuming bodies from a mass burial site in Izium – and that of the 436 bodies found, 30 showed signs of torture. In a gruesome reminder of the human cost of Russia’s invasion, most of the bodies showed signs of a violent death, said Oleh Syniehubov, head … Read more

Russia’s war in Ukraine | CNN

Russia’s war in Ukraine |  CNN

Ukrainian officials from occupied areas of the country are on Friday accusing pro-Russian forces of using coercive tactics in referendums on secession, which Western leaders have described as a “sham.” Petro Andriushchenko, an adviser to Mariupol’s Ukrainian mayor, said on Telegram that “the main means of coercion for voting is door-to-door canvassing.” “The commission consists … Read more

5 things to know for Sept. 23: Hurricane Fiona, Ukraine, Migrants, Covid fraud, Air travel

5 things to know for Sept. 23: Hurricane Fiona, Ukraine, Migrants, Covid fraud, Air travel

CNN — Halloween is still more than a month away, but some major retailers are already prepping for Christmas. Walmart and Target have said they’re getting an earlier start on the holiday shopping season this year in stores and online as households nationwide continue to grapple with persistently high inflation that’s forcing them to cut … Read more

Putin meets Xi as Russian invasion of Ukraine falters

Putin meets Xi as Russian invasion of Ukraine falters

CNN — Chinese leader Xi Jinping is meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin Thursday in a show of diplomatic support, as Moscow contends with growing international isolation over its faltering invasion of Ukraine. In their meeting, Russian state media reported Putin condemned US “provocations” in the Taiwan Strait, and said he “highly appreciates” China’s “balanced … Read more

Ukrainians in Kharkiv villages describe Russia’s retreat

Ukrainians in Kharkiv villages describe Russia’s retreat

Kupiansk, Ukraine CNN — Ukraine had hoped it would mark a turning point. Six months have passed since Russia launched its invasion and Ukraine has since fired back with two counteroffensives – one in the South and the other in the East – carefully planned for months and supported by massive US military aid packages. … Read more

Zelensky to Russia: ‘Without gas or without you? Without you’

Zelensky to Russia: ‘Without gas or without you?  Without you’

CNN — President Volodymyr Zelensky has issued a stark warning to Moscow, declaring that “history will put everything in its place” as Ukrainian troops swept through the northeastern region of Kharkiv. In a Telegram post addressed to Russia, Zelensky asked: “Do you still think that we are ‘one nation?’ Do you still think that you … Read more