Ukraine: The kettle thieves of Chornobyl – National

Ukraine: The kettle thieves of Chornobyl – National

CHORNOBYL, Ukraine — The Russian soldiers who invaded Chornobyl in late February did things that mystified Oleksandr Toporovsky. They dug trenches in radiation-contaminated soil, defecated in offices and spray-painted Illuminati symbols on walls. But it’s the kettles that confound Toporovsky. A lieutenant colonel in the National Guard of Ukraine, which defends the decommissioned Chornobyl Nuclear … Read more

Exclusive: How a 15-year-old Ukrainian drone pilot helped destroy a Russian army column – National

Exclusive: How a 15-year-old Ukrainian drone pilot helped destroy a Russian army column – National

KYIV, Ukraine — As the Russian army made its move on Kyiv in late February, the Ukrainian defenses enlisted a drone pilot to pinpoint a column of military vehicles approaching the capital from the west. The civilian who took on the task sent his drone up in a field near his house and found the … Read more

Armed by the West, Ukraine still scrounges for bullets

Armed by the West, Ukraine still scrounges for bullets

As the war in Ukraine passed a landmark 100th day this week, front-line fighters and volunteers say they are grappling with a dark and discouraging reality. Despite pledges of tanks, artillery and — this week — US rocket systems capable of hitting enemy Russian targets as far as 500 kilometers away, the Ukrainian front lines … Read more

Russia’s changing missile strikes in Ukraine may signal shortages

Russia’s changing missile strikes in Ukraine may signal shortages

Dozens of precision missiles strikes a day are taking a toll not only on Ukraine, but on Russia, according to western military officials and experts. Over 70 days of war in Ukraine, sophisticated and costly Russian missiles have targeted Ukrainian train stations, airfields, military command posts, weapons depots and staging areas where soldiers and weapons … Read more

In Russian-occupied Ukraine, this is what democracy looks like

In Russian-occupied Ukraine, this is what democracy looks like

The Ukrainian city of Kherson got a new mayor this week. There was no election campaign in the city of nearly 300,000 on the Dnipro River. No pesky lineups to vote, either. There have been fireworks, of a sort, but nothing to celebrate — not for those who fled their city when the Russian invaders … Read more

The disappeared in Ukraine: Beyond the war’s death toll, thousands of Ukrainians have gone missing. Their families are desperate for answers

The disappeared in Ukraine: Beyond the war’s death toll, thousands of Ukrainians have gone missing.  Their families are desperate for answers

When Russian forces stormed the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, Nazar Litvinov took shelter with his girlfriend, her family and more than a thousand other civilians in the local drama theatre. Cellphone reception was spotty in the besieged city, but Litvinov would regularly scramble up to the eighth floor of a nearby building to check … Read more

What some see as the real reason behind Russia’s battle for Donbas

What some see as the real reason behind Russia’s battle for Donbas

It’s a Russian battle for resources that has been cast as a humanitarian crusade, in the view of some. Russian President Vladimir Putin has presented his bid to control the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine as an attempt to save Russian-speaking souls trapped in a foreign and hostile land. But the frontlines of the battle, … Read more

‘Absolutely horrifying’: Freeland promises justice for sexual violence victims in Ukraine

‘Absolutely horrifying’: Freeland promises justice for sexual violence victims in Ukraine

By Bill Graveland The Canadian Press Posted April 14, 2022 4:59 pm Updated April 14, 2022 5:02 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –HAS Larger font Increase article font size HAS+ Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada is committed to seeking justice for Ukrainian women and children as allegations mount of sexual violence … Read more

Some act on principle — some from fear: The Russian soldiers and National Guardsmen who refuse to fight

Some act on principle — some from fear: The Russian soldiers and National Guardsmen who refuse to fight

War brings weapons and destruction, suffering and death. But it also brings refuseniks—even in Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Since the Kremlin gave the order to invade Ukraine on Feb. 24, some soldiers and personnel with the National Guard, Russia’s domestic security force, have been refusing the orders in droves. “There are several hundred (cases),” human rights … Read more

Meet the man now running Russia’s war in Ukraine. He’s been called ‘The Butcher of Syria’

Meet the man now running Russia’s war in Ukraine.  He’s been called ‘The Butcher of Syria’

Alexander Dvornikov, the Russian general tapped to lead the country’s struggling forces in Ukraine, comes to the post with a controversial legacy of civilian deaths and alleged violations of humanitarian law. His reputation stems from his command of Russian troops in support of the Syrian government in a brutal civil war—Dvornikov also knows a thing … Read more