Expanding Nato squares up to Russia as Putin slams ‘imperial’ alliance

MADRID: The United States vowed to reinforce Europe’s defenses in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraineas Nato declared Moscow the West’s greatest threat — prompting Vladimir Putin to lash out at the alliance’s “imperial ambitions”. Meeting in Madrid Wednesday, Nato leaders said Russia “is the most significant and direct threat to allies’ security and … Read more

Putin rejects Johnson’s claim a woman wouldn’t have invaded Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin (Reuters file photo) LONDON: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday rejected British prime minister Boris Johnson’s charge that if he were a woman he would not have invaded Ukraine. Speaking at a news conference in the early hours of Thursday during a visit to Turkmenistan, Putin pointed to former British leader … Read more

Wimbledon: All-Ukrainian clash puts focus beyond tennis

CNN — With its strawberries and cream, grassy slopes, and peaceful setting in a leafy part of London, Wimbledon is a world away from Ukraine, where the bombs still fall four months after Russia invaded. For the Ukrainians competing at SW19, however, the war never truly leaves them. On Wednesday, Anhelina Kalinina will face Lesia … Read more

Russia strikes Kyiv as troops consolidate gains in the east

KYIV, UKRAINE: Russia attacked the Ukrainian capital in the early hours of Sunday morning, striking at least two residential buildings, Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko said, the other Russian troops consolidated their gains in the east. Associated Press journalists in Kyiv saw rescue services battling flames and rescuing civilians. Klitschko said two people were hospitalized with … Read more

Ukraine To Begin 1st Trial Of Russian Soldier Charged With Rape

Ukraine says it is investigating thousands of potential war crimes committed during the Russian invasion. Kyiv: Ukraine is expected on Thursday to hold a preliminary hearing in its first trial of a Russian soldier charged with rapping a Ukrainian woman during Russia’s invasion, the first of what could be dozens of such cases. The suspect, … Read more

As Russia Pounds Kharkiv, Ukraine’s Zelensky Looks To EU

The Russian strikes on Kharkiv, near the Russian border, were the worst for weeks. Kyiv/Kharkiv: Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday hailed the European Union’s expected offer of candidate status for his battle-weary nation, as Russian forces pounded Ukraine’s second-biggest city Kharkiv and the eastern Donbas region. European leaders will formally set Ukraine on the … Read more

War in Ukraine reached pivotal moment

Washington CNN — Ukraine’s military is burning through Soviet-era ammunition that fits older systems as the country pleads with the West to send more heavy weaponry and Russia amasses a significant artillery advantage around two strategically important cities in eastern Ukraine. Western intelligence and military officials believe Russia’s war in Ukraine is in a critical … Read more

Ukraine Says Severodonetsk Not Cut Off Despite Russian Onslaught

On Monday, the Ukrainian army said Moscow’s forces had pushed its troops back from the city centre. Kyiv: Ukrainian authorities said Tuesday a third bridge to Severodonetsk has been destroyed but that the eastern city is not cut off, despite Russian forces bearing down after weeks of bloody battles. The head of the city’s administration, … Read more

Zelenskyy pleads for arms as Russian forces lay siege to Severodonetsk

KRAMATORSK, UKRAINE: Ukraine’s president has made an impassioned plea to Western allies to speed arms deliveries and help stem “terrifying” casualties as Russian forces lay siege to the eastern city of Severodonetsk, destroying the last bridges into the industrial hub. The cities of Severodonetsk and Lysychansk have been targeted for weeks as the last areas … Read more

Fired Over Posts On Ukraine War, Russian Lecturer Fights For His Rights

Roman Melnichenko was fired for “immoral conduct”. Volgograd: In the bedroom of his modest apartment in the southern Russian city of Volgograd, ex-university lecturer Roman Melnichenko has two bags packed: one if he goes to prison, the other if he has to flee. “I have to be ready,” the 49-year-old says. Melnichenko taught law in … Read more