Russia prepares to annex occupied Ukraine despite outcry

KYIV: Russia is poised to formally annex areas of Ukraine where it has military control after referendums there reportedly endorsed Moscow’s rule. But the ballots were widely discredited and earned the Kremlin no relief Wednesday from international pressure over its assault on its neighbour. Pro-Moscow administrations of all four occupied regions of southern and eastern … Read more

Russians strike Ukraine as Kremlin-staged votes continue

KYIV: Russian forces launched new strikes on Ukrainian cities Saturday as Kremlin-orchestrated votes continued in occupied regions of Ukraine to pave the way for their annexation by Moscow. zaporizhzhia Gov. Oleksandr Starukh said the Russians targeted infrastructure facilities in the Dnieper River city, and one of the missiles hit an apartment building, killing one person … Read more

Occupied Ukraine holds Kremlin-staged vote on joining Russia

KYIV: Voting began Friday on whether occupied regions of Ukraine should become part of Russia, in referendums that Kyiv and the West condemned as an illegitimate and rigged attempt by Moscow to annex areas in the east and south after nearly seven months of war. Amid the balloting, United Nations experts and Ukrainian officials pointed … Read more

Moscow-held regions of Ukraine in ‘sham’ vote to join Russia

KYIV: Voting began Friday in Moscow-held regions of Ukraine on referendums to become part of Russia, Russian-backed officials there said. The Kremlin-orchestrated referendums, which have been widely denounced by Ukraine and the West as shams without any legal force, are seen as a step toward annexing the territories by Russia. The votes are being held … Read more

No let-up in hostilities in Ukraine despite prisoner swap

KYIV: Russian and Ukrainian forces exchanged missile and artillery barrages that killed at least six people Thursday as both sides refused to concede any ground despite recent military setbacks for Moscow and the toll on the invaded country after almost seven months of war. Russian missile strikes in the southern city of zaporizhzhia left one … Read more

Moscow says 55 servicemen from Ukraine prisoner swap now in Russia

MOSCOW: Russia said Thursday that 55 servicemen released in the largest prisoner exchange with Kyiv since the start of Moscow’s military campaign in Ukraine are now in Russia. “All servicemen have been delivered to the territory of the Russian Federation by military transport aircraft and are in medical institutions of Russia’s defense ministry,” the ministry … Read more

G7 condemns Russia’s ‘escalatory steps’, plans new sanctions

UNITED NATIONS : G7 foreign ministers have said they will pursue further sanctions against Russia, following President Vladimir Putin’s move to mobilize reservists for the war in Ukraine. Ministers from the Group of Seven “deplored deliberate Russian escalatory steps, including the partial mobilization of reservists and irresponsible nuclear rhetoric,” they said in a statement on … Read more

Ukraine Accuses Russia Of Shelling Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant Again

The plant was seized by Russian troops in March. (Representational) Kyiv: The Ukrainian nuclear operatorEnergoatom on Wednesday accused Russia of again striking the atomic power plant in southern Ukraine. “Russian terrorists bombed the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant again during the night,” Energoatom said on Telegram. The strike damaged a power line causing the stoppage of … Read more

Kremlin dismisses mass burial discoveries as ‘lies’

KUPIANSK: The Kremlin on Monday denied its forces were responsible for large-scale killings in east Ukraine and accused Kyiv of manufacturing its discoveries of mass graves in recaptured territory. In the latest incident spurring fears of an atomic emergency, Ukraine said Russian rockets landed dangerously close to a nuclear power station in southern Ukraine. Ukraine … Read more

Pressure on Russian forces mounts after Ukraine’s advances

KYIV: Western defense officials and analysts on Saturday said they believed the Russian forces were setting up a new defensive line in Ukraine’s northeast after Kyiv‘s troops broke through the previous one and tried to press their advances further into the east. The British Defense Ministry said in a daily intelligence briefing that the line … Read more