Ukrainian troops continue offensive, claim new gains

KYIV, UKRAINE: troops continued to push forward Monday with their offensive that has embarrassed Moscow, with Kyiv officials and foreign observers hinting at new gains in the strategic southern region of Kherson. Kherson has been one of the toughest battlefields for the Ukrainians, with slower progress when compared with Ukraine’s offensive breakout around the country’s … Read more

Ukraine presses on with counteroffensive; Russia uses drones

KYIV: Russia attacked the Ukrainian president’s hometown and other targets on Sunday with suicide drones, and Ukraine took back full control of a strategic eastern city in a counteroffensive that has reshaped the war. Russia’s loss of the eastern city of Lyman, which it had been using as a transport and logistics hub, is a … Read more

Ukraine accelerates Nato bid as Russia annexes seized areas

KYIV: Ukraine’s president says his country is submitting an “accelerated” application to join the NATO military alliance. The comment Friday by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy came just after Russia said it would annex four region of Ukraine it seized amid its war and held gunpoint referendums viewed as illegitimate by the international community. Zelenskyy said: “We … Read more

Ukraine’s Zelenskyy says two more burial sites found in liberated Izium

KYIV: Ukraine has discovered two more mass burial sites containing the bodies of hundreds of people in the northeastern town of Izium, which Kyiv recaptured from Russia this month, President Volodymyr Ukrainian Zelenskyy said. Zelenskyy made his comment in an interview with CBS published late on Sunday in which he also called for sustained sanctions … 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

Ukraine marches farther into liberated lands, separatist calls for urgent referendum

IZIUM: Ukraine said its troops have marched farther east into territory recently abandoned by Russia, paving the way for a potential assault on Moscow’s occupation forces in the Donbas region as Kyiv seeks more Western arms. “The occupiers are clearly in a panic,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a televised address late on Monday, … Read more

Ukrainians search grave site for relatives after Russians driven out

IZIUM, Ukraine: Residents of the Ukrainian town of Izium searched for dead relatives in a nearby wooded grave site as emergency workers continued to exhume what they said were hundreds of bodies found after Russian forces were driven from the region. The causes of death for those at the grave site, discovered last week, have … Read more

Ukraine finds new mass burials, says Russia ‘leaves death’

IZIUM: Ukrainian authorities were expected to begin recovering bodies on Friday from a newly found mass burial site in a forest recaptured from Russian forces, a delicate task that President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said would help show the world “what the Russian occupation has led to”. The burial site, containing hundreds of graves, was discovered close … Read more

President Putin & Zelenskyy court major allies as Ukraine makes gains

KYIV: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskyy are each courting major allies on Thursday, seeking to prop up their efforts in a war whose fortunes have tilted toward Ukraine in recent days. In Uzbekistan’s ancient Samarkand, Putin was hoping to break through his international isolation and further cement his ties with Chinese … Read more

Ukrainian forces retook 6,000 sq km from Russia in September: President Zelenskyy

KHARKIV: troops expanded their territorial gains Monday, pushing all the way to the country’s northeastern border in places, and claimed to have captured a record number of Russian soldiers as part of the lightning advance that forced Moscow to make a hasty retreat. A spokesman for Ukrainian military intelligence said Russian troops were surrendering en … Read more