Ukraine ‘corrodes’ Russian forces in southern counteroffensive | Russia-Ukraine war News

Ukraine 'corrodes' Russian forces in southern counteroffensive |  Russia-Ukraine war News

Ukraine has deepened a counteroffensive in the south of the country in the 23rd week of the war, striking Russian garrisons and ammunition stockpiles, forcing Russia to bring in reinforcements and weakening other fronts as a result. Ukraine also scored a diplomatic victory: Russia has agreed to lift its blockade of Black Sea ports to … Read more

Senate set to vote to ratify adding Sweden, Finland to NATO

Senate set to vote to ratify adding Sweden, Finland to NATO

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate was set Wednesday to ratify NATO membership for Finland and Swedenwith overwhelming bipartisan support expected for quickly expanding the Western military alliance in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, who visited Kyiv and the region earlier this year, urged a unanimous show of approval. Speaking … Read more

Inspectors OK 1st Ukraine grain ship but no sign yet of more

Inspectors OK 1st Ukraine grain ship but no sign yet of more

ISTANBUL (AP) — The first grain ship to leave Ukraine and cross the Black Sea under a wartime deal passed inspection Wednesday in Istanbul and headed on to Lebanon. Ukraine said 17 other vessels were “loaded and waiting permission to leave,” but there was no word yet on when they could depart. A joint civilian … Read more

Cold showers, no lights: Europe saves as Russian gas wanes

Cold showers, no lights: Europe saves as Russian gas wanes

PARIS (AP) — Fanning out like urban guerrillas through Paris’ darkened streets well after midnight, the anti-waste activists shinny up walls and drain pipes, reaching for switches to turn off the lights. Click. Click. Click. One by one, the outdoor lights that stores had left on are extinguished. It’s one small but symbolic step in … Read more

UN nuclear chief: Ukraine nuclear plant is `out of control’

UN nuclear chief: Ukraine nuclear plant is `out of control'

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The UN nuclear chief warned that Europe’s largest nuclear power plant in Ukraine “is completely out of control” and issued an urgent plea to Russia and Ukraine to quickly allow experts to visit the sprawling complex to stabilize the situation and avoid a nuclear accident. Rafael Grossi, director general of the … Read more

Ukraine seeks to retake the south, tying down Russian forces

Ukraine seeks to retake the south, tying down Russian forces

Even as Moscow’s war machine crawls across Ukraine’s east, trying to achieve the Kremlin’s goal of securing full control over the country’s industrial heartland, Ukrainian forces are scaling up attacks to reclaim territory in the Russian-occupied south. The Ukrainians have used American-supplied rocket launchers to strike bridges and military infrastructure in the south, forcing Russia … Read more

1st ship carrying Ukrainian grain leaves the port of Odesa

1st ship carrying Ukrainian grain leaves the port of Odesa

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The first ship carrying Ukrainian grain set off from the port of Odesa on Monday under a deal brokered by the United Nations and Turkey that is expected to release large stores of Ukrainian crops to foreign markets and ease a growing hunger crisis. The Sierra Leone-flagged cargo ship Razoni left … Read more

Drone explosion hits Russia’s Black Sea Fleet headquarters

Drone explosion hits Russia's Black Sea Fleet headquarters

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A small explosive device carried by a makeshift drone blew up Sunday at the headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet on the Crimean Peninsula, wounding six people and prompting the cancellation of ceremonies there honoring Russia’s navy, authorities said. Meanwhile, one of Ukraine’s richest men, a grain merchant, was killed in … Read more

Red Cross struggles to see prison where Ukrainian POWs died

Red Cross struggles to see prison where Ukrainian POWs died

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian and Russian officials blamed each other Saturday for the deaths of dozens of Ukrainian prisoners of war in an attack on a prison in a separatist-controlled area. The International Red Cross asked to visit the prison to make sure the scores of wounded POWs had proper treatment, but said its … Read more

Russian charged with using US groups to spread propaganda

Russian charged with using US groups to spread propaganda

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Russian operative under the supervision of one of the Kremlin’s main intelligence services has been charged with recruiting political groups in the United States to advance pro-Russia propaganda, including during the invasion of Ukraine, the Justice Department said Friday. The indictment of Aleksandr Viktorovich Ionov reflects what US officials say are … Read more