The AP Interview: Estonian PM says Russia not weary of war

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — The West should not underestimate Russia’s military capabilities in Ukraine, Estonia’s leader told The Associated Press, saying that as the war enters its fifth month, Moscow’s forces are in it for the long haul. Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas said in an interview Wednesday that Europe should ensure that those committing … Read more

Russian ships carrying stolen Ukrainian grain turned away from Mediterranean ports — but not all of them

CNN — A Russian merchant ship loaded with grain stolen in Ukraine has been turned away from at least one Mediterranean port and is now in the Syrian port of Latakia, according to shipping sources and Ukrainian officials. CNN has identified the vessel as the bulk carrier Matros Pozynich. On April 27, the ship weighed … Read more

Ukraine shuts off Russian pipeline amid talk of annexation

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine shut down a pipeline Wednesday that carries Russian natural gas to homes and industries in Western Europe, while a Kremlin-installed official in a southern region seized by Russian troops said the area will ask Moscow to annex it. The immediate effect of the energy cutoff is likely to be limited, … Read more

Occupied Ukrainian city fears sham Russian referendum plans

By FRANCESCA EBEL and YURAS KARMANAU April 28, 2022 GMT https://apnews.com/article/russia-ukraine-europe-moscow-referendums-crimea-7129a6d1f5ab81279ac7cf1a6be0996b LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ever since Russian forces took the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson in early March, residents sensed the occupiers had a special plan for their town. Now, amid a crescendo of warnings from Ukraine that Russia plans to stage a sham … Read more

Ukrainian counterattacks slowing Russian offensive in east

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian troops are pressing their offensive in the eastern Donbas region in an attempt to fully sixteen Ukraine’s industrial heartland but have made little headway as fierce Ukrainian counterattacks have slowed their efforts, Ukrainian and British officials said Saturday. Russia continues to fight for full control of the Donetsk and Luhansk … Read more

Russian General Lets Slip a Secret Plan to Invade Moldova and Seize Ukraine’s Entire Coastline

As Russian troops tighten their grip on the strategic port town of Mariupol, their strategy is finally becoming clear. Russian military commander Rustam Minnekaev now says the second phase of President Vladimir Putin’s “special operation” is focused on establishing a “land corridor” from the Donbas all the way to Moldova, which would cut off the … Read more

Kyiv: Russia says it will reduce military operations around capital following Ukraine talks

CNN  —  Russia said it would “drastically reduce” its military assault on the Ukrainian cities of Kyiv and Chernihiv after talks took place between representatives of the two nations on Tuesday that appeared to show signs of progress towards an off ramp to the conflict. The Russian defense ministry has decided to “radically, at times, … Read more

These fossil fuel companies sent more than $15B in taxes to Russia since it annexed Crimea, NGOs say

CNN — Nine European and US fossil fuel companies have paid a collective $15.8 billion to Russia in various forms of taxes and fees since the country annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, a group of NGOs said Thursday. The groups, Global Witness, Greenpeace USA and Oil Change International, used data from the Oslo-based Rystad … Read more

Top Russian naval chief born in Kyiv killed in battle: report

A top Russian military official who was born in Kyiv but renounced Ukraine has been killed on the front lines, according to posts on Russian social media. Andrey Paliy, 51, a Black Sea fleet commander, was shot dead by Ukrainian forces near the embattled city of Mariupol, making him the first Russian naval boss and … Read more

Putin appears at big rally as troops press attack in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared at a huge flag-waving rally at a Moscow stadium on Friday and praised his country’s troops in biblical terms as they rained lethal fire on Ukraine’s cities. “Shoulder to shoulder, they help and support each other,” Putin said of the Kremlin’s forces in a rare public appearance since the invasion … Read more