Russia presses Donbas offensive as Polish leader visits Kyiv

POKROVSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russia pressed its offensive in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region on Sunday as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the outcome of the grueling conflict would determine whether his country’s fate lies with the West or under Moscow’s domination. After declaring its full control of a sprawling seaside steel plant that was the … Read more

Senate ships $40B Ukraine aid bill to Biden for signature

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate whisked a $40 billion package of military, economic and food aid for Ukraine and US allies to final congressional approval Thursday, putting a bipartisan stamp on America’s biggest commitment yet to turning Russia’s invasion into a painful quagmire for Moscow. The legislation, approved 86-11, was backed by every voting Democrat … Read more

Ukrainian troops surrendering at Mariupol registered as POWs

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Hundreds more Ukrainian fighters who made their stand inside Mariupol’s bombed-out steel plant surrendered, bringing the total to over 1,700, Russia said Thursday, amid international fears about the fate of the prisoners in Moscow’s hands. The Red Cross worked to register the soldiers as prisoners of war in a step toward … Read more

Red Cross registers hundreds of Ukrainian POWs from Mariupol

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The Russian military said Thursday that more Ukrainian fighters who were making a last stand in Mariupol have surrendered, bringing the total who have left their stronghold to 1,730, while the Red Cross said it had registered hundreds of them as prisoners of war. The International Committee of the Red Cross … Read more

Interrogation, uncertainty for surrendering Mariupol troops

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Nearly 1,000 last-ditch Ukrainian fighters who had held out inside Mariupol’s pulverized steel plant have surrendered, Russia said Wednesday, as the battle that turned the city into a worldwide symbol of defiance and suffering drew toward a close. Meanwhile, the first captured Russian soldier to be put on trial by Ukraine … Read more

US reopens embassy in Kyiv

CNN — US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced Wednesday that the US has reopened its embassy in Kyiv after it closed three months ago ahead of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. “Today we are officially resuming operations at the US Embassy in Kyiv. The Ukrainian people, with our security assistance, have defended their homeland in … Read more

Live updates | President wants Croatia to block NATO members

ZAGREB, Croatia — President Zoran Milanovic of Croatia wants his country to follow Turkey’s example by trying to block Sweden and Finland from joining NATO. Milanovic is in a bitter verbal dispute with Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic over a number of issues, including whether to support the NATO applications Sweden and Finland submitted on … Read more

Russian soldier pleads guilty at Ukraine war crimes trial

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A 21-year-old Russian soldier facing the first war crimes trial since Moscow invaded Ukraine pleaded guilty Wednesday to kill an unarmed civilian. Sgt. Vadim Shishimarin could get life in prison for shooting aa 62-year-old Ukrainian man in the head through an open car window in the northeastern Sumy region on Feb. … Read more

War Crimes Watch: Targeting schools, Russia bombs the future

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — As she lay buried under the rubble, her legs broken and eyes blinded by blood and thick clouds of dust, all Inna Levchenko could hear was screams. It was 12:15 pm on March 3, and moments earlier a blast had pulverized the school where she’d taught for 30 years. Amid relentless … Read more

Small wins buoy Ukraine; West says Russians losing momentum

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Almost three months after Russia shocked the world by invading Ukraine, its military faces a bogged-down war, the prospect of a bigger NATO, and an opponent buoyed Sunday by wins on and off the battlefield. Top diplomats from NATO met in Berlin with the alliance’s chief, who declared that the war … Read more