Russians advance on war’s front line in eastern Ukraine

KYIV, Ukraine– The Russian military extended its grip on territory in eastern Ukraine as it seeks to cut supply lines and encircle frontline Ukrainian forces, while the Ukrainian military announced Thursday the arrival of powerful US multiple-launch rocket systems it hopes will offer a battlefield advantage. Ukrainian forces withdrew from some areas near the city … Read more

Russians control 80% of key Ukraine city, cut escape routes

LVIV, Ukraine– Russian troops control about 80% of the fiercely contested eastern Ukrainian city of Sievierodonetsk and have destroyed all three bridges leading out of it but Ukrainian authorities are still trying to evacuate the wounded, a regional official said Tuesday. Serhiy Haidai, governor of the eastern Luhansk region, acknowledged that a mass evacuation of … Read more

Pope blasts Russian ‘cruelty,’ lauds Ukrainian ‘heroism’

ROME — Pope Francis has blasted the “ferocity and cruelty” of Russian troops in Ukraine while praising the “heroism” and “courage” of Ukrainians to defend their land. Francis made some of his most pointed comments about the war in a meeting with European editors of Jesuit journals last month, excerpts of which were published Tuesday … Read more

Ukraine’s leader says his troops keep defying predictions

KYIV, Ukraine– Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said no one knows how long the war in his country will last but that Ukrainian forces are defying expectations by preventing Russian troops from overrunning eastern Ukraine, where the fighting has been fiercest for weeks. In his nightly video address, Zelenskyy said he was proud of the Ukrainian … Read more

Nicaragua authorizes entry of Russian troops, plans, ships

The government of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has authorized Russian troops, plans and ships to deploy to Nicaragua for purposes of training, law enforcement or emergency response MEXICO CITY — The government of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has authorized Russian troops, plans and ships to deploy to Nicaragua for purposes of training, law enforcement or … Read more

Niacaragua authorizes entry of Russian troops, plans, ships

The government of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has authorized Russian troops, plans and ships to deploy to Nicaragua for purposes of training, law enforcement or emergency response MEXICO CITY — The government of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has authorized Russian troops, plans and ships to deploy to Nicaragua for purposes of training, law enforcement or … Read more

Russia cracks down on critics of military actions in Ukraine

MOSCOW — Russian authorities kept up their crackdown against citizens who speak out about the fighting in Ukraine, extending a critic’s detention on Wednesday, confirming charges against two others and prompting Moscow’s chief rabbi to flee the country. Russia adopted a criminalizing law allegedly spreading false information about its military shortly after its troops rolled … Read more

Russia puts more strength behind ‘creeping’ Ukraine advance

KYIV, Ukraine– Reinforced Russian troops backed by airstrikes pummeled a portion of eastern Ukraine on Saturday, blowing up bridges and shelling apartment buildings as they fought to capture two cities that would put a contested province under Moscow’s control, Ukrainian officials said. Russian and Ukrainian forces battled street-by-street in Sievierodonetsk and neighboring Lysychansk, regional governor … Read more

Fighting rages in two key eastern Ukrainian cities

BAKHMUT, Ukraine — Block-by-block fighting raged Friday in two key eastern Ukrainian cities Friday, the 100th day of Russia’s war, slowly grinding them to rubble. Luhansk Gov. Serhiy Haidai said fierce battles continued in Sievierodonetsk, where about 13,000 remaining residents took shelter in basements to escape relentlessly Russian bombardment. Ukrainian forces reclaimed 20% of city … Read more