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Ukraine Says Dozens of Villages Recaptured Amid Russian Retreat
Kyiv forces have recaptured over 40 towns and villages in southern Ukraine, President Zelensky said Thursday, as Moscow signaled its army had begun retreating...
cleared for passage
First Ukrainian Grain Shipment Sails Through Istanbul
The ship is being watched closely for signs of how well the first agreement signed by Moscow and Kyiv since Russia invaded can hold.
search for solutions
Russia and Ukraine Address Grain Crisis in First Talks Since March
The high-stakes meeting broke up after slightly more than three hours without any immediate signs of a breakthrough.
as resources allow
Ukraine Says ‘Everything’ Being Done to Defend Donbas From Russian Onslaught
An intensifying Russian offensive is prompting Kyiv to consider a strategic retreat from some key areas to avoid being surrounded.
Ukraine's Zelensky Accuses Russia of 'Genocide' in Donbas Onslaught
Invading forces are closing in on several cities, including Severodonetsk and Lysychansk.
‘Three months of heroism’
Ukraine’s Zelensky Calls for Western Unity as Russia Advances
Russia is now focused on expanding its gains in eastern Donbas, home to pro-Russian separatists, as well as the southern coast.
Pockets of resistance
Russia Intensifies Donbas Offensive as War Enters Fourth Month
Russia is now focused on securing and expanding its gains in Donbas and the southern coast.
War Crimes Verdict Looms as Russian Offensive Intensifies
The local governor said Russian forces were using scorched earth tactics in the eastern Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk.
Russia Says Mariupol Battle At End as Ukrainian Defenders Surrender
Moscow's flattening of Mariupol has drawn multiple accusations of war crimes.
‘Not an exaggeration’
Ukraine Orders End to Defense of Mariupol
The defense ministry in Kyiv said Russian forces were preventing civilians in Donbas from fleeing to Ukrainian-controlled territory.
Rescue Mission Under Way at Azovstal as Hundreds Evacuated
The Ukrainian army said the soldiers in Mariupol had stopped Russian forces from rapidly capturing the southern city of Zaporizhzhia.
Ukraine To Hold First War Crimes Trial as Moscow Says Kyiv Shelled Russian City
Ukraine said Vadim Shishimarin, a 21-year-old Russian service member, is accused of killing an unarmed 62-year-old civilian.
U.S. Journalist Shot Dead in Ukraine
Papers found on the American reporter's body identified him as 50-year-old video documentary shooter Brent Renaud, of New York.
run for cover
'Immediately! Now!': Terrified Rush into Kyiv Basements
The Ukrainian capital is under siege.
Information War Rages Ahead of Feared Russian Invasion
The eight-year conflict in Ukraine's Russian-backed east has been accompanied by a disinformation battle to implicate the other side in grave crimes.
Russia Test Fires Missiles as U.S. Warns Moscow 'Poised' to Invade Ukraine
Putin oversaw the military test-firing its latest hypersonic, cruise and nuclear-capable ballistic missiles from the Kremlin.
Russia Says Pulling Back More Troops Despite U.S. Claims
After previously announced withdrawals earlier this week, the United States, NATO and Ukraine all said they had seen no evidence of a pullback.
Ukraine's Comedian-Turned-President Stars in Crisis
Volodymyr Zelenskiy became president of Ukraine in time to witness the gravest standoff between the Kremlin and Western powers since the end of the Cold...
Russia Says Pulling Back Some Forces from Ukraine Border
The build-up of Moscow's army around Ukrainian borders has spurred fears of an invasion.
Ukraine Vows to Keep Airspace Open Despite Russia Threat
Air travel has already been disrupted to Ukraine as warnings of an imminent Russian invasion reach fever pitch.
Russia Launches Belarus Military Drills as West Fears Ukraine Invasion
Responding to Western concerns, the Kremlin has insisted that it has no intention of leaving the troops permanently on Belarusian territory.
Russian Tech Exec Sues Steele Dossier Author in UK Court
Alexej Gubarev claims that he has friends and business connections in Britain that have been damaged by Steele.
war of words
Italy and Russia Spar Over Alleged Coronavirus Spies
The unusual exchange came after an Italian newspaper story about the purportedly nefarious nature of Russia's aid mission.