EU weighs Ukraine candidacy as Russia inflicts ‘hell’ in east

A partially destroyed educational and laboratory building at a Kharkiv college struck by Russian rocket fire EU leaders met in Brussels on Thursday to discuss making Ukraine a candidate to join the bloc, a “decisive” moment likely to infuriate Russia as its forces battled stiff resistance to advance in the embattled eastern Donbas region. Western … Read more

Russians bid to encircle Severodonetsk, Zelensky pleads for arms

Maksym Katerin stands in the yard of his damaged house after his mother and stepfather were killed during shelling in Lysychansk Russian forces on Tuesday stepped up efforts to cut off troops in the key industrial city of Severodonetsk in the east of the country despite Ukrainians insisting they were holding on. Moscow has laid … Read more

Russia takes ‘half’ of key city as EU clinches oil deal

Russian forces have seized control of half of eastern Ukraine’s key city of Severodonetsk, a senior official said Tuesday, while EU leaders were split over banning gas from Moscow after agreeing to embargo most of its oil. Ukraine meanwhile pushed on with an investigation into war crimes since the Russian invasion. Officials said thousands had … Read more

Kharkiv digs in against a new Russian assault

Kharkiv is still well within Russian range and shells fall on the city every night New trenches, concrete blocks, sandbags and numerous checkpoints appear to be everywhere around Kharkiv, which has pushed back one Russian assault on Ukraine’s second city, and is preparing to defend against another. A pink stuffed toy marks the entrance to … Read more

Russian T-90M Battle Tank Destroyed in Kharkiv Oblast

Ukraine’s defense ministry released video on May 10 showing the destruction of one of Russia’s most advanced tanks, the T-90M “Breakthrough”, outside Staryi Saltiv, a town in Kharkiv Oblast close to the Russian border. The ministry said members of the Kharkiv Territorial Defense targeted the tank with a Swedish-made hand-held Carl Gustaf anti-tank rifle. “We … Read more

Hanging on in a frontline Ukrainian ghost town

When the shelling stops, Galyna Malakhova goes out to feed the cats left behind when their fledged owners Olga Panchenko, 65, lives with about 20 other locals in a dimly lit basement shelter on a housing estate in northeastern Kharkiv. She ventures out just twice a day, climbing the six floors to the family’s tower … Read more