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

Russian Nobel laureate sells medal for $103.5 mn to benefit Ukraine kids

Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov (R) reacts after a person makes a final offer of $103.5 million to buy his 2021 Nobel Peace Prize medal Dmitry Muratov, the Russian editor-in-chief of the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta, on Monday auctioned off his Nobel Peace Prize gold medal for a whopping $103.5 million to benefit children displaced by … Read more

‘We prepare for worst’, says governor of Ukraine frontline region

In Lysychansk, there are signs of preparations for street fighting: soldiers digging in, putting up barbed wire and police placing burnt-out vehicles sideways across roads to slow traffic The governor of the eastern region now seeing heavy fighting with Russia, Sergiy Gaiday, opened the pockets of his flack jacket Saturday to show gun cartridges and … Read more

‘We prepare for worst’, says governor of Ukraine frontline region

In Lysychansk, there are signs of preparations for street fighting: soldiers digging in, putting up barbed wire and police placing burnt-out vehicles sideways across roads to slow traffic The governor of the eastern region now seeing heavy fighting with Russia, Sergiy Gaiday, opened the pockets of his flack jacket Saturday to show gun cartridges and … Read more

EU backs Ukraine’s ‘European dream’ as Russia cuts gas supplies

Map of Ukraine showing position of military forces in Ukraine as of June 17, 0700 GMT Europe feels a powerful symbol of solidarity with Ukraine on Friday, when Brussels backed Kyiv’s bid for EU candidate status, even as Russia shelled frontline Ukrainian cities and cut back gas supplies to the West. With the European Commission’s … Read more

Russian spy tried to penetrate war crimes court, say Dutch

The Netherlands said Thursday it had stopped a Russian spy posing as a Brazilian intern from infiltrating the International Criminal Court, which is investigating war crimes in Ukraine. The Russian, identified as Sergey Vladimirovich Cherkasov, 36, flew to the Netherlands in April using an elaborate deep cover story that he had built up over the … 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

China vows ‘fight to the end’ to stop Taiwan independence

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin listens to China’s Defense Minister Wei Fenghe at the ministerial roundtable luncheon at the Shangri-La Dialogue summit on Saturday China will “fight to the very end” to stop Taiwanese independence, the country’s defense minister vowed Sunday, stoking already soaring tensions with the United States over the island. It was the … Read more

Fierce fighting in east Ukraine as Zelensky says world must not look away

Map showing the number of Ukrainian refugees registered across Europe since the start of the Russian invasion, according to data from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said his country’s forces were “doing everything” to stop the Russian offensive, with fierce battles in the east and the south. Kyiv … Read more

‘Stagflation’ risk as Ukraine war chokes global growth: World Bank

The World Bank slashed its estimate for global economic growth to 2.9 percent, 1.2 percentage points below the January forecast, projecting the sharpest slowdown in 80 years The global economy falling into a harmful period of 1970s-style “stagflation,” sparked by Russia’s invasion chief of Ukraine, the World Bank warned Tuesday as it slashed its annual … Read more