Russia continues to shell eastern Ukraine as both camps face frigid fighting conditions

Ukrainians’ mass exodus from their recently liberated city of Kherson continued Sunday as Russia’s sustained shelling on the area has made it virtually unlivable. The city, which was freed by Ukrainian forces more than two weeks ago, has faced intense attacks by nearby Russian soldiers as Moscow’s invasion of its neighbor reaches the nine-month mark. … Read more

Ukraine war: Snowy Kyiv battles power cuts, Russia ‘may leave’ Zaporizhzhia, Kherson exodus

1. Half of Ukraine’s regions grapple with power blackouts as snow blankets Kyiv Snow fell in Kyiv and temperatures hovered around freezing on Sunday as millions in and around the Ukrainian capital struggled with disruptions to electricity supply and central heating caused by waves of Russian air strikes. Repair crews across the country have been … Read more

Ukraine war: Kyiv likens Russian ‘genocidal’ tactics to Soviet-era ‘Holodomor’ famine

Ukraine accused the Kremlin on Saturday of using the same “genocidal” tactics that it used against it in the 1930s under Josef Stalin, on the 90th anniversary of the Soviet-era famine that has taken on new resonance since the Russian invasion. The country has received a stream of further messages of support, as several European … Read more

‘No greater threat’ than Russia

Lithuania commemorated its entry into NATO this last week and its long-standing partnership with the US as leaders look ahead to the increasingly complex security landscape developing around the world. President George W. Bush visited the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius 20 years ago to welcome the country into the still-growing NATO alliance, applauding the character … Read more

Ukraine War Fuels ‘Fear and Anxiety’ for Russia’s Trans Community

Transgender and non-binary people in Russia have faced rising harassment and physical abuse since the start of the war in Ukraine, activists say, as the Kremlin doubles down on an ideology of “traditional values” in the face of international isolation. In particular, the country’s mobilization campaign has led to transgender women still officially classified as … Read more

Ukraine war: Poland’s surprise move to reject German air defense system causes stir

An anti-missile system Germany offered to send to Poland should instead go to Ukraine, Warsaw said, raising concerns that such a move would mean an escalation of NATO involvement in the war in eastern Europe. Others believe the Polish government’s rebuff was a mistake. Poland’s surprising response to Berlin’s offer was welcomed by Kyiv, desperate … Read more

Ukraine war: Arms made at pace ‘highest since Cold War’ as Europe’s east aids Kyiv

Eastern and Central Europe’s arms industry is churning out guns, ammunition, and other military supplies at a pace not seen since the Cold War as governments aim to aid Ukraine in its fight against Russia. Allies have been supplying Kyiv with weapons and military equipment since Moscow went on a full-scale invasion of its western … Read more

Putin Met With Street Protests on Visit to Armenia

YEREVAN, Armenia — Russian President Vladimir Putin was greeted with street demonstrations in the capital of this landlocked South Caucasus nation Wednesday as he arrived for talks with the members of a Moscow-led military alliance. Hundreds of Armenians and emigre Russians took part in two days of rallies in central Yerevan to protest Putin’s visit, … Read more

Ukraine war: Kyiv monastery raid; Kherson ‘treason’ arrest; and prank call to Poland’s Duda

1. Ukraine searches Kyiv monastery over suspected Russia links Ukraine’s security service (SBU) has raided the main Orthodox Christian monastery in Kyiv over suspected links to Russia. The SBU said on Telegram that it had carried out “counter-espionage measures” at the 1,000-year-old Pechersk Lavra complex on Tuesday morning. The operation aimed to “counter the subversive … Read more