Fall of Mariupol appears at hand; fighters leave steel plant

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – Mariupol appeared on the verge of falling to the Russians on Tuesday as Ukraine moved to abandon the steel plant where hundreds of its fighters had held out for months under relentless bombardment in the last bastion of resistance in the devastated city . The capture of Mariupol would make it … Read more

War Crimes Watch: Targeting schools, Russia bombs the future

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – As she lay buried under the rubble, her legs broken and eyes blinded by blood and thick clouds of dust, all Inna Levchenko could hear was screams. It was 12:15 pm on March 3, and moments earlier a blast had pulverized the school where she’d taught for 30 years. Amid relentless … Read more

Ukraine: More than 260 fighters evacuated from Mariupol mill

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – More than 260 Ukrainian fighters, including some who are badly wounded, were evacuated Monday from a steel plant in the ruined city of Mariupol and taken to areas under Russia’s control, the Ukrainian military said. Deputy Defense Minister Anna Malyar said 53 seriously wounded fighters were taken to a hospital in … Read more

Michigan man accused of being spy rescued from Russian forces after 18-hour race across Ukraine

A Michigan man who was being held captive by Russian forces on accusations of being a US spy has been reunited with his family after a rescue mission that included an 18-hour race across Ukraine, officials said. Kirillo Alexandrov, 27, was falsely charged with espionage and illegally detained, along with his Ukrainian wife and mother-in-law, … Read more

Live updates | Ukraine says Russia attempt in north repelled

KYIV, Ukraine – Ukrainian border guards say they repelled a Russian attempt Monday morning to send troops into the northern Sumy region, which is outside the current focus of fighting. The border guard service said Russian forces deployed mortars, grenade launchers and machine guns in an attempt to cover a “sabotage and reconnaissance group” crossing … Read more

In Ukraine and internationally, scenario darkens for Russia

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – Europe pushed Monday to sharpen and expand its response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, with Sweden poised to follow Finland in seeking membership of NATO and European Union officials working to rescue proposed sanctions that would target Russian oil exports helping the Kremlin finance its war. On the ground, Russia saw … Read more

Small wins buoy Ukraine; West says Russians losing momentum

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – Almost three months after Russia shocked the world by invading Ukraine, its military faces a bogged-down war, the prospect of a bigger NATO, and an opponent buoyed Sunday by wins on and off the battlefield. Top diplomats from NATO met in Berlin with the alliance’s chief, who declared that the war … Read more

Russia faces stall in Ukraine; Finland favors joining NATO

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – Almost three months after Russia shocked the world by invading Ukraine, its military faced a bogged-down war, the prospect of a bigger NATO and a defending country invigorated by its win in a hugely popular pan-European music competition Sunday. Top NATO diplomats, including US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, gathered Sunday … Read more

Ukraine: Russians withdraw from around Kharkiv, batter east

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – Russian troops are withdrawing from around Ukraine’s second-largest city after bombing it for weeks, the Ukrainian military said Saturday, as Kyiv and Moscow’s forces engaged in a grinding battle for the country’s eastern industrial heartland. Ukraine’s general staff said the Russians were pulling back from the northeastern city of Kharkiv and … Read more

Ukraine puts Russian soldier accused of war crime on trial

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – The trial of a Russian soldier accused of killing a Ukrainian civilian opened Friday, the first war crimes trial since Moscow’s invasion of its neighbor. Scores of journalists packed inside a small courtroom in the Ukrainian capital where the suspect appeared in a small glass cage for the start of a … Read more