Russia-Ukraine war

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In a 'Surreal' War, a 'Calming' Familiar Voice

'Star Wars' actor Mark Hamill lends his baritone to 'Air Alert' app to warn of incoming Russian attacks

(Newser) - "Attention. Air raid alert," the voice says with a Jedi Knight's gravitas. "Proceed to the nearest shelter." It's a surreal moment in an already surreal war: the grave but calming baritone of actor Mark Hamill, Luke Skywalker of Star Wars, urging people to take...

Ukraine Takes Russia's Nuclear Arms Plan to UN

Foreign ministry wants emergency session of Security Council

(Newser) - Ukraine's government on Sunday called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council over Russian President Vladimir Putin's plans to station tactical atomic weapons in Belarus. Ukraine's Foreign Ministry condemned the move in urging the UN to step in. "Ukraine expects effective action to counter...

Russia to Put Tactical Nuclear Weapons in Belarus

Putin argues it's like the US agreements with European nations

(Newser) - President Vladimir Putin said Saturday that Russia will station tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus. The allies struck an agreement after Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko raised the possibility, Putin told Russian state television, per the BBC . Russia will maintain control of the weapons, he said, likening the move to the US...

Ron DeSantis Explains Himself, Calls Putin a 'War Criminal'

Tucker Carlson mocks the apparent backtracking

(Newser) - Ron DeSantis is clarifying his controversial remarks about the Russia-Ukraine war from last week after getting pushback even from members of his own party . In his comments to Fox News host Tucker Carlson, the Florida governor had referred to President Biden's policy of aid to Ukraine as a "...

Is Russia-China Partnership Substantive or Just Convenient?
Takeaways From the Meeting
of These 'Dear Friends'

Takeaways From the Meeting of These 'Dear Friends'

China's purported goal of peace remains elusive after Xi-Putin talks

(Newser) - There was no real progress made toward ending the conflict in Ukraine during Xi Jinping's three-day visit to Russia, despite China characterizing the trip as one "of friendship, cooperation, and peace," the AP reports. "What China has done boils down to one word, that is, to...

US Shifts Gears, Speeding Tank Delivery to Ukraine

Older Abrams model can be pulled from existing US stocks

(Newser) - The Pentagon is speeding up its delivery of Abrams tanks to Ukraine, opting to send a refurbished older model that can be ready faster. The plan now is to get the 70-ton battle powerhouses to the war zone by fall, the AP reports. The US was going to send the...

With Xi in Russia, Japan PM Makes Surprise Trip to Ukraine

To hold talks with Zelensky, as Chinese leader meets with Putin

(Newser) - Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida was heading to Kyiv early Tuesday for talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that coincide with Chinese leader Xi Jinping's visit to Russia , the AP reports. Kishida will “show respect to the courage and patience of the Ukrainian people who are standing up...

Putin Makes Surprise Visit to Mariupol
Putin Visits Mariupol

Putin Visits Mariupol

He arrived in occupied Ukrainian city by helicopter, according to Russian media

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has visited the occupied port city of Mariupol, Russian state news agencies reported Sunday, his first trip to the Ukrainian territory that Moscow illegally annexed in September. Earlier, on Saturday, Putin traveled to Crimea, a short distance southwest of Mariupol, to mark the ninth anniversary of...

There's an Arrest Warrant Out for Putin From ICC

Russian president accused of war crimes for unlawful deportation, transfer of Ukrainian children

(Newser) - Expect Vladimir Putin to continue keeping a low profile. The International Criminal Court said Friday it has issued an arrest warrant for the Russian president for war crimes because of his alleged involvement in abductions of children from Ukraine , per the AP . The court said in a statement that Putin...

Poland Will Be First in NATO to Give Ukraine Jets

President plans to send a dozen MiG-29s, though Germany sounds puzzled

(Newser) - Poland's president said Thursday that his country plans to give Ukraine around a dozen MiG-29 fighter jets, which would make it the first NATO member to fulfill the Ukrainian government's increasingly urgent requests for warplanes . President Andrzej Duda said that Poland would hand over four of the Soviet-made...

DeSantis' Ukraine Stance Sees Pushback—From GOPers

Sens. Lindsey Graham, John Cornyn among those questioning Florida governor's remarks

(Newser) - On Monday, Ron DeSantis answered a questionnaire from Fox News' Tucker Carlson on the Russian invasion of Ukraine , and his remarks are now drawing pushback from his own party. "While the US has many vital national interests ... becoming further entangled in a territorial dispute between Ukraine and Russia is...

Report: Russia May Be Trying to 'Deliberately Expend' Wagner Forces

Group has taken heavy losses in Bakhmut

(Newser) - As fierce fighting in and around the eastern Ukrainian city of Bakhmut continues, both sides are taking heavy casualties—but Moscow may not be troubled by some of the losses, according to the Institute for the Study of War. A Sunday report from the think-tank states that Russia's defense...

There's a Silver Lining to This Nation's Drunk-Driving Problem

Latvia is sending confiscated vehicles to Ukraine to help it in its fight against Russia

(Newser) - There's apparently a lot of drunk driving going on in Latvia, which claims some of the highest rates in Europe, and a good number of cars have ended up confiscated and languishing at state impound sites. That's thanks to a recently instituted law that allows for the government...

Heaviest Russian Barrage in Weeks Hits Critical Infrastructure

Attack left at least 6 dead, nuclear plant without power

(Newser) - Russia unleashed a massive rocket attack that hit critical infrastructure and residential buildings in 10 regions of Ukraine, the country’s president said Thursday, with officials reporting at least six deaths in the largest such night-time attack in three weeks. Volodymyr Zelensky described the barrage that came while many people...

US Officials Offer Hint on Nord Stream Pipeline Attacks

Signs point to pro-Ukraine group, though details are murky and skepticism remains

(Newser) - Russia and Western nations have been pointing the finger at each other since last September, when a series of leaks sprung up in the Nord Stream pipelines in the Baltic Sea, carrying gas from Russia to Germany. Now, a possible clue toward solving what the New York Times calls "...

Desperate for a Win, Russia Fights for a Pile of 'Rubble'
Russia Pushes Toward
a Symbolic Victory

Russia Pushes Toward a Symbolic Victory

But Ukraine refuses to abandon Bakhmut, even amid talk of a favorable counteroffensive

(Newser) - The eastern Ukrainian city of Bakhmut is bordered on three sides by Russian troops. Still, Ukraine isn't willing to give it up. President Volodymyr Zelensky has ordered the commander in chief of Ukraine's armed forces "to find the appropriate forces to help the guys in Bakhmut" after...

On the G20 Sidelines, an 'Unexpected' Huddle

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov briefly meet

(Newser) - At a G20 meeting in India's New Delhi on Thursday, Russia took the opportunity to slam calls from the West to end its war in Ukraine. On the sidelines of that meeting, however, another surprise get-together was taking place: that of US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian...

In Vuhledar, Russia Kept Falling Into the Same Trap

Ukrainian officials say the 3-week tank battle has been biggest of war thus far

(Newser) - Ukraine is still months out from getting the Abrams and Leopard tanks the US and Germany have promised; tanks Russia dragged out of Cold War-era storage arrived on the battlefield much more promptly—only to be obliterated. The New York Times reports on what Ukrainian officials are characterizing as the...

Drones Hit Russian Spy Plane, Belarusian Saboteurs Say

Opposition group claims responsibility for damaging Beriev A-50

(Newser) - Belarus opposition leaders said they launched a drone attack against a Russian military surveillance aircraft, successfully damaging it. The head of the exiled organization BYPOL claimed responsibility Sunday for the strike—which he said took place at an airfield near Minsk, the capital of Belarus—on the Telegram messaging app,...

Zelensky Makes Surprise Move on the Military Front

No reason was given for dismissal of Eduard Moskalyov, head of Joint Forces Operation

(Newser) - For almost the entire duration of the Russian invasion in Ukraine, Eduard Moskalyov has stood at the helm of the Ukrainian military's Joint Forces Operation, which is embedded in fighting in the Donbas region. No longer, as per a curt decree Sunday from President Volodymyr Zelensky's office, reports...

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