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G7 Says Russian Attack on Mall Was a War Crime

Kremenchuk strike killed at least 13

(Newser) - A Russian missile attack on a mall in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, on Monday killed at least 13 people and wounded 40 others—but with rescuers still searching the wreckage, the death toll could rise significantly. The United Nations described the attack on a civilian target in central Ukraine, far from the...

Ukraine Can't Have 'KyivPride' in Kyiv, but It's Still Having It

Country's largest LGBTQ event will take place in Poland, joining huge Pride event in Warsaw

(Newser) - Ukraine's largest LGBTQ rights event, KyivPride, is going ahead on Saturday. But not on its native streets, and not as a celebration. It will instead join Warsaw's yearly Equality Parade, the largest gay pride event in central Europe, using it as a platform to keep international attention focused...

EU Quickly Gives Ukraine Candidate Status

Actually becoming part of the European bloc, however, could take years

(Newser) - The European Union has agreed to make Ukraine a candidate for EU membership, setting in motion a potentially yearslong process that could pull the embattled country further away from Russia's influence and bind it more closely to the West. Ukraine applied for EU membership less than a week after...

Drones Set Russian Oil Refinery Ablaze
Drones Light Up
Russian Oil Refinery

Drones Light Up Russian Oil Refinery

Officials blame 'terrorist actions' across the border in Ukraine

(Newser) - Two drones allegedly controlled by Ukraine crashed into a major Russian oil and gas refinery on Wednesday, setting the place ablaze. Footage shared by Russian state media showed black smoke pouring from the Novoshakhtinsk Refinery OAO in the Rostov district, about 5 miles from the border with eastern Ukraine, as...

Russian McDonald's Are No More, but Now There's This

Rebranded restaurants opened to great demand, says new CEO

(Newser) - Update: You can't get a Big Mac in Russia anymore, but you can get a burger at Vkusno & tochka—and plenty of people apparently did on opening day. About 50 of the successor restaurant to McDonald's opened in the Moscow area over June 12 and 13 under...

Ben Stiller Meets His Hero: Zelensky
Ben Stiller Meets
Zelensky: 'You're My Hero'

Ben Stiller Meets Zelensky: 'You're My Hero'

UN Goodwill Ambassador visits Ukraine

(Newser) - Comedian and actor Ben Stiller on Monday met the man he says is his hero: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Stiller is visiting Europe in his role as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations, and had just visited the ruins of Irpin before his sit-down with Zelensky, who himself was...

2 US Fighters Feared Captured by Russia

They reportedly vanished while fighting near the Ukraine-Russia border on June 9

(Newser) - Two US military veterans from Alabama are thought to be the first Americans captured by Russia while fighting for Ukraine. Alexander Drueke, 39, from Tuscaloosa, formerly of the US Army, and Andy Tai Ngoc Huynh, 27, from Hartselle, formerly of the Marine Corps, volunteered to assist in the war effort...

4 European Leaders Join Show of Support in Kyiv

Ukrainians hope this could be a turning point

(Newser) - The leaders of France, Germany, Italy, and Romania arrived in Kyiv on Thursday in a show of collective European support for the Ukrainian people, marking the highest-profile visit to Ukraine's capital since Russia invaded its neighbor. The French president's office said that President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf...

Zelensky: 'Why Is This Happening in 2022? This Is Not the 1940s'

Mass graves in Ukraine are still being uncovered

(Newser) - Igor Kilmenko, Ukraine's national police chief, said Monday that criminal investigations have been opened in the deaths of more than 12,000 Ukrainians since Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, including some whose bodies were found in mass graves. He said mass killings were also carried out by snipers...

Ukraine: Russia Using Weapons That Can Cause Mass Death

UK Defense Ministry: Missiles meant to destroy aircraft carriers can cause 'severe' damage on land

(Newser) - Ukrainian and British officials warned Saturday that Russian forces are relying on weapons able to cause mass casualties as they try to make headway in capturing eastern Ukraine and fierce, prolonged fighting depletes resources on both sides. Russian bombers have likely been launching heavy 1960s-era anti-ship missiles in Ukraine, the...

Putin Wants to 'Take Back' Ukraine a la Peter the Great

Russian leader compares czar's imperial expansion to his own bloody invasion

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin marked the 350th anniversary of Peter the Great's birth this week in a rather lofty way: He compared himself to the czar to seemingly justify his own invasion of Ukraine . "Peter the Great waged the Great Northern War for 21 years," the Russian leader said...

3 Foreign Nationals Sentenced to Die for Fighting Russians

Donetsk court found 2 Brits and a Moroccan to be mercenaries, not soldiers, in 'sham judgment'

(Newser) - Two Brits and a Moroccan who fought against Russians in Ukraine have been sentenced to die. A court in Russian-controlled Donetsk in east Ukraine delivered the sentence Thursday after what onlookers call a "show trial" meant to mimic war crimes trials against Russian soldiers in areas controlled by Ukraine,...

In Mariupol, an 'Endless Caravan of Death'

Many wrecked buildings hold 50 to 100 bodies each, official says

(Newser) - Mariupol is now under Russian control and the bombardment of civilian buildings has ended—but death is still a constant presence in the Ukrainian port city. Petro Andryushchenko, an aide to the city's mayor, says many wrecked buildings in the city hold 50 to 100 bodies each and they...

New Russian Radio Programming: Ukraine National Anthem

And anti-war protest songs; looks like somebody got hacked

(Newser) - Russian radio station Kommersant FM was hacked on Wednesday and was quickly pulled off the air after it started broadcasting Ukraine's national anthem and anti-war songs protesting Russia's invasion of Ukraine. "The radio station has been hacked. The internet stream will soon be reinstated," Kommersant said...

Ex-Russian PM: 'I'll Do Anything' to Disappear Ukrainians

Dmitry Medvedev's chilling social media rant is latest in former leader's turn to 'belligerent' rhetoric

(Newser) - A former president and prime minister of Russia who was once thought by some to be "a hope of Russian liberals and the West" isn't flying under that descriptor anymore after recent harsh statements against Ukrainians amid the Russian invasion . The Daily Beast reports that Dmitry Medvedev—who...

African Nations Face Tough Choice Over Stolen Grain

Should they decline to buy it from Russia, or use it to feed their people?

(Newser) - Ukraine says Russia has been stealing its grain since the invasion began, and the allegation isn't in much dispute, reports the New York Times . Now the US State Department is warning that Russia is trying to sell this "stolen Ukrainian grain" to other nations. The newspaper frames it...

Ukraine Argues With Macron on Humiliating Russia

French president had urged leaving a path for diplomacy, which didn't impress Ukrainian official

(Newser) - Ukraine's government made clear Saturday that it doesn't share French President Emmanuel Macron's concern about embarrassing Russia. "We must not humiliate Russia so that the day when the fighting stops we can build an exit ramp through diplomatic means," Macron had said in an interview...

Zelensky Offers Grim Stats on Ukrainian Troops

President says 60 to 100 soldiers are dying daily, but some note this will only galvanize Ukrainians

(Newser) - As soon as they'd finished burying a veteran colonel killed by Russian shelling, the cemetery workers readied the next hole. Inevitably, given how quickly death is felling Ukrainian troops on the front lines, the empty grave won't stay that way for long. Col. Oleksandr Makhachek left behind a...

Zelensky Talks 'One of Russia's Most Heinous War Crimes'

He says 200K children have been forcibly taken to Russia; millions of others are displaced

(Newser) - About two out of every three children in Ukraine have been displaced since war erupted nearly 100 days ago, according to the United Nations' children's agency. More than 5 million children—3 million in Ukraine and over 2.2 million in refugee-hosting countries—are in need of humanitarian assistance,...

Eye on Ukraine, Taiwanese Make a Move

Citizens who've never handled firearms are increasingly taking lessons in handling airsoft guns

(Newser) - China has scoffed at comparisons of itself and Taiwan to the Russian invasion of Ukraine . But that hasn't eased the fears of Taiwanese residents, who are now taking a step many never expected: getting firearms training. Although gun ownership is strongly regulated in Taiwan, people who've never picked...

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