Volodymyr Zelensky

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In Ukraine, a 'New Attempt at Terror' by Russia

Blast rocks Odesa during a visit by Zelensky and Greece's prime minister

(Newser) - The sound of a large explosion reverberated around the Ukrainian port of Odesa as President Volodymyr Zelensky and Greece's prime minister ended a tour of the war-ravaged southern city Wednesday. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said the delegations were getting into their vehicles when they heard the blast, which...

Zelensky Gives Rare Update on Death Toll Among Troops

President says 31,000 of his nation's troops have been killed in Russian invasion

(Newser) - In the first public revelation of his nation's losses, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Sunday that at least 31,000 troops have been killed fighting off the Russian invasion. Tens of thousands of civilians in occupied areas also have died, he said. Ukraine has been secretive about casualties in...

2 Years Later, Ukraine's Troops Are 'Sitting Here With Nothing'

Zelensky welcomes Western leaders to mark anniversary of Russian invasion

(Newser) - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky welcomed Western leaders to Kyiv on Saturday to mark the second anniversary of Russia's full-scale invasion, as Ukrainian forces run low on ammunition and weapons, and foreign aid hangs in the balance. Zelensky posted a video from the Hostomel Airport, along with Italian Premier Giorgia...

After City Falls, Biden Criticizes Congress to Zelensky

Troops defending Avdiivka had to ration ammunition, White House says

(Newser) - Hours after the loss of an eastern Ukrainian city, President Biden told the nation's leader that Congress' failure to approve military aid is to blame. "Ukraine's military was forced to withdraw from Avdiivka after Ukrainian soldiers had to ration ammunition due to dwindling supplies as a result...

As Russia Makes 'Major Gain,' a Warning From Zelensky

Ukraine president says 'artificial deficit' of weapons could give Russia too much breathing room

(Newser) - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned allies on Saturday that an "artificial deficit" of arms for his country risks giving Russia breathing space, highlighting the need for artillery and long-range weapons after his military chief said he was withdrawing troops from the eastern city of Avdiivka, "the first major...

Ukraine Says It Shot Down 40 of 45 Russian Drones
Russia Sends
45 Drones
Into Ukraine

Russia Sends 45 Drones Into Ukraine

Zelensky makes more changes in military leadership

(Newser) - Russian forces launched 45 drones over Ukraine on Sunday in a 5½-hour barrage, officials said, as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky continued the reshuffle of his war cabinet at the beginning of war's third year. The Ukrainian air force said it had shot down 40 of the Iranian-made Shahed...

Zelensky Signals Strategic Shift in War Is Coming

Ukraine leader replaces his top general amid stalemate with Russia

(Newser) - Ukraine's president replaced his top general Thursday in a shake-up aimed at reigniting momentum in the deadlocked war with Russia. After days of speculation that change was coming, President Volodymyr Zelensky said on social media that he was thankful for the service of the outgoing Gen. Valerii Zaluzhnyi—a...

Russian Plane Crashes With 65 Ukrainian POWs Aboard

They were being moved to the border region for a prisoner exchange, Russia said

(Newser) - A military transport plane that Russia said was carrying 65 Ukrainian prisoners of war crashed Wednesday morning in a Russian region near Ukraine, and a local governor wrote on Telegram there were no survivors. The AP reports a total of 74 people were said to be aboard. Russia's foreign...

Zelensky Slams Trump Claims on Russian War: 'Very Dangerous'

Ukraine leader is nervous of possible return to WH for Trump, who said he could stop war in 24 hours

(Newser) - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he was worried by the prospect of Donald Trump returning to the White House, branding Trump's claim that he could stop Ukraine's war with Russia in 24 hours as "very dangerous." In an interview with the UK's Channel 4 News...

Ukraine Says It Was Hit by Biggest Barrage of the War

Kyiv says Russia fired 122 missiles, 36 drones

(Newser) - Russia launched 122 missiles and 36 drones against Ukrainian targets, officials said Friday, killing at least 18 civilians across the country in what an air force official said was the biggest aerial barrage of the 22-month war. The Ukrainian air force intercepted 87 of the missiles and 27 of the...

Putin May Be Open to Ending the War
Putin May Be
Open to Ending
the War

Putin May Be Open to Ending the War

'New York Times' reports he is privately sending signals about a ceasefire

(Newser) - In public, Vladimir Putin continues to talk a confident game about his war in Ukraine, vowing that Russia won't be deterred from retaking control of its neighbor. But Putin is sending a much different message in private, reports the New York Times . "He is ready to make a...

Exhausted Ukraine Needs 500K More Fighters
Ukraine's Front Lines:
Tired, Middle-Aged
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Ukraine's Front Lines: Tired, Middle-Aged

Zelensky considering the military's 'sensitive' request to conscript 500K more civilians

(Newser) - It's a clear sign the Ukraine-Russia war has a long way to go: On Tuesday, Ukraine leader Volodymyr Zelensky said the military wants him to mobilize another 500,000 men from the civilian ranks to fight Russia. "This is a very serious number," Zelensky said in his...

US Report: Russia Has Lost a Stunning Number of Troops

Putin reportedly believes battered Russian military will outlast Western support for Ukraine

(Newser) - Russia has lost 87% of the ground troops and 62% of the tanks it had at the start of its war with Ukraine, according to a declassified US intelligence assessment. It paints a picture of Russia's military as struggling, though it's pushing forward despite the losses in the...

Zelensky Visit Fails to Sway GOP Lawmakers

Biden says failure to pass funding for Ukraine would 'give Putin the greatest Christmas gift'

(Newser) - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke to lawmakers on Capitol Hill in private meeetings Tuesday, but his pleas for aid failed to sway Republican lawmakers who have tied further aid to Ukraine to issues including border security. After meeting with Zelensky, House Speaker Mike Johnson said he "reiterated to him...

Russian Propagandists' New Weapon: Cameo Videos

Celebs including Elijah Wood, Priscilla Presley appear in doctored videos, researchers say

(Newser) - While they apparently haven't gotten to George Santos yet, Russian propagandists have been using Cameo videos from other celebrities to make it appear that Volodymyr Zelensky is seeking help for substance abuse issues, Microsoft researchers say. According to Microsoft's Threat Analysis Center , "unwitting American actors" including Elijah...

Ukraine Crossed a Crucial River. A 'Fiery Hell' Awaits

Ukrainian forces have made it to the eastern bank of the Dnipro

(Newser) - Last month the New York Times reported on a seeming change in Ukraine's war strategy: Ukrainian forces had started crossing the Dnipro River to carry out raids on its Russian-controlled eastern bank, leading to speculation "that Kyiv might be planning a more ambitious effort to open a new...

Ukraine: Russia's Shelling in Single Day Is a 2023 Record

In just 24 hours, 118 settlements in 10 of the nation's regions were bombarded: interior minister

(Newser) - This week, Ukraine saw more than 100 of its settlements attacked by Russia over a one-day span—the most in that time period since the war between the two nations started in February 2022. "Over the last 24 hours, the enemy shelled 118 settlements in 10 regions," Ihor...

At Least 48 Dead in 'Brutal Russian Crime'

Ukrainian officials say attack hit cafe, shop in village

(Newser) - Ukrainian officials said Thursday a Russian attack on a village in the northeast of the country killed at least 48 people and injured at least six more. Presidential chief of staff Andrii Yermak and Kharkiv Gov. Oleh Syniehubov said Russian forces shelled a shop and a cafe in the village...

Zelensky Leaves With More Aid
Zelensky Faces GOP Doubts
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Zelensky Faces GOP Doubts

Ukrainian president nevertheless leaves with more US aid

(Newser) - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is not leaving Washington empty-handed, despite indications that congressional Republicans are becoming less enthusiastic about helping to fund his battle against the Russian invasion. President Biden welcomed Zelensky and his wife, Olena Zelenska, to the White House on Thursday, and later announced another $325 million in...

'When Hatred Is Weaponized Against One Nation, It Never Stops There'

Zelensky addresses UN General Assembly

(Newser) - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Tuesday that Russia is "weaponizing" everything from food and energy to abducted children in its war against Ukraine—and he warned world leaders that the same could happen to them, the AP reports. "When hatred is weaponized against one nation, it never stops there,...

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