Russia takes control of Severodonetsk, Ukraine

Russia takes control of Severodonetsk, Ukraine

Russian troops took control of Severodonetsk, one of the last holdouts in the breakaway eastern region of Luhansk, on Saturday — even as Western intelligence agencies predicted that the invader’s military will soon exhaust its combat capabilities and be forced to halt its offensive. Hundreds of civilians were believed to remain trapped in underground bunkers … Read more

J.K. Rowling Trolled by Ukrainian President Impersonators

J.K. Rowling Trolled by Ukrainian President Impersonators

Photo: Tolga Akmen / AFP J.K. Rowling found out that all’s fair in love and war the hard and awkward way on a Zoom call. The author of the Harry Potter series spoke to someone she thought was Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky. The person behind the call wasn’t the Ukrainian statesman at all, though, rather … Read more

Volodymyr Zelensky leaves Kyiv to visit Mykolaiv, Ukraine

Volodymyr Zelensky leaves Kyiv to visit Mykolaiv, Ukraine

President Volodymyr Zelensky got a first-hand look at the destruction in the frontline southern port city of Mykolaiv, a rare trip for the Ukrainian leader outside the capital of Kyiv, according to reports. Zelensky’s office posted a video on Telegram of the visit to the city of roughly 485,000 people near the Black Sea, which … Read more

A Judgment Day Is Coming for Volodymyr Zelensky

A Judgment Day Is Coming for Volodymyr Zelensky

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Ukrainian advisers have been arguing in recent days that they don’t want to cede any territory to Russia in the ongoing war in Ukraine. And though that view is widely held in Ukraine, they could be digging themselves into political quicksand. Zelensky’s position, which he and his advisers have repeated … Read more

Fierce fight for the last Ukrainian city in Donbas grinds on

Fierce fight for the last Ukrainian city in Donbas grinds on

Russian forces now control two-thirds of the key Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk, a local official confirmed Saturday, as fighting still raged in its eastern industrial zone. “The situation remains difficult,” said Serhiy Haidai, the governor of the Luhansk region. “Fighting continues, but unfortunately, most of the city is under Russian control. Some positional battles are … Read more

Biden says Ukraine might have to give Russia land

Biden says Ukraine might have to give Russia land

President Biden on Friday declined to rule out Ukraine having to cede part of its territory to Russia in order to end Moscow’s more than three-month-old invasion. “Does Ukraine have to cede territory to achieve peace?” a reporter asked Biden after his remarks on the May jobs report. “From the beginning, I’ve said and I’ve … Read more

Ex-ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul slams Biden for rejecting Ukraine missile request

Ex-ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul slams Biden for rejecting Ukraine missile request

The US ambassador to Russia under President Obama slammed President Biden on Sunday for his refusal to provide Ukraine with an advanced missile system that can reach Moscow. Ex-ambassador Michael McFaul, who is also an MSNBC analyst, called Biden’s approach “a losing strategy” when asked about a tweet he posted that said, “Not arming Ukraine … Read more

How to end the Ukraine war before Western allies give up

How to end the Ukraine war before Western allies give up

As Russia lays cruel siege to Severodontesk, as the death toll rises and the atrocities drag on, it’s time to ask: How does this war end, or at least reach a cease-fire? Morally, Vladimir Putin deserves to keep none of his territorial gains. That goes back to his earlier seizure of Crimea and moves into … Read more

Ukraine suffers worst military loss when 87 soldiers killed in strike

Ukraine suffers worst military loss when 87 soldiers killed in strike

President Volodymyr Zelensky revealed Monday that Ukraine suffered its worst military loss from a single attack when a Russian missile strike on a barracks killed 87 soldiers. “Today we completed work at Desna. In Desna, under the rubble, there were 87 casualties. Eighty-seven corpses,” Zelensky said during a speech by video link to business leaders … Read more

Ukraine rules out ceasefire in war as fighting intensifies in Donbas

Ukraine rules out ceasefire in war as fighting intensifies in Donbas

Ukraine ruled out a ceasefire or concessions to Moscow while Russia intensified an offensive in the eastern Donbas region and stopped providing gas to Finland, as Polish President Andrzej Duda prepared to address the Ukrainian parliament on Sunday. After ending weeks of resistance by the last Ukrainian fighters in the strategic southeastern city of Mariupol, … Read more