Ukraine to hold the first war crimes trial of captured Russian

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine (AP) – Ukraine’s top prosecutor disclosed plans Wednesday for the first war crimes trial of a captured Russian soldier, as fighting raged in the east and south and the Kremlin left open the possibility of annexing a corner of the country it seized early in the invasion. Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova said her … Read more

Al Jazeera reporter killed during an Israeli raid in the West Bank

JERUSALEM (AP) – Veteran Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, one of the satellite channel’s best-known reporters, was shot and killed on Wednesday while covering an Israeli military raid in the occupied West Bank. The broadcaster and two reporters who were with her blamed Israeli forces. The Israeli army initially suggested that Abu Akleh might … Read more

Russia pounds Ukraine’s vital port of Odesa, Mariupol plant

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine (AP) – Russian forces pounded away at the vital port of Odesa, Ukrainian officials said Tuesday, as part of an apparent effort to disrupt supply lines and weapons shipments. On the other end of the southern coast, they hammered a steel plant where Ukrainian fighters are denying Moscow full control of another critical … Read more

Putin to mark Victory Day as Russia presses Ukraine assault

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine (AP) – Russian forces pushed forward Monday in their assault on Ukraine, seeking to capture the crucial southern port city of Mariupol as Moscow prepared to celebrate its Victory Day holiday. Determined to show success in a war now in its 11th week, Russian troops were pummeling a seaside steel mill where an … Read more

Protect the body: Ukraine volunteers craft armor, camouflage

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine (AP) – Sparks fly as a circular saw slices into metal, while welders nearby work feverishly to the sound of blaring heavy metal. Upstairs, sewing machines clatter as women mark patterns on cloth being shaped into bulletproof vests. An old industrial complex in the southeastern Ukrainian riverside city of Zaporizhzhia has become a … Read more

Syrians in desperate need of aid hit hard by Ukraine fallout

BEIRUT (AP) – Umm Khaled hardly leaves the tent where she lives in northwest Syria, and she says she doesn’t pay attention to the news. But she knows one reason why it is getting harder and harder to feed herself and her children: Ukraine. “Prices have been going up, and this has been happening to … Read more

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko admits Russia’s war ‘drags on’

MINSK, Belarus (AP) – Belarus’ authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko defended Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in an interview Thursday with The Associated Press, but he said he did not expect the 10-week-old conflict to “drag on this way.” He also spoke out against the use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine but would not say if Russian … Read more

Mariupol steel mill battle rages as Ukraine repels attacks

LVIV, Ukraine (AP) – Heavy fighting raged Thursday at the shattered steel plant in Mariupol as Russian forces sought to finish off the city’s last-ditch defenders and complete the capture of the strategically vital Ukrainian port. The bloody battle came amid growing speculation that President Vladimir Putin wants to present the Russian people with a … Read more

Russia storms Mariupol plant as some evacuees reach safety

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine (AP) – Russian forces Tuesday began storming the steel mill containing the last pocket of resistance in Mariupol, Ukrainian defenders said, just as scores of civilians evacuated from the bombed-out plant reached relative safety and told of days and nights filled with dread and despair from constant shelling. Osnat Lubrani, the UN humanitarian … Read more

Ukraine fights to hold off Russian advances in south, east

KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) – Ukrainian forces fought Saturday to hold off a Russian advance in their country south and east, where the Kremlin is seeking to capture the industrial Donbas region and Western military analysts said Moscow’s offensive was going much slower than planned. The United Nations continued trying to broker an evacuation of civilians … Read more