Ukraine pressures retreating Russian troops

KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian troops have pressured retreating Russian forces Tuesday, pressing a counteroffensive that produced major gains and a blow to Moscow’s military prestige. As the advance continued, Ukraine’s border guard service said the army had taken control of Vovchansk – a town just 3 kilometers (2 miles) from Russia seized on the … Read more

Chinese President Xi travels overseas to promote his strategic role

BEIJING (AP) — President Xi Jinping is using his first overseas trip since the start of the pandemic to promote China’s strategic ambitions during a summit with Russia’s Vladimir Putin and other leaders of a Central Asian security group. Chinese leader promotes ‘Global Security Initiative’ announced in April following formation of Quad by Washington, Japan, … Read more

Russian forces retreat amid Ukrainian counteroffensive

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian troops successfully launched their swift counteroffensive in the country’s northeast on Sunday, even as a nuclear power plant in the Russian-occupied south was completely shut down in a bid to prevent a radioactive disaster as fighting raged nearby. Kyiv’s action to reclaim Russian-occupied areas in the Kharkiv region forced Moscow … Read more

Russia announces troop withdrawal from Ukraine’s Kharkiv region

Kyiv, Ukraine — The Russian Defense Ministry announced on Saturday that it was withdrawing troops from two areas of Ukrainein the eastern region of Kharkiv, where a Ukrainian counteroffensive made significant progress last week. The news came after days of apparent advances by Ukraine south of Kharkiv, the country’s second-largest city, in what could become … Read more

Kremlin says it ‘appreciates’ Joe Biden’s decision to spare Russia a terrorism sponsor label

In a twisted turn of events, the Kremlin and President Joe Biden are now on the same page about something more than six months later. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine. Biden said over the weekend that he doesn’t think Russia should be named as state sponsor of terrorismand now the Kremlin is praising … Read more

Gorbachev mourned as a rare but still bitter world leader

BERLIN (AP) — Mikhail Gorbachevthe last leader of the Soviet Union and for many the man who restored democracy to the then communist-ruled nations of Europe, was hailed on Wednesday as a rare leader who changed the world and for a time brought hope for peace among the superpowers. But the man who died on … Read more

Gorbachev mourned as a rare but still bitter world leader

BERLIN (AP) — The death of Mikhail Gorbachevthe last leader of the Soviet Union and for many the man who restored democracy to the then communist-ruled nations of Europe, was mourned on Wednesday as the loss of a rare leader who changed the world and for a time given hope for peace among the superpowers. … Read more

Russia will hold extensive joint war games with China and others

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia said on Monday it would launch extensive military drills in the east of the country that would involve Chinese forces — a show of increasingly close defense ties between Moscow and Beijing amid tensions with the West about the Kremlin’s action in Ukraine. The Russian Defense Ministry said exercise Vostok 2022 … Read more

15 people reportedly killed in Ukraine Independence Day attack

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces launched a rocket attack on a Ukrainian train station on the embattled country’s Independence Day on Wednesday, killing at least 15 people and injuring about 50, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said after having warned for days that Moscow might attempt “something particularly cruel” this week. The deadly attack took place … Read more

15 people reportedly killed in Ukraine Independence Day attack

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces launched a rocket attack on a train station in central Ukraine on Wednesday on the embattled country’s Independence Day, killing at least 15 people and injuring about 50, said President Volodymyr Zelenskyy after warning for days that Moscow might attempt “something particularly cruel” this week. The deadly attack took … Read more