India, the world’s biggest buyer of Russian arms, looks to diversify suppliers

NEW DELHI, India – India is looking to domestic firms and eastern European nations for military gear and ammunition, as the world’s biggest buyer of Russian arms seeks alternative suppliers at a time when Moscow is fighting a war with Ukraine and facing sanctions. New Delhi has long talked of diversifying the suppliers to its … Read more

Ukraine counter-attacks Russian forces in the east

RUSKA LOZOVA, Ukraine – Russia attacked positions in eastern Ukraine as it tries to encircle Ukrainian forces in the Donbas and fend off a counteroffensive around the city of Izium. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Russia’s offensive in Donbas had stalled and Ukraine could win the war, an outcome few military analysts predicted at the … Read more

Ukraine collects Russian dead as war rages on multiple fronts

KYIV, Ukraine – The bodies of Russian soldiers killed in Ukraine were brought to a rail yard outside Kyiv and stacked with hundreds of others in a refrigerated train, waiting for the time when they can sent back to their families. “Most of them were brought from the Kyiv region, there are some from Chernihiv … Read more

Ukraine begins first war crimes trial of Russian soldier

The Kyiv district court’s website says Vadim Shishimarin is accused of ‘violations of the laws and norms of war’ KYIV, Ukraine – A Ukrainian court held a preliminary hearing on Friday, May 13, in the first war crimes trial arising from Russia’s February 24 invasion, after charging a captured Russian soldier with the murder of … Read more

NATO to welcome Nordic members as Ukraine pushes back Russian forces

On the frontlines, Ukraine says it pushed back Russian forces in the east and shut gas flows on a route through Russian-held territory, raising the specter of an energy crisis in Europe Finland is expected to announce on Thursday, May 12, its intention to join NATO with Sweden likely to follow soon after, diplomats and … Read more

Russian diplomats spurned in Europe’s capitals

Russian diplomat Sergiy Andreev was feeling unwelcome on the streets of Warsaw even before the protesters doused him with red liquid thrown in his face at short range this week. Soon after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, Andreev, who is Moscow’s ambassador in Poland, found the embassy bank accounts had been frozen. Attempts … Read more

Ukraine to halt some Russian gas flows, claims battlefield gains

Ukraine’s gas operator says it will redirect gas from the Sokhranivka transit point, which is in an area occupied by Russian forces, to another in a Ukraine-controlled area KHARKIV, Ukraine – Ukraine prepared to suspend the flow of some Russian gas to Europe through a key transit point on Wednesday, May 11, as it claimed … Read more

Ukraine’s Odesa douses fires after Russian Victory Day strikes

Firefighters battled blazes in Odesa until early hours on Tuesday, May 10, after Russian missiles pounded the Ukrainian port on the day President Vladimir Putin led celebrations in Moscow marking the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two. In a defiant Victory Day on Monday, Putin exhorted Russians to battle for their homeland, … Read more

Russian Orthodox Church scolds Pope Francis after ‘Putin’s altar boy’ remark

Pope Francis tells an Italian newspaper that Patriarch Kirill, who has given the Ukraine war his backing, ‘cannot become [President Vladimir] Putin’s altar boy’ LONDON, UK – The Russian Orthodox Church scolded Pope Francis on Wednesday, May 4, for using the wrong tone after he urged Patriarch Kirill not to become the Kremlin’s “altar boy”, … Read more