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  • Moscow Claims More Advances in Ukraine’s Kharkiv Region

    Moscow Claims More Advances in Ukraine’s Kharkiv Region

    Russia’s Defense Ministry said Sunday that its forces had captured four more villages in Ukraine’s Kharkiv region as thousands of residents were evacuated amid Moscow’s surprise ground offensive. The ministry said its forces had “advanced deeply into the enemy defenses” and taken villages including Gatishche, Krasnoye, Morokhovets, and Oleinikovo. Ukraine’s military, meanwhile, said it was…

  • 15 Killed in Missile Attack Against Russia’s Belgorod

    15 Killed in Missile Attack Against Russia’s Belgorod

    Updated with injury, death count. Rescue workers in the western Russian city of Belgorod have recovered the bodies of 15 people buried beneath the rubble of an apartment building that collapsed earlier on Sunday after being struck by a Ukrainian missile. “The main part of removing rubble from the apartment building on Shchors Street has been…

  • At Least 17 Injured in Missile Attack Against Russia’s Belgorod

    At Least 17 Injured in Missile Attack Against Russia’s Belgorod

    At least 17 people were injured after a Ukrainian missile struck a residential building in the western Russian city of Belgorod, Russian authorities said Sunday. Russia’s Defense Ministry said a Ukrainian Tochka-U missile hit a “residential district” in the city after it was intercepted by air defense systems.  It was not immediately possible to verify…

  • Tom Parfitt’s ‘High Caucasus’ is Shortlisted for Pushkin House Book Prize

    Tom Parfitt’s ‘High Caucasus’ is Shortlisted for Pushkin House Book Prize

    Veteran journalist Tom Parfitt came up with the idea of a solo walk through Russia’s North Caucasus after reporting on the bloody Beslan school siege by Islamic militants in 2004. The undertaking was, as he puts it, his way of trying to “dilute” the memories of that horror. The result is a poignant, beautiful and…

  • Thousands Rally in Tbilisi Against ‘Foreign Influence’ Bill

    Thousands Rally in Tbilisi Against ‘Foreign Influence’ Bill

    Thousands of protesters marched through central Tbilisi on Saturday at a rally against a controversial “foreign influence” bill backed by the Georgian government and likened to Russian laws silencing dissent. Massive rallies have gripped the Black Sea Caucasus country for almost a month after the ruling Georgian Dream party revived the bill dropped last year…

  • Russia Claims Gains in Ukraine’s Kharkiv Region

    Russia Claims Gains in Ukraine’s Kharkiv Region

    Russia on Saturday said it had captured five villages in Ukraine’s northeastern Kharkiv region during a surprise ground offensive that prompted mass evacuations, as President Volodymyr Zelensky made an urgent call for military aid. Moscow’s Defense Ministry said its troops had “liberated” five villages in Ukraine’s Kharkiv region near the Russian border — Borysivka, Ohirtseve,…

  • Hundreds Evacuated From Ukraine Border After Russian Offensive

    Hundreds Evacuated From Ukraine Border After Russian Offensive

    Hundreds of people were evacuated from areas near the Russian border in Ukraine’s Kharkiv region, the regional governor said Saturday, a day after Moscow launched a surprise ground offensive. Russian forces made small advances in the area it was pushed back from nearly two years ago, the latest in a series of gains as Ukrainian…

  • In Between Russia and Finland Fish Are King

    In Between Russia and Finland Fish Are King

    Karelian cuisine is a kind of culinary time machine. It includes dishes and traditions not only of Karelians, but also of ancient Novgorodians from the 14th century, Veps, Izhors and other nationalities that only have a few thousand people. To eat Karelian food is to take a journey into the past. This marvelous forest and…

  • Georgian Police Arrest Russian Man at Anti-Government Protest – Reports

    Georgian Police Arrest Russian Man at Anti-Government Protest – Reports

    Law enforcement authorities in the South Caucasus nation of Georgia have arrested a Russian man who attended recent protests against a controversial “foreign influence” bill, local media reported Friday. Members of the Russian diaspora have joined tens of thousands of Georgians in Tbilisi since April to rally against what has been described as a copycat of…

  • Passenger Bus Plunges Into St. Petersburg River, Killing 7

    Passenger Bus Plunges Into St. Petersburg River, Killing 7

    Updated with new death toll. At least seven people have died and six injured after a passenger bus plunged into a river in central St. Petersburg, Russia’s Investigative Committee said Friday. St. Petersburg police said around 20 passengers were on board the bus when it fell off a bridge into the Moika River at around…

  • Russia Launches New Ground Offensive Against Northeastern Ukraine

    Russia Launches New Ground Offensive Against Northeastern Ukraine

    Russian forces launched a surprise ground offensive into Ukraine’s northeastern Kharkiv region on Friday, as Ukrainian authorities told civilians along border areas to flee amid heavy fighting. “Russia launched a new wave of counteroffensive actions… Ukraine met them there with our troops, brigades, and artillery,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a briefing. “Now there…

  • Russia Launches Offensive Into Kharkiv Region, Ukraine Says

    Russia Launches Offensive Into Kharkiv Region, Ukraine Says

    Russia has launched a cross-border ground offensive into Ukraine’s northeastern Kharkiv region, Ukraine’s Defense Ministry and a high-ranking Ukrainian military source said Friday. Kyiv’s forces pushed back Russian forces from most of the Kharkiv region in 2022, the same year the Kremlin launched its so-called “special military operation.” But Moscow appears to be back on…

  • Putin Signals Continuity With PM Mishustin’s Reappointment

    Putin Signals Continuity With PM Mishustin’s Reappointment

    President Vladimir Putin has nominated acting Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin for reappointment, with Russian lawmakers widely expected to approve his candidacy later on Friday, an apparent signal of continuity as Moscow presses on with its full-scale war against Ukraine. Mishustin, a low-profile technocrat who has steered Russia’s economy through a storm of Western sanctions and…

  • Russian Lawmakers Approve Mishustin’s Return as PM

    Russian Lawmakers Approve Mishustin’s Return as PM

    Updated with voting results. Russian lawmakers on Friday approved President Vladimir Putin’s nomination of Mikhail Mishustin to return as prime minister, a sign that the Kremlin is banking on continuity and stability as it presses ahead with its full-scale war against Ukraine. Mishustin, a low-profile technocrat who has steered Russia’s economy through a storm of Western sanctions and…

  • Ukrainian Drone Attacks Oil Refinery in Russia’s Kaluga Region

    Ukrainian Drone Attacks Oil Refinery in Russia’s Kaluga Region

    A Ukrainian drone struck an oil refinery in central Russia’s Kaluga region, local authorities said Friday, as a recent uptick in attacks on the country’s energy infrastructure possibly risks destabilizing global energy markets. The Kaluga region, located south of Moscow, was among at least five Russian regions that reported drone strikes between Thursday night and Friday…

  • In Annexed Crimea, War Looms Over Victory Day Celebrations

    In Annexed Crimea, War Looms Over Victory Day Celebrations

    SEVASTOPOL — At a cemetery on the outskirts of Sevastopol, annexed Crimea’s main port city, hundreds of Russian flags fluttered in the wind beside the graves of soldiers killed in Moscow’s war against Ukraine.   Walking among the graves were Olga, 65, with her husband Vladimir, 73. The retired couple came to visit the cemetery on…

  • ‘Day of Unity’ or ‘Day of Sorrow’? Russians Celebrate Third Victory Day Since Invasion

    ‘Day of Unity’ or ‘Day of Sorrow’? Russians Celebrate Third Victory Day Since Invasion

    MOSCOW — Thousands of Muscovites flocked the streets of the Russian capital on Thursday to commemorate Victory Day, an annual celebration marking the Soviet Union’s triumph over Nazi Germany in World War II. Many came out to watch the traditional military parade — a showcase of army vehicles and thousands of marching troops dressed in…

  • Russia Agrees to Remove Some Troops, Border Guards From Armenia

    Russia Agrees to Remove Some Troops, Border Guards From Armenia

    Russia has agreed to remove some of its troops and border guards from Armenia, the Kremlin said on Thursday, after months of spiraling tensions between the two ex-Soviet allies. Yerevan, a traditional partner of Moscow, has publicly distanced itself recently, angry that Russian peacekeeping forces did not intervene during last year’s Azerbaijani offensive to retake…

  • Russia Issues Arrest Warrant for Exiled Rapper Oxxxymiron

    Russia Issues Arrest Warrant for Exiled Rapper Oxxxymiron

    Authorities in Russia have issued an arrest warrant for the exiled anti-war rapper Oxxxymiron, the independent news website Mediazona reported Thursday. Russia’s Justice Ministry designated Oxxxymiron — whose real name is Miron Fyodorov — as a “foreign agent” in October 2022, several months after the full-scale invasion of Ukraine. The rapper has organized concerts in support of Ukrainian…

  • In First, Drone Attacks Oil Refinery in Russia’s Bashkortostan

    In First, Drone Attacks Oil Refinery in Russia’s Bashkortostan

    A drone has attacked an oil refinery in Russia’s republic of Bashkortostan, regional authorities said Thursday, the first such reported case in the region since Moscow invaded Ukraine more than two years ago. “A drone attacked the industrial zone of Salavat city at around 13:00 today, after which there was smoke at one of the…

  • Ukrainian Attacks on Russia’s Belgorod Injure 8 as Moscow Marks Victory Day

    Ukrainian Attacks on Russia’s Belgorod Injure 8 as Moscow Marks Victory Day

    Ukrainian attacks in and around the western Russian city of Belgorod have injured at least eight people, Russian authorities said Thursday, as the country marks the 79th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany. “The city of Belgorod and the Belgorod district came under an air attack by the Ukrainian Armed Forces. There were direct…

  • In Victory Day Speech, Putin Rails Against ‘Distortion’ of History

    In Victory Day Speech, Putin Rails Against ‘Distortion’ of History

    Russian President Vladimir Putin gave a defiant speech Thursday slamming Ukraine and its Western allies over their alleged attempts to “distort” history and stoke regional conflicts as he attended a military parade on Red Square to mark Victory Day.  “Today we see how they’re trying to distort the truth about WWII. It interferes with those…

  • Moscow Seizes Pasta Maker Makfa in Wartime Nationalization Sweep

    Moscow Seizes Pasta Maker Makfa in Wartime Nationalization Sweep

    A court in Russia’s Chelyabinsk region has ruled to hand over the assets of pasta manufacturer Makfa Group to the Russian state, the business news website RBC reported Wednesday. Makfa’s seizure is the latest in what has been described as the Kremlin’s creeping drive of forced nationalizations since the February 2022 invasion of Ukraine, which saw…

  • Estonia Summons Russian Envoy Over Alleged GPS Jamming

    Estonia Summons Russian Envoy Over Alleged GPS Jamming

    Estonia on Wednesday summoned Russia’s charge d’affaires over alleged GPS interference around its airspace, claiming that recent disruptions to civilian air traffic were “hybrid activity” orchestrated by Moscow. Estonia and fellow Baltic states Latvia and Lithuania warned last month that widespread Russian GPS jamming was increasing the threat of an aviation accident occurring in their…

  • Arrested Russian Deputy Defense Minister Accused of Accepting $12 Mln Bribe, Lawyer Says

    Arrested Russian Deputy Defense Minister Accused of Accepting $12 Mln Bribe, Lawyer Says

    Russian Deputy Defense Minister Timur Ivanov has been accused of accepting a bribe “in the form of services” valued at more than 1 billion rubles ($12.2 million), Russian media reported Wednesday. Ivanov, 48, faces up to 15 years in prison for large-scale bribe-taking, which investigators say centers around a “criminal conspiracy” to accept funds “in the form…

  • Death Toll From Ukrainian Drone Attack on Russia’s Belgorod Climbs to 8

    Death Toll From Ukrainian Drone Attack on Russia’s Belgorod Climbs to 8

    The death toll from a Ukrainian drone strike on western Russia’s Belgorod region earlier this week has risen to eight people, Russian authorities said Wednesday. In one of the deadliest recent attacks inside Russia, six people were killed Monday when drones struck two vans and a car near the village of Berezovka, around 7 kilometers…

  • U.K. Expels Russian Defense Attache Accused of Being ‘Undeclared’ Intelligence Officer

    U.K. Expels Russian Defense Attache Accused of Being ‘Undeclared’ Intelligence Officer

    The British government announced Wednesday that it plans to expel a Russian Defense attache over suspicions that he is “an undeclared military intelligence officer.” Home Secretary James Cleverly told parliament the U.K. would also remove the diplomatic status of several Russian-owned properties, including one in Sussex, southern England, and another in London, which he says…

  • India Arrests 4 Accused of Recruiting Citizens for Russian Army

    India Arrests 4 Accused of Recruiting Citizens for Russian Army

    Indian authorities have arrested four people accused of “trafficking” citizens of the country to fight for the Russian army in Ukraine. At least two Indian soldiers have been killed in Moscow’s war on Ukraine, with several recruits previously telling AFP they were shipped to the front lines under false pretenses. A statement published by India’s…

  • Russia Says Captured 2 More Villages in Eastern Ukraine

    Russia Says Captured 2 More Villages in Eastern Ukraine

    Russia’s Defense Ministry announced Wednesday that its forces had captured two more frontline villages in eastern Ukraine. Moscow has made a string of territorial gains in recent months, taking advantage of its manpower and weapons advantage on the battlefield as Kyiv awaits critical military aid from the United States. Russia said its troops had “liberated…

  • Moscow City Assembly Unseats Exiled Anti-War Deputy

    Moscow City Assembly Unseats Exiled Anti-War Deputy

    Moscow’s city assembly voted Wednesday to unseat an exiled anti-war deputy whom the Russian authorities designated as a “foreign agent.” Yevgeny Stupin, who was elected into the Moscow City Duma as a Communist Party member in 2019, was among the signatories of a letter titled “Communists and Socialists Against Fratricidal War” that condemned Russia’s full-scale…

  • Ukraine Warns of Widespread Power Outages After Russian Strikes on Energy Sites

    Ukraine Warns of Widespread Power Outages After Russian Strikes on Energy Sites

    Ukraine on Wednesday warned of possible nationwide power shutdowns after a “massive” wave of Russian missiles and drones targeted the country’s already battered energy system. While Ukrainian troops struggle to hold the front line more than two years into the war, Moscow has intensified strikes on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, triggering blackouts and electricity rationing across…

  • Polish Border Guards Arrest Russian Army Deserter

    Polish Border Guards Arrest Russian Army Deserter

    A Russian army deserter has been detained in Poland after crossing the border from Belarus, the Polish border guard announced Wednesday. “The Border Guard confirms the detention of a deserter from Russia. He is a 41-year-old man who illegally crossed the border from Belarus to Poland,” the state agency wrote on X (formerly Twitter).  “Further…

  • Lithuania Ready to Send Troops to Ukraine, PM Says

    Lithuania Ready to Send Troops to Ukraine, PM Says

    Lithuania is prepared to send its soldiers on a training mission to Ukraine despite Russia’s nuclear threats, Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte said in an interview with the Financial Times published Wednesday. Her comments follow the Russian Defense Ministry’s announcement that its forces were preparing to conduct tactical nuclear weapons exercises in response to Western…

  • Russia Bans U.S.-Funded Rights Group Freedom House

    Russia Bans U.S.-Funded Rights Group Freedom House

    Moscow on Tuesday designated the U.S.-funded rights group Freedom House as an “undesirable organization,” effectively banning anyone from working for or having links with the group. Russia’s Prosecutor General said in a statement that Freedom House had called for “comprehensive assistance for Ukraine to defeat Russia” and had “discredited” the Russian army. “The organization provides…

  • Russian Journalist Kevorkova Placed in Pre-Trial Detention for ‘Justifying Terrorism’

    Russian Journalist Kevorkova Placed in Pre-Trial Detention for ‘Justifying Terrorism’

    A Moscow court has placed journalist Nadezhda Kevorkova in pre-trial detention for two months on charges of “justifying terrorism” over posts she made on social, the Russian capital’s court system announced Tuesday. Kevorkova, 65, is a Russian war correspondent, author, and filmmaker who has written about the Middle East and Russia’s North Caucasus for both independent…

  • With Georgia Gripped By Political Turmoil, Officials in Moscow Take Hands-Off Approach

    With Georgia Gripped By Political Turmoil, Officials in Moscow Take Hands-Off Approach

    Georgia’s controversial “foreign influence” bill has sharply divided Georgian politics and stirred accusations that the ruling coalition seeks to draw the country closer to Russia, as the draft law’s critics argue that it is a facsimile of repressive legislation adopted by Moscow more than a decade ago. In Russia, officials are observing from the sidelines…

  • Wife of Exiled Russian Journalist Martynov Jailed 9 Years for Attempted Murder

    Wife of Exiled Russian Journalist Martynov Jailed 9 Years for Attempted Murder

    A Russian court has sentenced the wife of exiled journalist Kirill Martynov to nine years in prison for the attempted murder of her daughter almost two decades ago, Russian media reported Tuesday. Antonina Martynova, whose maiden name is Fyodorova, had evaded criminal punishment for 16 years after a Russian jury in 2008 found her guilty…

  • Belarus Holds Snap Inspection of Nuclear Arms Carriers

    Belarus Holds Snap Inspection of Nuclear Arms Carriers

    Belarus said Tuesday it had started a surprise inspection of its non-strategic nuclear weapon carriers on the orders of President Alexander Lukashenko. The announcement comes a day after his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin ordered nuclear drills in Russia, raising fears that the powerful weapons could be used in Ukraine. Non-strategic nuclear weapons, also known as…

  • Ukraine Says Thwarted Russian Plot to Kill Zelensky

    Ukraine Says Thwarted Russian Plot to Kill Zelensky

    Authorities in Kyiv announced Tuesday that they detained two Ukrainian security officials involved in a plot coordinated by Russia to assassinate senior Ukrainian officials, including President Volodymyr Zelensky. The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) said in a statement that it had exposed a network of agents run by Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB), whose aim was…

  • Armenian PM Threatens to Ban Russian TV Channels

    Armenian PM Threatens to Ban Russian TV Channels

    Armenia could ban Russian television broadcasts if Moscow continues ignoring Yerevan’s requests for more balanced coverage, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said Tuesday. “We expect the broadcasts of Russian TV channels to respect the citizens and the state system of Armenia,” Pashinyan said during a marathon press conference, according to the Russian news agency Interfax. “We…

  • Moisture separator reheaters installed at Akkuyu NPP Unit 1

    The equipment of the new, improved design is installed in the turbine hall of the Power Unit. May 6, 2024, Büyükeceli, Mersin Province, Türkiye. The installation of horizontal moisture separator reheaters (MSR) has been completed in the turbine hall of Akkuyu NPP Unit 1. The equipment is a part of the NPP steam turbine plant…

  • Putin Sworn In for Fifth Term as President

    Putin Sworn In for Fifth Term as President

    Vladimir Putin was sworn in as President of Russia for a fifth on Tuesday, setting the stage for another six years in power as he leads the country in its devastating war against neighboring Ukraine. After Putin took the oath of office, led by Constitutional Court head Valery Zorkin, he was officially sworn in as…

  • Russian Shelling Kills 1 in Ukraine’s Sumy region

    Russian Shelling Kills 1 in Ukraine’s Sumy region

    Ukraine said Tuesday that one person was killed by Russian artillery fire in the northeastern Sumy region. Sumy and the neighboring region of Kharkiv, where the country’s second-largest city is located, have come under increasing aerial bombardments in recent weeks. “As a result of an enemy attack, one civilian was killed and four were wounded,…

  • Regional Official Arrested for Bribery in Russia’s Bashkortostan

    Regional Official Arrested for Bribery in Russia’s Bashkortostan

    A regional minister has been detained on suspicion of soliciting 5 million rubles ($55,000) as a bribe in Russia’s republic of Bashkortostan, investigators said Tuesday. Russia’s Investigative Committee, which probes major crimes, did not identify the official by name, saying only that he is a 47-year-old ex-transportation minister. But Bashkortostan Governor Radiy Khabirov identified the…

  • Russia Arrests U.S. Army Soldier on Theft Charges

    Russia Arrests U.S. Army Soldier on Theft Charges

    Updated with White House comments. Russia said Tuesday that it will hold an American soldier who was detained in the Far East over the weekend in custody until early July on theft charges. The U.S. Army said the soldier, identified by a Russian court in the city of Vladivostok as Gordon Black, had been detained…

  • Siberia’s Irkutsk Declares Emergency as Fires Ravage Region

    Siberia’s Irkutsk Declares Emergency as Fires Ravage Region

    Authorities in Russia’s Irkutsk region declared a state of emergency on Monday after a fast-spreading fire fueled by strong winds and dry weather ripped through villages, destroying homes and injuring at least one person. A woman was hospitalized and in critical condition after she suffered burn wounds in the Bratsk district, Irkutsk region Governor Igor…

  • Russian Journalist Kevorkova Charged With ‘Justifying Terrorism,’ Lawyer Says

    Russian Journalist Kevorkova Charged With ‘Justifying Terrorism,’ Lawyer Says

    Russian law enforcement authorities have charged journalist Nadezhda Kevorkova with “justifying terrorism” over posts she made on social media, her lawyer said Monday. Kevorkova, 65, is a Russian war correspondent, author, and filmmaker who has written about the Middle East and Russia’s North Caucasus for both the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta and the Kremlin-funded broadcaster…

  • Russia Says Captured 2 Frontline Villages in Ukraine

    Russia Says Captured 2 Frontline Villages in Ukraine

    Moscow said Monday that its forces had captured two more frontline villages in eastern Ukraine, including one in the northeast Kharkiv region, where Kyiv managed to repel Russian troops at the beginning of the full-scale invasion. Russia’s Defense Ministry said its soldiers “liberated the village of Kotlyarivka in the Kharkiv region” and “the village of…

  • Germany Recalls Russian Ambassador Over Cyberattack

    Germany Recalls Russian Ambassador Over Cyberattack

    Germany has temporarily recalled its ambassador to Russia after members of Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s political party were targeted in what Berlin said was a state-sponsored Russian cyberattack, the German Foreign Ministry said Monday. A newly concluded government investigation revealed that the cyberattack targeting members of Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) had been carried out by…

  • Russia Moves to Ban ‘Foreign Agents’ From Running for Political Office

    Russia Moves to Ban ‘Foreign Agents’ From Running for Political Office

    Russian lawmakers on Monday passed a bill that bans “foreign agents” from running for any political office in the country, the latest in a series of tightening restrictions against those whom the Kremlin accuses of working in the interests of Western governments. Hundreds of cultural figures, journalists, businesspeople, as well as news outlets and organizations, have been…

  • Russia’s FSB Detains Man Accused of Trying to Blow Up Court Buildings

    Russia’s FSB Detains Man Accused of Trying to Blow Up Court Buildings

    A Russian man accused of trying to blow up two court buildings on behalf of Ukraine has been detained and charged with terrorism, Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) said Monday. The man, described as being in his mid-forties, was found “placing unknown objects in construction waste” near a railway station in the central city of…

  • What’s Behind Georgia’s ‘Russian Law’?

    What’s Behind Georgia’s ‘Russian Law’?

    The South Caucasus nation of Georgia has for weeks been gripped by mass protests against a controversial “foreign influence” bill that critics say resembles legislation in Russia used to crack down on independent media and the opposition. Introduced into parliament last month by the country’s ruling Georgian Dream coalition, the bill would force organizations receiving…

  • Russian Strikes Cut Power for Nearly Half a Million Homes in Ukraine

    Russian Strikes Cut Power for Nearly Half a Million Homes in Ukraine

    Russian shelling of Ukrainian energy infrastructure led to widespread power outages overnight in the northeastern Sumy and Kharkiv regions, Ukraine’s Energy Ministry said Monday. Moscow has intensified strikes on Ukraine’s energy facilities in recent months, knocking out a significant chunk of production, and triggering blackouts and energy rationing across the country. “The enemy shelled energy…

  • Russia Says Preparing Non-Strategic Nuclear Strike Drills

    Russia Says Preparing Non-Strategic Nuclear Strike Drills

    Updated with Peskov’s remarks. Russia’s Defense Ministry announced Monday that its forces were preparing to conduct tactical nuclear weapons exercises in response to Western “threats and provocations.” “At the order of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, in order to increase the readiness of non-strategic nuclear forces to perform combat…

  • 6 Killed in Ukrainian Drone Attack on Russia’s Belgorod 

    6 Killed in Ukrainian Drone Attack on Russia’s Belgorod 

    A Ukrainian drone strike in Western Russia’s Belgorod region has killed at least six people and wounded 35 others, Russian authorities said Monday, marking one of the deadliest attacks inside Russia since the start of the full-scale invasion over two years ago. Belgorod region Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said several drones struck a car and two vans carrying…

  • Russia Says Forces Seized Village in Eastern Ukraine

    Russia Says Forces Seized Village in Eastern Ukraine

    Russia said Sunday its armed forces had seized the village of Ocheretyne in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region, the latest in a string of small territorial gains for Moscow. After capturing the nearby industrial hub of Avdiivka in February, Russia has pressed its manpower and weapons advantage on the battlefield, advancing several kilometers deeper into Ukraine…

  • Niger Receives New Russian Advisers, Equipment

    Niger Receives New Russian Advisers, Equipment

    New Russian military advisers and military equipment have arrived in Niger, according to state television in the African country that wants U.S. forces to leave. A first set of about 100 Russian advisers had arrived in Niger on April 10 along with air defense systems. Two military transporters arrived Saturday, according to Tele Sahel that…

  • Russian Rockets Kill 2 as Rivals Mark Orthodox Easter

    Russian Rockets Kill 2 as Rivals Mark Orthodox Easter

    A Russian rocket strike on Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region killed two people and a drone attack on the northeastern city of Kharkiv injured at least six, officials said Sunday. The overnight attacks came as Orthodox Christians in Ukraine and Russia celebrated Easter. “In Pokrovsk, rocket attacks killed two people and damaged a house,” Vadim Filashkin,…

  • Writer Witold Szabłowski Spills the Beans in the Kremlin Kitchen

    Writer Witold Szabłowski Spills the Beans in the Kremlin Kitchen

    “I think cooking is very close to politics,” Witold Szabłowski told The Moscow Times. “And politics is very close to cooking. What do people eat before they send their soldiers to war? What do they eat before they set the world on fire?” “What’s Cooking in the Kremlin?” is the sixth book from the prolific…

  • Russia Adds Zelensky to Criminal ‘Wanted’ List

    Russia Adds Zelensky to Criminal ‘Wanted’ List

    Russia has added Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to its list of wanted criminals, a government database showed on Saturday. Zelensky appeared in the Russian Interior Ministry’s “wanted” list, an online database of alleged criminals sought by the authorities. It stated that the Ukrainian leader was wanted “under an article of the criminal code,” without providing…