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  • Russian Defense Minister Scolds Artillery Manufacturer for ‘Slow’ Production

    Russian Defense Minister Scolds Artillery Manufacturer for ‘Slow’ Production

    Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on Wednesday chewed out the chief engineer of the country’s leading producer of self-propelled artillery systems over what he suggested was the slow output at the manufacturing plant.  “Stop goofing around, guys,” Shoigu said during a tour of the Uraltransmash machine-building plant in the city of Yekaterinburg. “We should have had these…

  • U.K. Lawmakers Warn Russia Skirting Oil Sanctions With ‘Shadow’ Tankers

    U.K. Lawmakers Warn Russia Skirting Oil Sanctions With ‘Shadow’ Tankers

    There is “growing evidence” that Russia is using “shadow tanker fleets” to circumvent a Western oil price cap, a watchdog committee of British lawmakers warned on Wednesday. Arguing Britain and its allies must maintain sanctions and military support for Ukraine for “as long as it takes,” the panel from parliament’s unelected upper House of Lords…

  • Drone Crashes Into St. Petersburg Oil Refinery

    Drone Crashes Into St. Petersburg Oil Refinery

    An unmanned drone crashed near the center of St. Petersburg on Wednesday, causing an explosion at an oil refinery, local media reported, marking the second such incident in the city over the past month.  According to the news outlet Fontanka, which cites anonymous sources, a Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile system shot at the drone at around…

  • Pro-Peace Presidential Hopeful Nadezhdin Submits Signatures to Register as Candidate

    Pro-Peace Presidential Hopeful Nadezhdin Submits Signatures to Register as Candidate

    MOSCOW – Anti-war Russian presidential hopeful Boris Nadezhdin said Wednesday he submitted 105,000 signatures endorsing his candidacy for the Central Election Commission’s (CEC) review. Nadezhdin, 60, the nominee from the center-right Civic Initiative party, has seen an uptick in support in recent weeks with Russians standing in long lines to endorse his bid in the…

  • Mass Blackout Takes Russian Internet Offline

    Mass Blackout Takes Russian Internet Offline

    Hundreds of websites on the Russian-speaking internet were inaccessible Tuesday evening as a DNSSEC failure took .ru and .рф domains offline. Users both inside and outside Russia complained of outages of major web-based platforms like Tinkoff Bank, online marketplaces Avito and Wildberries, search engine Yandex and telecoms provider MTS. The Moscow Times’ Russian service was among the…

  • In First, Russian Stands Trial for Displaying ‘Extremist’ Rainbow Flag

    In First, Russian Stands Trial for Displaying ‘Extremist’ Rainbow Flag

    A Russian photographer went on trial Tuesday for posting a rainbow flag online, marking the first case of a person being charged for displaying the LGBT symbol since Russia banned the so-called “international LGBT public movement” as an “extremist” organization. Russia’s Supreme Court in November outlawed the “international LGBT movement,” with individuals facing up to…

  • Armenia Denies Extradition Request for Gay Chechen Man Wanted by Russia

    Armenia Denies Extradition Request for Gay Chechen Man Wanted by Russia

    A court in Yerevan on Tuesday rejected Russia’s request to extradite a man who fled the republic of Chechnya after being tortured because he was suspected of being gay, an LGBTQ+ rights group said. Salman Mukaev was detained by security services in his native Chechnya in 2020, after which he was subject to interrogation and torture, according to…

  • Russia Condemns ‘Collective Punishment’ of UN Agency in Gaza

    Russia Condemns ‘Collective Punishment’ of UN Agency in Gaza

    Russia on Tuesday criticized a decision by several countries to suspend their funding for the United Nations’ Palestinian refugee agency, calling it a form of “collective punishment.” A number of donors including the United States announced they would halt funding to the UNRWA agency over Israel’s accusations that some of its staff were involved in…

  • EU Parliament Probes Russia Spy Claims Against Lawmaker

    EU Parliament Probes Russia Spy Claims Against Lawmaker

    The European Parliament on Tuesday announced a probe into a Latvian lawmaker accused in an investigative report of spying for Moscow over the past two decades. According to the Russian-language newspaper The Insider — an independent investigative outlet based in Latvia — Tatjana Zdanoka, who joined the European legislature in 2004, began collaborating with Russia’s…

  • Russian Election Authority Releases Putin’s Financial Disclosure

    Russian Election Authority Releases Putin’s Financial Disclosure

    Russia’s Central Election Commission (CEC) on Tuesday published Vladimir Putin’s financial earnings, showing that he made 67.6 million rubles ($753,000) over the past six years. Putin’s income between 2018 and 2024 was derived from his salary, income from securities and bank deposits, military and civilian pension, as well as earnings from property sales. As with previous financial…

  • Russia Charges Teens Over Pro-Ukraine Railway Sabotage

    Russia Charges Teens Over Pro-Ukraine Railway Sabotage

    Two teenagers who set fire to a railside equipment box in Moscow have been charged with carrying out sabotage for Ukraine, Russian investigators said Tuesday. The incident is the latest in a spate of suspicious fires and derailments on Russia’s rail network that Moscow has blamed on Kyiv and its supporters. “Two suspects were identified…

  • 2 Russian Presidential Hopefuls Withdraw From Race, Endorse Putin’s Candidacy

    2 Russian Presidential Hopefuls Withdraw From Race, Endorse Putin’s Candidacy

    Two presidential hopefuls announced Tuesday that they will not be running in the March election and called on supporters to cast their vote for President Vladimir Putin as he seeks re-election.  Sergei Baburin, who leads the Russian All-People’s Union, an extra-parliamentary conservative party, said he was withdrawing from the race shortly after submitting the 100,000…

  • Mosfilm Celebrates its 100th Birthday

    Mosfilm Celebrates its 100th Birthday

    The history of Mosfilm begins on January 30, 1924 with the release of the silent film “Up on Wings” that tells the story of Russian aviation, directed by Boris Mikhin. At the time, Mosfilm was on Zhitnaya Ulitsa in the former studio of Alexander Khanzhonkov, a director and entrepreneur who founded the first cinema factory…

  • Russian Ex-President Medvedev Slams Japan Over Kuril Islands Claim

    Russian Ex-President Medvedev Slams Japan Over Kuril Islands Claim

    Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday slammed Japan’s prime minister after he said his government remains committed to signing a peace treaty with Moscow to resolve the territorial dispute over an island chain claimed by Tokyo. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said in a policy speech to parliament earlier Tuesday that Tokyo “remains fully committed” to negotiations…

  • Russia Demoted to Team Skating Olympic Bronze Without Doped Valieva – ISU

    Russia Demoted to Team Skating Olympic Bronze Without Doped Valieva – ISU

    Kamila Valieva’s doping ban has resulted in the Russia Olympic Committee team being demoted from the gold to bronze medal in the 2022 Winter Olympics team skating event, the International Skating Union (ISU) said Tuesday. The then 15-year-old’s positive test in December 2021, for which she received a four year ban on Monday, has led…

  • Russian Anti-War Rock Band Bi-2 Faces Deportation in Thailand

    Russian Anti-War Rock Band Bi-2 Faces Deportation in Thailand

    The anti-war Russian-Belarusian rock band Bi-2 said Tuesday that its members face deportation from Thailand after they performed a concert on the resort island of Phuket last week. Seven members of Bi-2, some of whom are dual citizens of Israel and Australia, were detained by Thai immigration authorities on Wednesday following the Phuket concert. Bi-2…

  • Moscow Library ‘Fires’ Resident Cat After Visitor Denunciation

    Moscow Library ‘Fires’ Resident Cat After Visitor Denunciation

    A Moscow library has ousted its resident cat after a patron wrote a letter of denunciation against him, media reported Monday.  Markiz, a black-and-white cat with long hair, had been living at the library in northwestern Moscow’s Strogino district for eight years. He was sent to live in a foster home after pensioner Igor Pochkin, a…

  • Latvian MEP Secretly Worked for Russia’s FSB for Decades – The Insider

    Latvian MEP Secretly Worked for Russia’s FSB for Decades – The Insider

    A member of the European Parliament from Latvia has spent decades secretly working for Russian security services, according to a new investigation by The Insider, citing leaked emails between the lawmaker and her suspected “handlers.”  According to The Insider, Tatjana Zdanoka served as an “international observer” in Moscow’s 2014 referendum that paved the way for…

  • Secret Putin Residence Discovered Near Finland – Dossier Center

    Secret Putin Residence Discovered Near Finland – Dossier Center

    President Vladimir Putin is believed to own a highly-guarded residence near Russia’s border with Finland, the investigative outlet Dossier Center reported Monday. Located 30 kilometers from Finland in northwestern Russia’s republic of Karelia, the residence allegedly belonging to Putin features “three modern-style houses on the shore of Marjalahti Bay, two helipads, several yacht piers, a…

  • Ukrainian Shelling of Donetsk Kills 3, Russia Says

    Ukrainian Shelling of Donetsk Kills 3, Russia Says

    Ukraine fired artillery rounds at the Russian-held city of Donetsk on Monday, killing at least three people and wounding three others, Kremlin-backed officials said. Donetsk, a city in eastern Ukraine occupied by Russia and its proxy forces since 2014, has repeatedly been targeted by what Moscow has called indiscriminate Ukrainian shelling. Video distributed by Russian…

  • Russian Skater Valieva Suspended Four Years for Doping

    Russian Skater Valieva Suspended Four Years for Doping

    Teenage Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva received a four-year ban from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Monday for failing a doping test prior to the 2022 Winter Olympics. Valieva was found to have “committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) under Clause 4.1 of the All-Russian Anti-Doping Rules of 24 June 2021,” said…

  • EU Sanctions Russia’s Chief Denunciator Mizulina Over Free Speech Abuses

    EU Sanctions Russia’s Chief Denunciator Mizulina Over Free Speech Abuses

    The European Union on Monday announced sanctions against the Kremlin-aligned Safe Internet League and its head Yekaterina Mizulina for silencing Russian anti-war content creators and reinforcing government censorship. “The [European] Council today approved additional restrictive measures… in view of the continuing deterioration of the human rights situation in Russia,” the Council of the EU said…

  • Ukraine Denies Russia Captured Village in Kharkiv Region

    Ukraine Denies Russia Captured Village in Kharkiv Region

    Ukraine on Monday rejected Moscow’s claim that it had captured a village in the northeastern part of the country. The Russian army said Monday it had “liberated” the small village of Tabaivka, located in northeastern Ukraine’s Kharkiv region. Tabaivka lies near the border with the partially occupied Lugansk region and had a pre-war population of…

  • Russia Jails Pensioner for Post About Army Casualties

    Russia Jails Pensioner for Post About Army Casualties

    A 72-year-old pensioner was sentenced to five and a half years in prison for allegedly sharing a post online about Russia’s military casualties in Ukraine, rights groups said Monday. Yevgeniya Maiboroda, from Russia’s southern Rostov region, was prosecuted under a law that prohibits the deliberate spreading of “false information” about the Russian army. Maiboroda pleaded…

  • Northwest Russia Jams Nighttime Internet After Drone Strikes – Reports

    Northwest Russia Jams Nighttime Internet After Drone Strikes – Reports

    Authorities in three regions in northwestern Russia have turned off internet access at night to improve anti-drone technology, the business newspaper Kommersant reported Monday, citing three anonymous sources with Russia’s telecom operators. The previously announced LTE wireless broadband outages in the Leningrad, Novgorod and Pskov regions on Jan. 25-30 were needed to “fine-tune law enforcement equipment…

  • Ex-Tomsk Mayor Targeted By Navalny Investigation Convicted of Abuse of Power

    Ex-Tomsk Mayor Targeted By Navalny Investigation Convicted of Abuse of Power

    A Siberian court has found the former mayor of Tomsk guilty of abuse of power, Russian media reported Monday, over three years after he became the center of an anti-corruption expose by jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.  Tomsk’s Sovetsky District Court found ex-mayor Ivan Klyayn guilty of abusing his power during a road construction project, adding…

  • Putin Repeats Ukraine Nazi Claims at Leningrad Siege Memorial

    Putin Repeats Ukraine Nazi Claims at Leningrad Siege Memorial

    President Vladimir Putin on Saturday said Ukraine “glorifies” Adolf Hitler’s SS killing squads and vowed to “eradicate Nazism,” as he opened a memorial marking 80 years since the end of the siege of Leningrad. The Russian leader has repeatedly invoked the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany in the Second World War to justify his…

  • Two Ukrainians Killed in Cross-Border Russian Raid: Authorities

    Two Ukrainians Killed in Cross-Border Russian Raid: Authorities

    Two people were shot dead in a Ukrainian border village on Saturday morning in a cross-border incursion by a Russian “reconnaissance and sabotage group,” local officials said. The attack happened in Ukraine’s Sumy region inside a five-kilometer (three mile) buffer zone along the border with Russia — an area where Kyiv had asked residents to…

  • Chicken and the Theory of Evolution

    Chicken and the Theory of Evolution

    “Humans are the middle link of evolution, necessary for the creation of the crown of nature’s glory — a shot of cognac and a slice of lemon,” the brilliant writers Arkady and Boris Strugatsky once jokingly wrote. The statement about human beings is debatable, but that the chicken evolved for purely culinary purposes is the…

  • Putin Says ‘Obvious’ Ukraine Behind Army Plane Crash

    Putin Says ‘Obvious’ Ukraine Behind Army Plane Crash

    President Vladimir Putin said Friday it was “obvious” Ukraine shot down a Russian IL-76 military transport plane carrying Ukrainian prisoners over the border region of Belgorod this week. According to Moscow, the plane was traveling to the region ahead of a prisoner swap on Wednesday when it was struck by anti-aircraft missiles. It said there…

  • Man Dies in Detention Amid Bashkortostan Protest Crackdown – Reports

    Man Dies in Detention Amid Bashkortostan Protest Crackdown – Reports

    A man who was detained in Russia’s republic of Bashkortostan amid a region-wide crackdown on protesters and activists has died in police custody, the human rights group Za Prava Cheloveka (ZPC) reported Friday, citing the man’s sister. Law enforcement officers detained Rifat Dautov following a protest last Friday in Bashkortostan’s capital of Ufa, his sister, identified…

  • How Will Russia’s Regions Bear the Brunt of Climate Crisis?

    How Will Russia’s Regions Bear the Brunt of Climate Crisis?

    Russia’s regions stand to experience the effects of climate change in diverse ways, with some hit much harder than others, according to a recent study co-authored by Moscow-based climatologist Alexander Chernokulsky and economist Igor Makarov. As manmade global warming progresses — with 2023 marking the warmest year ever recorded — Russia may soon find itself…

  • Putin Gives Go-Ahead to New Nuclear Icebreaker

    Putin Gives Go-Ahead to New Nuclear Icebreaker

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday gave the green light for a new nuclear-powered icebreaker, as Moscow seeks to step up commercial trade across its Arctic north. Under Western sanctions for its Ukraine offensive, Russia is hoping to rely on the Northern Sea Route — a shipping lane that traverses the Arctic Ocean — to…

  • Russia Says Ukraine Shot Down Military Transport Plane From Kharkiv Region Village

    Russia Says Ukraine Shot Down Military Transport Plane From Kharkiv Region Village

    Russian law enforcement officials said Friday that the Il-76 military transport plane that crashed this week was shot down by a Ukrainian missile fired from a village in the northeastern Kharkiv region.  The announcement comes a day after Russia’s Investigative Committee, which probes major crimes, opened a terrorism investigation into the crash.  Moscow has accused Kyiv of…

  • Russia, Ukraine Exchange Fallen Soldiers’ Remains

    Russia, Ukraine Exchange Fallen Soldiers’ Remains

    Russia and Ukraine said Friday that they have exchanged the bodies of 132 fallen soldiers, just two days after Moscow accused Kyiv of killing dozens of its own servicemen by shooting down a Russian warplane. Moscow received the remains of 55 soldiers, according to Russian lawmaker Shamsayil Saraliyev, the RBC news website reported. Meanwhile, Ukraine repatriated…

  • How Can You Tell if a Russian Judge is a Man?

    How Can You Tell if a Russian Judge is a Man?

    Феминитив: feminine job title The decision of Верховный Суд Российской Федерации (The Supreme Court of the Russian Federation) about the so-called Международное движение ЛГБТ (International LGBT Movement) that was made public without authorization last week is an extraordinary document. It is 19 pages of paragraph-long sentences, lists of violations, accusations, sins, instructions, directives and so on without any facts,…

  • Russia’s Bashkortostan Holds Pro-Government Rally Amid Crackdown on Protesters

    Russia’s Bashkortostan Holds Pro-Government Rally Amid Crackdown on Protesters

    Authorities in Russia’s republic of Bashkortostan on Friday held a pro-government rally amid their efforts to contain the public backlash that ensued following the imprisonment of a prominent Bashkir activist.  Last week, Bashkortostan witnessed some of the largest protests in Russia since the invasion of Ukraine as thousands gathered in the Ural Mountains region to…

  • Russian Expats in Belgrade Hope to Break Serbian Stereotypes Through Film

    Russian Expats in Belgrade Hope to Break Serbian Stereotypes Through Film

    It’s been almost two years since Russians began migrating to Serbia, which is now home to one of the largest Russian war diasporas, totalling 370,000 by the end of 2023. Yet the community still largely lives in a parallel world of their establishments — bars, restaurants, music nights and art exhibitions. In an attempt to…

  • Russian Convicts Fighting in Ukraine Accuse Army of Refusing Payments, Pardons – IStories

    Russian Convicts Fighting in Ukraine Accuse Army of Refusing Payments, Pardons – IStories

    The Russian military is withholding payments and pardons promised to convicted criminals who signed up to fight in some of the most dangerous hotspots in Ukraine, the investigative news outlet IStories reported Thursday. Journalists said they had obtained a copy of a letter sent to President Vladimir Putin by a group of convicts-turned-soldiers, who expressed…

  • Kremlin Denies Putin Sending Signals to U.S. for Ukraine Peace Talks

    Kremlin Denies Putin Sending Signals to U.S. for Ukraine Peace Talks

    The Kremlin on Friday denied reports that President Vladimir Putin is probing to see whether the United States is willing to engage in talks for ending the war in Ukraine.  A Bloomberg report published the day before cited two anonymous sources close to the Kremlin as saying that Putin had indirectly “put out feelers” to unidentified…

  • Russian Anti-War Presidential Hopeful Says Will Not Submit Endorsements From Abroad

    Russian Anti-War Presidential Hopeful Says Will Not Submit Endorsements From Abroad

    Anti-war presidential hopeful Boris Nadezhdin said Thursday that he will not submit signatures endorsing his candidacy that were collected abroad to Russia’s election authorities. According to Russian election laws, a presidential hopeful running from a party not represented in parliament must collect 100,000 unique signatures endorsing his or her candidacy. Nadezhdin, who hopes to run…

  • UN Nuclear Chief Says ‘Very Real’ Threat Remains at Moscow-Held Zaporizhzhia Plant

    UN Nuclear Chief Says ‘Very Real’ Threat Remains at Moscow-Held Zaporizhzhia Plant

    The possibility of a nuclear disaster at the Russian-held Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in Ukraine remains “very real,” according to the head of the UN’s nuclear watchdog.  Russian forces captured the Zaporizhzhia plant, Europe’s largest, in March 2022 shortly after the Kremlin ordered the invasion of Ukraine.  Regular shelling and drone attacks around the plant have raised…

  • Russian Court Extends U.S. Journalist Gershkovich’s Detention by 2 Months

    Russian Court Extends U.S. Journalist Gershkovich’s Detention by 2 Months

    A Moscow court on Friday extended the detention of American reporter Evan Gershkovich for two months.  “The period of detention of Evan Gershkovich… is extended by two months… until March 30,” the court said on the messaging app Telegram. Gershkovich, a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, was arrested during a reporting trip at the end…

  • Russia Opens ‘Terrorism’ Probe Into Military Plane Crash

    Russia Opens ‘Terrorism’ Probe Into Military Plane Crash

    Russia on Thursday opened a “terrorism” investigation over a military plane crash near the border with Ukraine after it accused Kyiv of downing the aircraft, which it said had more than 60 captured Ukrainian soldiers onboard. The Russian defense and foreign ministries have blamed Ukrainian forces for downing the IL-76 transport plane over the southern…

  • Yevgenia Berkovich’s Statement in Verse to the Court is Now an Illustrated Music Video

    Yevgenia Berkovich’s Statement in Verse to the Court is Now an Illustrated Music Video

    Theater director Yevgeniya (Zhenya) Berkovich and playwright Svetlana Petriychuk were back in court right after the New Year’s holidays to determine if they would be released from pre-trial detention. The two women have been held since May 2023 on charges that the play “Finist, the Brave Falcon,” written by Petriychuk and directed by Berkovich, contained…

  • Russia Phases Out Pardons for Convicts Who Fight in Ukraine – BBC Russian

    Russia Phases Out Pardons for Convicts Who Fight in Ukraine – BBC Russian

    Russia has ended its practice of granting presidential pardons to prisoners who agree to fight in Ukraine, instead offering them conditional release and sending them to the front until the war is over, the BBC’s Russian service reported Thursday. The Wagner mercenary group started recruiting fighters from Russian prisons in the summer of 2022, a…

  • Ukraine Says ‘VIP’ Russian Officials Were Supposed to be On Board Downed Plane

    Ukraine Says ‘VIP’ Russian Officials Were Supposed to be On Board Downed Plane

    A Russian military plane that crashed near the border with Ukraine was supposed to transport senior Russian officials before a last-minute change of plans was made, Ukraine’s military intelligence spokesman claimed Thursday. Russia accuses Ukraine of shooting down one of its Il-76 transport planes over the Belgorod region on Wednesday, killing all 74 people on board, including…

  • Passive heat removal system installed at Rooppur NPP Unit 2 (Bangladesh)

    Works on installation of inner and outer parts of steel structures of the passive heat removal system (PHRS) deflector in the design position were performed in two days at the Rooppur NPP construction site in the People’s Republic of Bangladesh (the general designer and general contractor being the Rosatom Engineering Division). The complexity of this…

  • Russia Launches Animal Cruelty Investigation Into Cat’s Death

    Russia Launches Animal Cruelty Investigation Into Cat’s Death

    Russian authorities have launched an animal cruelty investigation into the death of a pet cat thrown from a train in freezing conditions, state-run and independent Russian media reported Thursday. Twix, a ginger and white cat, became the focus of national attention when he was filmed being thrown off a Russian Railways train after escaping from…

  • Russian Court Fines Activist for Interview With ‘Undesirable’ Media

    Russian Court Fines Activist for Interview With ‘Undesirable’ Media

    A Russian court has handed down the country’s first-ever sentencing against a person for appearing in an interview with an “undesirable” organization, the independent news website Mediazona reported Thursday. Activist Nadezhda Nizovkina from the Far East Russian republic of Buryatia appeared on the independent news channel Dozhd during a broadcast in August, just two months after…

  • Daria Trepova Sentenced to 27 Years for Pro-War Blogger’s Killing

    Daria Trepova Sentenced to 27 Years for Pro-War Blogger’s Killing

    A St. Petersburg court on Thursday sentenced Daria Trepova to 27 years in prison for the killing of prominent pro-war blogger and propagandist Maxim Fomin, better known as Vladlen Tatarsky, the independent Mediazona news website reported.  The sentence is the harshest known sentence handed down to a woman in modern Russian history, Mediazona said. Trepova,…

  • Ex-Rebel Leader Girkin Sentenced to 4 Years for Extremism After Criticizing War

    Ex-Rebel Leader Girkin Sentenced to 4 Years for Extremism After Criticizing War

    MOSCOW — A Moscow court has sentenced Igor Girkin, the former commander of pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine and an ex-security officer, to four years in prison on extremism charges linked to his criticism of Russia’s war strategy in Ukraine. The criminal case against Girkin, a convicted war criminal in the West, is one of…

  • Russia’s Anti-War Presidential Hopeful Nadezhdin Collects 150K Signatures of Support

    Russia’s Anti-War Presidential Hopeful Nadezhdin Collects 150K Signatures of Support

    Russian anti-war presidential hopeful Boris Nadezhdin has gathered over 150,000 signatures endorsing his bid to run in the March election, his campaign website showed Thursday. While Nadezhdin hit the milestone of 100,000 signatures needed for the Russian Central Election Commission’s (CEC) review on Tuesday, his campaign had stressed that it would aim to collect 150,000…

  • Ukraine Claims Overnight Attack on Russia Oil Refinery

    Ukraine Claims Overnight Attack on Russia Oil Refinery

    Ukrainian security services orchestrated an overnight drone attack on an oil refinery in the southern Russian town of Tuapse, a Ukrainian security source told AFP Thursday. Kyiv has ramped up strikes on Russian oil and gas facilities over the past two months, part of what it has called “fair” retaliation for Russian strikes on its…

  • Ukraine Opens Criminal Probe Into Downing of Russian Plane

    Ukraine Opens Criminal Probe Into Downing of Russian Plane

    Ukraine’s SBU security service on Thursday opened a criminal investigation into the downing of a Russian military plane that Moscow said killed 65 Ukrainian prisoners of war. Kyiv has not said whether captured Ukrainian soldiers were killed — or whether it was involved — in Wednesday’s shooting down of a military transport plane over Russia’s western Belgorod…

  • Russia Recovers Black Boxes of Downed Military Plane

    Russia Recovers Black Boxes of Downed Military Plane

    Two black boxes have been recovered from the crash site of a Russian Il-76 military transport plane that crashed Wednesday, state-run news agencies reported Thursday, citing anonymous sources in Russia’s emergency services. Moscow accuses Ukraine of shooting down the aircraft in the western Belgorod region, killing all 74 people on board, including 65 Ukrainian prisoners of…

  • Russia Labels Youth Magazine DOXA ‘Undesirable’ – Lawmaker

    Russia Labels Youth Magazine DOXA ‘Undesirable’ – Lawmaker

    Russian authorities have designated the independent youth news outlet DOXA as “undesirable,” according to a senior member of Russia’s lower house of parliament said Thursday. DOXA, which has openly criticized Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, said State Duma deputy Vasily Piskarev had asked the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office to blacklist the news outlet in November 2022. “The General…

  • Zelensky Says Russia ‘Playing’ With Lives of Ukrainian POWs

    Zelensky Says Russia ‘Playing’ With Lives of Ukrainian POWs

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Wednesday that Russia was “playing with the lives of Ukrainian prisoners” after Moscow accused Kyiv of downing a military plane carrying dozens of its own captured soldiers. Moscow said 74 people died — 65 of them Ukrainian prisoners of war being flown to a scheduled exchange — when a military…

  • Mstyslav Chernov’s ’20 Days in Mariupol’ Nominated for Oscar

    Mstyslav Chernov’s ’20 Days in Mariupol’ Nominated for Oscar

    The documentary film “20 Days in Mariupol” has been nominated for an Oscar in the category of best documentary film. The film, directed by Mstyslav Chernov with photographer Evgeniy Maloletka and field producer Vasilisa Stepanenko, documented 20 days in the besieged city of Mariupol within the first few weeks of Russia’s invasion. The co-production of…

  • Russian Forces Enter Key Ukraine Town Then Pushed Back – Mayor

    Russian Forces Enter Key Ukraine Town Then Pushed Back – Mayor

    Russian forces entered the war-battered town of Avdiivka for the first time but were pushed back, its mayor told AFP Wednesday, following months of fierce fighting for the industrial hub in east Ukraine. Moscow in October launched a costly bid to wrest control of the town which has been on the front line of fighting…