After bloody battles, Ukraine war will end with diplomacy, Zelensky vows in anniversary interview

At least six people have been killed in Russian attacks on the city of Severodonetsk in Ukraine’s Luhansk region in the past day, the head of the regional military administration said Saturday. The dead include two people sheltering in a school basement, Serhiy Hayday said, adding that three people had also been wounded when Russians … Read more

Biden signs $40 billion aid package to Ukraine while in Seoul

Russia on Friday claimed its troops have “completely liberated” the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol — the final holdout of Ukrainian resistance in the otherwise Russian-occupied southern city. CNN cannot independently verify that all Ukrainian troops have left the steel plant. Ukraine is yet to confirm Russia’s claims, which, if true, would mark a symbolic … Read more

Opinion: Waves of sanctions were supposed to crush the Russian economy, but it is still showing signs of resilience

Valves near a drilling rig at a gas processing facility on the Arctic Yamal peninsula, Russia, on May 21, 2019.MAXIM SHEMETOV/Reuters Near the start of the war, as the sanctions piled up, the Russian economy was thought to be doomed, possibly forcing President Vladimir Putin to sue for early peace. Almost three months later, there … Read more

Finnish gas firm Gasum says Russia will cut off natural gas supplies to Finland on Saturday

An overview of the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, Ukraine, on May 12. (Maxar Technologies/Reuters) The commander of the Azov Regiment, Lt. Col. Denis Prokopenko, has issued a short video message from inside the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol. Prokopenko said that the top military leadership had “issued an order to preserve the garrison soldiers’ … Read more

Russia is about to cut off Finland’s natural gas

London CNN Business — Russia is about to cut off natural gas supplies to a third European country that refuses to accept the Kremlin’s demand for payment in rubles. Russian gas will stop flowing to Finland at 7 am local time on Saturday, Finnish state gas company Gasum said in a statement Friday. Poland and … Read more

Why Investors Should Pay Close Attention To The Disappearing WTI-Brent Spread

The average investor might not think much about the oil price spread between West Texas Intermediate (WTI) and Brent Crude, which is usually only a couple of dollars per barrel–but the difference is actually vital, and one that every would-be oil investor needs to understand. To be fair, the price of WTI should be higher … Read more

Will Hezbollah’s election setback change anything in Lebanon?

Editor’s Note: A version of this story first appeared in CNN’s Meanwhile in the Middle East newsletter, a three-times-a-week look inside the region’s biggest stories. Sign up here. Beirut, Lebanon CNN — Iran-backed Hezbollah lost its parliamentary edge in a high-stakes election last weekend. For Lebanon, this could mean everything, or nothing at all. The … Read more

Russia says nearly 1,000 Ukrainians have surrendered at Azovstal steel plant

Ukrainian military officials say the Russians have stepped up their efforts to destroy Ukrainian defenses in the Luhansk region, bringing in 15 helicopters to reinforce the offensive. Ukrainian defenses around the cities of Severodonetsk and Lysychansk remain under intense pressure from artillery bombardments and air attacks, which have also increased in villages further south, such … Read more

Russian missiles target military base in Western Ukraine, official says

A Ukrainian military base about 15 kilometers (9 miles) from the border with Poland was targeted in a Russian missile attack early Tuesday morning, according to information from Maksym Kozytsky, the head of the Lviv regional military administration. Kozytsky gave no further details in a late-night Telegram post, saying only that further information would be … Read more