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

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 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

Former Russian colonel criticizing the country’s invasion of Ukraine on state television

A wounded service member of Ukrainian forces from the besieged Azovstal steel mill in Mariupol is transported out of a bus on a stretcher under escort of the pro-Russian military upon arrival in Novoazovsk, Ukraine, on May 16. (Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters) Ukraine expects to carry out an exchange of Russian prisoners of war for the severely … Read more

It’s 2 pm in Kyiv. Here’s what you need to know

Ukrainian authorities said Tuesday there had been heavy liability in Russian missile strikes far from the front lines, but on the ground Russian efforts to advance were being repulsed. In the Chernihiv region north of Kyiv, Vyacheslav Chaus, head of the military administration, said the Russians “fired missiles at the village of Desna this morning. … Read more

Finland and Sweden’s NATO entry isn’t a threat to Russia, but military expansion will cause a response

Finland and Sweden are poised to end decades of neutrality by joining NATO, a dramatic evolution in European security and geopolitics sparked by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The two Nordic nations had long kept the military alliance at an arm’s length, even while eying Russia to their east with caution. But Moscow’s assault on Ukraine … Read more

Odesa missile strike damages tourist infrastructure and buildings

A Ukrainian soldier sits on an anti-aircraft missile system near Sloviansk, eastern Ukraine, on May 11. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images) In Luhansk and Donetsk regions, fighting continues along front lines that stretch for several hundred kilometers. The Ukrainians also report continued fighting in areas in the east, where Russian forces are trying to break through. The … Read more

Ukraine claims Russians are suffering “significant losses” as they try to advance west

Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson conducts a press conference in Stockholm, Sweden, on February 27. (Patrik Jonsson/Stella Pictures/Abaca/Sipa USA/AP) Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson announced her party’s support for the country to apply to join NATO. “We Social Democrats consider that the best for Sweden and the Swedish people’s security is that we join NATO. … Read more

Ukraine says Russians intensifying attacks in east but retreating in north

Kalush Orchestra from Ukraine poses after winning the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest in Turin, Italy, on May 15. (Yara Nardi/Reuters) In a symbolic victory more than three months after the Russian invasion, Ukraine took top honors in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. The annual songwriting and performance competition is often viewed as an opportunity to … Read more