Russia’s war in Ukraine could drag on for ‘years’, NATO chief warns – National

Four months of brutal fighting in Ukraine appeared to be straining the morale of troops on both sides, prompting desertions and rebellion against officers’ orders, British defense officials said Sunday. NATO’s chief warned the war could drag on for “years.” “Combat units from both sides are committed to intense combat in the Donbas and are … Read more

Biden says US will send advanced missile systems to Ukraine to counter Russia – National

US President Joe Biden said Tuesday his administration will send more advanced missile systems and munitions to Ukraine, answering urgent pleas for weapons the Ukrainians view as critical in the effort to stall Russia’s latest advances. In a guest essay published in the New York Times, Biden said the US is committed to supplying Ukraine … Read more

Russian diplomat to UN in Switzerland resigns over Ukraine war – National

A Russian diplomat at the country’s permanent mission at the United Nations in Geneva said on Monday he was leaving his post because of his disagreement with Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, a rare political resignation over the war. Boris Bondarev, who identified himself on LinkedIn as a counselor at Russia’s permanent mission to the UN … Read more

Russian soldier to fulfill life in jail during Ukraine war crimes trial – National

A Ukrainian court awarded a Russian soldier to life in prison on Monday for killing an unarmed civilian in the first war crimes arising from Russia’s Feb. 24 attack. Vadim Shishimarin, a 21-year-old tank commander, had pleaded guilty to killing 62-year-old Oleksandr Shelipov in the northeastern Ukrainian village of Chupakhivka on Feb. 28 after being … Read more

Canada to ban imports of Russian alcohol, names 14 oligarchs in new sanctions – National

Canadians will see less varieties of Russian alcohol in the country after Ottawa announced Friday it will stop importing those products due to Moscow’s war in Ukraine. The federal government also said it is slapping sanctions on 14 more individuals including Russian oligarchs, their family members and close associates of President Vladimir Putin. Ottawa has … Read more

Turkey’s Erdogan flatly rejects Sweden, Finland NATO bids: ‘We would say no’ – National

Turkey will oppose Sweden and Finland joining NATO, the country’s president flatly stated in a video released Thursday. “We have told our relevant friends we would say `no’ to Finland and Sweden’s entry into NATO, and we will continue on our path like this,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a group of Turkish youth in … Read more

Ukraine to leave remaining troops from Mariupol, ceding control of besieged city – National

Ukraine’s military on Tuesday it was working to said all remaining troops from their last stronghold in the besieged port of Mariupol, ceding control of the city to Russia after months of bombardment. The evacuation likely marked the end of the longest and bloodiest battle of the Ukraine war and a significant defeat for Ukraine. … Read more

As Finland, Sweden move to join NATO, Turkey says it will veto bid – National

Sweden will formally apply for NATO membership in the next few days, Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said on Monday, but its accession process, and that of Finland, hit a snag when NATO member Turkey’s president said he would not approve either bid. Sweden and Finland need each of NATO’s 30 members to approve their applications. … Read more

Ukrainian motocross star tests his mettle as a front-line ambulance driver – National

Before the Ukrainian war, Oleg Belotskyi was a well-known professional motocross and track star. These days, his driving and coordination skills are tested behind the wheel of an ambulance, transporting injured soldiers from the front lines to hospital. Russians are shelling ambulances as they push toward the front lines, explosions just meters in front of … Read more

Wounded soldiers at Dnipro hospital reveal horrors of Ukraine’s war – National

In a sparse hospital room in the eastern Ukrainian city of Dnipro, 42-year-old Oleh runs a thick piece of metal over in his hands, considering its size and weight. The piece of shrapnel, about five centimetres long and one centimetre thick, was embedded into his right shoulder. The Ukrainian soldier still marvels at the fact … Read more