Russia is gaining advantage in eastern Ukraine as forces learn from earlier mistakes, US officials say

CNN — Russian forces are gaining an advantage in eastern Ukraine as they learn from mistakes made during the earlier stages of their invasion of the country, including better coordinating air and ground attacks and improving logistics and supply lines, two US officials with direct knowledge of US intelligence assessments told CNN. The US does … Read more

NATO warns of long war in Ukraine as Russian assaults follow EU boost for Kyiv

A member of the Ukrainian territorial police surveys the ruins of a bridge that connected Lysychansk and Sievierodonetsk, the last Ukrainian-held cities in Luhansk Oblast, on June 8, 2022.IVOR PRICKETT/The New York Times News Service The head of NATO said on Sunday the war in Ukraine could last years and Ukrainian forces faced intensified Russian … Read more

Why Ukraine’s security chief says Russia’s war is breaking all the rules

Oleksiy Danilov, the secretary of The National Security and Defense Council in Kyiv on June 17.Anton Skyba/The Globe and Mail Two items lie on the long wooden table inside the headquarters of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine: a map showing the latest Russian attacks on this country, and a chessboard. On the … Read more

Putin lambasts the West and declares the end of ‘the era of the unpolar world’

CNN — Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared the end of “the era of the unipolar world” in a combative speech that lambasted Western countries at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on Friday. “When they won the Cold War, the US declared themselves God’s own representatives on earth, people who have no responsibilities – … Read more

Leaders of Germany, France, Italy, Romania meet Zelensky in Ukraine, dangling hope of EU membership

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky shakes hands with France’s President Emmanuel Macron as German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and Romanian President Klaus Iohannis look on June 16, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine. The leaders made their first visits to Ukraine since the country was invaded by Russia on February 24th.Alexey Furman/Getty Images The … Read more

Chinese President Xi tells Russian President Putin all sides should work to resolve Ukraine crisis

Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet in Beijing, on Feb. 4.Alexei Druzhinin/The Associated Press Chinese President Xi Jinping told Russian leader Vladimir Putin Wednesday that all sides should work toward resolving the crisis in Ukraine “in a responsible manner.” “China is willing to continue to play a role in this … Read more

Canadian representative attends Russian embassy party in Ottawa

A pro-Ukrainian supporter waves the country’s flag outside the Russian embassy in Ottawa on Feb. 24.Adrian Wild/The Canadian Press The Canadian government, which has repeatedly emphasized the need to politically and diplomatically isolate Moscow over its assault on Ukraine, nevertheless sent a senior representative to take part in the Russian embassy’s Russia Day party on … Read more

Russia destroys bridge over Ukrainian river, cutting escape route from Sievierodonetsk

A man rides his bicycle between two destroyed military trucks in the city of Lysychansk, eastern Ukrainian region of Donbas, on June 11, 2022.ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images Russian forces have blown up a bridge linking the embattled Ukrainian city of Sievierodonetsk to another city across the river, cutting off a possible evacuation route for civilians, local … Read more

Ukrainian forces pull back as Russia presses assault on key eastern city

A police officer looks over a crater left by a missile strike on June 6, 2022, in Druzhkivka, Ukraine. The missile hit a residential neighborhood, killing one woman and damaging or destroying 80 buildings including a church.Scott Olson/Getty Images Ukrainian forces pulled back to the outskirts of the eastern city of Sievierodonetsk on Wednesday in … Read more

Zelensky says Ukraine will fight for all territory as battle rages for city of Sievierodonetsk

Smoke and dirt rise from shelling in the city of Sievierodonetsk during the fight between Ukrainian and Russian troops in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbas on June 7, 2022.ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images Ukraine will fight to recover all its territory occupied by Russian forces, President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Tuesday, as his troops struggled to … Read more