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Ukraine claims it shot down a Russian strategic bomber as Moscow's missiles kill 8 Ukrainians

Apr. 19, 2024 10:57 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s air force claimed Friday it shot down a Russian strategic bomber, but Moscow officials said the plane crashed in a sparsely populated area due to a malfunction after a combat mission. Neither claim could be independently verified. Previous Ukrainian...

2 suspects detained in Poland for attack on a Navalny ally in Lithuania

Apr. 19, 2024 10:49 AM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Two men have been detained in Poland on suspicion that they attacked Russian activist Leonid Volkov — an ally of the late opposition leader Alexei Navalny — on the orders of foreign intelligence services, officials said Friday. Polish Prime Minister...

Russia pummels exhausted Ukrainian forces with smaller attacks ahead of a springtime advance

Apr. 19, 2024 01:17 AM EDT

Russian troops are ramping up pressure on exhausted Ukrainian forces to prepare to seize more land this spring and summer as muddy fields dry out and allow tanks, armored vehicles and other heavy equipment to roll to key positions across the countryside. With the war in Ukraine now...

Germany arrests 2 for allegedly spying for Russia, plotting sabotage to undermine Ukraine aid

Apr. 18, 2024 07:51 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Two German-Russian men have been arrested in Germany on suspicion of espionage, one of them accused of agreeing to carry out attacks on potential targets including U.S. military facilities in hopes of sabotaging aid for Ukraine, prosecutors said Thursday. The two,...

Belgian and Czech leaders exhort the EU to react amid concern over Russian election interference

Apr. 18, 2024 07:18 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The leaders of Belgium and the Czech Republic are warning their European Union partners to take urgent action to prevent Russian interference in June’s Europe-wide elections, after the two countries’ intelligence services uncovered evidence of attempts to bribe EU lawmakers. ...

Russia reports downing 5 Ukrainian military balloons in Kyiv's latest apparent war innovation

Apr. 18, 2024 06:30 AM EDT

Russian air defenses downed what authorities described as five Ukrainian balloons overnight, the defense ministry in Moscow said Thursday, as the sides kept up long-range strikes that have featured heavily in what has largely become a war of attrition. Neither Russian nor Ukrainian...

Russia begins withdrawing peacekeeping forces from Karabakh, now under full Azerbaijan control

Apr. 17, 2024 17:56 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian forces are being withdrawn from Azerbaijan’s Karabakh region, where they have been stationed as peacekeepers since the end of a war in 2020, officials of both countries said Wednesday. In a conference call with journalists, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov...

Russian missiles slam into a Ukraine city and kill 17 people as the war approaches a critical stage

Apr. 17, 2024 11:01 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Three Russian missiles slammed into a downtown area of the northern Ukrainian city of Chernihiv on Wednesday, hitting an eight-floor apartment building and killing at least 17 people, authorities said. At least 61 people, including three children, were wounded...

The German chancellor presses China on Russia's invasion of Ukraine

Apr. 16, 2024 11:24 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said he asked Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Tuesday to pressure Russia to end its “insane campaign” in Ukraine, the latest in a parade of European leaders and senior officials to make such an appeal. The Chinese side gave no sign of...

Georgia lawmakers scuffle over a divisive bill that opponents say mimics Kremlin's repressive law

Apr. 15, 2024 21:12 PM EDT

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Lawmakers in Georgia's legislature scuffled on Monday as the parliament debated a divisive new law dubbed the foreign agent bill. Hours later, hundreds of people protested against the legislation outside the parliament in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi. ...