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Zelenskyy says Ukraine has taken back control in areas of Kharkiv region, aerial attacks continue

May. 25, 2024 11:55 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian forces have secured “combat control” of areas where Russian troops entered the northeastern Kharkiv region earlier this month, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said. Meanwhile, two people were killed Saturday in an aerial attack on the city of...

Blinken will head to eastern Europe as concerns mount about Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia

May. 24, 2024 13:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel to eastern Europe next week as concerns mount about Russia’s advances in Ukraine, potential Russian interference in neighboring Moldova and pro-Moscow legislation being promoted in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, the State...

On a visit to his Belarusian ally, Putin questions Zelenskyy's legitimacy as Ukraine's leader

May. 24, 2024 12:43 PM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin visited his Belarusian counterpart and close ally for talks Friday in Minsk, after which he questioned whether Volodymyr Zelenskyy has the legitimacy to negotiate on Ukraine's behalf. Russia is willing to hold talks about...

European Union criticizes Russia for removing Estonian buoys, demand an explanation from Moscow

May. 24, 2024 10:31 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell on Friday called the removal of Estonian buoys by Russian border guards on a river separating the Baltic country from Russia “unacceptable,” and demanded an explanation from Moscow and the immediate return of the orange floats....

Russia smashes train tracks in a battered Ukrainian border region where children are being evacuated

May. 24, 2024 07:40 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A nighttime Russian attack destroyed train tracks and rolling stock in Ukraine’s northeastern Kharkiv region, officials said Friday, and authorities organized the evacuation of children from the area that is being pummeled by the Kremlin’s forces in a powerful new...

Top Russian military officials are being arrested. Why is it happening?

May. 24, 2024 09:11 AM EDT

It began last month with the arrest of a Russian deputy defense minister. Then the head of the ministry’s personnel directorate was hauled into court. This week, two more senior military officials were detained. All face charges of corruption, which they have denied. The arrests...

Hungary will seek to opt out of NATO efforts to support Ukraine, Orbán says

May. 24, 2024 07:02 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary will seek to opt out of any NATO operations aimed at supporting Ukraine, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said Friday, suggesting that the military alliance and the European Union were moving toward a more direct conflict with Russia. Orbán told state...

In message to Russia, Chilean lawmakers meet in Antarctica to underline territorial claims

May. 23, 2024 19:08 PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Defense officials from Chile convened a meeting at the bottom of the planet on Thursday in a bid to bolster their territorial claims in Antarctica as tensions escalate over Russia's maneuvers in the polar region. Lawmakers from Chile's parliamentary defense...

Putin arrives in neighboring Belarus for a two-day visit with a key ally

May. 23, 2024 18:43 PM EDT

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived Thursday in Belarus for a two-day visit as part of several foreign tours to kick off his fifth term in office, underscoring close ties with a neighboring ally that has been instrumental in Russia's war effort in Ukraine. Putin traveled to...

Deputy Russian military chief of staff jailed for bribery in latest arrest of high defense official

May. 23, 2024 14:29 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A deputy chief of the Russian military general staff has been arrested on charges of large-scale bribery, Russian news reports said Thursday, the latest in a series of bribery arrests of high-ranking military officials. The arrest of Lt. Gen. Vadim Shamarin followed...