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Fall of Mariupol appears at hand; fighters leave steel plant

May. 17, 2022 17:53 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Mariupol appeared on the verge of falling to the Russians on Tuesday as Ukraine moved to abandon the steel plant where hundreds of its fighters had held out for months under relentless bombardment in the last bastion of resistance in the devastated city. The...

Zelenskyy opens Cannes Film Festival, links war and cinema

May. 17, 2022 17:35 PM EDT

CANNES, France (AP) — The 75th Cannes Film Festival kicked off Tuesday with an eye turned to Russia's war in Ukraine and a live satellite video address from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who called on a new generation of filmmakers to confront dictators as Charlie Chaplin satirized...

Ruined Mariupol now forever etched in Ukraine's history

May. 17, 2022 15:43 PM EDT

First chaos and anarchy, then despair. The ruined seaside city of Mariupol, whose capture has become a key Russian objective, is now irrevocably etched into Ukrainian history, regardless of the outcome of the war. In the end, a small group of outgunned and outmanned...

Live updates | Ukraine official: 7 killed in Donetsk region

May. 17, 2022 15:30 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine — Seven civilians have been killed in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region as a result of Russian attacks, the Ukrainian regional governor says. Pavlo Kyrylenko wrote in a Telegram post that Tuesday's Russian attacks killed seven civilians of the Donbas: two in...

Ukraine's crowdfunding aims to keep donors' interest in war

May. 17, 2022 15:27 PM EDT

The Ukrainian government is marrying some digital marketing tools with crowdfunding and other incentives for giving to keep global attention trained on its war efforts against the Russian invasion. “There is a wave and there is this kind of euphoria, but then it abates," Mykhailo...

AP Interview: Scottish leader stresses independence, NATO

May. 17, 2022 15:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon said in an interview Tuesday that Europe's crisis over Russia's war in Ukraine only makes Scotland's drive for independence more important, and maintained Scotland should play its “full part” ensuring stability and security in Europe as an...

Greek leader tells Congress democracy is tested by Russia

May. 17, 2022 14:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis told the U.S. Congress on Tuesday their shared belief in “freedom over tyranny, in democracy over authoritarianism” is being tested as he focused on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. Mitsotakis...

Sweden, Finland push ahead with NATO bids as Turkey objects

May. 17, 2022 12:51 PM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden and Finland on Tuesday pushed ahead with their bids to join NATO even as Turkey insisted it won’t let the previously nonaligned Nordic countries into the alliance because of their alleged support for Kurdish militants. Turkish President Recep Tayyip...

EXPLAINER: Why is Turkey wary of Nordic states' NATO bid?

May. 17, 2022 11:40 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has thrown a spanner in the works of Sweden and Finland’s historic decisions to seek NATO membership, declaring that he cannot allow them to join due to their alleged support of Kurdish militants and other groups that Ankara says...

EXPLAINER: Who are Mariupol's last defenders?

May. 17, 2022 10:47 AM EDT

The Ukrainian forces who made a determined last stand in a Mariupol steel mill against Russian troops were a mixture of seasoned soldiers, border guards, a controversial national guard regiment and volunteers who took up arms in the weeks before Russia’s invasion. As Ukraine works...