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Ukrainians scared by Russia's preordained referendums

Sep. 26, 2022 07:28 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — After seven months of war, many Ukrainians fear even more suffering and political repression as referendums orchestrated by the Kremlin portend Russia’s imminent annexation of four occupied regions. Many residents fled the regions before the so-called...

Russian men join exodus, fearing call-up to fight in Ukraine

Sep. 23, 2022 16:17 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Military-aged men fled Russia in droves Friday, filling planes and causing traffic jams at border crossings to avoid being rounded up to fight in Ukraine following the Kremlin's partial military mobilization. Queues stretching for 10 kilometers (6 miles) formed on a...

S. Korea may conduct survey on BTS members' military duty

Aug. 31, 2022 17:08 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea may conduct a public survey to help determine whether to grant exemptions to mandatory military service to members of the K-pop boyband BTS, officials said Wednesday. The issue of active military service for the band's seven members has been a...

Putin orders Russian military to beef up forces by 137,000

Aug. 25, 2022 10:44 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday ordered the Russian military to increase the number of troops by 137,000 to a total of 1.15 million amid Moscow’s military action in Ukraine. Putin’s decree, which takes effect on Jan. 1, didn’t specify whether the...

Finland, Sweden offer NATO an edge as rivalry warms up north

Aug. 20, 2022 08:35 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first surprise, for the Finnish conscripts and officers taking part in a NATO-hosted military exercise in the Arctic this spring: the sudden roar of a U.S. Marine helicopter assault force, touching down in a field right next to the Finns' well-hidden command post. ...

Norway booting 30 royal guard members for illegal drug use

Aug. 17, 2022 08:36 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Thirty members of Norway's prestigious royal guards unit will be booted out for using illegal drugs while on leave, the Norwegian armed forces said Wednesday. The military was tipped off about illegal drug use among conscripts during a private party this...

Latvia president supports reinstating military conscription

Jul. 12, 2022 10:05 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Latvia’s president said Tuesday that he supports a plan to reinstate national conscription for men, and for women on a voluntary basis. The draft could be reintroduced next year after a hiatus of over 15 years. President Egils Levits, who is the...

High cost of Russian gains in Ukraine may limit new advance

Jul. 05, 2022 14:47 PM EDT

After more than four months of ferocious fighting, Russia claimed a key victory: full control over one of the two provinces in Ukraine’s eastern industrial heartland. But Moscow’s seizure of the last major stronghold of Ukrainian resistance in Luhansk province came at a steep...