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Russian shelling heavy in east; Ukraine strikes key bridge

Aug. 13, 2022 14:31 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia's military pounded residential areas across Ukraine overnight, claiming gains, as Ukrainian forces pressed a counteroffensive to try to take back an occupied southern region, striking the last working bridge over a river in the Russian-occupied Kherson region,...

Ukrainian minister says Russia blocking access to medicines

Aug. 13, 2022 04:27 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s health minister has accused Russian authorities of committing a crime against humanity by blocking access to affordable medicines in areas its forces have occupied since invading the country 5 1/2 months ago. In an interview with The Associated...

Russian GDP drops 4% in Q2 -- 1st full quarter of fighting

Aug. 12, 2022 18:57 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s gross domestic product contracted 4% in the second quarter of this year, the first full quarter since Russia sent troops into Ukraine, the state statistical service said Friday. Russia was hit with a wide array of sanctions following its move into Ukraine...

Portugal: EU eyes Iberia-Italy pipeline to get gas to Europe

Aug. 12, 2022 08:36 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — European authorities are considering a liquefied natural gas pipeline from Spain to Italy as a way of getting around France’s opposition to a gas link-up across the Pyrenees between the Iberian peninsula and central Europe, Portugal's prime minister said Friday. ...

German ex-leader Schroeder sues to restore official perks

Aug. 12, 2022 04:10 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Former German leader Gerhard Schroeder is suing to restore the perks he enjoyed as ex-chancellor after he was stripped of them by parliament following criticism over his ties with Russia. Schroeder, who was chancellor from 1998 to 2005, has long had a close...

Give and take: West gives Ukraine weapons, bans Russian coal

Aug. 11, 2022 16:55 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — On a day of give and take, Western nations made more pledges to send arms to Ukraine while the European Union's full ban on Russian coal imports kicked in Thursday, adding to the sanctions against Moscow that intelligence claims are hurting its defense exports. ...

Russian reporter put under house arrest over war criticism

Aug. 11, 2022 12:18 PM EDT

A court in Russia on Thursday ordered a former state TV journalist placed under house arrest for nearly two months pending an investigation and potential trial on charges of spreading false information about Russia’s armed forces. Marina Ovsyannikova was charged over a street...

Western nations pledge more military support for Ukraine

Aug. 11, 2022 12:12 PM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Western countries agreed Thursday to continue long-term funding to help Ukraine’s military keep fighting nearly 5½ months after Russia invaded its neighbor, saying 1.5 billion euros ($1.5 billion) has been pledged so far and more is coming. The money...

Estonia to ban Russians with tourist visas from entering

Aug. 11, 2022 10:59 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Estonia decided Thursday to bar people from neigboring Russia with tourist visas from entering the northernmost Baltic country as a consequence of the war in Ukraine. “Russian citizens’ opportunity to visit Estonia in large numbers or to visit Europe...

German reservist on trial accused of spying for Russia

Aug. 11, 2022 10:36 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A German army reservist went on trial Thursday in Duesseldorf accused of providing sensitive military information tor Russia. Prosecutors alleged that the 65-year-old lieutenant colonel of the reserve, whose was only identified as Ralph G. in line with German privacy...