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Russians press assault on eastern Ukrainian city

Jul. 02, 2022 17:33 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces pounded the city of Lysychansk and its surroundings in an all-out attempt to seize the last stronghold of resistance in eastern Ukraine's Luhansk province, the governor said Saturday. A presidential adviser said its fate would be decided within the next two...

Russia's messages with missiles tell West to back off

Jul. 02, 2022 02:39 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The latest in a litany of horrors in Ukraine came this week as Russian firepower rained down on civilians in a busy shopping mall far from the front lines of a war in its fifth month. The timing was not likely a coincidence. While much of the...

Russian missiles kill at least 21 in Ukraine's Odesa region

Jul. 01, 2022 19:37 PM EDT

POKROVSK, Ukraine (AP) — A Russian airstrike on residential areas killed at least 21 people early Friday near the Ukrainian port of Odesa, authorities reported, a day after the withdrawal of Moscow's forces from an island in the Black Sea had seemed to ease the threat to the city. ...

Bulgarian finance chief gets mandate as Russia tensions soar

Jul. 01, 2022 12:12 PM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria's president on Friday handed the mandate to try and form a new government to the country's finance minister, four days after pro-Western reformist Kiril Petkov resigned following a no-confidence vote in Parliament. Asen Vassilev, from Petkov's We...

Russia seizes control of partly foreign-owned energy project

Jul. 01, 2022 09:13 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has handed full control over a major oil and natural gas project partly owned by Shell and two Japanese companies to a newly created Russian firm, a bold move amid spiraling tensions with the West over Moscow's military action in Ukraine. ...

Putin's week: Facing NATO expansion, West's unity on Ukraine

Jul. 01, 2022 02:20 AM EDT

It has not been an easy week for Russian President Vladimir Putin. He took his first foreign trip since the invasion of Ukraine to shore up relations with troublesome Central Asian allies. He watched as NATO declared Moscow its main enemy and invited Russia's neighbors Sweden and...

Russian forces leave Snake Island, keep up eastern assault

Jun. 30, 2022 17:27 PM EDT

SLOVIANSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces withdrew from a strategic Black Sea island Thursday, potentially easing the threat to the vital Ukrainian port city of Odesa, but kept up their push to encircle the last stronghold of resistance in the eastern province of Luhansk. The...

Biden notched gains at summit; returns to turmoil at home

Jun. 30, 2022 16:47 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The dissonant realities of President Joe Biden’s second year in office were on display Thursday as he wound up a five-day trip to Europe that highlighted both the key U.S. role in mounting a strong allied response to Vladimir Putin’s aggression and the domestic turmoil that is...

Live updates | Trudeau: Canada to up Latvia troop presence

Jun. 30, 2022 15:43 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The Latest on the final day of the NATO summit in Madrid: ___ Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government will increase Canada's troop presence in Latvia as part of NATO’s commitment to strengthen its deterrence measures along...

Top Russian economic expert faces embezzlement charges

Jun. 30, 2022 14:22 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A leading economic expert in Russia was detained Thursday on embezzlement charges as part of a high-profile case that some observers saw as linked to purges targeting members of the country's liberal elite. Investigators accused Vladimir Mau, the rector of the Russian...