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Live updates | Russia-Ukraine War

May. 16, 2022 22:49 PM EDT

LVIV, Ukraine — The western Ukrainian city of Lviv has been rocked by number of very loud explosions. An Associated Press team in the city witnessed the glare of bright explosions which lit up the night sky to the west of the city shortly after midnight local time. Witnesses...

EU's Russia sanctions effort slows over oil dependency

May. 16, 2022 14:42 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s efforts to impose a new round of sanctions against Russia over the war in Ukraine appeared to bog down on Monday, as a small group of countries continued to oppose a ban on Russian oil imports. Since Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, the...

EXPLAINER: Why is Hungary blocking sanctions on Russian oil?

May. 10, 2022 10:59 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — As the European Union tries to impose sanctions on Russian oil over the war in Ukraine, Hungary has emerged as one of the biggest obstacles to unanimous support needed from the bloc's 27 member nations. The president of the EU's executive commission, Ursula...

Live updates | Russia-Ukraine War

May. 09, 2022 23:27 PM EDT

One of the Ukrainian fighters holding out in the Mariupol steelworks said Monday they were still defending the city. Valeri Paditel, who heads the border guards in the Donetsk region, said the fighters were “doing everything to make those who defend the city in the future proud.”...

Slovakia, Hungary won't back EU sanctions on Russian energy

May. 03, 2022 11:21 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Slovakia and Hungary said Tuesday that they will not support sanctions against Russian energy that the European Union is preparing over the war in Ukraine, saying they are too reliant on those supplies and there are no immediate alternatives. The EU’s...

Hungary extends cap on fuel and food prices to July 1

Apr. 27, 2022 10:27 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's government has extended a price cap on fuel and some basic food items by two more months as consumer prices continue to rise in the Central European country, the prime minister said Wednesday. Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in a Facebook video...

EXPLAINER: What's behind Russia's natural gas cutoff?

Apr. 27, 2022 09:45 AM EDT

Russia's Gazprom says it is halting natural gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria, escalating tensions between the Kremlin and Europe over energy and Russia's invasion of Ukraine — and adding new urgency to plans to reduce and then end the continent's dependence on Russia as a supplier of oil and...

EU triggers rule-of-law budget mechanism against Hungary

Apr. 27, 2022 07:38 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission has launched proceedings that could ultimately lead to the partial suspension of support payments to Hungary for breaching the 27-nation bloc’s rule-of-law standards, the EU's executive arm said Wednesday. The commission has given Hungary...

Slovenia's populist leader loses power as trend continues

Apr. 25, 2022 10:14 AM EDT

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Only a few months ago, Robert Golob was virtually unknown in politics, didn’t belong to any party, but had a clear goal: to remove Slovenian right-wing populist Prime Minister Janez Jansa from power and stop a democratic backslide in the tiny Alpine state. ...

Opposition wins Slovenia vote, defeating right-wing populist

Apr. 24, 2022 17:16 PM EDT

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — An opposition liberal party convincingly won Sunday's parliamentary election in Slovenia, according to early official results, in a major defeat for populist Prime Minister Janez Jansa, who was accused of pushing the small European Union country to the right while in...