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Live Updates: Russia-Ukraine War

Sep. 27, 2022 12:16 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine — Vote counting has started in the Kremlin-orchestrated referendums that are expected to serve as a pretext for Moscow to annex Russian-held regions of Ukraine. Moscow-backed officials in four occupied regions in southern and eastern Ukraine said polls closed Tuesday...

Vote in Ukraine's Russia-held areas stokes tension with West

Sep. 27, 2022 11:37 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Kremlin-orchestrated referendums that are expected to serve as a pretext for Moscow to annex Russian-held regions of Ukraine concluded Tuesday as the preordained outcome of the votes heightened tension between Russia and the West. Moscow-backed officials in the...

Leaks on Russian gas pipelines raise concerns about sabotage

Sep. 27, 2022 11:16 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A series of unusual leaks on two natural gas pipelines running from Russia under the Baltic Sea to Germany triggered concerns about sabotage Tuesday, overshadowing the inauguration of a long-awaited pipeline that will bring Norwegian gas to Poland to bolster Europe's energy...

Russia to transfer wounded in school shooting to Moscow

Sep. 27, 2022 10:36 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — More than a dozen people wounded in a school shooting in central Russia will be taken to Moscow for further treatment, authorities said Tuesday, a day after a gunman killed 17 people and wounded 24 others. Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said a medical evacuation is...

Officials say 98,000 Russians enter Kazakhstan after call-up

Sep. 27, 2022 10:19 AM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — About 98,000 Russians have crossed into Kazakhstan in the week since President Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization of reservists to fight in Ukraine, Kazakh officials said Tuesday, as men seeking to avoid the call-up continued to flee by land and air into...

Meta disables Russian propaganda network targeting Europe

Sep. 27, 2022 08:20 AM EDT

A sprawling disinformation network originating in Russia sought to use hundreds of fake social media accounts and dozens of sham news websites to spread Kremlin talking points about the invasion of Ukraine, Meta revealed Tuesday. The company, which owns Facebook and Instagram, said...

He's back: Italy's Berlusconi wins Senate seat after tax ban

Sep. 27, 2022 06:44 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Just in time to celebrate his 86th birthday, former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi is making his return to Italy's parliament, winning a seat in the Senate nearly a decade after being banned from holding public office over a tax fraud conviction. Berlusconi, who has...

Danish prime minister says she “cannot rule out” sabotage after 3 leaks detected on Russian natural gas pipelines

Sep. 27, 2022 06:32 AM EDT
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish prime minister says she “cannot rule out” sabotage after 3 leaks detected on Russian natural gas pipelines.

Japan protests Russia's expulsion of official, denies spying

Sep. 26, 2022 23:48 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan protested to Russia on Tuesday over the detention of a Japanese consulate official on espionage allegations, denying the allegations and accusing Russian authorities of abusive interrogation. The official was detained on Sept. 22 and interrogated with his eyes...

Russia gives citizenship to ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden

Sep. 26, 2022 19:47 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Monday granted citizenship to former American intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, who fled prosecution after he revealed highly classified U.S. surveillance programs to capture communications and data from around the world. A decree signed Monday by...