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Ukraine opens DC weapons office and Europe bolsters defense spending as November US election looms

Jul. 09, 2024 23:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — NATO countries are moving to shore up their weapons production capabilities as a hedge against the November presidential vote, signing a nearly $700 million contract for more Stinger missiles and making pledges to boost their own defense production. Ukraine, a...

Takeaways from AP’s report on Ukraine’s battle to defend its democracy in wartime

Jun. 28, 2024 00:24 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine has spent years trying to build a Western-style democracy, although not without some bumps along the way as it shed habits from its Soviet past. Russia’s full-scale invasion two years ago starkly clarified the stakes of these democracy-building efforts, which are...

Ukrainians in Warsaw jump over a bonfire, float braids to celebrate solstice custom away from home

Jun. 23, 2024 06:31 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Ukrainians in Warsaw jumped over a bonfire and floated braids to honor the vital powers of water and fire on the Vistula River bank Saturday night, as they celebrated their solstice tradition of Ivan Kupalo Night away from war-torn home. Hundreds joined the event, most of...

At D-Day ceremony, American veteran hugs Ukraine's Zelenskyy and calls him a savior

Jun. 07, 2024 06:24 AM EDT

OMAHA BEACH, France (AP) — An American veteran and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy shared an emotional moment at a ceremony to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day invasion to liberate France in World War II, each praising the other as a hero. Retired Staff Sgt....

A figure who worked in the shadows on D-Day awarded France's highest honor

Jun. 06, 2024 14:01 PM EDT

VER-SUR-MER, France (AP) — Eighty years after Christian Lamb helped rescue France from Nazi tyranny, French President Emmanuel Macron kissed her on both cheeks and pinned the nation’s highest honor to her lapel. Lamb spent the months before D-Day alone in a tiny room in central...

Remembering D-Day: Key facts and figures about the invasion that changed the course of World War II

Jun. 06, 2024 00:05 AM EDT

OMAHA BEACH, France (AP) — The June 6, 1944, D-Day invasion of Nazi-occupied France was unprecedented in scale and audacity, using the largest-ever armada of ships, troops, planes and vehicles to punch a hole in Adolf Hitler's defenses in western Europe and change the course of World War II. ...

In France, D-Day evokes both the joys of liberation and the pain of Normandy's 20,000 civilian dead

Jun. 05, 2024 14:43 PM EDT

CARENTAN-LES-MARAIS, France (AP) — Shortly after D-Day in 1944, the American soldiers heading out to more fighting against Adolf Hitler's forces couldn't help but notice the hungry French boy by the side of the road, hoping for handouts. One by one, the men fished fragrant,...

Russia's foreign minister again visits Africa, this time in Guinea, as some ties cool with the West

Jun. 03, 2024 20:00 PM EDT

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov arrived Monday in Guinea on his latest visit to West Africa, where coups and growing discontent with traditional allies like France and the United States have contributed to some countries' shift toward Moscow. Lavrov...

A Black medic wounded on D-Day saved dozens of lives. He's finally being posthumously honored

Jun. 03, 2024 14:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Waverly Woodson Jr., a medic who was part of the only Black combat unit to take part in the D-Day invasion of France during World War II, is being posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross in recognition of the heroism and determination he showed treating troops under...

Christian Lamb made maps to guide the crews landing crafts at Normandy on D-Day

May. 31, 2024 01:47 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Working alone in a tiny office in London, Christian Lamb tried to make sure British troops were in exactly the right place when they scrambled onto Normandy's beaches under enemy fire during the D-Day landings. Referring to huge maps of the French coast on the wall in...