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EXPLAINER: Why Russia-Lithuania tensions are rising

Jun. 22, 2022 13:32 PM EDT

New tensions between Moscow and the West are rising after Lithuania decided to halt the transport of some goods through its territory to the Russian region of Kaliningrad as part of European Union sanctions on the Kremlin. The Kremlin warns it will retaliate against the sanctions,...

'Everything is on fire': Ukraine region weathers bombardment

Jun. 21, 2022 22:11 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian attacks laid down a curtain of fire Tuesday across areas of eastern Ukraine where pockets of resistance are denying Moscow full military control of the region, almost four months after the Kremlin unleashed its invasion. “Today everything that can...

Russia vows to respond to Lithuania's ban on goods transit

Jun. 21, 2022 11:44 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Lithuania’s decision to bar Moscow from shipping certain goods by rail to Russia's Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad will result in a response that will have a “significant negative impact” on the Lithuanian people, a top Russian security official said Tuesday. The...

Lithuania defends ban on some goods to Russia's Kaliningrad

Jun. 20, 2022 12:59 PM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Lithuania on Monday defended its decision to bar rail transit from Russia to a Russian Baltic Sea exclave of goods hit by European Union sanctions, in a move that drew Moscow's strong anger amid high tensions in the region. Lithuanian Foreign Minister...

Live updates | Russia returns 210 dead Mariupol defenders

Jun. 07, 2022 21:28 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine — Ukraine’s military intelligence agency says Russia has so far turned over the bodies of 210 Ukrainian fighters killed in the battle for Mariupol. It says most of them were among the last holdouts in the Azovstal steelworks. The agency did not specify Tuesday how...

Live updates | U.S. to hold Russia accountable for crimes

Jun. 02, 2022 19:21 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS —The United States and its allies are vowing to hold Russia accountable for crimes committed by its forces since they invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24. U.S. Undersecretary of State Uzra Zeya told a U.N. Security Council meeting Thursday on strengthening accountability and...

3 nations join international team probing Ukraine war crimes

May. 31, 2022 09:48 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Three more nations on Tuesday joined an international investigation team probing war crimes in Ukraine, and the International Criminal Court prosecutor said he plans to open an office in Kyiv, amid ongoing calls for those responsible for atrocities since Russia's...

Live updates | Zelenskyy says Russia hopes for famine crisis

May. 30, 2022 22:03 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine -- Ukraineian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says the Russian blockade of Ukrainian sea ports prevents Kyiv from exporting 22 million tons of grain. In his nightly address Monday, Zelenskyy said the result is the threat of famine in countries dependent on the grain and...

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.”...

AP Interview: Lithuania FM calls for regime change in Russia

May. 09, 2022 17:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lithuania’s top diplomat said Monday that removing Russian President Vladimir Putin from power is the only way to protect the West and its allies from future threats from Moscow, urging an even tougher stance than the U.S. and many NATO allies have been willing to pursue since...