Putin likens opponents to ‘gnats,’ signaling new repression

NEW YORK (AP) — Facing stiff resistance in Ukraine and crippling economic sanctions at home, Russian President Vladimir Putin is using language that recalls the rhetoric from Josef Stalin’s show trials of the 1930s. Putin’s ominous speech on Wednesday likened opponents to “gnats” who try to weaken the country at the behest of the West … Read more

Russian missiles strike Lviv | Reuters

Russian missiles strike area near Lviv Biden to speak to Xi on Friday US citizen among civilians killed in Chernihiv Negotiators still far apart in talks KYIV/LVIV, Ukraine, March 18 (Reuters) – Russia fired missiles at an airport near Lviv on Friday, a city where hundreds of thousands found refugees far from Ukraine’s battlefields, as … Read more

Latest news on Russia and the war in Ukraine

Japan announces fresh sanctions on Russia Japan’s foreign and trade ministries jointly announced on Friday that Tokyo would impose sanctions on 15 Russian individuals and nine organizations. The move will raise the number of Russian individuals sanctioned by Japan to 76, and the number of organizations to 12. The 15 additional individuals include Russian Foreign … Read more

Mounting Russian consequence in Ukraine lead to more questions about its military readiness

Russia’s offensive to capture Kyiv has largely stalled, NATO officials said, and on Thursday Ukraine said it launched a counteroffensive aimed at gaining decisive control of the city’s suburbs. US and allied intelligence assessments vary widely as to exactly how many Russian forces have been killed to date, sources familiar with the intelligence tell CNN. … Read more

Biden administration looking for ways to help Ukrainian refugees join family members in the US

More than 3 million refugees have fled war-torn Ukraine to countries in a span of weeks, prompting calls for more nations — and specifically the US — to take in refugees. Polish President Andrzej Duda personally asked Vice President Kamala Harris last week to speed up and simplify the procedures allowing Ukrainians with family in … Read more

Drones flying into NATO territory have forced the alliance to decide how to respond — if at all — to incidents inside its borders

The trio of drone incidents has amplified concerns that Russia’s war in Ukraine could spill over into NATO countries, even if unintentionally, forcing the alliance to decide how to respond — if at all — to incidents that occur inside its borders. US defense officials say the errant drones that entered NATO territory appeared to … Read more

Russia-Ukraine War Latest News: Live Updates

It was a victory that came at the cost of a city. After weeks of laying siege to Volnovakha in eastern Ukraine, Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, the Russian defense ministry’s spokesman, claimed on March 11 that it had been “liberated.” But after a relentless bombardment of the city, Russia was asserting control over a wasteland … Read more

Biden administration looking for ways to help Ukrainian refugees join family members in the US

More than 3 million refugees have fled war-torn Ukraine to countries in a span of weeks, prompting calls for more nations — and specifically the US — to take in refugees. Polish President Andrzej Duda personally asked Vice President Kamala Harris last week to speed up and simplify the procedures allowing Ukrainians with family in … Read more

Drones flying into NATO territory have forced the alliance to decide how to respond — if at all — to incidents inside its borders

The trio of drone incidents has amplified concerns that Russia’s war in Ukraine could spill over into NATO countries, even if unintentionally, forcing the alliance to decide how to respond — if at all — to incidents that occur inside its borders. US defense officials say the errant drones that entered NATO territory appeared to … Read more