Home Sales Fell in February Amid Tight Supply, Rising Mortgage Rates

Sales of previously owned homes declined in February as rising mortgage-interest rates and a shortage of homes for sale made it difficult for buyers to compete. Existing-home sales fell 7.2% in February from the prior month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 6.02 million, the National Association of Realtors said Friday. February sales fell … Read more

Ukrainian Forces Try to Hold Mariupol as Combat Reaches City Streets

KYIV, Ukraine—Russian forces pushed into the city of Mariupol Saturday, a strategic move for Moscow, which considers the southern port city a gateway that would open a land corridor between Russia and its annexed region of Crimea. During three weeks of bombardment and attack, defenders said they had kept Russian forces at bay on the … Read more

Putin Turned to a Chechen Warlord to Intimidate Ukraine. It Hasn’t Worked.

In the first days of his war on Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin looked at Chechen warlord Ramzan Kadyrov to supply the fighters he wanted to take an airfield north of Kyiv and launch Russia’s advance on the capital. That unit was pummeled and its commander was killed by Ukrainian forces when it tried to … Read more

Russian Missiles Hit Aircraft Facility in Western Ukraine

LVIV, Ukraine—Russian missiles hit an aircraft-repair facility in western Ukraine on Friday, striking a long-range target far from the battlefield while continued attacks on other cities. The Ukrainian Air Force said six cruise missiles were fired from the Black Sea. Two were intercepted, preventing them from reaching the target near the airport in the western … Read more