On Ukraine, Russia repeats its insistence that it had no choice

UNITED NATIONS (AP) – Russia made its case to the world Saturday for its war in Ukraine, repeating a series of grievances about its neighbor and the West to tell the UN General Assembly meeting of leaders that Moscow had “no choice” but to take military action. After days of denunciations of Russia at the … Read more

Russian Torture Chambers Exposed in the Ukrainian City of Balakliya

BALAKLIYA, Eastern Ukraine—”Our father who art in heaven,” begins the words of the Lord’s Prayer scratched into the side of a wall in a police station turned torture chamber in the recently liberated city of Balaklia. The floors of the cells are still stained with blood, and the stench of human waste and rotting food … Read more

Kremlin stages votes in Ukraine, sees protests in Russia

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – Russian forces launched new strikes on Ukrainian cities Saturday as Kremlin-orchestrated votes took place in four occupied regions to create a pretext for their annexation by Moscow. In cities across Russia, police arrested hundreds of people who tried to protest a mobilization order aimed at beefing up the country’s troops in … Read more

Russians strike Ukraine as Kremlin-staged votes continue

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – Russian forces launched new strikes on Ukrainian cities Saturday as Kremlin-orchestrated votes continued in occupied regions of Ukraine to pave the way for their annexation by Moscow. Zaporizhzhia Gov. Oleksandr Starukh said the Russians targeted infrastructure facilities in the Dnieper River city, and one of the missiles hit an apartment building, … Read more

Occupied parts of Ukraine vote on joining Russia in ‘sham’ referendums

CNN – Four Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine are expected on Friday to begin voting in referendums on joining Russia, in a move that raises the stakes of Moscow’s invasion seven months after fighting began. The referendums, which are illegal under international law, could pave the way for Russian annexation of the areas, allowing Moscow to … Read more

Kremlin Media Wants Rich Russians to Help Save Vladimir Putin’s Failing War in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s speech announcing partial mobilization has prompted heated reactions across Russia. Prominent lawmakers and pundits expressed their enthusiastic support on state television, but tangible concerns have been brewing behind the bluster. Even the most dedicated pro-Kremlin propagandists haven’t been able to hide their apprehension about the obvious shortcomings of the Russian economy … Read more

Tears and hugs for Russians called up to fight in Ukraine

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine (AP) — Russia escalated its military and political campaign Thursday to capture Ukrainian territory, rounding up Russian army reservists to fight, preparing votes on annexing occupied areas and launching new deadly attacks. A day after President Vladimir Putin ordered a partial mobilization to bolster his troops in Ukraine, dramatic scenes of tearful families … Read more

Russia’s military is divided as Putin struggles to deal with Ukraine’s counteroffensive, US sources say

Washington CNN – Russia’s military is divided over how best to counter Ukraine’s unexpected battlefield advances this month, according to multiple sources familiar with US intelligence, as Moscow has found itself on the defensive in both the east and the south. Russian President Vladimir Putin is himself giving directions directly to generals in the field, … Read more

Putin speech: Russia announces immediate ‘partial mobilization’ of citizens for its offensive in Ukraine

CNN – Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced the immediate “partial mobilization” of Russian citizens in an escalation of Moscow’s offensive in Ukraine and pledged to use “all means” to defend the country and its people. “Our country also has various means of destruction and in some components more modern than those of the NATO … Read more

4 Ukrainian regions schedule votes this week to join Russia

KYIV, Ukraine — Russian-controlled regions of eastern and southern Ukraine announced plans Tuesday to start voting this week to become integral parts of Russia. The concerted and quickening Kremlin-backed efforts to swallow up four regions could set the stage for Moscow to escalate the war following Ukrainian successes on the battlefield. The scheduling of referendums … Read more