Russian ‘referendum’ in occupied Ukraine casts menacing shadow

If things weren’t bad enough already, imagine a Russia that is meaner, more menacing — and bigger, to boot. This is the promise and the threat that flows from the results of a separation vote announced Tuesday in four Russian-occupied territories of Ukraine. It is a vote that was held in a war zone, with … Read more

Russian army taking pause in Ukraine to regroup for renewed assault, analysts predict – National

Foreign analysts say Russia may be temporarily easing its offensive in Ukraine as the Russian military attempts to reassemble its forces for a renewed assault. On Wednesday, Russian forces made no claimed or assessed territorial gains in Ukraine “for the first time in 133 days of war,” according to the Institute for the Study of … Read more

Russia claims control of key city in eastern Ukraine – National

Russia’s defense minister said Russian forces took control Sunday of the last major Ukrainian-held city in Ukraine’s Luhansk province, bringing Moscow closer to its stated goal of seizing all of Ukraine’s Donbas region. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told President Vladimir Putin that Russia’s troops together with members of a local separatist militia “have established full … Read more

Zelenskyy adviser says key bastion in eastern Ukraine could fall to the Russians – National

Fighting intensified at the weekend for Lysychansk, Ukraine’s last big bastion in the strategic eastern province of Luhansk, and an advisor to President Volodymyr Zelenskiy conceded the city could fall. Russian forces seized Lysychansk’s sister city Sievierodonetsk on the opposite side of the Siverskiy Donets river last month, after some of the heaviest fighting of … Read more

Ukraine’s Donbas region ‘holding on’ against Russian advance, Zelenskyy says – National

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said no one knows how long the war in his country will last but that Ukrainian forces are defying expectations by preventing Russian troops from overrunning eastern Ukraine, where the fighting has been the fiercest for weeks. In his nightly video address, Zelenskyy said he was proud of the Ukrainian defenders … Read more

Ukraine cities in path of Russia’s offensive in Donbas urged to evacuate – National

SLOVIANSK, Ukraine — The Russian missile exploded on the street early Tuesday as residents in the surrounding apartments were asleep. It left a gaping hole in the asphalt and extensive damage to a school and a half-dozen residential buildings. Three died, six were injured. Standing outside her second-floor suite lamenting its shattered windows and ruined … Read more