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

As Russia launched into war with Ukraine, here’s who Canada’s ambassador was meeting behind the scenes

During the first two months of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Canada’s ambassador in Moscow dined with top diplomats, gathered intel from local sources and hosted allies at the embassy. Nearly 100 pages of documents obtained by the Star through an access-to-information request paint a partial picture of ambassador Alison LeClaire’s travel and networking schedule for … Read more

The fight to save Ukraine’s premature babies as Russia’s war continues – National

Echoing down the corridors of eastern Ukraine’s Pokrovsk Perinatal Hospital are the loud cries of tiny Veronika. Born nearly two months prematurely weighing 1.5 kilograms (3 pounds, 4 ounces), the infant receives oxygen through a nasal tube to help her breathe while ultraviolet lamps inside an incubator treat her jaundice. Read more: Ukraine asks Canada … 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

Brittney Griner “keeping the faith” as Russian court sets date for next hearing in drug smuggling trial

The trial against American basketball star Brittney Griner started in a Moscow courtroom on Friday. The 31-year-old star WNBA player is facing up to 10 years in prison on drug smuggling charges. Griner arrived at the Khimki City Court, in the Moscow suburbs, in handcuffs and a Jimi Hendrix t-shirt, accompanied by her legal team. … Read more

WNBA star Brittney Griner ordered to trial Friday in Russia

MOSCOW (AP) — Shackled and looking wary, WNBA star Brittney Griner was ordered to stand trial Friday by a court near Moscow on cannabis possession charges, about 4 1/2 months after her arrest at an airport while returning to play for a Russian team . The Phoenix Mercury center and two-time US Olympic gold medalist … Read more

How the war on Ukraine is changing Moscow in subtle ways

What’s it like in Moscow? Over four years living in the Russian capital, I fielded the question countless times. My pat answer went something like this: It’s a fascinating place with history and drama on every street corner. Clean and bright and safe on the surface, but with dark and menacing forces that emerged at … Read more

Canadian representative attends Russian embassy party in Ottawa

A pro-Ukrainian supporter waves the country’s flag outside the Russian embassy, ​​Thursday, Feb. Ottawa 24, 2022.Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press The Canadian government, which talks about the need to politically and diplomatically isolate Moscow over its military assault on Ukraine, nevertheless sent a high-profile representative to take part in the Russian embassy’s national holiday party on … Read more

Russian forces seek to put a stranglehold on Ukrainian twin cities – National

Russian forces sought to encircle Ukrainian troops in twin eastern cities straddling a river as President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned Moscow was seeking to destroy the industrial Donbas region where it has focused its attacks. Russia is attempting to seize the separatist-claimed Donbas’ two provinces, Donetsk and Luhansk, and trap Ukrainian forces in a pocket on … Read more

Ukraine rules out ceasefire as Russia intensifies push for Donbas region – National

Ukraine ruled out a ceasefire or concessions to Moscow on Saturday as Russia intensified an offensive in the eastern Donbas region and stopped providing gas to Finland. After ending weeks of resistance by the last Ukrainian fighters in the strategic southeastern city of Mariupol, Russia is waging what appears to be a major offensive in … Read more