As referendums wrap up, Russia issues new nuclear warning to Ukraine, West – National

An ally of President Vladimir Putin issued a stark new nuclear warning to Ukraine and the West on Tuesday as referendums billed by Russia as a prelude to it annexing four Ukrainian regions entered their fifth and final day. Moscow’s latest broadside came as European countries rushed to investigate unexplained leaks in two Russian natural … Read more

War crimes have been committed in Ukraine, says UN-mandated inquiry – National

War crimes including rape, torture and confinement of children have been committed in Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine, the head of a UN-mandated investigation body said on Friday. Ukraine and its Western allies allege a litany of rights abuses by Russian soldiers since the Feb. 24 invasion, but Moscow denies that as a smear campaign. “Based … Read more

Russians fleeing mobilization order arrive at Finland’s border: ‘I just wanted to be safe’ – National

Traffic into Finland across its southeastern border with Russia was heavy on Friday, border guards told Reuters, adding that the number of Russians who entered the previous day was more than double the amount who arrived the week before. Finland is considering barring most Russians from entering as the volume of arrivals from its eastern … Read more

Russians rush to flee nation after Putin orders partial military mobilization – National

Large numbers of Russians rushed to book one-way tickets out of the country while they still could Wednesday after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization of military reservists for the war in Ukraine. Flights filled up quickly and the prices of tickets for remaining connections sky-rocketed, apparently driven by fears that Russia’s borders … Read more

Mostly civilians make up mass grave site in Ukraine’s Izium: police chief – National

Most of the people buried in a mass grave discovered in the eastern Ukrainian city of Izium are civilians, Ukraine’s police chief said on Friday, based on a preliminary estimate. Earlier, Ukrainian authorities said they had found a mass grave containing 440 bodies in Izium, a former Russian frontline stronghold, and said this was proof … Read more

Kelowna’s Ukrainian community celebrates Independence Day – Okanagan

Today is Ukrainian Independence Day commemorating 31 years ago when Ukraine declared independence from the Soviet Union. Today also marks six months since Russia invaded Ukraine. This day has added significance for those who fled the war. Tatiana Koeptes moved to Kelowna four months ago with her two kids. She says since she got here, … Read more

Russian forces continue barrage of Ukraine’s Donetsk region – National

Ukrainian forces reported heavy Russian shelling and attempts to advance on several towns in the eastern region of Donetsk that has become a key focus of the near six-month war, but said they had repelled many of the attacks. The General Staff of Ukraine’s armed forces also reported Russian shelling of more than a dozen … Read more

1st shipment of Ukrainian grain since Russian invasion departs Odesa port – National

The first ship carrying Ukrainian grain set off from the port of Odesa on Monday under a deal brokered by the United Nations and Turkey that is expected to release large stores of Ukrainian crops to foreign markets and ease a growing food crisis. The Sierra Leone-flagged cargo ship Razoni left Odesa carrying over 26,000 … Read more

Small explosive on makeshift drone blasts Russia’s Black Sea Fleet headquarters – National

A small explosive device carried by a makeshift drone blew up Sunday at the headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet on the Crimean Peninsula, wounding six people and prompting the cancellation of ceremonies there honoring Russia’s navy, authorities said. Meanwhile, one of Ukraine’s richest men, a grain merchant, was killed in what Ukrainian authorities said … Read more

Ukraine, Russia trade blame for prison shelling, dozens reportedly killed – National

Russia and Ukraine on Friday accused each other of shelling a prison in a separatist eastern region that reportedly killed dozens of Ukrainian prisoners of war who were captured after the fall of Mariupol in May. Russia said that Ukraine used US-supplied HIMARS multiple rocket launchers in the attack on the prison in Olenivka, in … Read more