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

Russia’s ultimate goal is to oust Ukraine’s president, Lavrov says – National

Russia appears to have reversed itself after the country’s top diplomat said Moscow’s overarching goal is to topple the government of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy as Russian artillery barrages and air strikes continue to pummel cities across Ukraine. The remark from Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov comes amid Ukraine’s efforts to resume grain exports from … Read more

Russia prepares for the next stage of its offensive in Ukraine: military official – National

Russia is preparing for the next stage of its offensive in Ukraine, a Ukrainian military official said, after Moscow said its forces would step up military operations in “all operational areas”. As Western deliveries of long-range arms begin to help Ukraine on the battlefield, Russian rockets and missiles have pounded cities in strikes that Kyiv … 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

Melanie Joly speaks on Ukraine at TMU’s Democracy Forum

After 100 days of fighting in Ukraine, the tough questions about war and peace are getting harder to answer. But there were candid post mortems — and calls to action — from Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly and her Lithuanian counterpart at Toronto Metropolitan University, as they compared notes on how western allies can counter … Read more

Vancouver doctor returns from Doctors Without Borders mission near Ukrainian conflict zone – BC

A Vancouver doctor has returned from a six-week stint in eastern Ukraine, where he was part of team providing medical training to Ukrainians. dr. Piotr Michalowski was part of a mission with Doctors Without Borders. He and his colleagues helped train surgeons, nurses and civilians in small hospitals only a few dozen kilometers away from … Read more