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

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

Russia is striking Black Sea ports. How does it impact the Ukraine grain deal? – National

In the days following Russia and Ukraine’s grain deal with Turkey and the United Nations (UN), Moscow has launched a series of attacks in the Black Sea region where grain shipments have been stuck for months, putting the deal’s future into question. The July 22 agreement will enable Kyiv to export 22 million tons of … 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

Canada ships repaired turbine for Russian pipeline to Germany: report – National

Canada sent a turbine for the Nord Stream gas pipeline to Germany by plane on July 17 after repair work had been completed, Kommersant newspaper reported on Monday, citing people familiar with the situation. The return of the turbine from Canada to the Russian Portovaya compressor station, a crucial element of Nord Stream, has been … Read more

Russia defaults on international bonds for 1st time in a century, U.S. says – National

Russia defaulted on its international bonds for the first time in more than a century, the White House said, as sweeping sanctions have effectively cut the country off from the global financial system, rendering its assets untouchable. The Kremlin, which has the money to make payments thanks to oil and gas revenues, swiftly rejected the … Read more