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

How a student in Canada became a Ukrainian war correspondent with a global following

Anastasiia Lapatina says she hasn’t had a “typical college experience.” That’s an understatement. When the pandemic hit and classes shifted online, the UBC student left Canada for Ukraine, where she grew up, to live with her mother in a suburb of Kyiv. At 20 years old, Lapatina’s dream of becoming a war correspondent quickly became … Read more

Russian missile struck near nuclear plant in southern Ukraine, authorities say – National

A Russian missile struck close to a nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine without damaging the three reactors but hit other industrial equipment in what Ukrainian authorities denounced Monday as an act of “nuclear terrorism.” The strike followed warnings from Russian President Vladimir Putin of possible stepped-up attacks on key Ukrainian infrastructure after his forces … 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