When desperate and terrified Ukrainians flee the war’s front, this is the city that helps them mourn and heal

CHERNIVTSI, Ukraine—One day last March, Iryna Shabanova and 18 members of her family started running out of food. They were hiding near the burning Ukrainian city of Mariupol — which had been under Russian attack since the start of the war — and trying to survive the siege and the explosions they heard every few … Read more

Ukraine’s Zelenskyy revokes citizenship of numerous former politicians – National

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy revoked the citizenship of several former influential politicians on Saturday in the latest of steps to “cleanse” the country from pro-Russian influences. “Today, I signed the relevant documents to take another step to protect and cleanse our state from those on the side of the aggressor,” Zelenskyy said during his nightly video … Read more

‘History will tell’ if Canada’s military facing new decade of darkness: defence chief – National

Is Canada’s military facing a new decade of darkness amid persistent personnel challenges and growing demands on the force from around the world? “History will tell,” said Chief of the Defense Staff Gen. Wayne Eyre in an interview with The West Block’s Mercedes Stephenson, airing in full on Sunday. “I think it’s too early to … Read more

How to fix a howitzer? U.S. helpline expands to provide repair advice to Ukrainian troops – National

On the front lines in Ukraine, a soldier was having trouble firing his 155 mm howitzer gun. So, he turned to a team of Americans on the other end of his phone line for help. “What do I do?” he asked the US military team member, far away at a base in southeastern Poland. “What … Read more

Zelenskyy says Olympics chief should visit Ukraine front line | Athletics News

Ukrainian president invited the IOC chief to visit Bakhmut in spat about ban on Russian and Belarusian athletes. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has invited International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach to visit the front-line city of Bakhmut, where Ukraine’s soldiers are engaged in vicious battle with Russian forces. Zelenskyy extended the provocative invitation on … Read more

Novak Djokovic’s father poses with fan wearing pro-Russia ‘Z’ symbol at the Australian Open

CNN — The Australian Open told CNN it has “briefed and reminded” players and their entourages about the tournament’s “policy regarding flags and symbols” on Thursday after video emerged on Wednesday of Novak Djokovic’s father, Srdjan, pictured at a demonstration with fans holding Russian flags, voicing his support for Russia. In a video posted on … Read more

Anita Anand says Canada will send tanks to Ukraine — and that the move is more than symbolic

OTTAWA— The Canadian government said it will send four heavy battle tanks to Ukrainian forces, a day after Germany gave the green-light to international allies for the use of German-designed tanks in an attempt to turn the tide against the Russian invasion. Defense Minister Anita Anand told a news conference in Ottawa the move was … Read more

Why Russia’s use of rape is believed extensive — but hard to prove

Warning: This story contains descriptions of sexual violence. IVANO-FRANKIVSK, Ukraine—Early in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, two Russian soldiers entered a home near Kyiv, raped a 22-year-old woman several times, sexually assaulted her husband and forced the couple to have intercourse in their presence, according to a United Nations report. One of the soldiers then forced … Read more

GTHA mayors call on Ottawa, Ontario to fund Ukrainian newcomers’ resettlement efforts

TORONTO — The mayors and chairs of several large municipalities in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area are calling on the federal and Ontario governments to provide funding for a program dedicated to help Ukrainian newcomers. The municipal leaders say in a joint statement that almost 2,000 people from 750 households have accessed emergency housing … Read more

Ukrainian musician rocks Kelowna in support of home country – Okanagan

In the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, one Ukrainian rock musician is touring across Canada to raise money for his home country. “We are supporting a project from a Ukrainian fund in Toronto called Second Front Ukraine Foundation, so they are raising funds for drones for the army and all proceeds from this … Read more