Kyiv expects heavy snow as millions live with scarce electricity, heating – National

Heavy snowfall was expected in Kyiv starting on Sunday, with temperatures dropping below freezing day and night, while millions of people who still live in and around the Ukrainian capital remain with little electricity and heat. Grid operator Ukrenergo said on Saturday that electricity producers were able to cover only three-quarters of consumption needs, necessitating … Read more

‘Significant breakthrough’ from allies amid Ukraine’s push through ‘darkness’: deputy PM – National

Although Ukraine has seen a “significant breakthrough” in support from allies, more help is needed from countries like Canada, according to one of Ukraine’s deputy prime ministers, Olga Stefanishyna. When Stefanishyna, who is deputy prime minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, first landed in Canada, the first thing she says she noticed was the amount … Read more

Canada in contact with allies after report a Russian missile killed two people

OTTAWA — Canada joined other allies Tuesday in holding back judgment on whether reports of an allegedly Russian-made missile hitting Poland could mean the war between Russia and Ukraine has now encroached on NATO’s turf. But world leaders did seem to be moving into high-alert mode, with both US President Joe Biden and NATO Secretary … Read more

Russian ‘referendum’ in occupied Ukraine casts menacing shadow

If things weren’t bad enough already, imagine a Russia that is meaner, more menacing — and bigger, to boot. This is the promise and the threat that flows from the results of a separation vote announced Tuesday in four Russian-occupied territories of Ukraine. It is a vote that was held in a war zone, with … Read more

Putin mobilizes. Biden chides. Zelenskyy offers a plan. What experts heard in their words

As U.S. President Joe Biden denounced Russian aggression, as Russian President Vladimir Putin decried western aggression, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy came to the UN General Assembly with a five-point formula for peace — and a sly literary dig at the Russians. To be fair, he also denounced Russian aggression. All three leaders had their moment … Read more

We should all watch Ukraine more carefully than ever

On Monday, the Associated Press moved a photo of Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Ukraine’s president was garbed in military fatigues and sitting at a desk. He was at the British Embassy in Kyiv, writing a condolence message for Queen Elizabeth II as his brave military was systematically recaptured territory seized after Russia’s barbaric invasion of the sovereign … Read more

Ukraine’s Zelenskyy warns Europe to brace for winter energy crisis – National

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has told Europeans to expect a difficult winter as the Russian assault on his country leads to cuts in oil and gas exports by Moscow, as the continent’s leaders worked on Sunday to ease the impact of high energy prices. Zelenskyy spoke on Saturday night after Moscow shut down a main … 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

Ukraine can inflict major damage to Russian forces: Zelenskyy – National

Ukraine’s military has the potential to make gains on the battlefield and inflict major losses on Russia, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Thursday after meeting senior commanders. Zelenskyy, speaking in a late-night video address, said the meeting had discussed the supply of modern weapons, adding the intensity of attacks on the Russians had to be … Read more

Ex-Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe’s death shows courage in democracy

How close are we to the chaos? In two days, the world saw two leaders deliver two speeches on two streets on two sides of the world. Both were espousing the bedrock principles of democracy — one in defeat, the other in hope — but their outings resulted in strikingly different outcomes. On London’s Downing … Read more