Setbacks in Ukraine trigger rare criticism of Russia’s war effort by Russian bloggers

Three Russian military bloggers have suddenly launched into damning criticism of the operation, and especially the debacle of a failed crossing of the Siverskyi Donets river last week. The three bloggers combined have more than three million subscribers on Telegram. A prominent former officer who regularly appears on state television also weighed in with a … Read more

5 things to know for May 17: Ukraine, Baby formula, Buffalo shooting, Covid-19, Cuba

CNN – Flying saucers. Unexplained lights. Hovering objects. UFO sightings have puzzled government officials and witnesses for decades as many seek to answer the question: Are we alone? Well, we may get some answers to that burning question today. A House panel this morning is set to hold an open congressional hearing on UFOs for … Read more

UK MPs call for independent probe into Abu Akleh killing | Politics News

Labor’s shadow minister for the Middle East and North Africa has joined other members of parliament in calling for the UK government to demand an independent investigation into the killing of veteran Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh that has triggered an outpouring of global condemnation. Abu Akleh, 51, was shot in the head while … Read more

This is what the ‘Russification’ of Ukraine’s education system looks like in occupied areas

The troops held her husband and daughter at gunpoint, but the 48-year-old told CNN she knew it was her they’d come for. As a school principal, she believes they saw her as the enemy. “They were searching everywhere, even the drains and outdoor toilet,” she explained. “They found schoolbooks and tutorials for Ukrainian language.” Nina … Read more

Russia-Ukraine live news: Russia warns Finland over NATO move | Russia-Ukraine war News

Ukraine’s general staff say Russian troops were pulling back from the northeastern city of Kharkiv. Russian President Vladimir Putin tells Finland joining NATO would be ‘a mistake’. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says “very complex negotiations” with Russia are under way to get fighters out of the besieged Azovstal plant in Mariupol. Ukrainian forces are on … Read more

Timeline: Week 11 of Russia’s war in Ukraine | Russia-Ukraine war News

The 11th week of the Russian invasion of Ukraine saw Kyiv’s forces mount a counteroffensive. Ukrainian troops have recaptured towns to the north and east of the country’s second city Kharkiv, in eastern Ukraine. Hundreds of civilians were evacuated from the besieged Azovstal steel plant in the Russian-occupied port city of Mariupol, and the European … Read more

EU oil ban adds pressure on Russia but obstacles remain: Analysts | Russia-Ukraine war News

The European Union is proposing a comprehensive oil embargo against Russia for the first time, as Moscow continues its war on Ukraine. The bloc hopes Europe will stop importing Russian oil by the end of the year. However, questions remain. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced the details of a planned sixth package … Read more

Russian ships carrying stolen Ukrainian grain turned away from Mediterranean ports – but not all of them

CNN – A Russian merchant ship loaded with grain stolen in Ukraine has been turned away from at least one Mediterranean port and is now in the Syrian port of Latakia, according to shipping sources and Ukrainian officials. CNN has identified the vessel as the bulk carrier Matros Pozynich. On April 27, the ship weighed … Read more

Finland’s leaders announce support for joining NATO

CNN – Finland’s president and prime minister announced their support for joining NATO on Thursday, moving the Nordic nation which shares an 800-mile border with Russia one step closer to membership of the US-led military alliance. The Kremlin has responded by saying the move would be a threat to Russia. The statement of support for … Read more

Ukrainians stop Russian gas at one hub, make gains in east

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine (AP) – Ukraine stopped the flow of Russian natural gas on Wednesday through a hub that feeds European homes and stoves, while Kyiv’s military claimed it made some gains in grinding battles near a key northeastern city. In 11 weeks, the war has played out on battlefields in Ukrainian towns and cities but … Read more