‘The impossible’: Ukraine’s secret, deadly rescue missions

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – As was his habit before each flight, the veteran Ukrainian army pilot ran a hand along the fuselage of his Mi-8 helicopter, caressing the heavy transporter’s metal skin to bring luck to him and his crew. They would need it. Their destination – a besieged steel mill in the brutalized city … Read more

‘It’s just hell there’: Russia still pounds eastern Ukraine

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – Russia’s military kept on grinding down Ukraine’s defenses Monday, with combat in eastern areas said to be entering a “decisive” phase, as the war’s consequences for food and fuel supplies increasingly weighed on minds around the globe. In Ukraine’s eastern Luhansk region, which in recent weeks has become the focal point … Read more

Morale is concerned as NATO chief warns war could last ‘years’

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – Four months of war in Ukraine appear to be straining the morale of troops on both sides, prompting desertions and rebellion against officers’ orders, British defense officials said Sunday. NATO chief warned the fighting could drag on for “years.” “Combat units from both sides are committed to intense combat in the … Read more

In Ukraine, funeral for activist killed and mourned in war

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – Poppies, the blood-red flowers that cover the battlefields of Europe’s two world wars, were lain in mourning Saturday on the coffin of yet another dead soldier, this one killed in yet another European war, in Ukraine. The hundreds of mourners for Roman Ratushnyi, 24, included friends who had protested with him … Read more

Ukraine gets possible path to EU, aid pledges from Britain

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – The European Union’s executive arm recommended putting Ukraine on a path to membership Friday, a symbolic boost for a country fending off a Russian onslaught that is killing civilians, flattening cities and threatening its very survival. In another show of Western support, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson met with President Volodymyr … Read more

War is not funny but humor helps Ukrainians cope with trauma

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – Because he’ll shortly be deployed as a soldier on the battlefields of Ukraine, Serhiy Lipko and Anastasia Zukhvala chose to marry first, like a growing number of couples being torn asunder by war with Russia. Like others, their nuptials were rushed and smaller than they would have been during peacetime, with … Read more

Bucolic Ukraine forest is the site of mass grave exhumation

BUCHA, Ukraine (AP) – The lush green beauty of a pine forest with singing birds contrasted with the violent deaths of newly discovered victims of Russia’s war in Ukraineas workers exhumed bodies from another mass grave near the town of Bucha on Kyiv’s outskirts. The hands of several victims were tied behind their backs. The … Read more

Ukraine’s leader says his troops keep defying predictions

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said no one knows how long the war in his country will last but that Ukrainian forces are defying expectations by preventing Russian troops from overrunning eastern Ukrainewhere the fighting has been fiercest for weeks. In his nightly video address, Zelenskyy said he was proud of the … Read more

Ukraine: Russia said to be using more deadly weapons in war

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – Ukrainian and British officials warned Saturday that Russian forces are relying on weapons with the potential to cause mass casualties as they try to make headway in capturing eastern Ukraine and as fierce fighting depletes resources on both sides. Russian bombers have likely been launching heavy 1960s-era anti-ship missiles in Ukraine, … Read more

Ukraine fears a long war might cause West to lose interest

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine grinds into its fourth month, officials in Kyiv have expressed fears that the specter of “war fatigue” could erode the West’s resolve to help push the country back Moscow’s aggression. The US and its allies have given billions of dollars in weaponry to Ukraine. Europe has … Read more