On the front lines in Donbas: One Ukrainian soldier’s story

Ukrainian Cpl. Andrii Shadrin’s unit sets off daily from its makeshift base to points along the front lines in Luhansk Oblast in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine, where the war with Russia rages on. “Some of the regions we have to reach, the only road available is under absolute fire control of the enemy,” … Read more

Fuel is a problem for business and consumers – Why prices are so high

A sign displays gas prices at a gas station on May 10, 2022 in San Mateo County, California. Liu Guanguan | China News Service | Getty Images The surge in gasoline prices is impossible to miss and at the top of consumers’ minds as large billboards announce that gas now costs $ 4, or $ … Read more

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Reaction to NATO Expansion Sweden Finland Is One Big Farce

As Finland and Sweden’s political leadership posture to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) —Russian President Vladimir Putin’s worst nightmare — Putin is suddenly projecting calm, stating just this week that he has “no problems” with Finland and Sweden joining the collective defense organization. “As for the expansion, including the accession of two prospective … Read more

As inflation slows and ruble rallies, Russia is hoping to avoid a crisis

Russian President Vladimir Putin. Pool | Reuters Russia believes it has swerved a financial crisis as its currency rallies and economic data improves, but strategists say the numbers mask some ugly truths for Moscow. Although inflation in the country is running hot, there are signs that price rises are slowing and will continue to do … Read more

Will Turkey block NATO membership for Sweden and Finland?

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks ahead of the peace talks between delegations from Russia and Ukraine at the Dolmabahce Presidential Office in Istanbul, Turkiye on March 29, 2022. Arda Kucukkaya | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has doubled down on his opposition to Sweden and Finland joining the NATO … Read more

Defenders of Ukrainian steel mill declare mission complete after fighters evacuated to Russia-controlled areas

Efforts were underway Tuesday to rescue the last of the defenders inside the Azovstal steel plant in the ruined port city of Mariupol after Ukrainian officials said the fighters had “completed their mission” and there was no way to free the plant by military means. The Ukrainian military avoided using the term “surrender” to describe … Read more

Michigan man accused of being spy rescued from Russian forces after 18-hour race across Ukraine

A Michigan man who was being held captive by Russian forces on accusations of being a US spy has been reunited with his family after a rescue mission that included an 18-hour race across Ukraine, officials said. Kirillo Alexandrov, 27, was falsely charged with espionage and illegally detained, along with his Ukrainian wife and mother-in-law, … Read more

Zelensky asks US to designate Russia a ‘terrorist state’ after GOP visit

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell took three Republican senators along on a surprise trip to Kyiv Saturday for a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky – where he called on the US to designate Russia as a “terrorist state.” “I believe that this visit once again demonstrates the strength of ties between the Ukrainian and … Read more

Ukraine war is a ‘child rights crisis’ with school attacks

UNITED NATIONS – The war in Ukraine is a “child rights crisis” where education is under attack, nearly 100 youngsters have been killed in just the last month, and millions more have been forced to flee their homes, the UN children’s agency said Thursday. Omar Abdi, deputy executive director of UNICEF, told the UN Security … Read more