Senate ships $ 40B Ukraine aid bill to Biden for signature

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate whisked a $ 40 billion package of military, economic and food aid for Ukraine and US allies to final congressional approval Thursday, putting a bipartisan stamp on America’s biggest commitment yet to turning Russia’s invasion into a painful quagmire for Moscow. The legislation, approved 86-11, was backed by every voting … Read more

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

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

Greek leader tells Congress democracy is tested by Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) – Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis told the US Congress on Tuesday their shared belief in “freedom over tyranny, in democracy over authoritarianism” is being tested as he focused on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. Mitsotakis used his address to a joint meeting of Congress to call out the “heroism of … Read more

Russia faces stall in Ukraine; Finland favors joining NATO

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – Almost three months after Russia shocked the world by invading Ukraine, its military faced a bogged-down war, the prospect of a bigger NATO and a defending country invigorated by its win in a hugely popular pan-European music competition Sunday. Top NATO diplomats, including US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, gathered Sunday … Read more

Five things to know about the Russia-Ukraine war this week

Almost three months after the Russian invasion began, Ukrainian forces are launching counterattacks to regain territory while the US moves toward providing billions of additional aid to the war-torn country. With Ukraine continuing to face a brutal Russian offensive in its eastern Donbas region, President Biden requested late last month that Congress approve $ 33 … 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

Alina Kabaeva, Vladimir Putin’s Rumored Secret Lover and Mother of His Kids, Hit With String of UK Sanctions

The British government on Friday sanctioned Alina Kabaeva, the Olympic champion gymnast who is allegedly Vladimir Putin’s longtime lover and mother of some of his children, in a move expected to rile the Russian president as his war in Ukraine nears its 80th day. “Today’s sanctions will hit this cabal who owe Putin their wealth … Read more

Finland moves toward joining NATO amid Russian threats

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – Finland’s leaders Thursday came out in favor of applying to join NATO, and Sweden could do the same within days, in a historic realignment on the continent 2 1/2 months after Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine sent a shiver of fear through Moscow’s neighbors. The Kremlin reacted by warning … Read more

Here’s who Russia has punished for speaking out against the war in Ukraine

Since Russia invaded Ukraine in late February, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his allies have cracked down on dissidents and activists who have spoken out against the war. The Kremlin passed a law that imposes a sentence of up to 15 years in prison for journalists and activists who publish “fake news” about the war, … Read more