Former Russian colonel criticizes the country’s invasion of Ukraine on state television

A wounded service member of Ukrainian forces from the besieged Azovstal steel mill in Mariupol is transported out of a bus on a stretcher under escort of the pro-Russian military upon arrival in Novoazovsk, Ukraine, on May 16. (Alexander Ermochenko / Reuters) Ukraine expects to carry out an exchange of Russian prisoners of war for … Read more

It’s 2 pm in Kyiv. Here’s what you need to know

Ukrainian authorities said Tuesday there had been heavy casualties in Russian missile strikes far from the front lines, but on the ground Russian efforts to advance were being repulsed. In the Chernihiv region north of Kyiv, Vyacheslav Chaus, head of the military administration, said the Russians “fired missiles at the village of Desna this morning. … Read more

Live updates: Russia’s war in Ukraine

Ukrainian authorities said Tuesday there had been heavy casualties in Russian missile strikes far from the front lines, but on the ground Russian efforts to advance were being repulsed. In the Chernihiv region north of Kyiv, Vyacheslav Chaus, head of the military administration, said the Russians “fired missiles at the village of Desna this morning. … Read more

Ukrainian forces say they have fulfilled their “combat mission” in besieged Mariupol

Buses carrying service members of Ukrainian forces from the besieged Azovstal steel mill drive away under escort of the pro-Russian military in the course of Ukraine-Russia conflict in Mariupol, Ukraine, Monday, May 16. More than 260 people have been rescued from the besieged Azovstal plant – including 53 seriously wounded, Ukraine’s Deputy Defense Minister Hanna … Read more

Finland will seek to join NATO, ditching decades of neutrality despite Russia’s threats of retaliation

The decision was announced at a joint press conference by President Sauli Niinist√∂ and Prime Minister Sanna Marin, who said the move must be ratified by the country’s parliament before Finland can formally seek membership of the alliance. “We hope that the parliament will confirm the decision to apply for NATO membership,” Marin said in … Read more

Live Updates: Russia’s war in Ukraine

A drone image shows some of the dozens of burnt-out armored vehicles on the banks of the Siverskyi Donets River near Bilohorivka, Ukraine on May 12. (From Ukrainian Airborne Forces Command) Satellite imagery and first-hand testimony have provided a fuller picture of the multiple and disastrous efforts by Russian forces to cross the Siverskyi Donets … Read more

Ukraine is entering a “long” phase of war, defense minister says

A satellite view of the damage to the eastern end of the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, Ukraine, on May 12. (Maxar Technologies) Ukrainian officials say that the besieged soldiers at the Azovstal steel plant have again come under Russian bombardment. Petro Andriushchenko, an adviser to Mariupol’s mayor, said that aircraft had dropped heavy bombs … Read more

Live Updates: Russia invades Ukraine

A bridge over the Siverskyi Donets river, northeast of Rubizhne, Ukraine, on May 12. (BlackSky) As the Russian forces retreated due to a sustained Ukrainian counteroffensive in the Kharkiv region, three bridges vital to continuing the Ukrainian advance were blown up, satellite images from BlackSky and the European Space Agency show. The images from Black … Read more

Live Updates: Russia invades Ukraine

The United States assesses that Russian forces have sent “at least several thousand Ukrainians” to be processed at Russia’s so-called filtration centers “and evacuated at least tens of thousands more to Russia or Russia-controlled territory,” US Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Michael Carpenter said Thursday. The forced displacement – … Read more