Russia-Ukraine war

Putin's week: Facing NATO expansion, West's unity on Ukraine

Putin’s week: Facing NATO expansion, West’s unity on Ukraine

It has not been an easy week for Russian President Vladimir Putin. He took his first foreign trip since the invasion of Ukraine to shore up relations with troublesome Central Asian allies. He watched as NATO declared Moscow its main enemy and invited Russia’s neighbors Sweden and Finland to join the alliance. And he was …

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Trial for WNBA star Brittney Griner begins in Russian court

Trial for WNBA star Brittney Griner begins in Russian court

MOSCOW (AP) — American basketball star Brittney Griner went on trial Friday, 4 1/2 months after her arrest on charges of possessing cannabis oil while returning to play for a Russian team, in a case that unfolded amid tense relations between Moscow and Washington . The Phoenix Mercury center and two-time US Olympic gold medalist …

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Berlin preps 'huge thermos' to help heat homes this winter

Berlin preps ‘huge thermos’ to help heat homes this winter

BERLIN (AP) — The rust-colored tower rising from an industrial site near the banks of Berlin’s Spree river looks nothing like the sleek flasks Germans use for coffee, yet its purpose is similar: to provide some warmth throughout the day, especially when it’s cold outside. With a height of 45 meters (almost 150 feet) and …

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US boosting military presence in Europe amid Russia threat

US boosting military presence in Europe amid Russia threat

MADRID (AP) — President Joe Biden said Wednesday the US will significantly expand its military presence in Europe, the latest example of how Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has reshaped plans for the continent’s security and prompted a reinvestment in NATO. Among the changes will be a permanent US garrison in Poland, for the first time …

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Russia and China slam NATO after alliance raises alarm

Russia and China slam NATO after alliance raises alarm

MADRID (AP) — NATO faced rebukes from Moscow and Beijing on Thursday after it declared Russia a “direct threat” and said China posed “serious challenges “to global stability. The Western military alliance was wrapping up a summit in Madrid, where it issued a stark warning that the world has been plunged into a dangerous phase …

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Russians fight to encircle Ukraine's last eastern stronghold

Russians fight to encircle Ukraine’s last eastern stronghold

KREMENCHUK, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces battled Wednesday to surround the Ukrainian military’s last stronghold in a long-contested eastern province, as shock reverberated from a Russian airstrike on a shopping mall that killed at least 18 in the center of the country two days earlier. Moscow’s battle to wrest the entire Donbas region from Ukraine …

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Macron says Russia can't win in Ukraine after strike on mall

Macron says Russia can’t win in Ukraine after strike on mall

KREMENCHUK, Ukraine (AP) — France’s president denounced Russia’s fiery airstrike on a crowded shopping mall in Ukraine as a “new war crime” Tuesday and vowed the West’s support for Kyiv would not waver, saying Moscow “cannot and should not win” the war. The strike, which killed at least 18 people in the central city of …

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Ukraine's president: Russia has become 'a terrorist' state

Ukraine’s president: Russia has become ‘a terrorist’ state

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy accused Russia on Tuesday of becoming “a terrorist” state carrying out “daily terrorist acts” and urged Russia’s expulsion from the United Nations. In a virtual address to the UN Security Council, Zelenskyy urged the UN to establish an international tribunal to investigate “the actions of Russian occupiers …

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Turkey lifts its objections to Sweden, Finland joining NATO

Turkey lifts its objections to Sweden, Finland joining NATO

MADRID (AP) — Turkey agreed Tuesday to lift its opposition to Sweden and Finland joining NATO, ending an impasse that had clouded a leaders’ summit opening in Madrid amid Europe’s worst security crisis in decades, triggered by the war in Ukraine. After urgent top-level talks with leaders of the three countries, alliance Secretary General Jens …

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