Finland and Sweden’s NATO entry isn’t a threat to Russia, but military expansion will cause a response

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting of the leaders of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) member states at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, on May 16. (Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images) President Vladimir Putin said Finland and Sweden’s entry into NATO will not create a threat to Russia, but the “expansion of military infrastructure into … Read more

Turkish president says he will not approve Sweden and Finland’s NATO membership if they sanction Turkey

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting of the leaders of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) member states at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, on May 16. (Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images) President Vladimir Putin said Finland and Sweden’s entry into NATO will not create a threat to Russia, but the “expansion of military infrastructure into … Read more

Ukrainian forces press on with counteroffensive in Kharkiv

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

Ukrainians eliminate at least 2 pontoon bridges near Bilohorivka, satellite and drone images show

Russian soldiers stand near trucks in Kherson, Ukraine on March 7. (Olexandr Chornyi/AP) A resident of the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson said that her city is like a “zombie apocalypse” since Russian troops took over. The woman, who requested to be identified as Tanya, said in an interview on CNN International that the invasion … Read more

More communities liberated from Russian occupation, says Kharkiv official

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a news conference in Moscow, Russia, on March 17. (Evgenia Novozhenina/Reuters) Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Russia does not want a continent-wide war in Europe, but added a note of caution surrounding the intentions surrounding the Western governments supporting Ukraine. “If you are concerned about the prospect … Read more

Belarus is moving special forces to border with Ukraine

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba speaks during a joint news conference with German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, in Kyiv, Ukraine, on May 10. (Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters) German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock had an “open, friendly conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, together with Dutch Foreign Minister Hoekstra, “a source in the German delegation said. “The conversation … Read more

Odessa under further missile attacks

People remove the statue of Ukrainian philosopher Hryhoriy Skovoroda from the destroyed Hryhoriy Skovoroda Literary Memorial Museum in Skovorodynivka, Ukraine, on May 7. (Ricardo Moraes/Reuters) Last Friday, the historic home of Ukraine’s treasured poet and philosopher Hryhorii Skovoroda was destroyed by a Russian artillery strike, along with a museum of his work. Skovoroda’s home was … Read more

US sees “anecdotal reports” of Russian troops in Ukraine not obeying orders, senior defense official says

President of the European Council Charles Michel is seen during his visit to Odesa, Ukraine, on May 9, in this picture released by the European Council press office. (Dario Pignatelli/European Council Press Service/AFP/Getty Images) During a meeting with the Ukrainian prime minister on Monday, European Council President Charles Michel and other participants “needed to interrupt … Read more