Fall of Mariupol appears at hand; fighters leave steel plant

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – Mariupol appeared on the verge of falling to the Russians on Tuesday as Ukraine moved to abandon the steel plant where hundreds of its fighters had held out for months under relentless bombardment in the last bastion of resistance in the devastated city . The capture of Mariupol would make it … Read more

War Crimes Watch: Targeting schools, Russia bombs the future

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – As she lay buried under the rubble, her legs broken and eyes blinded by blood and thick clouds of dust, all Inna Levchenko could hear was screams. It was 12:15 pm on March 3, and moments earlier a blast had pulverized the school where she’d taught for 30 years. Amid relentless … 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

Al Jazeera reporter killed during an Israeli raid in the West Bank

JERUSALEM (AP) – Veteran Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, one of the satellite channel’s best-known reporters, was shot and killed on Wednesday while covering an Israeli military raid in the occupied West Bank. The broadcaster and two reporters who were with her blamed Israeli forces. The Israeli army initially suggested that Abu Akleh might … Read more

Ukraine shuts off Russian pipeline amid talk of annexation

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine (AP) – Ukraine shut down a pipeline Wednesday that carries Russian natural gas to homes and industries in Western Europe, while a Kremlin-installed official in a southern region seized by Russian troops said the area will ask Moscow to annex it. The immediate effect of the energy cutoff is likely to be limited, … Read more

Ukrainians stop Russian gas at one hub, make gains in east

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine (AP) – Ukraine stopped the flow of Russian natural gas on Wednesday through a hub that feeds European homes and stoves, while Kyiv’s military claimed it made some gains in grinding battles near a key northeastern city. In 11 weeks, the war has played out on battlefields in Ukrainian towns and cities but … Read more

Russia pounds Odesa as civilian bodies uncovered elsewhere

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine (AP) – Russia pounded away at Ukraine’s vital southern port of Odesa, Ukrainian officials said Tuesday, as they announced they found the bodies of 44 civilians in the rubble of a building in the northeast that was destroyed weeks ago. Meanwhile, a Ukrainian official said that at least 100 civilians remain trapped at … Read more

Sri Lankan prime minister resigns after weeks of protests

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) – Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned Monday following weeks of protests demanding that he and his brother, the president, step down for dragging the country into its worst economic crisis in decades. Rajapaksa said on Twitter that he submitted his resignation to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a move that followed … Read more

Putin to mark Victory Day as Russia presses Ukraine assault

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine (AP) – Russian forces pushed forward Monday in their assault on Ukraine, seeking to capture the crucial southern port city of Mariupol as Moscow prepared to celebrate its Victory Day holiday. Determined to show success in a war now in its 11th week, Russian troops were pummeling a seaside steel mill where an … Read more

Syrians in desperate need of aid hit hard by Ukraine fallout

BEIRUT (AP) – Umm Khaled hardly leaves the tent where she lives in northwest Syria, and she says she doesn’t pay attention to the news. But she knows one reason why it is getting harder and harder to feed herself and her children: Ukraine. “Prices have been going up, and this has been happening to … Read more