KYIV — The President of Ukraine says the fate of the Donbas region lies in the battle for Sievierodonetsk. Russian troops continue to shell the city as it attempts to take control of eastern Ukraine. President Volodymyr Zelensky described the fighting in the city as “very brutal” and “perhaps one of the most difficult throughout […]

KYIV — The President of Ukraine says “fierce street fighting continues” in a key industrial city. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said his troops are in engaged in street fighting with Russian forces in what’s seen as a key battle for control of the eastern Donbas region. Russia has said it is trying to “liberate” Donbas, […]

(Tokyo) — President Biden says the U.S. would come to the military defense of Taiwan if China tried to take the island by force. Speaking during a news conference overnight in Tokyo alongside Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Biden said he would honor that commitment. Beijing quickly responded, reiterating China has no room for compromise […]

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Pentagon is sending Ukraine another big weapons shipment. Spokesman John Kirby said the shipment costs 100-million dollars. The U.S. has sent Ukraine roughly $4 billion worth of arms and equipment since the start of Russia’s invasion in late February. Kirby was pressed on efforts by Finland and Sweden to join NATO. […]

KYIV — The head of NATO says Ukraine can win the war against Russia. Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told NATO members Sunday that Russia’s invasion, launched in February, is not going as planned. He noted the Russians had failed to take Kyiv and now they’re pulling back from Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city. The invasion has also […]

ODESA, Ukraine. — Ukrainian officials are reporting a Russian missile strike in the port city of Odesa. A statement on the city’s social media account says “infrastructure facilities” were hit Saturday. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says at least five people were killed in the attack, including a young child. The President of the European Council […]

KYIV — Former President George W. Bush met virtually on Thursday with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, whom Bush called “the Winston Churchill of our time.” Bush said he was honored to spend a few minutes with Zelensky and that he thanked him for his leadership, his example, and his “commitment to liberty.” Zelensky’s office said […]

KYIV — More than 3,000 civilians are dead because of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The United Nations made that announcement Monday, but the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights believes the actual number is much higher. Their figures show at least another 3,000 have been hurt in the fighting. The UN […]

MARIUPOL, Ukraine. — A Ukrainian commander in Mariupol is pleading for a Dunkirk-style evacuation of troops and civilians. The commander said in a video shared by Ukrainian officials that the situation is “grave,” with 600 wounded soldiers, as well as children and elderly people holed up in a steel factory. Mariupol was the scene of […]

KYIV, Ukraine. — The U.S. is promising to send more military aid to Ukraine and gradually return American diplomats to the country as the Russian invasion grinds on. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin joined Secretary of State Antony Blinken on an unannounced visit to Kyiv on Sunday. The two met with top Ukrainian officials, including President […]