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Russian troops are turning eastern Ukraine into 'hell' — and it's helping them advance

“This is the first time in weeks that they are actually able to pierce through Ukrainian defenses," said one analyst.
Ukrainian frontline in Donbas
Ukrainian frontline in Donbas

‘I mean Ukraine’: Former President George Bush calls Iraq invasion ‘unjustified’

Bush made the comments during a speech while he was criticizing Russia’s political system.
President George W. Bush speaking on Putin's invasion of Ukraine in Dallas on May 18, 2022.
President George W. Bush speaking on Putin's invasion of Ukraine in Dallas on May 18, 2022.

Biden hosts leaders of Finland, Sweden after NATO bids

The countries' bids to join the Western military alliance face an early challenge from Turkey, which has expressed objections.
A Russian soldier patrols a destroyed part of the Illich Iron & Steel Works in Mariupol on May 18, 2022.
A Russian soldier patrols a destroyed part of the Illich Iron & Steel Works in Mariupol on May 18, 2022.

Senate confirms new U.S. ambassador to Ukraine

Bridget Brink's confirmation came the same day the U.S. reopened its embassy in Kyiv.
Image: Bridget Brink
Image: Bridget Brink

How Putin's war in Ukraine backfired and fueled NATO's Nordic expansion

In three short months, analysts say, Russia's invasion of Ukraine has reworked European security for decades to come — and not in Putin’s favor.
Finnish soldiers take part in military drills at the Niinisalo garrison in Kankaanp, Western Finland, on May 4, 2022.
Finnish soldiers take part in military drills at the Niinisalo garrison in Kankaanp, Western Finland, on May 4, 2022.

Strikes signal Kremlin fury that Odesa, an imperial symbol, has turned its back on Russia

“Odesa residents are not behaving as expected. This causes, of course, revenge, anger,” the spokesperson of the Odesa Oblast Military Administration said.
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ODESA

Ukraine has retaken the region around Kharkiv. Here’s why that’s such a big deal.

“They realize that they lost a blitzkrieg,” said an expert at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, referring to the initial Russian offensive.
Ukrainian serviceman wave a flag which reads "Glory to Ukraine" in the Kharkiv region on May 16, 2022.
Ukrainian serviceman wave a flag which reads "Glory to Ukraine" in the Kharkiv region on May 16, 2022.

Ukraine declares end to battle for Mariupol, ceding control of key port city to Russia

The evacuation of Ukrainian troops from the Azovstal steel plant represents an important but costly victory for Moscow.
Mariupol, Ukraine
Mariupol, Ukraine

Ukraine evacuates hundreds of fighters from Mariupol steel mill, says mission is complete

Sweden’s prime minister announced his country would drop its long-held nonaligned status and join Finland in applying to the trans-Atlantic military alliance.
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McDonald's to sell its business in Russia

The fast-food chain first arrived in the country more than 30 years ago.
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RUSSIA-UKRAINE-CONFLICT-BUSINESS-SANCTION

In Kharkiv's dark subway stations, a makeshift neighborhood provides safety and community

A Kharkiv station has become a makeshift home for people still sheltering from the prospect of Russian attacks even as Ukrainian forces push invading troops away from the crucial city.
Liliya Gritchina, a seamstress, has taken shelter at the Imeni Maselskoho metro station in Kharkiv. She says she has only left the shelter four times since Russia invaded Ukraine
Liliya Gritchina, a seamstress, has taken shelter at the Imeni Maselskoho metro station in Kharkiv. She says she has only left the shelter four times since Russia invaded Ukraine