Russia-Ukraine conflict

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Emerald From Shipwreck Being Auctioned for Ukraine

Mitzi Perdue puts up gem that came from 1622 Spanish galleon

(Newser) - A little piece of history is being auctioned this week, and all the proceeds will help humanitarian efforts in Ukraine. On Wednesday, Sotheby's will auction an emerald ring owned by 81-year-old Mitzi Perdue, wife of the late chicken magnate Frank Perdue, reports the New York Times . The ring, expected...

Ukraine Reports Foiling Banksy Thieves

Governor calls street artwork 'a symbol of our struggle'

(Newser) - An attempt to steal a Banksy mural from the outskirts of Kyiv was foiled, a Ukrainian official said, when the thieves were spotted at the site of the artwork. The suspects were detained and the depiction of a woman wearing a bathrobe and gas mask while holding a fire extinguisher,...

Ukraine Official Makes Rare Comment on Death Toll

Figure is far below estimates of Ukrainian casualties given by Western leaders

(Newser) - A top adviser to Ukraine's president has cited military chiefs as saying 10,000 to 13,000 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in the country's nine-month struggle against Russia's invasion, a rare comment on such figures and far below estimates of Ukrainian casualties from Western leaders. Late...

Biden Sets Terms for Talks With Putin About Ukraine

Macron says he expects another conversation with Russian leader soon

(Newser) - President Biden said Thursday he's willing to talk with Russian President Vladimir Putin about stopping the fighting in Ukraine—under certain conditions he said Putin has not yet met. The president made the comments at the White House while hosting French President Emmanuel Macron. The war in Ukraine has...

In Ukraine, More Grisly Evidence of Atrocities

EU seeks specialized court to investigate possible Russian war crimes in Ukraine

(Newser) - Russia's retreat from eastern Ukraine in April revealed what many said was evidence of war crimes . Now, the pattern is repeating in southern Ukraine with the retreat of Russian soldiers from Kherson, the New York Times reports, describing "mounting evidence of atrocities" there. In the village of Pravdyne...

Rail System, and Its People, Help Pull Ukraine Through

Trains immediately switched to evacuations after the invasion, free to passengers

(Newser) - When the Russian bombing of Ukraine began, the head of the national rail system sent his family and most of the executives west for safety. Oleksandr Kamyshin, 38 and new to the job, set up a war room, staffed by six men who knew every detail about the rail map,...

Ukrainians Flee Recaptured City
Ukrainians Flee Recaptured City

Ukrainians Flee Recaptured City

Russian shelling drives out Kherson residents, weeks after celebrations

(Newser) - Weeks after filling the streets in celebration after the city's recapture , residents again are fleeing the southern Ukraine city of Kherson. The first train bound for the west carried 100 people, CNN reports, including 20 children and seven bedridden hospital patients. City officials are encouraging residents to leave and...

Putin Meets With Mothers of Soldiers, Blames Media

Other troops' families say the government ignores them

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday hit out at what he said were skewed media portrayals of Moscow's military campaign in Ukraine as he met with mothers of Russian soldiers fighting there. "Life is more difficult and diverse that what is shown on TV screens or even on...

Kyiv Residents Defiant as Strikes Cut Off Power, Water

They say Russian onslaught will not break them

(Newser) - Residents of Ukraine's bombed capital clutched empty bottles in search of water and crowded into cafés for power and warmth Thursday, switching defiantly into survival mode after new Russian missile strikes a day earlier plunged the city and much of the country into the dark. In scenes hard...

Ukraine Raids 'Monastery of the Caves' in Its Own Capital

In effort to stop Russian sympathizers from using Pechersk Lavra complex for sabotage

(Newser) - If it seems counterintuitive that Ukrainian forces raided one of its own holy sites this week, it's strictly a preemptive strike. The BBC reports that the nation's SBU security service descended Tuesday upon Kyiv's Pechersk Lavra Christian monastery, a 1,000-year-old Eastern Orthodox church that, until recently,...

'We Will Never Forgive': Strike Kills 2-Day-Old Ukrainian

Overnight rocket attack destroys hospital maternity ward in southern Ukraine

(Newser) - A maternity unit in Ukraine's southern Zaporizhzhia region held a single mother and newborn when it was struck by a Russian missile overnight, reports the BBC . The baby, a 2-day-old boy named Kyrylo Kamyanskyi, didn't survive the attack; his mother Maria and a doctor who suffered some burns...

Ukrainians Warned a Horrific Winter Looms

Rolling electricity blackouts will likely occur through March due to Russian attacks

(Newser) - Ukraine could face rolling blackouts throughout the entirety of winter because Russian airstrikes have caused "colossal" damage to the power grid, officials said. To cope, authorities are urging Ukrainians to stock up on supplies and evacuate hard-hit areas. Sergey Kovalenko, the CEO of private energy provider DTEK Yasno, said...

AP Reporter Canned Over Story on Deadly Missile in Poland

James LaPorta cited anonymous US official who suggested missile was Russian; it was Ukrainian

(Newser) - The world held its breath last week after a report suggested two missiles had been fired by Russia amid its war in Ukraine and killed two people in Poland—an incident that could have qualified as a breach against a NATO nation and possibly triggered a military response from western...

Like a Phoenix, World's Largest Plane to Rise From Ashes

The Antonov AN-225, destroyed by Russia, will be rebuilt

(Newser) - In the very first days of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, an aviation marvel was destroyed: The Antonov AN-225 was the largest commercial plane in the world by both wingspan and weight, one built to transport Soviet space shuttles and one that can hold twice what a Boeing 747 can....

After Blasts, Watchdog Renews Nuclear Warning

International agency chief says attacks on Ukrainian plant 'must stop immediately'

(Newser) - Powerful explosions shook Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia region, the site of Europe's largest nuclear power plant, the global nuclear watchdog said Sunday, calling for "urgent measures to help prevent a nuclear accident" in the Russian-occupied facility. Rafael Mariano Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said two...

Intelligence Shows Iran Is Helping Russia Build Drones

Deal will help increase weapons stockpile for use against Ukraine

(Newser) - Iran has agreed to help Russia build hundreds of weaponized drones for use against Ukraine, new intelligence shows. Production in Russia could begin in months, officials told the Washington Post . Iran contends it's officially neutral in the Russia-Ukraine fight, though drones it made have attacked Ukrainian military and civilian...

Marjorie Taylor Greene's Resolution: Audit Aid to Ukraine

Though it's not likely to go anywhere for now

(Newser) - In the latest sign that a Republican-led House of Representatives might not offer Ukraine the same level of aid that has so far been given, a group of Republicans led by Marjorie Taylor Greene on Thursday introduced a resolution calling for the funds allocated to Ukraine by Congress to be...

New Russian Barrage Targets Ukraine Infrastructure

63 bodies with signs of torture found in Kherson

(Newser) - Russian airstrikes inflicted more damage on Ukraine on Thursday, with the latest barrage smashing into energy infrastructure, apartment buildings, and an industrial site. At least four people were killed and more than a dozen others wounded in drone and missile strikes around the country, authorities said. In Kyiv, the city’...

NATO, Poland: No, Missile Wasn't Fired by Russia

Jens Stoltenberg, Polish prez say fatal incident was most likely Ukrainian air defense missile

(Newser) - First President Biden expressed doubt that a missile that killed two in Poland had been fired by Russia. Now, NATO's chief and Poland's president are doing the same. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday that there is "no indication" of a deliberate Russian attack and preliminary...

Biden: 'Unlikely' Missile That Hit Poland Was Fired From Russia

He spoke to NATO, G7 leaders in Indonesia

(Newser) - President Biden said Wednesday it was “unlikely” that a missile that killed two in NATO-ally Poland was fired from Russia, but he pledged support for Poland's investigation into what it had called a “Russian-made” missile, the AP reports. Biden spoke after he convened an “emergency” meeting...

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