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Ukraine Aid Could Lead to a Reckoning for Mike Johnson

House speaker faces flak from hard-right members of his own party, who may try to oust him

(Newser) - The House of Representatives is set to convene on Monday after a two-week recess, and Speaker Mike Johnson has indicated a top priority is to "take the necessary steps" on funding for Ukraine in its two-year-plus war with Russia, reports the Guardian . He faces opposition from the hard-right faction...

Drone Hits Nuclear Plant, Upping Risk of 'Major Accident'

Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant is under Moscow's control since Russia seized it in 2022

(Newser) - The head of the UN's atomic watchdog agency on Sunday condemned a Ukrainian drone strike on one of six nuclear reactors at the Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine, saying such attacks "significantly increase the risk of a major nuclear accident." In a statement on the...

A Beleaguered Ukraine Lowers the Draft Age

Zelensky signs law that drops the age to 25

(Newser) - Ukraine lowered its draft-eligible age for men from 27 to 25 on Wednesday, reflecting the strain that more than two years of war with Russia has put on its military and the need to infuse its depleted ranks with new conscripts. President Volodymyr Zelensky signed three bills into law aimed...

Ukraine Responds to Pope's 'White Flag' Remarks

Zelensky, foreign minister, others don't seem inclined to surrender to Russia anytime soon

(Newser) - Allies of Ukraine have been expressing their dismay at recently aired comments made by Pope Francis last month, in which he said Ukraine should have the "courage" to send up the "white flag" in its war with Russia, implying Ukraine should surrender. Now, a slew of Ukrainian officials...

Ukraine: We've Sunk Another Russian Warship

If verified, the sinking of patrol ship Sergey Kotov via sea drone would be a big hit against Russia

(Newser) - Ukraine claimed Tuesday that it has sunk another Russian warship in the Black Sea using high-tech sea drones as Kyiv's forces continue to take aim at targets deep behind the war's front line. Russian authorities didn't confirm the claim, and it couldn't be independently verified. The...

Russian Activist Imprisoned, Says 'I Don't Regret Anything'

Oleg Orlov, 70, of human rights group Memorial is hit with 2.5 years behind bars in Russia

(Newser) - A veteran human rights campaigner who criticized the war in Ukraine was convicted Tuesday by a Moscow court of "repeatedly discrediting" the Russian military and sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison. Oleg Orlov, 70, co-chairman of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning human rights group Memorial, had rejected the case...

Kremlin Warns West: Don't Send Troops to Ukraine

French president earlier said the idea is not 'ruled out'

(Newser) - Following what the New York Times calls the "provocative" comment regarding the possibility of Western troops on the ground in Ukraine from French President Emmanuel Macron, Russia has warned against such a move. The Kremlin said Tuesday that if a NATO member intervenes on the ground, it would lead...

2 Years Later, Ukraine's Troops Are 'Sitting Here With Nothing'

Zelensky welcomes Western leaders to mark anniversary of Russian invasion

(Newser) - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky welcomed Western leaders to Kyiv on Saturday to mark the second anniversary of Russia's full-scale invasion, as Ukrainian forces run low on ammunition and weapons, and foreign aid hangs in the balance. Zelensky posted a video from the Hostomel Airport, along with Italian Premier Giorgia...

As Russia Makes 'Major Gain,' a Warning From Zelensky

Ukraine president says 'artificial deficit' of weapons could give Russia too much breathing room

(Newser) - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned allies on Saturday that an "artificial deficit" of arms for his country risks giving Russia breathing space, highlighting the need for artillery and long-range weapons after his military chief said he was withdrawing troops from the eastern city of Avdiivka, "the first major...

Ukraine: We Sank Russian Warship Using Sea Drones

Russia has yet to confirm the demise of the Caesar Kunikov amphibious vessel

(Newser) - Ukraine's military said Wednesday it sank a Russian landing ship in the Black Sea using naval drones, a report that hasn't been confirmed by Russian authorities. The Caesar Kunikov amphibious ship sank near Alupka, a city on the southern edge of the Crimean Peninsula that Moscow annexed in...

Sinema, Graham Throw Down Over Border Bill

Senators got testy over Graham's 'no' vote on bipartisan legislation

(Newser) - Senate Republicans blocked a bipartisan border bill on Wednesday, and independent Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona is steamed. On Thursday, the upper chamber voted to start working on separate $95 billion legislation regarding aid for Ukraine and Israel—which Republicans originally indicated they wanted tied to the border bill that...

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Tucker Carlson Asks Putin to Release US Journalist

Putin says no to Carlson's idea, but suggests a prisoner swap is possible

(Newser) - During his controversial sit-down with Vladimir Putin, Tucker Carlson asked the Russian president to release US journalist Evan Gershkovich, who has been detained in Russia on an espionage charge since March of last year, as a gesture of goodwill. Putin shot down that idea, but said he was open to...

Zelensky Signals Strategic Shift in War Is Coming

Ukraine leader replaces his top general amid stalemate with Russia

(Newser) - Ukraine's president replaced his top general Thursday in a shake-up aimed at reigniting momentum in the deadlocked war with Russia. After days of speculation that change was coming, President Volodymyr Zelensky said on social media that he was thankful for the service of the outgoing Gen. Valerii Zaluzhnyi—a...

A 'Good Day for Europe' After $55B Ukraine Aid Deal

Hungarian leader Orban had been blocking EU package

(Newser) - "A good day for Europe," European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in a post on X Thursday after all 27 European Union leaders agreed on a $55 billion aid package for Ukraine. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban blocked the aid at a summit in December and...

Roger Waters' Political Remarks May Have Cost Him BMG

'Variety' reports that record company will drop Pink Floyd co-founder after comments on Israel, Ukraine

(Newser) - Roger Waters is about to lose his record company. That's according to sources who tell Variety that BMG is preparing to drop the 80-year-old Pink Floyd co-founder after a series of recent incendiary remarks about Israel, Ukraine, and the United States. During a concert tour last year, Waters was...

Johnson on Border Deal: 'Dead on Arrival'

House speaker pushes back on Senate legislation on immigration, border, Ukraine aid

(Newser) - House Speaker Mike Johnson took a strong stand Friday against a bipartisan Senate deal to pair border enforcement measures with Ukraine aid , sending a letter to colleagues that aligns him with hard-line conservatives determined to sink the compromise on border and immigration policy. Johnson said the legislation would've been...

Russian Plane Crashes With 65 Ukrainian POWs Aboard

They were being moved to the border region for a prisoner exchange, Russia said

(Newser) - A military transport plane that Russia said was carrying 65 Ukrainian prisoners of war crashed Wednesday morning in a Russian region near Ukraine, and a local governor wrote on Telegram there were no survivors. The AP reports a total of 74 people were said to be aboard. Russia's foreign...

Zelensky Slams Trump Claims on Russian War: 'Very Dangerous'

Ukraine leader is nervous of possible return to WH for Trump, who said he could stop war in 24 hours

(Newser) - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he was worried by the prospect of Donald Trump returning to the White House, branding Trump's claim that he could stop Ukraine's war with Russia in 24 hours as "very dangerous." In an interview with the UK's Channel 4 News...

Pope Wants a Universal Ban on 'Despicable' Practice

Francis puts surrogate motherhood on blast

(Newser) - Pope Francis called Monday for a universal ban on what he called the "despicable" practice of surrogate motherhood, as he included the "commercialization" of pregnancy in an annual speech listing threats to global peace and human dignity. In a foreign policy address to ambassadors accredited to the Holy...

In Ukraine, Accusations of a 'Symbolic and Cynical' Strike

Russia launches record 90 drones over Ukraine, per latter nation's air force; teen dead from debris

(Newser) - Russia launched a record 90 Shahed-type drones over Ukraine during the early hours of the new year, the Ukrainian air force said Monday, while Russia also reported Ukrainian attacks. A 15-year-old boy was killed and seven people wounded after falling debris from one of 87 downed drones hit a residential...

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